- DRUG PUSHING
WE'D ALL GOT USED TO IT. The delighted face of a TV news
reader (usually female) at the end of August Bank Holiday,
coming on the screen and telling us, with an air of joy and
triumph, what a happy, harmonious and successful event the
Notting Hill Carnival had been. There were the usual shots
of grinning policemen dancing with black women, the usual
reports that there had been "very little trouble." It often
seemed as if the presentation of this particular news had
been carefully rehearsed. One could just imagine the producer
beforehand: "No, Fiona, you must look happier - a really big
smile! And your voice must sound as if it's conveying wonderful
news. Another take - that's better!"
The mass media's reporting of the Carnival has, for years,
been one of their major propaganda projects, all carefully
orchestrated so as to convey to us peasants the message of
what a perfect festival of fun and pleasure this is, and how
it demonstrates the great benefits to Britain of the multi-racial
But this year - at long last - the truth came out. Glen Smyth,
chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, spilled the
beans. In a statement on Radio 4 at the end of the Carnival,
In my experience, the level of
reported crime is far below that which really happens, and
the whole process is down-played for political reasons.
Police are actively discouraged
from making arrests by senior officers for fear of sparking
a riot situation, and I have seen serious criminal offences
taking place while we are powerless to act... There is a
significant criminal minority who exploit it in the full
knowledge that the police will tread extremely lightly...
The record of the Carnival is pretty appalling.
This, of course, was just what the police top brass, the
news media and the political establishment did not want to
hear. It came out because Police Federation leaders are men
chosen by their colleagues from the ranks and are selected
because they have the respect of ordinary coppers - as distinct
from chief commissioners and constables, who are almost invariably
political appointees, promoted because they are willing tools
of the liberal establishment.
With the cat now out of the bag, the press was seized by
a rare fit of honesty. Even the Sunday Times
showed itself prepared to speak openly. Behind all the revelry,
its reporter acknowledged, drugs were doing a roaring trade:-
There was no pretence about it,
no attempt at disguise. Even if the police, chatting in
shirtsleeves just 150 yards away, had been able to see them
there was no chance of arrest.
The Standard reporters went on to describe another
- yet more horrifying - occurrence. Speaking of a young Asian,
Abdul Bhatti, heading home after visiting the Carnival, they
A gang of youths was "steaming"
the street. As many as 50 young men sprinted down the road
together, punching, slashing and stealing before their victims
knew what had happened. They snatched a gold chain from
Bhatti's cousin, knocking him to the ground. Then they turned
on Bhatti, punching, gouging and stamping as he fell.
they were gone. Bhatti managed to get to his feet and stagger
a few yards, then collapsed. He
died later of brain stem injuries.
For the Metropolitan Police, the
annual festival represents more than a policing challenge.
With the ghost of Stephen Lawrence - the black teenager
murdered by a gang of young white men who have never been
convicted - seemingly stalking every decision made by senior
officers, the celebration of the best of West Indian culture
looms menacingly over Scotland Yard each summer.
Then speaking of the anger of ordinary police officers at
the softly-softly policy adopted by their superiors, the report
went on to say:-
Officers hate policing Notting
Hill. They don't like walking past drug-smoking or other
incidents. They can see thefts of purses and handbags but
know they can never get into that crowd, arrest that person
and get out again safely. They feel vulnerable. It would
take next to nothing for an officer to be stabbed or shot.
Yes, shot! The Mail on Sunday was another paper
highlighting the orgy of crime at the Carnival. Its reporter
described one scene thus:-
There was no mistake: the man was
holding a gun. The thump of the music was so loud it seemed
to vibrate the kidneys, the air was thick with pungent smells
and the crowd was boiling with excitement and alcohol. But
as the policeman looked up at scaffolding at the edge of
the crowd, he saw two figures clambering upwards. And one
of them had a gun.
The Mail on Sunday then described how this was
spotted by a constable. What followed was amazing:-
The police officer decided to act
quickly. He told his superintendent he was going to move
in and search the man on the scaffolding. He was going to
To his astonishment, the senior
officer forbade him. In the middle of this excitable crowd
such a move would be " too dangerous." It might spark a
Bravely, the constable stood his
ground. He disobeyed the order and searched the suspect
but the gun was gone, presumably passed to the other man,
who had melted into the throng.
This extraordinary incident was
just one example of the new "softly-softly" strategy dictated
for this year's Notting Hill Carnival by Scotland Yard's
politically correct policy advisers still paranoid over
the charge of institutional racism levelled against them
in the wake of the Stephen Lawrence debacle.
This was just one of many incidents where the police completely
abdicated their responsibility to uphold the law. In another,
a man making a home video caught a scene where rival gangs
of Blacks were brawling. One shot showed two wielding knives.
The area where this happened was just one of many where there
was no police presence whatever. Though police photo technologymakes
possible blow-ups which should easily enable the men to be
identified, it is very unlikely that they will ever be brought
The damning exposures of what happened at the Notting Hill
Carnival, beginning with the forthright denunciations of Mr
Smyth, opened a veritable Pandora's box on which the lid has
been kept down for many years. Even the ultra-liberal The
Independent newspaper, found this too much. In a leader
on the 1st September it said: .......
big public event, the outcry would
have closed it down years ago."
that level of violence had occurred at any other
It really is coming to something
when a paper like The Independent can make such
All this amply demonstrates that the
realities of the multi-racial society are now coming home
with a vengeance after so many years of lies and cover-up.