Peers ponder the obvious, after the riots

by - 2nd December 2011

I've just received this.  

Riots Communities and Victims Panel

Asked By Lord McKenzie of Luton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the recommendations for immediate action contained in the interim report of the Riots Communities and Victims Panel published on 28 November.

 The Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds: My Lords, one of the most heart-warming flipsides of the tragedy of the riots that comes out from the report was the way in which it brought out the best in so many people, including many young people. What can the Government do to recognise and honour those who supported communities during the riots, those who cleaned up afterwards and, indeed, those who, in many cases, prevented riots developing in the first place?

 Lord Henley: My Lords, the right reverend Prelate is quite right to draw attention to all those who did such sterling work during and after the riots. We all owe an immense debt of gratitude to them. I think we should also learn what we can about how some communities came together and either prevented riots or cleaned up after them. Again, I believe that there are lessons to be learnt, and the Government will take note of that in due course.

I don't know about Lord Henley, but I do know from research by Lapido's contributor Chine Mbugbaegbu after the riots that the clean-ups were initiated by Christians. 

Perhaps the thing he might learn would be to resist the temptation to discriminate against the beliefs and motivations of the very people on whom society relies so often to do its vast amount of dirty work - literally.