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‘I pay my taxes, I’m just taking back what’s mine’

Those are the words of a young woman who was part of a wanton criminality in London last night when asked by Mark Stone the Sky News reporter on the scene. First of all it was a terrific piece of journalism with Mr Stone putting himself very much in harms way to get a story but secondly it was quite chilling what the response was.

First of all the young lady in question didn’t seem old enough to pay taxes so her point seems a bit off but most importantly if people really think (and this wasn’t an isolated sound byte) that they can reclaim what is there’s by breaking into premises of private individuals and businesses and stealing whatever they like and then torching the place then you have top worry about the level of education that these people are getting.

I find it difficult to put into words exactly what I’m thinking on this issue as I mostly feel despair. I’m lucky that I don’t live in an area that has a major fear of violence in the near future *touches wood* and I was not in fear of going to sleep last night. However this isn’t about me and like all of us I have friends who were in genuine fear last night not only for their property but for their lives. When masked criminals in their 100s are roaming the streets looking for trouble and believing they have the power to do whatever they want are in control then the rest of the community suffers.

The video that many will have seen on BBC News this morning of an injured person with blood pouring out of him being mugged by these people and having his back pack emptied by these people. They feel like they have the ultimate power and nothing can stop them and when people have that sense of invincibility then they are very dangerous people. Mob mentality rules. We’ve all been in uncomfortable situations where we are outnumbered and fear for our own safety but these usually pass within a few minutes but imagine that fear lasting for days.

Today is Day four of this event and tonight is probably the key night. Tonight is either escalates or the police finally get the upper hand. The rioters will be at home sleeping off a night of adrenaline-fuelled rampage ready to rise and shine this afternoon to see what is the next step. Do they have enough stolen gear? Do they feel that they have pushed their luck? Or do they feel like they can’t lose and will be waiting to find out what area they’ll target next?

It is all rather sad and depressing that in a civilised country law-abiding folk can lose everything and fear for their lives thanks to a handful of mindless morons who care about having a good time and are high on a sense of power.

One last note though. If you work in Curry’s and decide to loot your own store whilst still in uniform then you are one of the biggest idiots on the face of this planet. If this is the type of intellect that is involved then we need to sort out education in this country and this makes the rioters a tricky customer to face. How can you face an opponent who knows so little and won’t act with any logic? That is something that the Met will face tonight.

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