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London Pride

11 Aug

I’m a long way from London but over the past few days l have been appalled at what has been going on there and, in recent nights, in other cities too. I remember the riots back in the 80’s.Back then these people were angry, let down by the government and their communities and needed to vent their frustrations the only way they knew how. I’m not saying this was the right way to go about things but at least there was a reason as to their behaviour.

Unlike the mindless acts of violence and vandalism we have all been witnessing on our TV’s the past few days. It is a crying shame that a small bunch of idiots in various towns and cities are allowed to destroy people’s livelihoods. In fairness to the police they have their hands tied. They are damned if they go in hard and they are damned if they don’t.These idiots are only ‘rioting’ because its a warm August evening, boredom has set in again, ‘it’s som’at to do in’it’ and there is every opportunity to smash the hell out of anything and anybody along with the chance of grabbing a flat-screen TV to boot. There is no rhyme nor reason behind this spate of violence other than greed. People of all ages have been involved including children as young as 11 years! Where were their parents? What were they thinking of? I have my own thoughts of how we should tackle these problems but it’s not in the conventional way!

So it was so uplifting to see on the TV men, women, children banded together through Facebook and Twitter armed with brooms to help clean up their neighbourhoods. It reminded me of an old wartime poster with the women marching along ‘Up and ‘At ‘Em’. The same fighting spirit lives on all these years later. And l for one was proud to see it. I felt this sent a stronger message to these thugs than anything else. “Yes, you might smash things up but this is our town too and we are here in force to clean things up. We have pride and respect for our neighbourhood, even if you don’t!”

Long live this Pride and thank God there are still people out there that are not frightened to show it. The true spirit of London lives on just as it did in the Second World War. Your forebears would be truly proud of you all. Well done!

Someone said to me ‘Heck, makes you want to come back, doesn’t it?’ Well, yes it does because l know it was a very small minority and that the vast majority do have pride in their country and for as long as we have that balance then l still have hope. I love my country but despise anyone, whoever they are, behaving in this way. Crack that whip, and crack it hard!

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11 responses to “London Pride

  1. elaine rickett

    August 11, 2011 at 09:14

    Hear hear!

     
  2. chicaandaluza

    August 11, 2011 at 10:08

    Trevor, you couldn´t have put it better. My sentiments exactly. We need to recapture some of the pride in our nation that is so strong in France, Spain, Italy. There´s nothing wrong with being proud of your country, your village, being British….although right now there´s more to be ashamed of looking at what these people are doing.

     
    • trevorhunt

      August 11, 2011 at 13:32

      Hi Tanya, I know it is easy to dismiss everything as being ‘one of those things’ but there are some huge questions here that should be addressed.but l don’t think anyone has the guts to provide proper answers. Punish these thugs and reward the others by using strong initiatives to help the law abiding young people of our country. Rant over!

       
  3. dawn

    August 11, 2011 at 10:11

    … absolutely!

    We need to bring back pride in our country and rid the streets of these idiots. I remember the riots of the 80’s too and driving with my Dad to pick up my Mom who worked in a city centre shop at the time – scary times. At least the rain last night kept them off the streets my dh who is from NI always says they don’t riot when it rains 😉

     
    • trevorhunt

      August 11, 2011 at 14:09

      Good point Dawn. The lazy louts don’t like the rain. Well, it might spoil their gains after a nights rioting! You never see them rioting in the winter either do you? It seems to me they need to be given a sentence called ‘Hard Labour’. That would certainly sort the men from the boys!

       
  4. greg becker

    August 11, 2011 at 11:27

    I live very close to the recent disturbances in London, in fact the local shops were targeted. It has made everybody concerned and angry, but reading your blog post has made me realise something. These are just kids mainly and surely we should not be feeling threatened or frightened by a relatively small group of bored teenagers. Society is quite capable of dealing with something like this, all we need to do is act as an organized community to protect the interests of the whole. The only real threat comes from the looters being more organised and purposeful than the communities they target.
    PS.
    just went for a walk and saw two hooded youths skulking in the bushes at the side of a local park.
    I felt threatened until I saw what they were doing – picking blackberries!!

     
    • trevorhunt

      August 11, 2011 at 14:12

      A great reply Greg with a very funny ending. I would probably have had to look twice too if l were in your shoes. Nice to know they were only foraging. I can see another cartoon coming along here….? F for Foraging??

       
      • greg becker

        August 11, 2011 at 15:51

        Foraging is a great word but Nic of nipinthebud has already done it! you have got to be quick in this alphabet game.

         
  5. Laura @ PatioPatch

    August 11, 2011 at 15:27

    Unfortunately none of the explanations match the reality – not kids, not unemployed, not one race but all hell bent on destruction because they can. This was just a mass outbreak of the type of crime and lawlessness that goes on much of the time on an individual basis. A lot to fix in Britain and sweeping up is a good start!

     
    • trevorhunt

      August 11, 2011 at 15:40

      How right you are Laura. As l said in a previous reply, where do you start? Who has the balls to address the real issues and to make the necessary changes? Who is prepared to put their political life on the line and start sorting out these mindless idiots? It’s all very well to say they will get their comeuppance in the courts but l will wait and see on that one. ASBO’s etc are nothing to these people. Bring in proper sentencing of hard labour and at least 6 months as a minimum. Dress them in stripped overalls and get them to clear their mess up! No, l can’t see it ever happening either!

       
  6. Janet/Plantaliscious

    August 11, 2011 at 16:48

    Very well said.

     

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