Anthony Barnett (London, OK): I have just read Time Magazine's gripping analysis of what is happening in Britain, where young people are now subject to violence and perpetrate violence in ways, and on a scale, not found elsewhere in Europe. Time reports that Ed Balls is attempting to do something about it and warns against the media cult of "punish all hoodies!"
If Britain really is to become a better place for its children, it will have to acknowledge the roots of its crisis.
It has a good go at setting out those roots sociologically and describing the extent of the problem. But has anyone pointed out that todays teenagers are Thatcher's generation, born after the Falklands war introduced the celebration of gratuitous violence as the route to success? Hooliganism starts, as they say, from the head down. Doesn't it?