Like many other people, I spent last night glued to the television, watching in horror as rioting spread across London and elsewhere in the country.
The horrific scenes have been plastered across every newspaper since. Armed thugs, wantonly setting cars, homes and businesses on fire, grabbing armsful of whatever they can carry as they loot indiscriminately.
This is not in protest against the death of Mark Duggan; it is nothing to do with Government cuts.
These people are committing these despicable acts because they want to create havoc. Some bloke on the BBC was saying last night “these young people feel they have no stake in society”, a somewhat confused woman caught on film said she was “taking our taxes back”.
I’m not denying there are reasons behind and triggers for these atrocities but in my opinion, nothing, nothing begins remotely to excuse or justify behaviour like this.
It’s frightening to think that this is happening; it’s very sad to know this many people are capable of this behaviour. But although there has been more rioting tonight in other cities, it does seem to be much less severe than it has been.
Please let this be the end of it.
But this is the spirit of London people determined to sort things out:
People were turning out in their hundreds today to clean up the carnage. And surely this many good people will beat the few who are ruining lives. My thoughts are with everyone affected.