I love David's riff on window-breaking as an English custom, gender inversion and all.
What strikes me about this is the need to identify the cracks in the London synthesis of politicians/bureaucrats/media/finance.The Guardian treads a very thin line between conformity and opposition that might deserve close scrutiny.
I was very impressed with Gareth Stedman Jones' discussion in Outcast London of relations between the East and West Ends in the 19th century, of periodic rampages from East to West, finally negated by Herbert Morrison's Labour Party organizing the working class to march peacefully from East to West with banners and brass bands, precursor of the class compromise that made the welfare state (now in ruins).
I would like the forms of direct action to be placed within a historical framework that identifies the class interest of university teachers and students at this moment of contradiction. What alliances might make protest an effective lever for change? Or if the government said, 'OK we won't raise the fees by so much', would that put a stop to it? If violence is a symbol of tearing up the class compromise, what goes in its place?