The best analysis of all the gumph I've heard over the past couple of days comes from Demos' Mark Wind-Cowie, speaking on PM earlier today (abt 20 in):
"What lies behind the violence is a small minority of people from certain communities in London who have been brought up in a culture of criminality and anti-social behaviour; have been brought up and encouraged not to respect persons in authority, and these young people who are rioting across London are not rioting because of politics, are not rioting about economics - these are excuses we are giving them because we want some deeper meaning from it - they are rioting because they dislike the idea that they are subject to the same rules and same laws as everyone else and they resent the fact that they're being policed"
Those outside London may not realise that these young scofflaws are travelling from riot scene to riot scene courtesy of the London Council Tax payer; the bloody Mayor's given them all 'free' Oyster cards so they can travel easily from Tottenham to Enfield, Enfield to Lewisham and Peckham to Brixton. Without them they'd have to walk or pay fares - not nearly so much fun. And these 'impoverished youths, struggling against the bonds of poverty' have all seemingly got Blackberry phones, and are messaging eachother the latest TK Maxx or JD Sports to have been opened up to looters.
Two immediate measures. (1) Boris, suspend all under 18s free Oystercards in the affected boroughs forthwith (2) Theresa, get Blackberry to suspend BBM services in the relevant postcodes for the time being. Let's bring the young scum under control.