Tuesday, 9 August 2011

London Riots

One of the very first things I learnt whilst studying law is that we are all involved in a social contract. Whereby we promise to abide by the laws set by our elected government and give up some of our freedom in order to be protected from harm and live in an orderly society. This is a very basic version of what we were taught, but I’m sure you get the idea.

What I am seeing with this rioting and looting is the youth of today, realising that this relationship is more based on trust and promises and that actually the authorities are unable to back up with action necessary to fulfil their side of the social contract. They are seeing that this is more of a promise, and realising that it can be broken, and if done so on mass, they can actually break the contract all together. By this, I mean the authorities are no longer able to protect the innocent, law abiding citizens and havoc has prevailed.

There is of course the question in everyone’s mind of why. Why are they doing this? What are they hoping to achieve. The simple answer is, because they can. Initially it started off last Thursday, in Tottenham, when a father of four – Mark Duggan – lost his life during a police operation. This kick started the riot, but other gangs and youths have realised how much they were able to get away with and joined in. Why, because they can. Because there were no consequences to their actions. All we are hearing on the news, is the repeatedly the word, mindless violence. On the contrary, they have thought about it, realised the faults in the system, and taken advantage of the situation to the full extent. The fires have been caused because of the mob mentality, they have worked themselves into a frenzy believing they are invincible, and taking it that one step further. Pushing the boundaries, seeing how much they can actually get away with.

It’s shocking and horrendous, and last night whilst lying in my bed listening to the screaming and the sirens, I was left wondering - will London ever be the same again?

As always, comments are welcome.

Till next time….

1 comment:

The Gray Monk said...

Probably not. The thinking of the last sixty years is increasingly showing its failings, people are not all the same and if you remove the moral element and try to legislate it - it soon fails. Social engineering has now produced a disaffected youth sub-culture and as you rightly point out, the "social contract" cannot be effectively enforced if sufficient people decide to break it.