Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Murderous apathy

I've been holding off on commenting on this for a few days waiting to see how it developed.

Officers started a murder investigation after the body was found in an alleyway off Cumberland Avenue in Manor Park, Slough, on Friday.

Personally, I find the lack of coverage regarding this attack incredible. What has happened to our country that a young man can be hacked to death in a modest English town and it barely warrants a mention?

The reports all mention that the victim was Asian and the fact that very little attention has been given to the crime gives some clue to who the killers may have been - or rather what race they weren't.

The arrested men, one in his late 20s and the other in his early 40s, are being held by police.

Pound to a penny that they weren't white men. If they had been then this would be splashed all over the front pages of the newspapers and their web sites as a "racist murder" by now. However, from what I understand, several witnesses reported the attackers as being Asian as well. Curiously, this is not mentioned on either the BBC or the local web sites.

I don't know how we got to this situation. I'm not that old, but I'm old enough to remember when a murder - any murder - would be the lead story on the national news. How did we get to the situation where murders have become so common that there simply isn't the time and space to give them coverage? Why did we allow this to happen?

More importantly, what are we going to do to stop it?

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