Yesterday on the Isle of Wight I met a man who had a most bizarre take on the riots that have swept the UK.
Our conversation went somewhat as follows:
A: “These looters: I’ve got a theory.”
Me: “So what is that?”
A: “The rat theory.”
A: “They overpopulate and then they kill each other. That’s what they’re doing. That’s why I never go near London.”
Me: “But they’re not killing people. They’re, erm, burning buildings and nicking games consoles and Primark clothing.”
A: “But they’re all different types of rats. Crawl out of different holes. You’ll see. They’ll soon be killing: the rat theory.”
Earlier in the day a friend sent me a text stating: “Whilst the Arab world riots for freedom, the Brits riot for SONY televisions.” My friend was spot on in his point.
A "hoodie" attacks a police car
Whilst our press talk of these rioters being “minorities,” I don’t believe such. They are “Aggressive Shoppers” who chuck bottles and bricks whilst wearing Kappa and grabbing free mobiles. They attack the police, rampage and do not have a care for the innocent shopkeepers and homeowners they terrorise. They are thoroughly abhorrent individuals who don’t riot for their rights but for the fun of it. As Margaret Thatcher once pointed out, rights and responsibilities are interlinked and this lot should be shown no mercy by the courts.
On my long train journey home I had ample chance to reflect on what had happened as I read the Evening Standard cover to cover. Page after page related the impact of London burning, Manchester rioting and Wolverhampton being plundered. Curiously however, pages 24 and 25 related the tale of a totally different life: that of the 19-year-old daughter of a Russian billionaire being given a “relatively modest home.”
In the piece by Alistair Foster entitled Abramovich girl’s £4m ‘starter home’, the paper quoted the owner of Chelsea Football Club’s daughter:
“It’s my own little haven. I feel more grown up and I can’t wait to entertain all my friends round my own place. It is just the way I like it.”
The article continued: “She added that she is furthering her own independence by paying for her own driving lessons.”
Comments like these only illustrate how far apart such individuals as Miss Abramovich are from ordinary reality. As this billionaire brat moves into her multi-million pound property, London and other cities burn leaving innocent people without their income and their homes.
It would have been far better that this young lady kept stum and moved in quietly. Whilst no one can blame the Abramovich family for housing their daughter, broadcasting her unnecessarily pretentious remarks about her multi-million pound lifestyle at this time can only spur further envy and encourage yet more uproar amongst the rioting masses.
Read Michael Ezra’s view at http://hurryupharry.org/2011/08/09/youth-clubs-are-cheaper-than-prisons where he argues that youth clubs are cheaper than prisons.