We were sitting on a commuter train on our way home this evening, partaking in that horrible habit of reading over an unsuspecting businessman’s shoulder, when out of the corner of our eye, we spotted this article in the Evening Standard, which talks about the new film that has just been released in the UK on the riots that took place in London, last Summer.

The film was produced with the help of Theo Gonzales, a young man whose brother was killed in the London Riots in 2011 and he says he hopes the film will help show the real reasons why young people got caught up in the mayhem. Theo hopes that the film, entitled “The Offender”, will help people to understand that young men and women from various communities largely have very little choice about lifestyle and focuses also on the interplay between this tension and the youth justice system.

At Researching Reform we felt so strongly that the causes of the riots had been misunderstood, that in collaboration with Family Law in Partnership, we held one of our Westminster Debates on the topic, homing in on children and examining potential issues playing out amongst a community and a nation, where young people feel so dislocated that  they choose to rebel in more and more tangible ways.

We still remain completely unimpressed with David SmackMe MP, who despite being the Labour MP for Tottenham for over a decade, still doesn’t seem to understand the problems plaguing youth culture in his own back yard.

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Residents prepare to help the clean-up in Clarence Road, Hackney, London, after rioting in 2011. (Photo and caption courtesy of The Guardian newspaper).