Every year at this time, the UK celebrates its Caribbean heritage at the Notting Hill Carnival. The country also holds its collective breath, many worrying that the mass revelry could turn into a violent street fight. The event had its origins in trouble.
The Left is also in desperate need of cultural renewal. The riots community has an impressive counter-cultural scene to accompany its voices of resistance, and its spoken word poets, hip hop artists, graphic designers, film-makers and performers should play a leading role in shaping a new Left in London and throughout the UK.
The riots were the result of a tangled web of causes, inextricably linked and combining in such a way to create a 'perfect storm' on 6 August 2011. In order to assess whether more riots are on the cards, we need to look at these causes in turn and for each cause, ask ourselves this: Have things improved since 2011? Have we tackled the underlying problem?
Fuelling the shallow, consumerist aspirational culture (which ironically is what pervades the impoverished rioting kids) by whitewashing a veneer of affluence is not the answer. It will only increase social marginalisation and frustration. East London already has Westfield in Stratford, it does not need another twinkly mecca to consumption to further alienate its poor community.
t's been over 10 years now since social media emerged and its influence on the world has never been more evident than it has been this year. As has been well documented, Facebook may have started as a kind of university prank, but its impact has grown at break-neck speed, spawning a whole generation of similar networks which now have the power to prompt political change.
A brand new film showcasing the valuable work of HRH The Prince of Wales's arts and education charities launched yesterday on Huffington Post UK. The...
In liberal Britain right now it seems the gay marriage law is about to be passed, the country is, in effect, rewriting what it believes to be right. Is there any chance this ethos can spread to those young men who are portrayed in El Hosain's film?
Being encouraged by Cameron et al, to celebrate the life of Mrs Thatcher an apparent champion of freedom, while the current PM and his expensively educated brethren seek to implement their equivalent of Thatcher's poll tax is just adding insult to insult.
The depiction of teenagers on British television isn't offensive; it's hilarious. No matter how many 'youf' dramas are created, television still struggles to create dramas that are relatable, being out of touch with the even the minor details such as what trainers a character should be wearing.
Why do you go to the pub? To meet friends? To drink? To socialize? Or do you go to the pub to discuss politics, social issues and philosophy? No? Well, if you live in Bath now you can!
I'm sure there are other similar wood-treatment products out there but only the Ronseal test will get us any closer to making sure that riots, housing associations and charities do what they say on the tin.
In the August riots of 2011 I had to experience something nobody should have to - I watched my home city burn. Politicos of all stripe were quick to ...
It is one thing to tell someone what they can achieve but when you can relate to them on a certain level you can lead by example. For this reason the achievements of the young Olympic medallists should be recognised as a platform for youth empowerment, which has provided young people with an element of hope for their future.
Young people are still unemployed, funding is still being withdrawn from the poorest and most vulnerable communities in society; those at the bottom of our society are still made to feel worthless and hopeless, so the incentive and willingness to riot remains.
One year ago, England experienced the most significant outbreak of rioting in the entire post-war era. One year on, to what extent are we worried about a repeat of the riots? At first glance, many of the wider conditions that surrounded the riots remain, if they have not worsened.
There is real hope here - one only need look at the Olympics to see an example of how collaboration can really engineer success. Just one year on from the riots, the energy and optimism from London 2012 can be harnessed to bring people together to make real change. There is a general mood of positivity in the air, which can be turned into something tangible.