Another problem today is that the gangs in the big cities now often outgun the police and the former, quite sensibly, have no great wish to 'engage' and try and fight it out with the gangs on estates with nicknames like ‘Baghdad’. Trouble is that with more and more powerful firearms now making their way into the so-called ‘communities’ the spectre of a Mogadishu-like scenario, where parts of town become armed and lawless, is a problem that the politicians are shying away from.
Guns and rap not ‘Guns 'n' Roses’ is the problem that needs to be overcome and the fact that being a juvenile, makes a kid with a Glock 17 and a bad attitude, almost impervious to the gun crime legislation designed for adults.
We now have thousands of gang members across our major cities, steeped in a culture of crime, drugs and violence. It’s growing. The police can’t cope with the resources they have available and the political and multi-cultural restraints that prevent sensible and objective exploration of the causes.
When I was living in London, in Southfields at the bottom of my road, one day, a white van driver upset a young man in a silver BMW. The driver, pulled out a pistol and emptied an entire clip at the delivery man but fortunately missed. He sped off, never to be seen again.
Makes me think how lucky we are to be living in Thanet!
Perhaps the record companies could set a small example by switching off the rap music at source? What do you think?