Opinion

Do you have to be young to riot?


It's interesting perhaps that it takes students, who at the moment are facing hikes in their fees, to show their anger on the streets.

Businesses hit by tough times, the prospect of VAT cuts and thousands of public sector workers potentially losing their jobs have maybe produced some outraged letters to the papers but no burning placards on the streets.

The students focused on Millbank Tower where there are not just Conservative party offices but plenty of PR agencies as well. Just the other week Oracle held a partner event in the tower. Imagine that potential diary clash.

But as one of the PRs looking down on the mob commented "I guess you are more active at that age." Perhaps that is why it's students not business people out on the streets.

This was first published in November 2010

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