So, wappnin’ today?
Firstly, people accused of rioting have been rushed through the magistrates’ courts which have been sitting all night to process them like sausage-meat.
How easily we’re slipping into martial law with nary a by your leave.
Six months jail for electrical student Nicholas Robinson — no previous record — for stealing bottled water worth £3.50 when he was caught up in the heat of the moment. An 11-year old girl in foster care given a nine-month referral order for breaking a window. Sixteen weeks for one guy who cheeked a copper with, “I’d smash you if you took your uniform off”. Not nice but I hear worse in my latex maid’s outfit. Almost all of the accused kept on remand without bail. Some of the accused might have been scooped up and convicted merely because they were in the vicinity. We’ll never know because ordinary standards of justice have gone to the wall as everyone’s losing their heads.
These aren’t the nasty hardened criminals who burnt, beat and maimed — and who will have to learn that destructive anti-social actions have consequences. These are angry children (73% of the rioters were aged between 18 and 24).
Considering the youth of Haringey have each lost an average of £75 of spending with the ending of EMA, youth clubs and outreach workers before the cuts have even begun to bite, I’d say we owe them.
No cause and effect, no understanding, just “crush, kill, destroy” bellowed by the same politicians who claimed thousands, tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands in “expenses” off the tax-payer.
And the bankers who kicked off this cycle of misery? Laughing like a drain on the economy all the way to their bonuses, I dare say.
OK, where’d I put my flaming torch and pitchfork …? “Off with their heads … to Wembley stadium … we shall take them on the beaches … stringing up’s too good for them … use the Plastic Ono bullets … ”
Um, which mob am I with, again?
Madam Miaow on Looting & the UK riots: as above, so below.
Madam Miaow’s mash-up video to The Bermondsey Joyriders’ “Society Is Rapidly Changing”.
Peter Oborne making good sense.
David Harvey: feral capitalism hits the hight streets.
Nick Clegg — cactus killer by Harpy Marx.
Anna’s food blog here: