There’s a lot being written about the current spate of riots.
I’ve been wondering about the contrast between what’s happening here, its motivations and causes, and what happened in Tahrir Square, Cairo, or what’s currently happening in Syria.
Nick Baines has some wise reflections here. I think his conclusion summed up the contrast most poignantly – he writes:
I read this in an email from someone in Ethiopia:
“In the parts of Africa I know, people riot when governments steal elections, or the price of food rises to the point they can only afford to eat once a day. In the UK, people seem to riot when their benefits are cut, they are bored or don’t like the police. I know where I’d rather live.”
Interesting comment from a distance.