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The danger in depoliticizing the British riots: looking for quick fixes for the symptoms instead of trying to cure the disease (social and economic injustice, and a raging [youth] unemployment) and, in their totalitarian way, decapitating the patient instead of offering an Advil.

Mr Speaker, everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck by how they were organised via social media.

Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill.

And when people are using social media for violence we need to stop them.

So we are working with the Police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.

- David Cameron

Where are you headed if you start interfering with people’s freedom to communicate? When a prime minister makes these sort of statements, I understand that people can start doubting the democratic system…

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André Laszlo


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