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Did you see that British Police are preparing for a “summer of rage” as victims of the economic downturn take to the streets to demonstrate against financial institutions?

Britain’s most senior police officer with responsibility for public order raised the spectre of a return of the riots of the 1980s, with people who have lost their jobs, homes or savings becoming “footsoldiers” in a wave of potentially violent mass protests. Superintendent David Hartshorn, who heads the Metropolitan police’s public order branch, told the Guardian that middle-class individuals who would never have considered joining demonstrations may now seek to vent their anger through protests this year. He said that banks, particularly those that still pay large bonuses despite receiving billions in taxpayer money, had become “viable targets”. So too had the headquarters of multinational companies and other financial institutions in the City which are being blamed for the financial crisis. Hartshorn, who receives regular intelligence briefings on potential causes of civil unrest, said the mood at some demonstrations had changed recently, with activists increasingly “intent on coming on to the streets to create public disorder”.

I don’t know about this. Is it really plausible that the British middle classes will be storming the barricades as they seek to torch the Bank of England? Maybe they should stop off at Parliament en route and have a chat with nice Mr Brown and his gang? It seems to me that the same sort of communist/anarchist trash that put in an appearance at the G7 summits are more likely to be the ones using the pretence of middle class angst at financial institutions to advance their own cause. Still, perhaps the awakening of the English middle-class could be the best thing that could happen to this country? Traitor’s Gate will be busy…

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4 thoughts on “THE SUMMER OF RAGE…

  1. I’d be more worried about the Muslim protests, The government will have know PC problem cracking the heads of the English protester who lost his job or savings as they would with craking down on "immigrant" protests

  2. David.

    You say: "Is it really plausible that the British middle classes will be storming the barricades as they seek to torch the Bank of England?"

    The answer is it depends how much they think they have to lose; after all, members of the Countryside Alliance stormed into Parliament itself in Sept of 2004. That hadn’t happened since Cromwells’ time!

    The English middle classes (duplicitous & self-serving to a fault) will always seek to protect their privileged positions in society, and if this recession spreads out to their hallowed enclaves & ‘shires’…..it could become interesting…

  3. Methinks Superintendent David Hartshorn has learned well his politics – never let a crises pass without taking advantage.

    The idea of Mrs Miggins going up to town from Tonbridge Wells, a basket of molotov cocktails tucked under her arm, ir really quite absurd.

    Nope, the only well-healed middle class types who’ll be up to no good will be the kaffiyeh-wearing Jeremys and Jemimas pretending to be class war revolutionaries. As usual.

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