It is our young people who predominantly suffer the issues of violence and anti-social behavior, and we cannot in all decency allow this to continue. Barry Mizen asks the question: What can the next London Mayor do?
Over the last few years, many organisations have put themselves forward as having the answer when funding is available. However, year on year there is little evidence to show how this money is used and the impact of work being carried out – while the situation itself continues to get worse. For me, the answers aren’t to be found by throwing money at the issue, but rather in what we can do to change the public’s opinion that it is simply down to the authorities to solve the issue.
I’m looking to our next Mayor to support schemes and organisations that actually have the evidence that what they do works. I want the Mayor to improve relations between communities and the police and be seen to be supporting them. I also want that Mayor to take a lead in building more cohesive communities that will look out for each other and work together for the common good.
“We need to address these issues and understand what’s gone so wrong with our society that young people are resorting so regularly to violence.”
Finally, many of the issues that blight our communities have their beginnings in the early life experiences our young are subject to. I want the Mayor to highlight and understand these early issues that are the root cause of the violence in London. Greater punishment to offenders may seem like a quick fix, however, we need to address these issues and understand what’s gone so wrong with our society that young people are resorting so regularly to violence. We owe it to our young people to begin to make positive changes with early intervention and deep societal change.
Barry Mizen, MBE