Living In London

The riots that have happened in London over the past week have not only been a shock to myself, but to everyone that I know. As a Londoner, and someone who has loved living in this city for the past 6 years, things like rioting and looting are definitely not things I associate with the UK capital. In fact, my experiences here couldn’t be more the opposite – I’ve found people in this city to be charming, friendly and very accepting of others. Sure, every city has it’s dark side, and London certainly has one too, but this is never something that I have seen, experienced or had anything to do with in my time living here.

I sincerely hope that London will not be tainted by these recent events, and that tourists will not be quick to judge one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world because of the acts of a few mindless individuals who now must be punished for what they have done. With the Olympics coming up it’s even more heartbreaking to think that some people may not choose to come here because they think it’s unsafe or that they may be in danger in any way.

The people who have done this are said to be rebelling against budget cuts and lack of opportunity, but I don’t think this can be used as an excuse for violence and stealing. If this is in fact true, then the ironic thing is that taxpayers will literally have to pay for the fallout from the riots and plunge the country further into debt. This will in turn result in further budget and benefit cuts – exactly what these rioters are apparently protesting. I just hope these people know how stupid they have been.

We need to say back to these people that London will never be bought down by you, or by anyone. The people that choose to live within society and as a community here will not put up with your behaviour and I know I’m not alone when I say that I hope they feel the full brunt of the law when they are in court.

To anyone out there thinking of pulling this kind of stunt in our city again better watch their back – Us Londoners are pretty tough, and now we’ll be looking out for our city more than ever.

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