Just a brief one to let anyone worried (and who doesn’t follow me on Facebook, Twitter or G+) know that Holly and I are safe.
Right now, anyone who claims to know the causes of the current rioting is talking nonsense. The proximate cause in London was simple enough – as Mat Bowles has documented, the original rioting was sparked by a classic case of police brutality from the thugs in the Met. But as for what’s causing it to spread? Most of it *seems* to be opportunistic thuggery on the part of the rioters. Certainly whoever it was who looted the Oxfam shop in Manchester has no great political motive for doing so.
Luckily, I was working from home today – normally I’d have been walking through Market Street at around the time this all happened – I’m not sure, actually, whether I should go into work tomorrow or work from home again (don’t want to take the piss with work, but nor do I want to risk my life for my job, you know?)
My friend Jane posted something about the London riots which has since gone ‘viral’ – she’s been asked to do all sorts of radio interviews and so on. Nonetheless, some people still haven’t read it, and they should – read this.
Anyone who wants to help with the cleanup, follow @RiotCleanUpManc on Twitter. Current plan seems to be to start on Market Street at 9AM. Not sure if I’ll be able to make it myself, but will try to do something in my lunch hour.
Anyway – alive, confused, that’s about it.