I've been looking at the political stuff on my speed-dial. Except for the Morning Star, which was mysteriously unavailable, there was the same depressing confusion and antagonism towards the rioters. By all means criticise the riot, but, fellow lefties, remember these are the proletariat, the dispossessed, the damnés de la terre!
Incredibly, this article in, of all things, the Daily Telegraph, has summed things up correctly.
And fellow Christians, WTFWJD? In 1923, when Anglo-Catholicism was probably at its strongest in the UK, Bishop Frank Weston famously exhorted:
"You have got your Mass, you have got your Altar, you have begun to get your Tabernacle. Now go out into the highways and hedges where not even the Bishops will try to hinder you. Go out and look for Jesus in the ragged, in the naked, in the oppressed and sweated, in those who have lost hope, in those who are struggling to make good. Look for Jesus. And when you see him, gird yourselves with his towel and try to wash their feet."
And, equally famously, quite a few A-C clergy went away saying to themselves, "No thanks, we'll just keep the Masses and the tabernacles."
I haven't seen any TV images of ++Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury visiting Tottenham, Clapham or Edmonton, or any other of our Church leaders out on the streets looking for Jesus. Quoting +Weston again, "You cannot claim to worship Jesus in the Tabernacle if you do not pity Jesus in the slum."