Someone’s Making A Good Career Out Of It….


Youth knife crime in London has soared and a Post investigation has shown knife attacks on under-25s in Barking and Dagenham have increased by 178 per cent in five years, one of the steepest rises in the capital.

“There’s a huge amount of pressure to carry weapons to protect yourself,” says Jermaine, explaining the reality for some young people.

“What you have to understand is that these young men and women are in a war, and the whole aim of war is to survive. They have enemies that want to take their lives and will take their lives given the opportunity.

“So carrying a knife is an essential item if you’re caught up in street and gang violence.”

Yeah, yeah, Glen Frey sang about that.

“Young people are being groomed and manipulated into joining gangs, thinking there’s going to be a better outcome than there would be if they went to university or college, or studied hard at school, took GCSEs, so you can progress and make a career for yourself,” says Jermaine.

“The alternatives to that lifestyle are just not strong enough at the moment. There’s a lack of opportunity, there’s a lack of people caring, there’s a lack of government listening.”

Why is it always up to someone else to provide for these people? They can work, after all. Take this chap, himself:

He has done a lot of work at schools and colleges, and on the Gascoigne estate in Barking, and says his driving passion for mentoring work comes from own tough childhood in Newham.

See? There are lucrative professions out there.

Jermaine believes sport, art and music can be powerful tools to help teenagers find an outlet for their anger and build self-esteem and confidence, and his organisation makes use of outreach activities to nurture talent.

The youth worker says many young people feel society has given up on them – with frequent cuts to youth sectors, the closing down of youth centres, “extortionate rates” to go to university and the lack of jobs.

He called for a deeper look at the social problems driving youth violence as a first step to tackling the issues.

And now I’m thinking of a different song

The government are not doing enough and don’t care about the people that come from these communities,” he said.

“If you care where is the evidence? Where’s the resources, where’s the love, where’s the outreach work.

“How many politicians have you seen on these estates talking to young people and encouraging and inspiring young people? They don’t meet the people from these communities to understand what is happening.”

No, sensibly enough, they stay as far away from them as they can. Who’d blame them?

And for once, no-one’s buying what Jermaine is selling:

The leader of the council has called for more powers for local authorities to penalise people who carry knives.

Cllr Darren Rodwell said Barking and Dagenham Council is working hard to educate young people about the dangers of carrying knives, but called for greater freedom to take tough action against those who do.

“We will continue to make a case for the government to give local councils more powers to address persistent offenders,” he said.

“For example, where they are council tenants, we should be able to evict them from our estates.”

That’s a start.

11 comments for “Someone’s Making A Good Career Out Of It….

  1. Lord T
    February 23, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Treating the symptoms not the disease. Another knee jerk call for action.

  2. Stonyground
    February 23, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Everything that is wrong with my life is somebody else’s fault, ergo it is somebody else’s responsibility to put it right.

    • Errol
      February 24, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      That approach also handily absolves the individual from blame when it doesn’t work out – regardless of their own behaviour.

      • February 25, 2018 at 7:21 am

        And on and on the wheel turns, going nowhere…

  3. Ed P
    February 23, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I suppose it needs repeating ad infinitum: “Knives don’t kill, people do”.

    Shooting in ‘merica – ban guns
    Food poisoning – ban forks
    Road accident – ban cars

    The stupid and the suckers with gang-mentality are the problem. They’ll try to kill each other regardless of which weapon type’s been banned. Why don’t we let them? It’s Montagus and Capulets all over again, plus ca change etc.

    • ivan
      February 24, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Why not put them all in a stadium, give each a knife and let the last one alive walk out.

      It would solve so many problems in one go, plus the SJWs wouldn’t like it so add them to ‘games’.

  4. Robert the Biker
    February 23, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Tango November Bravo

  5. February 24, 2018 at 1:19 pm


    • Errol
      February 24, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      Flogging would be preferred.

      Let’s be honest: these are black thugs blaming the system because they can. Because they’re told to. The Father gets the woman pregnant so she can get cash. She doesn’t bother raising the child and he bugs off. Both then say ‘is like, innit, the like cuts, innit’ and are given a get out of jail free, vote Labour card for life and kept going on welfare.

      The kids become feral brats, wasting every opportunity paid for them and then some idiot fool Guardian writer blames the state because her core readership wants their prejudices confirmed and to avoid the real problem – the state they love so much.

  6. February 24, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    So, a little bit of Africa exists sadly in London and Africans kill each other….win win I guess, only bothers me when the odd local becomes a victim.

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