I’m not going to be writing here today, and maybe not tomorrow either. If you want to know what’s occupying my mind, look at the news coming out of the UK today.
And bear in mind that just a week ago, a vast proportion of people in this country would have said that it would never happen here. Bear in mind that, for all our clinging to national identities – into which we entrench further in times of economic hardship – we are a linked planet now. No one exists in isolation. What’s happening here is a symptom of a global problem, the chasm between the haves and the have-nots that widens by the day.
Perhaps you think that it’s not your fault, that you’re not complicit in any way.
I put it to you that perhaps, just maybe, you’re wrong about that.
[ For the record, there’s been no rioting in my own home town, though I know a lot of folk elsewhere who’ve had a nasty time of it; if you’ve got sympathy and support to spare, it’s them you should send it to, not me. If you’ve friends in the UK, drop them a line to tell them you hope they’re OK. ]