The scenes from Niddrie last night may have shocked many, but the pearl-clutching or condemnation won’t make them go away. Such banal dialogue about ‘banning fireworks’ – or sending in the riot police won’t ‘disappear’ the alienation that many young people in communities experience. Despite the media coverage this isn’t a phenomenon unique to Niddrie, this is a scene played-out in other cities across the UK.
This isn’t to say that firemen don’t deserve to be safe, or that these scenes were particularly political, but just that they are no surprise.
Given the state of Britain it’s only surprising there aren’t more regular outbursts of social disorder.