Out of the Ashes: Britain After the Riots

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Random House, 2011 - Great Britain - 266 pages
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David Lammy was 13 at the time of the Broadwater Farm riot, and he lived in the shadow of the estate's tower blocks. A quarter of a century later he was the serving MP for the area when rioting erupted in north London and then spread to other English cities. There can be few people around who have a greater understanding of the flash points of urban discontent. In Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots he analyses the events of August 2011 in the light of his own experiences. He describes the course of events and the reactions of local communities. He considers the sort of people who got caught up in the looting and violence. Above all, he seeks to explain why the breakdown of law and order was so swift and so widespread, and he suggests a way forward that is both practical and inspirational.

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Interesting - particularly from my perspective of a Tottenham resident and a consituent of David Lammy Read full review

About the author (2011)

DAVID LAMMY was born in Tottenham in 1972, one of five children raised by a single mother. At the age of 11 he won a choral scholarship to The King's School in Peterborough and subsequently read Law at SOAS and the Harvard Law School, where he was the first black Briton to study for a Masters degree in Law. In 2000 he became Labour MP for Tottenham, before serving in the Blair and Brown governments. He has written on numerous occasions for national publications, including the Guardian, The Times, New Statesman and Spectator. He predicted social unrest on a number of occasions before the riots broke out and spoke passionately for his constituents in the wake of the riots.

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