Riots… what is your view?

Here I am again… blogging.

Today is the 4th day of rioting in London and there is complete anarchy.Tube lines delayed, people being evacuated from buildings and people fearing for their lives. 

The Evening Standard has littered its pages with images from the destruction both within London and other cities around the UK. So what are we to make of all this?

I’ll now present both sides of the argument.

Arguments against:

– The violence is senseless. No one is rioting because of the death of Mark Duggan on Thursday.

– The clean up operation will cost the nation a LOT of money.

– The looters and criminals are selfish. They are causing trouble and milking the situation for what they can get. Sure, many argue that politicians do what is best for themselves, but are you not doing the same thing?

– The looters are greedy.

– Innocent lives are being affected. Eg, loss of jobs, lives, peace of mind. 

– They are a disgrace to London and our generation.

Arguments for:

– Young people cannot get jobs, youth centres are closed and people won’t be able to afford university because of Government cuts. They have been pushed over the edge. 

– Young people are bored.

– Looting is fun!

– Let’s get the Government’s attention.

– My parents asked me to loot.

– You think we’re all criminals, so we may as well get something out of it.

– Let’s see how you like it when you’re not in control.

– My parents have been made redundant and we don’t have much money.

I’ve presented both sides of the argument, where do you sit? 

I’ll leave you with some pictures I’ve taken from the riots on my way home.

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Until next time.

Crystal Debrah


Author: Crystal Debrah

I empower young adults to transition successfully from school to the real world. WHY? It's needed! Just remember what it was like for you. HOW? Through inspirational self-help books , story telling and impactful workshops, seminars and conferences. WHO AM I: I'm the person who sees a need and creates a practical solution to solve it. I'm the first one in my family to have gone to university and found the "school to university" transition tough. I did terribly in my first year. Yet through asking questions, learning the ropes and pure determination I went from a 3rd class degree to a 2:1. This inspired my first award winning book, "What They Don't Tell You about University", (which got published when I was at Law School). The sequel, "What They Don't Tell You When You Graduate" followed and is packed with crucial advice for the new graduate! I've given advice to the masses through The Telegraph, BBC radio and London Live. My speaking engagements range from educational institutions to corporates to government departments. Book me: Join our community:

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