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8th August 2011
THIRD NIGHT OF RIOTS IN LONDON
[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 –
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 –
“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:
“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?
UPDATES & RUNNING COMMENTARY
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.
… 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.
Affected so far –
Tottenham – Hackney – Enfield – Croydon – Lewisham – Peckham – Clapham Junction – Deptford – Elephant & Castle – New Cross – East Ham – Brixton – Ealing – and now parts of Birmingham.
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