I always think it is intereesting reading the discussion you get on the internet — many people, many of them English, are pretty inflamed by the rioting that was occurring in London and indeed we heard a lot of talk about how there needs to be a rough, harsh response, and then I saw an official poll:
The poll published by the Sun newspaper on Wednesday showed 90 percent of Britons calling for the use of water cannons, 77 percent supporting the deployment of the army and 33 percent saying police should be permitted to fire live ammunition at rioters.
More than half of those surveyed – 57 percent – said Cameron had been managing the situation badly. On Tuesday, he flooded London’s streets with police officers, sending pockets of the city into virtual lockdown, with shops closing and helicopters buzzing overhead.
Pretty amazing to think that 33% of the population supports the use of live ammunition — and this may not be an exaggerated statistic as the source does not appear to be linked with the internetz.
Indeed, I always have a feeling of outrage when the Police are overwhelmed and incapable of a comprehensive response to a real threat. Especially when the threat comes ne’er do wells who, as many argue, shouldn’t even be in England or should not be collecting any of the government benefits that Europeans enjoy liberally throwing about.
I think we are entering an era where this pitter pattering around with violent offenders is becoming less tolerant.
The fact is that more of us are not economically well off, and more of us are dealing with riff raff in our daily lives. It’s no longer amusing. In fact, it is downright upsetting…
There were already reports of British groups of vigilantes:
Hundreds of Sikhs, some dressed in traditional outfits, gathered outside the their gurdwara, or temple, in
Southall, west London, yesterday after earlier rumours circulated it was next on the looters’ hitlist.The group organised motorcycle patrols and monitored the train station for potential troublemakers, according to an AFP reporter.
Around 200 locals in Enfield, the north London borough at the heart of previous attacks, strode through the area to “protect their streets”, an AFP correspondent explained.
Amateur video footage released today showed a group of around 100 men running down an Enfield street chanting “England, England, England”.
The group earlier became involved in an altercation with a youth carrying a hockey stick, but the situation was resolved after a majority of the mob called for calm.
A similar number of football fans congregated in the south-east suburb of Eltham, also rumoured to be a likely hot spot.
“This is a white working class area and we are here to protect our community,” one man told the Guardian newspaper.
“We are here to help the police. My mum is terrified after what she saw on the television in the last three days and we decided that it’s not going to happen here,” he added.
Meanwhile, mainly Turkish shopkeepers in the north London districts of Hackney and Kentish Town sat outside their shops into the early hours, many with makeshift weapons by their side.
If we pretend for a second that the white gentleman referred to his neighborhood as a “good, working class Hindu neighborhood” or a “good, working class Jamaican neighborhood” perhaps we can forgive him his transgression of daring to be proud of the fact that he is white & British…
But what we see here is clear: there is a growing trend of people not really wanting to be tolerant of the looters and wanting a real response from the Police. In the future, there will be inclinations to pick leadership that is more willing to crackdown on the looters/rioters.
This goes to show that there is just a general re-aligning in a lot of people’s attitudes… We’re sick of the word tolerance and the concept of people hiding behind ‘phoney human rights [complaints]’ as Cameron himself said…
Day by day we see the starry eyed attitudes of the Baby boomers fade away into the stark reality of our world.
Man is not a Utopian creature; all that separates us from our barbarian ancestors is our fashion sense and the fact that we bother recording in gory and grim detail the shortcomings that we confront. For as far as we have come as people it is still a dog-eat-dog world, and one where man is capable of great debauchery when they feel that no one is looking…
And thus shall there be a different kind of response in the future to crimes of this nature.