New riots a matter of time: Polly Courtney says

Two years ago the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, north London, sparked a tidal wave of rioting, arson and looting

Two years ago the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, north London, sparked a tidal wave of rioting, arson and looting

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A FRESH wave of rioting and looting is inevitable with one in five young people unemployed and children's services being cut, a writer has claimed.

Polly Courtney said more unrest is "only a matter of time" unless the Government shifts its priorities to improve conditions for young adults.

She said: "Charities are doing an incredible job right now but, unless there is a significant shift in Government priorities and spending, more riots can only be a matter of time.

"Since August 2011, the situation for many young people has got worse, not better. Unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds is still at close to one million. That is 20 per cent of our young people out of work.

"More than half of councils have been forced to cut their spending on children's services."

Two years ago the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, north London, sparked a tidal wave of rioting, arson and looting that spread across parts of the UK.

Ms Courtney interviewed young people in areas hit by the unrest as research for her novel, Feral Youth.

The former investment banker said the rioters that she spoke to felt they had nothing to lose.

She said: "Each one had an individual story, but the thing that everyone had in common was a sense that they had nothing to lose. They had nothing to lose by getting involved because they couldn't see a path for themselves in the future.

"I think giving young people opportunities is the key thing that we need to focus on."

The author's views were echoed by Barbara Rayment, director of counselling service Youth Access, who said: "Given the right spark, the conditions exist for further eruptions of violence.

"Benefit cuts, poor access to housing and job opportunities, coupled with ongoing difficulties in police relations and lack of investment in youth services, demonstrate the lack of any empathetic Government policy that addresses young people's concerns."

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10:09am Mon 5 Aug 13

Wispy Wonder says...

Must be about time. All those stolen mobiles must be due for an upgrade, and the nicked trainers must be worn out by now. That's reason enough for the vermin to swarm from the sewers again.
Must be about time. All those stolen mobiles must be due for an upgrade, and the nicked trainers must be worn out by now. That's reason enough for the vermin to swarm from the sewers again. Wispy Wonder
  • Score: 6

11:16am Mon 5 Aug 13

zampa says...

Two years ago the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, north London, sparked a tidal wave of rioting, arson and looting that spread across parts of the UK. Rubbish, it was an excuse to rob stores so they didn't have to pay!. Stories like this just adds fuel to the fire.
Two years ago the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, north London, sparked a tidal wave of rioting, arson and looting that spread across parts of the UK. Rubbish, it was an excuse to rob stores so they didn't have to pay!. Stories like this just adds fuel to the fire. zampa
  • Score: 4

1:55pm Mon 5 Aug 13

j.j. says...

The problem is not that there aren't jobs. The problem is that for a generation most of the growth in jobs has gone to immigrants who are either better qualified or more willing to do them. If the rioters were as determined to get jobs as the immigrants are they would either get an education or go after the jobs that they are qualified to do to the places where they exist.
The problem is not that there aren't jobs. The problem is that for a generation most of the growth in jobs has gone to immigrants who are either better qualified or more willing to do them. If the rioters were as determined to get jobs as the immigrants are they would either get an education or go after the jobs that they are qualified to do to the places where they exist. j.j.
  • Score: 5

4:11pm Mon 5 Aug 13

sarfflondonbird says...

Wispy Wonder wrote:
Must be about time. All those stolen mobiles must be due for an upgrade, and the nicked trainers must be worn out by now. That's reason enough for the vermin to swarm from the sewers again.
and the smart televisions are even smarter now.........lol
[quote][p][bold]Wispy Wonder[/bold] wrote: Must be about time. All those stolen mobiles must be due for an upgrade, and the nicked trainers must be worn out by now. That's reason enough for the vermin to swarm from the sewers again.[/p][/quote]and the smart televisions are even smarter now.........lol sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 4

8:46pm Mon 5 Aug 13

toomush2drink says...

The problem is we now have a spoilt generation who expect everything to be done for them.Unless its handed on a plate with top pay they dont want it.

I worked for nothing so i could get experience,eventuall
y it led to a job because they liked my attitude but more importantly my williness to learn.

The comment above about why immigrants are getting the jobs is very true.They appreciate how good it actually is living in this country and rather than slagging off how bad it is know what its like in other countries.

Articles like this seriously fuel these "im hard done by beliefs". I see opportunities galore with the internet providing free lessons in virtually any subject.
When i had no work i learned to plaster via youtube,now it saves me a fortune as i do my house up.

Instead of staring into your smartphones seeing what your mate has said on twitter or facebook get out there and find something to do, it wont happen unless you put the effort in.

If you have kids and no work spend quality time with them (ie not staring at your phone or talking to your mates 24/7) doing activities so they dont end up in the same boat as yourself.

Stop expecting everyone else to do it all for you.
The problem is we now have a spoilt generation who expect everything to be done for them.Unless its handed on a plate with top pay they dont want it. I worked for nothing so i could get experience,eventuall y it led to a job because they liked my attitude but more importantly my williness to learn. The comment above about why immigrants are getting the jobs is very true.They appreciate how good it actually is living in this country and rather than slagging off how bad it is know what its like in other countries. Articles like this seriously fuel these "im hard done by beliefs". I see opportunities galore with the internet providing free lessons in virtually any subject. When i had no work i learned to plaster via youtube,now it saves me a fortune as i do my house up. Instead of staring into your smartphones seeing what your mate has said on twitter or facebook get out there and find something to do, it wont happen unless you put the effort in. If you have kids and no work spend quality time with them (ie not staring at your phone or talking to your mates 24/7) doing activities so they dont end up in the same boat as yourself. Stop expecting everyone else to do it all for you. toomush2drink
  • Score: 0

3:42pm Tue 6 Aug 13

old nick says...

and of course we all know what ethnic group will be out front.
and of course we all know what ethnic group will be out front. old nick
  • Score: 0

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