At the same event I was also talking about the rap music/ riots thing with the author of this piece about grime stars being slow to comment on or react to the riots. It’s worth a read.
It’s not about the ‘was rap music to blame’ angle, but rather, should these role models for young people – and I think I’ve already made clear my concern that the riots/ looting shouldn’t be portrayed as just a young persons’ thing, 21% of those arrested were under 18, which means nearly 80% weren’t – but should they have spoken out sooner? Would it have made any difference? Is there anything they can be usefully deployed to do now? Do they have any responsibility to do so?
Some of us have been talking about whether it would be worth doing an event in Parliament to discuss all this. I think it could be interesting. Lots of old folk trying to get their heads round this ‘grime’ thing. Of course Norman Lamb MP is already an expert. He “lives grime”.