The news of riots that are spreading in and around London is of great concern. There appears to be little doubt that there are criminal elements bandwaggoning onto a sorry situation.
I have been checking on the well-being of family who are within reach of the extending boundaries of the outbreaks. Their own high street has been closed off. Signs of theft and attempted theft are evident.
Mischievous communications through the chatter-spheres are adding to the difficulties of collecting good intelligence and policing community safety. When my relatives were in the centre of London yesterday, Tweets were circulating that incidents were occurring where my relatives were actually walking with lots of other peaceful shoppers and visitors to The Capital City.
It would not surprise me if the media were irresponsibly assisting in the maintenance of the disturbances by using the chatter-spheres to spread news lines. Freedom of the press should go hand-in-hand with social responsibility and the maintenance of a moral compass. My guess is, the definition of what that means, becomes rather mobile and fuzzy. It is a difficult line to tread when there are abuses of power, such as we have seen in various decades in our democracies. It may be a case of Who dares [to walk the line] wins! Basic morality though, in the current unrest is losing out.