In the Media

Is it any wonder that middle-class trust in the police has dwindled?

PUBLISHED January 10, 2014

'What did you think about that Duggan verdict?" asked Jane, at work, yesterday morning. And then: "What about that verdict?" from Keith, over dinner last night. Two white middle-class suburbanites, neither of them prone to conspicuous concern over the fate of inner-city gangsters, not in any sense other than the normal one (the "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" sense). That my two least political of acquaintances should have spontaneously raised the issue surprised me. That I'd not quite known how to feel on first hearing the jury's verdict surprised me too.