Category Archives: UK Riots in August 2011

On Thursday the 4th August Metropolitan Police shot dead a man named Mark Duggan in Tottenham, London. Over the following week a wave of violence and looting took place in London and a number of other locations.

Benefits a safety net, not a reward for being good


At the time of posting over 219,000 people in the UK have signed an e-petition requesting that the Government withdraws benefits from any of the rioters who have been convicted for offences committed in London in recent weeks. The threshold for the Government to consider … Continue reading

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Can we let the public Decide?


A great deal of attention is apparently being paid to the views and feelings of the British public in the court sentences being meted out to those involved in this months riots. During Tuesday evenings Newsnight on BBC2, two MPs spoke to justify taking public opinion into account and … Continue reading

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The last 10 days have been a difficult time for many of us in a number of ways. Not everyone has the certainty of a regular holiday, so sympathy for Boris and Dave who under some duress (particularly on the part of the … Continue reading

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A Policemans lot is not a happy one!


This years Centenary of the death of WS Gilbert commemorates the man who wrote these words as part of his Operetta, Pirates of Penzance ‘Our feelings we with difficulty smother, when Constabulary duty’s to be done, Ah, take one consideration with another, a policeman’s lot is not … Continue reading

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Police and Crime Commissioners and their Deputies


As Harold Macmillan is widely reported to have suggested, the best of plans and ideas can catch us all out (or events, dear boy, events). Tonights Channel 4 news focused extensively on the Tottenham Riots and ended up with an … Continue reading

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