Church report: Austerity created a “hopelessness” to blame for last summer’s riots

Current economic problems have inspired a hopelessness in young people that triggered ‘destructive and antisocial actions’, according to a Church report.

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Current economic problems have inspired a hopelessness in young people that triggered ‘destructive and antisocial actions’, according to a report from the Church of England.

riotsRiots broke out in August last year following the shooting of Mark Duggan by police in Tottenham. Copycat instances of looting and rioting took place across London and other parts of the country.

The Church has released a report entitled Testing the Bridges, which addresses the role of the church alongside riots, disturbances and public disorder.

The Guardian reports:

A Church of England report into last year’s riots wanted to “sound a clear warning note” about the “social consequences” of austerity measures, a senior cleric said on Sunday , as he presented research highlighting the effect of government cuts on people in areas where violence broke out.

The Rt Rev Peter Price, bishop of Bath and Wells, said he had no intention of being sentimental about the rioters, who, he said, had ruined other people’s lives. But he said such disturbances could also be “a kind of spiritual escape” for people who have little else in their lives.

Price told a General Synod meeting in York:

“It is perfectly possible to empathise with the chancellor of the exchequer and those responsible for policy, recognising the immense pressure they are under from the financial markets and credit rating agencies, and at the same time, sound a clear warning note about the social consequences of austerity measures which hit the most vulnerable hardest and leave the very rich unscathed.

Something is released in the participants which takes them out of themselves as a kind of spiritual escape. The tragedy of our times is that, once again, we have a large population of young people who are desperate to escape from the constrained lives to which they seem to be condemned.

 


See also:

Responding to the riots: We need more than fuzzy buzz words from the government 1 Apr 2012

UK riots: The “500,000 forgotten families” 27 Mar 2012

Anger with police sparked the riots 4 Dec 2011

New York Times slam Cameron, Liberal Democrats over riots reaction 18 Aug 2011


 

Left Foot Forward reported at the time of the riots:

The behavior of these people in smashing up their ‘own communities’ may seem irrational to some but to the ‘rioters’ themselves these targets are highly meaningful. These meanings in turn always relate to their sense of themselves as a social group and of the illegitimacy of their relationship to others around them.

It is highly relevant that in the context of these riots people have taken the emerging opportunity to target shops selling high-end electrical goods, clothes and jewellery.

In this age of austerity, such items are becoming increasingly unobtainable to ever-larger sections of the working class and it should not be surprising that some are using the riots as an opportunity to obtain them.

Many people are now recognising the detrimental effects austerity is having on the British people, so why is the government still pushing these measures?

 


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34 Responses to “Church report: Austerity created a “hopelessness” to blame for last summer’s riots”

  1. Legal Aware

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  12. Lord Blagger

    Nope. It was debt that created the mess.

    With 7,000 bn of debts, you can’t spend to cure things. So you will get riots and worse.

    Debt caused by profligate spending and fraudulent accounting in government.

  13. JC

    What austerity was that then? There had not been any government cuts at that time. As for the justification for stealing high-end electrical goods, clothes and jewellery, well how many of have the jewellery we want or the 60″ 3D TVs? I certainly don’t.

  14. Selohesra

    And people wonder why most consider C of E an out of touch irrelevance

  15. gareth evans

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  16. Nick Ryder

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  17. Anonymous

    Ah yes, can’t do anything but violently suppress dissent in your totalitarian world.

  18. Anonymous

    And by you not paying up. Done so yet?

  19. Selohesra

    It was the rioters who were violently suppressing the rights of loacal & shoppkeepers to go about their business. Your vision of the world through its alcoholc haze is extremely distorted.

  20. Anonymous

    Yes, so you want more riots, supporting that violent suppression. As I said.

    And keep accusing me of your alcoholism.

  21. Johnwbuttery

    Social dissent tends to follow inequality and as highlighted in a book called the Spirit Level we are at the top end when it comes to inequality in the developed world. Then add in corrupt politicians (expenses scandal), lawless media (phone tapping) and banker’s (thanks for the cash must dash), legal aid (sorry all cash has gone to the bankers), recession (we are all in it together out of touch wealthy politicians) it all adds up to a potent brew where there is no respect for authority or anything else.

  22. Selohesra

    Duh – no I want less riots – when you sober up you might understand

  23. Anonymous

    Then why are you ignoring the cases, working hard to cause more riots?

    Cause and effect is beyond you when you’re drunk apparently.

  24. Selohesra

    The cause of the riots was criminality and greed by a bunch of feral looters intent on causing trouble. To seek ’causes’ in inequality and other hardships is just absurd

  25. Anonymous

    I see, so the fact the actual spark were the IPCC’s lies and the police beating up a 16 year old girl are irrelevant, as are the underlying causes.

    You knows your reasoning and will have nothing else! It’s absurd that reality can come into it.

    As I said, you’re DETERMINED to create more riots. Good practice for the dissent you’ll need to suppress when your program really gets underway!

  26. Anonymous

    Not to mention Government policy of social cleansing (how, precisely, do we make young people connect to communities when their parents have to keep moving to cheaper accommodation in different areas?)

  27. Selohesra

    Keep taking the tablets – hopefully they will start to work soon

  28. Anonymous

    And you’re back the social darwinism. Keep marching in lock-step!

  29. Selohesra

    Keep acting as chief apologist for the criminal acts of these feral looters – DETRMINED to make yourself look foolish

  30. Anonymous

    Except, of course, I haven’t “apologised” for anything. I, unlike you, want to prevent a recurrence. You want to break skulls.

    Now I’ll apologise – So sorry I’m not a Feral 1%er, and I have that “empathy” thing.

  31. Selohesra

    Cause and effect – your words Botty – trying to justify the illegal actions of your feral friends- makes you an apologist to most people

  32. Anonymous

    Ah yes, the man in the mirror. You keep trying to justify your Feral 1%. I’m interested in preventing crime, including your fraud.

    “Most People”

    Most totalitarian pro-murder advocates, sure. How DARE anyone try and learn the motivations of scum? ACHTUNG!

  33. Selohesra

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  34. Anonymous

    Yup, a reasoned argument!

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