Sunday, March 18, 2007

Cost Ineffective Justice Update

Three days in March...

1. 3 fatal stabbings in Manchester- "Police yesterday launched separate murder inquiries after three men were stabbed to death during the course of a bloody night in Greater Manchester. The victims, aged 21, 24 and 30, were murdered in unrelated knife attacks."

2. Teenager stabbed to death in Newham- "Police are hunting two hooded men seen running from the spot where a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death. The teenager, named as Adam Regis, was stabbed in the leg and died later in hospital."

3. Schoolboy killed by mob in Hammersmith- "Kodjo Yenga, 16, was battered and knifed by a 10-strong mob in school uniform, some of them as young as 13. His 15-year-old girlfriend said the yobs piled into the youngster with bats, blades and hammers as a bunch of vengeful young girls screamed: "Kill him, kill him!"

4. The reponse of our leaders- "David Cameron said the [slayings] showed that society was "broken" and needed to be rebuilt with stronger families and communities. Tony Blair disputed his claims, saying the crimes were shocking, but not typical of young people or wider society."

In an average week in Britain today, 17 people are murdered, compared to 6 forty years ago.

And short of that magic wand to mend a broken society, we're still waiting to hear precisely how our rulers propose to protect us.

We, along with two-thirds of the electorate, do have an idea, but that's ruled out on ethical grounds.

Absent a right to bear arms, all I can suggest is that you stay lucky.
PS Mrs T says the pic on this post has failed to come out properly. But as I'm sure you art lovers will realise, it's a pic of Black Square, Kasimir Malevich's celebrated Russian Suprematist work.

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