I have searched in vain for a thread on this subject. I am surprised the the usual leftie Guardian readers haven't come up with their usual excuses for the uprising of the masses against their oppressors.
The simple truth is that all this destruction and robbery is being done by criminals and hooligans running wild. This article puts it in context;
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news...-1226111939883But it is more than childish destructiveness motivating the rioters. These are youngsters who are uniquely alienated from the communities in which they grew up. Nurtured in large part by the welfare state, financially, physically and educationally, socialised more by the agents of welfarism than by their own neighbours or local representatives, these youth have little moral or emotional attachment to their communities. Their rioting reveals not that Britain is in a time warp in 1981 or 1985 with politically motivated riots against the police, but that the tentacle-like spread of the welfare state into every area of people's lives has utterly zapped old social bonds, the relationship of sharing and solidarity that once existed in working-class communities. These riots suggest that the welfare state is giving rise to a generation happy to **** on its own doorstep.