Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The Guardian: "How to avoid a repeat of the UK [actually English] riots"

Link to The Guardian

"This was a crisis, but it was one David Cameron felt comfortable with. The two themes of his leadership forged into one: broken society was the diagnosis; "big society" was the cure. To an extent he was right. Fathers, parenting, discipline in schools and a sense of community can shield people from poverty, gangs and rap culture. 

"However, his remedy fails on its most fundamental premise: the state is to blame. It is said that 'big government' had crowded out our sense of responsibility to one another. Yet the location of the riots told a different story. Society hadn't been crowded out by big government; it had been abandoned by the big economy."

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