England: Knife Crime… MP Blamed Fatherless Families – 6 years ago!

Currently there is a serious situation in England, where young people are being murdered almost on a daily basis, by other young people stabbing them to death.   The “experts” list austerity:  cuts in police services (which certainly can’t be helping); drugs, poverty, peer pressure, lack of social clubs for the young – you name it.  All the while, the elephant in the room is being ignored. 

Some time ago I began my search for something – anything, newspaper article, video interview, news broadcast – addressing the obvious underlying cause of the increasing levels of violence amongst young boys and men; family breakdown, absent fathers.  Took a while before I found the above video reporting a Westminster Member of Parliament (MP) speaking on the subject… six years ago, and focusing on the “elephant in the room”, fatherless families.  David Lammy MP is still in Parliament, but I don’t recall him repeating his opinion about fatherless families being at the root of the knife crime epidemic in recent days despite the fact that the subject has been aired in the broadcasting media round the clock.  Maybe I missed it, or maybe he’s realised that it’s too politically incorrect.  Who knows…

But, what do you think?  Should fatherless families be added to the list of causes of crime among the young – or would a couple of youth clubs in every area solve the problem? 

Indeed, is it not time for the powers-that-be – in both Government and media – to begin to take a fresh look at the  wider social implications of raising children in homes where mother brings home a succession of boyfriends, where there are few, if any, rules (they call them “boundaries” these days to disguise the need for rules) and where the children very often don’t even know the identify of their own (various) fathers?  Remember, it’s not unusual these days for (half) siblings to have different fathers.  It’s a mess.  Why is nobody in authority – including the Catholic hierarchy and clergy – saying so?  I know we’re supposedly a nation of dog-lovers but … “elephants”?  

29 responses

  1. David Lammy saw the problem 6 years ago and hasn’t done anything about it? Some MP! I’m glad he’s not mine!

    • Lily,

      The thing is, the knife crime in England, and especially London, is now a crisis. It’s happening randomly and is like an epidemic, nobody can stop it. Yet, none of the people talking about it on the news are even mentioning broken homes. It’s like they don’t even think that that might be a factor, It’s mind blowing.

      • Josephine

        So true. If they admit it, though, it would mean a complete overhaul of the social fabric of the UK – maybe even a return to marriage and mothers staying at home to look after children… WOW! You kidding?

        • They’re too busy over in America lecturing them about gun laws to worry about what’s happening on their own doorstep. Even the soaps are full of violence. If ‘Uncle Albert’ was resurrected he would probably be a mass murderer.

  2. Jordan Peterson speaks on this issue of fathers being important – I think he makes a lot of sense.

    • Josephine,

      I like some of what Jordan Petersen says but not everything. I’ll take a look at that video asap, but I’m sure he talks sense on this topic; I’m almost sure I’ve heard him speak (common sense) on it in the past.

    • Ed just a little Question. Do you know Any so called MPs especially Women who are not Just Pro Abortion but Pro Death on any subject For I most certainly don’t. And it’s worse of course in the U.S. where if especially your a Democrat Senator and for any kind of Life other than ( Penguins Seals Polar Bears Tigers , Butterflies or Ants ) then they want them burned at the stake . Av most certainly never seen ,and am sure most on here are the same so much hatred for Babies in my Lifetime. To say we’re on the verge of the End Times where Good will be seen as Evil and Evil will be seen as good is literally an understatement.

      • FOOF

        The so-called pro-lifers have helped “pro-choice” abortionists every step of the way because they gave up opposition to the murder of the unborn… Read this for more

        Given the lack of respect – nay, utter contempt – for life in the womb, it’s hardly surprising that there is no respect for life thereafter whether it be knife crime on the streets or euthanasia of the elderly and disabled.

        This was foretold at the time of the 1967 abortion debate but dismissed by the pro-abortionists as outrageous scare-mongering.

        I, for one, am not only scared but terrified now, in my older age, with my daily prayer being to keep my wits about me in case Dr (and/or) Nurse Death come knocking on my door to “help” me.

        • Editor,

          Decades ago, during a similar outbreak of violent crime, I remember a priest saying this….’how can we expect to be safe in our streets and even in our homes, when innocent babies are not safe in their own mothers’ wombs?’… Quite.

