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 All quiet  in Kentish Town tonight, apart from the… - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
 All quiet  in Kentish Town tonight, apart from the frequent sirens of police cars, this time going northwards towards Highgate. And several fire engines just left the fire station next door. Apart from that, luckily nothing to report in these parts.

Had a stroll around Camden Town earlier in the day; it wasn't quite as bad as I'd feared, although of course it's not good -half a dozen shops, possibly including the Electric Ballroom, with their glass front smashed. We do seem to have been spared a Croydon situation, at least. There goes yet another police car northbound... 

Increasing the police numbers in the way London did today seems to have worked, but it cannot be a permanent measure. 

Worrying situation, one that has to move to reflection -why does a society like this, still one of the richest in the  world,  produce children that set out to destroy their environment like that?  And some of the simplistic answers and solutions that people come up for what is undoubtably a very complex situation that has been brewing for a long time are themselves worrying. 

No quoting The Clash, btw. 

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valkyriekaren From: valkyriekaren Date: August 9th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not even "I fought the law, and the law won"?
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: August 9th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
valkyriekaren From: valkyriekaren Date: August 9th, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
But more seriously, kids now, in their teens, see their parents in their mid-to-late-30s unable to hold down a job. (I struggle to keep a job and I have a degree from the best university in the country!). They see that any prospect of bettering themselves has been put financially out of their grasp - university is £9K a year before you even factor in books, equipment and living expenses, and even post-16 education is now much harder to stay in if the family needs more money and you're not bringing in EMA.

And then he world, advertising, the media, they all ascribe worth by what shoes you wear and what phone you carry, and nobody gives a damn about honour and decency and thoughtfulness any more. So you want those things that give you worth, but the opportunities to learn and earn have been taken away, and so you steal and deal and do what you have to get them.

And then you see someone just like you, trying to get by, on the wrong side of the law perhaps but trying to get by, get gunned down, and that's like a spark to a tinderpile of anger and resentment and frustration.
beluosus From: beluosus Date: August 10th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe instead of quoting the Clash (and the Dead Kennedys!) to each other we should be sending their albums to our MPs.
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