The Local MP where the riots started is one David Lammy, Labours ex education minister. Listening to the stuff he comes out with reminded me of his celebrated mastermind appearance.
Question 1) What was the married name of the scientists Marie and Pierre who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 for their research into radiation? Fairly easy I would have thought, but instead of Curie, he said Antoiinette, oops.
2) Which fortress was built in the 1370s to defend one of the gates of Paris, and was later used as a state prison by Cardinal Richelieu? A bit harder, but he said Versailles, the palace of the king, not the Bastille.
3) Who succeeded to the English throne aged nine on the death of his father Henry VIII in 1547? He said Henry VII, Henry VIIIths father, not his heir, but I can understand that, easy to get confused under pressure.
And 4) Which country's Rose Revolution of 2003 led to the resignation of President Edward Shevardnadze? He said Yugoslavia, not Georgia.
So all completely wrong. Dear me, perhaps his party should have taken a hint.
Historian David Startkey recently described Lamy as sounding white on newsnight, perhaps he is an idiot also. Listening to him on question time over the years his veiws are often rather extreme.
Looking into the origins of the riots, it seems when Duggans family went to the police station to get answers, they still had not been informed by the police that he was even dead! They had already heard all about it in the local media, so this is very poor indeed. Unlike Cameron I won't blame everything on the police though, he has forgotten that they follow the lead of politicians in what they do.
Being Cameron, he simply ties the riots to his own political agenda, its part of broken Britain, its due to a 'dependency culture' as well as Health and Safety! Surprised it has nothing to do with Al Qaeda or bad weather, but there is still time. And according to Camerons ilk it cant have anything to do with cuts, even cuts to the police.
The other problem is our prisons, Cameron wants to throw thousands of rioters in jail. Already overcrowded, the prison reform trust says 'Prison numbers are at a record high level and most prisons are experiencing problems associated with overcrowding.' They also warn that 'swingeing cuts and a massive influx of suspects and offenders will present an unprecedented test of its durability and of the resilience of staff.'
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