The middle class sweeping generalisations about (a) the working class and (b) bankers. just riles me for some reason.
Yeah annoys me too when people are so determined that everything has to fit into predetermined boxes of explanation.
Yeah an element of this is due to a disgruntled sector of our society
Yes there are a lot of youths who are classed as 'working class' and 'poor' who are struggling with the recession
However, they're not the only ones struggling to find or keep jobs. The recession has effected the majority of working age people in the country as well as most pensioners.
The bankers etc earn horrendous amounts yes, but even then their a fairly small minority of the working populace. Yes it should be changed but I hardly think if you asked most of the looters roaming London tonight they wouldn't go into a speel about the socio-economic climate and the recession and recent downturn in the stockmarket as an explanation for why they're stealing anything from electrical equipment to shoes/clothes and money.
A lot of the 'younger' youths i.e the mid to late teens have probably been in some ways following their usual routine. Hang around on the streets and round the shops with their bikes etc. Having a laugh, drinking and pretending to be tough
I see it in my neighbourhood as well, especially with the lighter nights in the summer. In some ways this is just something to do for some of them. They get the high of rebelling, the danger. They know that everyone is watching, that the news are focusing on what THEY are doing and that even the politicians are payig attention. It's heady stuff and for those many that won't get pictured or arrested then it's their 15 mintes of mass fame.