Peter Reynolds

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Britain Needs Leadership

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I know the junction in Clapham by Debenhams like the back of my hand. I have queued for hours in the post office that the armoured police vehicles were rolling by last night. It was my home and it makes it feel very close, very real. Two, three mornings every week I used to go through that door at Debenhams and buy myself a pasty from their snack bar for breakfast. I couldn’t help but weep just a little as I watched events unfold.

The scumbags need to be rounded up, caged, sent to bootcamp for six months, then two years enforced community service, 40 hours per week, cleaning toilets, real hard work.

Our politicians are responsible. They have denied our youth a future and deserve disgrace, condemnation and loss of office.

On Mark Duggan, he had a gun so he should have expected to be shot.

We desperately, desperately need leadership.  Cameron falls so far short that it is embarrassing.

Written by Peter Reynolds

August 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

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  1. There’s no doubt there are some genuine issues behind the alienation of young people. They see the police as the enemy not least because of constant stop-searches in large part caused by the crack down on cannabis, but worse they see no future role for themselves in society. What work there is is poorly paid, there’s no chance of buying a house or building career or any kind of real life for a young person today. That really is a widespread perception of many young people.

    I see this all the time at work, kids with such narrow horizons and no role models beyond the most banal; bling and pre packaged commercialised pap.

    These “riots” of the past few days though have gone way beyond anything justified or even explainable by teenage frustration or angst. It’s beginning very much to look like someone or some body is organising it all. That isn’t actually such an unlikely suggestion, these kids are looking for some kind of leadership and all have access to the technology which allows them to be told what to do. It was pretty clear in Manchester for example that messages were being received telling “rioters” where to go.

    These kids didn’t organise these riots, they aren’t capable of that sort of organisation. But someone did. Someone took advantage of the frustration and alienation to push at an open door. Then guess what happens? People start to demand “stronger” policing, more “security”, more surveillance – all the stuff certain sections of politicians are only too willing to give us. Personally I smell a very large rat; what you think you see is not what you’re really getting.

    Be careful what you wish for, Peter. You might get it.

    Derek Williams

    August 10, 2011 at 8:30 am

  2. 1) The kids aren’t to blame – they’ve been conditioned to revel in a consumer society using commodities. They just wanna go and get stuff for free!

    2) The ploticians are only tools for the big cartels (bankers – arms industry …) to utilise in their bid to dominate and control the world’s resources (including the human populace).

    3) Police ought to be taught to shoot in the arms and/or legs to render a potentially dangerous arrest situation more peaceful. Shoot to kill is totally absurd and should NEVER be used.

    Persephone Ingram

    August 10, 2011 at 9:03 am

    • Completely agree with you on points one and two. However, on point three it wouldn’t necessarily stop someone pulling a trigger. People who carry guns lose all rights in my mind. Your not dealing with sane normal people like you and me. If you carry a gun you could pay the ultimate price and I think thats the kind of incentive these type need. I’m anti the death sentence and abhor violence but just can’t agree. A wounded animal is considered far more dangerous than one that is not. Humans are animals no matter how we try to dress ourselves up.


      August 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

  3. “The scumbags need to be rounded up, caged, sent to bootcamp for six months, then two years enforced community service, 40 hours per week, cleaning toilets, real hard work.”

    “Our politicians are responsible. They have denied our youth a future and deserve disgrace, condemnation and loss of office.”

    Surely those two statements are total contradiction?
    Either the politicians and system are to blame for making everything fooked up and stealing everyone’s money and putting the entire world on the edge of revolt orrrrr its the scumbags with no money, no jobs, no futures who are to blame. if people were content then it wouldn’t be happening, simple as that, be it justified or not.

    We don’t want leaders with the same outlook as your good self, of that I am sure 🙂

    MedicalCannabis Spain

    August 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

    • Why is it so difficult for you to see that these statements do not contradict each other?

      I would speculate that it is because your knee jerk reaction to them is tribal rather than rational.

      Of course the little scumbags need severe punishment. However, the underlying cause of their behaviour is that they have no stake in our society and that is the grave mistake of our political leaders.

      As for your personal jibe, that may be your opinion but then you’ve copped out of British society completely haven’t you? I don’t blame you for that but it’s a bit rich, sitting in the sun surrounded by your plants for you to come on lecturing those of us who are still engaged in trying to do something about the problem.

      Hasta manana.

      Peter Reynolds

      August 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    • MCS, I’d rather have somebody running the country who is working on MY behalf, not for some mega-rich bankers and businessmen; and who is able to articulate the truth whenever he opens his mouth.

      What’s wrong with that?

      PR for PM!


      August 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm

  4. If that was mark duggans gun i think it would be plasstered all over the media to justify the shhoting. Balistic tests have shown that the gun was not fired so who lied about mark shooting at police 1st.

    The bullet over penetrated mark through his chest and went into a police officers radio who obviously must have been behind him so sounds like he was surrounded.. The people of tottenham knew this was all lies and went out on the streets. And after a 16year old got battered of off met police thats what kicked it off its called POLICE BRUTALITY.

    News quickly spread and a couple of other riots were born NOW we have oppurtunistic theives on the prowl as you get with all riots and also the media hyped it up and thats what led to liverpool/ manchester they all wanted to see who could cause the most mayhem and it be on tv.

    There was not alot of police on the streets of london. why??

    1 million people marched on the capital$£ to stop the war in iraq and wasn`t listened to and the big cuts protest etc and we are blaming the youth. BRITAIN HAS REACHED BOILIING POINT.

    terrorists/ english defence league / bnp / youth what next $ collapsing pmsl


    August 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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