Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Post-riot policy must be balanced, humane and realistic, if we are to bring the Company contract, you are not farther apart

Earlier this month a spate of terrifying violence and disorder erupted on to our streets. Communities were terrorised, individuals attacked and city centres trashed. Horrendous images on our TV screens of burning buildings and mindless looting created a climate of fear in which people were scared to leave their homes - and in which public trust in the capacity of our police force to respond effectively was shaken.

The Green Party has unequivocally condemned the violence and vandalism left, the indelible scars on families, businesses and urban environments in England. Our sincere condolences to those who lost loved ones in the chaos. And we feel admiration for those who have the peaceful defense of their neighborhood, as well as those who came out on the road for the clean-up effort.

In the days when the sheer number of words devoted to trying to understand why the riots and looting took place - shows the enormous complexity of this issue - and how we will be able to prevent such devastation in the future. The plain truth is that there are no easy answers.

As a political party, we believe it is of crucial importance for the structure of British society, the government and the police strike a balance between keeping our roads safer and to propose maintaining the hard-won civil liberties of our citizens. And we want to keep things in perspective. We do not like David Cameron, the British company is "sick".

We are also concerned that Cameron 's support for draconian punishments will undermine respect for the law. The harsh sentencing of offenders riot \ as a political and very misguided "set an example".

The varying sentences given out so far reveal serious inconsistencies and an alarming lack of proportionality. Overly tough sentencing will lead to costly and time-consuming appeals, and add to the sense of unfairness already rife in our society.

The government should also be clear about the consequences of sending hundreds of young people to jail - especially when prison capacity is at an all time low - with little prospect of an adequate rehabilitation.

The Greens also totally opposed to withdrawal of these benefits in connection with the events, and the eviction of families from government-subsidized housing. Such measures are only the existing problems of poverty and alienation increase - more and more cutting the ones we try to be closer together. Driving people make deeper into poverty in the future, not the roads safer - it will still help us a stronger, fairer society.

Ultimately, should underpin the analysis of the riots, a recognition of the profound inequality that lies at the heart of British society. So should we understand the impact of a consumer culture, the endless accumulation of material goods, an aggressive sense of entitlement and promotes a demoralizing level of status anxiety.

The coalition government 's reckless economic policies, combined with rising youth unemployment and economic stagnation, is contributing in no small measure to a feeling of hopelessness. It 's clear that many people feel powerless, and that some have come loose from their own communities, unless it is prepared to attack them without fear of consequences.

In focusing on long-term solutions, the government must show it is ready, the shocking level of inequality that exists in our country address. Studies by UNICEF indicate that Britain is one of the worst places to live as a child or young person in the developed world, is - above all thanks to the growing gap between the haves and have-nots. This is not something that the government showed no interest in fighting.

We need a policy to create a more just society. And as the economy teeter dangerously on the brink of disaster continues, we must act urgently to create jobs and people in work. The Green Party has long supported and implemented, as far as possible to begin the introduction of a living wage to tackle these problems. We will also push for this change to continue at every opportunity.

We will also continue our call for government investment in clean industries of the future to create millions of new green jobs and help our transition to a greener future. And we demand bold action to tackle the scourge of fraud and tax evasion, which enables those with impunity at the top of society for the public sector prey.

In light of events this month, the Greens are for a moratorium on all police cuts to December 2012 appeal, in other words, after the colossal policing challenge that the 2012 Olympics in London, and after the various investigations into the unrest reported back. In the meantime, the police should be smart about money, and ensure that police officers to concentrate not burdened with administrative tasks that take away the front-line police.

Although we reject the idea that any kind of military-based military service, the Greens would support a voluntary national community service program for young people - especially with a focus towards training and subsequent employment. Unfortunately, such a positive rule would require a higher level of funding to expect much from this government.


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