Riots in UK Could Forshadow Events in the US by Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
August 13, 2011

Tottenham Riots

Image by Nicobobinus via Flickr

The British government has charged that the riots are being caused by an increase in “criminality”. This is patently ridiculous. What is the difference in London or Manchester now than last year? If these riots are presumed to be the act of “criminals”, then what triggered these “criminals” to riot? If “criminality” is the reason why people are on the streets destroying neighborhoods and looting shops, why is it happening all over the country? Did the “criminals” all get together and decide to stage a riot in different cities so that they could hone their “criminal” skills?

There must be some underlying reason why people feel that they need to go out on the streets and break things and to steal from shopkeepers, or was this week just a moment where all the “criminals” decided to act out all at once? This is the supposition that the British Prime Minister, David Cameron is making. This is a situation that shows just how preposterous politicians can be.

When you analyze the situation, what you see is people filling the streets and displaying very anti-social behavior. What the British government is asking the people of Britain and also the rest of the world to do is to assume that there are very many “criminals” in England. While I can agree that the people on the streets are committing criminal acts, I don’t believe that all of them decided to be “criminals”, and moreover, all on the same day. There must be an underlying reason why this happened in England. There is also a reason why the British government is using such a ridiculous assumption as to the cause of the riots.

I would like to point out a few things and also ask a few questions of the British Prime Minister:

  1. Why is there such a disparity between the rich and the poor? Why has income risen for the upper classes while the lower classes have seen a reduction in theirs?
  2. Why is Great Britain waging wars in Afghanistan, Libya and other countries under the guise of delivering “democracy” while they are part of a culture that worships class structure?
  3. Why is it that “people of color” are living in neighborhoods that are substandard while the richest neighborhoods have very few minorities especially when you consider that the practice of slavery ended so long ago in Britain? Are the minorities just racially inferior to the white people?
  4. Why is it that people of every race are rioting in the streets? If you take PM Cameron at his word, it’s probably so that they can steal a wide-screen TV.
  5. Could it possibly be that corporations are purchasing influence from members of Parliament at the expense of the common people in England?
  6. Could it be the possibility that their former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who is now facing extradition to The Hague for war crimes stemming out of the Iraq War, make citizens feel deceived about the war?,news-comment,news-politics,war-crime-case-against-tony-blair-is-now-rock-solid
  7. Are people rioting because the standard of living gotten has plummeted?  The recession has pushed living standards in Britain to below the 2005 general election level.
  8. Are people more than just a little bit angry when they are informed that the U.K. faces the sharpest spending cuts since WWII while cutting over half a million jobs?
  9. Are the people angry because many colleges and universities are being forced to close due to British spending cuts while at the same time London is spending millions on foreign wars?
  10. Are the lower classes angry because the budget for new social housing would be cut by 60% over four years?

These are just a few reasons why people in the U.K. might be more than just a little bit angry. I sincerely doubt that people in London, Manchester and other cities in Britain have all decided to become “criminals”.

The riots on the other side of the pond should be a wake-up call to the United States. Of the 10 reasons I remarked on, most of them apply equally to the United States. I can already picture Barack Obama and other politicians blaming future riots on our streets as being perpetrated by “criminals”. Our politicians will probably use the term “economic terrorists”.


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  6. very well written Tim!!
    the sad thing is that once citizens ‘ cross the line ‘ from peaceful street protest to looting and destruction, they lose the very citizen empathy they need. the example of the US riots in Newark and Watts etc are examples. they actually turned off so many other americans who would have felt empathy for them. on top of that, it is usually Mom and Pop stores that get trashed, not the heavily secured corporate ones.
    as an activist who stands on the town squares in dissent for almost 7 years now, i can tell you that we need to attract the VERY PEOPLE who get ‘ turned off ‘ and ‘ scared off ‘ by the wild, destructive demonstrations. a very tough thing to accomplish.
    in my newest column on Dandelion, ‘ An Empire Filled Wtih Fools ‘ , i discuss how propagandized the average American is . to me, violent demonstrations and rioting only push many DEEPER into that propaganda..
    food for thought and a great understanding on your part of the depth of despair that initiates such destructive behavior.
    a real conundrum!
    Philip Farruggio

    • phillip,i agree with you,and gatto is right on as usual!! phil,like you i have been doing my thing about 911 out in public,alone&one on one with strangers,but without the massive protests that should have been on going since reagan in this socalled republic,i am afraid that unless we can begin right now with millions of us peacefully protestind,striking,shutting down the gov.&wallstreet,we will be too late to reverse&put an end to the evil insanity being spewed around the world by the gov.,corporations&wallstreet,thus opening up the streets to angry citizens in amerika,just like england!!!!come on all you millions of folks out there who know who the enemy is and know we can no longer sit back and do nothing while “rome burns”!!!! hokahey/it is a good time to live

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