They have been interrogated by the media, pursued by the police, vilified by politicians and cursed by their victims. Now, those who took part in the summer riots have been told that there may well be another outbreak of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
“I don’t care” said one rioter interviewed by the Guardian. “I mean, if he happens again, he happens again. I mean, like we done Murder in the Cathedral at school with knives and that, which was well cool. But what happened was he came back, yeah, although it was like another Archbishop of Canterbury, not the bloke who was named after the Thomas A Becket pub on the OKR. No, they had a new one. Bit like Doctor Who, really. And it's gone on like that, he keeps happening.”
Another rioter, speaking to Channel 4 said “Look, I don’t think anyone’s gonna like go to Canterbury, wherever that is, just to murder him again, so he’s bound to come back. And they’re not going to let anyone get away with murder in like St Paul’s cathedral because there’s a load of like students camping there on a gap year, and anyway it’d look like murdering Father Christmas, which would be well unpopular at this time of year”
And a Liverpool rioter told Newsnight. “ Look – how many black Archbishops of Canterbury are there? I mean there’s like only one black Archbishop in this country and he’s been stopped and searched a loada times, right. Which is good in one way cos they never found nothing on him, I don’t think. And bad in another way, cos he’s innocent, probably. But what’s he the Archbishop of? Something nice and posh sounding like Canterbury? Or Westminster? No. He’s the Archbishop of York, which for a start is up North, and I reckon all the other Archbishops and beardie guys and that call him the Archbishop of Yorkie, which would be well racist.”