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London Burns: Riots Rooted In Middle Class Hatred Of The Establishment

by | 9th, August 2011

AS predicted, the torrent of EVM continues unabated. It is “criminality, plain and simple”, “pure gratuitous violence, theft, looting”, and most often “mindless”, writes Richard North.

There has been widespread disorder, including incidents in Hackney, Lewisham, Peckham, Bethnal Green, mass looting in Clapham and a huge fire in Croydon. Disorder in Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and Leeds has also been reported.

Tom Goodwin, the temporary, acting chief constable for the Met-Plods speaks and acts like a stage plod, talking gravely of “significant disorder”, displaying not the slightest indication that he understands what is happening.

Of course, it is absolutely true that we are experiencing the “rule of the mob”, as the Failygraph laments, but there is much, much more to it. The best comment I heard all evening was from Sadiq Kahn, a Labour something, responding to questioning on the BBC. He agreed that there was now “a lack of respect for authority”.

That is probably as close as you are going to get to an accurate diagnosis the breakdown of that slender thread of respect for the government, its representatives and the forces of law and order. We are seeing the results.

Of this, I have written many thousands of words, not least pointing out that the rot started with the middle classes, which are traditionally the bedrock of community support. But, with so many of us openly contemptuous of the “establishment”, that attitude communicates downwards

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