After covering the Tottenham riots, I was curious why England rioted and Scotland didn’t. Glasgow, after all, has far greater problems of economic inequity and youth violence. In some neighborhoods, the average life expectancy for a man is just 54 compared to 82 in neighboring areas.
So, I went up to Glasgow to take a look at what lessons England might draw from the Scottish experience. And while the comparison isn’t apples to apples, there are certainly teachable moments that those further south could and should look at as they prepare for the London Olympics next summer.