By Max Clarke
As unrest continues to wreak havoc in communities across England, politicians have united in their calls for tougher policing, assuring belligerents that they will be caught.
"[The Police] will be making further arrests over the next few days and are working tirelessly to identify every criminal involved,” warned London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, as former soldier and MP Patrick Mercer advocated the use of water cannons to quell the violence.
Assuming a different tack, the head of leading workers’ union, Unite, has appealed for calm and a more holistic approach to assuage the violence.
"This is a time for calm," said Len McCluskey. "Those who bring turmoil to our cities must understand that their actions are unsupportable. Rioting solves nothing - all it does is bring ruin to people's lives and fear to working-class communities.
16000 police last night (Tuesday) flocked to London in anticipation of a fourth night of violence, though the Capital remained largely peaceful, aside from sporadic outbursts in Canning Town.
Violence meanwhile spread North, with pitched battles between mobs and police extending across Manchester and Salford, as well as Birmingham and Nottingham.
"Workers also need to know that they can go about their business in the community in safety," continued McCluskey, particularly in the transport sector where bus drivers have been placed in the most dreadful and dangerous of situations in recent days.
"Bus workers have shown their dedication today by turning out for work as normal but this union has made it clear to employers that we cannot tolerate circumstances that endanger either the workforce or their passengers. Workers cannot be asked to drive people into battlefields.
"Equally, we offer our admiration and support for the public servants up and down the country who are now repairing the damage done to our communities. Their fortitude illustrates once again why our public services are to be prized.
"Events of recent days have shown us that a substantial minority of young people simply do not feel connected to a society where the prevailing ideology prizes individual wealth above everything else, including community cohesion. Unemployment and the dismantling of the social infrastructure can only make this worse.
"Addressing these deep-rooted problems takes time, dedication and political will but what is clear is that super-charged tough talk about law and order will not on its own work. Our communities need now to be given the resources and the support they need to get back on their feet."
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