What an utterly bizarre days for opposing news stories? In the press today we have quite a bit of talk about David Cameron deciding to invoke a Sex Pistols song title and say that we're heading for "anarchy in the UK". In the mean time, the minister for children and young people, Beverly - resigned once already but back under the new politics of Brown - Hughes has said that it's "irresponsible scaremongering from an increasingly opportunist and desperate politician".
We then have the front page lead story of the Times and the BBC, reporting how an 11 year old football fan (pictured) called Rhys Jones was fatally shot by another teenager wearing a hood and riding a BMX. But of coruse there isn't a problem you udnerstand. Crime is down don't you know, these isolated incidnets of teenagers stabbing and shooting each other is not a sign that something is happening to our culture.
Jesus wept. David Cameron observers the rising trend of extreme violence amongst the young today based on hard and real empirical evidence like the fact that 17 teenagers have been stabbed or shot to death in London alone this year by their peers (that's about a two a month) and he's irresponsibly scaremongering and being opportunistic?
No, he's a father who lives in London. He also happened to be lucky enough to be in a position of being able to say what he's thinking (and what many other people are thinking) and actually get heard. It takes a staggering degree of deliberate ignorance on the part of someone like Beverly Hughes to act like everything is alright.
One only has to briefly search on YouTube to find all manner of videos and imagery of teengae gangs posing with their "crews" with a 9mm in tow to see that there is a growing problem. Meanwhile, whilst teengaers are shooting each other down we have the news that a 12 year-old boy was taken to court for assault with a sausage. It's a cliche to say "you couldn't make it up" but honestly, you couldn't.