Magazine article The Spectator

Gin Lane and Big Macs

Magazine article The Spectator

Gin Lane and Big Macs

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From Derrick Anderson Sir: I am writing to take issue with the article by Allister Heath about the recent shooting in McDonald's in Brixton ('The mean streets of Britain', 7 October). He says that a sense of shock at this crime is 'palpably missing here'. Let me assure you that this is not the case. This shooting has caused a very real sense of shock and disbelief in our borough. This is precisely the reason we held a public meeting to discuss the issues arising from it. The claim that lives have been devalued in Brixton is as offensive as it is wrong.

I also think the sneering tone of the article does a great disservice to the people of Lambeth, the vast majority of whom are decent, law-abiding and hard-working. How do I know this? Because I live in the borough and work closely with residents who selflessly devote their lives to helping to tackle the problems that exist here. …

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