Three weeks ago, London followed by most of the rest of urban Britain kicked off, and a series of riots occurred across the country.
It’s taken me this time to gather my thoughts and to see if expressing them helps or hinders any healing process. I know that people died, and it’s not acceptable; my sympathies lie with the families of these victims. Secondly the outcomes of the arson included gutted small business in communities, some people lost their livelyhood, others lost their homes. Again my sympathies lie with the victims of these crimes, because these are the victims and aggrieved.
The speed with the Tories came out with “It’s criminality. Pure and Simple” is not really surprising. But it wrong! It’s the only story that leaves them blame free and makes no requirement on them to change their minds about anything.
This is a cabinet of millionaires, they have no idea about the life of the young and dispossessed. Governments make decisions, the decisions have consequences. There have been a number of posts, articles and comments that I think help us think about the causes and consequences of the riots, some of which I posted to delicious with the tag “londonriots” I think the Gary Younge article is the closest to my thoughts.