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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 7 April

by The Participator – 9 Apr 2018



The stories about violent crime in London have kept coming all this week. There have been stabbings. From the Daily Telegraph:

Six stabbings in 90 minutes in London as thirteen-year-old left fighting for his life

There have been shootings. From the Daily Telegraph:

Teenage girl shot dead in London named as Tanesha Melbourne, while 16-year-old boy in critical condition

The Guardian has a graph showing this year so far has seen the worst murder rate in London since 2005:

How does London’s spate of killings compare with other cities?

Their article makes comparisons with other cities including New York and states that London does not have the highest murder rate in the UK, quote:

Greater Manchester had the highest homicide rate (19.1) and Lincolnshire the second highest (17.5)

That may be the case but the fact that the situation in London has deteriorated a lot cannot be avoided, and the authorities are in a state of denial about what is happening. Amber Rudd, Sadiq Khan and Cressida Dick have all been trying to downplay the situation and trying to suggest that social media is the real source of the problems.

From the Metro:

Amber Rudd blames social media for rise in murders instead of huge cuts to police


The Home Office said violent videos posted online by gang members glamorised criminality and incited violence for young people.

A spokesman said: ‘The instant nature of social media also means that plans develop rapidly and disputes can escalate very quickly.

From the Independent:

Home Secretary Amber Rudd says police cuts have played no part in the surge in street killings

From the Daily Caller:

London Mayor Sadiq Khan Blames Knife Attacks On? YouTube???

From the BBC:

Met Police chief: Social media leads children to violence

Of course the change in stop and search policing that was brought in by Theresa May could be a major factor. A lot of comparisons were made with approaches in other cities. Diane Abbott weighed into the debate suggesting that we should learn from New York where she says that knife crime has continued to fall despite the ending of “stop and frisk” there, and Scotland where they have been trying a “public health” approach:

Diane Abbott wants stop and search REMOVED to bring down London’s knife crime epidemic

An article in the Guardian (from February) states that knife crime has come down a great deal in the last 10 years in Scotland:

Met police chief to visit Scotland for ideas to reduce knife crime


Assaults involving knives had fallen by a third by 2012 and there was a 69% drop in recorded incidents of people carrying knives by 2016, according to Police Scotland figure

However in Scotland they have been using stop and search heavily during this period, a fact that the above article from the Guardian doesn’t mention at all.

Some astonishing figures on this from the BBC (2015):

Police search hundreds of children despite commitment

Police Scotland has reneged on a commitment to abolish stop searches on young children, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

There were 436,288 stop-searches between January and November last year, with 654 involving children aged under 12.

By comparison, London’s Metropolitan force – which polices a population greater than that of Scotland – searched 19 children under nine in the last year, compared to 159 by Police Scotland.

It is therefore not really so clear exactly what has been responsible for the fall in knife crime in Scotland as some are making out, and it could have had more to do with stop and search than anything. It could be that during the heavy period of stop and search that knife crime and knife culture is reduced, enabling a rosy picture to be painted of a subsequent period where the stop and search is relaxed. It could also be that a similar effect is being seen in New York, where a period of tough policing has had longer term beneficial effects (possibly quite a few violent individuals are still “doing time”). It could also be that the softer measures employed in Scotland that are described in the above Guardian article are also having some impact as well, but obviously this is just speculation.

In March in the Spectator a former speech writer for Theresa May (Alasdair Palmer) questioned:

The stop and search race myth

In the article Mr Palmer says the special adviser angrily refused to include the reality about the statistics in a speech. It seems that the policy may be being reversed at least somewhat, if this article from the Express is anything to go by:

Met Police chief pledges to INCREASE stop and search to ‘SUPRESS’ violent crime in London

It has been widely commented outside the mainstream media bubble that a majority of the victims were members of ethnic minorities, and many presume that the perpetrators were probably also members of those minorities.


