The events of last week has fuelled lots of discussion on the riots. From Parliament to the streets, we’ve seen blame being laid at the door of bankers to single parents. But if you sought insightful analysis, you’d do better to look at your local street and listen to the young people themselves rather than the usual commentariat or the institutions of power.
Last week’s Prime Ministers’ Questions was held at a record length of over 2 hours… yet it was abymsal as a meaningful discussion and totally barren in terms of containing any revelatory ideas.
With talks of banning social media, and cracking down on unemployment benefits, it was a shameful display of ineptitude by the government and a failure to grasp the issues that belie the social environment which the riots emanated from.
You can read our take on the PMQs translated into everyday language.
This video had much more interesting debate and discussion than the droning on by our elected representatives in parliament (H/T: Flip Life TV):
For my sins, I went twice to BBC Television Centre last week, to be a member of the audience of both Question Time and Young Voters Question Time Riots specials.
Whilst the Dimbleby chaired version was quite moribund in terms of debate, Young Voters’ Question Time, was very, very different. I added my two-pence worth through my question that was picked before the start of the programme. Until 8pm on Friday 19th, you can see the programme here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b013yt6q (I’m in after 19 minutes but the whole programme was very interesting if a bit rowdy).
The YVQT audience was largely patronised by the panel. Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow did her best to talk about the positive things young people are doing but failed to denounce the riot evictions that are taking place in Wandsworth or the idea in principle. Shaun Bailey, the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hammersmith in 2010 did answer my question but his performance was generally poor.
More street discussions and televised youth debates are necessary and welcome, as we all need to examine a society and culture in which these riots have taken place in.
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