August 10, 2011 in London

Fighting Back

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The additional police on the streets of London helped to calm and restore order last night. Heck, here in Bromley in was really quiet, almost too quiet. I found it a bit eerie.

But hey, I’m not going to complain too much. I long for things to go back to the way they were, but thinking that won’t happen for some time. So I’m tired and still on edge. And if I’m being completely honest, I just want to run away – far, far away from here.

Where exactly, I am not hundred per cent sure but the nomad in me wants to get up and go. I don’t want to live amongst savages, even if it’s just a small percentage that are this way. This characterisation may be harsh, but really, what does it say about a city/country, when children behave this way?

Children as young as ten were out looting and rioting. And for what exactly? A new mobile phone? A plasma screen TV? A new pair of sneakers? How could they think that destroying people’s homes and businesses made sense? How could they be so cruel and engage in arson? How could they destroy their own communities and then turn on others who had done them no harm?

Whatever the issues/challenges (high unemployment, increased school fees, etc.) violence and mayhem is not justified. And so I hope that those who participated are punished to the full extent of the law. An example needs to be set. Behaviour of this kind will not be tolerated, not now, not ever!

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