Crisis! What crisis? London burns as Cameron forced to change his holiday plans


Comment at end

Or –

8th August 2011


[Click here to watch Sky News live for shocking sights of lawless London as kids break into shops and steal TV sets off walls]

Thought I’d better post on this in case the rags grab the title, as was suggested by –

awhita065Alex White@

@blairsupporter I wonder if someone like The Mirror will use that as a headline tomorrow?
He was referring to this below, which I had just tweeted. Many of us had been asking “where is David Cameron?”
blairsupporterBlair Supporter
Crisis! What crisis? #missingleadership #Cameron
But we’re all right. According to this tweet by  –
hambling242Paul Hambling
by Anthillel
@BBCNews: PM won’t be returning early from holiday to deal with riots or financial criticism” says it all really doesn’t it!

Since I pasted the above into the draft post, we have been told that the Prime Minister IS coming home tonight after all. Wise move.

Tomorrow morning there will be a COBRA meeting. Wonder if they will sanction the use of water cannon in Emergency Measures legislation? If so fill the hoses with indelible dye.

Interestingly, this tweep says –

DanielleCheneyDanielle Cheney

by awhita065
heard from a friend whose Dad is in the army that they have been told to standby #londonriots

“Crisis? What crisis?’

And the originator of the infamous “What crisis” headline? The press. Who else?

It was The Sun, not James Callaghan the Labour PM in 1979 – just shortly before Labour was deposed and out of power for 18 years. (Article was written when Blair’s government was suffering from an earlier “crisis. The sort he took in his stride, remember.)

Is this a Summer of Discontent?

Excerpt from 1979 Winter of Discontent:

1979: Rubbish piles up in London's Leicester Square

1979: Rubbish piles up in London’s Leicester Square

“Crisis? What crisis?”Three words that helped bring down the last Labour government in 1979, even though the man generally thought to have uttered them – Jim Callaghan – did not in fact do so.

I don’t think other people in the world would share the view [that] there is mounting chaos

Jim Callaghan’s actual words

But the Sun journalist who fashioned that headline caught the popular impression of a government unaware of a very serious state of affairs which had sneaked up on it.

Faced with the current fuel blockades, Education Secretary David Blunkett has admitted that people in general – and probably Labour politicians in particular – still remember the Winter of Discontent with a shiver up their spine.


Welcome back to the Big Society, Dave. Time for a video?

This was The Clash – with London’s Burning (live) in April 1978

Or a more innocent/sinister version of the same title?



Sky News Live is usually ahead of the BBC for what’s- a-happening,  and you can watch Sky outside of the UK.

The Telegraph has pictures and live updates of latest outbreaks of violence, arson and looting.

This looting, burning of cars, buses and buildings has nothing whatsoever to do with the man who was killed last Thursday during a Police encounter.  It is symptomatic of other issues, poverty being one thrown in for the flavour, but not applicable, imho.

Unless, unless…

… these rioters, thieves, arsonists and anarchists have been told that the world OWES them, rather that that THEY owe the world.

Moral values have been lost in the selfish “me first-ness” of those who have been told by the moaning politically correst press that somehow or other THIS great country lets them down.

ALL, imho, the fault of the self-centred, left-wing literati and numerous liberal loony pressure groups. Human rights/civil rights/rights/rights/rights have brought us to this sorry state.

And it’s all – and always has been – so wrong.

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Affected so far –

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18 Responses to “Crisis! What crisis? London burns as Cameron forced to change his holiday plans”

  1. Peter Reynolds Says:

    The police are taking backhanders
    Oujr MPs are fiddling their expenses
    The media break the law without compunction
    The bankers have looted our economy
    Our politicians are sunning themselves in luxury
    How do you expect young people to behave?

  2. Peter Reynolds Says:

    Please ktbfpm, this isn’t time for petty tribalism. This is the product of corrupt government, much of which comes from you know who

  3. A reason to riot. | Allkindofthingsblog's Blog Says:

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  4. little ole American Says:

    Such a sad situation. There is no excuse for this; no excuse at all. What do they hope to achieve? I doubt they even know what they want.

    • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

      @ little ole American –

      It seems they want opportunities they think are being denied them. And the belongings & fame that the celebrity culture makes them aspire to. And… oh, I’m sure the opining press will have it all worked out. As suits their own varied and various agendas and views of history and politics.

  5. Peter Reynolds Says:

    I think we need ol’ Tone back. He’d deal with this better than any of these numpties.

  6. keeptonyblairforpm Says:

    What are you smoking toniight, Peter?

    First “corrupt goverment” is the fault of you know who, THEN “we need ol’ Tone back” !

    I agree with you on the second part, of course.

    But do stop your “ol'” stuff, Peter. TB is about your age. Young and vibrant.

  7. Peter Reynolds Says:

    Well I’ll do you a deal. I’ll quit the “ol'” Tone and you quit the “what have you been smoking tonight” (it really is the oldest, tiredest jibe and way, way beneath you) – OK?

    If a youngster who wants an iPhone thinks of Fred Goodwin or Lord Taylor or all those MPs in prison, why shouldn’t he smash in a shop window and take it?

    We need to lead by example. We are reaping what the feral elite has sown – Blair, Brown, Cameron, bankers, editors, BBC execs, etc, etc

    If you want to riot, riot in Chipping Norton where it will make a difference.

    • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

      Peter, in all seriousness, smoking or not, you said one thing then you said the complete opposite. And now you’ve jumped back on the attacks on politicians & others, even Blair. I have plenty of questions about the banks and the power of the press, but when you lump Blair in with them you’re clearly on the heady stuff.

      Surprised you didn’t blast the Police again, btw. Better not. One of my family is off in riot gear to help sort out the rioters.

      Personally I am not in favour of encouraging feral youth to riot. I see we disagree on that.

  8. Peter Reynolds Says:

    What is this deliberate misinterpretation game? I thought you and I were way past that. I know you’ll react like a jealous lover at the mere mention of Tone’s name.

    It’s a little more subtle than being about opposites as you well know.

    The police? Useless. Obviously, many very brave, hard working individuals but no leadership. The sooner Sir Hugh Orde takes over the better. They’re all weak, corporate process manager civil servants.

    FFS I’m not encouraging anyone to riot unless it involves a guillotine in Parliament square.

    In which case, if I leave now I can be there in about two and a half hours, OK?

  9. Ekpe Inyang Says:

    World leaders should do everything to look for sustainable ways of responding to the needs of the weak and poor. These people have the propensity and ability to rise and riot!

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