Um...If This is How You Handle Civil Unrest, Just Give Up Now

Seriously, ladies and gents...if it weren't for the blogosphere, my head would explode.

The handling of the London riots in mainstream media has mostly been an embarrassment. A deceptive, self-serving embarrassment which tells me that what we just witnessed these past four days is only the beginning.

Um...what happened to it being all about class?

Funny...in racial discussions online, white folks constantly bring up the idea that racial problems are really about class problems, and that people need to address social issues from that standpoint.

Okay.

Hordes of furious, varying-skintoned youth in England just spent the last four days setting their cities - plural, children - on fire in retaliation against police abuse, a culture of constant surveillance, and socioeconomic and educational neglect.  Now suddenly...all these problems get boiled down to being about a bunch of looting black thugs who are mad one of their bruhs got himself perished by the po-po.

Mm-hm.

This sounds familiar.  When the poor - as in the poor whites, poor blacks, and poor Asians - all rise up against injustice, just blame it on black people and call it a day.

Pay no attention to the chicken-shits behind the curtain.

The British have made it plain both in articles and broadcasts that their politicians are worthless.  When the riots began, the Prime Minister was on vacay, and the mayor was also out of town.  The police had just experienced budget cuts, were outnumbered, and as you can see on YouTube, were initially overrun by the kids.  And now everyone wants to talk "senseless" and "mindless" violence, but, uh...compared to the people who were supposed to be in charge, those kids were organized.  One could almost say their timing was auspicious.


So what if they went after big-screen TVs or raided Foot Locker? They're kids, remember?

Would you prefer if my age group started burning shit down? 'Cause if so, go right on ahead and kiss every bank, government office, and landlord goodbye.

Pay no attention to the non-black people in front of the curtain.

Fun fact, children: As of 2009, Black people make up a whopping 2.9% of the British population.  White folks, on the other hand, make up 87.5% and when you watch the riots carefully, you'll notice that most of the rioters are white kids (the focus, of course, is on the black kids, ).  But this is all about race, and those ungrateful "niggers" need to be deported (oh yes...the nets are on fire with anti-Black sentiments right now).

You have cancer.  It's terminal.  Take 2 baby aspirins and call me in the morning.

You know, folks can talk shit all they want about these kids...it won't change anything.  Britain can flood its streets with cops all it wants, and it won't change a goddamn thing.  In fact, these kids are only going to get more pissed off.  For the love of Moi, they set their cities on fire and the whole damn world saw it.  They told us a loooooooot about the Brits.  So it's safe to say this is one of those problems that isn't going to magically go away.


I mean, you can quell this for now and arrest a bunch of these kids, but if the root problem continues - and something tells me it will continue...call it a hunch - then there will be even more kids like these where they came from.  They will be increasingly white, and next time, they may very well burn the entire country to the ground.
Iran

The conservative Resalat newspaper, in a commentary headlined "unrest spreads from Tottenham to Brixton", called the protests the "worst possible news for David Cameron's coalition government" and blamed "human rights abuses".

"The violence and continued chaos in the UK are the result of factors like human rights violations in the country, prejudice against immigrants and coloured people, incidents like the Murdoch scandals and the country's critical economic conditions," the newspaper concluded.

The hardline Iranian newspaper claimed that the violence was carried out by students who were forced to drop out of university because of the rise in university tuition fees.

The Qods newspaper chooses a different tack, blaming US economic policies for the riots.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe: "Britain I understand is on fire, London especially and we hope they can extinguish their fire, pay attention to their internal problems and to that fire which is now blazing all over, and leave us alone.

"We do not have any fire here and we do not want them to continue to create unnecessary problems in our country. We want peace, and the people of Zimbabwe want peace."

Pakistan

The riots in London yesterday knocked violence in Karachi, where seven people were killed overnight, from the top slot on television bulletins in Pakistan, where suicide bombings, gang violence and political turfwars are a mainstay of the 24-hour news channels.

An editorial in the Express Tribune newspaper wondered how a killing could erupt into riots, when previous examples of police brutality have not. "The answer may be found in the austerity measures taken by the Cameron government," it said.

"The brutal spending cuts led to violent protests and there is every indication that alienation has increased thanks to the steep decline in the middle class standard of living."

Commentators in Karachi, where 800 people have died in ethnic and political violence this year, said they were shocked to see similar images of security forces in riot gear patrolling London. Bina Shah, a novelist who lives in Karachi, said it was an odd experience to be checking that relatives were safe in London – rather than the other way around. "We in Karachi are bemused," she said. "It turns out that civilised land is not quite so civilised after all." But the violence has also been met with glee among a small number of right-wing, anti-western fundamentalists who are furious at what they see as foreign meddling in Pakistan's domestic politics.

