It is not a protest. There is no cause, ideology or grievance. The acts we are witnessing are completely and utterly without justification. As many commentators have rightly said, what we have seen in recent days and what is happening again tonight is just criminal behaviour.
As usual the talking heads such as Marc Wadsworth and Darcus Howe spill onto our TV screen and our airwaves to tell us why the behaviour we are witnessing is the fault of anyone and anything but those black youths who make up the majority of those carrying out the violent and criminal acts. Socialist politicians emerge to make political capital out of the events – always careful to sidestep culpability for their role in creating the conditions that have bred this generation of thugs.
What we are seeing is the product of the gang culture that has been allowed to develop and impose itself in a number of towns and cities. These feckless, selfish, grubbing morons have grown up worshipping at the altar of gang culture and drug culture, with a chip on their shoulder the size of a planet, with aggressive claims that the world owes them something.
Not only are they togged up in the latest designer labels and £130 trainers, while sporting iPhones and BlackBerrys and gold jewellry, they have grown up being told by handwringing apologists that they are not responsible for their own actions.
Whenever they do wrong it’s always the fault of their ‘environment’, or ‘society’, or ‘lack of opportunities’ or a ‘failure of government’. The worse their behaviour, the more the sociologists fawn over them and say we aren’t putting enough ‘resources’ into their areas and that we are to blame for the supposedly understandable consequences.
We are not to blame. The blame lays squarely on the shoulders of those who choose – who choose – to carry out criminal acts. There are plenty of youngsters from identical backgrounds who shun the gangs and choose to make something of their lives. They show commitment and they work their way out of their situation to make a better life for themselves. They should be applauded. If they can make it, there is no reason others cannot do so too. But the others don’t because they would rather have everything handed to them on a plate, or steal it from others, because they don’t want to make the effort.
I for one am sick of people excusing the behaviour of these thugs, who can generally be found on sink estates – carrying drink and drugs and selling drugs on to make some easy money – hanging around in groups attempting to intimidate people and demanding ‘respect’. They have to demand it because they do nothing to earn it. They are the antithesis to respectability and they themselves respect nothing, particularly not society’s norms or authority.
Until these feral beasts learn they alone are responsible for their behaviour and until the consequences for their wrongful actions are made severe this kind of lawlessness will continue on some scale or other.
By the same token, we need the police to revert to being a fair, honest and respectful police force – i.e. not polluted and corrupted by political correctness and quasi politician senior officers – instead of being uniformed social workers. We also need the courts to hand down proper punishments to those who commit crime and make an effort to deter others from making the same bad decisions. We also need more prison places to uncrowd the system and make proper rehabilitation possible to reduce reoffending.
What is the common thread in all this? The politicians.
It is their policies that have allowed this subclass to develop, and their policies that have made it possible for this subclass to continue receiving substantial handouts for doing nothing productive with their lives. The political class has cultivated this problem and refused to correct it. The politicians must pay a price for what they have allowed to happen and the law abiding majority of this country must now hold them to account.