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Looters should have headed for the banks

No doubt the liberal chattering classes will trip over themselves to blame poverty for the recent outbreak of looting and pillaging in London.

However, noting that some of the mob's main targets have been the purveyors of mass-market footwear, hamburgers and oversweet doughnuts, one can only blame a poverty of imagination and unquestioning acceptance of an aspirational lifestyle largely promoted by advertising.

Real revolutionaries would have headed straight for the banks and, in so doing, might well have found support from a surprising proportion of the public.

JOHN EOIN DOUGLAS

Edinburgh

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