The Wharf Says: Not protesting but looting

By Giles Broadbent on August 9, 2011 12:14 PM |


Last week we reported on the conviction of two Muslim youngsters who spray-painted over the naked flesh of advertising models.

While their actions were clearly criminal, they were at least underpinned by some sense of morality.

No such fig leaf is available to the hundreds of looters and criminals who took advantage of public tension and stretched police ranks to fill their pockets.

This was the post-boom generation, used to easy credit and instant gratification, pursuing their indulgence through alternative means.

Any attempts to marry together the sheer carnal stuff-lust of the mob and social tensions is as distasteful and insulting as giving concessions to the hard right because of the Norway massacres.

The 1980s riots were sparked by a genuine grievance over race.

The 2011 riots were built on an entrenched sense of entitlement and fired into action by no more lofty ambition than the fancy for a satnav and a pair of looted boots.


hylton said:

Nicely said! It's such a difficult time to be prime minister - dammed if you do, dammed if you don't. I hope that the police will start to respond with a measure of protection for the public and stop cowering behind eu regulations.