There’s not much left to say about the events in Salford and Manchester city centre on Tuesday Evening, but a couple of things since that night have caught my attention:
I’m not going to go into the how’s and why’s, there’ve been enough cod-psychological and sociological analysis over the last couple of days to fill a north Atlantic trawler boat, and the actions of the few can be used to support just about any political agenda that you happen to hold. Let’s not treat opinion as fact.
I was also alarmed at the sensationalist and hyperbole coverage from some people. I heard declarations that ‘World War III’ had broken out and that Manchester had been ‘Razed to the ground’. It certainly didn’t resemble a war zone. While it’s easy to see why the term ‘riot’ has been used as a knee-jerk response to describe the events, the term is far less befitting of what took place in Manchester than say Tottenham and other parts of London over the weekend. A more accurate description for what occurred in Manchester would be widespread vandalism and looting.
On a happier note, huge thanks must go to the organisation and effort of both Manchester City Council and the people of Manchester, who turned up with brooms, shovels and bin bags to assist with the clean-up. This is a proud city populated by amazing people who make it an amazing place to live.
The greatest thanks is reserved for Greater Manchester police, who limited trouble to the city centre had very prominent presence throughout the night and have taken swift action to punish the perpetrators.
Yes, the city will bare a few scars for a couple of weeks, but it’s resilience and spirit are what makes it great. It’s bounced back from worse in the past and will do so again to be even stronger.