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 responsibility 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 civilised society 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.