Panic on the Streets of London

Bono’s quote that that we should not become a monster in order to defeat a monster is the first thing that came to mind when I grabbed my copy of the Metro this morning. The front page headline is: “Armed police to patrol on streets”.

I’ve always been anti-gun, anti-violence, anti-war, anti-anything along those lines. To bring more guns into the streets to combat the gun and knife and gang crime is only going to encourage those groups to bring in more of their own weapons. This is a bad idea. It sounds like a panic reaction rather than a tactical one to this year’s 17% increase in gun crime.

According to the Independent, the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) were not consulted. Joanne McCartney, a member of the MPA, was quoted in the article: “We want fewer guns on the streets not more, and people to feel safe in their community – not scared of those who are supposed to protect them.”

The Sweetest Thing

U2 filled Wembley Stadium, the second largest in Europe, nearly to capacity last night. We stood quite close to the stage in the centre of it all, surrounded by 88,000 fans.

Brilliant performance, visuals and choice of songs – a good mix of old and new – and a generally charged atmosphere. The type of show that melts you into the music.

Bono’s political involvement doesn’t please everyone, but I think it’s great that he’s using his spotlight position to raise awareness of important issues. Among other bits and pieces he highlighted last night, he honoured burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

She was recently awarded Amnesty International’s prestigious Ambassador of Conscience Award, which Bono announced in one of U2’s Dublin shows from the same 360 Tour at the end of July.

Set list:

No Line On The Horizon
Get On Your Boots
Beautiful Day
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Stuck In A Moment (You Can’t Get Out Of)
Unknown Caller
Unforgettable Fire
City of Blinding Lights
I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (Remix)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Pride (In The Name of Love)
Walk On
Where The Streets Have No Name
Mysterious Ways
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender

One incredibly cool moment was when the crows turned into the “Milky Way” and lit up the stadium with mobile phone lights.

I didn’t have my camera on me, unfortunately, but if you can find a photo of last night’s crowd (like the set image of the second video in the BBC link below) it’s pretty impressive!