(originally posted to Farcebook Notes on the 13th of August 2011)
Highest estimated cost of riots: £100m
Tax avoidance by Vodafone: £6 billion
Tax spent on Libyan intervention: £1 billion
Tax avoidance in 2010 by richest people in the UK: £7 bllion
Tax payers bill for banking crisis: £131 billion
Tax money spent in Iraqi conflict: £4.5 billion
Tax money spent on Afghan conflict (up until 2007): £7 billion
Total MP expenses bill (2007) £87.6m
These were some numbers posted by a page on Facebook which I follow, this evening. Now, I’m not sure how accurate they are, and I am sure that the bank bailout will end up costing us a hell of a lot more than the total listed above. We’ve not stopped attacking Libya yet so that bill will certainly go up as will the conflict in Afghanistan. The numbers are not what got me thinking. It was what someone replied to the post. They suggested we should “Oh, so we just let them off then?”. To which another replied something along the lines of bringing back hanging for the unruly blighter’s. “Birch the lot of them!” I’m pretty sure the person that posted the numbers wasn’t trying to make the point, that the cost of the riots wasn’t that bad, but we’ll come back to that in a bit.
There has also been a lot of calls (very quick calls) for the scum that raided JD Sports and Curry’s to have their benefits taken away from them, and turfed out of council houses. I watched in complete disbelief as a man in the audience on Question Time demanded that “They should have thought about that before they did it!”. Even though he wasn’t thinking about what his reaction, along with about 160,000 others that have signed the Governments ePetition on the subject, will have when they do this. There are even a few on my friends list on Facebook that have the same view. And they might not be on my friends list much longer when I say this next part.
You are just as bad as the looters.
That’s right! Just as they didn’t think that their actions will have consequences when they went on a hot blooded rampage through H&M, neither are you thinking about the consequences or your overreactions! The looters smashed up cop cars, torched houses, buses and small independent businesses and even ended up killing 5 innocent people trying to protect their communities. They’ve ruined lives all over the length and breadth of England. But in YOUR thirst for revenge on them, you aren’t thinking what consequences will result from putting them onto the streets and taking away any money they get from the welfare system. What will they do for money? Get a job? I don’t think so. They’ll have to turn to crime. Mugging the vulnerable, burglary, selling drugs…and they still won’t care who they hurt in doing it. It could well be one of your loved ones that ends up on the receiving end. Your house that gets ransacked. Your Gran that gets mugged coming out of the post office with her (pitiful) pension. Your child that overdoses from bad drugs they got sold in a club.
David Cameron is right (I’ll probably lose a few friends for saying that as well). Their is a sickness in our society. But it’s not just limited to those that went looting and robbing and setting fire to things last weekend. (and in case it escaped anyone’s notice, this goes on all over the country all the time, just not in such a large scale) It is also us as well.
How many pedestrians, cyclists or car drivers reading this have almost been run over, knocked down or cut up by an inconsiderate prick driving a Beemer? How many people have a couple of pints and still think it’s okay to drive home? How many of you have used your mobile phone whilst driving?
Probably most of us, including myself, have been on the receiving end of someone else’s total lack of care, or we’ve just not given a shit ourselves.
The whole country has gone fucking mental and ordinary peeps that didn’t get involved are all baying for blood. Yes the looters brought misery. Yes people got killed. Anyone any idea how many have committed suicide when they lost their jobs, their homes and their savings when greedy bankers fucked the world out of $20trillion??? Where’s the anger towards bankers?
Where’s the anger at the oil companies for lobbying Government to bomb the shit out of Iraq and Libya so they can get their hands on more oil in order to sell petrol to us at extortionate rates???
Where’s the anger at the Arms dealers of the world that sell weapons to tyrannical countries, weapons made here in the west and usually paid for with our tax money in the form of ‘aid’???
And where is the anger at the politicians that allowed all this to happen in the first place?
Before we go back to the days of Sweeney Todd, when we hanged hungry kids that stole a loaf of bread, let’s think about the consequences of our actions. In everything we do.