Plan B - Plan B: 'More U.k. Riots Are Inevitable'

British rapper Plan B has warned politicians the U.K. faces a repeat of the riots which swept the country last year (11), unless they tackle the issues affecting young people.

In August, 2011, violent riots and looting brought London to a standstill, and spread to cities across the U.K., resulting in more than 3,000 arrests.

Plan B, who grew up in an impoverished area of the British capital, is convinced rising youth unemployment levels were the catalyst for the violence and he believes similar scenes are inevitable if the government does not address the cause of the unrest.

He tells Bbc's Newsbeat, "I don't think the government is ever going to solve these problems. We will have more riots, it's going to get worse.

"We have had an issue with youth unemployment in this country for longer than 30 years. I don't think they have the b**ls to actually go and find out what's going on.

"Through music and through film we can change people's perception of the problem and show them the reality of it.

"Drugs are cool for kids, violence is cool, these things are exciting. A lot of these kids don't believe in themselves enough.

"They feel so detached from society they think, 'What's the point going to school, getting a job?' That's why so many end up getting involved in gangs."


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