Sitting at home watching every news channel’s coverage of the London riots makes me wonder what the hell is going on?! You could be mistaken for watching an uprising in the Middle East and North Africa. A majority of people will conclude the looting in the capital and other UK cities isn’t directly related to the shooting of a man under suspicious circumstances in north London last week.
The stupid and shameless acts witnessed do however expose the tip of the iceberg; they’re a number social, economic and political disparities the UK Government must face. So far, the coalition’s decision to ‘revise’ its policy on student fees, funding and the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for young people from poorer households hasn’t increased its popularity. I’m not advocating the Government executes a manifesto that simply pleases the masses, but surely it needs to address the social or economic needs of disenfranchised youth?
Not all of the population will take the streets in this way but they’re other demographics that are just as frustrated. This frustration is exacerbated by cuts to community initiatives, higher fuel bills, unemployment and no sign of improvements unless you’re a banker, most likely bailed out by the taxpayer.
Prime Minister David Cameron looks desperate and incredibly slow to react to this major issue facing his administration and now people will begin to question if he’s the right man for the job. Maybe he believes it is our responsibility as part of his ‘Big Society’ idea! Equally, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson looks out of his depth. It will be very interesting to see how they handle this crisis now they are back from their respective holidays.