The police complain but they don't explain.
The police label rioters as feral and are very quick to condemn those of cause trouble on the streets of North London. However, they're not as quick as it to explain what actually happened on the previous Thursday when somebody was shot dead. Even a quick rundown of the sequence of events would help. But they state that there's an investigation underway, and any comments might affect the findings of that investigation. Will they never learn?
Some people wanted answers and some people wanted to know the truth. However, some people just wanted to steal, rob and start a fight. There's no excuse for that, and we shouldn't be looking for excuses for people who are criminals, and who are up for a scrap at the drop of a hat.
However, politicians are very quick to dismiss people without realising that, whatever damage has been done and whatever the cost is in the millions, it's nothing compared to the damage that they've done when they make cuts in services and cuts in those sectors trying to bridge the gap between the poor, the helpless and the vulnerable and the very rich and judgemental.
The social costs won't be determined for several years but, surely, it's obvious that something is not right already?
So, perhaps, rather than just making some arrests and some sweeping statements without any evidence we should be asking what really happened, why it happened and what can be done to stop it happening again. But without using the phrase "lessons have been learned" because, a brief glance at history suggests that they haven't. Again.