U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain is considering a raft of new measures related to crowd control, gang membership and social-media communications, in an effort to prevent a repeat of rioting and looting that exploded across the country this week.Most of these situations are caused by opportunistic criminals. Would good people want to loot and riot? Well we may not necessarily know the answer, but one that must be asked.
Mr. Cameron spoke in an emergency session of Parliament, the morning after the U.K. had its first night of relative calm since street violence broke out in London last Saturday. So far, there have been 1,200 arrests across the country, amid a debate about how the riots will further dent an already weak economy and harm the reputation of a nation set to host the Olympics in less than a year.
The British leader took some heat from lawmakers—including from Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party—over the Conservative Party-led coalition government's decision to cut police budgets over the next five years as part of its effort to tackle the country's massive budget deficit.
Mr. Cameron repeated his view that the riots were caused by opportunistic criminals rather than the economic slowdown, cuts to government services and heavy handed police tactics that some say triggered the disorder.
"This is not about poverty, it's about culture," he said. "A culture that glorifies violence, shows disrespect to authority, and says everything about rights but nothing about responsibilities." He added: "We will not allow a culture of fear to exist on our streets."