The 1981 riots – how we tried to laugh


Private Eye tried to see the funny side of the 1981 riots that shook England from April through to August. Brixton, Toxteth, Moss Side, Southall…and the list went on of inner city areas that blew up. The only people surprised by the turn of events were the government and the rather hapless, aristocratic Home Secretary, William Whitelaw.

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