Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Boris lowers expectations after latest teen death

"I had hoped" said Sir Ian Blair, in his most sombre of tones "that we would have passed a month without another murder. But it was not to be." 

Standing side by side, with their eyes fixed firmly in the middle distance, the new Mayor and the old Commissioner talked gravely about the latest in a string of teenage deaths pulling through the capital.

"I spoke to a mother recently who had bought her son a coffin for his birthday," said Sir Ian to an increasingly grim-faced crowd of hacks. "That is what we are dealing with."

For any Mayor, the murder of a teenager is a solemn event. The friends, family and community of those affected will look to their Mayor for condolence, for answers and for action.

But for Boris, the problem of rising teen violence is one that he has made himself both personally and politically responsible for. 

And by making teen and gang violence such a central part of his campaign, he has given himself both a mandate and an obligation to overcome it.

Living by the knife

Because during the election campaign, the rising level of teen violence was a clear force behind both the dissatisfaction with Livingstone and the optimism around Johnson. 

Boris's team printed leaflets featuring witness appeal boards, and their candidate spoke often of blood staining the streets and of schoolrooms where every child had been mugged. 

And as Livingstone fell back on his record of increasing police numbers and of decreasing murder rates, Boris's team fell on his words as evidence of a man who no longer had any fresh answers.

And at today's press conference, London's press were looking for those same answers.

Asked by Dave Hill of the Guardian, what he would do to solve the causes of this violence he replied that he had no 'messianic' answer but that he would work his hardest to begin the fight.

"We can't suture together the rent fabric of society," he said to sound of lowered expectations, "But we know we can make a difference and we can articulate the problem and articulate the solutions."

But as the deaths continue to rise, and as protesters continue to vent their feelings outside his Islington front door, it will remain to be seen whether he can do enough to 'suture the fabric' of what will surely become his defining cause.


Anonymous said...

Not so easy when you actually have to do something about the problem rather than talk it up, is it Boris?

zanuliebours said...

Boris has to spend twice as much time clearing up the cess pit left by Livingslime and then he will start doing what McBroon has not done. He is not perfect but he is 100 TIMES BETTER than anything your sorry shower has ever come up with. Why don't you just call the election and so we can GET RID OF YOU FOR GOOD. i hear they are looking for client state scroungers in Canada. WHY DON'T YOU FUCK OFF THERE!

The Tory Troll said...

Better effort today Zanu. Have you been practicing?

angelneptunestar said...

This subject is so so sad. Instead of wrangling and taking pot shots at each other, why don't we all do something, pray, I don't know. The very least we can all do is give the Mayor some support and our trust that he is trying his hardest.

victor r said...

Crime actually fell under livingstone, including vilent crime. Boris ridiculed that, thinking that dealing with knife crime was a simple matter. His big thing was sort out the small crimes (nothing wrong with that) and the big crimes will never happen. As if littering or petty theft leads to murder.
The biggest worry is because of Boris's clear attacks on the poor, crime is more likely to rise.
Let's all hope I'm wrong.

harold said...

Anyone remember Dionne Warwick?
Boris's latest message is 'Walk on by'!!
(Muttering 'crikey' is optional)

The Tory Troll said...

As soon as I heard him say that, I knew that that would be what the Daily Mail group would run with. And sure enough they have used it as further evidence of 'Broken Britain'.

angelneptunestar said...

It's going to take longer than 8 weeks to sort out such a serious problem.