Or rather, it has been. I have my fingers, arms, legs, toes, individual strands of hair and any other available appendages crossed that the worst of the riots are over. So far Newcastle hasn’t been affected, although there have been rumours online that it might yet be. Then again, there are rumours online for pretty much any conceivable occurrence. Similar concept to rule 34.
It must be so devastating for the people caught up in it all. I have many friends living in London who are shocked, a few who have been personally affected. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have my home burnt down (although Jonathan would probably say it’d be an improvement) and the face of my town changed irrevocably.
There have been dozens – hundreds – of articles published on the subject so far, but this one is by far and away the best – an explanation from someone who really understands the young people she works with. I also wish that people would remember that explanations are not the same as excuses – just saying “shoot the buggers” will accomplish nothing but more resentment and another generation of potential rioters. The first part of solving a problem is understanding the nature of it.
And if anyone is in doubt of how wonderful Britain is despite all of this, they just need to read about the clean-up efforts – entirely and unofficially organised by the public.
I hope no one tries to burn my city down tonight.