Thursday 9 December 2010

Violence on the streets of London

London is in a mess, the vote is made - students face a future of debt and uncertainty. Lib dems lied and some of my friends who are caught up in it all are in shock, still kettled on Westminster Bridge 8 hours later. The media is obsessed with the damage done to a royal car with Prince Charles and Camilla inside.

The world is very different today. People are angry and young people are picking up a new militancy, fed by lying politicians and a police force which seems to wish to provoke and encourage the violent element on these demos.

The story will be focused on those who attacked the cenotaph, the royal car, the statue of Winston Churchill. The police horses charging students and kettling and beating people, the attacks on peaceful protest in the weeks leading up to today, these will not be put into the context.

The cuts have only just begun, and people have not even had to bear a fraction of the pain to come. There will be more violence in the months ahead. People of faith and all of us on the left are going to have to work out where we stand in all of this. At the moment, all I can do is pray for friends caught up in all this, and pledge to oppose the policies of this government which are causing such division in the streets of our country.

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