A parallel between the eurozone debt crisis and the London riots: calls on leaders to eschew holiday to “take control”. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero delayed his vacation – patriotically taken, like a good Spaniard, in Andalusia – while David Cameron was forced to rush back from his summer holiday – patriotically taken, like an authentic Englishman, at a villa in Tuscany.
Cameron in particular, already getting a lot of public flak for the phone-hacking scandal, must have hoped the riots would blow over. Unfortunately he had to be seen to be doing his job, and that meant coming back into the thick of it, if only to mouth platitudes about the awfulness of crime. Read more