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From: Martin Kelly (email him)
The United Kingdom requires no new laws in order to combat knife crime. In order to determine whether the carrying of any number of articles capable of being used as weaponry could be classed as legitimate, The Prevention of Crime Act 1953 established a test of "lawful authority or reasonable excuse". That recent British governments have suffered from legislative bulimia, gorging on headline-grabbing policy initiatives before vomiting them up again, does not hide the fact that the only tool they need is already in the cupboard.
Crimes involving the use of knives are not immigrant-specific. Sadly, the West of Scotland is blighted by a culture of knife-carrying which has now existed for nearly a century. While it has long been the source of much bad journalism and worse literature, its roots are sometimes sectarian but mostly criminal, not ethnic, in character.
It is also disheartening to see Brenda Walker make the mistake of focusing on the most sensational aspects of foreigner-perpetrated crime. Having once run a regular feature called "Foreign Criminals of the Day" while the MSM was still touting the globalist creation myth that we are "a nation of immigrants" (a contention on which the views of Mr. Adrian Targett [whose family has been living in Britain since 7150 BC]are unknown), it is clear that there is what might be described as a calculus of foreign crime. Sure, the murderers and rapists always get the headlines—but for every murder, how many parking tickets go unpaid? For every foreigner convicted of rape, how many are convicted of petty theft? The social costs of foreigner-perpetrated crime go far, far beyond sensational headlines and shattered lives.
The staggering scale of the problem that Tony Blair made for us is best illustrated by the recent, and very sad, case of Jolanta Bledaite. Miss Bledaite, a Lithuanian national employed in agriculture, was butchered for her savings by two compatriots named Vitas Plytnykas and Alexandras Skirda. It transpired that Plytnykas had served in the Red Army, very possibly in Afghanistan, and had already killed in Germany before arriving in Scotland.
The UK's policy of allowing open immigration from the Eastern European nations which joined the European Union in May 2004 has allowed in trained killers like Plytnykas and Michael Pech, a former member of Slovakia's armed forces who murdered Clare Bernal in 2005 with a weapon he smuggled across Europe.
Nobody knows just how many other men possessing such lethal skills, and enjoying the freedom to travel to homelands where the usage of weapons is less of a governmental concern, now live among us. As such cases show, immigration is not like any other policy—it is a question of national security.