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Eddie Mair | 15:08 UK time, Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Tonight, Michael Buchanan continues his series looking at what life is like in inner city Britain. We'll hear from Joneal Bryan, a 20 year old student from Peckham in south London.



  • 1. At 7:34pm on 10 Sep 2008, gossipmistress wrote:

    I enjoyed the interview with Joneal, as also the one with Colette last night. I wonder how Muchael Buchanan found/chose his subjects? Joneal had some interesting and to me unexpected views on street violence and punishment.

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  • 2. At 10:02am on 11 Sep 2008, MichaelPMReporter wrote:

    Morning gossipmistress - thanks for getting in touch.
    The idea for the series on the inner city was kicked about sometime in July and then I spent a couple of weeks finding the contributors, the aim being to find voices you wouldn't ordinarily hear on Radio 4 giving a slightly different perspective on life.
    We basically had a think about the types of people who live and work in the inner city, and came up with a list of about 6 different types. Then it was essentially a case of finding some people within each category who were willing to participate and were good talkers. That list was then whittled down to the 3 people who have taken part in the series. They were given small video cameras for a few weeks, asked to record their observations, opinions etc, and what you hear this week are the fruits of their labours.
    Tonight we'll hear from Tom, a shopkeeper in Edinburgh, who is very open about his Granton neighbourhood. Hope you enjoy listening to him.

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  • 3. At 2:07pm on 11 Sep 2008, ThinKat wrote:

    A few years ago I was called for jury service in Wood Green. Over the course of a fortnight I was on 5 juries and in 4 of the cases the defendant was Black - specifically young Black males. Without exception they seemed to regard their trial with a mixture of amusement and contempt, probably because they knew that the punishment, if any, was going to me minimal. One of them kept the court waiting two days running because he couldn't be bothered to turn up before midday. What action was taken - none.

    I worked for the police briefly as an IT consultant and I know that they're in despair about what can be done about these "Respect" crimes. The first thing that has to be done is to recognise that it is a problem in which the Black community is heavily over-represented - and that means talking about it. But th eprogram was too politically correct to say that.

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