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Tony Benn and the 1981 riots: plus ca change?

While doing some reading for my thesis, I came across this intriguing entry in Tony Benn’s diaries, from 8th July 1981:

… there have been riots in Southall, Toxteth, Manchester, Wood Green and they are dominating the news stories…Robin Day and so on asking if the police should have riot shields, tear gas and rubber bullets, and whether the army should be brought in. Mrs Thatcher says it is just a fall in moral standards. Whitelaw maintains that parents should control children, that some eleven-year-olds are involved and they have never been unemployed, quite forgetting that most of their families are probably unemployed.

What did Karl Marx – or was it Shirley Bassey? – say about History repeating itself?

Matthew Bailey

Published inBritish Politics

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