It’s time to get real about gang violence in London

It’s time to get real about gang violence in London, by Rod Liddle.

Hey, Londoners — been stabbed or shot yet this week? Just thought I’d check as the place seems to resemble, in its violence, downtown Mogadishu right now — and indeed is graced with many of the same kinds of people. That’s probably why you haven’t been stabbed or shot yet: the murdering has been committed exclusively, so far as I can tell, within the minority ethnic communities by young men who are either immigrants or the children of immigrants. So you’re safe for a while, until they’ve all been used up and the stabby shooty young men get around to you. …

But then simply to point out these crimes have been exclusively, or almost exclusively, by ethnic minorities is to be cast as a racist by the usual crew of idiots. They will show you statistics that prove that elsewhere in the UK, white people commit more murders than black people: whites kill people too, you see! This hilarious non-sequitur serves to close down debate on the issue and leaves both the BME communities and indeed the liberals mired in the usual delusions and acquired sense of victimhood. …

There is, patently, a problem of gang membership and violence among young men within some of our ethnic minorities. Which is why the police would tend to frisk some blinged-up black kid rather than a nice little white old lady called Betty. None of this is to suggest that any but a small minority within these communities are criminally inclined. And for sure, some wholly innocent people will have their collars felt, which will be a source of irritation and rancour to them. So what, if the policy saves a life?

I’m a Millwall fan. When fans travel to away games they are subjected to the most onerous restrictions and are chaperoned everywhere they go by the old bill, marched through town centres, not allowed to stop, not allowed to get taxis, and so on. And the police do this because a very small proportion of our supporters travel to away games with something short of peaceable intent. You know this, the police know this — and we know this. So we don’t complain, truly annoying though it is from time to time. But we are not in a state of denial and do not have a retinue of liberals insisting we’re victims of police oppression.