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The View On The Streets: Riot Control


The View On The Streets: Riot Control

The decision to punish the ‘Facebook rioters’ with four years in jail is now being appealed, and other cases are sure to follow. Is harsh sentencing the way forward? In this extraordinary report the public are clearly not convinced rather, they suggest, we need to address the loss of adult authority and rift between adults and young people. In other parts of the world we learn, young people know the rules and ‘child centred’ policies have not degraded parent power. This report shows how most people just want to be allowed to raise (and tell off!) their own children with the support of their community but without government interference.

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Shreya said:

Coming from America, I don’t know if I truly understand the riots and what people ultimately want from the British government. The government here is much more invasive in the social sector of people’s lives, but seems much less authoritative when it comes to. The people in this video seem to create a contradiction in what they expect from martial law. The people seem to desire less government intervention in their parenting techniques and yet they want more external support for the youth from social programmes. The video focuses on the root of the riots as the growing dissonance between the youth and their community. Many of the people interviewed were nostalgic for a traditional ethnic society, like in Ghana or in Pakistan or wherever else in the world, which seems a strange thing to wish for when they knowingly moved to a major, multi ethnic city like London. People move to big cities for opportunity, and by doing so, they are giving up the small town community feel that they seem to yearn for. Parents need to realize that in a city there is obviously more opportunity to get into trouble, as much as there is opportunity to gain employment and education. The general model for parenting needs to change, just as what is expected of young people needs to change.

Blem said:

The Coalition can’t and won’t mention the loss of adult authority. They have simply bought into the New Labour agenda of creating a child-centred society that is totally contemptuous of the rest of us, and they will only make this worse. As though they know better than us how to love and discipline our own kids. Give me a break. I totally agree with the people in this video, give parents back their authority to be parents, not more State intervention.

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Camille said:

Wow, the public are way more insightful and opinionated than the media and the politicians give them credit for. If so many people are thinking like this then hopefully we can start to re-build communities in which children are a part of it, not a scary threat to it. It’s amazing how many people commented that kids in their home countries wouldn’t get away with this kind of stuff — British society and our attitude to children and discipline really need to change.

Roman said:

I agree with most of those who were interviewed in this video in commenting about the government’s so called ‘kneejerk’ response to the riots. I find it very concerning how some could be severely over punished for their crimes given the circumstance. Fortunately many of these harsh sentences have subsequently now been overturned by the high courts. It is worrying to see the penal system being manipulated because of such hype.
With regards to the underlying issues of parenting and discipline that this report discusses, I think that discipline is a major issue facing young today. There is a lack of respect for authority that I think is evident in many aspects of young people’s lives. I think there should be a greater parental right to discipline their kids but I also think the government needs to focus on creating more opportunities and projects for young people to get involved in. I think idleness is one of the root causes of anti-social behaviour and it is up to all parties involved to step up and do something. One more thing I would have liked to have been mentioned more is the underlying distrust between young people and police officers, especially in poorer areas of Britain. The Mark Duggan incident was a case in many of questionable police tactics and brutality that have plagued particularly the young black community of Britain.

nacia said:

Parents have the biggest responsibility of how they are raising their children in the first place.
From the other hand though government reacts to riots as it would react to any criminal behavior for any person and in any place and that is so far so good but noway I would ever accept that governments know better than the parents. instead of taking the children out of their homes they should run programs for parents to educate them on how they could manage to behave their children. Furthermore I think their is nothing wrong with demonstrating our feelings and fight for our rights via any medium and any way. if that means that we have to go on the streets and shout about it then yeah we should really do it. One major issue for educating right youngsters it would be first of all to have free education. Schools should always be free so everybody can attain and learn from. Teachers should teach about morals and ethos apart from the science and art subjects. Government does just try to punish riots because they don’t like the reaction of their actions? 4 years in jail just because of an online comment? It’s just insane! I agree to punish riots when innocence are suffer and private wealth is been destroyed but not because of shouting what is best for us.

