When I look back to what I've read about previous riots in London over the centuries, when I look at corruption scandals or financial collapses, it really does put into perspective how lucky we are and have been.
I mean, seriously, riots across all of London,
The bankers are finally brought down, not by deliberate deceit, not by active fraud or theft, but by incompetence and optimism.
Parliament is brought into disrepute in a corruption scandal. What over? A few grand on a duck house, a few grand over claimed on a mortgage, etc. Compare that to many other countries today? Compare that to corruption scandals in the past in the UK?
Moral decay? We've never had it so good.
Scary, isn't it?
ETA: Apparently there's been a death in Ealing that I had overlooked, the post is amended to reflect that.