Manchester riots a mix of shame and pride

So the riots in Manchester have stopped.

The shame of these particular riots was that there was no valid reason for them. Nobody was protesting about an injustice, or about any rotten political machine.

It seems clear that the only reason was to break into shops and steal anything that wasn’t battened down. The small number of people involved were mainly young and seemed hell-bent on getting shops electrical stuff, designer gear, wine and crisps into their hot, greasy palms.

And of course the career criminals took full advantage of the chaos to spend their time to completely suck goods out of well protected shops.

How do parents of the children and young people who were involved in the whole shameful episode feel? Are they pleased, because their children showed a bit of spirit and anyway, “the insurance will cover shops losses?” And yet not every shop was insured. But of course if anyone taking part had even thought of it they would have blamed the shop owners for not being insured.

After all it’s clear that personal┬áresponsibility is something these children don’t appear to believe in.

However, we can be very proud of the way so many young people of Manchester rallied round and helped in the massive clean-up that started as soon as the rioters had started to drift homewards with their spoils. We can also be proud that the Greater Manchester police didn’t go over the top and try and beat up these silly misguided people, even though many of us were angry at the wanton destruction.

Some people might say that these riots were the same as the Moss Side ones in the 80’s. I was in Manchester then and I don’t believe these were anything like them.

Hopefully the sentences people are receiving will help to show that┬ácivilised┬ásociety cannot tolerate this type of behaviour. Equally I’m quite sure we’ve learnt lessons that we need to apply to stop just blind greed causing a riot.


About Jim Symcox

Manchester is great. At Manchester University I take part in Gilbert & Sullivan productions each year. I'm a Manchester-based business growth coach and marketing evangelist and like to help companies grow more profitable, more quickly.
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4 Responses to Manchester riots a mix of shame and pride

  1. SammyDee says:

    I agree. There was no reason behind what happened on Tuesday night. Not in Manchester and Salford at least.

    I’m glad lots of young people came together to clear up the mess. The street cleaners worked through the night too so Manchester was almost back to normal by 8 am.

    Some community groups are coming together to arrange fundraisers for the shops that were hit too.

    I wrote a post about it if you’re interested?

  2. Jim Symcox says:

    Thanks @SammyDee it just shows that Manchester people have a great heart when it comes to helping others. By the wayI really like your blog and I’m looking forward to more on your Day Zero project.

  3. Gerald England says:

    I went into Manchester on Wednesday afternoon and it was all busy and vibrant as usual – if you didn’t know you wouldn’t know there’d been any riots – jut a few boarded up shops but there are always a few of those anyway.

  4. Jim Symcox says:

    @Gerald, yes think a lot of people realise that the riot wasn’t a massive undercurrent of dissatisfaction, more an outpouring of greed and out for “a bit of fun.”

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