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Cameron's Speech On The 2011 Riots

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In his speech on the riots, Cameron discounted social conditions such as poverty and unemployment as reasons for the 2011 riots, and focussed instead on criminality and morality ‘(Andrews, G. 2014). This essay will compare and contrast this conservative view of the riots with the radical view. A riot is an occasion involving violence directed at property, persons or authority. The current understanding of the term riot dates back to the fourteenth century, when it began to suggest violence and disorder among the population. By the eighteenth-century violence and disorder was on the rise in England, which resulted in Parliament passing the Riot Act of 1715. Conservatism is characterised for their resistant to change, although when it is necessary,…show more content…
The discussion on BBC News night highlighted the differences in the conservative and radical views on the riots. Ian Kinsella described his concern at how the rioters would be controlled going forward. He described how he pleaded with the rioters to stop, however was chased off and told ‘You’re insured mate, you’ll be ok!’. Opposite Ian Kinsella was Cody Lachey, a proud mancunion who admitted to dressing inconspicuously to partake in the looting. Cody Lachey had a change of heart and although he fully supported the looters, he decided against looting. Kirsty the BBC news reporter pointed out that Cody Lachey had served in the military overseas in Afghanistan and Bosnia, he also worked as a security guard for large retailers, she questioned why he doesn’t turn the looters in? Cody’s response ‘Because I understand…We live in an impoverished society where people do what they have to do to feed their families, and that’s the life we’re living.’’ (The Open University, 2017). Cody’s response is one shared with a high percentage of the rioters, they blamed the crushing effect of poverty, parents who have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet, parents who have no time for their children, no childcare, increase intuition fees, closure of youth services and scrapping of education maintenance and lack of respect from the police. It is believed 59% of those arrested for rioting were unemployed and conceded their involvement in looting was simply down to opportunism, saying that a perceived suspension of normal rules presented them with the opportunity to acquire goods and luxury items they could not ordinarily afford. (Rusbridger, A. 2017). Martin Luther King once defined rioting as the language of the unheard. This was a radical’s view expressed by a youth worker shortly after the 2011
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