|A Tale of Two Cities||Colin Vernon contrasts the treatment of two recent murders|
At the time of going to press, the two murder cases discussed herein had not been solved. This article reproduces newspaper coverage and comment. It makes no judgement and passes no opinion, as to the identity, race or colour of the perpetrators.
Young or old, white, black or brown, the violent and unnecessary termination of a life shames our nation. But shameful too is the blatant hypocrisy of those who, having played their criminal part in the creation of an unstable, rapidly disintegrating, multi-cultural human jungle, feign horror and astonishment when some of the residents behave like animals.
Peckham, South London, Monday, 27th November. A ten year-old Nigerian boy is stabbed in the leg and dies, from loss of blood, as he enters the high-rise block where he lives. The Prime Minister refers to the matter in the House of Commons, and the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, visits the Oliver Goldsmith primary school where Damilola was being educated. With the naivete to which we have long become accustomed, he invites those in the know to come forward and name the killers. William Hague, leader of the opposition, asserts that: "The murder should make society review the values and circumstances that enabled the crime to happen." Clearly, when it comes to profundity George W. Bush has a serious challenger in Mr Hague!
Meanwhile the boy's father is to have an interview with Tony Blair. He fears that Damilola was targeted by young black racists of West Indian origin. He had told his parents that he was being picked on for his African accent, for having a pale skin, for being a studious, computer-literate pupil. Forty per cent of the school's pupils are of African origin, 23 per cent of Afro-Caribbean origin, while just 13 per cent are of white United Kingdom origin. Chief Lola Ayonrinde, a former mayor of Wandsworth, declares that "Damilola was the typical victim for this area. He was black, he was male and he was Nigerian. He was the latest in a series of attacks perpetrated by the West Indian community. Nigerian people are not popular in this area because they try to fit in and do well."
What the papers had to say
Within a week tens of thousands of words had been penned on the murder of Damilola, and it was also headline news on national and local TV for several days. Here is a brief selection:-
(Daily Telegraph.) The paper went on to claim that they (the residents of Peckham) were:
(Pious words from a newspaper which rigorously suppresses any opinions from nationalist sources.)
(Littlejohn in The Sun.) Not remarkably well written but, at least, to the point.
(You could have told us about this a long while ago Boynton.)
(In my book this lady frequently scores eight out of ten for coming close to the truth.)
Bramley, Leeds, Wednesday, November 29th. We are now in the second city of our tale, the drugs capital of the North. Around midday, Edna Slater, aged 74, returns from walking her pooch, enters her ground floor flat and is savagely beaten with a lump of wood and then strangled. This was not indeed a mindless, pointless crime. Edna's killer(s) walked away with £78-00, this being her pension, and some costume jewellery. Detectives were horrified by the sheer savagery of the attack. The Yorkshire Post editorial commented: "Life in her neighbourhood has been described by those who occupy it as a constant struggle against drugs and hardship, which together present an unrelenting danger to everyone in the area." A young mother told the newspaper: "We've been broken into four times for money and jewellery - anything that can pay for their habit."
Edna's violent death was not mentioned, as far as I am aware, in the House of Commons. Nor did Mr. Straw arrive on the doorstep the following day, and none of the old lady's friends or relatives has so far secured the promise on an interview with Tony Blair. And the Daily Telegraph gave her just 86 words on an inside page. But then, this cruel murder was not of a headline-grabbing nature; in fact just another incident in a drug infested inner city hellhole.
Edna, by the way was white.
Ultra violent and no ray of hope
Last year saw the largest rise in violent crime in London since the mid-l990s - a total of 156,880 attacks including 180 murders, an increase of 19 per cent and 30 per cent respectively. Added to this, there were 2,270 rapes last year, an increase of 14 per cent. To add to the gloom, Sir John Stevens, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has announced that his force is in crisis and 3,000 bodies short of requirement. Recruiting has been severely handicapped since the publication of the Macpherson Report and as is well known, officers still serving are jumping off the sinking ship as fast as they can make it. Straw's promises of extra policing cannot be taken seriously.
New Labour has no answer, except perhaps to turn everything over to the European Commission and thus avoid responsibility. As Richard Littlejohn puts it: "We are all going to hell in a handcart." And our rural residents are no longer safe. The scourge of violent crime fans out from the inner cities and engulfs us all. Is there anything that can be done? Even a BNP government would not be able to work miracles. But it would at least tackle the job. It would tame the streets and instigate those humane and sensible policies which the establishment is scared even to mention, and thus give new hope to folk of all races. Meanwhile, we can expect things to go from bad to worse.