As I watch Lewisham, Peckham and Hackey burn, we have to ask the question: Is this all about to get much, much worse?
London, I’ve lived there for over five years. I have travelled extensively in the city, by the river, in the suburbs, walked the streets, got drunk, thrown up, passed out, hooked up, laughed, cried, and so on. What is there to say about London today that these pictures cannot say?
Here’s the Daily Telegraph writing in February:
Unemployment jumped by 44,000 in the final three months of 2010 to just under 2.5 million, meaning that 7.9 per cent of workers were out of a job. But the youth unemployment rate hit 20.5 per cent, following a 66,000 increase to 965,000, the highest figures since records began in 1992.