The last without has without doubt been a tumultuous week in England with riots in London and other major English cities.There has been widespread looting and even arson.
Now the first thing that I must say is that we must condemn the riots.However that is only the start of the story we must all condemn the sick egoistical materialist unfair society. The chickens of neo liberal global capitalism are coming home to roost.
Most of the people who took part in the riots were not politically motivated they were often attacking and intimidating other poor people.Stealing from other poor people. That is why it is pathetic for the Socialist Workers Party a mainly middle class party with no base in the working class to state that the rioters were revolting against the Tories.
However it is the sick unfair globalist neo liberal capitalist system which has created the situation for the riots to take place. Young people in this country have no future just the prospect of dead end jobs this applies even to many young people with degrees.In fact 20% of young people between the ages of 16 and 25 are unemployed in this country. They have no hope of getting their own council accommodation. To rent a one bedroom flat in London is about £250.00 per week.
They see the corruption of politician,the growing wealth of the rich created by the rotten neo liberal system.
Now although I condemn the riots without hesitation a number of other things make me angry.Rich yuppies in Clapham being interviewed pointing contemptuously up to the council tower blocks stating the trouble comes from ‘up there’.Also with the premier football season starting on 13/8/11 Wayne Rooney and Harry Rednapp being rolled out by the coporate media to condemn the riots. I condemn the system that pays Wayne Rooney two hundred and fifty thousand pounds per week just for kicking a ball about.
The key question is what do we do about the situation that creates the riots in the first place. Firstly we have got to start getting busy we need a political campaign amongst young people, and the working class to build an alternative to the present neo liberal globalist system. We even need a dialogue with people who have taken part in the riots even though we roundly condemn their actions.
We must try and get poor people and working class people involved in politics again at present the political activity of all three of Britains main political parties is made up of overwhelmingly middle class people.
In conclusion I feel we need a new political movement in this country to give hope to the poor and the working class who are suffering severely under neo liberalism .