18 August 2011
When troops were on English streets

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The Times 17/8/1911

Liverpool, 100 years ago:

Rioting has begun again to-night in the “danger zone.” A crowd was smashing the windows of tramcars in Burlington-Street, and troops were sent to disperse them.  The crowd was not disturbed by the mere display of force, but when the Infantry were ordered to kneel in the attitude for firing they hurriedly scattered.

Some thoughts and observations:

  • Amazing how quickly food supplies dried up.  In much the same way plasma TVs did last week.
  • Heartening what Lloyd George has to say about the elementary duties of the state: “to protect life and property”.  Has Cameron said that?  Does Cameron even know that?
  • The parallels are interesting ie a big riot, calls for the troops to be deployed etc but is that as far as it goes?  You can’t blame police incompetence, light sentencing and the welfare state for these riots.
  • A hundred years ago they were bâtons not truncheons.  Also employés rather than employees.

Oh my God, there’s going to be a war in 3 years’ time!  Are these two things related?  War as a way of uniting a divided nation, perhaps?

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