Now I know I am an aspiring writer, but what I am right now is a p!ssed of Londoner, and more to the point and Londoner born and raised in Tottenham....... I know the riots have been covered all over the world so no matter where you live you will already have this gist of this blog.
I was away when the Tottenham Riots started; got a phone call to say it was all kicking off in my home town and I couldn't get back to my mother who is nearly 70 and disabled...scared? Me? Oh hell yeah!!! Especially as they were trashing stuff right outside our house!
I get back in time to see Tottenham like I have never seen it before.....deserted......like not a soul around...this is London people that never happens.
Sunday night comes and it all kicks off in Enfield, and now it's Monday and, literally, the rest of London joins in.
This is not in the name of justice for a man who may or may not have fired a gun at the police; this is in the name of greed and ignorance, nothing more nothing less.
I have seen great building that stood again Hitler fall over the last 48 hours and I have seen areas that were starting to prosper dragged back into the gutter they were just starting to climb out of. This is mindless violence, literally mindless.
I watched a sky reporter ask a young girl why she was looting, her response "getting our taxes back". Now it might be judgemental of me but my first thought was, 1) you are too young to pay taxes, 2) you wouldn't know what it was like to have a job cause clearly if you have the time to be out looting you are on benefits because you are out this late and you are so not getting up to go to work tomorrow and 3) How does stealing from Comet the electrical story and Wimpy the burger bar get your taxes back? My last thought was "you uneducated waste of human DNA" which was mean and uncalled for but they have made me more than angry with their random acts of violence and destruction!
I say "they" because they are all nameless people, some who clearly don't realise that they are hurting themselves by killing their areas, mostly because they are uneducated little wasters, but others because they simply don't care.
Now as a person born and raised in North London I have several accents I use..my family one, which is a little common but still not so bad, my work one which is quite well spoken compared to my out with my home mates accent... and my out my home mates accent so you may not understand when I say "for true, the yut dem com smash da place like aint nah biznezz, nah mate its bare bad tings, nah primeminister nutting ah gwarn here, ya stay on ya hols innit bruv" or as I would say as an adult, The young people are destroying everything, nothing but bad things are happening. No PrimeMinister, you stay on holiday clearly "nothing" is happening here that might need you.
See ya can take the girl out of North London, but ya can't be teefing the Norf London out my girl ya get me fam.
I wrote the above Sunday night as London burnt like never before, about 1am in the morning....its seems things had to get worse before they got better and, touch wood, this is the last of the nightmares........
The PM is back and there are tonnes more people on the streets now and to be honest with the exception of some smaller skirmishes across the city all seems to have stopped now. Its time to pick up the pieces of our burnt homes, buinesses and lives and Keep Calm and Carry On......a very British way of thinking but hay it has worked for decades I am sure it will still do.
I joined in a group on Twitter and Facebook called #OperationCupOf Tea.........a call to arms for people to have a cup of tea and chill out rather than storm the streets.... so here is my contribution because as every British person knows, anything can be sorted with a nice cup of tea
Stay safe people......I am just off to put the kettle on....tea anyone?