I blame it on bad parenting
too many lazy parents who can;t be arse to look after there kids... or are more intrested in being there kids mates than there parents
caught the last 2 min of an on-the-street interview.... some fat scrutter and her 3 kids.... saying it's not the looters fault.... "they're doing it because they're bored"...
This is precisely the reason why, if you want to lay the blame anywhere then place it squarely at the feet of the parents. You can always pin some kind of cause on trying political and economic times but it's all down to personal choice, these people made the choice to go out and riot, burn shops down, nick TV's and Tesco value rice and mug people, and that's only down to bad parenting.
My better half has to teach scum like this every day. Their parents genuinely don't give a sh*t in a way that would leave everyone here shocked. If she or any of her colleagues call up 90% of the parents of the kids at her school (whether to report good news or bad news) they don't want to know. "It's not our job to raise our child, that's why he goes to school." "Why are you giving my baby homework, it's not my job to do that, it's yours. You're only giving him homework because you're incompetent." "I don't care that my kid pinned down a female teacher and simulated raping them, the teacher was asking for it." "What, my daughter sat on another student craned their jaw open and spat in their mouths? <laughs>"
And it's not just the chav parents who are guilty of this, there are just as many middle class career types and stay at home yummy mummy types who couldn't give a flying f**k about their children. Somewhere in the past few decades we moved from a culture of having children, caring for them and choosing not to have children if we couldn't afford them or didn't want them (on the whole) to the majority of people having children because they feel they should, or it's just the thing that everyone does, and then they don't expect to have to do any parenting. Where we precisely got lost I've no idea, but if one good thing can come out of these riots it's that people will realise a large proportion of the problems in modern society all stem from poor parenting and we need to take drastic action before the situation continues to escalate.