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Edmund Burke

2011-08-09

London's Boroughs Are Burning Down, Burning Down, Burning Down

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Fire rages through a building in Tottenham, north London early Sunday Aug. 7, 2011, as trouble flared after members of the community took to the streets to protest over the alleged police shooting which killed a local man last Thursday. (/AP Photo) SOURCE


The fourth night since the first riots erupted in Tottenham in North London, and the riots only seem to be growing in number. The plight of Britain's underprivileged youth, heightened by divisions of race and social class, has been written about extensively in light of these massive riots which have now spread to other cities in the United Kingdom. No doubt the United Kingdom suffers from both a permanent underclass and high youth unemployment, whose members know they have little or no chance of upward social mobility.

Still, a little historical perspective will show that London has suffered catastrophic events before from Norwegians and Vikings plundering the city, to the Black Death, to the Bombing of London in World War Two. In fact, one theory is that popular nursery rhyme London Bridge Is Falling Down originated with the destruction of the bridge by Olaf II of Norway around 1010. Perhaps it's time for the rhyme to updated again to commemorate the latest London riots:

London's boroughs are burning down,
burning down, burning down.
London's boroughs are breaking down,
My fair lady.

Put them out with water spray,
Water spray, water spray,
Put them out with hose and spray,
My fair lady.

SOURCES:

London riots bring back memories of disenfranchised British youth

UK Police Arrest Over 200 as London Riots Continue