Just watching The Ten O’Clock News. No reports of any more trouble so far. It’s a relief – perhaps only temporary, it’s too early to say – but we’re no closer to understanding what’s behind it all. However, a French journalist said something on the radio this morning that has stayed with me, gnawing away, since. What do you expect, she suggested – in a country that prizes money above all else, that puts a value on finances and wealth above all else, in a country where the bonus-led City slickers operate within a mile of one of the poorest boroughs – sooner or later those who perceive themselves as the have-nots will vent their frustration at the haves. Uncomfortable words. Uncomfortable truths. The fact I only spent £5.90 today does nothing to assuage my own discomfort.

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