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Blair seems to be going increasingly mad

Britain, UK news from The Times and The Sunday Times - Times Online

BRITAIN'S most senior policeman said yesterday that the coverage of Ian Huntley's murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham was proof that the media were "institutionally racist".
"If we look at the murders in Soham almost nobody can understand why that dreadful story became the biggest story in Britain," Sir Ian Blair, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said.
In contrast, stories about black or Asian victims were relegated to a mention deep inside the newspapers.

A lot of Bloggers, including Laban have documented where white victims have received much less coverage than black victims of similar crimes. Their complaint is the exact opposite of Sir Ian's. Who is right?

I think neither - Press coverage is an example of Chaos theory with almost random Tipping Points into major coverage for some stories. Once a story starts getting coverage it gets more. But within that caveat Soham was particularly nasty in that it invoked nightmares for many in that the children were murdered while being "safe", in pair staying together, in a "nice" area near home, a trusted adult etc. Following all the rules that parents set their children. And that is nastier and more worrying than a random murder.

UPDATE: I don't know if it applies in this case but I know of other cases where the Police ask the Media to constantly question and photograph a "witness" who the Police believe to be guilty. The pressure tends to make them start slipping out extra details - not under caution - and makes them easier to break. The way Huntley was treated makes me believe this technique was used, so maybe, why was there so much Media attention? The Rozzers asked for it!

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"...almost nobody can understand why that dreadful story became the biggest story in Britain"

That's a very interesting turn of phrase. What does he mean by 'almost nobody'? Is it indicative of the liberal circles he moves in, because I certainly haven't seen anyone I know or work with ponder this subject. On the contrary, everyone was rightly appalled at the crime & the subsequent failings discovered in virtually all areas relating to Huntley's brushes with the law.

I think it's simply more proof of the suspicions of many that the concerns of the top brass in the police and Government are not those of the 'man in the street'.

I seem to remember that the murders of Vanessa Climbie, Damilola Taylor, and Stephen Lawrence were pretty well covered in the media.

Isnt it time for a Met Commissioner who focuses on Police work?

Perhaps if Tony Blair's cousin wasnt focused on Political Correctness, there would be such an explosion in Violent Crime?

Mad Mad Blair and the Pot Pot Paddick should both go.

Note to self: Must Get Friends to Vote Conservative.

Isnt it time for a Met Commissioner who focuses on Police work?

Perhaps if Tony Blair's cousin wasnt focused on Political Correctness, there would be such an explosion in Violent Crime?

Mad Mad Blair and the Pot Pot Paddick should both go.

Note to self: Must Get Friends to Vote Conservative.

Isnt it time for a Met Commissioner who focuses on Police work?

Perhaps if Tony Blair's cousin wasnt focused on Political Correctness, there would be such an explosion in Violent Crime?

Mad Mad Blair and the Pot Pot Paddick should both go.

Note to self: Must Get Friends to Vote Conservative.

I understand exactly why the story gained the profile it did. There is a dark and well-fed hunger for stories of sexual violence and sex crimes, especially involving minors or young girls, in the UK (as I'd imagine, in most other places). It dresses itself as well-meaning concern and outrage, but it's based in a prurience which is unhealthily voyeuristic.

It's quite clear that one question runs through many minds - what would it be like to do that, if they were less conventional, less scared of consequences. So they dress up in an anger and outrage which is commonly fed by the very same pages that give them near-naked teenage girls to ogle, and it all blends and festers in the darker corners of their being.

Sometimes it bursts out into acts violence, not usually the acts they secretly and furtively turn over in their minds - sometimes in acts of violence against family, sometimes against outsiders. And sometimes in the very lynch mobs invoked by the media, where they find an opportunity to demonstrate publicly their moral rectitude. And sometimes merely in the assertion of violent opinions (castrate them, hang them etc) on the subject.

Occasionally it erupts into the act itself. I know police professionals are well aware of this transitional moment. Which is why I find Blair's professed puzzlement unbelievable, and don't understand his reluctance to continue the argument.

So he's left the field open to the most appalling examples of what I'm talking about - these people demonstrating their moral rectitude and outrage. But underneath, something dark slithers.

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