British Prime Minister 1981
British Prime Minister 2011
The rioting in London is, of course, inexcusable and definitely rather worrying. It is possibly not that surprizing either. There is often an angry atmosphere on the streets of Britain these days and it isn’t all the fault of government. However, we now have a Conservative administration again as we did in the bad old days of the 1980s and the country has not felt as divided since the days of Margaret Thatcher. Anger and resentment at inequality bubbles under for only so long and then if the face of authority is perceived to be an uncaring one, then trouble will break out. This has happened before.
I hope the present administration will take note.