Friday, August 19, 2011

Rebuilding Britain after the riots

Images of violence in Britain's cities have shocked a global public. But rebuilding neighbourhoods will require more than a tough police response.

I appreciated what guest Cheryl Kernot (speaking on Radio National's Saturday Extra) had to say about disconnections in contemporary Britain that have contributed to the recent violence. Gangs offer members identity and belonging when they feel marginalised.

The news from Britain has been a wake up call for all of us, and each of us have a role to play where ever we live.

They are not profound things, rather simple measures that affirm our common humanity. Adults showing an interest in the welfare of children and young adults in their streets and neighbourhoods, for one.

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