Montreal Simon: David Cameron’s Horrible Hoodie Moment

Oh no. Poor David Cameron. First he had to cut short his vacation at a luxury villa in Tuscany. Then when he thought he could make people forget the News of the World/Con hacking scandal, by calling the poor kids yobs “sick”. And posing as a crime fighter. “There are pockets of our society that are not ...

Nunc Scio: Tomorrow you’re homeless, tonight it’s a blast

In 1982, the Dead Kennedys released the song “Riot“. If there is such a thing as a ‘public rage’ sub-genre, this track represents its creative peak (other notable entries: The Clash’s “Guns of Brixton” and Sublime’s “April 29, 1992 (Miami)“). Among Riot’s more timeless observations is the basic irony of the unrest we’re seeing in ...

Montreal Simon: The London Riots: When Anger Burns

You may have noticed that London is burning. The flames of anger are spreading . The violence, which began in Tottenham, north London, on Saturday spread south and east to Brixton, Streatham, Walthamstow, Edmonton, Enfield, Oxford Circus and Islington on Sunday. By last night further outbreaks of disorder involving hundreds of hooded yobs had been reported ...