Skip to comments.NBC Stokes British Class Warfare: 'Economic Inequality' Sparked London Riots
Posted on 07/31/2012 7:17:05 PM PDT by Kaslin
On Monday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Stephanie Gosk promoted the Occupy-Wall-Street-stye rhetoric of left-wing British Member of Parliament Oona King: "King believes economic inequality was a driving force behind London's riots last year....The physical recovery from the riots has been slow....But the effort to improve lives is even more difficult."
Gosk interviewed King as they walked through London's East End, near the Olympic Village: "This is not the London that tourists typically get to see. Here the double-dip recession has hit hard. Unemployment is over 14%." King lamented: "Huge, vast repositories of wealth. And yet, that wealth doesn't trickle down anywhere, you know?" Gosk helpfully added: "So, they can see it....but they can't get there."
In honor of Barack Obama's reelection campaign, King recently re-posted her glowing review of the President's memoir, Dreams of My Father, on her website. She showered praise on the book: "Whatever else people expect from a politician, it's not usually a beautifully written personal memoir steeped in honesty. Barack Obama has produced one, possibly because he wrote it when he was 33, long before realizing any political ambitions."
Here is a full transcript of the July 30 report:
BRIAN WILLIAMS: As the world gathers here in London, a lot of first-timers to this city may be expecting the London of Mary Poppins. And depending on where they go and what they see, they'll experience something awfully close. But out here in the East End, where the Olympic Village is, decidedly off the beaten path, it's a different London, as NBC's Stephanie Gosk shows us tonight.
STEPHANIE GOSK: Just down the road from the Olympic park, the students at Kingsmead Primary are holding their own olympiad, with hand-made torches held high. These are the faces of a changing London. Families from 46 different countries, speaking 40 different languages.
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: My parents are from Ireland and Malaysia.
UNIDENTIFIED GIRL B: My parents are from Ethiopia.
UNIDENTIFIED BOY: My parents are from Poland.
GOSK: Oona King lives in the shadow of the Olympic park too.
OONA KING: And when I was growing up, I was the only mixed-race child in my class.
GOSK: She is the second black woman ever to be elected to Parliament.
KING: You know, when we bid for the Olympic games, we said if London wins, then the world wins, you know? Because London has basically the whole world here.
GOSK: There are the Jamaicans of Brixston, the Indians of Brick Lane, Africans, Asians, Europeans, Muslims, Hindus, Christians. This is not the London that tourists typically get to see. Here the double-dip recession has hit hard. Unemployment is over 14%.
KING: Huge, vast repositories of wealth. And yet, that wealth doesn't trickle down anywhere, you know?
GOSK: So, they can see it...
KING: They can see it.
GOSK: ...but they can't get there.
KING: But they can't get it.
GOSK: King believes economic inequality was a driving force behind London's riots last year. For five days angry young people battled police, looted, and destroyed their own neighborhoods. The physical recovery from the riots has been slow. This pub still bears the scars. But the effort to improve lives is even more difficult. Some hope the investment in the Olympics will help create new opportunities. The Olympic park will be turned into five new neighborhoods, with affordable housing and gardens. The nearby mall has already added 10,000 new jobs.
KING: In the long term, though, it's about the legacy, isn't it? It's about the affordable homes, it's about jobs, and it's about giving a generation that inspiration. I mean, that's the strapline, isn't it, for London 2012? Inspire a generation.
GOSK: Already, the children at Kingsmead Primary seem to be getting the Olympic message to excel, a truly inspired performance. Stephanie Gosk, NBC News, London.
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I’m surprised Boyle didn’t have a lengthy, inane dance number at the opening ceremony to publicizes the poor economy in England. He must have run out of money.
I would like to hear from any Marxist trolls tooling around on the board why there should actually be anything so non-sensical as “economic equality”. A farsical Marxist utopia, where everyone owns a cadillac, and floor sweepers have just as big a house and car as a brain surgeon.
I know what they mean, it’s economic inequality that forces me to hand over the paycheck to the wife every payday. (Ducking, running very very fast, now!).
