English Riots Aftermath
2nd August 2011
Cameron in Bullingdon riot row with BBC
The Prime Minister, was challenged by Evan Davis on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning about being a member of Oxford University's notorious Bullingdon Club - where members are known for outrageous behaviour including smashing up restaurants, smoking cannabis and getting insanely drunk.
Davis said ."I don't want to equate it to the riots, I don't want to harp on about it but the Bullingdon Club, you know that's a youthful gang, you could almost call it, engages in violent behaviour, do you see any likeness in that to what occurred?"
The Prime Minister insisted: "We all do stupid things when we are young and we should learn the lessons".
But Mr Davis pressed on, questioning Mr Cameron on whether he had witnessed "people throwing things through windows and smashing up restaurants".
Mr Cameron denied seeing any such acts of violence, adding: "But I think what we saw in terms of the riots was actually very well organised in many cases looting and stealing and thieving."
David Cameron spoke out about the way that our state-funded broadcaster the BBC reported the riots saying that the corporation promoted Left-wing ideas and was "mushing together" all social ills as an excuse for doing nothing.
Listen to the interview HERE
4th September 2011
What Cameron should have said on Today is that anyone in the Bullingdon Club who breaks the law deserves punishment every bit as tough as the Brixton rioter. That was the correct and obvious answer to Davis’s probing, and the fact that he didn't say as much was ever so slightly alarming. The PM likes to declare that it doesn’t matter where you come from, but where you are heading, which is a nice slogan, but light years distant from political reality. If Cameron is serious about tackling social breakdown – and I believe he is – he cannot make such slips.
14th August 2011
Mr Cameron's Aftermath Sinks Public Faith In Him
The Prime Minister, who is facing unprecedented criticism from the public and the police alike, will use a speech in his Oxfordshire constituency to underline his personal leadership in dealing with the root causes of last week’s violence and will say he has the strength to “take on and defeat” social problems caused by a weak and “demoralised” state.
Both police and politicians faced criticism for the slow initial response to the riots, but Mr Cameron will declare: “I will not be found wanting.”
The aftermath of the disturbances has seen relations between the Government and the police sink to a new low. Four police chiefs yesterday made public attacks on Mr Cameron’s law-and-order agenda.
One chief constable told The Daily Telegraph that the Prime Minister had been “disrespectful” and risks losing the support of the police.
21st August 2011
Ex Prime minister Tony Blair in an article in the Observer, said that there was no problem with moral standards in society generally. The riots, he said, were primarily caused by a minority of disaffected and alienated young people who were outside the social mainstream and who constituted "an absolutely specific problem that requires deeply specific solutions".
Prince Charles announced a £2.5 million investment in the places hardest hit across Britain by the outbreaks of looting and violence.
The Prince's Trust plans to double its support for young people in Manchester, Birmingham and the London areas of Hackney, Tottenham and Croydon.
As well as committing £1 million from funds already raised, the charity is calling on the business community to back a £1.5 million fundraising drive to bring in the rest of the money.
Youths who join gangs are making a 'cry for help' because they lack a 'sense of belonging', Prince Charles said today as he met families whose lives were devastated by the riots.
The Prince of Wales put the criminal actions of looters and rioters down to an excess of youthful 'energy and natural aggression' that just needs to be channeled in a constructive way.
'I still think half the problem is that people join gangs because it's a cry for help. They are looking for a framework, a sense of belonging and meaning.
'Part of the problem is in the schools. There is not enough extra curricular activities. I don't believe there is enough organised games or other sorts of activities because when you are an adolescent - I still think I remember it - you have got so much energy and natural aggression half the battle is how to channel it in a sensible and constructive way.'
Labour leader Ed Miliband today renewed his calls for a full-scale inquiry and accused Mr Cameron of being 'scared' to look into the real causes of social breakdown and accused ministers of engaging in 'finger-pointing' concerning the police.
The prime minister pledged to tackle the "moral collapse" in Britain today as he dismissed claims that the coalition's austerity measures were behind last week's devastating riots. "These riots were not about Government cuts: they were directed at high street stores, not Parliament.
"And these riots were not about poverty: that insults the millions of people who, whatever the hardship, would never dream of making others suffer like this.
"No, this was about people showing indifference to right and wrong, people with a twisted moral code, people with a complete absence of self-restraint.
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones
David Cameron's policies are “severely” undermining efforts to tackle joblessness and cuts to the police budget would “hurt our communities”. Conservative-Liberal Democrat polices were a threat to both safety and employment in Wales.
