We can barely imagine what drove this mother to take her own life and that of her daughter. OK, some of these 'street urchins' do get on our tits but the thought of suicide, I hope, never crosses our minds. Clearly the mental state of the mother had a part to play in this ghastly tragedy, as well as the utterly reprehensible behaviour of the youths in question.
The questions we need to ask are why the police felt there was nothing they could do about this situation- is it because they couldn't (say due to legal restraints) or because they simply didn't want to (why?).
And here's another question- why the hell didn't the neighbours make a stand or show any kind of empathy with this woman. Didn't they have the guts to stand up to a few oiks?
Or is it because they simply didn't give a toss? Did they just shrug their shoulders and think "well it's not my problem so I don't give a fuck".
I'm not being rhetorical here, I'm simply asking why there was no communal solidarity at work here?
The police should be ashamed of themselves.
And so should the residents of that particular street.
It's very simple, and if you doubt what I'm saying, I'll tell you how to prove it.
The reason there is no communal solidarity is that the state has made itself into the ultimate arbiter and provider of all things. If you don't believe me, have a look for local problems in your area and then talk to locals about it. It doesn't matter whether it's yobs, flytipping or graffiti, the answer will be the same: "The council just doesn't care," or words to that effect. They won't ever say: "You're right, let's go sort it out." And why should they? They pay richly for the council to do this kind of crap, unfortunately, the council is too fucking busy "pursuing green and diversity agendas" to actually do the things that people want them to do. It doesn't matter whether your local council is Red, Blue or Yellow, the focus of the political classes is not on our priorities.
And on the national scale, for example, people won't go and talk to their kids' teachers about school standards or anything, they'll sit and wait for Ed Fucking Bollocks to decree how to make things better.
Locally and nationally, the state has positioned itself as the fount of all goodness, all wisdom and all discipline.
Unfortunately, the state's mouth is writing cheques that it's arse can't cash.
The state doesn't actually have the nous or the resources or the fucking intelligence to perform all these wondrous tasks that it's claimed ownership of, but the vast majority of people have been brainwashed into accepting that "the government needs to do something," and not "I need to do something."
The particularly nasty side effect of this is that the police have become refocused from worrying about crimes against individuals, to worrying about "crimes" against the state or the political orthodoxy. When last did you see a policeman actually doing something constructive? Or at fucking all? The only representatives of law and order that I ever see are:
- plastic plod
- speed cameras
- jumped up uniform-clad jobsworths (who aren't police)
The only time I ever see a pukka policeman, is when I pass one walking to the local McDonalds or M&S to buy lunch. And then the fuckers are all tooled up like it's Compton or something. No, you cockwads, it's a genteel market town. But they never do fucking shit. They just sit in their offices, filling in forms and then drive home in the company Transit. Cunts.
And God forbid you should actually stand up to any of these little shit-kickers - the police will be round in a flash, alright, but they'll be there to bang you up for kiddy-fiddling. And take your DNA.
So there are actually many reasons why the people in the street didn't do anything.
And to be honest, I don't judge them. We had a bit of trouble in my street, nothing like as bad as the Pilkingtons. The police dropped heavy hints that I was wasting their time. The council said it was a matter for the police. I knew that if I went out and did something, I'd be on the wrong end of the stick. I was lucky, the troublemakers fucked off somewhere else. But if they hadn't, I would have either had to wait for the impotent and uncaring state to do something, or I would have had to face possible criminal charges.
Just for "standing up for my local community."