The Oxford English dictionary describes stealing as
“To take (another person’s property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it:”
And vandalism as
“action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property.”
Just spoken to Age Concern in #Leicester. Last night their 17 seater bus that picks up elderly and frail for daycare was totally destroyed
Jonathan Ashworth MP
These rioters are NOT freedom fighters of any kind regardless of what they claim to be! They are an insult to the idea of a free society. As a socialist I am disgusted with the lot of them and have been seriously considering my stance on corporal punishment over the last couple of days. The damage caused is estimated will cost tens of millions to repair and I’m guessing the perpetrators haven’t the means to make recompense. Its going to mean every law-abiding person who didn’t go out looting will have to pay for the clean-up in the form of higher insurance premiums. In a truly free society business owners, whether small independents or big retailers, can operate without fear of criminal interference or having their premises trashed and stock stolen from them. The imbecilic thugs who have been so-far interviewed claim to be trying to ‘show the police/government we can do what we want‘ but how is destroying a minibus -used so that the elderly and infirm are not house-bound – in any way an effective protest against anything? The people who will suffer from that will be the people who now no longer have the use of that bus and the shop owners who have been put out of business and prevented from doing an honest trade. People who, in some cases, are trying to live on extremely limited resources. People who are sometimes worse of than the idiots committing these acts of theft and vandalism.
The mediocre aspirations of the criminals committing these acts are the responsibility of them and, if only in part, their parents. I used to think I suffered from strict parents when I wasn’t allowed to go and ‘hang-around’ with my friends. I would sulk and pout and sometimes throw a tantrum but I now believe that my parents actually did know what they were doing and I thank them for it. They were preventing my brother and I from turning into the sort of selfish, greedy animals committing these vile acts in our major cities. They didn’t let me grow up thinking that the world owed me anything. I was taught that a social safety net was just that: a safety net. It’s there so nobody who falls on hard times has to starve or go homeless and it should not under any circumstances be abused or in any way taken for granted or relied upon as an indefinite source of income especially if we are able to work. They were right and my boys will be getting the same lesson!
I am getting rather sick and tired of hearing how ‘Austerity measures’ have led to these riots: they haven’t. This began as an outraged cry over a bungled arrest. What has happened since is completely unrelated to said shooting. The violence and destruction which has followed is in no frame of the rational mind, neither proportionate or appropriate. If people want to know where this basic lack of concern for the well-being of others and this cavalier attitude to theft and destruction has come from, it is a left-over bi-product of the Thatcherite brand of ‘Individualism‘ and her despicable policy of ‘there is no society‘. I’m getting even more fed up with being shown footage of spoiled brats gloating about ‘getting free stuff’ and revelling in how much fun they had. It wasn’t free because they weren’t given it, they stole it. It doesn’t matter that the shop owners might be ‘rich’ that doesn’t excuse theft and if I was their mother I would have died of shame at seeing that clip. They would also not have been able to sit down for a month of Sundays and if their parents have any sense of right and wrong and desire for their kids to learn it they’ll report them to the police themselves. I would. The adults who are looting have even less excuse!
A special and very public example should be made of everyone charged.