Three teenage boys killed, all in the same area of London, two of them in their own homes. An entire nation starts to wonder why this 'crime wave' is happening. It might seem strange to foreigners like myself, but you have to realize that in the UK, owning a gun in itself is a crime. Also, the police don't routinely carry guns, so how can they fight against these boys?
Politicians are jumping on the bandwagon. Armed police are patrolling the streets in South London, but forget it, this is just for cosmetic effect, similar to when we had police all over the place after the July the 7th bombings.
David Cameron is trying to seize an opportunity, by calling for more powers to "compel" fathers to look after their children in an effort to tackle gang culture. Oh please. How do you force a man to look after his kids? Especially when he and the mother don't have a viable relationship, will forcing them to stay together solve anything? If anything, bringing up a child in an atmosphere of chaos might actually do more harm than good.
First of all, let's brush Cameron out of the way. His parents were rich, no super rich. He went to Eton, a Â£25,000 public school. While he was at Oxford, he was a member of the Bullingdon Club, a socially exclusive student drinking society. Membership was invitation only, and you had to come from a wealthy family. Members would dress up in some strange customes, book a private dining room under an assumed name, then physically destroy it. Very large amounts of cash are then offered to the owners to pay them off for the destruction. So, David Cameron always had his 'daddy's money' to help him out when he needed it. So what does he know about living from hand to mouth, struggling to make need meet, and looking after a family at the same time? So please, Mr. Cameron, you may have had a great, rich daddy, but don't think that makes you qualified to lecture the rest of us about family values.
Take a look at this :
A single crime horrifies the nation and captures the imagination - it is the death of a child. A young leader of the opposition declares that this crime typifies what is wrong with British values. His message is clear - only his election can bring about the necessary change.
The killing - Politician A says - is 'a hammer-blow against the sleeping conscience of the country'. It is time, he went on, that we accepted we couldn't have rights without responsibilities'.
Listen now to Politician B talking about another crime. He called for a "complete change in our values" declaring that "we have got to sit up and realize we are running things by the wrong values".
Politician A was Tony Blair (at the time, shadow home secretary) speaking about the murder of James Bulger in 1993.
Politician B is David Cameron speaking about the murder of Billy Cox in 2007.
Damn politicians. Never believe a word they say.
These killings are symptomatic of a problem that has existed for years. Hundreds of years ago, villages raided other villages, captured everyone they could, and sold them as slaves to the white merchants, for guns and booze. They got drunk, picked up the guns, and went to raid another village to get another fix. In the US, black on black crime tops all statistics. And now, in the UK, where black people are a minority, black on black crime is so prevalent, the Metropolitan police have a specialist unit for it. It's on the news every day. People coming up with their theories on how to stop it, why it happens, appealing to their fellow black men to stop the killing.
Before you ask, I'm black, so don't call me a racist. Don't try and be politically correct, that's what has perpetuated this problem for centuries.
I don't have any solutions. But if UK politicians want to figure out what has caused this spate of killings, that's it, no need to make any cheap speeches to gain popularity. Labour, Tory or Lib Dem, none of you have the courage to say what's going on, you're afraid you'll offend the ethnic minorities.
Gangs are largely a black problem, and you're going to need their help to solve this problem. But don't hold your breath, this problem has been around for a long time, and I'm not sure it's going to disappear soon.