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Mary Douglas

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  • Comment on: UK riots: tell us your stories

    Mary Douglas's comment 10 August, 2011 1:55 pm

    I've heard people say that the police were deliberately slow to stop the riots, and in some case provoked rioters, because the public would never support cuts to the policing budget while this sort of thing is happening. It's a pretty cynical idea though...

  • Comment on: UK riots: tell us your stories

    Mary Douglas's comment 10 August, 2011 1:34 pm

    I think if you suspect 'external influence', then you don't live in one of the areas affected by rioting. I do, and I don't see anything except a lot of disadvantaged youngsters with time on their hands, who don't behave that well at the best of times.

    But I do agree it was stupid for them to destroy their own shops. Peckham has a bad reputation anyway, and this is setting back numerous regeneration efforts. By burning out independent shops (bizarrely, Greggs was also hit), the rioters will leave holes on the high street that won't be filled for some time. Who will want to risk - or can afford - to set up a shop in such a place?