"He may be totally innocent.
He may have been used as 'cannon fodder'.
He may have been set up - yes it really does happen."
Yup. All are totally true,
"He may have been put upon for years by the authorities and just wanted to hit back."
The Brit hierarchy accepting their activities as a mitigating circumstance?
An interesting idea, but I'm sure the establishment would never permit it.
"We can all sit here in our cosy homes secure in the knowledge that it could never happen to us."
Well, those who still have homes can, but those who are a casualty of aberrant bankers possibly can't. As regards it "could never happen to us", I recognise your irony but the likelihood of, and the powers for, the state inflicting similar upon us has grown exponentially over the last decade-decade & a half.
Mostly presided over by that nice Mr Straw - you know, the ex-commie who was such a staunch libertarian in oppostion.
Why do lefties become so draconian when given just a smell of authority?