Cameron heckled as divided Britain debates riots

August 15, 2011 17:40

WITNEY, England - Prime Minister David Cameron's promise to fix Britain's "broken society" prompted heckles from a teenage audience in his rural power base on Monday, underlining the deep divisions about what caused the country's worst riots in decades.

In speech at a youth club in the picturesque town of Witney, Oxfordshire, Cameron blamed the trouble on a society where fathers abandon families, gangs flout the law and people refuse to take responsibility for their actions.

But the young audience was unimpressed, heckling the Conservative leader and pointing the finger at public spending cuts, inequality and higher university fees which they fear will widen the gap between society's haves and have-nots.

"He is blaming everyone but himself," said Jake Parkinson, 17, unemployed. "The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. I'd love to go to university, but it's the money that is putting me off."

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