Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Good News

The Anthony Walker murder suspects are in custody. If guilty, I predict a 20-year minumum sentence and no talk about 'root causes'. So, at minimum, should all murderers be treated.

The trial of the (alleged) twisted firestarter commences.

Tory MP Gerald Howarth doesn't seem to want to find out why they hate us.

"If they don't like our way of life, there is a simple remedy: go to another country, get out," Mr Howarth said. Asked what if these people were born in Britain, he replied: "Tough. If you don't give allegiance to this country, then leave."

The (allegedly) toddler-shooting toerag is facing his trial. If guilty, he'll probably get a year or two, rather than the being dismembered and stuck on a spike which was once such a salient feature of Scottish law.

You may remember the case of Carol McMillan, who kicked a grandmother to death in an argument over a parking space, and was punished with the full severity of Scots law - 250 hours community service.

The Scottish Lord Advocate is appealing against the sentence on the grounds of leniency. So she'll probably end up doing six months.

Remember how the appalling wave of Islamophobia (a school dinner lady said something nasty to a Muslim pupil, someone was rude to one of Yasmin Alibhai Brown's mates) that engulfed Britain after 9/11, so distracting the BBC that they missed reporting the racist murder of Ross Parker on TV or radio news ?

It seems to be happening again. While the BBC reports a wave of verbal abuse and headscarf-pulling by the racist, Islamophobic Native Brits, the killing of a Native Brit by a Muslim, two days after the 21/7 bomb attempts, seems to have passed them by. The BBC website has a report (avoiding the nationality of the attacker - who is an Afghan)

"Nowbahar Bahar, 21, of no fixed address, appeared before Medway magistrates on Saturday morning after police had charged him late on Friday night.

The man who died was 32-year-old David Henkel, from Chatham, pictured, who was taken to hospital after an incident in Bank Street, Luton on Saturday, July 23. He died of head injuries on Tuesday.

Bahar, who moved to England from Afghanistan, was flanked by an interpreter and two guards.

He spoke only once to give his name and sat silently for the rest of the 10-minute court hearing.

He was remanded in custody and will appear before Maidstone Crown Court on Friday."

UPDATE - Expat Yank points out - and rightly so - that 52 people were killed and 700 injured in religiously motivated hate crimes last month.

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