Tralissa, being British brings with it a responsibility to behave as one perceives a British subject should behave. Regardless of one’s religious beliefs there is generally speaking an agreement of what is a correct set of values for life and what attitudes are intolerable. As we Brits, largely through immigration, develop more and more into a multi-racial society, the parameters of what is seen to be acceptable and unacceptable behaviour will inevitably broaden. An overall effect is that we should become more tolerant of others holding differing views. But the fundamental objective remains that each citizen should be free to live their lives as they choose so long as those individuals conform within generally accepted boundaries as defined by the Rule of Law.
The code for living in some countries is heavily influenced by religion whereas in Britain subjects can choose to live or not to live in accordance with the tenets of any religion. Nevertheless through a variety of mechanisms British people should be able to define for themselves a universally acceptable set of values and we should each endeavour to live our lives within a personal code of behaviour. As a minimum:
We should not take life nor deliberately through carelessness put the life of others at risk.
We should not steal from each other.
We should not generate a feeling of terror in our neighbour.
We should generally conform to the rules and norms established by a democratically elected government whose laws apply to all and sundry in equal measure.
Whatever the so called grievances of the demonstrators in this current wave of social unrest, their actions should not transgress in the way they have done these very fundamental ideals. Otherwise this island of Britain will inevitably prove to be too small for all of us to live happily together.
When I witness youths setting light to cars and buildings, when I see them breaking into shops and helping themselves to goods, when I watch them throwing stones at the police who are there to protect not only the shop keeper but also the general public then personally I am disgusted.
In such circumstances I don’t lose my faith in being British myself, I am merely horrified that such looters and vandals also call themselves ‘British‘.