Monday, 8 August 2011

Boris, FFS take their free Oyster cards away

The best analysis of all the gumph I've heard over the past couple of days comes from Demos' Mark Wind-Cowie, speaking on PM earlier today (abt 20 in):

"What lies behind the violence is a small minority of people from certain communities in London who have been brought up in a culture of criminality and anti-social behaviour; have been brought up and encouraged not to respect persons in authority, and these young people who are rioting across London are not rioting because of politics, are not rioting about economics - these are excuses we are giving them because we want some deeper meaning from it - they are rioting because they dislike the idea that they are subject to the same rules and same laws as everyone else and they resent the fact that they're being policed"


Those outside London may not realise that these young scofflaws are travelling from riot scene to riot scene courtesy of the London Council Tax payer; the bloody Mayor's given them all 'free' Oyster cards so they can travel easily from Tottenham to Enfield, Enfield to Lewisham and Peckham to Brixton. Without them they'd have to walk or pay fares - not nearly so much fun. And these 'impoverished youths, struggling against the bonds of poverty' have all seemingly got Blackberry phones, and are messaging eachother the latest TK Maxx or JD Sports to have been opened up to looters. 


Two immediate measures. (1) Boris, suspend all under 18s free Oystercards in the affected boroughs forthwith (2) Theresa, get Blackberry to suspend BBM services in the relevant postcodes for the time being. Let's bring the young scum under control. 

7 comments:

Gordoom Brown's joke writer........ said...

Haha, I see what you did there Raedwald, you made a joke.

You said:

(1) Boris, suspend all under 18s free Oystercards in the affected boroughs forthwith (2) Theresa, get Blackberry to suspend BBM services in the relevant postcodes for the time being.

When you know that Boris and Theresa are there only to walk down the cleaned up road, grim-faced, two days AFTER the event for a photo-opportunity expressing their bewilderment at how such a thing could happen under their sharing-caring government. Just like your understudy PM Clegg.

You cannot expect any preventative action. Raedwald you are such a card.

Sean said...

Simple solutions are always the best ones. I would add issuing the police with paintball guns, nothing would upset the Yoof of today more than their nice hoodies needing a wash.... and in the meantime it would be much easier to identify them.

Anonymous said...

Where is Anders Breivik when you need him?

gristle said...

Sean, Like your thinking just one problem. They could easily escape being paint dyed by putting airtight plastic bags over their heads.
Oh wait a minute...

Budgie said...

Excellent practical ideas, Raedwald. Problem is our esteemed establishment won't dare do anything except wring their hands and set up an enquiry. The establishment have lost the plot, lost a sense of perspective, lost honesty and candour, and hence cannot take sensible moral decisions and act on them.

Anonymous said...

And the police looking on - are bluntly thinking "fuck it"

Greg Tingey said...

And, of course, all the others, the 99% of the rest of the population who have travelcards, and who are NOTING AT ALL TO DO WITH THE RIOTING ...
Get penalised as well.
Very clever.
NOT.