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I don't buy this argument, which I have seen made by several other commentators, that the cuts have nothing to do with it because they haven't really taken effect yet. These cuts have been so heavily trailed that we have to keep reminding ourselves that they haven't really taken effect yet - so in a sense, they *have* had a psychological effect. And in any case, it is dehumanising to the rioters to assume that they aren't capable of anticipating the cuts, feeling angry about what they entail, and responding to them in advance of them happening. At the end of the day, if the cuts weren't a factor, then one still has to explain why the riots happened this summer and not last summer. What's your explanation?
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Aug 11, 2011