Will Fly said,
What a lot of interesting words on this thread. And no solutions, I fear.
What governments never do - or appear never to do - is to continuously and implacably ask the question, "Why?" There is a reason for everything, but you have to be brave enough and responsible enough and committed enough to keep asking that question, probing and face the answers it brings.
There are obvious reasons for the violence and mayhem which has erupted in London and other cities, and it doesn't take rocket science to understand what they are. Responding with effective actions on the part of government is another matter.
That's right Will, the politicians never ask "Why", and they never will.
I'm talking about why we do anything, as well as more specific actions.
If I can't ask myself that question, then I can never imagine myself in someone else's position.
The politicians are just as incapable of asking this question of themselves as the rioters are.
I would suggest that in fact most politicians are the same as the rioters, it just manifests it different actions. Though if you look at it more closely, it's maybe very similar.
No problem at all with violence. [wars in Iraq etc.]
Grab what you can for free. Little care for others.
Put your party before the country.
Lack of love.
And two questions.
Who in their right mind would want to be a politician?
Who in their right mind would want to be a rioter?
No personal insults please!