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Checking The Daily Mail: Richard Littlejohn, The Mark Duggan Peacemaker? Bollocks

by | 10th, January 2014

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Checking The Mail: Richard Littlejohn, the peacemaker? Bollocks

IMAGINE you’re Richard Littlejohn. Once you’ve stopped vomiting, imagine how you’d feel when you heard that the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan had given its verdict. You’d not be sad for loss of life or thinking about the circumstances that lead a family to be as dysfunctional and staunched in criminality and gangsterism as the Duggans. You wouldn’t think: what can police do in those situations other than take a fatal shot. You wouldn’t think for a moment about the societal issues that led to the riots following Duggan’s death. You’d wring your hands, crack your knuckles and jump onto your soap box.

I’d say I find Richard Littlejohn contemptible but that suggests I usually give him much thought. Littlejohn is a horrible person who makes money from being a horrible person. His career is in cruelty. He might as well be a bear baiter for the level of respect I believe he’s due. I dislike him as much as he dislikes the poor and those who do not fit into his narrow morality. It’s Littlejohn’s column in the wake of the Duggan inquest result which will take up the entirety of this week’s Checking The Mail. It is a rich seam of hatred, deliberate misunderstanding and ignorance. The usual ingredients for Littlejohn’s patented poison.

You know how it will go from the first line:

“She looked like Vicky Pollard’s granny and spoke in a curious hybrid accent, a cross between Ali G and Liam Gallagher of Oasis…”

There’s Dick Littlejohn for you: a man whose most recent cultural reference is Little Britain , a show which went off the air 11 years ago. He goes on to turn Mark Duggan the man shot by police, whose death led to major riots across London and beyond his family and his aunt (the subject of that first paragraph) into grotesqueries, caricatures that play easily into the prejudices of his editor, his readers and his own snarling friends.

Rather than a woman merely appearing on the news, Littlejohn has her “starring” as if she might relish the attention that comes with an inquest into your nephew’s death. And the single fist salute the black power salute becomes the “Wolfie Smith salute” in Littlejohn’s limp prose because nothing about that movement, however flawed, could be anything more than laughable to Littlejohn who would really just like “blacks” to settle down.

Littlejohn seems to be utterly baffled and enraged that Duggan’s family might want answers as to why their relative was shot. I believe, as it happens, that the police were right to fire but I do question whether a fatality was an inevitability. Certainly Duggan was no angel, in fact, he was a gangster, but we do not operate an execution policy in the United Kingdom.

But then to Littlejohn there are “decent coppers” (the Police), “our

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