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London riots again as hatred of police and social unrest grows

Hatred and distrust of the police is growing

Hatred and distrust of the police is growing

London saw more riots yesterday, this time in Tottenham, with police cars being set alight and resulting in more than 40 people being arrested. Meanwhile, the ever more pompous Home Secretary,Theresa May condemned the violence without giving any heed whatsoever as to its cause.

She said: “Such disregard for public safety and property will not be tolerated, and the Metropolitan Police have my full support in restoring order.”

The Metropolitan Police to which she refers is that very same force that in recent weeks has been shown to be riddled with corruption, deception and liars.

As such, nobody should be surprised that many people living in the UK today are learning to hate the police all that they stand for with a vengeance.

As more and more legislation is passed by Parliament and as more and more opportunities to commit criminal offences are therefore heaped upon the British people, it is no surprise that many people believe that the UK is now not only a police state in all but name but that the government is powerless to control the authorities of law and order to which politicians have given more and more power.

Reports suggest that many people engaged in looting during yesterday’s riots, allegedly with some people filling shopping trolleys with electronic goods and carting them away unimpeded by police officers. Two police patrol cars were also set on fire by rioters, a fact that comes as no surprise whatsoever in the current social climate.

Although the riots were ostensibly about the police shooting a man last week, the real reasons behind these public disturbances go far deeper than simply one incident. TheOpinionSite.org believes that we are seeing for the first time in many years, and absolute disdain of government authoritarianism and an ever increasing resistance to being told how people should live their lives.

As previously stated on this site, Britain has one of the most powerful police forces in the world. The more senior the officer you deal with, the more it becomes clear that they regard themselves as a law unto themselves and therefore above the law that governs the rest of us.

The response from our politicians to the ever increasing arrogance and dishonesty within the police is to grant police forces across the country even more power than they have already, often as a result of cabinet ministers not wishing to have to take responsibility for sometimes very difficult and controversial decisions.

Worse than that, the present government in particular has decided to wage war upon the independent judiciary that could otherwise save Britain from becoming a dictatorship, even if that dictatorship is borne out of a reluctance in citizens to stand up for themselves.

The civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr once said:

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

The statement typifies the general reaction of the British people when government introduce ever more oppressive legislation. Now however, perhaps for the first time in a very long time, we may be seeing instances of public behaviour that demonstrate that the increasingly poverty stricken citizens of the United Kingdom are beginning to reach their limit of toleration when it comes to oppressive government practices.

Smaller, often seemingly less significant disturbances have also been seen in other parts of the country. They sometimes take the form of peaceful protests that suddenly get out of hand, an increasing number of small groups of people arguing with the police on a Friday night and ever increasing numbers of complaints about the inefficiency and sometimes blatant disinterest of the police, especially regarding issues that do not help them in their quest to increase positive statistics.

It would seem to TheOpinionSite.org that the one thing that Britain fails to learn from is the lesson that history teaches us all: oppression eventually results in the defeat of those in authority but causes people to get hurt during the process.

It is of course perfectly true that the British people especially have been used to being pushed around by governments for the last 700 years or so, supposedly in order that people’s lives can be improved and that we can all be “protected” from everything. Everything that is except from those who have signed up to the ever increasing army of protectors.

One could be forgiven for thinking that now, in the age of the Internet and instant communications, the people have never had a better opportunity to rise up against their tyranical oppressors. Why then are we not seeing more rioting in the streets with people hurling petrol bombs at police as they do in other European countries?.

The answer to all this is actually very simple and comes down to the fact that most British people will put up with almost anything as long as they are allowed to complain in private, where they run no risk of their remarks causing them any trouble with the authorities.

The British are frankly appalling at doing anything about oppressive state power. They seem to be hardwired into putting up with anything their government decides to throw at them, being content to mutter away behind closed doors rather than coming out on to the street to voice their real objections.

When they do come together, sometimes with hundreds of thousands marching through the streets of London or some other major city, the government simply shuts its ears and its eyes and ignores the whole affair. People then ask, “What’s the point?”

Is it any wonder therefore that when people really get upset about something, such as the shooting by police of a man last week, they then use it as an excuse to protest about the things that they really care most about – that they don’t have any money and in many cases cannot afford even the most basic necessities of life?

If the ever more arrogant Home Secretary, Theresa May does not wish to see more rioting on the streets of Britain, she will have to climb off the pedestal upon which she seems to have put herself and instead listen to the rest of us, who frankly don’t give a damn or not whether she get re-elected, unlike she herself who considers her own re-election the only thing in life worth thinking about.

