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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Quiet riot

The newspapers have been reporting that the police are concerned that this summer will see England hit by a tide of middle class rioting brought on by resentment about the banks and the government. I'm not entirely sure what a middle class riot will look like ("what do we want" / "a reasonable pension" / "when do we want it" / "as soon as is prudent and affordable") but in a naughty schoolboy kind of way I'm sort of looking forward to it. Working class rioting is pretty hopeless -- they usually smash up each others houses -- and I'll be expecting something better from the privately-educated on career breaks.

J.G. Ballard predicted all of this some time ago. And I bet he's right that the thing that will finally bring the middle class to the barricades -- instead of dispatching working class footsoldiers -- will be parking, I think because that's where the private / public interface is most acute and visible. It almost happened it Brighton :) so it's only a matter of time.

In the future, everyone will be famous to fifteen people.
[posted with ecto]

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