A riot of explanations
We've had religious, moral, cultual and social explanations from every point on the political spectrum. This is what happens when society abandons God, say some; this is what happenes when impoverished people watch the rich get richer and feel increasingly powerless, say others. The riots are about low self-esteem and communities that feel forgotten, still others tells us; and they are a consequence of liberal social values sweeping across Europe, comes the reply. I'll post links, on this thread, to some of the explanations and analyses that have been offered. Let me know what you think of those explanations, and suggest links to any others that should be included.
BBC News coverage: England riots.
BBC News Magazine: The competing arguments used to explain the riots.
Riots: an historical list.
Zoe Williams: The UK riots: the psychology of looting.
James Crabtree: Deep structural problems lie beneath the London riots.
Camila Batmanghelidjh: Caring costs - but so do riots.
The Christian Institute: London riots are a sign of moral breakdown.
Christine Odone: Absent fathers have a lot to answer for.
Matthew Parris: After a sunny spring, where did Britain get it so wrong?
Carolina Bracken: Rioters on streets unite in brute opportunism.
Hayley Matthews: The Salford riots and the greed of the disenfranchised.
The Bishop of London calls for prayer at St Paul's Cathedral.