Likewise, every effort must be made to root out the liars and cheats who hide behind police uniforms together with the bully boys who joined the police simply in order to push people around and get whatever they can for nothing.

That is not to say by any means that every police officer is not worthy of the uniform that they wear or the trust instilled in them by the public. It is though difficult to come to any other conclusion other than many police officers are corrupt, especially given the amount of evidence we have seen in recent weeks.

As for the rioters themselves, they may be regarded by politicians and policeman – and some well-heeled citizens  – as nothing more than criminals but in an ironic kind of way, the rest of us should save some respect for them. After all, they had the guts to get out and do something about what they thought was an unjust situation. They had the courage to stand face-to-face against those in uniform in order to make their point.

They did not mutter behind closed doors.

Of course, TheOpinionSite.org, along with most other organisations and individuals, does not condone looting or thievery of any kind. One must not forget however that the reason that most people steal things is because they do not have sufficient money for their basic necessities.

Indeed, it is unlikely that much of what was stolen or looted last night will be found in the homes of any of those that illegally took the goods in the first place. Instead, those items are likely to be sold and, in many cases the money used to pay for next week’s groceries.

Britain has never had a real civil war, unless you include the rather pathetic efforts of Oliver Cromwell in his fight against the Charles I. Perhaps, as the situation becomes worse and worse for ordinary people in this country, there may one day be a spark that starts an enormous social blaze amongst ordinary people.

To those who think that this could never happen in Britain – particularly those younger members of society who feel rather superior because they have a job and others don’t – TheOpinionSite.org suggests that they look up recent history and see what happened when Margaret Thatcher was in power and research her efforts to tyranically oppress the unions in general and the miners in particular.

It was then that we first heard about “Thatcher’s private army“, otherwise known as the police. Perhaps that army now belongs to other politicians and home secretaries and prime ministers.

The fact remains that if the police continue to behave towards ordinary people in the way in which they are at present, if they and MPs use their position of privilege to exploit others and if the people put up with it and do nothing about it, sooner or later a nucleus of citizens will grow in such opposition to authority that more and more civil unrest will be seen on the streets of Britain.

Politicians ignore what is currently developing at their peril. They can hide behind arrogance if they wish but that will help no one. Instead, they have to have the guts to stand up and admit that the police have too much power, that there are too many laws and that the poor are still being exploited mercilessly by the rich.

Until they do that, civil unrest will continue to grow and grow to a point where eventually, it becomes uncontrollable.

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9 Responses to London riots again as hatred of police and social unrest grows

  1. Caz Messenger
    August 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Thought provoking piece – thank you.

    Whilst I don’t agree totally with everything you say, I do think the fact that many ordinary people in this country do feel powerless against authority (in general – not just the police) is very accurate and sooner or later that is going to boil over in various ways.

    Just a small example – I read an article at the weekend by John Harris, about the onslaught of the major supermarkets and the effect they have on destroying small market towns. People are powerless to stop these huge corporations – once they choose a location, they have the money and the power to override any local concerns voiced by the ‘ordinary’ population. They destroy communities and livelihoods and yet we are powerless to stop them and thus feel disenfranchised. So even some of those protests in some towns have turned violent.

    A local wind farm, erected against huge local opposition, is now still non-operational after 4 months because of regular thefts and vandalism. This is in a quiet rural area, so I doubt that this ‘quiet riot’ is being conducted by those currently vandalising our cities – but I’m sure it is being caused by those normally law-abiding citizens who feel powerless to protest in any other meaningful way.

    A lot of what we have seen in the cities over the last few nights is nothing short of wanton violence, theft and destruction for the sake of it – copycat crimes with nothing other than mischief and opportunism in mind. But some of it undoubtedly is the frustration of powerlessness, whether caused by poverty or the sheer bloodymindedness of trying to deal with authority or monolithic organisations on a day-to-day basis.

    • Raymond Peytors - theopinionsite.org
      August 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

      It is perhaos also worth mentioning that many of today’s rioters are ‘protected’ children; anyone under 18 is a ‘child’. For 20 years now we have been telling children that nothing is their fault and that no one can take any sanction against them. Consequently, they genuinely believe that they can do what they like without any consequence. If adults run the risk of arrest for stepping in when they see unacceptable behaviour, it is hardly surprising that they will avoid getting involved. The end result is that kids have no respect for authority and are unafraid to do what they like. How can it be any different when they have been told for so many years that it is impossible for them to be blamed for anything? – Raymond Peytors

      • Caz Messenger
        August 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

        Hmmm… yes, I can see your point but I don’t think it’s true of the majority of children. Children and young people do need to be able to have a voice, but they also need good adult role models and many don’t have either.

