Feral Acceptance

It’s Flashback Friday.  Every Friday we bring back a golden oldie article from yesteryear. A chance for you to re-read it and see if it is still relevant today!

From 2007:

It was interesting listening to the sound bites surrounding this poor Garry Newlove fellow from Cheshire who was battered to death for daring to ask feral teenagers to stop wrecking a mechanical digger outside his house. The windows of his car had already been broken, and for his crime of popping out of his front door and asking them to stop, around 15 teenagers laughed and joked as they battered him to death.

Horrible, and intolerable. Yet, becoming the norm. How much punishment will those who murdered him get? A few years inside and then they can get on with their lives, no problem. Meanwhile, his family have had the rest of their lives destroyed.

But, that’s not what prompted my commentary. It was a sound bite I heard on the radio. A woman’s voice. Obviously from the same street, saying of the kids smashing car windscreens and wrecking stuff, “Yes, but they’re kids and they’re just larking about, that’s what they do”.

It’s the blind acceptance that kids will destroy property, and “that’s what they do” that is wrong, but shows us all how this activity is going unchallenged and unchecked. Lordy, we need to reclaim our streets.

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  1. It has always been the case :

    That young men go through a sullen, rebellious phase at some point in their teens. Now young women are following suit. In my case, along with my teenage mates, we got together and did some mild vandalism, but then we got jobs and stopped hanging around together and even at our worst did nothing more extreme than unscrew road signs and street names or set some rubbish alight so we could see the Fire Brigade arriving. When we got motorcycles or cars to drive, we were obliged to all hate the Police, since our machines were not roadworthy and we drove like maniacs. So the Police targetted us, but with justification. We feared the Police. When we ended up in Court, our parents were annoyed and we feared their disapproval.

    I remember being terrified about being called up for National Service. Every young man had to do two years in the Army. I was so happy when this was cancelled before my turn came.

    But turn the clock forward and what happens if you have only one parent who does not care what trouble you get in to, or actually sides with you.

    What now there is no National Service to break you down and build you up again with an understanding of discipline, cleanliness and pride in appearance.

    What if you do not fear the Police, since you know that they cannot do you any harm and that the Courts may give you an ' ASBO ' that you display to your mates as a badge of courage.

    I mentioned that our vandalism faded away when we got jobs. What if there are no jobs, or if you have no work ethic, since you have watched your parent(s) live without working.

    We ( the government ) have allowed a situation to gradually develop, as a result of many policies, all of which have had a hand in the final outcome, where young gangs rule the streets in many areas and with no limit to the extremes they will go to.

    In the short term, these people need to be met with a reaction so severe that it stops them in their tracks. In the longer term, the policies that have caused the situation need to be reversed, but I hold out little hope.

    Peter Moore.

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