Amid the anarchy, some sense from the Mayor, who comes out and says, we have to reverse the cutbacks in police numbers. BBC News - England riots: Fightback under way, says PM But one has to wonder. With the UK engaged in a multi-billion quid shooting war, against seriously dangerous bad boys, that has left close to 400 Britons dead, HMG is still cutting the Armed Forces to the bone (and beyond). AFAIK, nobody has been killed thus far in the riots, and damage may be in the tens or even hundreds of millions, but is not approaching the billions. Seen from this perspective, one might argue that the panic on the streets of London (and elsewhere) is fairly small beer. Of course, there is great political capital invested in Plod as he serves and protects his local community. (Well....in theory). The Armed Forces, OTOH, take on national threats well over the horizon. I have a sense, given the current chaos, that Cameron may have no choice but to deaccelerate its budget slashing agenda. If so: How does the Armed Forces mobilize public interest to roll back cutbacks? Or is the budget massacre a done deal and not worth fighting against?