Angry In Lambeth? You’re Not Alone

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Do you live in the borough of Lambeth? Do you find yourself in a daily struggle to control the bubbling rage that seeps from beneath your very pores, causing you to erupt in an incandescent torrent at the slightest provocation?

You may not be alone. The British Association of Anger Management (or, in its onomatopoaeic acronym, BAAM) has mashed up a bunch of publically available data on crime, unemployment, and ONS figures, to conjure a map of the angriest places in Britain. Their conclusion? A cocktail of low employment (just 67% of adults are in a job), poor health, drugs, and population density, means that Lambeth is the angriest place in the country. The bristling rage isn’t limited to Lambeth, though: Enfield and Barnet are close behind, and London as a whole is ranked Britain’s most blood-boiled city.

In a naked advertisement for his organisation (and using the kind of wording normally found on a Scientology pamplet), BAAM diector Mike Fisher said:

“Crime, violence, domestic violence, road rage, addiction, eating disorders, depression and many other mental health issues all stem from our inability as a culture to handle or express our feelings, especially those of anger. Our courses are designed for anyone who is experiencing anger and stress related problems.”

He may be right about that, but is BAAM’s methodology for divining Lambeth as the locus of British irascibility correct? The borough may suffer disproportionately from the maladies of modern urban life, but it seems lazy to simply marry unemployment and high-density living with rancour. There’s probably more anger to be witnessed on the Central line during rush hour than at the local Jobcentre Plus. And Lambeth residents have the added benefit of living near to the geographic centre of London, with its myriad delights.

If Lambeth is the angriest London gets, we can consider ourselves lucky to live in such a chilled-out city.

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  • http://undefined PPPPPP

    Do you work for the Mayor’s office or something? This is the most crass and flippant response I’ve seen to this report.

    Here’s why –

    “but it seems lazy to simply marry unemployment and high-density living with rancour” – why? being unemployed and living in claustrophobic conditions is enough to make anyone feel frustrated and negative. Why wouldn’t it? And why is it a lazy suggestion to make a link between the two? It’s just common sense.

    “There’s probably more anger to be witnessed on the Central line during rush hour than at the local Jobcentre Plus” – I thought it was lazy to marry high-density living conditions with rancour? Have you ever been in the Job Centre in Brixton? Clearly not if you think it’s somewhere free of rancour and frustration, it makes rush hour on the tube look like a kid’s bike ride.

    I work in Lambeth and can tell you from personal experience that it is a VERY angry place, just sit on the 35 or 37 bus going through Brixton any time of the day or night and look at the sullen miserable faces around you, listen to the irate spittle-flecked conversations going on between couples, mothers & children and nearly anyone who picks up their mobile phone to rant and rave at whoever is on the other end.

    My work is based within the criminal justice system and the level and nature of violent crime in the borough is shocking compared to anywhere else I have worked including other inner London boroughs.

    “And Lambeth residents have the added benefit of living near to the geographic centre of London, with its myriad delights” – quite hard to enjoy if you’re long term unemployed (as a shocking 67% of the borough are), mentally ill or hooked on crack and can hardly afford a can of baked beans let alone entry to an exhibition at the Tate or dinner in Soho.

    “If Lambeth is the angriest London gets, we can consider ourselves lucky to live in such a chilled-out city.” – this is the creme de la creme comment, just to cap off your whole stupid piece. Do you live in Lambeth? Would you want to? No one should be thankful to live in such blighted and deprived area – and if it’s so chilled out why don’t you ‘chill’ outside Brixton tube station on a Saturday night just to soak up the atmosphere? Or spend an evening at the Fridge perhaps – http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23810795-man-knifed-in-fight-outside-brixton-nightclub.do – nice place on an evening so I hear.

    • Tom Williams

      Gosh, I guess BAAM were right. Spending time in Lambeth is clearly highly correlated with anger…

  • New guest of Honour

    Here’s Lambeth for you. Take it from me, it’s hell!

    This is a bit of proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIVp2WnC9mc&feature=channel_video_title