Could a riot happen in NZ?
Seeing that social alienation and poverty create the conditions ripe for riot, shouldn't we in NZ reflect upon the draconian austerity measures our own Government are adopting?
Canterbury University academic Bronwyn Hayward believes the tensions igniting the UK are simmering here in NZ and Winston Peters goes two steps further and really drives the point home that our staggering youth unemployment rate is a genuine danger and breeding the ground in which these riots erupt.
The bennie bashing media this week attempted to convince NZers that most beneficiaries are frauds after Paula Bennett released figures claiming viscous new restrictions had caught many out as ineligible. What Paula doesn't acknowledge is that these new eligibility criteria are actually designed not to help people find work, they are simply there to throw as many off the benefit as possible while making those who are cut off invisible to official stats.
Paula is hiding the electorate of poverty, not alleviating it.
The Rugby World Cup has all the ingredients of a riot on Queen street brewing, especially after NZ Police have intimidated and harassed Mana Party members and Unite Union activists at home to try and discover any protest plans for the Rugby World Cup.
Heavy handed Police action mixing with angry political protests and drunken rugby fans against a setting of economic turmoil has all the potential of combustion.
The promise of democracy is that you can look into the face of your child and know they will get a better deal than you did. When democracy can't promise that because the economy has been crashed by corporate greed, people riot. It happened throughout the 1930's post the 1929 collapse and it's happening now.
You reap what you sow.