England has sustained its third night of widespread rioting and looting. What began as an isolated uprising over a police shooting in Tottenham has rapidly spread to other greater London buroughs including Enfield, Islington and Oxford Circus Monday night and to Peckham, Clapham, Lewisham, Bromley, Stratford, Croydon, East Ham, Bethnall Green,Woolich and even the Medway town of Gillingham last night. What appear to be copycat riots also spread to Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol.
David Cameron has cut short a holiday in Tuscany and is recalling Parliament to deal with the unrest. Police officers are being drawn to the riot sites from across Britain and all leaves have been canceled.
What began as a protest against one police shooting in one London burough seems to have triggered widespread fury, perhaps even anarchy. Handling this and containing the further spread of these riots will be a major test of the Cameron government. This could go very wrong, very quickly.