I don't enjoy this political stuff much. I'm on the wrong side of the left wing (weakly right wing and life long Lib Dem supporter) and the wrong colour for starters for us to comment without someone screaming that I'm just a prejudiced cracker, who knows nothing. Here are a few updates and a comment.
An update to Demographics and Stephen Lawrence.
Been watching the Lawrence cold case inquiry with interest, and it seems from reports that from errors of storage that they actually had the equivalent of the Keystone Cops for forensic examination and storage. I can see this going to end up with an unsatisfactory result, either acquittal or a short jail term for those involved.
What I failed to mention from that report is that the extent of black on black homicides have risen in my area to more than the Boneheaded Nazi Ponces at the BNP ever achieved. Its something I would need to research more to get exact figures but for starters here is just one such case, (warning illiterate Daily Mirror link). As a my only commenter added, its hardly an improvement, and its true. Gang culture and the riots have really hampered my areas chances of improvement (to be honest Woolwich was in decline long, long before this, due to the closure of the arsenal). We're getting there with Beresford Square opening and a few shops recovering, but I look around and still see areas burnt out from the riots, clearly we have a long way to go.
Snookers back, and for once its quite interesting, there's a black guy playing and he isn't half bad. He's called Rory Mcleod and I thought he was a new face on the scene, but it turns out he's been playing since 2005 (he beat Paul Hunter shortly before he tragically died of cancer).
Sorry for my shock and incredulity in the above, but despite there being no barriers now, sometimes you see something you don't expect and it throws you for a loop. Like an Indian playing top flight football in Premiership or a white working class lad reading Proust on a train (that'll never happen). Sadly looking online it seems that he got knocked out by John Higgins (last I saw he was leading 4-3) but once they are good enough to appear in the televised stages, you normally see a lot more of them.