The documentary/reality series of "Blood Sweat and Takeaways" and the subsequent spin offs gives a good demonstration of the work ethic - those who do have jobs but feel they are entitled to more are given an eye opening experience that they really aren't hard done by compared to others, especially those who supply them with the items they consume. This group that are involved in the riots in the majority, it seems, are another step away again, that just feel they are in a hopeless situation and don't see a way out. This behaviour is not new - there have been robberies, muggings and attacks that are financially based for all of history and this really is financially based - getting something for nothing. This is just an escalation of it into a mass exercise fueled by a feeling that their actions having no consequence or that consequences will not make their plight worse. It shows me that the UK government are not in touch with all levels of their society.
I left school at 17 with ten GCSEs (no great achievement, granted) and worked my ass off.
Last edited by limepickle; 11-08-2011 at 04:59 PM.
From my impression, the majority of the rioters come from a very different background eg young single parent who is long term unemployed with teenager (or several kids) who have had an upbringing seeing and being told what they can't have and getting constant negative reinforcement. They don't have a positive role model in their life demonstrating the benefits and results of hard work (or work at all). Then there are those who are just out to join in and see what they can get for free, and others who want to prove their place in their peer group which builds into mob mentality.
And to add to that, they are being told the economy is going badly and there will have to be cuts, the stock market is crashing (what's their reality of the stick market), the price of gold is up (really?? so?) and more companies will not offer jobs even if they were looking for one. Their plight just got worse with no input by them.
More than different background they come from a home where parents don't really give a $hit about what they do or don't, or the parents are themselves of the similar attitude and belief system.
Indeed. Lack of being pushed by their parents to succeed in school, or of finding a job, lack of example of working parents with decent jobs, or in monogamous relationship (their parents probably have 5 kids with 5 different partners), etc. just goes to reinforce what they hear from their pears: unjust society where the rich grabs everything, no well-paid job or career prospect, etc. which goes to reinforce what they read or watch on the telly: government that takes away all benefits, the economy sucks, we are all going to be unemployed, etc..
The UK is really quite depressing. I was in Cambridge (one of the richest cities in the UK) a few months ago, and main street was littered with charity shops selling what people in Hong Kong throw in the rubbish bin.
Last edited by jacky_se; 11-08-2011 at 05:34 PM.