I was going to write a post on the riots that have been taking place in the UK over the last few days. But several people have already written pretty much what I wanted to say, so I’ll just let you read that!
Then have a look at Zoe Williams’ psychology of looting.
What I have noticed is that people always exert their power. If they are disempowered politically, economically, educationally and socially, they will exert their power physically.
I’m not justifying it, I’m just explaining it. Things are set up in the UK right now to make this kind of violence inevitable. And current government policy is making that worse. Charities and arts organisations do vital work. If you take their funding away, the work does not get done. If you also cut police funding, their is no one to deal with the consequences. I fully expect to see more of this, unless there is a change of government or a u-turn on policy.
The best thing that could happen right now is for the Lib Dems to withdraw their support for the Conservative government. They simply aren’t up to the task at hand.