The Wise Brothers pamphlet ‘LIKE A SUMMER WITH A THOUSAND JULYS’ is still the best guide to the summer uprisings of 1981. Similarities with now are many like the spread round the country but I’m going to explore the differences.The riots of ’81 were always in the areas where the rioters lived – mainly the old front lines like St.Pauls and Chapeltown. In the last spasm of rioting in 1992 it was the peripheral council estates that rioted – Hartcliffe,Stoops – but again never transgressing the boundaries of the locality. Tottenham this weekend started like a 1981 riot but ended up a very modern 2011 riot.. What is different and so perplexes the cops is the new Retail Shopping Centre riot whether local like Tottenhsam Hale or City centre like Oxford Circus and the Arndale. The Wise brothers lamented the fact that the Toxtethe rioters never made it to the Shopping Palaces in the city centre. In Newcastle in 1992 the rioters of Scotswood hovered all day like Visigoths on the margins of the city centre. There was panic in the town – shops closed early. The rabble inspired fear and loathing – they were coming to get what’s theirs. But they didnt. Yesterday’s painicky mood all overLondon was like that – rumours, boarding up, finish work early. But now the mobs do dare. They are no longer content to press their faces to the plateglass shopping palace windows or mooch around picking fights with a fiver an hour security guard.The flashmob model harnessing BMB technology is no longer in the mood for dancing – but looting. The Visigoths can descend and loot at will. In Manchester yesterday the police had full prior knowledge of what was going to happen and couldn’t stop it. 14 year old generals are ouwitting senior cops with all their technology. It might be a Purley Way outta town centre or an Arndale. it might be Bluewater. The Holy grail is Westfields. The locusts are gathering – one day they’ll swsarm over Westfields. In the meantime they’ll refuse a rematch with the Met. Which boxer gives a loser another chance. 16,000 wankstained cops sitting in riot vans all night bankrupting the government. I’ll pass on that one guv. England’s dreaming -of cabot circus, the Arndale, bluwater, Brent Cross……..Westfields. ‘They’re only in it for the money’ disillusioned anarchists tell me……..’.unlike the TUC marchers for gold plated pensions’ I reply. There’s more than one way to redistribute wealth comrades.