When we folk protest carbon taxes here in Australia we are told not to cross against the red light. When those folk protest against a government trying to bring some fiscal sanity into a situation where national bankruptcy is a genuine possibility we get something else. The story in The Daily Mail begins with these dot points:
• Hooded anarchists throw paint and set off flares on Oxford Street
• Police targeted with missiles and light bulbs filled with ammonia
• Windows at The Ritz smashed as masked youths run wild
• Anti-capitalist smash banks and cash points in city centre rampage
• Five police officers injured in clashes, one seriously
• Labour leader Ed Miliband likens protest to anti-apartheid movement
All of this is repulsive, but the last of these is in a league of its own. If this is the kind of analogy that comes to mind, this supposed deep thinker of the left lacks both intellect and decency. For a leader of a major political party to support anarchy in the streets for political advantage is despicable. But if he is right, that there is political advantage in it, then civil society in Britain may be near its end.