Ed Vulliamy – Toxteth Revisited, 30 Years After the Riots

There’s been another exceptional article in the ‘Guardian’ this week, about the riots of 1981. It’s a subject on which I’d like to write more, but don’t really have the time to do it justice.  1981 was the very lowest point of what’s been called the ‘Thatcherite recession’ (whether it was or not will depend on one’s political standpoint); the Tory Government was pushing through with reforms that were fundamentally altering the nature of the country, and creating a sense of desperation among hundreds of thousands that was bound to explode into violence. The racism aspect, although absolutely critical, was only one part of a much bigger story. I’d like to be able to sit down and write an essay on how Great Britain died between 1979 and 1981, and another country was born, but it really demands a book of its own, and time and patience I don’t currently have. Read through the article and its comments, and find out how we got into this mess today. Jimmy McGovern’s words are particularly resonant. You can view it here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jul/03/toxteth-liverpool-riot-30-years?INTCMP=SRCH.

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