London Rising: Friday, 6 March
’Cause in London Town
There’s just no place for a street fighting man
—The Rolling Stones, 1968
Mick Jagger’s words above can sometimes feel axiomatic. London has an outwardly less impressive revolutionary tradition to call upon than many of its closest neighbours, most obviously Paris. This is to say, of course, that history is political: if the past seems quiet, what hope for remaking the future?