The Red Arrows

Comments & reactions in the DM this morning made really depressing reading for me. Take the following three for example; the one from Fred in London is especially pertinent and I can hardly believe that seven witless people have given no thought to what he says:

Pick a family without young children in the house to make an example of. I agree people must be aware of the consequences of their actions to those around them, but no good can come of evicting an 8 year old!
– Dave, North Sea, 13/8/2011 3:00
Click to rate Rating 29

This man has NOT been convicted and has plead NOT GUILTY. Regardless of whether or not you believe in his is innocence, he is innocent until proven guilty. Throwing his family out of their home under such conditions is against their rights. And when I say that I mean those rights first described in English law by the Magna Carter (Clause 29 ‘Right to due Process’.) I know everyone (including me) is angry about these riots and the scum bags that were responsible should be seen to, but let’s all calm down and think things through rationally. Then act decisively. Otherwise we’ll end up in country where the army polices all demonstrations, free access to the internet is banned and people are punished by the government without actually having had a trial.
– fred, london, 13/8/2011 2:58
Click to rate Rating 7

When a desire for justice or retribution results in a mother and 8 year old child being evicted and made homeless, the baying mob is breaking the social contract as well. I fear a sense of decency and proportion has been lost.
– Go(l)fer, Manila, 13/8/2011 2:57
Click to rate Rating 12

I can understand why some politicians think that the opinions of voters shouldn’t be given credence and that they’re not fit to be entrusted with referenda.  I wish people would think before they chip in with their knee-jerk reactions and advocate what should never be advocated if we want to live in a free and fair society.

For what it’s worth I agree with all three comments and think Cameron and the government are equally culpable.  Talk of the army on the streets, shutting down media communications, the further demonisation of the EDL while he tolerates the UAF/SWP, MAC, Commissions & Inquiries and so on, won’t give us quiet, effective, well thought through solutions that we need.

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