Category: British Labour Party

Politics and parenthood

by Damien Hickman

My 11 week old daughter likes to sleep while going for a ‘walk’ in her pram. Recently as I we walked along, left to my thoughts, I realised that politics is a lot like parenthood. Both are journeys of unexpected twists and turns, highs and lows, sheer exhilaration and utter desperation. Former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson is famously quoted as saying: ‘A week is a long time in politics’. He must have been a parent. With sleepless nights, never ending feeds and nappy changes, plus the repetitive ‘walks’ around the block trying to get the little one to sleep, he could have easily said: ‘A week is a long time in parenthood’.

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The UK Riots – an Australian’s view

by John August

During my recent trip to Scotland, I absorbed the saturation coverage of the English riots. Comedians were saying, “Look, now Scotland is the safest place in the UK”. The Scottish first minister emphasised they were English, not Scottish riots. While OK for comedians, some felt it wrong for the first minister to say this. Perhaps he should have been showing more solidarity and sympathy for his southern neighbours. Still, the Scottish tourism brand was being tarnished through confusion with things outside its boundaries. Take your pick.

Being so close and an Australian, it gave me a different viewpoint. There was a lot of hand-wringing and comment that seemed to miss just what was important, or what was really behind the hand-wringing. It was tragic. But there’s still a lot we can learn, and a lot we can misunderstand.

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Why the U.K. riots have more to do with austerity than criminality

by Dr Greg Martin

Can references by the media and politicians to “feral youth”, “mindless thuggery” and “sheer criminality” in relation to the U.K. riots be justified in the context of austerity measures, policing practices and a pernicious culture of consumption?

Criminologists reject the idea of “pure criminality”, preferring instead to focus on the social origins of crime. While pure criminality implies crime is a consequence of individual pathology, criminological research continues to recognise the enduring link between crime and relative deprivation. The root cause of much of the riotous behavior lies in young peoples’ exclusion from consumer culture coupled with over-policing and police harassment of particular groups in neighborhoods blighted by entrenched social and economic disadvantage.

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UK Riots….Could it Happen Here?

by Matt Clear

The riots in England are a result of youth feeling disengaged and socially displaced from their community.

I have a level of respect for British Prime Minister David Cameron.

I was recently impressed by his long session answering questions in the House of Commons in response to the phone hacking scandal. I think he deserves a level of respect for his ability to juggle his responsibility to the country as a fairly young leader (45) with a young family, including three children – his youngest child is only one!

I am, however, dismayed at Cameron’s response to the riots currently gripping Britain. Using terms like needing to ‘fight back’ and that the people involved are ‘sick’ really misses the point. Cameron has said this is not about poverty it’s about criminals.

I don’t agree.
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Why Should Rioting Young People Listen to the Elites and Mind a Social Order that Disempowers Them?

 

by Michelle Chen

There’s no simple explanation for the uprising in London and several other UK cities in the last week. But the riots mirror the state of working-class Britain.

 

After witnessing several nights of turmoil, the people of the United Kingdom are still trying to comprehend what just happened. There’s no simple explanation for this apparently leaderless and rudderless uprising in London and several other cities. But amid the grim ashes and street clashes, the message of rage has seared itself into the public consciousness, rekindling an age-old tinderbox of class warfare.

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