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The Today programme riots debate

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What caused the rioting in English towns and cities this summer?

As the dust settles, the Today programme is holding a public meeting in Birmingham on Monday 5 September to examine what happened, how the authorities responded, and whether a repeat can be avoided.

It is being chaired by Today presenter James Naughtie. Highlights from the event will be aired on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.


A panel of the UK's foremost experts will debate with an invited audience and members of the public. The evening's discussion will be divided into three themes.

Policing: How well did the police handle the violence? Did police tactics work or make things worse? What policing lessons can be learnt from the disorder? How do the police feel they are able to respond when faced with disorder?

Social Intervention: Can this kind of violence be prevented through social intervention? Who is best to provide this intervention? Have policy makers failed to identify the problem or identified it and failed to act?

Morality: what do the riots tell us about morality in the UK? Is this a wake up call for the way society is heading? Is the country undergoing a moral decline? Or is this just an event that tells us that there are always some good people and always some bad and that's just the way it is?

You can join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #r4riots and post your comments via Audioboo and Facebook .

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