Did Johnson lock us down because he expects a riot?

Sound and fury: but the 2011 riots signified nothing. The government of the day suffered absolutely no harm at all from all the burning and looting that people inflicted on each other.

Apparently it’s called multiple discovery.

At the moment, many people across the UK are discovering the idea that a good way to respond to the absolute, unforgivable uselessness of Boris Johnson and his entire Conservative government – on Covid-19, on Brexit, and – let’s face it – on every other policy they have touched with their soiled Tory hands…

… is to riot.

Silly, silly people.

Don’t get me wrong. Considering the circumstances, rioting might be thought to be a reasonable reaction.

But I was having this conversation with a very good friend of mine recently, and had to point out that Johnson and his mobster mates won’t give a fig if a riot happens, because they know the rioters won’t target anything that could possibly make a difference.

Look at the riots in 2011. What happened?

A lot of people took to the streets and caused a lot of damage – to shops, to public property, and to other people.

They didn’t cause any harm at all to the people or institutions they blamed for harming them – by which I mean David Cameron and the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government of the day.

None at all.

As I said to my friend, if I was going to riot, the first thing I’d do would be to ensure that the police could not get their people and vehicles out of their stations to put down the public expression of unrest.

I don’t know how to do this, so we’re already talking academically, rather than practically.

The next thing I’d do would be to target seats of government; bring down the systems they use to inflict their idiocy on the rest of us.

The last thing I would do is target the homes and persons – in London and/or in the wider UK – of particular politicians I would hold responsible for the wholesale harm being done to thousands of ordinary people in the UK every week.

I wouldn’t go near my fellow citizens who are also suffering, their property, and/or the means by which they earn their living.

That would be equivalent to self-harm.

But it is always the first resort of the rioter.

Still, right after I had this conversation, I found the following on Twitter:

(Implying that the UK should by on fire right now.)

It’s a good point. Johnson’s latest wheeze has been to prompt foreign countries into closing their borders to anybody coming from the UK. They say he has turned the country into a “Plague Island” (and they’re not wrong).

This means international hauliers have been stopped at the country’s borders and are now backing up along the UK’s roads and motorways.

Not only has the supply chain seized up…

… but there is an urgent health risk to the drivers themselves, who have no direct access to food, toilets or washing facilities.

Johnson simply didn’t think of these things before he announced to us all that his failures had laid the UK prey to a new, more virulent variant of Covid-19. He and his advisers are too stupid to understand the implications of their decisions.

Here’s another good point:

In fact, it seems there is no outlet for the public to express our dissatisfaction with the way the government we elected has disgraced itself.

The mainstream media might broadcast interviews with people saying Johnson and his cronies have let us down but if our failed prime minister ever sees them, he’ll just laugh; people shouting at a camera can’t hurt him and they certainly won’t stop him.

He can ignore petitions.

Parliament is in recess for Christmas and he’s resisting demands for it to be recalled. He likes to do his business without democratic oversight, remember.

So what can you do?

Yeah, we can crack.

We can fall into a vortex of “loneliness, depression and anxiety”.

Believe me, Boris Johnson would be delighted by that result!

If you’re disgusted with everything he has done, you probably won’t want to please him in this way.

So the question arises:

What are you going to do?

It’s Christmas. You’re on a break. There’s a bit of time for you to make a decision.

Better make it a good one.

Because if it isn’t…

You may never see another Christmas.

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  1. Morgan davies December 24, 2020 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Surely he would just cancel Brexit if he wanted a riot most the people who voted leave were regular rioters haha.

  2. Jeffrey Davies December 24, 2020 at 5:38 am - Reply

    With UC that alone once more peasants have
    Felt this stick would in time brought about riots
    But now we have a virus on top and the person steering the country can’t control it oh dear

  3. Antony Dean December 24, 2020 at 8:12 am - Reply

    If people are angry enough to riot they will ignore the law.

  4. James Fussell December 24, 2020 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Rioting is utterly pointless, other that for the criminal element who take the opportunity to indulge in a looting spree and other nefarious activities. Why aim the violence at your own society? What’s needed is Revolution! Ask members of the police and the armed forces whose side they are on. If they give – truthfully – the right answer, the answer they SHOULD give, i.e. the side of the people, great – come on and join us! If they’re for the Establishment then they’re the enemy and deserve no quarter. Not that I can see this happening, and not that I’m for violence in any case unless it’s unavoidable, but equally I see less and less chance of a peaceful revolution in society. The Establishment is already (and has been, one way and another, for ever) ruling with violence, mental and legal where it’s not openly physical. And it’s not just the dis-UK either!

    • Mike Sivier December 25, 2020 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      Yes – we are ruled by violence and coercion.

      And no – it seems there’s no peaceful way to change that situation.

      I’m glad you agree that rioting isn’t the answer and that anybody wanting to effect real change would need to target their action appropriately – whatever it might be.

      Rioting is just self-harm, really.

  5. Bill Kruse December 27, 2020 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Rioting got the poll tax stopped. Rioting in the City would have effect as that’s where Boris has his backers. Bringing the City to a halt would achieve something. I doubt the public are that organised though, which is a shame.

    • Mike Sivier December 28, 2020 at 4:50 pm - Reply

      That is my point, of course.

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