The Daily TelegraphBy Andrew Porter, Political Editor
The Prime Minister has given the go-ahead for water cannon to be used on the British mainland for the first time and condemned pockets of society as â€œsickâ€.
David Cameron said that the cannon, previously only used in Ulster, would be available at 24 hoursâ€™ notice to deal with the â€œdespicable violenceâ€ being seen in cities. Police had already been authorised to use baton rounds, he said. In a sign that other, more draconian, measures will now be at their disposal, he added: â€œWe will do whatever is necessary. Nothing is off the table.â€
In his strongest comments yet on the perpetrators of the violence, Mr Cameron said: â€œThere are pockets of our society that are not only broken, but frankly sick it is a complete lack of responsibility in parts of our society, people allowed to feel that the world owes them something.â€
He added: â€œThe sight of those young people running down streets smashing windows, taking property, looting, laughing as they go â€“ the problem with that is a complete lack of responsibility, a lack of proper parenting, a lack of proper upbringing, a lack of proper ethics, a lack of proper morals. That is what we need to change.â€
Mr Cameron, who had chaired a meeting of the Governmentâ€™s Cobra emergency committee to assess the situation, said: â€œWe needed a fightback, and a fightback is under way.
â€œWe have seen the worst of Britain, but I also believe we have seen some of the best of Britain â€“ the million people who have signed up on Facebook to support the police, coming together in the clean-up operations.â€
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