Families of London Rioters to Be Evicted, and Denied Welfare.
Scrooge Spies on the Cratchits…
from Portland Center Stage
Well, this one has to rank right up there with the very best ideas that modern civilization can devise.
According to BBC radio : Prime Minister David Cameron has gone back to court to obtain actions that will be served to convicted rioters. These actions will cause the eviction of the rioters families as well as the termination of welfare payments.
Prime Minister Cameron says “They should have thought of this before they were caught burgling”.
Refresh my memory if I’m wrong, but I seem to recall “social welfare” being increased for the banks after having been caught red handed committing the largest theft known to recorded history.
One such eviction action has already been served as of this evening, against the single mother and sibling of a minor convicted in the riots. Don’t know for certain, but the rioter’s juvenile status seems to have facilitated the speed of the justice exacted.
With a whole generation, perhaps two now, coming up into a world of failing predatory “free market” capitalism. Driven to violence when their already desperate situation has been exacerbated over the past year with severe cuts to social services, closing of youth community centers, diminishing access to health care, and loss of ability to pay for advanced education. Austerity personified. Austerity with no way out.
These “lost generations” of the underclass, already down to the accepted reality of “nothing left to lose”, as demonstrated by the recent riots; their “betters” are busily working toward providing homelessness and destitution for their single mothers and siblings, at least those in social housing with subsidized rents, as well as those collecting welfare.
That should teach them a lesson. Can’t see a problem with this policy. A tried and true solution throwing gasoline on a fire is.
BBC radio has reported as of the early morning hours of Saturday GMT : that some 1600 rioters have been arrested and charged, with an average of 1 out of 5 of them being less than 18 years of age. No figures are yet available as to the percentage of the remainder who still live with parents and siblings, nor the total percentage dependent on social assistance, but the majority of the rioters are said to be less than 24 years of age; and I would venture that it is reasonable to assume that the percentages are high in both instances.
An update from the BBC News Desk as of 18:00 ET 8/13/2011 :
Courts in London and Manchester have opened over the weekend as the number of people charged for riot-related offences reaches more than 1,000.
A total of 2,275 people have been arrested, and extra police numbers are being maintained over the weekend.
On another front the BBC News desk reports that there are efforts afoot to enshrine this great idea into law.
An e-petition calling for rioters to lose their benefits has hit 100,000 signatures and become the first to be considered for a Commons debate.
The petition has now been formally referred to a committee which will decide whether to hold a debate.
It comes as English councils say they will seek to evict social tenants found guilty of taking part in disorder.
But the Cabinet Office, which runs it, has confirmed the e-petition submitted by Stephen Mains, saying “convicted London rioters should loose [sic] all benefits” has reached 100,000 signatures.
The threshold for the petition to be referred to the Commons backbench business committee, which can table debates, is 100,000.
Mr Mains’s petition argues: “No taxpayer should have to contribute to those who have destroyed property, stolen from their community and shown a disregard for the country that provides for them.”
If the backbench committee agrees to table a Commons debate, there is no guarantee the law will be changed.
The committee’s chairman, Labour MP Natascha Engel, quizzed Prime Minister David Cameron about whether action will be taken to respond to the petition.
She told Mr Cameron: “One of the ways in which ordinary people are trying to get their voices heard is by going onto the government’s new e-petitions website and signing a petition posted two days ago, asking for rioters to have their benefits withdrawn.
“How is the prime minister going to meet those raised expectations… that something will happen as a result of going onto a government sponsored website?”
Mr Cameron replied that the point of the e-petitions website, set up last week, was to “empower” people to make their voices heard on various topics.
“The e-petition is now eligible for consideration for debate by MPs and in the meantime, the government will respond to those who have signed the e-petition”
“If it reaches a certain level of signatures it will be debated in this House whether we like it or not and I think that is an important way of empowering people.”
He added: “I think there may be opportunities, possibly through the new criminal justice and sentencing legislation to make sure we are better at confiscating things from people when they commit crimes because we have got to look at all the ways we can of making sure our punishments are robust.”
It comes as councils in Manchester, Nottingham and London say they will seek to evict social housing tenants who are convicted of violence locally and the government says it will consult on extending their powers, to allow them to punish those who travelled out of the area to take part.
“Under the procedures previously announced, it will be for the committee to decide whether an e-petition should be proposed for debate after the Commons returns from the summer recess.”
“Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.”
George Bernard Shaw
Illegitimi non Carborundum
Stay Strong and take care of one another.