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14-Aug-12 I predict a riot!

In Blog, Personal on August 14, 2012 at 6:05 am

After virtually no other television during the last two weeks due to the Olympic games spectacle, I happened to come across a programme last night to do with the riots in London last year.

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London ablaze during the 2011 riots!

For those who know me, my blog very rarely touches anything else apart from technology and sports, but I felt compelled to share some blog space today on what is clearly a major social issue for our wonderful isle’s!

The programme, which covered a number of interviews with the rioters (recreated by actors) created a stark contrast of emotions to what we have seen over the last two weeks with Londoners and visitors showing friendship and positive energy.

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The smiling faces of London 2012 volunteers!

I only watched part of the programme, as I found it both shocking and disturbing, but the 15 minute section I viewed seemed to indicate there is so much deep routed hate there in some people for our society, our law enforcement and ultimately their communities, as well as a lack of respect for the laws of our land.

As most of you know from reading my blog, I hardly came from the most affluent part of society (being raised in Deptford in South London), but at an early stage in life, my parents taught us to respect ourselves, as well as those around us. For me, it was and still is the biggest life lesson I was taught.

I had all the excuses to end up being a bad boy (mum died at an early age and attending a difficult school), but the support of my Dad and close family and friends gave me that ambition to work hard and try to make the most of life whatever was chucked at us.

Maybe I have been luckier than others, and I do appreciate that, but this meant that through good and bad, I respect the job that our law enforcement people do, I respect other people and what they have or have not achieved and I respect myself and my family.

When I watched the footage last night, I wondered how these poor individuals had been supported during their early years and what influenced them to have such a negative view of society.

I hope that the documentary was over done as the media tend to do these days and it was an unfair reflection of these individuals, as I would like to think that the society we are growing up in is much more positive than the impression that was delivered by the programme!

In some respects, shame on the BBC for even showing it, as I am not sure what purpose it served!

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