Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 28 September 2011

Youth demand a future in Tottenham

Bankers are the real looters - Hackney - Tottenham demo after the riots, photo Paul Mattsson

Bankers are the real looters - Hackney - Tottenham demo after the riots, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

On 4 October there will be a protest outside a meeting of the cabinet of Haringey council as part of the ongoing campaign to save youth services in the borough. Young people warned the council of the effects of closing eight out of 13 youth clubs as part of recent cuts.
The August riots started in Tottenham, an area of Haringey, and since then Youth Fight for Jobs has been campaigning with local people for all of these clubs to be reopened.
The protest will take place at 5.30pm outside the Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, London N22 8LE. Below is an interview with a young person in Tottenham on the 'Give Our Kids A Future' demonstration that took place in the immediate aftermath.

What do you think of the riots?

Riots: rioters and police in Tottenham during August 2011 disturbances, photo Paul Mattsson

Riots: rioters and police in Tottenham during August 2011 disturbances, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

I think if you're going to forget about a generation, you're going to raise university fees, you're going to take away EMA, there's no jobs... young people don't have a voice.

People are frustrated that there's no money in the community. The government talk about 'greed', that it was 'pure greed'. Is it not greed of the government and politicians that's the reason why we're in the recession in the first place? If the kids see that in the government there's greed and criminality, considering the hacking scandal, how can they talk about criminality?

Cameron has directly attacked the community here, calling it a 'sick community'. What do you think about that?

He doesn't live our lives. His life is pampered, he doesn't know what it's like to live out here. Look at this place! It's not exactly the Ritz is it?

All these riots happened in the poor areas, where there's high unemployment. When this was going on he was on holiday. Half of those kids can't even afford to go on holiday! Come down to where we live, live our lives and then tell me if the community is sick or not.

What do you think should change?

There needs to be investment, there needs to be education. People need to know that if they get an education there will be jobs for them. We want investment in things to give people opportunities so that people can get jobs. That way, instead of looting the shops they can afford to go into the shops and buy things!

The politicians need to come out of parliament and talk to the people that took part. Don't just label them, come out and find out why this has happened.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 28 September 2011:

Building for 30 November strike

Mass strikes can kick out Con-Dems

Jarrow march for jobs

Marching for a future

Join the Jarrow marchers on their 330 mile journey!

Why are you marching?

Why are you supporting the march?

Jarrow march - council puts high price on right to protest

The Socialist's editorials

World economy in meltdown - we won't pay for capitalist crisis

Pro-business Labour offers crumbs and promises cuts

Socialist history

1911 - Bermondsey women's uprising

Socialist Party youth and students

6,000 uni fees? An offer we can refuse!

Fight fees and cuts - join Socialist Students!

Youth demand a future in Tottenham

What I spent my EMA on

Socialist Party news and analysis

As Murdochgate scandal goes on - release Tommy Sheridan!

Scotland: SNP do the Con-Dems' dirty work

Dale Farm - call off the evictions of residents

Metal thefts - The hidden crime of capitalism

Socialism 2011: A weekend of discussion and debate

News in brief

International socialist news and analysis

As debt crisis deepens... Greek workers and youth in revolt

Socialist Party workplace news

Construction workers strike to defend agreements

Greenwich Unite takes fight to cuts councillors

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

PFI schemes - a national scandal

Salford says: Save Lancaster House!

Stop coastguard cuts!

Stroud demo against private sharks killing the NHS

Socialist Party review

Film review: Tinker tailor soldier spy

Readers' comments

My impressions of the Work Programme

More whacko ideas from Tories

Standing up for our pension rights


Home   |   The Socialist 28 September 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop

Related links:


triangle2011 riots: An outpouring of anger at the system

triangleWhat we saw

triangleTottenham: Stop fascist attacks

triangleStop cuts and police repression in Tottenham!

triangleHuge anger at inquest verdict on killing of Mark Duggan


triangleJarrow March: an inspiring show of solidarity between workers and youth

triangleAttack on young people's health and social care: urgent fightback needed

triangleCome to Socialism 2016!

triangleFighting racism today


triangleFour in five self-employed workers living in poverty

triangleSocialist inbox

triangleCheshire and Merseyside: Huge NHS cuts and privatisation planned


triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleUncovering the class struggle behind the Rebecca Riots


triangleEnfield & Haringey Socialist Party: Organise the resistance - Defend Corbyn

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Bin workers' action strengthens in numbers and mood



Health campaigners announce national NHS demo



Hundreds march to defend South Tyneside hospital


Higher Education

Unison higher education seminar points no way forward over pay


Bin workers

Striking Sheffield bin workers picket scabs



Crossrail sparks get organised


Ken Loach

"We are all Daniel Blake!"



Housing campaigners meet to plan resistance to the Housing Act



Sheffield bin striker slams privatised refuse bosses


Waltham Forest

Butterfields housing victory



NHS at breaking Point


Socialist Party

Can you donate to the Socialism 2016 appeal?



Come to Socialism 2016


Them & Us

Them & Us



Teachers working 60 hours need strikes, not studies

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle27 Oct Bin workers' action strengthens in numbers and mood

Dave Nellist and Jeremy Corbyn at the Burston school rally, 4.9.16, photo by Teresa Mackay

triangle26 Oct Readmit expelled socialists

triangle26 Oct Health campaigners announce national NHS demo

triangle26 Oct Ireland: Jobstown protester found guilty

triangle26 Oct Welsh Labour government makes Tory cuts

triangle26 Oct Protest and strike to save our NHS

triangle26 Oct Hundreds march to defend South Tyneside hospital

More ...

triangle31 Oct Leeds Socialist Party: Can Corbynomics transform society?

triangle31 Oct Wirral Socialist Party: The Lucas Plan

triangle31 Oct Birmingham Central Socialist Party: The role of trade unions in transforming society

triangle1 Nov Staines & Surrey Socialist Party: The role of the Socialist Party

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube






October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

July 2016

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016




















Platform setting: = No platform choice