The London riots and looting this weekend were among the worst civil disturbances Britain has seen in a quarter-century. Some blamed government spending cuts for sowing unrest and weakening police.
Britons are shaking their heads at how 8 inches ground one of the world's busiest cities to a halt.
The prime minister's Labour Party, the dominant force in British politics for over a decade, is trailing the Conservatives by as much as 18 percent ahead of Thursday's local elections.
Outspoken conservative Boris Johnson leads 'Red' Ken Livingstone in the polls.
Will it be meerkats, a junk car, or a hero for Trafalgar Square's empty fourth plinth?