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Band-aids on symptoms in the UK

Band-aids on symptoms in the UK

The ridiculous proposition from the UK government overnight that access to social media for those participating in social unrest (and, yes, blatant criminality) beggars belief.

The problems currently in the UK are, undoubtedly, symptomatic of a wide and deep set of infernally complex circumstances in that nation for which the seeds were sewn many years back; William Hague’s “we are all Thatcher’s children” words have more than a nugget of truth to them.

Taking away social network access was unconscionable in the face of uprisings in the Middle East earlier this year. It’s no different in this case. Root causes must be addressed. Social reform is absolutely critical to begin mending the broken state of UK society.

And, yes, criminal inciting and participating in illegal acts need to be caught and punished according to the law.

I was on ABC News Radio this morning discussing this matter.

Stephen Collins
  • Gary
    Posted at 02:58h, 13 August Reply

    I saw new FB groups and Tw #tags appearing online to help organise new riots as it was all kicking off. At this point it’s far too late to address social problems within the space of minutes because innocent people’s houses and businesses were about to be burnt down or looted. I’m sure there are a lot of decent people in the UK who would be agreeable to forfeit social networking sites during the evening/night for a few days if it could assist in disrupting the rioters communications and result in less people fleeing for their lives, being made homeless or losing the businesses they’ve built up over years and decades, or centuries in one case.

    It wouldn’t have stopped the riots, just limited the size of some of the crowds. It wasn’t a revolution by ordinary people as it was in various middle east countries, these were low lifes, young people who realised the police were NOT intervening and they effectively had a green light to rob, loot, and murder until the police were prepared to appear in larger numbers and intervene. This is what happens when the police do nothing and are very slow to react.

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