Witnessing the build up of anger over the past few years has been easy:
- the economic collapse mirrored by MPs who consider it perfectly reasonable to steal money;
- X Factor, Top Gear and lottery winners who inspire dreams of getting rich and famous quickly without too much effort or talent so you can drive flashy cars;
- a society and economy built on 'greed is good', the need for econmic growth, consumerism and the lastest fashions;
- police who target young back men, the same group who continue to do worse at school as the education system doesn't work for them;
- an education system that says everyone must do better than average or they are a failure, yet ignores the ludicracy of the statement;
- the destruction of hope, putting university out of reach of millions without the narrative that says university might not always be what it is cracked up to be;
- the destruction of society in a right wing frenzy of cuts
- and so on...
Anyone of these can trigger the anger needed for civil disorder, so why are the political leaders surprised? They created the problem now they want to use water cannons on the disaffected - mildly preferrable to the 33% of the public who would like to see the police use live rounds on them.
This comment by Anthony Paul Smith seems to resonate but I would suggest that the whole piece by him: "It is a heterogeneous expression of rage. At the police, at the cuts, at the lack of being able to be heard, at a culture that instils a consumer desire they can’t match, and yes that rage spills over into self-destructive acts."
Finally, this from BBC with an interviewer who is not interested in the problems of society, just looking for blame - however it gives a bit of a glimpse of the feelings underlying the anger: