London’s Burning

Another night of unrest in the capital, and apparently spreading to other cities too.  6000 police on the streets, firefighters getting assaulted, the public calling for intervention by the military, and self-organised clean-up crews of people trying to reclaim their streets.  I think it’s fair to say we live in interesting times.

Perhaps most interesting of all, however, is a series of statements from government officials in the last 48 hours which are almost unprecedented.

It is no surprise to most that we have a concentration of disenfranchised youths in our cities.  The government have spent years and years trying to tackle the problem through education schemes, policing schemes, social engagement projects, employment incentives, and a thousand other things.  This weekend, for the first time, they have tried something they should have tried a long time ago.

For the first time that I can remember the government have actually asked parents to take responsibility for their children.

I’ll leave you with this – by far my favourite clip from the Twittersphere last night


About Pete Rowley

Earth Scientist with a background in volcanology and sedimentology. Enjoys a good rant, beer, and games. Dislikes reality TV, crowds, and unreasonable people.
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