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Published on August 12, 2011 By Bahu Virupaksha In Current Events

The recent spate of riots in UK is clear demonstration of deep seated social and economic dislocations. Unemployment is rampant and the cutback in social spending has clearly hit those whose only purpose in life is to live off the welfare state. UK is no stranger to riots. In fact there is a whole school of English historians led by E J Hobsbawm who argue that riots are the end result of the breakdown of the "moral economy", I wonder what "moral economy" is represented by the football skinheads or the motley crew that attacked businesses and  shops. For too long the Englisn political class has tolerated violence prone youth and given the anti law and order rhetoric of the political class, I do not think the causes for the riots are either understood or addressed. Greece too withessed some violence in the recent past, but the situation there was entirely due to the euro crisis. In the UK the riots were well planned and coordinated.

After the Iranian street protests the Government of that country took half hearted steps to restrict twitter and facebook. The Western "civilised world" ranted in unison that the "mullahs" are curbing freedom. In the UK too, David Cameron has taken steps to restrict the use of social media because it appears that the crowds were being directed by the new social networking platforms. I always find it difficult to understand the double standards practiced by the European governments. When Iran does restrict social networking sites then it is projected as a demonic intrusion in the space of personal freedom. Now UK is doing exactly the same.

The rioters were mostly white Ango-Saxon youth from the suburbs of the large cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester. The misguided policy of "multi culturalism" has led to the alienation of large numbers of people, particularly the youth from the mainstream. The salience that is place on political correctness means that they cannot even articulate their grievances as any such utterance may be misconstrued as being "anti paki", "anti muslim", "anti immigrant", "anti black" and so on. So even the language of protest is not accesible to the disaffected youth. It is time for UK to realise that the broad masses of its population is out of sync with the European Union position on crime, immigration, and human rights.

The riots are prooof that the social fabric of UK society has started shredding and it is time for politicians to stop playing to the European gallery and start listening to their own people.

 


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on Aug 13, 2011

If you are going to start a thread on the UK riots, why not put in what actually started it. The execution of Mark Duggan. It seems to me that this is just like the media, trying to avoid the real issue.

Mark Duggan did not shoot at police, says IPCC

A girl at the police station where the original peaceful protest was held was beaten with batons by multiple police.

Five-year death toll from 'police action': 328
That a couple every month 

Now using an Anti-Terror law to search anyone without cause  . This is being used on anyone that the police look at which is any colour unemployed youth.

Anti-terrorism laws used to spy on noisy children

 

Yes unemployment leads to more crime which leads heavier tactics by police so we need to look at why there is so much unemployment. I would say free trade. Corporations allowed to use slave labour in 3rd world countries at the cost of the breakdown of western society. They will not be happy until they have every bit of wealth and the whole world is 3rd world. Free Trade is nothing but a way for the wealthy to circumvent the laws of civilized society and once again own slaves and wreak havoc on the 3rd worlds ecology.

Now there is legislation in the UK to make it illegal to photograph police because of anti-terror. 

Just keep on goose stepping onward to a police state. Starting to make the Nazi's look good.

on Aug 13, 2011

Bahu writes: UK is no stranger to riots. In fact there is a whole school of English historians led by E J Hobsbawm who argue that riots are the end result of the breakdown of the "moral economy", I wonder what "moral economy" is represented by the football skinheads or the motley crew that attacked businesses and  shops.

The moral economy is doing the right thing and the rioting shows exactly what E.J. Hobsbawn rightly argues...the riots are the breakdown of the moral economy.

 

You write: The riots are prooof that the social fabric of UK society has started shredding and it is time for politicians to stop playing to the European gallery and start listening to their own people.

I would argue that it is the moral social fabric of the UK that is shredding and has been shredding for some time now.

What is the moral economy based upon? It's based upon God's Moral Law dictated by our voice of conscience and written in our heart.

 

You write: It is time for UK to realise that the broad masses of its population is out of sync with the European Union position on crime, immigration, and human rights.

It's time for the UK to realize the broad masses of its population is out of sync with Almighty God and the social teachings of Christ the King of kings.

Forget the EU which is part of the difficulties in these tumultuous times. It's time for the UK to get back to God and it's Catholic roots which it defected from in the time of Henry VIII.


 


 

 

on Aug 13, 2011

There can be any number of arguments to justify the riots that rocked UK. Mark Duggan was a petty crimianl who was shot while trying to resist arrest.  I do say that perhaps the Police used dispropotionate force as they could not decide whether Mr Duggan was armed or not. And please do not make a "racial profilibg " argument now.

on Aug 15, 2011

myfist0
If you are going to start a thread on the UK riots, why not put in what actually started it. The execution of Mark Duggan. It seems to me that this is just like the media, trying to avoid the real issue.

Sorry myFist, that was the excuse.  The riots were closer to what Bahu indicated (although he does not capture it all).  I doubt if you asked a sampling of the rioters that most would even know who Duggan is.

on Aug 15, 2011

Bahu Virupaksha
There can be any number of arguments to justify the riots that rocked UK.

Interesting phraseology.

I'd say there is no argument...nothing... that could justify the riots as happened.

Perhaps these people had a good reason to be upset with the government that be, however, rioting as happened is not the way to solve problems.

 

on Aug 21, 2011

The apologists for the riots are hard at work, just as I predicted. Now the argument is being made that the police especially the London Metropolitan Police has always been brutal and complicit un the Murdoch phone hacking scandal. The economic problems of UK are also being raised. What no one is caring to state as I have done in my blog is that the whilte male youth is increasingly getting radicalised in a 'cultural" and "ethnic" sense and the National Defence League provides moral support.

on Aug 22, 2011

In one of those 'clock's right at least twice a day' moments, I agree with you regarding the OIMBY hypocrisy of disrupting social networking after roundly criticizing such intervention elsewhere.  Even the San Francisco police (of all places, go figure) have recently resorted to it.  Just shows you it's not a right/left issue.

I also agree with your impression of the underlying pathologies at work in Britain, although I'm not sure what 'the European Union position on crime, immigration, and human rights' is.


But... there is something vaguely... unfulfilling about agreeing with you, Bahu. 

on Aug 22, 2011

OIMBY - Only In My Back Yard.

on Aug 22, 2011

But... there is something vaguely... unfulfilling about agreeing with you, Bahu.

I am sure there will be issues on which we will vehemently disagree. On this one perhaps we are in some harmony.

on Sep 02, 2011

 

Bahu writes: The riots are proof that the social fabric of UK society has started shredding and it is time for politicians to stop playing to the European gallery and start listening to their own people.

Bahu Virupaksha
What no one is caring to state as I have done in my blog is that the whilte male youth is increasingly getting radicalised in a 'cultural" and "ethnic" sense and the National Defence League provides moral support.

This may cause eyes to roll, but .......

 

 

 

 

 

 

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