The family of murdered schoolboy Jimmy Mizen joined forces with Boris Johnson today to call for “100 days of peace” over the Olympic Games.I can see why Boris got involved. Who wouldn’t ‘call for peace’? Look at the PR opportunity!
But what is this really likely to achieve?
Jimmy’s father Barry Mizen wants young Londoners to stage a series of events over the next 100 days promoting peace.
“There is a lovely feeling in London at the moment around the Jubilee and the Games,” he said.Is there? These people, it seems, would beg to differ. For them, it seems it’s ‘business as usual’…
His wife, Margaret, added: “If young people feel that they have a stake in their local community they will feel connected to it.
If we are to make our city safer for our children, they need to be apart (sic)of the conversation.”These ‘young people’ are letting their fists and knives and guns do the talking for them. They don’t want to be a part of the conversation, or a part of the community.
They want to run the community.
As part of that they are working with charity London Citizens to set up a network of “safe havens” around London, where youngsters under threat would be able to seek refuge in shops or businesses.Not to pour cold water on this great idea, but…well, it’s a little passive, isn’t it?
Rather than provide places of safe haven for the attacked, why not ensure that the attackers feel in need of a place of safe haven?
Why not make them feel under threat, afraid to walk the streets, and forever watching over their shoulders?
The Mayor signed a “peace car” which will travel across London promoting the campaign.
He said: “What the Mizen family and Grace are doing is fantastic. It’s about getting youngsters to help each other.”How about we, the adults, help the youngsters, Boris?
By ensuring those that attack them go down for many, many years, rather than be given every chance in the book and then a few more just for good measure?
Wouldn’t that do more for ‘peace’ than all the pledges and PR opportunities? It’s immeasurably harder to achieve, yes, but that’s what you get paid for...