uk riots

Posted in illustrations,news,sketchbook by Tom on August 11th, 2011

It’ll take me a while to properly process what’s happened this week here in the UK. It feel like so much has already been said elsewhere that I’m not sure I have much to add right now. So here’s an illustration instead.

The one thing I do want to say is that the people who are using terms like “as simple as that” or “pure and simple” as a postfix to whatever ill-considered, reactionary, and pernicious comment they’ve just made – those people – they should be treated with extreme suspicion and/or ignored.

Simple... The riots this week were – and are – anything but.

Can we please not throw around ridiculous notions about how owning a blackberry and being poor are mutually exclusive? Maybe refrain from talking about water cannons as if they are acceptable? Or at the very least stop suggesting that anyone attempting to discuss or understand the reasons for the riots are somehow tacitly condoning them?


If ever there was a time for the need to appreciate complexity and nuance it’s now.