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So far, there have been two main accounts of Britain’s riots. One lays fault with Tory cuts, a lack of growth and social alienation; the other blames the breakdown of policing, family and the welfare system. But when we look back after the next election, this summer may have changed politics in a very different way from what is implied by either narrative. It may have begun a shift in power to the local level in a manner that David Cameron, like others before…

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