I see the progressive wing of British society is up in arms because our new Prime Minister has dared to utter heretical words. In Parliament, he denounced the idolisation of violent thug and killer, Raoul Moat, and said that we should rather feel sorry for the people that Moat killed and harmed.
I’ve reflected on this at some considerable length and quite honestly, I can’t see what all the fuss is about. Moat shot and killed two people and shot and blinded a policeman. Surrounded by policemen who obviously weren’t going to kill him, he then blew his own brains out because the police would not allow him the “honour” of “suicide by cop”.
Furthermore, he was not in prison for some piffling trifle, he was in prison because he beat his own child up.
I have searched deep in my heart to find some compassion for this man, but I’m afraid I can’t find any. In the current post modern age, I’m sure there is some wit in ironical protestations of support for a child abuser and cop killer, but I suspect that some of the people who have beatified the monster could not even spell irony, or wit.
I’m not sure that there is any argument that could be made to make me feel some sorrow at our loss of Mr Moat. If he had been captured unharmed, he would have been sentenced no doubt to the most savage penalty Ken Clarke could offer, so 12 years with a third off for not killing anybody else whilst in prison. And then he would probably have sallied forth on another round of vengeful killing and the whole charade could easily have started again.
I hold no truck for the state depriving anyone of their life, but I think killing himself was the kindest thing Moat ever did for anyone. He saved us the cost of his trial, he prevented himself from ever beating up his children again and he also cut the risk of him ever killing anyone else substantially.
Mr Cameron may have chosen his words badly (or, indeed, he may not!) but in this matter I find no ground for criticising his words or his intent. Raoul Moat was thug and a monster and he deserves no sympathy for his actions or his motivations. Our thoughts should only turn to his victims.