Brexit bias revealed in election “watchdog”, calls for resignations, from the Daily Telegraph:

Revealed: Election watchdog officials face calls to resign over Brexit ‘bias’


Yet more is revealed about the truly bizarre phenomenon of not just anti-semitism in the Labour party, but it seems also admiration for Adolf Hitler exists in some quarters as well. From the Times (paywall):

Exposed: Jeremy Corbyn’s hate factory


Twelve senior staff working for the Labour leader and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, are members of groups containing anti-semitic and violent comments, including praise for Adolf Hitler and threats to kill Theresa May


In the Spectator, an article from Douglas Murray accuses the Guardian of peddling “fake news” for publishing a sham letter who’s signatories are not the “senior academics” they are purported to be:

The Guardian letter defending Jeremy Corbyn is a sham


The BBC’s bias was on display as usual as the BBC website published this article mourning the death of the “social worker” and “anti-apartheid campaigner”:

Winnie Mandela: South African anti-apartheid campaigner dies at 81


To her supporters, she became known affectionately as “Mother of the Nation”

You have to read right to the end of the article to find any mention of necklaces and kidnapping etc..

Naz Shah once again became embroiled in controversy when she appeared to endorse the necklacing murders in a tweet, from Breitbart:

Labour’s Naz Shah Marks Death of Winnie Mandela with ‘Inspirational’ Quote Endorsing ‘Necklacing’ Murders

The Winnie Mandela quote that was featured in Shah’s Tweet:

Together, hand in hand, with our necklaces and our matches, we shall liberate this country

A disturbing story about some ANC activists visiting the home of a white resident who had posted a derogatory message about Winnie Mandela appeared on Twitter. They went to a garage to collect a number of car tyres and then took them to his house:

City Press Online


MT @JKwritingz: Myeza: Today we are paying our neighbour a visit. By the time we leave he will be wearing an ANC T-shirt and he will publicly apologise for the derogatory image he posted about #WinnieMadikizelaMandela

Car tyres are of course used in the brutal type of murders known as “necklacing”, in which the victims can take up to 20 minutes to die when the tyres are set on fire. Of course the man who made the offending comment apologized to the group for insulting the memory of Mrs Mandela, no-one really wants their head set on fire after all.


From the Daily Mail (follow them: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook):

British taxpayers gave £20m to Palestinian schools which teach children that martyrdom and jihad are ‘the most important meanings in life

A related article at the Gatestone Institute by Douglas Murray:

UK: Funding Textbooks That Teach Children to Blow Themselves Up


News that we aren’t sure is good or bad..


We were pleased to hear that Alison Saunders will be leaving her post in charge of the CPS in October. We were not so pleased to hear she will be leaving with a £1.8 million pension and will be going to Linklaters, from the Daily Mail:

Controversial CPS boss Alison Saunders will leave with £1.8m pension and go to ‘magic circle’ private firm Linklaters as a partner ‘on a seven figure salary’

Reward for failure here? We wonder who will replace her, another SJW?

She hasn’t gone yet of course, still another 5+ months to go till October, but Richard Littlejohn takes a scathing look back at her career in the Daily Mail (follow them: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook):

RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: How the Director of Public Prosecutions turned British justice on its head


In her desperation to secure more rape convictions, to appease the feminist lobby, Saunders has presided over a culture that considered it perfectly acceptable to withold evidence from defence counsel which could prove their client’s innocence.

A similar view was expressed at the Daily Telegraph as well (premium):

Good riddance to Alison Saunders. Her CPS put fashionable campaigns ahead of the public interest



It’s not all bad news from Africa, from the Global Citizen:

Africa’s ‘Iron Lady’ Is 80 Years Old, But She’s Still Fighting FGM


From the Global Citizen:

India Rules Sex With a Child Bride Is Always Rape in a Massive Win for Girls’ Rights

Note - Please remember this is not intended to be a comprehensive news round up, these are just the items that particularly caught our eye this week, and (where indicated) they are not always about recent events.

Note - Please note that we are dependent on the veracity of news reports provided by other news sources. It is not our intention to knowingly quote “Fake News” (except where stated as satire), but we do sometimes quote the BBC when other sources are unavailable.

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