        It’s good to have rights – what’s missing is the teaching that with rights come responsibilities – to ourselves, to our communities and to each other.

  2. daniel
    August 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    i beleve that the police are doing a fantastic job and i think they need some help from the army to control the youths that are comminting these crimes as its just now gone too far and we need help from the army thanks.

  3. woconnor
    August 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    i personally believe our police do a fantastic job,its wrong to blame the police for the incompetence of goverment,the goverment have forced such undemocratic things as the e.u and mass immigration on to us, they do what ever they want because as the article rightly says the british dont really go the streets like they do in other countrys, however we all know by listening to the conversations in the pubs, factories and on the streets that the people are being pushed almost to breaking point.however, rioting and throwing petrol bombs is defiantly not the answer.

  4. Verity Justice
    August 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    FIRST THE ARAB SPRING – NOW IS TIME FOR THE BRITISH SPRING

    The number of law abiding people who have suffered physically or psychologically as a result of direct or indirect contact with the police is now reaching a critical mass that the authorities and powers that be would be most unwise to continue to ignore.

    Peaceful protest is looked upon with distain and as an annoying mosquito to be brushed away.

    Petitions calling for the government to rein in the excessive powers and abuse of those powers given to the police are ignored.

    Letters to MP’s are either not responded to or are dealt with by the sending of a form letter designed to fob off and pass the buck.

    The decent people of this nation have not been listened to by those in government for over two decades.

    Rights and protections in law have been abolished for the falsely accused in the name of raising a conviction rate falsely reported by the powers that be and the media to be 6% when in fact it is 58% which is higher than the murder conviction rate.

    There is no restorative justice for the victim falsely accused, but financial benefit and no prosecution for the majority of false accusers.

    The police have been shown by evidence that corruption and misconduct is widespread across forces.

    They cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

    The investigation policy is to ‘build a case against a suspect’, suppress evidence that undermines the case for the prosecution and assists the case for the defence, ‘mislay’ or not obtain material that exposes the above and in cases of a sexual nature to forward the case to charge and trial on the uncorroborated, unsubstantiated simple word alone of a ‘complainant’.

    The policy is NOT to investigate in a fair, impartial and balanced manner, following all reasonable lines of enquiry and where the evidence leads or to find where the truth lies.

    Defence counsels are ‘encouraged’ to ‘mount least challenge and minimal resistance to the Crown’ in these cases.
    All this, to achieve a conviction at ‘any cost’.

    This corruption is as much part of the CPS and the Crown Courts as it is with the police.

    When those who have been victims at the hands of the police complain, the Professional Standards Department of the force subject to complaint, believe the ‘word’ of the officer/s above the evidenced word of the complainant and the complainant has to produce proof to a bar set at an impossible level to attain.

    The same applies to the IPCC who merely ‘rubber stamp’ the biased towards the police investigation of the officers concerned.

    Legal Aid has been cut to an extent which precludes all but the wealthy taking action against the police in the civil or criminal courts.

    I put it to the readership of this site that the above listed grievances are reasonable grounds to say with justification that the system is fatally cracked, no longer fit for purpose and no longer holds the trust, respect and confidence of the people of this nation that is imperative for the system to be viable.

  5. patricia w
    August 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    If you think your police are bad and your government disdainful and detached, come to America. I bet our criminal justice system is far, far worse than whatever you have.

    • Raymond Peytors - theopinionsite.org
      August 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      Your point is well made. The problem here is that successive UK governments insist on trying to emulate the US. – Ed

      • Verity Justice
        August 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm

        Succinctly put Ed.
        The baying for the restoration of the death penalty by the swathe of the population inculcated with false government statistics and controlled by the ‘fear’ of crime, in particular sex crimes (ignoring the overwhelming evidence of the high number of false allegations of fictitious rape/sex abuse made against innocent men)is indicative of successive governments to catch up with the USA and in doing so taking the justice system our forefathers fought and died for back to the medieval lynch mob era.

        The citizens of this country had better wake up to what is being done in their name before it is too late to stop this runaway train.

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