The rioting in Britain reminded me of a certain passage in one of Hugo Young's biographies of Thatcher. I'm not linking for reasons that I hope will become apparent. This is Young's description and analysis of Thatcher's reaction to a cycle of rioting and looting that occurred during Thatcher's first term.
"'Oh those poor shopkeepers!' she cried, on seeing the first pictures of riot and looting in Toxteth
"A lot of Margaret Thatcher's character is expressed in that single phrase. It was a perfectly intelligible reaction. It just wasn't the first response that most people might have made when they saw rioters and police in pitched battle, and watched the disintegration of a run-down city. Later, seeing looters walking away with armfuls of merchandise, they might [!] have felt for the shopkeepers too. It was interesting that this should be the first and overriding reaction expressed by the Prime Minister, speaking eloquently for the priorities rooted in the Grantham grocer's shop and the party which, for the first time, had one of nature's shopkeepers at its head."