Rubina said:

I don’t agree with the person below who said it was the parents fault but no blame goes to the government. Surely if we really want to learn from the riots to see what is distinct about it then we have to not just say “it is the parents fault”. What has happened in our society that lay the conditions where these rudder less riots could happen? I agree with most of what has been argued, that the fact that in not so many years legislation and bureaucratic policies have directly told parents and adults that they cannot look after let alone control young people. This is a problem that you notice every day now.

Sureha said:

Oh and I also agree with what Samatha has said, excellent point!

Sureha said:

This is a very insightful video into how people view government ‘child centred’ policies as degrading the natural authority of parents to discipline their own children. It seems to me that this level of interference is creating a lose – lose situation for both parents as well as children, whereby parents are dispossessed of their authority, and as a result children are losing out on the guidance and structure they need from adult authority which seems to be adversely affecting the wider community. The government seem intent on parenting the parents rather than enabling them to parent their own children. However, this is not to say that children should have all policies intended to protect them stripped away, but perhaps the balance between children’s protection and parental authority needs to be found.

Kiran Ahmed said:

this report had various comments from all the individuals interviewed, however the main issue that had been raised was that the government have taken away the authority from parents, therefore they are no longer able to discipline their children the way they believe is right in case their child is taken away from them. i also believe that teachers and the community they live in need to play a bigger role in the upbringing of children’s lives- especially during school, extra clubs after school that all pupils MUST attend, events in something they could get involved in locally so that the whole community (adults and youngsters) meet and speak to each other. i really liked the comment one guy had said ‘it takes a town and a village to raise you’ i agree.
i believe school plays a major part in children’s lives and their future therefore we as a community and society must learn what it is that children do not ‘like’ about school and how we could improve the way we teach or what we teach so that children fall back in love with learning .
I do not agree with the punishments received for all the rioters- there should have been harsher sentences for some and less for others, however that’s a whole new debate on its own- our government needs to seriously think (and change) the sentences and punishments for all criminals (inc rapist, child molesters, murders, thieves etc) in my opinion. to end my comment- the riots had gone way out of control, we are living in England and these riots had taken three days for the government to step in and stop the situation completely, its strange how it started and ended so dramatically, a majority of these rioters had no reason or any purpose of rioting-they went out because they knew they could, and damaged their local shops and looted from their local high street- respect for the community and innocent citizens had been completely lost. it was left up to the local shopkeepers and their families to protect their business and homes from the children of the community they live with. community events and school/college events must be held often so that everyone can meet and engage each other.

Jenny said:

It’s quite interesting to know what people are really thinking about response to the riots. As for me, I think the government is right and as children as their parents should be punished because the riots are their responsibility. I don’t think the problem is with the rights of parents. Every family has rules and kids should understand their respect and responsibility to parents and community. And I am not agreeing at all that it is fault of the government if some teenagers feel apart from society. The British society is civilized enough for young people to find their feet in life. They just need stop to expect anything. And all participants of riots should be punished very seriously.

Feargal said:

The girl who says David Cameron is not my dad is so right but we all seem to expect the government to take care of absolutely everything these days, so Cameron can seem to act as if he’s everyone’s parent and almost get away with it. I think we should have a real parents rights movement.

Samantha said:

It is clear that people who grew up in other countries have a much better idea of what it takes to bring up children than the British government.

John Hattison said:

This report is so revealing – the public are making really smart points- this does call into question the whole child centred policy approach. I’m not sure how we even begin to question that as its like questioning god.

S Kelly said:

The women who says sentencing and raids were bolting the door after the horse has bolted is very right. This is an excellent report and this issue of adults feeling they can’t intervene has to be addressed but it isn’t, I suppose because it means the government should back off.

Martyna said:

Very interesting programme! Personally, I believe that the sentencing of some rioters with four years is a scapegoat that the government is using to avoid the real issues in society. Politicians were naming the riots as pure criminality without addressing the potential reasons of why young people would want to get involved. I also agree with some of the people interviewed that there no longer exists the sense of communities, young people are growing up in an environment where it seems no body cares about them!