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Letters: Key points missed in analysis of 2011 riots

PUBLISHED July 4, 2012

Tim Newburn seems to miss two key questions about Lord Scarman's imagined reaction to last year's riots (30 years after Brixton, what would Scarman think now?, 1 July). Would Scarman have repeated his analysis that the actions of the rioters in 1981, although criminal, were understandable as many young unemployed "believe with justification that violence, though wrong, is a very effective means of protest: for, by attracting the attention of the mass media of communication, they get their message across to the people as a whole"? Would Scarman have again stressed the "need to provide useful, gainful employment and suitable educational, recreational and leisure opportunities for young people, especially in the inner city"?

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