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Is anyone else really angry about the way the papers have tried to make the 'young mum stabbing' an election issue?

(21 Posts)
Moomin Fri 22-Apr-05 22:29:35

Just been reading a summary of today's papers' main stories and I just can't believe (or maybe I can) how many have tried to blame the govt for this horrific crime. Isn't it enough that the poor girl's family have got this to cope with, let alone see her 'story' all over the papers and to top it all, so many of them with headlines like 'So crime is down is it Mr Blair?' with pictures of her.

What the fck has this got to do with the govt's record on crime? Does anyone seriously believe the papers that if Michael Howard or Charles Kennedy were in charge this would not have happened??!!

How can anyone prevent a deranged lunatic like this man obviously must be from committing a random and seemingly motiveless attack like this?

Do all potential killers and rapists sit at home watching the election specials thinking 'right, if Howard gets in I won't bother going out committing crimes any more'.

Frizbe Fri 22-Apr-05 22:34:19

I know what you mean moomin, its not good, not enough time to post properly now, but I'm with you on this, bloomin anoying, wish the papers would stick to reporting facts on things like this.....

Moomin Sat 23-Apr-05 18:56:52

bump

anyone else?

PuffTheMagicDragon Sat 23-Apr-05 18:59:03

Yes, I agree Moomin, it's a cheap shot IMO.

JanH Sat 23-Apr-05 19:00:33

Well I hope her family will make their own feelings clear about this, like the widow of the Manchester policeman stabbed by the terrorist bloke.

Moomin Sat 23-Apr-05 19:02:47

I missed that JanH, what did she say?

JanH Sat 23-Apr-05 19:06:48

That she didn't want his death used as a political football about asylum seekers/immigration. She sounds like a great person (as do Abigail's family).

WideWebWitch Sat 23-Apr-05 19:07:16

She refused to make it an election issue and told the politicians shame on you or something similar. Quite right too.

WideWebWitch Sat 23-Apr-05 19:08:18

Janh explained it better than I did! And mine should have read 'She refused to let it be made an election issue blah blah

JanH Sat 23-Apr-05 19:11:44

This is about her and her family, I can't find a specific quote from her following on from this but she was cross about it.

Fio2 Sat 23-Apr-05 19:14:07

she hasnt dies has she?

god itsa sooo awful

JanH Sat 23-Apr-05 19:16:16

Guardian comment

No, fio, she is still the same AFAIK, though that is awful enough, goodness knows

Moomin Sat 23-Apr-05 19:17:31

No Fio2 - latest report says she's stable, but paralysed

Fio2 Sat 23-Apr-05 19:18:17

it has made me so upset, its just so cruel, poor woman

and thanks janh

SenoraPostrophe Sat 23-Apr-05 19:20:38

haben't seen the papers, but i did think "I bet they try and make an election issue out of it" when i saw it.

bloody editors.

Moomin Sat 23-Apr-05 19:22:17

It's dreadfully tragic.
But we have to remember that crimes like this are extremely rare. It's a very unfortunate case of 'wrong place wrong time': a vulnerable victim taken advantage of by an opportunist maniac.

I'm glad whn I read of this case and PC Oakes' family that they clearly find comfort from their faith. I wish I could believe I'd be as forgiving towards the criminal (in PC Oakes' case) and loving towards God if this happened to my family.

Moomin Sat 23-Apr-05 19:25:11

here's an example of the type of thing , although it's quite mild compared to yesterday's paper.

JanH Sat 23-Apr-05 19:25:38

I was just thinking the same thing, Moomin. I don't think I would be so forgiving.

Fio2 Sun 24-Apr-05 15:05:04

it was the little boy getting himself out the pushchair and crouchingby her after made me so sad, its so sick

Moomin Sun 24-Apr-05 17:37:49

is it right that she was pregnant as well? I know a few of the papers have reported that today but they couldn't say how far along she was or whether she still is

titchy Mon 25-Apr-05 12:27:29

Apparently she is still 10 weeks pregant - that's something I suppose. However she may be paralysed from the neck down for life, but too early to know for sure.

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