Abdullah Ansari wrote in The Pakistan Observer, that the London riots proved the West was far from a model for "progress and prosperity".

"Therefore, I want to condemn the self-ashamed behaviours of mental slaves of West who never ever show the complete picture to media."

Abu Dhabi

The National in Abu Dhabi reports that British politicians have condemned the riots in London, but notes that they are not as violent as recent protests in Athens.

Dubai

Dubai's Gulf News carries a brief comment piece which condemns the violence in London but concludes that it is the fault of the British authorities for marginalising immigrant communities and calls for improved economic development and social integration policies in poorer areas.

Libya

Libyan state-run Al-Jamahiriyah TV showed a programme called "Homeland's Desire". The presenter, Yusuf Shakir, midway into the programme, began to address the British people in English, urging them to "defeat this British regime" which "killed their brothers".

He said the Libyan people and their leader supported "black power in America and Britain" and always defended blacks who "suffered racial discrimination" in the UK.
(Which is hella ironic considering the anti-Black cleansing in Libya.)

He said blacks and the poor took to the streets in London to demonstrate against the British "fascist" government. He added that Libyans would hold demonstrations holding up pictures of Mark Duggan, the man shot by police in Tottenham.
We're next.

The uprisings occurring around the world are not temporary.  This is not a fad; it's a tour of social change and it's coming to a city near you.  So let go of hopes and fantasies that it will be confined to someone else's borders all the way over in the so-called "Third World".  Hell, Britain just showed us that it will most assuredly not.  And the fact these riots began on the same day China issued a well-deserved ultimatum to these disunited states is pure cosmic humor.

This world is changing, ladies and gentlemen, and its history will not be written by those who couldn't recognize revolution, or who were unwilling to do any heavy-lifting, or who clung to the belief that the poor should stand up for their rights, so long as they do it quietly, someplace that's else, and not bother anybody in the process.  If events like the French Revolution have taught us anything, it's that in the end, history is written in the blood of the selfish and short-sighted.

Yesterday, they burned the shops and cars of the working class, and were roundly criticized for it.  So tomorrow, you better believe someone's breaking out the guillotine and going after the elite.

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Tracy Renee Jones: Burn, Baby, Burn: Why United States Citizens Should Follow the UK’s Lead
Penny Red: Panic on the Streets of London
Contemplating "Retribution" (this post is starting to have even more meaning now, isn't it?)
Black People: The Republican User's Guide

Comments

  1. "We teach children that tantrums are never good. Civilized people are supposed to use their words to communicate. We teach children to ask and wait for an answer; we teach them to be content with what we as adults give them. Children are taught to be seen and not heard and to not show their displeasure when their expectations and needs aren’t met to their satisfaction because we satisfy our needs and give children what we want them to have. Children are trained to acknowledge that someone is in charge and it’s not them until a child hurls a sippy cup across the room and nails you in the forehead.

    Now whose in charge?"


    ~ Tracy Renee Jones

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  2. I love how that reporter got told in that second video.

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  3. Ank...You and Tracy both have hit the nail on its proverbial head! Brava! I love seeing how much more and earlier my sisters are critically thinking cuz Lawd knows it took me a long damned time!

    "Funny...in racial discussions online, white folks constantly bring up the idea that racial problems are really about class problems..."

    Yeah they do, but they are not alone. When "O" interviewed then-Sen. "O" on her then-show, she said exactly the same thing, and he agreed - one of the reasons I disagree with you that "We're next," and one of the reasons I think the real powers-that-be chose him to run for the Big House (quelling the massess is easy when you give them what they think they want - someone who looks like them running the show!).

    Re: the Tim Wise video - I volunteered in St. Bernard Parish in 2006 and he is dead-on about the people of Chalmette. Of course, my ass didn't know any of that then. I still would've gone, but I'd have been more prepared for some of the shit I heard and saw (I tell you, one n-e-e-ver stops learning!).

    "Would you prefer if my age group started burning shit down? 'Cause if so, go right on ahead and kiss every bank, government office, and landlord goodbye.

    ROFLMBAO!

    And how much do I love Darcus Howe!! - "Have some respect, for an old West-Indian Negro and stop accusing me of being a rioter..." Miss Ann didn't know what the hell to do or say, so she resorted to the usual - just cut him off.