          But now we get staunch pro-aborts the likes of Sadiq Khan assuring us…’the causes of violent crime are extremely complex’…

          One could write to him and to Sajid David to ‘state the bleedin’ obvious’, i.e. that the anti-life genie was let out of the bottle in 1967 (as you say above) – and there’s no putting it back. But there’s no telling these guys anything. If they bothered to reply, it would be one of those disingenuous ‘thank you for sharing your concerns with me’ efforts.

  3. I haven’t heard anyone say that fatherless families or single parent families are underlying this terrifying epidemic of violence in London. I am so glad that I don’t live there, as I just wouldn’t go out at all.

    Some serious conversations need to be had now, surely, about the way this society is going because it’s going to hell in a hand cart IMHO.

  4. This article blames London’s Muslim Mayor for the sharp increase in violent crime, including knife attacks – not because he’s a Muslim, but because he’s allegedly incompetent:


    Meanwhile, said Mayor, as if to prove JihadWatch’s point, claims that the violence is due to…wait for it…violent YouTube videos!


    (Which reminds me of Obama’s attempt to blame the Benhazi disaster on an offensive YouTube video:
    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/hannity-plays-montage-of-obama-administration-members-falsely-blaming-video-for-benghazi-attack/ )

  5. I can’t even begin to imagine how a single mother can raise boys without their father being at home. I know some mothers do manage and do a great job but it must be so difficult, especially for boys not to have a father figure around. A combination of a harassed mother, financial problems, problematic housing areas and peer pressure must be an absolute nightmare without the strong hand of a father to keep things in balance.

    I was thinking about a little friend of one of my sons who was illegitimate. This was over 20 years ago and that child was the only child in his year without a Dad. Compare that to now when the majority of young children seem to be part of a single parent home. Tragic.

  6. A society without justice is a violent society. True justice can only be established by observance of the divine and moral laws. Hence, if Christianity is rejected in favour of a return to paganism, which we see today, then violence of every kind will manifest itself, not to mention an upsurge in all other kinds of crimes and the despair that leads to suicide. It would be very interesting indeed to discover how many of those involved in knife and other serious crimes are baptised.

    Anyway, given the revolt against God by our society in general and our government in particular, it follows that law enforcers will need cameras everywhere to watch the people because there is no longer a religious and moral code taught and practiced in the land. It’s not rocket science, just the inevitable result of banishing divine grace and leaving fallen human nature to itself. This is the world the liberals, you know, those politically correct “human rights” advocates have shaped, the brave new world order of cultural Marxism.

    The young are raised without religious or moral formation, exposed from the tenderest age to sex ed, drugs, drink, so-called “social media” (a breeding ground for bullying and violence) and whatever else the cultural Marxists can think up to rob them of their innocence. So no God, no grace, no guidance, no correction, no prospects, no sense of duty, no work ethic and too much time and energy. That’s the fatal combination concocted by this generation’s so-called leaders. And they wonder why the world is going to hell in a handcart!

    • Athanasius,

      Every nail hit on every head there! Everything you say is so, true. Having cast aside God – as evidenced in the legally sanctioned breakdown of traditional marriage and family life – the young are left adrift and susceptible to every passing evil dressed up as progress. Lambs to the slaughter.

      That was an interesting remark about baptism – it would be very helpful if the pollsters were to include the question “were you baptised…” and use that when they are assessing the roots of this epidemic of violence.

      The MPs are truly blind – just like the hierarchy. I saw Jess Phillips MP (Birmingham) interviewed on the news this morning, bemoaning the cuts in education, because her own children’s school is proposing closing at 1pm on Fridays to save money on staff etc. One of the things she listed was lack of provision for disabled pupils, smiling smugly and saying that, see, they are even “cleansing” the disabled. Entirely oblivious to the fact that she sanctions such “cleansing” in her support for abortion. Why can’t they think straight? What is wrong with them? Oops, you’ve already put your finger on that one, Athanasius – rejection of God and His law. He’s left them all to themselves and what a mess they are making of everything.

      • Editor

        I’d like to see you try to convince pollsters to include a question about baptism in their surveys. They would call the men in white coats to come and take you away, so lost are they now to any understanding of the supernatural life of the soul. But that’s where the fundamental problem lies, absence of God and grace from the lives of the young.

        We can point back to 60 years ago and demonstrate that our society was far less violent and much more orderly when it was still formally Christian. Then came the hippie generation of the 1960s, the time when the devils were loosed from Hell to turn Christian society on its head. That’s when Russia spread her principal error of materialistic atheism into every nation and enabled the drug culture to destroy the West.

