Everything in Mail Land is black and white (mostly white) when it comes to crime and punishment, particularly if you happen to be of foreign descent.
The story itself - about two Chinese students brutally killed in Newcastle - uses the time-honoured and dishonest tactic of inserting inverted commas to avoid attacks from the Press Complaints Commission. The PCC must have the Mail's number on speed dial. In this case, the Mail is on safe ground in respect of libel laws due to the death of the students.
- A Chinese graduate may have been tortured and murdered because of his links to an international internet betting scam on Premiership football matches, it emerged yesterday.
Note that use of the word may. We don't need any actual evidence, just supposition. As one bastard pointed out on the story about wrongly-convicted Barry George, death, be it through judicial or private execution, solves a lot of problems. Mr. Jeffreys then compounded his bastardy by seeking to justify it here on Enemies of Reason. The Mail then hides behind unnamed sources and then take to the jounalistic Tora Bora with the snide,
- "It was also claimed that the couple sold fake university degrees and international driving licences and ran a group purchase scheme to buy products cheaply, but then failed to hand over goods or return money."
So, the most serious charges to be levelled at the victims is that they could have been involved in defrauding bookmakers and employers not willing to check qualifications. Not condoned, but hardly befitting summary execution. Send in the frowns:
- Mess with crime and this is what could happen.
- Jacqui Weems, Southampton, 14/8/2008 18:02
- If true then good. He lied, cheated and stole.
- Dave, UK, 14/8/2008 21:56
- A very 'sound' nulabour business by the sound of it. Gordon must be very proud.
- Jerry, Watford, UK, 14/8/2008 21:56
- Seems like they lived by the sword..........................
- Mick, Ipswich, 15/8/2008 0:13
- Live by the sword, die by the sword.
- eric victor, uk, 15/8/2008 2:01