    "This world is changing, ladies and gentlemen...

    I certainly hope so. I'd sure like to see, and be a part of, that "change you can believe in" before I check the hell out of here!

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  4. Yeah they do, but they are not alone. When "O" interviewed then-Sen. "O" on her then-show, she said exactly the same thing, and he agreed - one of the reasons I disagree with you that "We're next," and one of the reasons I think the real powers-that-be chose him to run for the Big House

    Just to clarify what I mean: white folks who know nothing about racism or classism tout classism as the problem because to them, it's the lesser of two evils.

    But when you show kids of varying skintones rebelling against a white elite, suddenly they want to snatch classism off the table and make it all about race. The goal? Divide and conquer all over again, and disunite these black and white kids who commanded the whole world's undivided attention for four days.

    'Cause when people unite, real shit happens.

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  5. "Would you prefer if my age group started burning shit down? 'Cause if so, go right on ahead and kiss every bank, government office, and landlord goodbye.

    ROFLMBAO!


    Hey...don't think I won't torch my bank over a $35 NSF. That's almost a tank of gas right there.

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  6. Long time reader here from South London.. some of those big flames you've seen happened just around the corner from me. And the violence is spreading around the UK...

    Just wanted to say I'm so pleased you're talking about this and you've hit the nail on the head! I have nothing else to add.

    I'll just go back to lurking now.

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  7. @ Sasa

    Are you guys okay? Anyone you know get hurt?

    And the violence is spreading around the UK...

    So it's still going, then? It's not over?

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  8. I've lurked your site for a few months now and couldn't wait to hear your take on the media coverage of the riots. I'm an American and I've been living in the UK just over 2 years now, in the Northeast.

    The media coverage here has been predictable, with a lot of the same sanctimonious judgement of young people, poor people, and the EDL adding their useless opinions. But I think it's Cameron's response that infuriates me the most. It's not like he's just ignored the social problems here, I swear he's been on a mission to make them aggressively worse from the moment he was elected. It's not even like this is the first riot under his watch.

    But of course, he wants to put this down to "poor parenting". I'm sure that when he sorts that out something like this will never happen again.

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  9. But of course, he wants to put this down to "poor parenting".

    I don't even know why - and politicians like him - even bother. We know what's going on.

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  10. No one I know is hurt, thankfully. On Tuesday, the PM sent more police over (very kind of him, especially when he had introduced his police cuts and everything).

    Tonight, everything seems calm (for now), but last night there was a lot of violence in the North of England (Manchester etc).Major shops are still shut, and police are still hovering around shopping centres.

    kohanaflux said: "The media coverage here has been predictable, with a lot of the same sanctimonious judgement of young people, poor people, and the EDL adding their useless opinions." That's pretty much it in a nutshell. But that's Britain for you.

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  11. "Just to clarify what I mean: white folks who know nothing about racism or classism tout classism as the problem because to them, it's the lesser of two evils.

    Thanks for the clarification, however, I think we must also consider that those who do know about racism, yet choose to supplant it with class once they've entered the "elite class" (as in the poor parenting of the beleaguered "Pookie"), do us in particular, and the country/world as a whole, just as much a disservice (does that make sense?).

    "'Cause when people unite, real shit happens.

    Totally agree

    "Hey...don't think I won't torch my bank over a $35 NSF. That's almost a tank of gas right there."

    Chile, you are too funny - and right about that damned gas!!

    Sasa/kohanaflux...Glad to hear you all are okay.

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  12. @ Deb

    Thanks for the clarification, however, I think we must also consider that those who do know about racism, yet choose to supplant it with class once they've entered the "elite class" (as in the poor parenting of the beleaguered "Pookie"), do us in particular, and the country/world as a whole, just as much a disservice (does that make sense?).

    Yes, but that goes without saying.

    I was focusing on the white clueless ones because I find it amusing at how they switch from one to the other and back. To them, these riots are all about angry black kids from the ghetto who are up to no good. The countless white faces and voices angrily speaking out against poverty and police abuse don't even factor in.

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  13. "Funny...in racial discussions online, white folks constantly bring up the idea that racial problems are really about class problems..."

    And bring it up religiously.

    And I had an ex friend then try to tell me because it was really about class, white immigrants had it harder than slaves.

    Like I said, EX FRIEND!!!!!!

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  14. Smh at that BBC reporter, stupid b*#$%. I'm glad he called her out.

