I had originally sent this in to the BBC, but since they are prone to edit and alter the contents, I have made the full, unedited version here, since I feel it brings up an opinion a lot of others probably feel. And before I get comments saying I’m some rich bum who’s simply making a remark on the violence, I’ve been unemployed most of my life (excepting a period between November last year and April this year) and live in one of the least improved counties in Britain to date.
Seriously, now these acts are being organised? This is no simple mindless looting rabble if you ask me, this is organised theft. Numbers in the thousands, disorganisation in the police ranks and lacking of numbers to be anywhere near effective. Personally, I'd be happy to see the culprits shot - it'll bring a heavy message to all rioters in future incidents and if these guys are familiar faces, common everyday punishments are doing nothing to help stem the tide of senseless looting. Blaenau Gwent hasn't had employment or decent shops in years since the mines closed, you don't see our lot looting and pillaging simply for the thrill of it. Ultimately, doing this sort of mindless act only causes more financial hardship for the people in general. Businesses are either forced to close because they fall bankrupt from the loss of goods or lose interest in a potentially volatile location and vacate themselves from the store, leaving an empty space where there was once a store. Have you seen the streets of Blaenau Gwent shopping centers? If any more shops close, we'd have a hard time living in our own county without transport. Closing shops causes redundancies and a loss of jobs in general. Losses in jobs creates more unemployed. More unemployed means more pressure for government to create more jobs in areas that are known to be victims of acts of violence. But nobody's interested in placing investment in what is a financially problematic location. So this ultimately does nothing but terrorizes a county, a community, a town, a city, whatever, and defiles it's reputation beyond recovery. And that's not going into the cost for those who could possibly end up losing their lives and livelihoods to the more zealous rioters, the cost to the insurance companies who have to pay out and then raise insurance premiums to cover for the costs, which in turn raises prices across the board, or even the cost of the goods stolen and looted which robs businesses of the very thing that keeps them active. And when you decide to loot a charity shop, you know you've hit a new despicable low. If this isn't some organisation planning this, then it's nothing more than a rabble of mindless thieves. In either case, should it start around me, I got some wood with a rioter's name on it, police or no.
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