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.