sqbr: (homestuck)
Sophie ([personal profile] sqbr) wrote2011-08-17 11:57 am

Yes, that is exactly how to fix the problem

Evicting rioters' families from their homes? There's a horrible logic to it

I hate this pattern of punishing people for behaviours associated with poverty by making them more poor. I'm not saying the rioters were blameless political dissidents fighting for freedom or whatever, but the economic situation was obviously related to them feeling like rioting was a reasonable action (Although David Cameron disagrees), and I can't see how pushing their entire family onto the street is going to help matters. See also the the Australian government's tendency to cut people off welfare for sneezing in the wrong direction.
meloukhia: Kaylee from Firefly eating a strawberry (Kaylee strawberry)

[personal profile] meloukhia 2011-08-17 12:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Good heavens. This is rather horrific. It seems to me like evictions are likely to create even more resentment and unrest, so evictions may 'punish' people (for having family members involved in the riots) but they certainly won't accomplish the long term goal of preventing this sort of thing in the future. And it's just..wrong.