London: Talking Riot

September 14th, 2011

In the midst of last month’s London riots, Rob Berkeley, the director of our partner Runnymede Trust,  wrote a commentary where he stated:

“Runnymede warned of the impact of inequalities on our society. We highlighted the alienation and hopelessness among large swathes of young people facing discrimination, without prospects of employment, low levels of skills, and poor relations with the police.

But we never supposed that the despair was as widespread as it now appears to be or even that so many people simply do not care enough about the neighbourhoods and spaces where they live or the moral consequences of their actions to desist from destroying them.

We have to admit that this is a new phenomenon about which we know very little. Speculation is not helping.”

The full commentary, Speculation can wait: The priority is to stop the rioting, was published at Left Foot Forward, a political blog in the UK for progressives.

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