Big Rob wrote:
We had 6 windows broken in our town centre a couple of nights back and about 30 people trying to goad the police into chasing them up the street. A lot of nothing, basically. The local paper the next day had dozens of comments on it's website demanding that the army be called in and shoot anyone out in public after midnight. When challenged people freely agreed that if this included children then so be it. You've got to wonder how insulated and cossetted some people are that a bit of civil unrest freaks them out so much - I suspect normally they can tune out crime and violence by dint of property prices and the right post code and don't realise that many of us encouter vandalism, criminality and danger at other times and often all too frequently.
I don't find the riots very surprising as there has been a growing atmosphere of discontent for years now. What does amaze is just how fucking easy it is to panic the shit out of my fellow citizens. Yes things have been very serious but we have the means to manage things. What these headless chickens fail to grasp is that the more they screech in panic-stricken reactionary tones then the more they empower little thugs. In a similar vein demanding the army step in and rubber bullets be used communicates one thing only - that the police can't cope so go right the fuck ahead.