More articles Wednesday 17 August 2011 8:30pm
Call for official riot enquiry at Book Festival event
Baroness Julia Neuberger, Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue, called for an official enquiry into the recent UK riots during her event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival today.
The Baroness suggested that politicians should not take the easy option and blame social media for the recent troubles but instead investigate the situation in full to discover the underlying reasons behind the violent action and who is responsible.
Baroness Neuberger expressed concern that authorities may restrict the usage of social media and mobile networks if circumstances such as those seen last week should happen again in the future, referring to her experiences in Ulster when mobile phone networks were blocked during times of conflict. Although she admitted that, even if the networks were restricted, people would find a way to communicate regardless.
Julia was at the Book Festival to talk about her book, Is That All There Is?, in which she proposes that people reconsider what is important, in order to find a new sense of purpose and direction.