Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man – 1973 live
That’s what Henry Porter says in The Observer, citing the cratering British economy and plundering by the few of the many.
The riots in Paris and the demonstrations against foreign work forces being used at British oil refineries and a power station seemed to be a presentiment of widespread civil disturbance, especially in this country. We are, after all, only at the beginning of a slump which is predicted by the IMF to hit Britain more seriously than any other developed nation.
Worse than Iceland? Yow. But then, Iceland has already slumped. When we were in London in December, the newspapers were filled with near-apocalyptic reports of coming layoffs, closure of major chain stores, as well as governmental job letting. Things there appeared to be, yes, much worse than here in the States.
It is fortunate for the hedge fund managers and derivative traders in Britain that the London mob does not materialise at moments like this to drag them from their spruced-up homes and limousines as regularly happened in the 18th century. In one way, it is also regrettable, because then the mob, which, incidentally, is a shortening of mobile vulgus, affected the conduct of politics and on several occasions changed things for the better
“Mobile vulgaris” is Latin for “easily movable crowd.” It’s a crowd with no brain, quite capable of doing appalling as well as positive things. Not hardly a long term solution. But sometimes catharsis is needed.
Back to the Stones.
Hey! Think the time is right for palace revolution
But where I live the game to play is compromise solution
Well, then what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock n roll band
Cause sleepy London town
Is just no place for a street fighting man
It appears London in the near future may be anything but sleepy, if Porter is correct…
He concludes with
And now if my children’s generation demonstrates, we will deploy a newly equipped and trained riot police to protect us. You see we have been expecting trouble.