Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Death Of Lee Rigby

You know, news has broken of the sentencing of the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby, last year.

Michael Adebolajo, 29 was sentenced to life — with no chance of parole — whilst his fellow accursed, Michael Adebowale, 22, was given a minimum of forty-five years.

In a statement, afterwards, Lee Rigby’s family said “We feel that no other sentence would have been acceptable.”


Personally, I’m glad to hear that: both the families reaction and the sentencing.

What didn’t please me … ?

Was the demonstrations by both the British National Party, and the English Defence League.

Both of which called for the restoration of the death sentence and it’s application to the killers.

I hate to sound picky here … … … 

No, wait: I do want to be picky, here: and to throw around an accusation or two.

You see, both the BNP and the EDL are far-right groups of a sort I’ve long felt to be extremely objectionable.

And feel that — what ever other merits or arguments the case may have — they are jumping on the Lee Rigby bandwagon for their own ends.

They are, I believe, as representative of England and Britain in much the same way that Adebolajo and Adebowale are of Islam, or the Afro-Caribbean community.

Not very.


I should also add that I watched BBC News reporter Jane Peel giving her report on the sentencing whilst the EDL/BNP thugs stood behind her chanting “JUSTICE FOR LEE”: very ignorant of the statement the family were giving, where they welcomed the sentence.

Handy an ‘unjust’ sentence, if it were the victim’s family were satisfied with.

There’s also the small fact of WHO was demonstrating.

Both the EDL and the BNP are notoriously right-wing.   My personal belief is that — had the killers been of European descent or the victim an Afro-carribean member of  Britain’s armed forces — neither of these groups would have turned out to protest.

They are racist: and using this sentencing to promote their views.

On top of THAT … ?

On top of that, there’s also the calls the protestors were making for the restoration of the death sentence: and its application to the killers.

If I’ve understood the killers actions correctly, on that day, one thing they were bound and determined to do was end up dead.

As martyrs.

I do not see why British justice should give the likes of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale the heroic deaths they believe such a martyrdom would bring them.

NOR do I see why British justice should give in to the likes of the BNP or EDL — latter day Nazis that they are — in handing out the kind of justice the far right feels all others — apart from those they approve of — deserve.

To do either would turn British courts into a travesty.

No comments: