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We can expect politicians of all parties to avoid the real reasons behind the weekend's violence in London.
You might think politicians' strangely sluggish response to the rioting was because half of them are on holiday. In fact, their motivation is more problematic than that.
MPs began by being condemnatory, articulating the average families' breakfast table opinions on the national stage. The youths engaged in the looting and vandalism were doing so purely out of opportunism. They're criminals, pure and simple.
Of course they are. But simply stating so deflects attention from the bigger issues which are now in play, whether those in power like it or not. This violence isn't happening in a vacuum.
A big part of politicians' sluggish response is that they're scared. Scared that by trying to explain the violence, they risk being seen as attempting to excuse it.
Some awkward, heavy-handed attempts have already been made. Chris Williamson, the Labour backbencher for Derby North,Read More »from Britain might be broken, after all