Lack of Authority Behind Lawlessness in U.K.

From Scotland, Stuart Waiton claims that not only has there been a lack of policing and assertion of authority shown by police in the recent U.K. riots, that's been the case for years. 

What's the Latest Development?

From Scotland, youth charity director and criminologist Stuart Waiton says its the impotent approach taken by police that has helped encourage the U.K.'s copycat riots. "Consequently, a relatively minor event in London that could and should have easily been nipped in the bud has escalated."

What's the Big Idea?

Waiton says that what has helped create a "disconnected and self-absorbed group of youngsters" is the undermining of adult authority and the "more patronising and morally vacuous self-esteem obsessed approach of authorities and educationalists." "Coupled with a confused and impotent police force, the result has been mayhem," he claims.

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