Now as I do recall, we were discussing violence on this here blog, just before I disappeared and got involved with otherwise different and perplexing things, but not at all disconnected with the subject matter in hand. They do say that experience is really life’s teacher; and I can vouch for that (as indeed we all can) as I personally consider the last few weeks.
About a week back the fifth youngster to die in a horrendous attack on our
London streets was Negus McLean 15-year-old who was fatally stabbed in . Edmonton
Negus, was knifed in a frenzied attack after a group of about 13 youths on bikes spotted him and his 13-year-old brother Elijah in
Westminster Road, Edmonton, on Sunday evening. The reported bandana-wearing gang are believed to have been targeting Elijah in a row over a BlackBerry mobile phone, although one seed of press information has said that the attack was down to gang rivalry.
Knife crime and gun killings have risen sharply in
despite (or so the Metropolitan police figures lay claim too) an overall drop in crime across the capital in the past year. London
There were 25 gun killings in the year to last month, up nine on the previous year's total, and a 5.7 per cent increase in knife crimes, amounting to an extra 723 incident and taking the total number of offences with a blade to 13,341.
There were an extra 81 victims of serious youth violence, taking the total for the year to nearly 7,000, while robberies rose by more than seven per cent.
The number of killings stood at 135 compared with the previous annual total of 120, and rape rose by 16.7 per cent - an extra 473 victims.
These statistics talk for themselves, but what they should and are indeed saying as far as I am concerned; is that there is something very seriously wrong with our society. But is anybody out there really bothered; somehow I don’t think so. It’s as if such violence has become commonplace, that’s completely ordinary and unremarkable, an almost everyday upshot of modern life here in
All this violence, and which if anything is steadily getting worst, is a direct consequence and bloodily exposé; the by-product and an intersection of capitalism.
At the heart of my argument is a simple and convincing proposition: people know how to live their own lives (they really don’t have or need to be told) and organise themselves better than any expert could. Others cynically claim that people do not know what is in their best interests, that they need a government to protect them that the ascension upward of some political party or other could somehow secure the interests of all members of society. Socialists should counter that argument and say that that decision-making should not be centralized in the hands of any government, but instead power should be decentralized: that is to say, each person should be the centre of society, and all should be free to build the networks and associations they need to meet their needs in common with others.
So if people know how to live their lives, then it must pose the question, why do we live the lives we do in the world as it is currently set out?” A gravelling and possibly baffling question for too many even for those on the so-called left of politics.
How in all of this do we assert our own control? Workers in the 1800’s and at the turn of the 20th century didn’t vote, make an ethical consumer choice, or take part in a public opinion poll to shorten their working hours or assemble in the streets, they got together and did it, without asking for permission from anyone. One of the major things it has to be said, that stopped them from taking it any further and ending their exploitation was when they decided to rely on representatives, whether from a union, or political party.
Control the Operative Word
And control is the operative word here; we are controlled whether we like it or not, from the time when something begins (especially all life), through education, work and until departure and the life sentence has been served. If we’re lucky, then just maybe, by some miraculous miracle we don’t face the threat and danger of violence, in whatever shape or form it comes. However it does touch us all one way or the other, don’t we see read and hear about it in the news and from all around the world.
Just pausing for a moment and taking a detour in my argument, even the police are controlled, kept in line by their gaffers, and I thought it was very amusing that an effort to get sick or injured Hampshire police officers back to frontline work has been described as an “embarrassment” after it was named Operation Retsaw – that’s “waster” spelt backwards. But The Police Federation representing Hampshire’s rank and file officers say the name given to the programme is “tasteless” and has been created out of someone’s “poorly placed humour”. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Dann has launched an investigation into what happened and has issued an email to all staff affected and in which he said:
“This is an unfortunate and regrettable action which falls short of the standards of behaviour I expect of my staff. I am extremely disappointed by this and the impact it may have.
Tesco Wages War – Class War
Now Tesco the supermarket has been in the news recently; firstly it has a new chief executive, Philip Clark a whiz-kid (although he is 50) who has moved into the hot seat 36 years after he did his first shift shelf stacking for the retail giant as a schoolboy, but then his dad was a Tesco store manager in the Wirral, and I suppose that and the free education he received studying economics at Liverpool University was all the hand up he needed, which of course is no longer available to youngsters from that great city of Liverpool.
It appears that Tesco is experiencing a little turbulence at this present moment, with general merchandise sales down, and profit loss only offset by its operations in
Asia, the supermarket has decided to take on the British banks by building on its growing financial services. The capitalist world is very much run by and like a load of ‘bit bulls’ selectively bred for their fighting prowess. Philip Clark presenting his groups annual results on Tuesday he said he would like Tesco to provide “the kind of bank that we all used to love”. Well I don’t know what he’s talking about – do you?”
But what I do know is that the people of
, that’s the Stokes Croft area of the city, the people there don’t seem to like Tesco full stop. Some of the worst scenes of rioting in Bristol in a generation have been reported in the press, and some eye-witnesses have accused police of over-reaction and contributing to the pitched battles that erupted in the early hours of yesterday morning. Bristol
The Tesco supermarket opened a week ago despite some opposition in the local Stokes Croft neighbourhood, which includes a number of squats and a few chain stores. But the underlying feeling is that many locals didn’t want a Tesco supermarket, the question is why?”
I would suggest that there now exists in Britain a real mistrust and general abominating loathing of corporate elitism and all forms of local and national government, whom lay the feather beds in our communities, seeking profits here there and everywhere and in spite of much hardship now being exerted on the great unwashed. As we run into summer will we see more unrest?”