Friday, August 12, 2011

On the other hand

... this is a newspaper which does know what it's talking about. I do find it more than a little unedifying to see a plump old Etonian talking tough from the safety of his protected environment, while the people at the cutting edge are considerably less bellicose.

But, as the paper here writes, the rioting tends to exhaust itself when the young have enjoyed the pleasures of destruction and theft, as much as because of the restoration of order by the police. It then observes, "What matters more are the consequences".

In dealing with the consequences, the government has the opportunity to make things better, or sow the seeds of further discord. So far, all we are seeing is top-down, centrist stuff, which has the potential to do more harm than good. And Big Brave Cameron, with his "tough talk" is proving to be an empty vessel, all rhetoric and no understanding.

One hopes there will be a political price to pay.