London Riots August 2011

This has been a grim week for anyone connected with England – riots on streets bringing back memories of the 1980s (which to me felt very different though maybe it is me who has changed). I am no great political commentator, clearly a lot of the trouble was opportunist copy cat stuff and clearly a lot of the initial participants are from a deeply un-connected part of society at large, if indeed they are in society at all.

This all against (or triggered by) a deeper economic malaise pervading capitalism that now is taking on the aspects of a generational problem.

Sat in Ireland most of the time I felt slightly removed from it all and also a fraud tweeting and blogging about the usual mix of topics when the real world was suffering.

I thought I would note (in summary) two letters in the Thursday 11th edition of the Irish Times to show the contrast reactions…


From Fergus R in Co Dublin:

Nietzsche was right, we have killed God and the people celebrating his death have not realised that the sun will now no longer rise in the morning and we will have to light our own meagre moral lanterns in the enveloping darkness.


From Jean K in Cork:

What if at noon each day people paused and prayed for peace?…what if we pause and concentrate on sending peace to the troubled souls who perpetuate this mindless violence…we have nothing to lose and much to gain

Over to you

I will let you make up your own mind as to where you are between these two opinions. I frankly don’t see either of them being of any use in resolving the situation and indeed neither is this posting. We all three suffer from the need to express and wring our hands in the corner


About Tony Jones
Big Finish writer, reviewer and blogger, I'm interested in science fiction and Doctor Who. I review for CultBox, The Doctor Who Companion and others. I am also Lead Writer for Starburst Magazine, and write the occasional piece for Vortex, the BSFA critical magazine.

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