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Anarchy in England? Surely not.!

Updated on September 20, 2011
Beautiful, tiny, sleepy Appleby
Beautiful, tiny, sleepy Appleby

Mob Mentality, or downright evil.

During my 20 years of living in The Canary Islands (about 150 miles off the coast of North West Africa), My husband and I occasionally visited Britain, our homeland.

On one particular visit, a few years ago, we found the country so ´´changed´´ that I wrote a hub entitled ´´Who took the ´Great´ out of Great Britain?´

Little did I know , worse was to come.............

In the month of May 2010 we sadly had to return to Britain to live permanently. (or as permanent as anything can be in this ever changing world of ours)

We didn´t move back to anywhere near the place we had grown up ,but to a tiny town (I use the word ´town´loosely) in the North of England with the cute name of Appleby. Often referred to by myself as Toytown

On the weekend of August 6th, this year, sleepy little Appleby was just as it always is ....... well.... sleepy....

Imagine my horror when turning on the t.v. I was faced with what appeared to be London Burning.!!!! The shape of a double decker bus gradually became visible through the flames and smoke, just the empty frame of what used to be a double decker bus.

Noise..... noises of allsorts everywhere....... shouting, glass being smashed, the THUD of objects hitting the riot shields of Policemen, and all the while the background of flames and smoke rising as high as I´ve ever seen.

Tottenham looked like a war zone.!!!

Yes of course we´´ve had riots in Britain before as has the United States but something felt different this time.

Th inevitable looting along with the arson attacks spread to Brixton , another dstrict of London.

By Sunday night the riots had spread out from London to other cities, Birmingham ,Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and continued through Monday and Tuesday nights.....

No one could come up with a sensible exlanation of why this was happening. The lame excuse of it all being caused by one incident on the Thursday (4th) before the weekend, didn´t seem to be legitimate. (apparently a gunman was killed by police. The riots were ostensibly a backlash to this)

Between 80% and 90% of British police still don´t carry guns. (another culture shock when we returned from 20 years of Spanish cops)

The great British policman goes out with a truncheon (Baton) handcuffs and possibly a tazer.......

Yes , of course there is a Special Task Force brought in when ever needed with plenty of firepower, but they are not brought in for something like this. My heart goes out to all the police force and their families.

I am not suggesting that all rioters and looters ought to be shot, but I honestly believe that the ´´Bad Guy´ in Britain now has no fear or respect for the Law or those who have to carry it out.

The youngest of the rioters to be arrested was an eleven year old girl.!!! The mind boggles as to how a ...child of that age could be alone in a city centre late at night in the 1st place.

One of the largest buildings to be burned to the ground was a family business. Reeves furniture store and warehouse 140 years it has been on that corner. 5 generations of the same family had worked there.


My 10 year old grandsons´main concern was that ´some homeless person´ (his words) could have been sleeping amongst the furniture because it would be a good place to hide if you were homeless. Now that homeless person would be dead. (all in his imagination) There were no reports of deaths of that kind, just 3 men mowed down by a speeding car aiming right at them as they tried to protect their little shops, and a young foreign student who had his jaw broken, as thieves stole his bicycle........ as he was dazed sitting on the floor, a few youths came to help him onto his feet. .He was very unsteady on his feet so one of the youth was holding onto him....

Good Samaritan? Nope.! As one youth held him up 2 more took all they could out of his backpack and they all ran off leaving the poor guy with a broken jaw.

These riots have left many people homeless, jobless, and I imagine extremely angry and hurt.

Were they all heartless thugs,? Mindless morons ? And how do we stop it?

There are more questions than answers.............

Long before these particular events of last weeked, one of our fellow hubbers SkiFace wrote a poem simply entitled Rioter,,,, I´d encourage everyone to read it, It is quite short, but very thought provoking.


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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Wonderful comment, thank you. I also believe things are going to get worse before they get better.

    So many bible prophesies coming true.

    I appreciate your words.

    Sorry for being so late amswering. I´m having a couple of weeks with my son back where we loved living Tenerife.

    Normal service will be resumed after the 13th september.

    Take care.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Wonderful comment, thank you. I also believe things are going to get worse before they get better.

    So many bible prophesies coming true.

    I appreciate your words.

    Sorry for being so late amswering. I´m having a couple of weeks with my son back where we loved living Tenerife.

    Normal service will be resumed after the 13th september.

    Take care.

  • RunAbstract profile image


    7 years ago from USA

    Dear Dim, we saw bits and pieces of news about all this here, but nothing compared to your details! I can only imagine how frightening it all was. And I am so glad you were away from it!

    I am sorry to say I believe we will see more and more of these types of actions arise as the global economy continues to tumble.

    People without hope, morals, or lost morals, and full of desperation will react in ways we can't think of ourselves doing!

    We live in strange and unusual times. I believe the Bible is fullfilling daily. So please, keep your eye on the prize, and don't loose heart.

    Times, I believe will get worse, and all we can do is strive to endure to the end, and pray we are worthy to stand before the Son of man.

    I am sending you love, and hope that you have peace.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hello jandee, pleased to meet you on hubpages.

    Apparently the man had a gun, but whatever happened doesn´t make sense for riots to erupt in so many cties all over

    the country.

    As for the looters, we are as baffled as you about the police line. There are many debates going on about the handling of this chaos.

    It was a mess!!!!! So sad for many who lost their homes, businesses and even some lives.

    Ghastly business. Hopefully the dabates between police and politicians will bring about some changes for the good.

    Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Bless you too, Micky. Ride by again soon.

