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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Parliament on the Riots

I've been listening for a couple of hours now, and really, no surprises. The left wants to look at the causes, the right wants to punish. The right wants to enforce laws on parental control, the left wants no cuts to police. And at points when I left the room, I couldn't even tell which side was talking because it was an attack on the other side and a bunch of rhetoric. Cameron wants neighbors to rat on each other. Money will be allocated to help businesses reopen and to help local gummints to clean up and/or offset taxes on the affected businesses. Cops will now be able to take any face covering off of anyone. Personal messaging is also to be reviewed, to limit or eliminate its use " when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality," said Cameron.

One thing that stood out, was one MP who claimed the idea that poverty among the youth was not a factor and said there were 1300 apprentice positions available right now in London. What the hell does that even mean?

And they're talking about gang culture and getting rid of it. Good luck with that. There have been gangs since the Greeks and Romans, and probably were before then.

In short lots of vitriol, lots of allegations, lots of rhetoric. More to come.

3 comments:

Rory Grant said...

None of them have a clue and like many of us, you can see it - or if they do - they dare not speak it.

Best piece I've seen so far Laura - is this piece...

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100100708/the-moral-decay-of-our-society-is-as-bad-at-the-top-as-the-bottom/

Rory

Austan said...

Rory- I used to think Parliament was better than Congress, but for 30+ years now it's the same bullshit. There are many brilliant people in the world. So why do we settle for half-wits?

Going to go read that article now.
Laura

Austan said...

Rory- Well lookie here, Ed Milliband has hopped on the moral highground bus, saying a lot of the same things as Peter Obourne-

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/aug/12/ed-miliband-links-riots-scandals