Pick of the Week:
The 1980's were about way more than asymmetrical haircuts, Molly Ringwald movies, and music (though the music was really good):
This Is Not a Playlist for Margaret Thatcher's Funeral
One of the immediate and idiotic proposals after the riots was to bring back mandatory national service for all kids. I asked - will the prime minister's children get a free pass on that? Because I know that I will not let my children serve in a quasi-military organisation, ever. They will be in school.
"This is a war between the people and the government."
--kid on the street, London August 7 2011.
Four nights ago London erupted in spontaneous violence, rippling out from a council estate north of my home to gradually encompass every borough. Riots and looting were widespread. Cars, buses, and buildings have been torched.
Report from the third night of London riots:
Never fear, we are fine.
Though all the stores near me have closed, riot cops have partitioned part of the local area, armoured vehicles are streaming past, and helicopters are swooping overhead.