Whatever the reason for the UK riots, there is no excuse for them. Being out of work is no excuse; wanting things one hasn’t got is no excuse – welfare benefits are certainly not generous, but no one is starving. Even the poorest parts of London are not comparable to drought-ridden parts of Africa.
Whilst the local vigilante groups that have formed are admirable in many ways, care has to be taken that they don’t get overtaken by the looney far-right, because if this whole sorry episode is turned into a racial battle, there will be far more destruction, blood and carnage on the streets than anything that has already been seen, and community relationships remain fractured for years afterwards.
Do you write or contribute to a blog about your local area? Do you read an excellent local website? We want to hear from you. At the end of this post is a list of some of the brilliant local sites we already follow to help keep our virtual eyes and ears open Londonwide but there are swathes of the capital missing from our radar. Who’s got Camden, Canary Wharf or Croydon covered? What about out west?
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Over the three days of the festival, in October, they are providing over seventy five individual events, each crammed with insight, information and inspiration for professional writers. Broadly, about 25% of sessions are aimed at emerging talent, the remaining targeted at established writers.
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