Hackney is rebuilding. The heart-stopping wall-to-wall coverage may have ceased. And the foreign journalists that beat a path to the borough have gone home. But life in Hackney has continued. The response from the people of Hackney has been an inspiration - streets have been cleared, damage is being repaired, and our communities have pulled together. People are beginning to feel safe again. It was heartbreaking to be out on the streets of Hackney as areas like the Pembury estate in Hackney became engulfed in flames, with years of incremental progress burning grotesquely for an international audience.
Barnardo's believes in children - all children, even those who offend and cause distress to their families and communities. Even these children, particularly these children, deserve another chance.
The trouble in the east end of London at the weekend is evidence of English Defence League's intolerance but also the intolerance of the UAF and their unwilling to hold a political discourse with members of the far-right.
Even though Tower Hamlets is just a short tube or bus ride from Westminster it is disappointing that no members of the government bothered to stand shoulder to shoulder with their local neighbours in the face of threats and intimidation from the English Defence League on Saturday.
As executives from Facebook, Twitter Blackberry manufacturer, Research in Motion, meet today with Home Secretary Theresa May to discuss the riots in England can we be clear here and say loudly that the idea of switching off social networks in the event of riots or social unrest is ridiculous and a non-starter.
Shutting down social media during riots is nonsensical and if the UK government decide to take that course, I won't believe it.
It is a sad day indeed when a writer wishes that his own work were not necessary. Unfortunately such days have been common over the past century
The statement from the journalist on News 24 brought on a familiar feeling of paralysis. He said to a local commentator amidst the Tottenham/London riots, "It's not the time to be making political points."
Theresa May, as UK Home Secretary, has one of the most important jobs in government. Many grand men have held the post before her, however, by virtue of her being born female she also has another role, Minister for Women (and Equalities). The 'women' part of this supplementary role is nonsense and should be done away with as soon as possible. A cursory look will tell us why.
Police officers of England and Wales find themselves facing fresh challenges this year as the Government tightens its grip and its belt on UK policing.