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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Knife crime rants from the Press are no help

ANNOUNCEMENT of a new crime, 'aggravated possession', that would allow knife carriers to be jailed for threatening or intimidating others with a blade should be seen as significant progress.

However, reviewing the media since that news presented by David Cameron you get the impression everyone is trying to score partisan points over the issue.

Honestly, the press shows itself to be a poor guardian of common sense when the media decries a positive decision as a negative - The Mirror: Coalition pledge to get touch on crime shattered.

And then the Guardian similarly attacks the Government. Even the Financial Times took time to fill column inches with yet another rant. Why? To present an opposing view? It simply confuses and dilutes attempts to tackle knife and other crime.

This example of poor media coverage seems to be a prime case of too many cooks spoiling the broth; everyone's got an opinion - and it's not helping.

I wonder if we really are seeing the writing on the wall as far as a national media is concerned; they seem out of touch sometimes as far as understanding and being effective at solving real issues.

Seeing the News of the World close down is probably an example of the public's growing disenchantment, distaste and distance from that part of the media profession which works poorly (and for NOTW, who's stock-in-trade is to humiliate). Maybe it's just not a great read anymore and there isn't sufficient money in dirt digging anymore - readers are increasingly less interested in it.

Papers like the FT and the Mirror need to pay more attention to their UK audience. The challenge is to provide a cogent, useful publication that brings benefit to UK society and the readership they represent. Rants and poorly informed opinion are not up to the job.


  1. Clearly a Search Engine post! All the right keywords and no content!

  2. Yet another anonymous poster having a dig at the knife crime blog and its work. How cynical is this person? It would be decent of him (or her) to put a name where the mouth is - else people might think s/he is yet another fool who has not read or understood the blog... and is part of the problem, not the solution.

  3. Im not sure i understand the point in this law. You can already be jailed for merely carrying a knife without a good reason, regardless of any violent intent.

    If the latter legislation was repealed the new law would work great, because it would mean that those who carry knives for legitimate purposes, such as work, hobbies and general utility could do so without fear of arrest, and those who carry knives with the intent of causing unlawful harm would go to jail.


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