UK grime star Tinie Tempah predicted that the UK riots will have ominous consequences for democracy this week, in a single Twitter comment outlining his concerns.
“The more riots the more repressive action will take place & the more we face the danger of a right-wing,” he predicted, “ & eventually a fascist society’ MLK” (Martin Luther King).” http://twitter.com/#!/TinieTempah
His assessment matched that of US alternative news portal PrisonPlanet who similarly predicted an authoritarian crackdown.
“There can be little doubt that the vast majority of the rioters are products of the country’s broken society, nihilistic youths who care little about political grievances and are primarily focused with exploiting the chaos to steal as much booty as they possibly can while getting off on mindless violence.
This behavior ensures the public will overwhelmingly support whatever measures are proposed to deal with them, even to the point of outright martial law,” said Paul Joseph Watson.
“Make no mistake about it, these riots will be hastily exploited by the system to turn Britain into an even more controlled and surveilled police state than it already is,” he predicted.
“The riots achieve absolutely nothing aside from making the establishment look reasonable in whatever response it takes, measures which will be fully supported by a public bombarded with images of chaos, looting and burning.” (PrisonPlanet: http://bit.ly/nZ29Qi )
UK criminologist and ‘youth culture expert’ Professor John Pitts agreed with Watson’s assessment of the rioters’ motives suggesting they have ‘no stake in conformity’.
"Many of the people involved are likely to have been from low-income, high-unemployment estates, and many, if not most, do not have much of a legitimate future," the Professor told the Guardian.
"Those things that normally constrain people are not there. Much of this was opportunism but in the middle of it there is a social question to be asked about young people with nothing to lose." (Guardian: http://bit.ly/pKQY4p )
Speaking to the BBC he was even starker.
"They have no career to think about. They are not 'us’,” said the Professor, “They live out there on the margins, enraged, disappointed, capable of doing some awful things." (BBC: http://bbc.in/o3hrzX )
Daily Telegraph; Mary Riddell: London riots: the underclass lashes out
London's rioters are the products of a crumbling nation, and an indifferent political class that has turned its back on them . . . : In the bubble of the 1920s, the top 5 per cent of earners creamed off one-third of personal income. Today, Britain is less equal, in wages, wealth and life chances, than at any time since then . . . : http://tgr.ph/oCFEE3 )
http://bit.ly/nyrwRE (Crowd street rampage)
http://bit.ly/pctr4m (Police Overrun in Woolwich)
http://bit.ly/mOrviX (Clapham Junc violence)
Jonty Skrufff: http://listn.to/JontySkrufff