A very timely reminder of the Brixton Riots on April 11th, 1981 – this single from Hiatus with Linton Kwesi-Johnson, a new version of his ‘Di Great Insohreckshan’, will be released 30 years to the day.
Never forget how the police and Margaret Thatcher’s policies treated whole communities – literally tore them apart – and that people fought back in many ways…what I love about the LKJ poem and song is it never apologises for what happened – so much anger and so many mealy-mouthed apologies (if at all) from the police over the likes of Blair Peach, Cynthia Jarrett and many more. So why now must we (the royal wee ;-)) always start with apologies or regret when we start the conversation – like with the recent violence on the cuts demo?
I totally understand that anger expressed, over banks and bailouts and the rich, or state racism and ignorance, although I also understand (my partner) John’s counter argument about not getting people onside by smashing their toys. But it seems too often we start with ‘Violence is bad but…’, depressingly so, that