These riots were a disaster waiting to happen. The government knew full well they were taking a gamble on the way they have treated the lowest stratum of society. Through brutal cuts in public spending they have been made to take the brunt of the financial sector’s astoundingly bad performance, yet bankers continue to pay themselves £billions in bonuses.
Meanwhile the relationship between young black people and the police deteriorates. Mark Duggan’s death is yet another in a long line (at least 333) deaths in police custody, yet not a single police officer has been convicted for a death-in-custody incident.
Is it really any wonder these young people feel angry, disenfranchised, have nothing left to lose?
You can put the lid on a boiling pot but unless you deal with the fire underneath, you are going to get an explosion.