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article imageOp-Ed: Smile please, you’re on ‘Britain’s Most Wanted'

By Alexander Baron     Aug 14, 2011 in Crime
The profile of many of the rioters that has emerged from the ongoing prosecutions is in stark contrast to that of an oppressed minority driven to mayhem out of desperation.
Without doubt, Britain has produced some of the greatest minds in history from literature and the arts to science. In no particular order, we gave the world Sir Isaac Newton, the greatest scientist of all time; William Shakespeare, whose name is synonymous with great literature; Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the great engineer; in the modern age Tim Berners-Lee of WorldWideWeb fame; and in music, Noël Coward, Lionel Bart, Elton John and George Michael. And that's only the London homosexual contingent!
We have also produced more than our fair share of scumbags, from mass murderers Harold Shipman and Peter Sutcliffe to Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs. Shipman and Sutcliffe killed for years before they were brought to book; Biggs lived in exile for decades.
Now we have produced a new breed that combines criminality with stupidity, like the lady and gent seen here, whose illicit activities will surely not be blessed with such longevity.
These are two of the many people the Metropolitan Police would like to assist them with their enquiries, as the saying used to go. The lady has been clearly been shopping, and is just as clearly delighted with her purchases, especially as she didn’t have to pay for them. The guy with a sling round one hand and a brick in the other is clearly a member of one of the oppressed minorities we hear so much about, part of the disabled contingent.
A photograph released by the Metropolitan Police August 13  2011.
A photograph released by the Metropolitan Police August 13, 2011.
Metropolitan Police
Soon no doubt, he won’t have to worry about his temporary disability, because he will qualify for a free sojourn at one of Her Majesty’s less salubrious hotels, with board and lodging thrown in. And the lady who is looking so happy because she has collected some free footwear and a bottle of booze will be even happier, because she will have a new free set of prison fatigues to go with them, but Holloway tea is probably not a good substitute for vino, still, if nothing else, it will wipe the smile off her face.
These two photographs are among many that have been released by the Met; many more from both the Met and other police forces are set to follow. Is it really unemployment, desperation, or simply the madness of crowds that makes seemingly ordinary people do such stupid things? To find out, we’ll have to see what their solicitors say in mitigation; something tells me we won’t have long to wait.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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