It Was The Adverts Wot Dun It!

The Riots, Communities and Victims Panel, set up by David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in the wake of the riots, will highlight the role of big business in creating a damaging consumerist culture in some of the most deprived parts of the country.

The violence last August was characterised by the looting of stores including Foot Locker, JJD Sports, Orange, O2 and Adidas. When it publishes its final report, the panel is expected to offer recommendations to limit the impact of advertising on the young and vulnerable.

If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be rocking back and forth in a dark room. Whimpering.

A source told the Observer: “This isn’t about damaging the economy or stopping people from selling goods, but about big brands having corporate social responsibility commitments. The brands should be an influence for good.”


I just…

Of course, it wouldn’t matter a jot what they said, if we had a PM with a spine and some testicles, but we don’t.

Neal Lawson, chair of the pressure group Compass, believed there needed to (sic) a genuine sign from the government that it understood the problem of consumerism. He said: “If they remove billboards, that would be a sign, or did what they did in Sweden and ban advertising to under-12s, fine. But they need to go at it at that level. If it is just asking business to be more socially responsible, they are just messing around.”

I despair of my country, I really, really do.

15 comments for “It Was The Adverts Wot Dun It!

  1. March 25, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Whatever caused the looting (or as the AbFab crowd put it “extreme shopping”) it certainly wasn’t advertising. The roots go far deeper into social deprivation caused by a lack of integration due to multicultural issues. Basically we’ve allowed a feral generation to grow within our midst with no rules or respect save to their own community of mates.
    Damned if I know how we can ever put this right either, not without extreme measures that no politician would dare to voice.

    • March 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      “Basically we’ve allowed a feral generation to grow within our midst with no rules or respect save to their own community of mates.”

      No family structure, only feral peer groups. No moral brakes. Spot on.

  2. March 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

    highlight the role of big business in creating a damaging consumerist culture

    This would be the David Cameron who has directly benefited from his wife’s building and directorship of the luxury brand Symthson?

    It’s not consumerism which is the problem. It is that we have gradually eroded property rights whilst gabbing about human rights. In practice, property rights give an individual strong protection against the removal of their property, their family and their organs, whereas human rights see all of these as negotiable, depending on how much someone else needs your money, daughter or kidneys.

    Why should looters respect anyone else’s property rights when the state has taught them over and over that they don’t have any property rights but they do have an entitlement against somebody else’s property.

    They were just cutting out the state as middle-man.

    (Plenty of states have subverted and torn down their own property rights; the short-term injection of other people’s money always causes inflation but unfortunately it is also very popular with governments who need to raise bribes quickly.)

    • March 27, 2012 at 5:45 am

      I can’t help but feel we’re going to see a lot more of this.

  3. March 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

    If ads were that effective we could advertise the benefits of niceness and shiny shoes and pow – job done.

  4. March 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Everything should be in plain packaging 😆

    • March 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Everything? – can we include politicians please. No rosettes, no party logos, only personal conviction and promises can be advertised.

  5. Stadtler
    March 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Perhaps these poor impressionable yoofs could be made to wear the same kind of blinkers as our politicians?

  6. March 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I’ll be in the dark room next door, sobbing uncontrollably.

  7. March 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Riots, Communities and Victims Panel

    Red flags, alarm bells, ding ding ding. The word “communities” casually inserted in there is the agenda of this government. Any “community” or “citizens” panel, as noted long ago by James Barlow, is politically loaded and there have been more than enough blogposts from various people on the Common Purpose riff-raff quietly behind them, “leading beyond authority” to have nightmares at any of this stuff.

  8. Tattyfalarr
    March 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    No used to mean NO and a tantrum will earn a seperation from others and/or corrective punishment. Persistent tantrums and/or violent behaviour will result in escalation of seperation from others and /or corrective punishment.

    Both inside the home and out. It all used to be so very simple.

    Now that NO means “in a minute” or “kick off hard enough and I’ll give in” it’s all got so very complicated.

    Not rocket science to figure out how to make it very simple again, is it. 😐

    • March 27, 2012 at 5:46 am

      No – and anyone watching mothers with toddlers in ASDA can see the next generation coming right along behind them… 😥

      • March 27, 2012 at 7:21 am

        Is is something about ASDA? That seems to be a popular venue for fights.

        • Tattyfalarr
          March 27, 2012 at 9:09 am

          I’m convinced it’s the layout of the store.

          All those aisles…just like the ratruns they live in.

          Grow up inner city and there’s just *something* about narrow alleys that instantly puts you on guard ready for a fight 😉

    • David A. Evans
      March 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      My exes daughter & grand-daughter hate me. Why?

      Well early in our relationship, the grand-daughter got her hands on a hard-back book of my ladys. No-one was going to do anything, so eventually, I got pissed off & said, “Give the book back to your grandma (insert name)!”

      Well, long story short, this little brat is now 17 and running everyones life. Not mine however, I don’t stand for that kind of shit. They brought it on themselves.

      A good batting when she was 5 would have cured it!

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