It’s not new. It happens in the UK as often if not more often than it happens everywhere else. And Political Correctness has just made it worse for the victims.
Because there are too many people attempting to justify it, and the mainstream media has largely had a blackout about it.
The sobering question, for me, is to what extent is this behaviour commonplace? Such that it happens regularly, but we don’t get to know it primarily because its hidden?
Why should anyone believe that this is an isolated case? Isn’t the only difference between this and the other cases the fact that in the other cases, the lying officers have not been found out yet?
However, what worries me most is that it’s always the stories that blame other people ( in this case migrants) which the newspaper and TV stations jump for, it’s always the hysteria, and idiotic fluff that lacks any kind of evidence that gets the headlines. For example, did you know about this:
If there was a way of quantifying it, I could bet all my belongings on the fact that at least 8/10 people who watch the news on TV, and read newspapers (whether in print or online) didn’t hear about this story. Because, it was never really meant to be public knowledge.
Yet, when the authorities make a serious mistake of the magnitude where officers lie under oath, Perjury, a crime punishable by imprisonment, you never ever hear about it. The media outlets are all largely silent. http://www.channel4.com/news/trial-collapses-after-immigration-officials-lie-under-oath
But let Farage or some mad conservative MP utter some gibberish about immigration, or about gays or religion, and suddenly you discover that the herd mentality is intact. Everyone flocks there en-masse, everyone publishes it, several stories about the same topic – and most trade a similar and predictably line. Very few choose to take a different line, or to ignore it altogether.
Which is why it is likely than not, that the officers involved in this case will get nothing other than a slap on the wrist for their misconduct.
Often, and I say this with no apology whatsoever, I’ve observed that people in Britain are less empathetic to minorities than say in the US.
Maybe its just the people I’ve met (or the circles I’ve frequented, and maybe I’m generalizing here), but I’ve noticed this thing which I can’t quite place, that is a little off when dealing with minorities; this thing that is a little bit sad. It’s not the coldness, or stiff-upper lip (that’s overrated), it’s not the ‘Englishness’, or any of the other cultural differences between the British (or shall i say English) and other peoples. It’s something else. And whatever it is, I very much doubt it’s a good or positive thing. You can call me judgemental if you like, but that is what I have noticed.
Having said that, maybe the problems lie here:
And maybe the solution, assuming one has done some soul-searching, lies here: