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The Sun Sponsors Champions League Of Crime Victims: Cynics See Bigger Picture

by | 1st, August 2011

THE Sun mired by the News of the World’s phone hacking scandal and news that Sara Payne’s phone may have been hacked more on the here uses its front page to declare:

“How they made Britain better”.

It is an exclusive by their loved one s”.

They are:

David Idowu Murdered at 14 by Elijah Dayoni, 16, in 2009
Ben Kinbsella Stabbed to death aged 16 in June 2008
Damilola Taylor The ten year-old was stabbed and killed by Ricky and Danny Preddie in 2000
Sarah Payne murdered in July 2000 by paedophile Roy Whiting
Olaf Schmid British Army bomb disposal expert killed by bomb in Afghanistan

What did four innocent killed young people cut down with their lives ahead of them and a war hero awarded a George Cross do to make Britain a better place? How did a ten-year-old being stabbed to death in London make the country better?

Did their deaths curtail crime?

The murder rate in England and Wales over the past 50 years rose steadily from around 300 a year in the early 1960s to more than 1,000 in 2002/03 when 172 deaths were attributed to the activities of Dr Harold Shipman. They have declined sharply since that peak with the fall in domestic violence providing part of the explanation for the decline. The Home Office figures published today show that England and Wales are in the middle of the European murder league at 13.5 deaths per million population. Finland tops the table at 23.4, followed by Scotland at 21.4, and Ireland on 20 per million. Northern Ireland now has a murder rate well below Scotland at 15.2. Austria has the lowest murder rate in Europe at 6.1 per million.

Is the war in Afghanistan won?

Well, the Sun says its not the victims who made the difference so much as their loved ones: Olaf Schmid, Grace Idowu, Brooke Kinsella, Richard Taylor and Sara Payne. They are the Sun’s CHAMPIONS LEAGUE of campaigners.

And yep CAMPAIGN FC is sponsored by the Sun , which thunders:

MEET the ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary things.

When tragedy blighted the lives of Christina Schmid, Grace Idowu, Brooke Kinsella, Richard Taylor and Sara Payne, they refused to bow down and be silenced by their agonising grief.
Instead, they turned their tears into triumphs for humanity and used their own traumas to transform the lives of others.

Good news, surely,

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