The blame game

riots in Tottenham and moving towards me in Edmonton

I might get lynched for saying this, but here I go…

Since Saturday night there’s been somewhere in the UK that has been the victim of rioting. I don’t think need to go into details.

The media coverage of it has been immense. This morning, while munching on my Weetabix during my breakfast I was watching BBC Breakfast. As I usually do every work day morning. They had a few people on the sofa, from a couple of youth groups and a 17-year-old boy. The discussion turned to talking about why the ‘young people’ felt they needed to riot.

The resounding answer seemed to be that there aren’t enough opportunities for young people, these days. The ‘young people’ are angry about not being able to get jobs and move forward with a future in mind. Being frustrated with where they are in life.

Erm, what? I’m a firm believer in making your own opportunities. Crying or rioting about it won’t make any difference. Do something about it, yourself.

It’s funny that one of the first people to be sentenced in court was a 31 year old teacher. So much for pigeon holing the rioters.

One comment

  1. No lynching from me :)

    I see what you’re saying and I feel inclined to agree. I don’t know if perhaps the instigators of the riots genuinely felt their actions were justified (although personally, no matter the reason for it, I will NEVER agree that looting and violence are an appropriate course of action), but I feel it was swiftly taken over by people who had no agenda other than getting their rocks off. I mean, an 11 year old was arrested. They’re telling me an 11 year old is bemoaning the lack of career prospects? Please!

    No. There are real concerns here, but to simplify it to something like that is blindly glossing over the real problems, whatever one feels that might be…

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