London

My Septred Isle is Stained

I’ve been in Canada for over 10 years. While it’s very important to assimilate and embrace the country in which you live, there is always a part of me that will stay devoutly English. However with the recent spate of mindless rioting that England is suffering, it’s takes the shine off something for which I have always been so proud.

I understand people’s frustration and anger, I really do, but find it hard to believe this is the real reason that people are causing wanton destruction. Sure that’s how things start, but what they have now is nothing more than people using other peoples pain, for their own selfish gains. I remember the Tottenham and Brixton riots of the 80s, but this is a whole different affair.

I don’t have answers, but it appears more needs to be done, than apparently is being done now. I read on Twitter that police presence is being bolstered by up to 5 times and rubber bullets will be made available. Some of my friends on Twitter suggested water cannons, used in conjunction with dye to easily identify protagonists. Certainly I think having a curfew is an important next step if the violence continues to escalate.

It’s truly said, especially so close to the Olympics in July of 2012. How this bodes for the consideration of future events, we will have to wait and see.

Hopefully the perpetrators will be taken to task and receive the full force of the law. It’s time for England’s legal system to stop treating criminals with kid gloves and start doing what needs to be done. So many countries have become overtly “Politically Correct”, that the country is being overrun with all and sundry, knowing that virtually anything they do will result in a virtual smack on the wrist. Enough is enough.

We shall see how tonight pans out. Hopefully calm will prevail and the shine will once again be restored to the country I love so much.