Gene Kerrigan: Ruling-class rioters don't wear masks
Gamblers on the stock market wreck people's lives just as the looters of Tottenham did, writes Gene Kerrigan
Published 14/08/2011 | 05:00
DAVID Cameron abandoned his holiday in Tuscany and rushed home because rioters were trashing his country. Less notice was taken of the fact that Nicolas Sarkozy abandoned his holiday on the French Riviera and rushed home because rioters were trashing his country.
You can photograph the kind of riot that upset the English. The other kind of riot, the kind that last week upset the governments of France, Italy, Spain and Belgium, takes place so far under the radar that to most of us it seems like business as usual.
The British seem to have been so taken aback by the ugliness of the rioting that they're ready to accept anything that might kill it off. So when David Cameron demanded instant justice, the courts sat through the night. When he demanded harsh sentences, the magistrates obediently bumped the cases up to the crown court, where the punishments are greater.