Rioting or rejoicing: Paul Mason asks if UK has really changed
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In August 2011 many English cities were caught up in rioting, looting and a breakdown of law and order.
One year later and groups of flag wearing Brits, wreathed in smiles and goodwill are prone to burst into spontaneous renditions of the national anthem as they celebrate Team GB's Olympic success.
Newsnight's economics editor Paul Mason asks whether anything has really changed.