I would like to tie this bolshevik worm to a chair and tell her the story of my family, who arrived as migrants after world war two, the men sent off as labourers regardless of their trade or professions, the women and children left behind in migrant camps in the middle of no-where in army camps until their husbands and fathers could find them a place to live in some small country town - there was no accommodation provided for dependants and no welfare.
In the town where we ended up (my mother worked as a live-in cook on a farming property) while my stepfather lived in a construction camp, the men built huts in a wooded region near the town tip without plumbing or electricity.
And no one spoke the language when we arrived, we came from all over europe, couldn’t even talk to each other, and I recall clearing thistles and picking tomatoes on my hands and knees after school, to earn a few shillings.
Did we riot? Did we steal? Did we burn down the shops in town? Did we blame anyone?
Of course we didn’t. We were, man woman and child, without exception, grateful for the basic shelter we had, the plentiful food, the FREEDOM!
We weren’t marxists, and that’s got to be the difference.
We really need to address attractiveness inequality. We could start by disfiguring these shills.
Come to think of it....a thousand percent tax on beauty products and fashion accessories wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.
Give all these unfairly gifted media personalities a bowl haircut and a pair of coveralls.
Steaming Pantload of Leftist BS Alert!
The trigger event of the 2011 riots - the shooting of Mark Duggan - is still mired in controversy a year after the event. The official Home Office government report of the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel goes to extraordinary lengths to state that the 2011 riots were not racially motivated, nor were the nationwide looting and arson that followed perpetrated exclusively by the black underclass.
The fact is, Mark Duggan would be best described, in America parlance, as a "gang-banger". Unnamed police sources claimed via The "Daily Telegraph" that Duggan was a "well known gangster" and a "major player and well known to the police in Tottenham". Operation Trident, a London Metropolitan Police unit responsible for gun crime within the black community, had Duggan under surveillance.
On August 6th, 2011, Duggan's relatives and local residents marched on Tottenham Police Station. The demonstrators wanted information from police about the circumstances of Duggan's death. A chief inspector spoke with the demonstrators, who demanded to see a higher-ranking officer. A younger and more aggressive crowd arrived at the scene around dusk, some of whom were carrying weapons. Police responded strongly to a 16-year-old girl who threw a missile at them. This was the flash point which led to the nationwide riots.
A regular welfare or disability check will qualify you for an Escalade these days.
And yet, that wealth doesn’t trickle down anywhere, you know?
Yes, it does trickle down.They’re bitching about not enough trickling down to deadbeats. Too much trickles down to deadbeats everywhere is the problem
Keep fanning the flames, NBC, and they will end up with “Economic Equality”.
It’s pure marx/leninism, it doesn’t have to be logical, all it has to do is create as much envy and hatred as possible. If it didn’t, then they would all get some kind of work, like we did, and never dream that someone owed them a living. There’s the power there to destroy the nation, as did the bolsheviks.
Marxists never stop. Parisites, they have that in common with islam.
I can’t believe Britain allows the flotsam & jetsam of the Third World to come in and whine about such things; without this sanctuary from the horrors of their native lands these people would be bathing in the collective urine of their village. What kind of country allows these malcontents to spew such Bolshevik rhetoric?
Oh, never mind; I can see Britain through my glass house...
The problem for these career malcontents is that they are interchangeable; here in the US we are trading in our black underclass for a Hispanic one (with less of a grudge). Urban blacks are being displaced by Hispanics in the workforce, in political office, even in prison and the drug trade.
And converting to islam?
“And converting to islam?”
Isolated cases; pork products are too deeply ingrained in Latin America for Islam to ever hope to take hold (never mind the alcohol ban).
just as big a house and car
A remarkable amount of leftism is simply visible size envy.
Not the hispanics, I meant the coloured people...it makes sense historically, the arabs (muslims) have always used the blacks to do their dirty work. How many ‘african-americans’ have converted to islam?
Given the current demographic and political trends, we will all have stories like yours someday and sooner rather then later, I imagine. On the positive side suffering has a tendency to breed character, or used to, to those in the American Experience. We can hope that this situation is cyclical as a result.