What hurts Welsh families the most is the scourge of unemployment. As a Government, we are determined to do all that we can to get people into work, and trying to keep people in their jobs. However, the UK Government’s decision to cut public sector jobs in Wales severely undermines our efforts
Cuts to police numbers will hurt our communities. A report published this morning by Cardiff University shows that UK Government grant funding for local policing will fall by £1.36bn, or 14%, over the next four years – meaning 16,000 frontline posts could be lost.
“What the people of Wales want to see is more, not fewer police out on the street keeping our communities safe.”
Lib Dem views on Cameron
Liberal Democrat politicians indicated on Tuesday that they have deep concerns over David Cameron's uncompromising post-riots law-and-order agenda, with the party's home affairs spokeswoman in the Lords saying there should be "zero tolerance with zero tolerance".
David Ward, MP for Bradford East, described plans to withdraw offenders' benefits as "nuts", and Tessa Munt, the MP for Wells, said the plans were "bonkers, bonkers, bonkers". She said: "Frankly, this all smacks of headline grabbing by Conservatives, not calm, rational policy-making."
The vice-chair of the party's federal policy committee, Evan Harris, said he would table an amendment at the party conference asking members to vote to block Cameron's contemplation of barring individuals suspected of causing social unrest from Twitter and Facebook.
Lady Hamwee, who led the Lords revolt against Tory plans for elected police commissioners earlier this year, said the pledge by the prime minister of zero tolerance on criminality was taking matters too far.
Tom Brake said: "Clearly there are cases where offenders who have committed very serious crimes should expect very serious sentences and that is what I expect to happen. But there have been some cases where people who have committed petty offences have received sentences which, if they had committed the same offence the day before the riots, they would not have received a sentence of that nature.
Whitney youth club speech
The prime minister's fightback speech a week after he sped back from Tuscany failed to display the consistency or understanding needed after last week's riots. His visits to Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Salford have been woefully quickfire affairs, mostly enacted behind closed doors and seems strange that although he has been to Croydon, Tottenham, Hackney and Peckham they have yet to be graced by his presence.
Cameron said that within the lifetime of this parliament he will turn around the lives of the 120,000 most troubled families in the country, though much of the surrounding Tory noise suggests unlikely methods of doing so: evicting them from their homes and cutting their benefits?
And so to one of the more baffling no-shows: a public inquiry. There is no point in mincing words: it is insane that after events of such horror and gravity the prime minister would not commit to one – instead pushing a fuzzy across-the-board policy review "to mend our broken society". Thirty years ago William Whitelaw commissioned the Scarman inquiry two days after the Brixton riots of April 1981 had ended.
The Northern Ireland view
Local government budgets have been cut dramatically in the past year and Haringey Council, which includes Tottenham, has closed eight of its 13 youth clubs.
Just a week before the riots erupted, the Guardian interviewed youngsters in Haringey, one of whom actually predicted riots because there was no longer an alternative to keep people off the streets.
What was evident during the riots, as police resources were hopelessly stretched, was that looters breaking shop windows believed themselves to be beyond the reach of the law - not unlike those youthful members of the Bullingdon Club.
Previous UK Riots
- The Massacre of the Jews at the coronation of Richard I in 1189
- William with the long beard 1196, when he preaches for the poor against the rich
- In 1221 riots occur after London defeats Westminster in an annual wrestling contest; ring-leaders hanged or mutilated in punishment.
- Salisbury Place over a baker's loaf 1391
- Evil May Day riot against foreigners takes place in 1517
- Bawdy House Riots 1668, took place following repression of a series of attacks against brothels
- Spitalfields weavers 1719, attacking women wearing Indian clothing and then attempting to rescue their arrested comrades
- Porteous Riots, (Edinburgh, Scotland) 1736
- Gin Taxes and other legislation to control the Gin Craze, Riots in 1743 against principally the Gin Act 1736;
- The Massacre of St George's Fields 1768, after the imprisonment of John Wilkes for criticising the King
- The Spitalfield Riots 1769, when silk weavers attempted to maintain their rate of pay
- Old Price Riots, 1809 following a rise in the price of theatre tickets
- English Luddite Riots, (Leicester/York, England) 1811-1812
- English Luddite Riots of 1814, (Leicester/York, England) 1814
- English Luddite Riots of 1816, (Leicester/York, England) 1816
- Attacks against the Duke of Wellington 1830, his carriage and on his home, for his opposition to electoral reform.
- Swing Riots, (south and east of England) 1830
- Bristol Riots, (Bristol, England) 1831
- Rebecca Riots1839 and 1843 in South and Mid Wales
- Belfast Home Rule Riots, Belfast, Northern Ireland) 1886
- The West End Riots 1886, followed a counter-demonstration by the Social Democratic Federation against a meeting of the Fair Trade League.
