The world, (or this part of it at least), is going to hell in a handcart. It seems that London is not alone in having a knife crime problem. Last weekend, here in Northern Ireland was a particularly shameful one for this issue. Below are a few links, each has its own issues and peculiarities. As far as I am aware, none of these stories made it onto the national news in Britain.
- Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh: What kind of thought process goes on in people’s heads when they break into someone’s home to kill an 11 month old kid? Better yet, if you are interested enough, a web search may still find a video of the incident, taken by one of the attackers! What kind of psychopath plans to sit back in the comfort of their own home revisit such an attack, and better yet, posts it on line for the enjoyment of others? What too does it say they think of the police’s ability to find them and bring them to justice? Mention is due for the selfless and heroic intervention of a young 13 year old girl who saved the baby by covering him with her own body. The 300 stitches and collapsed lung that she suffered show the ferocity of the attack.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-50452248?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/localnews/2644411-lisburn/0&link_location=live-reporting-story
- Ballynahinch, County Down: This one is a mess, but a very violent mess. Who knows what was going on here? The story is notable not just for its violence, but also for what may well be the most inept cover up in history.
- Lastly, and a story completely at the other end of the scale from the previous two. Belfast City Council is wasting time and effort on a large, but exceptionally inoffensive banner on a local hotel. It says ‘Happy Holidays Belfast’, so will be down again in not much more than a month, and it is unlikely that anyone other than the Council would ever have complained about it. There are obviously more important issues that need dealt with in this country. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/call-for-belfast-council-to-suspend-enforcement-over-slap-in-the-face-christmas-decoration-ban-38710201.html