Rioting in London: Distinctions are important

Criticising the police response to the rioting in London (or should that now read ‘the UK’) neither implies nor entails acceptance of the rioters actions.  Equivalently, the riots themselves can be condemned without approving of either the police actions to date, nor of the increasingly hyperbolic and surely counter-productive measures being proposed by those in power as solutions to the rioting.

I am pretty sure that the most sensible available option is to condemn both the actions of the rioters and the response (+ institutional structure) of the police to them.

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