A sick society?BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5253 (Published 17 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5253
- Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
Of course, I am just another middle class commentator on the recent riots in London and other cities. In my defence, my father lives in Hackney, and I played football in London Fields as a kid. My nephews were schooled in Hackney. And as a child of a fallen middle class family, I know something of family break-up, benefits, free school dinners, and comprehensive schools. I have also worked in an inner city practice for 15 years. What caused the riots?
Few will accept that the rioters were motivated mainly by …