It is all too confusing a picture to compare the riots in London to those countries where young people are fighting against nepotism and dictatorship. Here in the UK, it is mindless accusations of those who are in business – not even the rich. There is looting, mugging and burning down of properties. Where social media is used for a good cause in the Arab countries, here it is used for destruction.
Having worked with young people who are disenchanted and some who have a lot of problems, I have seen sensible young people, but a lot of them seem have little interaction and contact with people from different walks of life. Their comprehension of politics and society is skewed too. I have times despaired because the resistance and lack of understanding which I have seen run too deep and not a lot is offered to these groups to enable their situation to improve. I feared one day my life would be in the hands of young people of such disposition. It might be too late when those who can do something realise this possibility. As we have seen, it only took some economic crisis to unleash the resentment and anger from sections of the society.
We should think carefully how those in government will contain this ugly monster that have shown its fury.