Saturday, 13 August 2011

Richard Mannington Bowes

This man, it will be recalled, suffered head injuries as the result of being attacked whilst attempting to put out a fire during the recent riots. It has been announced that he has subsequently died, a sad event on which The Anger of a Quiet Man has some well-chosen words. The police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of murder, but I have to ask whether the police have arrested the right suspect.

A view being presently held is that the riots were the result of community disintegration, yet how can disintegration occur if integration has not taken place? For racial integration to succeed, it requires both the indigenous and immigrant population to compromise and that has not happened and, logically, cannot happen where social mores are 'poles apart'. Where also religious beliefs intercede in the process of integration, it makes that process virtually impossible to achieve. Critics of that statement may point to Northern Ireland; to which the counter argument can be made that the tensions still exist, albeit under the apparent, calm, surface. If one accepts, for the sake of argument, that the riots were the result of disintegration, then this disintegration was undoubtedly made worse by government policies - which in their evolution over the years - has done nothing but exacerbate the original problem.

In their search for a solution, politicians make much of engaging community leaders in reaching a 'solution', yet these community leaders appear no more than self-appointed careerists, or employees of a state-sponsored quango, who represent only themselves and are as isolated from those for whom they claim to speak as are the politicians. Yet another undeniable factor is that the provision of a welfare system, one created by the last government presumably in the belief that it would produce a guaranteed grateful 'voting bloc', has created a culture that encourages people to regard their circumstances not as a temporary way of life, but a permanent one. A further problem has been caused by the creation of agencies, paid from the public purse, that provide an advisory service to ensure the maximum of benefits are claimed, also paid from the public purse, thus lending a legitamacy to the entire process. This, in turn, creates division as understandably the indigenous population - who have worked hard to achieve that which they have - then see the incoming immigrant population having the same achievements virtually handed to them, on a plate.

Blame has been levied at the police however this is, to a certain extend unfair, in that decades of inept and unworkable government policies has done no more than undermine them and their operational methods - aided and abetted by ACPO, an organisation staffed by careerists intent on their personal advancement. Nothing illustrates this more than the concept that the police is a 'service'; when their raison d'etre is to enforce law and order.

Far be it for me to teach the police investigating the deaths from the riots how to do their job, however it might perhaps be to their benefit - in their seach for suspects - were they to direct their enquiries at those working in Westminster with the self-given titles of Hon. and Rt. Hon!


PeterCharles said...

It is a tragic case, as all such are, however in reality it is not really linked with the riots, exactly the same outcome could have happened on any Friday or Saturday night had Mr Bowes interfered with some yob's mindless vandalism, always a recipe for violent response.

It also should be recognised that many of the upstanding 'law abiding' citizens calling for the hanging and flogging of the perpetrators, mostly opportunist thieves, would themselves most likely do exactly the same were they to come across the spillage of, say, a pallet of beer cans. Probably justifying their theft, for that is what it is, because the cans were now obviously damaged and everyone else was doing it anyway. Indeed I witnessed just such an event a few years ago, although it was cans of rice pudding rather than beer that slid off a lorry as it turned too fast into a roundabout. Within 20 mins the whole lot had gone.

Prosecuting the 14 year old who was sensibly leaving the area but swiped a packet of chewing gum through a broken shop window is also ridiculous. A clip around the ear and a kick up the backside would have been a much more appropriate response, especially when the majority of those who did smash windows and set fires will escape scott free. It also illustrates just how the blame for all of this lies with the political class. They are the first to blame improper family upbringing yet it is they who have stepped in to neuter family discipline. Had that boy's father applied a clip around the ear and a boot up the backside, he would himself likely have been prosecuted, probably forced to take an anger management course and likely been forced to leave the family home for at least a short period.

It is also the political class who have made children effectively untouchable by imposing systems which ignore their anti-social and criminal behaviour until it becomes their nature, they have to become serial offenders before any effective action is taken, far, far too late.

kenomeat said...

As you say, integration requires compromise on both sides. But why should there be compromise where large scale immigration is involved? The indigenous population has had large scale immigration foisted upon them without referral. Consider the Welsh who have always resented the (relatively) small number of English settlers over the years, especially in holiday homes in North Wales. Then look at London, Bradford, Burnley etc and politicians wonder why there is resentment amongst the English. We have always welcomed small numbers of immigrants but large scale immigration cannot be acceptable to any society. Truely our politicians have much to answer for.
As for Northern Ireland, why have all the Protestants fled Londonderry in recent years?

WitteringsfromWitney said...

PC: You are correct in your comment and it is the political responsibility for our present ills that I attempted to allued to in my post, hence my pointing the finger in their direction.

Indirectly, the riots are linked to this poor man's death through the social engineering politicians have practised on our society, be that education, immigration, family breakdown, giving flats to pregnant girls etc etc etc.

k: See above response.......

Anonymous said...

Quote: Nothing illustrates this more than the concept that the police is a 'service'; when their raison d'etre is to enforce law and order.

Just by chance, I was within the vicinity of a Public relations excercise by our local constabulary. A little girl asked a policeman what was the purpose of his truncheon. His reply was that it was was for his protection in case he was attacked.

The idea that the police were given weapons, and the authority to use them, was for the defence of the law abiding public, such as herself, had not occurred to him or in his training, even in a public relations forum.

WitteringsfromWitney said...

DP111: And therein lies one of the problems; the training.......