Tag Archives: adidas

Dee Doocey writes: Riots – a case for reason and not posturing

The TV comedy The Thick of It brilliantly satirised the tendency of New Labour to govern by ‘initiative’. Politics was reduced to public relations. Policies were created on the hoof with an eye to the next morning’s headlines.

If you thought those days ended at the last general election, think again. The recent riots should have given everyone pause for thought. Instead, many politicians and commentators were shooting from the hip or trotting out predictable responses.

Playing to the gallery pays only short-term dividends. Yes, “something must be done”. But politicians of all parties have a duty to think before they open their mouths, and not try to cash in on gut reactions or tabloid hysteria – despite the media’s hunger for sensational news and tendency to incite sensational comment.

Despite the pressure to meet emotionally-driven imperatives, only an intelligent, long-term, considered response will prevent a recurrence of these riots. What needs to be done?

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , , , , , and | 14 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User Avatarchris moore 6th Dec - 11:08am
    Don't like the Daily Mail. Don't like the Guardian. It's not either/or.
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 6th Dec - 11:02am
    Denis Mollison is correct in both his diagnosis and prognosis. Sadly another car crash on Radio 4's Woman's Hour this morning which descended into chaos...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 6th Dec - 11:01am
    Peter Assuming that the current poll is essentially about Brexit, we shall see if Leavers still want to leave the EU. So I think that's...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 6th Dec - 10:53am
    The Daily Mail - gobbler up of the good up of the good old Liberal News Chronicle, and now The Independent. Maybe the Guardian knockers...
  • User Avatartheakes 6th Dec - 10:50am
    John Marriott: we always expect much too much from General Eelections and never learn the lesson. I understand we have employed/recruited 100 field agents so...
  • User AvatarSimon McGrath 6th Dec - 10:42am
    Many newspapers are awful. Not as awful as the state licenced press which Leveson has recommended would be
Tue 10th Dec 2019