‘We have no idea why this happened.’

Really? Everyone else does:

Writing on Facebook, Mr Jonas, who is originally from Jamaica, said: ‘RIP son, daddy was on his way but didn’t get there in time. We will never get to do what we had planned. You died the same place you were born. The same park I took you to to ride your bike and watch you play.’

Devastated relatives and friends gathered at the park in the early hours of yesterday as forensics officers combed the area for evidence.

One told London’s Evening Standard: ‘Michael was a caring boy. Quiet and good natured.

He always wanted to change – he just didn’t know how.

‘The trouble is there is nothing for the youth to do around here – there’s no community centres.

It happened because the first impulse of the adults around him, the ones who would have formed his opinions, shaped his life, is to blame anyone and anything except themselves, to treat this as somehow unavoidable.

We didn’t have many community centres when I was growing up, either. But strangely, knife crime was unknown.

Another friend said: ‘He was a cool guy. As a young black man myself I feel under threat. It’s really frightening.’

Who is threatening you? Is it ‘other young black men’? It is, isn’t it?

A woman whose home overlooks Betts Park said: ‘The park is a hotspot for bad things. It was only a matter of time till something serious went on over there.’

Not the sort of park a ‘nice, caring young man’ would frequent after dark, then?

London Mayor Sadiq Khan held a knife crime summit with teachers earlier this week and Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones has called on Home Secretary Amber Rudd to tackle the problem.

Miss Jones said: ‘Time and time again we’ve said “enough is enough” as knife crime has doubled in a year. Well over 1,000 young people were stabbed in London last year.

‘Now we demand action, not words. I’ve been pushing the Home Secretary to prioritise this epidemic among our young. It can’t be fixed with short-term thinking.

‘We need a ten-year, cross-government strategy.

No, you don’t. You’ve had shedloads of public cash poured into this, and it’s done no good. You might as well have poured it into the Thames.

And it’s not ‘an epidemic’. No-one’s at risk of catching knife crime. This isn’t some random virus. It’s culture. Change that.

5 comments for “‘We have no idea why this happened.’

  1. John Tee
    November 6, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    How about stopping and searching people for knives, drugs, etc?

    • Mudplugger
      November 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      No good stopping and searching, even with smart-profiling, if the results of that search do not lead to impactful penalties.

      Current ‘minima’ are only guidelines, which judges are only too willing not to impose (“because he’s not a bad lad really, loves his mum, goes to church, plays in a band” – you know the script), but in truth it’s done just to emphasise the judges’ power.

      If judges were personally ‘fined’ £1,000 for every month they sentenced lower than the minimum, it would have a startling effect on the amount of knife-carrying and thus knife-crime in general.

  2. Errol
    November 6, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Knife crime is almost exclusively amongst black youths. Thus there is a problem within that demographic.

    The parents – the adults – blame the state. The problem isn’t not having something to do, it’s having too much to do. Endless opportunity, boundless choice. Everything now. The parents are not applying discipline.

    Then we have the state whose response is … to form a committee. A group that will achieve nothing apart from create masses of paperwork and present solutions that involve A. Spending money and B. Cushy jobs.

    I don’t know what could be done. A starting point is to repair the family unit, but the state doesn’t want to do that. It likes massive numbers of state dependent wasters.

  3. Stonyground
    November 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    @Mudplugger
    You forgot talented footballer.

    • Mudplugger
      November 7, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Good point, albeit something of an oxymoron.
      I’ve always taken the view that, if you’re talented, you wouldn’t become a footballer – it’s the default dump for those with no other positive attributes or life-skills.

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