Many today have been acting as if relative calm last night in London is a sign the riots are over. Perhaps, but I doubt it. This "calm" still meant that people were looting in various parts of the city, if on a smaller scale than the previous two nights, and there are numerous reports of muggings by gangs of youth in North London. Last night, speaking to a friend, I commented that it may just be a matter of time before full on battles break out between ethnic groups in various cities across the UK. As Turkish, Sikh, Muslim and plain old White Englishmen seek to protect their property and businesses the police had the audacity to say vigilantes were not needed. In fact - as one commenter noted - the police seemed more upset that people were trying to protect their own property than they were about gangs of feral youth savaging cities, stealing, destroying, injuring and killing. What a disgrace this country is. And so we are left with an entirely emasculated police force under orders to watch the city burn for days, until it is finally suggested that they might, note might, use water cannons. And how many more people need to die before they actually will bring out the cannons?
Meanwhile, frustrated citizens are left to defend themselves against lawless gangs of youth who have no respect for anyone or anything - who in fact relish the idea of causing destruction. Last night some young Muslim business owners were mowed down by rioters as they tried to protect themselves. Turkish business owners in Hackney and Islington feel they have no other option but to protect themselves. The riots have proved what I have written on this blog since its inception - you cannot count on the police in the UK. This is not because there are not many upstanding men and women serving in the Met, but because they are not given the authority and tools they need to serve and protect the British public. This begs the question - if communities feel they are left with no choice to police themselves, how long until they feel they have no choice but to serve out their own justice? The police criticized those trying to protect their homes as vigilantes, but they are not. They are simply doing what the police are unable to. But how long will it be until actual vigilantes take to the streets, hunting down individuals they feel are responsible for stealing, robbing, beating and savaging parts of the city? This is not what Britain needs. The government and the Met are now at serious risk of losing complete control.
Graeme Archer writes in The Telegraph:
What does it take to make a community? Our heritage here is roughly one third each Turkish, Anglo-Saxon and African. I used to believe it was enough that the different races rubbed along together, without needing to be one another’s special friends. Something not unlike a truce was observed: we were polite, without ever really mixing. It would not take much – it may already have happened – for these three cohabiting groups to decide they want nothing more to do with one another. What then? More riots?
I walk the length of the street, and end up in my local, where the regulars are cutting up planks of wood with which to board up the windows. A man comes in: “It’s kicking off again, up the town hall.” We listen to the police helicopter overhead. The name of this pub is The Perseverance. It’s apt, I hope.
The streets are deserted as I make my way home. On Monday night, my partner came to meet me at the station, and we walked home together. The buses weren’t running and Hackney Road was eerily silent. There were a few folk like us about – from the world of work – walking home as fast as dignity would allow. Squads of boys-on-bikes passed intermittently. I learnt later that they targeted anyone normal-looking and mugged them.
And so goes the city.