Well I go away for a few days holiday and literally riots break out. I doubt after all the millions of words which have already been written about the riots and their causes there is much original left to say. I agree with those who lay the blame at the door of those who have allowed a culture of rights without responsibilities to take hold in our Country. There is no excuse for violence and theft.
Incidentally I note that only one e-petition has reached the required 100,000 signature target needed to trigger the subject of the petition being considered for debate and that is one calling for those convicted of taking part in the riots to lose their benefits. I am not sure what conclusion we can draw about the standard of education from the fact that the petition spells the word ‘lose’ as ‘loose’ ( as indeed I noticed another less popular petition on the same subject!). It is interesting to note what is happening to these e-petitions that reach the 100,000 mark all that happens is that they are referred to the Backbench Business Committee to decide whether to use any of the time allocated to them whether to use any of the time allocated for backbenchers business to debate the issue involved. I have to say I think it is a bit rich that the Government bring forward an initiative giving the public the impression that any e-petition which attracts 100,000 e-signatures will be considered for debate and then pass the responsibility for that consideration on to the Backbench Business Committee.