Categorising these people as "yobs" and "morons" is no use whatsoever. We have to understand where this anger and contempt is coming from. If people feel they have no stake/no place in our society they will behave like this. What have people who feel marginalised got to lose?
Society/law/ order/policing only works if we, the people, are in agreement with it.
And I'm afraid locking everyone up won't work either. We already imprison more than any other European country and our prisons are bursting at the seams.
We used to send young men to war, now we send them to prison.
No I categorise them as criminals, vandals and arsonists. This isn't really about any particular feeling they have against the system, cuts etc. Last night especially was about 'we can'. We can get away with it. The police are outnumbered to stop us, our parents aren't stopping us. We can do this. So many reporters were saying that these groups were laughing and finding it a game and a lark. One reporter said that it had all been euphoric excitement that they were getting away with looting and vandalism till the building went up at Clapham junction and then you saw them realise that this was real.
Don't keep trying to put your own poitical views and understanding on these people. Yeah there's anger and all that, but a mob works at the intelligence level of the mass-and if this had been more political then they would have targetted more actual police stations and local council buildings etc. They've targeted shops and businesses because the want to steal.