Ralph Wiggum wrote:I view the socio-economic issues behind the riots as a partial explanation for the riots, but never, ever a justification. The looting of a local shop, the mugging of a young boy, setting fire to random cars, bashing other people serves no purpose other than for personal selfish gain and gratification. As Jez pointed out, it wasn't just bogans (or "Chavs" as Tas has used the local terminology) participating in the riots, there were also employed middle class people joining in.
The sad thing is that these people were looting, destroying property in their own neighbourhood, depriving the local, (some) struggling shopkeepers and workers of the means to dig themselves out of the poverty cycles.
Indeed. Acknowledging the socioeconomic causes for at least the core nucleus (as well as the event that triggered) the rioters does not require ignoring the need for those who are guilty to be caught and prosecuted. But merely tracking down those who were responsible this time around will not stop another generation of rioters from developing.
The UK has had problems associated with its housting estates and poorer suburbs for decades now. Personally I'm unsure as to what measures they can take that will actually make the demanded amounts of progress within an election cycle. Blaming GTA (or any popular culture for that matter) is absurd, while condemning them all as monsters is representative of the kind attitude that led to these sorts of problems in the first place. People who have very little to gain by obeying the law and making an effort in life often have very little to lose when it comes to making the decision to break the law or stop trying.