It is the ordinary people who have been hurt but the government and those in authority should lead by example and over the recent years successive governments have led us into questionable wars, the promotion of a non society where only the individual matters, expenses fraud, phone hacking, employing individuals with corrupt or criminal backgrounds. Events such as those experienced last night will become commonplace as the cut backs begin to bite and individuals who feel they have nothing to lose will continue to break the law.
That's it in a nutshell, Iris. Corruption and greed starts at the top and works its way down right to the bottom of society. And it isn't only governments - look at how the banks behaved, and are still behaving. No lessons have ever been learned, and now Britain is like a tinder box. What happened in London might be a huge wake-up call, although I'm not holding my breath, but even so it'll take several generations, if ever, to dig Britain out of its current mess. Law and order, trust and discipline have to be restored at all levels of society, and that is going to be a Herculean task.