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Biedermann und die Brandstifter (or ‘Everyman and the arsonists’) is a classic of post war German language literature. A man hears on the radio that there are arsonists in his town. 1/
He does not think it will happen to his house. A bunch of people come to his house one day, asking if they can stay for a while. They bring kegs of what appear to be explosives into his attic. 2/
He is not worried, as they seem polite and friendly enough. Surely these could not be the arsonists he has heard about on the radio. 3/
The ending is exactly what you expect it to be. His house is burned to the ground. The analogy is as obvious as the plot arc. 4/
All David Lammy was doing was pointing out the kegs of gunpowder. End/
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