heronlord asked: Hi, Casey, thank you for keeping the Midlands informed last summer. I’d like to ask your opinion on something.I noticed in the article you wrote for the “this is Birmingham” blog on the talks about the causes of the riots that you believe a repeat of august 2011 might happen again during the Olympic period if the problems behind the riots aren't addressed. I would be interested in hearing about your views on this subject in more detail if that is at all possible.
Thank you. Clearly there were many reasons that led to the rioting last year. Aside from racial profiling - the Mark Duggan situation being the straw the broke the camel’s back - we have high unemployment and rising costs. This government seems determined to slash and burn and the people getting hit the hardest by that are the people at the bottom.
Frankly, it’s not exactly an ideal time for us to have to the Olympics. It’s incredibly frustrating to see the amounts of money being spent on that (and the Jubilee celebrations) when so many people are struggling to keep the wolf from the door.
Clearly I don’t condone more events like the last summer, but if the reasons why it happened are still there (and perhaps even worse than before)…… then what else can we expect?