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!