Journalist, broadcaster and author, Cristina Odone, seems to think so. Odone says that since the rioters in London are primarily gang members, we can, as Harriet Sergeant had reported back in April, think of gang members as “youngsters without male role models.”

In that case, England is in trouble. One cannot simply just build a building or start a program that will end the threat. Fathers in England (and worldwide) need to involve themselves in their childrens’ lives if they aren’t already.

Is Odone right? Are these riots a byproduct of a lack of fathers?