  • jandee profile image


    7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

    Did he have a gun ?? Some police say no !! It would be wise to be sure !

    Why did the police stand back and allow the poeple to enter the stores as some people say happened ! Very strange,most peculiar !!

  • Micky Dee profile image

    Micky Dee 

    7 years ago

    Man's inhumanity to man never ceases. God bless you Dim.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    I quite agree, that´s why my sub title mentioned ´mob mentality´.

    Great comment. Thank you.

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    When riots occur no matter where in the world (unless religious or terrorist driven) a mob mentality generally takes over. Generally it is the young and more undisciplined who do this. They can't seem to reason that the destruction and stealing that they do hurts innocent people who are just trying to earn a decent living. Sad no matter what the initial spark seems to be...and in most cases that is merely an excuse to act badly and out of control.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    There are some anti royalists in Britain but it´s unlikely to be the cause of the riots.

    The rioters stole from shops of hardworking people. It was senseless greed. Many of the shop owners will find their insurance will not pay out because it was concerning a riot.

    It is disturbing that the youngest to be arrested was a girl of 11 and aboy of 12.

    I just think it´s a pretty sad word all over. We can only all try to do good in our own circle, or as far as we can reach.

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate it.

  • DRG Da Real Grinc profile image

    Felix J Hernandez 

    7 years ago from All over the USA

    I feel the UK residents are fed up with the queens rule and any little thing can cause an uproar. I've never been there but I watch the news a lot here in America and notice more and more disturbing news coming from there.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Oh Epi No matter how serious the subject you manage to make me laugh. I hope you and I will be part of the few people ´´left standing´´

    Thankfully we live in sleepy Appleby (top picture) , but we were concerned for all our friends in the cities.

    productive Summer? well we grew tomatoes nd herbs that were delicious....... Take care dear friend.

  • epigramman profile image


    7 years ago

    ...that's a bloody sad picture of before and after and I am so very sorry this happens not only where you live but unfortunately all over the world and will continue to do so until there are about 2 or 3 people left standing on this earth and I know that is a nihilistic comment to make but knowing human nature it will only get worse and never go away. But that said why couldn't they all live in peace and harmony at hubpages like you and I and the rest of us .......

    well what did John Lennon once sing - all you need is love .....(and a little more respect for your fellow man)

    .....awesome hub as always my friend, although this subject makes me very very sad.

    lake erie time 12:51pm

    on a brighter note I sincerely hope you are having a happy, safe and productive summer -

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Catastrophe is a good word for the horrors of last weekend.

    I agree with you about Corporate giants, but the sad thing is these looters and arsonists were attacking the small businessman, many who suffered in this riot lived in an apartment above their store. They have now lost their homes and their liveliehood.

    Even so, that is not as bad as losing your life, as did 3 men who stayed trying to guard their property.

    thank you for your interesting comment. The world´s going mad.

  • d.william profile image


    7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

    Wow. This is quite a catastrophe. And a perfect opportunity to blame those darned liberals again. Every tragedy in this world seems to be blamed on the liberals who are looking for a 'socialistic' society. What bullshit. Corporate giants have managed to steal every thing from the middle class, and this uprising is the only method of rebelling against this theocratic and plutocratic version of their new world dream of two classes: the rich and their slaves. I am afraid this rebellion will only get worse before it gets any better. Good write up, and thanks for sharing with us.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi WB...

    Thank you for such insightful comments. I fear you are right.

    Take care, Dim

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    7 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi Alastar,

    No it was not an immigrant uprising, not religious, ...... As far as we know it was sparked off by the police shooting, but the guy did have a gun, so who knows?. Most of us are safe and very glad that and American expert in these matters is going to assist our policemen. We all worry about the people deep in the inner cities but they have a fantastic spirit. The morning after rioting, people in their droves were out together clearing up the streets.

    There have also been at least 3 cases I´ve seen on the news where mothers have turned in their own sons..Brave ladies, methinks.

    Thnk you for your interest. I don´t mind the questions at all. In fact, wish I had more answers.

  • Wayne Brown profile image

    Wayne Brown 

    7 years ago from Texas

    The story of the police shooting a man is a convenient reason to cite and could have played into tuning up the initial situation. These flames are being fanned subversives interested only in tearing down the existing society. I heard one interview between a BBC reporter and two rioters the other night and they said they were rioting against the rich...the business people and conservatives. So, no doubt, this wedge being driven into the British population is the manipulation of young minds who have not developed a reasoning process. It also stems from an entitlement mentality which has developed over time. It is in your country now and will soon arrive in the USA as the old ACORN group along with some of the union types plan to march on and boycott various banking systems in the USA in an effort to destroy the financial banking structure in America. For whatever reason now...banks are bad things. Of course it conveniently comes along at a time when Obama expresses a desire to establish a government run infracstructure bank and further the cause of socialism a bit more in America with his "big government" policies. ACORN and the union crowd have been at his call from early on in his political career...of course, he'll claim no knowledge of such an effort and do little of nothing to stop it. George Soros and his band of socialist minions are hard at work trying to destroy democracy and freedom anywhere they can in the world and induce a socialist environment on the people. WB

  • Alastar Packer profile image

    Alastar Packer 

    7 years ago from North Carolina

    Dim thank you for updating us with a first person report from a fellow Hubber. Some questions though please. Is this an immigrant up-rising? If so what ethnic groups are represented. Was it all sparked by the police shooting? One of, if not the top American expert on urban riots is coming over to assist your Police. Sorry for all the questions but the American people for the most part are concerned for the safety of our friends and all UK people really. Stay safe Dim and all.


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