A few days ago, an incident took place involving a man called Mark Duggan.
The official story initially stated that there was an ongoing operation against gun-crime, and that Mr. Duggan- who had been travelling in a mini-taxi-- had fired at police and was subsequently shot.
His family had to wait for hours before they were even informed as to Mark Duggan's fate.
The eventual result was rioting breaking out in London, which quickly escalated: Mark Duggan happened to be black, and the black community have had problems with racist police-officers on more than one occasion.
By now, it has turned out that the bullet which hit the radio of the injured police-officer was actually hit by a police-bullet.
For the past three nights, there has been rioting on a massive scale.
This is the same Metropolitain police which was involved in the Charles de Menezes-shooting after the London bombings (which, according to the subsequent inquiry, was not an 'unlawful killing'), and which has been compromised by the connections between senior police officers and Rupert Murdoch's media which has resulted in both the chief and deputy chief "leaving their office": Corruption on a massive scale.
All of this has by now developed to the point were Prime Minister Cameron has convened a meeting of 'COBRA' (...and I had to look up what the hell it is: "Cabinet Office Briefing Room A")
There is now a very real possibilty that British troops may be deployed to get the situation under control-- and that martial law may be declared.
Anyone who has seen the footage of massive fires in London may think "Well- if it's neccessary--it's neccessary..."
But the question is "How the hell can something like this develope in the first place". People in London may well only see the immediate threat posed by gangs of violent youths setting buildings on fire.
They do not look far enough into the future...