There has been much introspection on this the anniversary of the riots which engulfed many high streets throughout England last summer. The causes put forward by uncle Tom Cobbley and all range from the police being too heavy handed to being mere onlookers, from social deprivation to an excess of materialism among young people, to a lack of parenting, poor teaching, unfettered capitalism, failings of socialism and any other trisyllabic description with meaningful overtones. The remedies proposed are equally diverse but none can be so unbelievably obscure as that proposed by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. This band of brothers would have inter alia the public gear up its ability to defuse and control anti social situations. Perhaps after the circus in East London would be pacifiers with stout hamstrings should sign up for an introduction to aikido or perhaps a course of Thai kick boxing for those with time on and power in their hands. A script for defusing potentially violent situations could be supplied as an app for smart phones using the Bluetooth facility. It seems odd that such a simple solution has taken so long to appear.