And the police stand idly by. "They had a plan", they assure the media, but the plan didn't save any property, the plan was to wait for a more peaceful demonstration (like the G20) before flexing their might and waving their truncheons.

The only solace - so many photographs taken that every one of the instigators is clearly visible - caught - as it were - in the act of tipping cars, breaking windows and looting shops. So there shouldn't be much trouble rounding them all up and putting them on trial - yet another expense for the taxpayer.