Monday 5 December 2011
In the aftermath of the August riots Prime Minister David Cameron said the unrest had been driven by criminality and devoid of political meaning.
"This was not political protest, or a riot about politics, it was common or garden thieving, robbing and looting," Mr Cameron told the Commons.
However, a major study by the London School of Economics and the Guardian newspaper involving interviews with 270 rioters suggests otherwise.
Of those interviewed, 85% cited anger at policing practices as a key factor in why the violence happened.
Newsnight has had exclusive access to the results of the study, the largest of its kind, and tonight we have a very strong film in which we hear rioters tell the story of the violence in their own words.
We will have a big discussion off the back which will include Minister for Policing Nick Herbert, former Met police chief Sir Ian Blair, MP for Tottenham David Lammy and Liz Pilgrim, a small business owner from Ealing who described the rioters who looted her premises as "feral rats".
Also, our Economics editor Paul Mason will be reporting on French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's meeting in Paris today where they are hoping to agree joint proposals aimed at resolving the eurozone debt crisis.