Whatever the reason for the UK riots, there is no excuse for them. Being out of work is no excuse; wanting things one hasn’t got is no excuse – welfare benefits are certainly not generous, but no one is starving. Even the poorest parts of London are not comparable to drought-ridden parts of Africa.
Whilst the local vigilante groups that have formed are admirable in many ways, care has to be taken that they don’t get overtaken by the looney far-right, because if this whole sorry episode is turned into a racial battle, there will be far more destruction, blood and carnage on the streets than anything that has already been seen, and community relationships remain fractured for years afterwards.
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