Gangs Of O’Connell Street

I await the official verdict that there was no racist motive for this crime.


7 Responses to “Gangs Of O’Connell Street”

  1. 1 dav March 19, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    There’s some strange inconsistencies in the reporting of this one. reported “A garda spokeswoman said: “We can’t confirm an assault. At this stage we believe there was no assault, but the claims are being investigated.” [19/03/2008 – 13:27:23] and then reported “A number of gardaí on duty on O’Connell Street witnessed the attack and tried to come to his aid.” [19 March 2008 15:28] I don’t doubt it could easily of happened, but there’s a small possibility he might have ’embellished’ the story…”The teenager told his father there had been an altercation with a group of youths in a fast food outlet and as Guy fled the scene, his finger was pulled off by either that or another group.”

    It’s not stopping folks over at kicking up a storm though, calling for martial law…

    The comment below reveals similar fears of feral youths through the ages…

    “Antisocial behaviour

    Another alleged symptom of moral decline is “yobbish” behaviour. The government portrays this as a new and growing menace. Whitehall press officers were no doubt pleased with a recent ICM poll, for the BBC, which found that “lack of respect” topped the list of reasons why people felt Britain was “worse than 20 years ago”. Crime and terrorism came second and third.

    Perhaps if we lived longer we’d have a sense of déjà vu over this. For example, in 1898, newspapers in England warned of the menace of “hooligans” and of a “dramatic increase in disorderly behaviour”. The Times reported “organised terrorism in the streets”. In every decade of the 20th century there were similar media panics.

    One can go back even further in time and witness the same sense of alarm at a perceived moral breakdown:

    • “What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?”
    (Plato, 4th Century BC)

    • “When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint”.
    (Hesiod, 8th century BC)

    • “We live in a decaying age. Young people no longer respect their parents. They are rude and impatient. They frequently inhabit taverns and have no self control”.
    (Inscription, 6,000 year-old Egyptian tomb)

    • In April 1738, the press covered a report from a British Government committee which had been set up to “examine the causes of the present notorious immorality and profaneness”.

    • In the 1800s, hordes of teens and pre-teens ran wild in American city streets, dodging authorities, “gnawing away at the foundations of society”, as one commentator put it. In 1850, New York City recorded more than 200 gang wars fought largely by adolescent boys.

    • “Juvenile delinquency has increased at an alarming rate and is eating at the heart of America”. (US juvenile court judge, 1946)”

  2. 2 Hugh Green March 19, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Jesus. In fairness to the young lad, when you suffer a traumatic injury, especially when drink is taken, you can go into shock and develop a false reconstruction of events. One time I smashed my face to pieces, and got it into my head that I’d whacked my jaw off one of those spear-like posts on a wrought iron fence. In fact, I’d tripped over something in my bedroom and busted it open on a radiator.

    Interesting site btw, if a little heavy on skate-punk graphics.

  3. 3 dav March 20, 2008 at 11:13 am

    ‘Rather a radiator than a urinal.’ *thinks an acquaintance*

  4. 4 dav March 20, 2008 at 11:21 am

    A porky perhaps:

    “gardai said yesterday they were “happy” that the horrific injuries suffered by young pianist Guy Wallace were not caused by an assault and they want to re-interview him” [Doubt cast on teen claiming finger lost after assault, Thursday March 20 2008]

  5. 6 Hugh Green March 20, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Or (given the description of the young man) a plinky plonky pinky porky?

  1. 1 Confirmed - Plinky Plonky Pinky Porky « Most Sincerely Folks Trackback on March 27, 2008 at 10:25 pm

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