Following the riots and some of the aftermath from Berlin cast a perspective that was both troubling and uplifting.
Troubling because the orgiastic delight in wanton destruction on display in London and elsewhere is echoed in the sadistic grins of Nazis tormenting Jews in the photographs in Berlin’s extensive network of Holocaust sites; both, notwithstanding the irony that Hitler’s stormtroopers would have seen themselves as biologically superior to many of 2011’s rioters, remind us of the fragility of our civilisation. Continue reading
Listening to Theresa May’s proposal that the police should be provided with powers to implement a curfew across an area in the case of civil disobedience brought to mind an extract from Robert Taber’s excellent The War of The Flea. Taber’s argues that in response to terrorism, sabotage and insurrection in a guerrilla war “it will be a remarkable government that will not be driven to stern repressive measures – curfews, the suspension of civil liberties, a ban on popular assembly, illegal acts that can only deepen popular opposition, creating a vicious Continue reading
The suburbs surrounding Gotham City are populated with wealthy, well-intentioned, well-educated people who make excuses for the criminals in Gotham City. Christian Walker describes the parallels between Batman and Britain and tells us exactly how the liberal-left created the conditions for the August Riots.
One of my favourite comic books is ‘The Dark Knight Returns’, by Frank Miller. It is considered (one of the) blueprints for much of the grittier, harder-edged comic book adaptions you now see at the Continue reading
The government are pressurising courts to deal harshly with those involved in the August Riots. This is a populist move that is unhelpful to youth justice. When it comes to our criminal youth, we need better community service schemes, rehabilitation and restoration, argues Olivia Jackson.
As the dust settles after the riots and the magistrates and judges work overtime to process the sudden surge in defendants, the headlines detailing who received which sentence for what crime are rife, as are the arguments in favour of harsh punitive measures, lenient treatment, more understanding, less understanding and so on. The Ministry of Justice tells us that the prison Continue reading
After the riots, all we hear are excuses. In this excoriating attack against our excuse-culture, Christopher Wheeler tells us what really is wrong with our society.
The Riots in England last week were a disgrace and reflected badly on not just the image of the United Kingdom but also the society we live in. However, we must forget that the looters and rioters involved were totally to blame for their actions and it is a sickening sight to see people trying to excuse the inexcusable. Continue reading
The Catholic church has rightfully been criticised for its harbouring paedophiles and protecting them from the law. However, child rape is also happening at an alarming rate in schools, including State schools. Yet it goes under-reported. James Garry asks why?
Suzanne Harrison, aged 38, faces the possibility of a jail sentence for having an affair with a fifteen year old girl. Ms Harrison is a school teacher. The fifteen year old was one of her pupils.
When I read this story in the papers, I got the feeling that over the past Continue reading
David Cameron has placed the Britain’s broken society back at the top of his agenda. The riots will now probably prove the defining point of this parliament. Will it be Cameron or Ed Miliband who capitalise on the violence that has swept the country? Harry Raffal enquires.
In the fallout from the riots that rocked London and spread north through England, David Cameron has adopted a hard-line stance Continue reading
Following a troubled week of riots across London and other major cities in England the Prime Minister has announced that every government policy will be under review to make sure that they can fix a “broken society.” But how will these changes in Government policy actually be implemented? William Sharman investigates.
David Cameron has promised today that tackling the “broken society,” will be top of the agenda and that he will speed up plans to improve Continue reading
These riots present David Cameron with the opportunity to convince us that Britain is broken and to do something about it. We should help Mr Cameron and not hinder him by complaining, writes Olivia Jackson.
As a nation, we don’t tend to go in for rioting and looting: it’s not our style. But several very British aspects of the disorder seem to be emerging. Continue reading
Reporting from Manchester, Alex Patnick examines the rioting that has broken out in the North West.
By now, you may be bored of reading about the riots but I would like to ‘throw in my two cents’ as the Americans say. This site, and most of the press, has been concentrating on the London riots, but what about the rest of the country? There were riots in Birmingham on the last two nights, Manchester and Salford, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. Continue reading