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  1. Introduction
  2. The riots
  3. The causes of the 2011 England riots
  4. Conclusion

Mixing Peter Oborne and ?Controversial? in the same sentence is simply a pleonasm. If this statement can appear as particularly shocking, the author is used to attack politics or journalists directly and publicly, that's also why he has been nicknamed, sarcasticly, Peter ?O'Bore' by the satirical magazine Private Eye. He is a Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph columnist, author of The Rise of Political Lying and The Triumph of the Political Class. Oborne is particularly known for acerbic commentary on the hypocrisy and apparent mendacity of contemporary politicians. Oborne describes himself as a "regular Anglican churchgoer", you will understand why. In September 2011, Oborne and Frances Weaver authored the pamphlet 'Guilty Men' for the Centre for Policy Studies. The report sought to identify the politicians, institutions and commentators who the authors felt had tried to take Britain into the European Single Currency and claims to expose the "often unscrupulous and vicious personal attacks" carried out by the Euro supporters. In this case, he decided to raise his voice against Tony Blair, in The Daily Telegraph, just one day after the end of the riots in England, in 2011. Through this statement, he strongly accuses Tony Blair. Tony Blair, who was not yet Prime Minister during évènemets, being the indirect cause of this fragmentation public, particularly rare in Britain, when compared to France or Spain, where such events is much more common, and rooted in morals. These scenes of violence in London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Salford, Wolverhampton, Nottingham and Leicester shocked public opinion. Peter Oborne decides attacking Blair, to "protect" somehow David Cameron governance at the time.

[...] They argue that communities with more than 20% of individuals in this age group run the greatest risk of more frequent and more intense political instability. They describe the phenomena a s t he "youth bul ge t heory", w here t he " bulge" r efers t o t he f attening of t he population pyramid just before the base of the youngest age groups. Beyond this factual framework showing the dynamic interactions that led to the initiation and intensification of t he r iots, i t is i mportant to t ake i nto a ccount ot her c ontextual f actors. [...]


[...] The causes of the 2011 England riots both immediate and long term have been the subject of media an d ac ademic d ebate. S everal s peculations h ave em erged as t o w hat t he l ikely contributory factors m ight be f or t he r iots; f rom socio-economic causes f ocusing o n unemployment and s pending c uts, as w ell a s social me dia, gang c ulture and c riminal opportunism. [...]


[...] Oborne d escribes h imself as a " regular Anglican c hurchgoer", you w ill unde rstand w hy. In S eptember 2011, O borne a nd F rances Weaver authored t he pa mphlet ' Guilty M en' f or t he Centre f or Policy S tudies. The r eport sought to identify the politicians, institutions and commentators who the authors felt had tried to ta ke B ritain in to th e European S ingle C urrency and c laims t o e xpose t he " often unscrupulous and vicious personal attacks" carried out by the Euro supporters. [...]


[...] Local youth, i n pa rticular, h ave protested a gainst t he m anner i n w hich t hese a brupt a nd di srespectful e xcavations ha d be en conducted. Were equally significant, in this context, resentment and mistrust growing community against the pol ice i n c onnection w ith a s eries of r ecent deaths t hat oc curred dur ing pol ice r aids or custody, including death Balls Mark Duggan represented only the l atest example. [...]


[...] All police leave was cancelled and Parliament was recalled on 11 August to debate the situation. As of 15 A ugust, about 3,100 people had been arrested, of whom more than 1,000 ha d been charged. Arrests, c harges a nd c ourt p roceedings c ontinue. Initially, c ourts s at f or e xtended hours. There were a total 3,443 crimes across London linked to the disorder. Emergency calls on Monday night saw a 300% increase, from 5,400 normally to 20,800. [...]

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