The reasons for the riots and why they weren’t that surprising
|September 8, 2011||Posted by Joanna Starzynski under international, national|
The riots from the 6th – 10th of August weren’t too great a surprise for me, especially when I considered the economic situation of this country and why people “stealing” or “bending” the government system feel that they can get away with almost anything.
Currently, people living on benefits (with 2 children) can claim up to £300-a-week, when somebody who works 40-hours-a-week on minimum wage (£5.93) can make around £240; minus tax and expenses and it works out as less money, despite the fact they work rather than remain at home. The point of the matter is that nobody is encouraged to work for what they get in the UK; if you work hard, say a job as a doctor, your wage doesn’t seem to justify the amount of effort you put into your work, especially when you consider the 40% higher rate taxation taken from people who earn over £50,000.
So, it’s people who probably have little to no work (of course I’m making a generalisation) who steal for a pointless cause; possibly when they already claim the dole. No, I don’t think they should be put in prison and claim yet more of the country’s hard-earned taxes. I believe they should work for their benefits, for a somewhat mutually salubrious cause. This society no longer believes that you have to work to be able to reward yourself. The reason for the economic downturn of this country is due to the lack of morals and an absence of respect for people who work hard.
Moreover, the high level of illegal immigration in this country is also a continuing problem that may have sparked these riots, as illegal aliens can ultimately claim benefits for doing very little. They can have a better standard of living doing nothing in our country than working hard in their own. The statistics show that the areas of origin for the rioters are mainly in London and Manchester, where immigration settlements are highest in the UK. These immigration statistics are presented here; although the evidence may not wholly be reliable.
Why the riots aren’t as bad as they seem
Many people believe that the ‘Credit Crunch’, or the modern-day recession, is now over; well it isn’t! When US President Barack Obama announces his nation has lost its AAA credit rating, you know that the world is still firmly stuck in financial squalor and that things can only get worse. As well as this, when shops, from large businesses to small locals, continue to shut down, it is another indication that we’re not out of the frying pan yet.
However, go back 80 years or so to 1929, when the Wall Street Crash first hit the US and when people were queuing in dole queues for food; German money became utterly redundant. So considering most people are living relatively comfortable lifestyles nowadays, in comparison things aren’t that bad.
There is however one major statistic which purports that 52.1% of the rioters were aged 18 – 24, which in turn suggests that since this age group is most closely linked with claiming benefits, and that the riots were in fact encouraged by the changing benefits system of England over the past 20 years. However, some argue that a number of the rioters were students struggling to afford university fees, yet these events took place before David Cameron hiked the fees up to £9,000. The last little irony is that if most people who committed these crimes were aged between 18 and 24, then it was potentially the brightest and most aspiring section of society that was rioting, when their thieving and vandalism could have been stopped, if given a worthwhile pursuit.
There are many causes and a number of catalytic factors contributing to why these riots took place, but in this current climate, be it economically affected or media controlled, there is one thing for sure. It needs to change! So, as a word of warning to all readers who haven’t given up reading what may be a series of loose connections by this point; be wary that the economic downturn could turn into something much, much worse.