Some of you may have noticed that, unusually, I’m not ranting or raving or rambling on about the fascinating and scary events in English cities. How did a peaceful protest turn into a series of riots and then widespread looting?
Political leaders have returned from holidays and are offering water cannon. Yeah, like that’s going to help. Even the police don’t seem to rate that idea. Is anyone attempting to manage the situation? Is there any form of political viewpoint behind the rioting or is it just smash and grab- since they got away with it in Tottenham, why can’t we?
The more important question might be about how such a swathe of people are so disassociated from society’s norms that they have no connection with or respect for authority, communities, or indeed anyone. I’m really curious about what’s going on, but don’t have the language or experience to discuss it all sensibly. Instead, I watch the news and wonder about Dave’s make up.
If I try to talk about what’s going on, I’ll probably just take up my default position and blame yer woman. So, I’ll be quiet until my
brain works out somebody tells me what’s happening, and why.