Reasons for the Riots
London has woken up to street violence, and the usual narratives have emerged – punish those responsible for the violence because they are “opportunist criminals” and “disgusting thieves”. The slightly more intellectually curious might blame the trouble on poor police relations or lack of policing.
Those condemning the events of the past couple of nights in north London and elsewhere would do well to take a step back and consider the bigger picture: a country in which the richest 10% are now 100 times better off than the poorest, where consumerism predicated on personal debt has been pushed for years as the solution to a faltering economy, and where, according to the OECD, social mobility is worse than any other developed country.
The youth have no jobs, and their are no jobs. Especially if you’re from the Afro-Caribbean community where kids are routinely stopped, you’re more likely to go to jail and there is rampant poverty. Why then should these people care about the places they live? it’s pretty obvious the government, the police and anyone outside London doesn’t give a damn about these people unless they have a backdrop of violence.