Wednesday, 10 August 2011

UK Riots - Solution

A lot of the analysis and debate sparked by recent events has unfortunately suffered from one fatal error rendering most attempts futile and meaningless.

People have attempted to address and package the issue as if there were one archetypal rioter:

Some claiming it's a "black issue" - where are the role models/fathers? Let's blame Hip-Hop and rap music!
Others claiming it's a "class issue" - it's the underprivileged, "deprived", downtrodden, all lashing out.

Truth is, people who have fallen into this trap could not be more wrong. The events over the past few days are a evidence of a moral issue. People from all walks of life, all ages and shades have been caught on CCTV, are turning up at court and are occupying prison cells across the country. However, the one thing they all have in common is a damaged or non-existent moral compass.

So how do we address this? I would propose a compulsory enlisting of all offenders into aid agencies and charities and that they serve their sentences with them, or face triple the time in a prison, with weekly positive social-cognitive rebuilding therapy sessions as mandatory, if the placement is not acceptably upheld or abandoned.

Learning to help others and seeing the direct benefit that personal sacrifice and positive action can have on other people WILL assist in preventing future transgressions, the nature of which we've seen this week. This would probably be the first time in many of their lives, experiencing the phenomenon of doing good for nothing in return and changing other people's lives for the better; a shocking, but paradoxically unsurprising likelihood.

My proposed solution is one size and would fit all. I challenge anyone to find a better and more progressive solution.

- Mr Devo

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Monday, 8 August 2011

UK Riots - West Lodon - Nottinghill area

Much was said about the alleged destruction in the Nottinghill area, here's what we saw on the streets.

Sloane Square Money Exchange

Hugo Boss in Sloane Square

Office on Portobello Road

There were a couple of stores with smashed windows (at random)

Minimal damage in the Bayswater/Queensway area - Best One

Office on Queensway

All-in-all, the reports hearsay of major havoc in the Nottinghill area, was largely overblown. The streets were dead, bar a few small groups of children who were allegedly "tooled up."

Really glad the damage in the area was minimal, really feel for those less fortunate. Regardless of the anger/frustration/lack of connection these people animals feel, shattering the lives of your neighbours and destroying your hometowns will make life worse for everyone*

*As I wrote this, I realised perhaps, this is subconsciously exactly what they want...

But regardless of the motivations behind the destruction being dished out, the fact remains that good, innocent people are suffering as a result, and that is unforgivable.

- Mr Devo

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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes


I'm surprised by anyone who says they didn't see this destruction coming. You thought tuition fees were an issue for the young people in Britain? The people causing this destruction weren't there because they didnt believe they had University prospects - be serious - and after the protests failed and the fees rose, they believe it even less. This is what happens when the rich get rich and the poor get poorer.

- Mr Devo

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