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No, Philip, we didn’t cause the riots.

September 11, 2011

by @robsafar

Just no Philip.

The Telegraph have produced this marvellous little reportage on Sir Philip Green’s assessment on the cause of the riots . According to him, well, it’s our fault.

We’ve heard that he might be a little upset with UKUncut over some past tiffles, but that’s all water under the bridge. He’s so over that. He’s even gone so far as to say that there is a “necessity for peaceful protest” . It great that he’s on board with us that far, but his us(rich folk)-versus-them(bloody ingrates) logic isn’t what we’re about.

But it’s not just our fault. Oh, no. Ian Tomlinson is to blame too. The Telegraph goes on to report that;

His comments reflect the views of a number of retailers who believe that a change in police tactics after the death of a bystander in the disturbances surrounding the G20 summit in London in 2009 encouraged the looting.

But what I’m most interested in is the fact that the Telegraph journalist apparently quizzed Green on whether he regretted collaborating on the austerity measures;

Sir Philip was targeted by protesters after agreeing to advise the new Government on efficiency measures. Yet despite the disruption to his business, Sir Philip said he had no regrets about the decision to get involved.

That’s not something you ask someone about a good thing they’ve done. You wouldn’t ask your friend Mary after giving birth if she regrets it. You don’t ask marathon runners if they regret taking part, nor would you ask charity donors if they regret giving away money for free.

I don’t think it is a case of regret or don’t regret… I still believe that many of the issues I pointed out were basic efficiencies.

Whatever helps you sleep, Phil. Goodnight.