I saw this on Newsnight last night.
It was suggested the the looting was a manifestation of the "Greed is Good" mantra espoused by Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street. As the bankers, who the general public feel are largely responsible for current financial crisis get their huge bonuses back, and ex-public school millionaire toffs who are leading the government, bringing in savage austerity measures with the happy cry of "We're all in it together" while seeming not to suffer any discomfort, it was put forward that the looting is working class or lower middle class types, who are suffering a lot of unemployment and/or poverty, are just 'getting their share'.
This is possible. It is also possible that it is a load of leftist sociological cattle manure. Take your pick.
To me it suggests that the looters are just as greedy as City bankers! And greed as a prod to success may have become to overrated, as it seems to now be just a prod to criminality!
(If it turns out this is all just bored greedy school-kids whiling away the summer holidays with a bit of 'Clockwork Orange' style 'Ultra-Violence', I will be very ticked off!)
For those who are not English, this is what a 'Chav' is. Or perhaps you would prefer this definition. cf 'Hoodie'
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