Monday 28 November 2005 10.09am
Am I the only person driven to distraction by fireworks? Pretty displays aren't too bad, but it seems as if all the kids want are massive (and surely dangerous) explosions. This year -- again! -- after a summer of fireworks almost every weekend (stopped only by the amount of rain we've had) they started up again in my area (Dulwich) with a bang, mid October. They reached a crescendo over Halloween and just kept going from there every single night. The two weeks each side of Guy Fawkes was like living in war zone. On 19th November, there was a massive illegal party in the playing fields of a local school that started at 1 am, culminating in so many shrieks I thought someone was being murdered. Yesterday, 27 November, the bangs started again as soon as it was dark -- which was early evening. We can expect fireworks now well into the New Year. (Ken Livingstone adores them. He wastes a fortune on them -- but does he ask us what we think? I wrote to him twice and was ignored.) The police can't do anything. By the time they get there (if ever) there are no fireworks and they have to observe them. If the police can't or won't do anything, what's the point of having a fireworks law? We should press for the sale to be completely banned before more people are killed or maimed. And how can kids afford them? I looked on line and was astonished at the price.