WHEELS OUT OF GEAR – 2-TONE, THE SPECIALS AND A WORLD IN FLAME
Helter Skelter 2004
new edition 2011
“Watching England burning thirty years on, while sitting on the other side of the Atlantic, was a profoundly surreal experience, a head-on collision of nightmare and nostalgia made all the more potent by the realization that many of today’s rioters might well be the children of the Eighties insurgents. So much for the authorities’ insistence that parents tuck their kids up in bed… they’re carrying on the family business, and it’s just a shame that the current climate has ensured that Burning’n'Looting R Us is about the only one that’s still making a profit.
“The human tragedy is heartbreaking; but so are the conditions that, once again, have created a generation that sees disorder as their only opportunity.”