The events that unfolded last night across London and in other cities. Was that social unrest of the disenfranchised? Or was it is opportunistic looting?
Ken Livingstone said some very interesting things on the BBC, these London Boroughs have faced and are facing huge spending cuts.
But is this about cuts in services? What have we become as a society?
Bankers who played fast and loose and with what consequence? Who picks up the pieces? A massive spending review, significant cuts, who loses services and opportunities? The poor and the ordinary people.
MP’s fiddle their expenses a few lose their seats, a couple faced the courts. They saw an opportunity and they exploited it. They thought it was OK. The consequences haven’t been hugely significant, a pat on the wrist, promises to pay back.
The media want a story, they wanted something that wasn’t their’s they saw an opportunity, they hacked the phones, they took the information for their own gain, to sell more papers and feed our greed for tit bits and gossip, at the expense of the victim.
I’ve seen TV images of angry young people attacking cars and buildings and the Police. People are angry, people may feel they have no voice.
When the Spanish youth, the Spanish people had a problem with Government and the state what did they do? They build peace camps, they took the streets in their thousands – voices together. Yes, there where some clashes with the Police but looting and destroying property and businesses? (click here).
I’ve seen a Police force overstretched and overwhelmed. I’ve seen TV images of looters, exploiting an opporunity, a planning which shop to hit next, what item to grab. Is that a protest – or is it pure opportunistic greed.
What I saw last night, was for me, the worst aspect of consumerism, the worst aspect of a society with a bloated celebrity culture. It was about gaining the latest ‘must have item’ by smashing a window. Community took a place a long way back, it didn’t matter. Individual gain mattered.
Clearly, those people, youths, grown-ups took the stuff they looted home, I don’t see reports this morning of parents/partners bringing it back? They looted with their friends, they took the stuff home to their families. There seems to be a whole swathe of people who think that’s OK.
What messages are we giving our young people, our children? We have gone very wrong somewhere? How do we put it right? What are our values? because today I feel that I’m living in Country where exploiting an opportunity without care for consequence seems to be OK for many and for many more is the opposite, it is abhorrent. Huge numbers have turned out today to clear up, that’s a very positive and powerful message but how can we engage all?
What are our values as a society? Because right now it’s lost on me and I fear for the future.