Cameron has just announced that Parliament will be recalled on Thursday so it can debate the riots.
Apologists for the riots are still looking for what they call "the root causes"; everything from closure of youth clubs, libraries and the changes to the Educational Maintenance Allowance have been blamed. I say it's government policies, lack of parental discipline, lousy state education and a failing judiciary. By rights the government should resign and there should be a General Election but there's no point, Labour would only be voted back in to continue the failed policies. Voters don't seem to have the courage to look outside the Big 3 LibLabCon con, which is a shame. Real change, a good change, could come to this country if the smaller Parties could get their acts together and attract more votes.
These nasty little criminals are filling police cells to overflowing, so much so that they're being shared out to other forces before they're put in front of a judge and slapped on their wrists. Homes and businesses have been burned out; people made homeless and jobless; a 60yr old woman woke to find her front door staved in and a looter standing in her bedroom; passers-by have had the clothes taken from their backs. Yes, I'm sure it's all down to withdrawal of the EMA.
From the window I can see smoke still rising from the south-east - somewhere towards Stoke Newington/Tottenham way - and sirens are wailing again. Theresa May has emerged to say that the cuts in police numbers have little to do with it; Ken Livingstone made political capital by implying that they wouldn't have happened if he had been Mayor and the BBC continue to link events to the death of Mark Duggan, drug dealer and man-about-town who carried a gun.
One anonymous policeman phoned into LBC this morning. He said that 80-90% of the rioters were black. He also said that a Sikh colleague of his who wore a turban with his uniform was greeted by members of the Hindu/Sikh community with a smile and a wave whereas he, a black officer, was spat at and derided by black youths. Digest that.
Ken Clarke's been quiet. Perhaps he's reading up on the Civil Contingencies Act or on the phone to N.Ireland arranging for the water cannons. Whatever the outcome of Thursday's debate in Parliament England will be the worse for it as more restrictions are imposed on the majority because of the action of the minority. Once again: These are our streets., not theirs. Well done to the hundred or so Turkish men with baseball bats who apparently chased rioters down Stoke Newington High Street last night.
The scenes have been incredibly saddening and shocking to see. The parents of these moronic scumbags should be ashamed of themselves for raising children who have no sense of morality and they should be frogmarching them and their stolen loot to the nearest police station this morning. The State, the apparatus of government, should also be ashamed, but it won't be, it will just introduce more repressive measures and increase its stranglehold while continuing to mouth platitudes, as Cameron and May did this morning.
My poor, beautiful old England, sold out for perks, honours, cash and a glittering career in politics.
UPDATE(s): The other side of England
(1) Pic: Tea and riot shields
(2) Pic: Sweeping them off the streets
(3) Clean-up time