MY LETTER in the Bognor Regis Observer on August 11 was written some two weeks before the riots and therefore had nothing to do with them.
It was to bring the public’s attention to those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and use democratic means to put pressure on the politicians.
I have not heard of one of them who is having to work with a cut in their wages or are on the minimum wage.
People who have always worked are losing their homes by repossession or their savings.
If you have £16,000 or more you do not get jobseeker’s allowance; between £5,000 and £16,000 you may get a smaller allowance; only under £5,000 do you get the full jobseeker’s allowance.
If you own a car you have to pay more insurance if unemployed, and some well-known insurance companies will not insure you at all if you are unemployed.
As for the riots; the standards in this country have been lowered since I was young. We had discipline in a loving family, discipline at school and in the workplace and we were taught respect for others and the old British standards of fair play.
As Scouts we had sheath knives which we would never have used against another person, in the Army Cadets we used guns and were taught how to kill, but the only time we would have used them was against the German invaders.
We were also taught to be responsible for our actions.
Lessons could be learnt from 60 years ago.
I end by writing that all young people should not be blamed: we have some young people to be proud of and they should be given hope for the future which they do not have at the moment.
Blenheim Court, West Meads