Last summer’s riots are a “taste of Britain to come” as politicians are failing to deal with the gang warfare, crime-ridden streets and absent fathers, a Government adviser has warned.
Simon Marcus says the root causes of the riots have not been addressed in an article for the Spectator
Simon Marcus, a charity boss appointed to investigate the riots, has launched a blistering attack on the Government, local councils and police for being “in denial” about the gang culture behind the unrest.
An official report into last August’s violence by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel found that a lack of confidence in the police, materialism and poor parenting were all partially to blame.
Mr Marcus was a member of the panel that wrote the report, but he said it “failed to address the deeper causes” of the violence.
Writing in the Spectator, he said few are willing to admit that an “epidemic of father absence” had lead to a vacuum which is now filled by dangerous gangs that give young people security, identity, loyalty and money.
“Many may be in denial of this reality – but in many parts of our country this culture now owns the streets and last August it simply did what it says on the tin,” he said.
He blamed gang culture for “dominating areas” as the disintegration of the traditional family has demoralised and fractured society.