- Newlyn riots 1896, Cornwall
- Brown Dog riots 1907, when medical students attempt to tear down an anti-vivisection statue.
- Tonypandy Riot (South Wales, UK) 1910
- Llanelli Riot, (Wales), riot following Llanelli railway strike 1911
- The Irish Uprising 1916-1921 VIDEO
- The Battle of Bow Street 1919, when Australian, American and Canadian servicemen rioted against the Metropolitan Police
- Luton Peace Day Riots, Luton U.K. 1919
- The National Hunger March 1932, ended in rioting after the police confiscated the petition of the National Unemployed Workers' Movement
- Battle of Cable Street 1936, rioting against the Metropolitan Police as they attempted to facilitate a march by the British Union of Fascists
- Urban riots 1958, London
- The Notting Hill race riots 1958, between White British and West Indian immigrants. VIDEO
- Burntollet riot near Derry, Northern Ireland on 4 January 1969
- Northern Ireland Riots throughout Northern Ireland on 14–17 August 1969
- Falls Curfew Belfast, Northern Ireland on 3–5 July 1970
- Operation Demetrius Northern Ireland on August 9–11, 1971
- Bloody Sunday Derry, Northern Ireland on 30 January 1972
- Operation Motorman Northern Ireland on 31 July 1972
- Ulster Workers' Council strike Northern Ireland, May 1974
- The Red Lion Square disorders 1974, following a march by counter-fascists against the National Front.
- Chapeltown riot Leeds, West Yorkshire ,England 1975
- Notting Hill Carnival Riot (London, England) 1976
- Battle of Lewisham 1977, the occurred when the Metropolitan Police attempted to facilitate a march by the National Front VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 VIDEO 3
- Southall race riots 1979 VIDEO
- St. Pauls riot 1980 VIDEO part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5
- Brixton riots April 1981 VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2 PT 1 2 3 4 5 6
- Handsworth riots 1981, 1985 and 1991, Birmingham VIDEO 1985
- Moss Side riots Manchester, England) 1981
- Chapeltown riots 1981, Leeds
- Irish hunger strike Northern Ireland in May, July, August 1981
- Toxteth riots 1981, Liverpool VIDEO
- Drumcree riots Portadown, Northern Ireland, July 1985
- The Brixton riot 1985 VIDEO
- Broadwater Farm 1985, Tottenham VIDEO
- Drumcree riots (Portadown, Northern Ireland, April and July 1986
- Chapeltown riot Leeds, West Yorkshire, England 1987
- Leeds United riots / Birmingham 1989
- Poll Tax Riots 1990 UK VIDEO
- Strangeways Prison Riot, (Manchester, UK), April 1 - April 25 1990
- Salford, (Greater Manchester, UK), July 1990
- Ely Petrol Riots in Cardiff, Wales 1991
- Carlton leach riot, Essex, England 1991
- Welling riots, 1993.London
- Brixton riot 1995
- Hyde Park Riot, Leeds, West Yorkshire July 1995
- Manningham Riot, (Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK, June 1995
- Drumcree riots, (Portadown, Northern Ireland, July 1995
- Lansdowne Road football riot, English Neo-Nazi Hooliganism, Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Ireland 1995
- Drumcree riots, (throughout Northern Ireland), July 1996
- Drumcree riots, (throughout Northern Ireland) July 1997
- Drumcree riots, (throughout Northern Ireland), July 1998
- The Carnival Against Capitalism riot 1999 VIDEO
- Anti-capitalist May Day riot 2000 Central London VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2
- Harehills riot Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, June 2001
- Bradford riots 2001 VIDEO Part 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
- Oldham race riots 2001 VIDEO
- Holy Cross dispute, (Belfast, Northern Ireland), Summer 2001
- Boston, Lincolnshire. Fans riot 2004
- Birmingham race riots 2005 VIDEO
- Dublin riots, Dublin, Ireland , Feb. 25 2006
- Download Festival Riots, Donnington, UK 2006
- UEFA Cup Final riots in Manchester, United Kingdom 2008
- Northern Ireland Riots, United Kingdom 2009
- Football violence at soccer/football game between West Ham United F.C. fans and Stoke City F.C 2009
- Football violence Carling Cup match between West Ham United and Millwall in London at Upton Park 2009
- Luton, United Kingdom, riot against Muslim extremists 2009
- Birmingham, United Kingdom Riots when far-right activists clash with anti-racism protesters 2009
- G-20 London summit protests 2009 VIDEO
- Riots in Northern Ireland 2010
- UK student protests 2010 increases in student fees VIDEO
- The Anti-cuts protest in London 2011 government public spending cuts. VIDEO
- Riots in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom 2011
- The ENGLISH GANG RIOTS AUG 2011, initially in London, following the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham
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