Magazine article The Spectator

Thoughts on Thuggery

Magazine article The Spectator

Thoughts on Thuggery

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Gstaad

It seems almost obscene to be sitting in bucolic Gstaad rubbing it in, but boy, oh boy, was Enoch - God rest his soul ever right! Now there's a man who was tough on the causes of crime long before crime had been Blaired. Or Strawed. Or Blunketted. What a bunch of bullshitters. Britain is being mugged by black hoodlums, people are being cut down in the streets Li la Mogadishu in the early Nineties, and these clowns are passing a Bill which will put the poor little Greek boy in jail if I dare to defend Slobodan Milosevic (which I do, by the way).

It doesn't take an extremely high IQ to figure out that the two girls who were shot in Birmingham were killed because a member of their family belonged to a rival gang. Nor does it take a genius to conclude that turf wars between mostly black gangs are fought over the control of drugs, mainly crack cocaine. Finally, only a moron would not surmise that what politically correct newspapers refer to as `disaffected young people' are black thugs, sons of black thugs and grandsons of black thugs, in it for the money.

But let's lighten up a bit. If you thought comedy was dead, what about Blunkett instructing Woolf to instruct the judges to use community penalties against violent criminals rather than sending the poor dears to do a Taki? This only six weeks ago. What a bunch of yo-yos! Talk about a gang that can't shoot straight. If they had any shame, they would invite the hoodlums to take over the government, and I'm willing to bet my last euro that things would improve. At least we'd have some law and order. The trouble is if they did that, they'd all have to go on welfare, as none of them are capable of earning a living except in the bullshit business.

Writing in the Mail, Melanie Phillips, a good writer who knows her stuff, refers to the hoodlums as lacking self-esteem because of their shattered emotional backgrounds. I remember tens of millions whose backgrounds were shattered during the war - by rape, murder and pillage who did not turn to crime but managed to live useful lives. No, the problem is not lack of self-esteem, a trick word used as often as racism. It's being given something for nothing. It's the welfare state. The socialist creed. …

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