Two Typical Rioters

WThe Spectator 180th Anniversary Partye have all sat there, dismayed, aghast, speechless and shocked at what has transpired on our streets.  We all witnessed the fires, the burning of buildings, people now becoming homeless because of the mindless actions of people who wanted to go with the flow and break the law.

Innocent people have lost their lives, Police Officers have been injured.  Animals trained to do a job became targets for mindless people who threw things at a dumb animal.

We have seen our Government tackle this problem head-on.  No way are they going to stand for this kind of behaviour on our streets.  Good for them, none of us want to witness what we have witnessed over the last week.

Cameron is talking tough, whilst also talking out of his rear.  How the hell does he expect someone to get private housing from a private landlord if they have been evicted from their council home?  All he is doing is moving the problem around from one area to another without finding the root causes as to why people feel deprived, why they feel worthless, why they don’t have much hope of a bright future or simply why they did what they did on the streets?

Surely the landlord is going to want to know why they have left their council home, surely the landlord will want references.  No sensible landlord is going to risk their property being wrecked especially if they find out the person they are letting to is the parent of a mindless thug.

If alternative housing for people that they are evicting can’t be found, these people will have to be put in temporary accommodation and that is going to cost more and drain and eat into the welfare budget and deplete it of it’s funds in no time.  What does David Cameron think is going to happen?  Are these people expected to sleep on the streets?  If they are forced to sleep on the streets what will that accomplish?  Absolutely nothing except more hatred and deprivation for society and the establishment and more crime.

Listen to David Cameron, he tells us that he is getting tough.  You break the law you will pay the price.  Whether you set light to greenhouses or shops, it doesn’t matter arson is arson.

The young man who throws a plant pot through a restaurant window, irrespective of their background or their status is just as guilty as the person who throws a brick or a paving stone. Both people are committing criminal damage.

The 16 year old youth who sets fire to greenhouses is just as guilty as the person that set alight to the furniture store in Croydon.

Nick Clegg has told us we have to find out why the young teenager feels that he is not wanted and why he disassociated from society and we have to teach them to take responsibility for their actions.  Just like we have to find out why a 16 year old exchange student along with his friend would set fire to a Professor’s greenhouse.  Just like we have to find out why a university student thinks it’s funny to throw things through a cafe window and cause criminal damage.

As society we have to tell these people that that crime is not acceptable, I suppose just as the those courts and police told Nick Clegg when he was that 16 year old exchange student convicted of arson as reported by this article back in 2007:

As a 16-year-old exchange student in Germany, Mr Clegg was convicted of arson and given a community service sentence after he and a friend set fire to two greenhouses of cacti belonging to a professor.

Or Boris Johnson as revealed in an article  published by the Guardian on Wednesday,where they state:

“This behaviour was criminal behaviour,” said Johnson of the recent riots – but in the past his attitude to vandalism has been more nuanced. In his and Cameron’s day, the Bullingdon was most notorious for heaving a weighty flowerpot through the window of a distinguished Oxford eaterie. Cameron, it is said, had already left the scene, but Johnson was so proud that for a time he claimed he was arrested for his part in these exploits. In fact, he simply hid in the shrubbery at the city’s botanical gardens. Lucky there were no 24-hour magistrates’ courts in those days.

And this relates to this article in the FT back in April 2010, where one person involved says that Cameron was around at the time of the incident.

David Cameron​ supposedly retired early to bed before a raucous evening in 1987 in which the Bullingdon Club ran from the police through the streets of Oxford – according to “When Boris met Dave”, the recent TV programme.

In fact, I can reveal, the youthful Cameron was most definitely at the party. Unlike most of his friends, however, he – along with Boris Johnson​ and another student called Sebastian Grigg – escaped capture by the forces of law and order.

Mr Cameron’s apparent capacity to rise almost without trace is neatly embodied in the story of his early brush with the law.

The evening had ended with a pot being sent crashing through a restaurant window – sending some of the revellers, including Johnson, the future mayor of London, scurrying for safety while their less fortunate friends earned themselves a night in the cells at Cowley police station.

Many details of the evening have been kept a closely-guarded secret by the group of old friends, who have remained tight-lipped about Cameron’s involvement in the escapade.

But one former Bullingdon member recalled how the arrests took place in Oxford’s botanical gardens where – silhouetted by the lights of the police cars – the students, who had been hiding on the ground, stood up one by one.


And how is it justice when an MP  only serves four months prison out of his 18 mth sentence for £8000 fraud and student this week got six months for stealing £3.80 bottled water and will probably be forced to serve 3 months of that sentence behind bars?   How is that justice?

You only have to read how MP’s have been let out of jail and they have not even served half of their sentence.

Like Jim Devine

Jim Devine, the ex-MP jailed for falsely claiming more than £8,000 in expenses, has been released after serving just a quarter of his sentence.

And David Chaytor

Disgraced former MP David Chaytor has been released from prison – less than six months into an 18-month sentence.

Chaytor was jailed in January for fraudulently claiming more than £20,000 in House of Commons expenses.

I am all for being tough on crime but at least be fair about it, no matter who commits the crime their status should not come into it.  The severity of the crime is what should have an impact on sentencing and release…. not who you know.


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