        Our leaders at that point went blind, believing the demonic ruse that shaking off the laws of God would bring new found freedoms and a bright future for all. What happened in fact was the very opposite, society returning to the old pagan way of life with its inevitable violence and slavery to every sin and vice. Tragically, even Pope John XXIII bought the lie and consequently dismissed the warning and request of Our Lady of Fatima, the chastisement beginning shortly after 1960. We see today where the Church has ended up as a result of that monstrous miscalculation.

        So yes, it’s a supernatural problem society faces. Unless governments and peoples return to their Christian heritage things will only get worse, that’s the infallible direction human nature heads in when absent of grace.

        It’s a strange thing but society always seems to morally degenerate whenever it prospers materially. The more comfortable people are in respect to the goods of this world, the less religious they are inclined to be. People are closest to God when they are poor and/or suffering. Odd that, isn’t it?

        Anyway, the death knell for the old pagan cultures was when they turned hedonistic. We see this recorded in history several times. Well, our culture today is hedonistic and on the road to destruction. The only hope we have now is Our Lady’s Fatima promise that “In the end my Immcaulate Heart will triumph”.

        Can’t remember the source but I did read about another promise Our Lady made, in the same vein as Fatima, which went something like “Just when the Freemasons think they have triumphed over Christian society, I will snatch the victory from their hands in a sudden and miraculous way”. That is very comforting to know and I think it might be very soon.

  7. The inability of the courts politicians and particularly the press to speak truthfully when illegal immigrants commit any violent crimes is IMO as big a crime.
    The video what has happened in Canada is happening in many countries including our own!


    Ed: John, I’ve taken out the video to post it here – sometimes people put off visiting links (for good enough reasons) and then forget to return – I’ve done that myself, so to make sure that bloggers are less inclined to miss this bombshell information, I’m placing the video here, in your post…

    • John

      I listened to that video you posted and it just reinforces my belief that the media is now an arm of the State in most countries, Brtiain included.

      Just look at the way the media is trying to bring down the Trump presidency, and look at how the British media is trying very hard to halt Brexit. What’s happening in Canada is exactly the same. The media is now generally a rotten arm to rotten governments, exactly the same setup as the old Soviet Union. This all ties in with Russia having triumphed over our once-free Christian nations.

      Thanks for posting the video.

      • Athanasius

        Your comment is ” Spot On ” if only the rest of the British public could see the media for what it is as you so aptly said an ARM of the STATE!
        Still I do believe more people are becoming more aware of the corrupt MSM.

        • John,

          I’ve now watched the video and was then moved to Google to catch up with the background scandal involving Trudeau – WOW! Makes Brexit look like a walk in the proverbial park!

  8. Just to let everyone know that I have not gone to London to visit the Queen (nor the Muslim Mayor), I will not be blogging during Lent. I hope all the bloggers have a fruitful Lent and gain much practice in overcoming the world…

    • RCA Victor,

      You’re putting us all to shame with your resolve to abstain from blogging during Lent. I do hope, however, that you will reserve the right to comment, albeit briefly, if something really huge happens that we report – like, for example, my unworthy self being called to the Vatican for an interview with, let’s see, one of the Swiss Guards? Well, they were polite last time I tried to break in… 😀

  9. Editor

    It pays to have contacts. I was escorted up to the Vatican Palace through the bronze doors by the Swiss guard. And I have photos to prove it. I quite like the sound of Pope Athanasius I, don’t you?

    • Actually, Athanasius, believe it or not, I have photos to prove it as well – our then Miss McMoneypenny (Ellen) and I talked our way past the Swiss Guards to a man on the “front desk” so to speak except he couldn’t speak English and we waved a folder at him, to convince him that we had to see Cardinal Ratzinger.

      In due course, we were taken up to an office – Cardinal Ratzinger’s “call room” I presume, where he saw visitors – and we took photos of each other under impressive portraits on the wall.

      Unfortunately, however, we didn’t get to meet the Cardinal but another priest who didn’t look one bit pleased to see us, guessing that we’d pulled a fast one on the doorman. However, all of that changed when he took a look at our folder, containing original articles and letters about some notorious dissidents who featured in our newsletter at that time. He left us, gratefully holding up the folder and saying: “This is EXACTLY what we need…”

      I won’t say any more than that right now, except to say that, yes, Pope Athanasius I sounds good; better than Pope Francis II – definitely! 😀

          • Editor

            You need to get yourself on the board of a planned parenthood organisation or pro-homosexual outfit to warrant an invite these days. Now you should know that!