I’ve been thinking a lot, as have most of us, about the scenes we witnessed last week. As I sat eating dinner looking out window of the cottage we were staying in Worcestershire, over 10 miles of unspoilt countryside of the Severn Valley, I couldn’t help but think of the contrast between what we were experiencing on our family holiday and the violence in our major cities. A lot has been written on underlying causes, and I have sent off a letter to politicians giving my views on it too (which I’m not going to publish here).
However, I would recommend reading this, an open letter to David Cameron, and watching this, delivered six weeks ago before the riots. The problems aren’t new. They’ve been around for a long while but have only just been noticed.