London’s Burning

It somehow feels a little irrelevant to be writing about dresses or shoes today, so I just want to put some of my thoughts out about what’s been happening in London for the past few days. I’m tired after a sleepless night, as the non-stop ringing of sirens kept me awake, and although luckily my area was spared from the worst, I was a little scared to go to sleep, because I wasn’t sure as to what I would be waking up to. In the 8 years I’ve lived in this city, this is the first time I’ve been scared to the core.

I have absolutely no respect or understanding for what’s been going on – bored, mindless thugs are destroying their very own city, homes and livelihoods in the name of “protests”. I doubt anyone involved actually knows what they’re protesting against. Clearly power comes through numbers and the numbers are rising. Their actions are increasingly scary and have gone from small acts of idiocy to complete and downright crime and possible manslaughter, burning down entire buildings, without any regard for the people inside, the stories or the livelihoods of the people depending. There’s stealing – sorry, “looting” – going on before our very eyes – and no one can do a damn thing about it. Police and fire departments are clearly out of their depth, but they are doing the best they can, so I can only commend them on the work they’ve done and keep doing.

I won’t begin to try and understand what is going on in their pathetic minds, but all I know it’s very sad and clearly very uneducated. The very thing they’re protesting is the thing they’re ruining right now. Their jobs. Their homes. Their area. Well done, you fuckwits, hope a pair of JD trainers was worth burning down your city for.

Anyway, here’s what you can do to help. / @riotcleanup has a list of places and meetings where you can join a group of decent citizens to help up with the clean up of the badly affected areas, the local businesses that are no longer there, the people who are suddenly homeless. Now is the time to be a Londoner, join your community, to show what this city is really made of and that we are stronger than some idiotic teens with no respect for anyone but themselves and a new flat screen tv. If strength comes in numbers for them, then so it does for all of us.

This has been a sad, sad few days in London, but let’s end it now before the damage is irreparable.

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  • I couldn’t agree with you more. I was so so shocked to see everything that was happening across the UK last night. I’m from Wolverhampton, near Birmingham and it was scary how close to home it actually got. I can see it hitting Wolverhampton now, as it is having such a knock on effect everywhere else, but let’s hope these stupid, stupid people realise it is just not worth it. x

  • Just saw footage on BBC news of looters stealing things from the backpack of a visibly injured man, believed to be a fellow looter. While his backpack was still on his back. I am thoroughly ashamed of these vile people, I hope that they wake up to the devastation that they have caused in their local communities, and realise that their holiday from reason has serious consequences. I can’t remember his name, but a fabulous police officer said that the rioters and looters should be ‘alert while watching their new 42″ TVs, fear every knock on the door, because we are coming for you’. Hopefully that will be the case.