Franz Gall was long ago dismissed as a pseudo-scientist by a Liberal left; his theory that there was such a thing as a ‘criminal brain’ abandoned when neuroscientists proved that there was no connection between the ‘bumps’ that he felt on the scalp, and the workings of the brain. It suited the liberal left to see his theories dismissed – demands for ever increasing levels of ‘support’ for the country’s idle (unless it was for free) could only be justified by theories of the supremacy of nurture over nature.
Now the neuroscientists are having to eat their words after finding that there are essential brain differences between those who call for more state funded support for the idle classes to ‘nurture’ them and those who call for independence and a form of government that allows people to stand and fall by their own efforts.
The ‘liberal left’ are more likely to have thicker anterior cingulates and those hard faced ‘right wingers’ an enlarged amyg-dala. Whoa! One side of the political divide is intrinsically thicker, and t’other has a part of their brain which has developed more prominently? – and one side of the political divide wishes to support those who make no useful contribution to society on the grounds that if only they had enough money they wouldn’t be forced to steal, and one side says ‘survival of the fittest’.
Come back Franz Gall!
It is a particularly interesting debate to have re-opened in the past 24 hours due to events in the small Yorkshire market town of Kirkheaton last night.
Alistair Bell was the local criminal, a man with a history of violence. He had been to prison several times with no apparent sign of reforming his ways. No job, no obvious means of support. A Pit-bull type of dog by way of sole companion. It had fostered a local belief that he was involved in the drugs trade in some way.
On Monday night, he called round to see an ‘acquaintance’ – one might reasonably assume that he made his friends, as do the rest of us, from amongst those with similar interests and views on society. Monday night however, he and his friends fell out, voices were raised, threats issued. His friend was scared.
The friend turned to those ‘fascist bastards’ the Police. You know – the ones that deny you your human right to peacefully demonstrate your belief that you should have a free education by dropping a fire extinguisher on their head. Those ‘murdering, out-of-control bastards’ that persecute motorists.
Anyway, two of these ‘fascist bastards’ promised to intervene and called round to see young Alistair and his Pit-bull. Just as well, the friend was right to be scared, for Alistair promptly shot one of the policemen on the front doorstep. His colleagues, ‘useless fascist bastards’ to a man, rallied round and took him off to hospital. Then they went back to the house to have another word with Alistair. For the next seven hours, as the ‘friend’ slept peacefully, safe from Alistair’s wrath over whatever the contretemps was, they cowered behind police cars on a freezing night, as Alistair continued to fire shots at them.
By morning, an armed policeman had joined their group. Alistair fired three more shots at the waiting policeman. The armed policeman fired one back. Obviously an overreaction by the Police. They should never have let the fact that a known drug user was firing willy-nilly at them for seven hours colour their judgement. The Police are well enough paid by we ‘service users’ and should have called in a cultural diversity expert to see whether an increase in his dole money might put Alistair in a better mood.
So it is that this morning you will read in your papers that the Police have cold bloodedly murdered yet another ‘innocent citizen’ – for Alistair had not been charged with anything and must therefore be considered an innocent soul. No doubt flowers and Teddy Bears will appear outside his house, Facebook groups will be set up devoted to his memory – ‘a true friend’ – and the Policeman who cowered outside his house all night will thaw out in the canteen, and trot off to the Independent Police Complaints Commission to be duly chastised.
Some of them may have long memories. This is not the first time this has happened in Kirkheaton. Not that I am suggesting that the inhabitants of Kirkheaton have any sort of genetic propensity to criminality, perish the thought. It does seem strange though, that none of the papers are mentioning young Alfred Moore.
Young Alfred also lived in Kirkheaton, back in 1951, a different age. He was also a man who plodded around the area in the middle of the night, grabbing whatever he could to pay for the things he wanted. A few spells in prison hadn’t changed his ways. The Police called round to ‘have a chat with him’ as they do, and he responded by shooting two of them. Dead. One of the policemen lived long enough to identify him, and he was duly charged, found guilty – and hung by the neck until dead.
One village, two criminals, three policemen shot, two criminals dead. Little difference you might think, but a world apart in the involvement of society.
In 1951 a jury was allowed to say ‘guilty of murder’ in the certain knowledge that their abhorrence at the shooting of a man for merely doing his job would result in the death of the man responsible. There was no chance of reoffending after a few years in prison, no chance that Alfred Moore would ever get the opportunity to point a gun at his neighbours – or the police – ever again.
It is considered ‘inhumane’ that a jury of his peers should make such a decision, inhumane that society should give up on a person such as Alfred Moore and demand his life, we are too civilised these days. Indeed, Alfred Moore became one of those starred individuals allegedly hung in a miscarriage of justice which led to the abolition of capital punishment.
Nowadays the police are expected to make these decisions alone, based on the threat to their life. An individual officer is solely responsible for that decision. He will be called a ‘murdering bastard’ – possibly even by Alistair’s friend who called them in rather than risk facing a bullet himself.
The debate will re-open – not over whether we should have capital punishment or not, we are too civilised to even discuss that, but whether the police should be specially trained to just ever so slightly wound a man with a special easy to remove bullet that won’t damage his best jeans, and only after he has fired at least 30 rounds at them.
Perhaps the debate we should really be having is whether it should be part of an unarmed man’s job to call round on a freezing night to sort out death threats between drug dealers and their clients, or even to make sure that soft headed students can throw fire extinguishers off buildings in safety.
I would vote for letting the drug dealers sort out their own squabbles, the students to chuck fire extinguishers at each other unhindered; let’s disband the police. Put them all on the dole, do without their taxes supporting those they are supposed to protect…..
Arghh, which means Alistair’s friend takes the bullet, that will never do.
No, we need the Police if only to act as bogeyman for the thicker anterior cingulates in society.