After two nights of violence on the streets of London the scale of damage to ordinary people's lives and livelihoods is staggering. Our society is in danger of becoming fractured like never before and we need to step back from the brink. It's time for calm.
Politicians of all stripes have been too quick to appropriate the riots for their own political agendas but it's too early to speculate on the causes. Also the knee-jerk blaming of the social media by the Metropolitan Police is unhelpful, lazy and wrong.