Recession riots coming during summer of mayhem?
One of Britain’s toppermost coppers is predicting a long hot summer of civil disruption as the recession tightens its grip and angry Brits take to the streets in protest.
Superintendent David Hartshorn heads the Metropolitan police's public order branch and is anticipating a middle-class uprising as bankruptcies and house repossessions increase. Disenchanted and disenfranchised people whose lives have crumbled around them could be targeted by known activists hell bent on civil unrest.
Intelligence reports suggest that such activists are looking to stir up trouble over the coming months, and with Europe already seeing protests and riots such as those in Athens, it won’t be long before the same thing happens here.
The G20 group are meeting in the UK in April and that could be a potential flashpoint according to Superintendent Hartshorn. Added to that, more industrial action is predicted as the year goes on, and far right groups are believed to be using the increase in foreign workers to gain support.
Coincidentally, The Specials are reforming too– their Ghost Town was the unofficial anthem of riot-torn Britain in recession-hit 1981. The band probably won’t be affected though, as their comeback tour sold out in 45 minutes with tickets at £35 a pop.