    Gil Scott Heron had it right, The Revolution is Live
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS3QOtbW4m0

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  15. Hordes of furious, varying-skintoned youth in "England just spent the last four days setting their cities - plural, children - on fire in retaliation against police abuse, a culture of constant surveillance, and socioeconomic and educational neglect. Now suddenly...all these problems get boiled down to being about a bunch of looting black thugs who are mad one of their bruhs got himself perished by the po-po."



    Funny. Didn't the media do the same thing with Rodney King?

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  16. Last night, I was looking at NIGHTLINE and what they had to say already have been said by some on here.. that the reporting was " predictable" and boy ,it was. I expected it. All the reporters was talking about was this boy looted..the people looted... some guy was being helped and then they stole some items from his book bag. I swear, they spent most of their coverage about the looting,but made a very brief( and do mean BRIEF) statement about the young Black man who was killed by the cops.From what I seen, EVERY race was involved in this ,but call me crazy,but it was like the cameramen were doing their best to focus on the Black people doing it.and here is another thing. Media wanted to make it seem that the riots started like these kids got so angry that they just all of a sudden wanted to express their anger of the economy on the cops.

    No, what is talking place in London is not about class only and I believe that. When I was in school, there a Black British classmate that i would speak with from time to time. I once was talking about his homeland and how in awe I was about their melting pot status. Instead of him boasting about it, he had this "Are-you-kidding-me" kind of expression then would tell me not to be so naive about it and went on to explain why.This is what he was talking about.

    I find it ironic that the attention that the reporters wanted to get from the world is backfiring. I especially found the point of what the reporters of Abu Dhabi had to say about thought they condemned the actions of rioters, they thought that the Greece riots was worse. It's ashamed how London and the US are looking to the world. With all of this anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim sentiment that have been in both places as of late, did they really expect for the world to be sympathetic to them?!
    The world isn't as stupid as they really would like for them to believe.

    Supposedly, these kids was rioting because of the economy and their status. Now with Greece, the people was rioting about their economy,but they never focused of the rioters or possible looters that came from there. If this thing was simply about class, couldn't the marchers have just done that for the last 10 years or more when the economy started to go down the toilet? The PM and the other critics may say its a class thing,but denying the problems in your country isn't going to help London, it will worsen.

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  17. Nice picture!

    "Yes, but that goes without saying.

    Glad I was clear (but sometimes it really doesn't).

    I was focusing on the white clueless ones because I find it amusing at how they switch from one to the other and back."

    Gotcha. However, given Cameron has authorized the use of water cannons (according to Richard Seymour in the Democracy Now! video embedded at this link - about the BBC apologizing to Howe for that reporter's "poorly-phrased question": http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/10/bbc-apologizes-darcus-howe-london-riots_n_923525.html?ir=Black+Voices) - seems it's racism's turn today! {smdh}

    And aside from the lede in the afore-linked piece being wrong (she wasn't asking him about participating now) - Please tell me why Mr. Howe had to be characterized in terms of "testy" and "combative?" Nevermind...

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  18. I am a bit annoyed some of the Black reps giving interviews making it out to be a Black issue becasue I know how the media will try and twist it into a race issue instead of a class issue. But pics do not lie.

    Some pictures of some rioters
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2024120/London-riots-2011-suspects-Photos-released-know-looters.html

    And another site on tumblr
    catchalooter.tumblr.com

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  19. I am a bit annoyed some of the Black reps giving interviews making it out to be a Black issue becasue I know how the media will try and twist it into a race issue instead of a class issue. But pics do not lie.

    It is annoying, those pictures don't lie, and this is one of those times where the talking heads and dickless politicians need to not even bother with the company lines. We are already know what's going down and why. The cat's out of the bag.

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  20. Yes, they're desperately trying to make this a race issue because it's much easier to do that than acknowledge what a united working class is capable of doing. They probably can't even comprehend the white rioters who apparently didn't get the memo that rioting is what uncivilized black people do. The rioters managed to smash shit up for five days and make the police and politicians look stupid by comparison after quickly organizing themselves just with their Blackberry phones. It's no wonder why divide and conquer is being pushed so hard right now.

    Cameron really should have been paying more attention to the student riot over tuition fees. When white students have no problem attacking royalty at a protest, you really can't feign surprise when something like this happens.

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  21. Oh and I am really loving your new blog style so pretty.

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  22. @ Aiyo

    I just hope everyone can comfortably read everything.

    @ kohanaflux

    Yes, they're desperately trying to make this a race issue because it's much easier to do that than acknowledge what a united working class is capable of doing.

