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Throw away Britain
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I've lived in London for 10 years - there have been a lot of changes - socially in that time. I moved to a new development built on the Thames Gateway 2 years ago which has become at the cutting edge of displaying the most extreme levels of negative behavior and violence. I think it is a litmus paper of what the whole of the UK could become without stronger law enforcement. It is a miserable and stressful place to live because the simplest things that make a community pleasant are not there - that is respect for people and places - but the whole of London is becoming this way now. The reference to 'wishing I could open my windows to feel the warm summer breeze' is a real one - we cannot open most of our windows for the constant screaming and fighting of children, sometimes the parents, each evening until darkness. Every summer is ruined and I wish for the dark cold days when the streets are quieter.

I have sat and written this poem this morning as I have arrived in Piccadilly, London to the chaos of a car bomb being diffused. It compounded my feeling of being so alienated from what the UK has become by the behaviors we experience.

by Anne-Marie Griffin

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