The Thatcher Crisis Years

An era of protest and fury

Southall 1981 riot

The 1981 Southall riot saw a clash between the Oi! skinhead subculture and local Asian youth in a district of London that was part of a summer of riots

The 1981 riots presented the news media of the time with a huge challenge covering live events around the country that sprang up at a moment’s notice

Something had to be done about Liverpool as riots continued in the summer of 1981 and it was Environment Minister Michael Heseltine who became de facto Minister for Merseyside.  Making a beeline for the city, his arrival was greeted with warmth from allies, curiosity and derision from enemies. A group of children at the Toxteth …

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