The knit­ting nee­dle crime pro­to­col

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO OPINION -

THINK the South African cops have some prob­lems?

They are not alone. Con­sider the ‘plight’ of the once glob­ally-revered Lon­don Bob­bies.

Lon­don has now over­taken New York’s mur­der sta­tis­tics, with more peo­ple be­ing fa­tally stabbed each month in the Big Smoke than they are be­ing gunned down in the Big Ap­ple.

This has stunned most Lon­don­ers as the gen­eral con­sen­sus is that coarse Amer­i­cans are much more likely to bump each other off than gen­teel


This doesn’t chime with their ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing in the ‘world’s great­est city’.

And that’s where the is­sue lies. Gangs, in Lon­don luvvie code, is a term for an­gry Caribbean youths who rarely in­ter­act with the rest of the city.

So the prob­lem is con­tained. Gang mem­bers may be knif­ing and shoot­ing each other, but are very kindly leav­ing most Lon­don­ers alone.

Which is why, one sus­pects, Black Lives Mat­ter has been re­mark­ably quiet on the is­sue.

It’s only a prob­lem when whitey does the killing, oth­er­wise noth­ing to write home about.

If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be a delu­sional joke. Ev­ery gang mem­ber mur­dered in Lon­don, whose name makes it into the news­pa­pers, ac­tu­ally has a heart of gold, or so we are told.

The dead youth is al­ways an an­gel with am­bi­tions of be­com­ing an ar­chi­tect, or so say griev­ing friends and fam­ily.

Maybe that is true, but it’s hard to be­lieve that in­side ev­ery gang mem­ber is a choir­boy strug­gling to es­cape.

The po­lice don’t think so, es­pe­cially as many wannabe choir­boys have crim­i­nal records as long as your arm.

The lat­est Lon­don mur­der vic­tim is Rhy­hiem Bar­ton, aged 17. Ac­cord­ing to his mother, Pre­tana Mor­gan, Rhy­hiem as­pired to be … you guessed it, an ar­chi­tect.

How­ever, she re­vealed he had re­cently been sent back to Ja­maica for ‘his own safety’, with­out elab­o­rat­ing what he was in dan­ger of.

So, apart from plan­ning to be an award-win­ning ar­chi­tect, what else do we know about Rhy­hiem?

Well … we know that when not dis­cussing erect­ing sky­scrapers, he en­joyed a bit of rap­ping: ‘We are at war with the f&*^%g cops’ was one of his lyrics.

We also know he was a mem­ber of the Moscow17 Drill Crew and it is be­lieved he was shot by mem­bers of a ri­val gang.

Per­haps Rhy­hiem got into a dis­pute over build­ing de­signs?

One can un­der­stand and sym­pa­thise with the delu­sions of a griev­ing mother. But what is less easy to fathom are the bleed­ing heart politi­cians who blame the vi­o­lence on ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one, ex­cept the gangs.

Take for in­stance David Lammy, a Labour MP who is now de­mand­ing an end to po­lice stop-and-search as it is … you guessed it, racist.

This is largely oxy­moronic as Lon­don cops sel­dom ran­domly frisk any­one any­more. They are so ter­ri­fied of be­ing ex­co­ri­ated as Nazis that they reckon it is not worth the can­dle.

Mr Lammy also com­plained that there aren’t enough Bob­bies on the beat to hin­der crime. Un­for­tu­nately, his tim­ing for this was not ex­actly spot-on.

When he ap­peared on TV with the ‘de­prived’ streets of his con­stituency Tot­ten­ham as a back­drop, just be­hind him was a uni­formed cop look­ing be­mused.

Un­for­tu­nately, Lammy didn’t get the irony, al­though many gig­gling view­ers did.

So let me try and get my head around this. Luvvies such as Lammy want more po­lice on the streets, but don’t want them to do any­thing. That would be racist, you see.

Yet isn’t it more racist to al­low more black kids to be killed be­cause you are ham­string­ing the cops in do­ing their jobs?

Okay, I think that’s too nu­anced for the po­lit­i­cal elite. It’s far eas­ier to blame the cops who can’t ar­gue back than it is to of­fend the per­pet­u­ally out­raged.

The re­al­ity on the streets of Lon­don is that a kid called Ka-rule wear­ing a hoodie and bling is far more likely to be in a gang than a blue-rinse woman called Betty.

But in luvvie logic, you can’t frisk Ka-rule and re­move his blade with­out col­lar­ing Betty and con­fis­cat­ing her knit­ting nee­dles.

So more peo­ple die.

Hope­fully, san­ity will re­turn some day. But don’t hold your breath.

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