The Problem of Order

  • Bob Jessop
Part of the New Perspectives in Sociology book series


In Londonderry and other places recently, a minority of agitators determined to subvert lawful authority played a part in setting light to highly inflammable material. But the tinder for that fire, in the form of grievance real or imaginary, had been piling up for years. And so I saw it as our duty to do two things. First, to be firm in the maintenance of law and order, and in resisting those elements which seek to profit from any disturbances. Secondly, to ally firmness with fairness, and to look at any underlying causes of dissension which were troubling decent and moderate people.… The changes which we have announced are genuine and far-reaching changes and the Government is totally committed to them. I would not preside over an Administration which would water them down or make them meaningless. You will see when the members of the Londonderry Commission are appointed that we intend to live up to our words that this will be a body to command confidence and respect. You will see that in housing allocations we mean business. You will see that legislation to appoint an Ombudsman will be swiftly introduced.1


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  • Bob Jessop
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  1. 1.Downing CollegeCambridgeUK

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