X Factor culture fuelled the UK riots, says Iain Duncan Smith (UK labour sec'y)
Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 08:49 PM by alp227
Source: The Guardian
A "get rich quick" celebrity culture exemplified by The X Factor and the dysfunctional lives of footballers has created a society "out of balance", the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, says today in an interview surveying Britain after the summer riots.
Duncan Smith, who as chair of the social justice cabinet committee is one of the key figures shaping a coalition response to the riots, warned there was "every chance" riots would recur unless structural reforms were made to repair "communities in which so many families are broken".
He is due to call next week for major investment from the private sector to help prevent social breakdown. He will argue that public-private spending can reduce social failure.
In an interview with the Guardian, Duncan Smith welcomed this newspaper's research into the disturbances, carried out jointly with the London School of Economics, and argued that some of the looting and robbery was fuelled by an acquisitive consumer culture. "If you look at the footballers, you look at our celebrity culture, we seem to be saying, 'This is the way you want to be'. We seem to be a society that celebrates all the wrong people," he said.
9. Yes it did - bad economy, right wing politics, exessive force
people are fed up with poverty and institutional racism. Police corruption, government protection of the wealthy.
It all came to a head. People are angry. Rightly so. The example of police conspiring with newspaper to hack the phones of murder victims is just one indisputable piece of evidence of how sick the culture has become.
By the way, here in US we are not that far away from the same conditions and same anger.
to enable your brain to be in gear before opening your mouth you'd have found that the incident with Prince Charles car occurred during the evening of the student protests against university fees. It happened 9th December 2010 - not August 2011.
with what started at reply #3 - the drivel about the Royal car window which was actually this time last year with the university fees protest and nothing whatsoever to do with the August 2011 riots.
Don't change the fact I don't agree with your reply #2 onward either. That rioting was sheer opportunistic looting which started between Tottenham and Wood Green with attendance by police only trained in crowd control - mainly for when the Gooners or the Headhunters are away against the Yid Army. Soon as word spread that the police didn't contain that situation the looting spread. The police have not since made that mistake as was demonstrated last week when Occupy England's Churches broke into some offices in Piccadilly last week and a territorial support unit was on the spot in minutes.
Weren't the journos falling all over themselves when her window got cracked? Meanwhile, thousands and thousands of people have their livelihoods and future education 'shelved' and no one says doodley doo.
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