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Emeutes dans la banlieue de Londres après une manifestation. The UK riots: the psychology of looting. The first day after London started burning, I spoke to Claire Fox, radical leftwinger and resident of Wood Green.

The UK riots: the psychology of looting

On Sunday morning, apparently, people had been not just looting H&M, but trying things on first. By Monday night, Debenhams in Clapham Junction was empty, and in a cheeky touch, the streets were thronging with people carrying Debenhams bags. Four hours before, I had still thought this was just a north London thing. Fox said the riots seemed nihilistic, they didn't seem to be politically motivated, nor did they have any sense of community or social solidarity. This was inarguable. 'I remember the buzz of mob mayhem from 1981' The unifying factor that fuels and drives such unrest is excitement, fun, teenage kicks, writes Kevin Sampson I think it's just about possible that you could see your actions refashioned into a noble cause if you were stealing the staples: bread, milk.

Of course, the difference is that, in a prison, liberty has already been lost. Les «riot songs» ou la contestation en chansons. Alors que Londres vient de connaître sa troisième nuit d'émeutes avec pillages, incendies de maisons, magasins et de voitures – les plus importantes violences de rue dans la capitale britannique depuis vingt-six ans –, les paroles de ce qu'il est convenu d'appeler sans emphase un hymne reviennent invariablement en tête.

Les «riot songs» ou la contestation en chansons

«White riot, I wanna riot/ White riot, a riot on my own [...] Black people gotta a lot of problems/ But they don't mind throwing a brick/ White people go to school/ Where they teach you how to be thick [...] All the power's in the hands/ Of people rich enough to buy it/ While we walk the street/ Too chicken to even try it [...] Are you taking over? / Or are you taking ordres/ Are you going backwards/ Or are you going forwards?» («Emeute blanche, je veux une émeute/ Emeute blanche, une émeute à moi [...] En 1977, un groupe de gamins londoniens du nom de The Clash déboulait en pleine vague punk avec ce White Riot. England riots: Clegg and May speeches and reaction - live.

8.38am: Yesterday David Cameron and Ed Miliband delivered lengthy speeches about the riots and their causes.

England riots: Clegg and May speeches and reaction - live

Today we're going to hear from Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, and Theresa May, the home secretary. I'll be blogging both events live, as well as covering any reaction. Clegg is up first, at 9am. As Polly Curtis reports in the Guardian today, he will announce plans for a "riot payback scheme". He is giving a press conference, rather than a full speech, but the Cabinet Office have already released some of his comments in advance.

Crime and lawlessness deprive ordinary, decent people of their freedom. And then May is speaking at 10am. 8.48am: Yesterday, in my blog about the Cameron and Miliband speeches, I said that Nick Clegg had failed, so far, to say anything particularly distinctive on the riots. Mostly it was very sensible. But there's one line in the speech that Clegg may regret. 9.04am: Nick Clegg is speaking at his press conference now. • An inquiry will be set up. Rioters strike in Edinburgh 10th August 2011.