By Julie Hyland, WSWS.ORG, a socialist organization
12 August 2011
The cynical denials by the political class, the contemptible media role in obfuscating the roots of these social explosions, should serve notice and a reminder to the people of the United States as both branches of the Anglo-American bourgeoisie tend to think alike.
Yesterday’s emergency debate in the British parliament, recalled in emergency session following the eruption of youth riots earlier this week, was a contemptible spectacle.
The disturbances that have swept large parts of London and other cities and towns across England are the direct product of the vast growth in poverty, deprivation and police brutality faced daily by many working class youth. Everyone knows that these conditions are the outcome of deliberate policies pursued by Labour and Conservative governments alike over the last three decades, as they have competed to satisfy the financial oligarchy and super-rich at the expense of working people. And everyone is well aware that the current Conservative-Liberal Democrat government’s austerity measures—driven by the self-same class interests—will lead to even greater social devastation and inequality.