Comment - on the riots
Jenny Jone speaks:
Blames the government for English riots
On August 7th Jenny Jones, Green member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, called for swift action to
restore vital youth services and a review of communications failures between the police and the community.
"We urgently need to examine all the factors that led to last night's events in Tottenham, a community suffering
from one of the highest deprivation levels in the country, and take appropriate action to prevent repercussions.
"We need a full investigation into the shooting of Mark Duggan, and an urgent review of stop and search and what
communications failures there were between the police and Tottenham's community. Violence and looting, and smashing
up your own streets is not the answer. It's bad for the old, the poor, and those who run the small businesses
people rely on.
"The Government must take some of blame for what went wrong last night. Cuts to local services, especially youth
services, played a role in fomenting tensions. With one of the highest unemployment rates in London, Tottenham
urgently needs help. Emergency funds to stop youth centre closures and a review of policing must now be a priority."
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by Bill Linton for Enfield Green Party, both at 39A Fox Lane, London N13