I just wonder how much of our living standard has to erode and how great the elites cupidity grows before we, as a people, take action.
The problem is, many very wealthy people these corrupt days are far from brain surgeons and produce less actual value than a burger flipper.
Wealth these days is most often made through exploiting corrupt government contracts, insider trading and skimming of investors. It's who you know much more than what you do.
Becoming wealthy through such means is also damaging to the soul. Deep down, such people know they didn't really earn it and they try to correct it through more bleeding heart socialism. You can constantly see this in Obama.
I'm a pretty well-off NYer that made it without family connections. It was through my own ideas that saved people real resources and time - this is generation of real wealth. Unfortunately, I don't meet too many people like that these days.
The funny part is Big government and socialism IS the cause of most of this false wealth...
“How many african-americans have converted to islam?”
A small, vocal number; I’m seeing a lot more backlash against Obama from Black Christian ministers.
I work with a number of urban blacks, and there is not a single Muslim among them.
Islam is attempting to convert our indigenous people, I imagine islam is having more success with African-Americans.
I think Americans of all sorts find Islam a bit restrictive; it won’t make much headway here with our own population. The imported “replacement Americans”, on the other hand...
Did you look at the link I provided:
Emergence of Islam in the African-American Community
By Adam Edgerly and Carl Ellis
Muslims make up about 6% of the population in the United States. The majority of conversions to this growing religion is occurring within the African-American community (a little over 11% of America’s population).
The British Socialist Labour Government of the 1997 to 2010? encouraged mass immigration from Africa and elsewhere. It is an uncomfortable fact that sub Saharan Africans in general have a lot lower IQ; 70 or 80 or lower in some countries.
What we have in the UK is an intellectually inferior, genetically separate underclass who are not able to contribute economically and are not welcome by the rest of the population generally. Race relations laws were introduced in the 60’s to force their acceptance by the indigenous population.
They live on state benefits and rob and steal to get their luxury goods.
It will all end in tears, and has been deliberately engineered by Communists or their fellow travellers and other useful idiots to try to break the unity of English society.
In the US that unity has also been broken, first by the liberation and emancipation of Negro slaves, then by the relaxation of their immigration laws to let in Southern European Catholics and lately by the mass influx of Mexicans.
This is a widespread problem, but mainly a tool to destroy the social fabric of the Anglo Saxon Capitalist Democracies.
I did; it simply doesn’t describe the situation “on the ground” as you’re seeing it. Making up the “majority of conversions” doesn’t mean much in a religion that draws few Westerners (of any color), who find real Christianity too burdensome.
The Koran is not allowed to be interpreted into languages other than Arabic; when I see African-Americans speaking Arabic fluently I’ll concede they are a growing group. Until then, it is political “anti-whiteness” - nothing more. Even Malcolm X had an epiphany when he traveled to Mecca; he never knew there were white Muslims, and he came back losing his anti-white zeal.
“In the US that unity has also been broken, first by the liberation and emancipation of Negro slaves, then by the relaxation of their immigration laws to let in Southern European Catholics and lately by the mass influx of Mexicans.”
These incidents would have had a negligible effect if the WASPs had continued breeding; their refusal to do so is the reason for the current state of affairs.
“These incidents would have had a negligible effect if the WASPs had continued breeding; their refusal to do so is the reason for the current state of affairs.”
There is a war, military, economic, political, and most insidious, genetic.
The Nordics are being deliberately out reproduced by the others. The Communists win by creating ever larger minoriy groups with a grievance, and Catholicism and Islam are in a race to have the most adherents. Large families with inherited religion are the easiest and most certain way.
“The Communists win by creating ever larger minoriy groups with a grievance, and Catholicism and Islam are in a race to have the most adherents. Large families with inherited religion are the easiest and most certain way.”
AS a Catholic I wish this was true; the fact is that Catholic birthrates have been falling for the same reason WASPs’ have: people don’t want to sacrifice material comfort to deal with raising children. The European countries with the lowest birth rates are nominally “Catholic” (Italy & Spain).
Here in the US I end up voting for WASP Republicans who are more “Catholic” than their Catholic opposition.