The anchor did not allow Howe much time or space to make his points but a few got through.
He refused to define the turmoil as riots with the underlying assumption being that the rioters are lawless thugs looting and vandalizing for no real political reason.
Howe describes what is going on as a political insurrection by the disaffected masses. He tied the insurrection to the uprisings in Egypt and Syria and other places where masses of people are taking a stand.
It is part of the global historical moment is what Howe argues.
Watching from afar and depending on coverage from mainstream media it is hard to see what Howe is pointing to. He struggled to tell of police victimizing black folk and poor folk in terms that describe Britain as a police state balanced against people of color and the poor.
Yet even as I think through what Howe said the images being beamed across on BBC and Sky News is about looting and mad young men acting criminally on the streets.
The authorities are raising questions of how to repulse this uprising. Water canons? Rubber bullets? Armed forces?
Britain's elite and ruling class are clearly nervous. London is after all the Olympic city and this cannot be good for narrow and self-involved capitalism.
Nonetheless, Howe is onto to something that cannot just be swept aside.
UPDATE (12:49pm South Africa):
UK Prime Minister describes rioting as "sickening".
I just found a complete video for the BBC interview discussed above. Darcus Howe is angry with the female anchor who literally accused him of being a onetime rioter (in the 1970s Howe was tried for rioting but acquitted on all charges).
Howe admonishes the anchor for disrespecting him.
Thanks to mYcHeMiCaLrOmAnCeGaL for posting this hard to find interview.