2011/08/14

Understanding London's civil violence

Civil violence: three steps to understanding the ‘mindless criminal’ | MICROCON

You may find Jaideep Gupte's "three steps" helpful, but for me the most interesting part of his posting were these background data:
 … here are some basic statistics to help you make up your own mind: unemployment in the UK for 16-24 years olds is up from 17.90% in the early 1990s to 19.70% in 2010, while London continues to have the highest unemployment rate for this cohort at 22%.[6] Currently, 22% of 19 year old boys in England do not have a basic education, while this figure drops to 15% for girls.[7] Black young adults (16-24 years) are four times as likely to be in prison under sentence, than White young adults, and almost eight times as likely as Asian young adults.[8] Nevertheless, the number of burglaries and violent incidents with injuries have dropped significantly since the 1990s – from 1.8 million burglaries in 1995 to 0.7 million this year, and from 2.4 million incidents to 1.2 million over the same time period. 50% of adults surveyed in 2000 believed that the crime rate was increasing, this figure has dropped to 28% now. And while 24% of adults reported being very worried about being the victim of violent crime in 2000, this year the figure has dropped to 13%.[9]

2 comments:

Dirk van Nouhuys said...

It does seem to me that the civic disorder, to use a broad term, in London, Israel, and Syria, to name only a few, shares at least one root cause. The society is not working for a lot of people, particularly unemployed young men. You can call the problem dictatorship, or call it corruption, or call it ill-distribution of wealth and power, it looks very similar form the bottom. When Cameron says things like Britons have lost their moral compass, what he means from my point of view is they have stopped buying into an unjust society.

gef said...

Agreed. See next post.