In Saved, Bond presents violence as intimately related to power. As well as being used by the ruling class to maintain their political power, violence is an expression of the powerlessness of those at the bottom of the heap. It is one of the few means available for the poor and dispossessed to give meaning to shattered lives deeply immersed in cultural and material poverty.
"Respectable" violence, the kind that was employed so successfully in the Second World War, is no longer a live option to the post-war generation. Harry gets to the heart of the matter when he tells Len that his problem is that he never got to fight in the war. The suggestion here is that war acts as a controlled outlet for the kind of aggression that would otherwise manifest itself in illicit acts of violence, such as the brutal murder of babies in their prams.
Even in such extreme examples, however, violence cannot deal with the fundamental emptiness at the heart of working-class British life. So long as the repressive structures of society remain in place, proletarian violence will only ever be an expression of impotent rage and will merely act as a convenient excuse for the ruling classes to reinforce their control over those they regard as their social inferiors.