WIMBLEDON & STREATHAM GUARDIAN COMMENT: Rioting solution is simple

Streatham Guardian: Damage in Croydon caused by looters Damage in Croydon caused by looters

RIOTING SCUM - the solution is as simple as 1,2,3.

1 Bring back corporal punishment.

2 Bring back capital punishment.

3 Throw out all the stupid namby-pamby laws and regulations which actually stop adults interacting with children.

The first two are so blindingly obvious no more needs to be said.

The third is equally sensible - allow parents to discipline their offspring as they need to, put power back into the hands of teachers and actually encourage, not discourage, adults to be involved with children.

Personally I'd ditch CRB checks altogether - after all, if you use points 1 and 2 correctly they would be far more effective than any CRB check could ever be. And, as for the suggestion an adult shouldn't be allowed to carry other people's children in the car... blah, blah, blah unbelievable. It's no wonder adults are are terrified to get involved. I heard the other day that teachers are now discouraged from even raising their voices - the world's gone mad.

Of course, if you're looking for a more radical solution. One idea would be to simply arm pensioners. On the same day you get your bus pass you receive a handgun and the legal right to use it. Those in post office queues might be a bit more jumpy, but I guarantee we'd have a new-found respect for the elderly.

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2:43pm Fri 19 Aug 11

CllrAlexBigham says...

Is this for real? This seems in very poor taste for a normally excellent newspaper. Are you really saying we should execute looters, end checks on paedophiles and arm pensioners? madness.
Is this for real? This seems in very poor taste for a normally excellent newspaper. Are you really saying we should execute looters, end checks on paedophiles and arm pensioners? madness. CllrAlexBigham
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2:57pm Fri 19 Aug 11

Cap'n Cheesy says...

Arming pensioners? Far from madness. Genius! Teenagers out on the streets - not after 2 or three got shot they wouldn't. And the Oldies would turn on each other most likely (probably over queue jumping), reducing the massive burden on the health service. Undertaklers would thrive and the economy would boom in the long term with fewer state pensions to pay. Marvellous.
Arming pensioners? Far from madness. Genius! Teenagers out on the streets - not after 2 or three got shot they wouldn't. And the Oldies would turn on each other most likely (probably over queue jumping), reducing the massive burden on the health service. Undertaklers would thrive and the economy would boom in the long term with fewer state pensions to pay. Marvellous. Cap'n Cheesy
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9:34am Sat 20 Aug 11

Nick of Muster says...

Did I miss the day this publication turned into Fox News? This idea is completely stupid. One word...Whetherspoons
. How dangerous would the local chain pub be with drunk people all owning handguns. It would be like the Wild west.
Did I miss the day this publication turned into Fox News? This idea is completely stupid. One word...Whetherspoons . How dangerous would the local chain pub be with drunk people all owning handguns. It would be like the Wild west. Nick of Muster
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11:10am Sat 20 Aug 11

SarfLondon says...

Is this comment meant to be the grown-up analysis of a respectable newspaper? If it is it falls a long way short - it is completely unnacceptable.
Is this comment meant to be the grown-up analysis of a respectable newspaper? If it is it falls a long way short - it is completely unnacceptable. SarfLondon
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5:09pm Sun 21 Aug 11

RobDyson says...

Apparently this "hilarious" (read: ill-judged) editorial was a "bit of fun" - and featured across several newsquest papers: http://bit.ly/o6pQNJ
Apparently this "hilarious" (read: ill-judged) editorial was a "bit of fun" - and featured across several newsquest papers: http://bit.ly/o6pQNJ RobDyson
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1:29pm Wed 24 Aug 11

C. Jones says...

"hilarious"? "A bit of fun"? There was nothing even faintly amusing in it. There are enough extreme knee-jerk reactions to the riots about already. It shows a shocking lack of judgement to put something like this online as if it were a serious opinion piece - which is certainly how it starts out. If it was meant to be satirical/humorous, then it should: 1) contain humour; and: 2) be clearly presented and identified as a 'comic' piece. Neither is true here. Guardian, we thought better of you.
"hilarious"? "A bit of fun"? There was nothing even faintly amusing in it. There are enough extreme knee-jerk reactions to the riots about already. It shows a shocking lack of judgement to put something like this online as if it were a serious opinion piece - which is certainly how it starts out. If it was meant to be satirical/humorous, then it should: 1) contain humour; and: 2) be clearly presented and identified as a 'comic' piece. Neither is true here. Guardian, we thought better of you. C. Jones
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