    Ignoring the white protesters in order to pin this on the black ones is very dangerous, because they're just going to do something - on their own - which can't go ignored.

    In fact, I'm counting on it.

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  23. Longtime lurker that pops up occasionally. I'm born and raised in London and saw various parts of my city on fire from my flat this week. In fact the Tottenham riots happened on my mum's doorstep and she ran out in her nightgown at 1am to stay at mine... There has been so much anger for so long with regards to the police. They are consantly antagonising youth of colour. It's telling that this all kicked off with the execution- yes everybody, Mark Duggan was executed- the man may have been a thug but he was unarmed and in his car texting friends he knew that they were going to kill him. The police knew what they were doing, they couldn't pin any crime on him so they thought they'd circumvent the law. All in a days work in sunny ol' London town. I adore this city with all my heart, but if shiz has to burn for the bastards to wake up and realise they have screwed one too many people too far, it's gonna have to burn!! I wouldn't be a child or teenager in 2011 for love nor money, uni fees outta control, constant surveilance and a punch and judy show of a government and no hope in sight?? WTF??!!! Bring on the revolution!!!

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  24. So for all the Londoners here at the Bar, tell us - what are your projections? What's happening now and what you do you think is going to happen next? Is the violence still spreading or has it dying out?

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  25. @kohanaflux

    Exactly I was not at the student riots because my mum gave me "the look" but I was watching it and when the royals had there cars smashed I was like wow. Things will get worse in due time and now look. Especially since the ways how police handled the situation a disbaled man got dragged out of his wheelchair in the student riot.

    And what kicked on these riot was when a police manhandled a 16 year old girl and that's when the police cars got smashed and burnt.
    the videos are here
    http://blackbritishgirl.blogspot.com/2011/08/mark-duggan-and-what-led-to-protest-and.html

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  26. It was a lot more quiet last night, they're saying it was the rain that quelled it. I can't imagine this hasn't hurt David Cameron's image permanently. I get the sense that people aren't happy with the rioters but they sure as hell aren't happy with him either. Every time he opens his mouth, more bullshit comes out.

    The public seems to be moving swiftly on to harsh prison sentences, cutting benefits, and evicting those people who participated in the riots from their homes. Great idea, lets put all those people out onto the streets. I'm sure nothing could possibly go wrong with that.

    Some people are trying to point out that this whole thing was entirely predictable. Most are going with "there's no excuse for rioting" so when shit kicks off even worse next time, I will have no sympathy whatsoever.

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  27. If it was just black youths looting and carrying on, the PM wouldn't have waited nearly a week to roll out the big guns. Hell, he wouldn't have waited a day.

    Plus, all those CCTV cameras in London are painting a much more beige and peach picture of the rioters than the media would like us (and them) to believe. They can keep dreaming; most of us aren't drinking that batch of Kool-Aid.

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  28. Average U.K. household debt in 1990 was well below 100 percent of total income; by 2007, it had grown to over 160 percent. Since the onset of the 2008 financial crisis, available credit to maintain this debt plummeted. And although the state stepped in to rescue the banks, no one stepped in to save the poor. Instead, they face cuts to welfare and social programs.

    However, unlike in the United States, London’s financial elite are demonized and vilified in the mainstream media. The tabloids and the Rupert Murdoch-dominated press have created a narrative that describes bankers carrying on as they did before, raking in record bonuses, eating at expensive restaurants, and vacationing in the French Riviera as if the crisis never happened. The only perceived villain in the 1981 protests was Thatcher herself. However, today’s rioters, like the rest of the population, understand that the debt crisis is first and foremost a bankers’ crisis. The result, as in 1981, can hardly be unexpected: violent reaction among those most affected. The only question is why Cameron did not foresee it.

    Whereas the 1980s riots had a significant element of racial tension, the bigger battle of that decade was between organized labor and the state - a fight the Thatcher government won hands down. Both rioters and unionists were finally subdued by a strong state, not replaced by the sort of mythical Big Society of which Cameron dreamed. By the time the battle was over, around 1986, unemployment had fallen, economic growth had started to pick up, and the benefits (or so they seemed until 2007) of market liberalization were reaped in the form of higher mass consumption and rising home and stock prices. Until the bust came, class politics had been abolished and Thatcher’s approach had been vindicated.

    Today, the battle lines are drawn quite differently. Class politics are back, but in a new way. The 1980s were marked by a more traditional struggle between the state and organized labor. The present moment, however, is defined by a more disorganized class politics of reaction, propelled by huge inequalities and a perceived injustice and indifference by the state to the fate of those involved. This time it is also not about race.

