Amongst the plethora of articles written about the riots in the past week, some have attributed blame on rap music having a negative effect on our youth, particularly on young black people. Miguel Cullen speaks to leading musicians and those in the industry about their reactions to the riots and the stories.
Surprisingly little noticed, Tony Blair gave an interview on Friday about the riots:
“The complicated bit is why are there so many, why is there this sizeable minority of people who are prepared to do this?”
He explicitly rejects the idea that “there is a bunch of children who are born evil.”
The problems of parenting are universal. [...]
When I heard on the radio a couple of hours ago that a man from Romford has been charged in relation to what many feel to be the most nauseating crime of the last week – raiding the backpack of a man struggling with a broken jaw – I have to admit I laughed.
Romford is [...]
As the dust settles, the authorities will have to dig deeper than bad parenting and wanton criminality as the causes of unrest in Britain’s cities. In the meantime there’s a more immediate problem to deal with: in the space of a few days, 770 people have been arrested in the capital alone. Hundreds more are being kept in makeshift holding cells across the country after the rioting spread to Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Leicester and Liverpool.
Whether affluent or in poverty, 16-24 year olds feel a unique set of pressures that their elders may not fully understand.
“Why do they fight in London?” a homeless man in Addis Ababa asked me this morning, after he realised I was both British and had limited understanding of the local currency’s value. His Manchester United T-shirt, trousers with chimney-sweep ends and obviously second or third hand coat clung to his body in the rain. And [...]
And here is one for which I did not have space. In the debate yesterday, John Woodcock (Labour, Barrow and Furness, right) asked another good question (he often does that at Prime Minister’s Questions):
If the Prime Minister now wants to extend the previous Labour Government’s legislation to restrict gang members’ wearing of masks, will he explain [...]
To my surprise, I do not think that the recall of Parliament was a waste of time and money. I thought David Cameron proposed it because he knew he would be marmalised by a hysterical press if he didn’t.
Even if that is so, it served a purpose. Ed Miliband, in a good response to the [...]
On Monday morning, while the smoke was still curling in the air above Tottenham and most of London was left reeling from the shock of the devastation caused by the riots, some enterprising individuals were trying to find a way to put things right.
This morning, #RiotCleanUp trended on Twitter for the second day, as the [...]
I haven’t been alive long, but I can safely say that I have never been so scared, shocked and saddened by anything like this.
I remember very clearly the IRA bomb in Manchester. Neighbours had to be evacuated from Marks and Spencer and I remember walking through the city weeks afterwards and there still being signs [...]
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