It’s a sad time for London.
After days of rioting today has climaxed to a pivotal point where many across Britain are taking a breath back, realising that the riots are going too far having not yet yielded and spurned from one locality to cross-county pandemonium. My family and friends are simply in disbelief at the state of their neighbourhood. The mood in London today reminds me of stories from History classes about the London Blitz. Sirens are blaring, anxiety about where, when the next riot will break out and being informed by officials that we should be indoors before dark for safety precautions.
The poignant difference this time of course from the 1940’s Nazi enemies is that today the attackers are from within our own City. Those who are creating havoc for their own community – and that’s the sad fact. Certainly the scenes are some of the worst we have seen since the Blitz – and that is the lunacy of this whole situation.
For four consecutive nights in the Capital scenes have been much out of a Hollywood blockbuster. Buildings alight, shops ransacked, cars blazing in midst of a street, houses and innocent people targeted for what can only be described as criminal behaviour.
Both Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson have cut their holidays short to return for an emergency Cobra meeting earlier today. Definitively, their presence can be felt by the increase of police on the streets and clear warning that tough measures are to ensue.
These actions by Parliament undoubtedly put hopes that this burning rage of rioters will be quashed. However, it still leaves the questions. Why did this happen? Are the cuts to blame?
Former London Mayer, Ken Livingstone today said that he believes the public cuts are the fuel to these events. The Guardian columnist, Nina Power argues that we should “consider the bigger picture”. It brings to my mind Martin Luther King’s statement, “A riot is the language of the unheard”
Certainly, if the violence is contained tonight or in next few days these questions will be part of the next attack for PM Cameron to tackle.
At this moment in time I am thankful of the bravery that our Police forces are showing in face of such barbarism. They have a difficult job in needing to balance the red tape. Clearly, another policy debate due is how to give back the powers to Police and even teachers during dangerous situations from violent youths.
For now, I hope you all are safe at home… even if blazed by your TV screens.