David Cameron denies riots linked to austerity measures

By David Edwards
Sunday, September 25, 2011 12:22 EDT
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British Prime Minister David Cameron claimed Sunday that recent riots had nothing to do with the drastic austerity measures taken by his government.

“I don’t think it was in any way linked to the economy,” he told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. “These were not protests. They were not political arguments. They weren’t political demonstrations. It was, quite simply, looting. It was criminality.”

“You’ve instituted austerity measures,” Amanpour noted. “The economic growth is not there. People are saying now, as they look at austerity, that perhaps your governments are focusing on the wrong thing and that it should be about growth and employment. What do you say to that?”

“We have to understand, this is a debt crisis. It’s not a traditional cyclical recession, where you just turn on the money taps. You’ve got to deal with the debts. You’ve got to show the world you can pay for your debts, as well as having a very strong growth strategy,” Cameron replied.

Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Sept. 25, 2011.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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