    The looting youngsters in London are a mixture of both immigrants and English natives, and they have quickly and deliberately made their way into the fancier neighborhoods of the city. An incident from the much-gentrified Notting Hill neighborhood in London is particularly telling. Hooded rioters armed with bats invaded the Ledbury, a two-star Michelin restaurant, demanding that diners hand over their wallets and wedding rings. As two female rioters told the BBC [2], “We’re just showing the rich people we can do what we want.”

    ...

    So class politics are back in what many political scientists see as their most traditional home: the United Kingdom. Most of the country perceives Cameron’s policies as the poor paying for the mistakes of the rich. Thatcher’s neoliberal medicine was equally unpopular in 1981, but she was under no illusions as to what was required to enforce austerity and remains famous to this day for having argued in a 1987 interview that “there [was] no such thing as society.” Cameron’s assumptions have been challenged by these riots, and it is not at all clear that he has an alternative to offer. The rest of the world should take notice: After all, the perverse experiment of high inequality, low growth, and now fiscal austerity is hardly a uniquely British phenomenon.


    ~ Matthias Matthijs

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  29. I'm also angry with the politicians. It took Cameron and Boris a long time to come back from their holiday's and it seems they came back for the wrong reasons i.e. they realised it was going to effect their political careers if they didn't rather than wanting to sort out the country. Now they are back it seems they are more concerned with looking good on BBC and Sky news than really getting the situation sorted. We don't need them walking around Croydon, Clapham Junction etc shaking hands and thanking people. If they haven't got better things to do than kissing babies they should have stayed on holiday - I'm sure they are protected/accompanied by a number of police officers (who definitely have better things to do) whilst on their jaunt. I'm glad that Boris got a hard time in Junction, hopefully this buffoon will never get elected again. But it's not just the Tories, Milliband has also only just come back and is also in Peckham for the cameras. I've seen a lot of MP's on the TV (I've been watching constantly) and so far the only one that has done himself any credit is David Lammy. I'm sick of hearing MP's saying that these people will be punished. Theresa May has made an idiot of herself calling on people to ring the police and identify looters - people on the same news programmes are saying at the moment police can't respond to 999 calls, they haven't even been able to get through to the police to report break ins etc and she's advising people to ring up and say they've seen Tony with a new pair of Nikes. Surely let's stop the looting happening before worrying about grassing up Tony.

    ~ Blogger Motown

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  30. Great, level-headed thinking at the CNN link, Ankh. Now this on the other hand...

    http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139518478/british-police-out-in-force-as-violence-subsides

    ...not so much

    Thoughts?

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  31. Oh, how nice. They're narrowing the blame from black people to Caribbean nationals.

    *sees the mostly white, light, and mixed-race faces in the looting photos*

    Oh yea, dem a fi mi people. >_>

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  32. Oh dear, things are so not calm in th UK at the moment. I've just heard a rumour that the Notting Hill Carnival may be cancelled for fears of it turning into a riot. To be fair in the past 15 years it has been hijacked by rival gangs wanting to fight. But seriously, people look forward and work hard all year for it. It finishes the summer off with a bang!

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  33. Thanks for the excerpts from the international media. Things here right now are tense. I don't even know what else to say, it's all been said. Just that we are on the same page. I was nodding my head through the post. We are all in the same boat and some of us are intent on rocking it now, again, hopefully this time for some real change. See some historical riots http://matadornetwork.com/change/11-of-historys-biggest-riots-and-why-they-happened/

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  34. @ Ms Afropolitan

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Things here right now are tense...We are all in the same boat and some of us are intent on rocking it now, again, hopefully this time for some real change.

    I can only imagine. I really hope England sees some real progress after this. Here's one consolation prize, though: it is highly unlike the likes of Cameron and Johnson will ever see the insides of their offices again after this.

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  35. "Which is hella ironic considering the anti-Black cleansing in Libya."

    The anti-black cleansing is being carried out by Libyan REBELS, while the Al-Jamahiriya channel was state-owned, pro-Gaddafi. Even with western media saying all sorts of things about G, they have not yet come up with the racism allegation. So I don't quite see the irony here.

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  36. Yeah...I wasn't blaming G for the cleansing. I was blaming the Libyans who are doing the cleansing in Libya.

    Rebels or not, they're still Libyans...in Libya. And the magnitude of the cleansing is enough to make a person not really care which faction is doing the cleansing. Folks are getting "cleansed" and that's all that really matters.

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