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.