The fact that the president of Brazil is currently on a state visit to the UK
can be assumed to have nothing to do with its timing.
Taylor's piece is an introduction to his BBC Panorama program on the shooting entitled 'Stockwell: Countdown to a Killing'
, to be broadcast this evening. Whilst at least attempting far more balance than is ever achieved by the slavering right-wingers of the Daily Mail
and Daily Telegraph
, Taylor manages to repeat all of the tropes concerning the very sad and unfortunate events of July 22 2005 - "The young Brazilian was innocent"; "It was a disastrous case of mistaken identity";"The law applies to all citizens, including police officers. There are no special cases".
Taylor also refers to de Menezes' family in Gonzaga, Brazil. Apparently there is now a sign at the entrance to the village which bears the legend, "Land of Jean Charles de Menezes. Victim of terrorism in London. Here we value life."
There is a perfectly valid case to be made that JCDM was
a victim of terrorism; not police terrorism, but the terrorism perpetrated the day before
, in which, of course, he played no part. It was in the pursuit of the individuals responsible for those acts that SO19 killed him by mistake.
His blood lies as much upon the hands of the Islamists as upon the hands of the Metropolitan Police.
However, Taylor's article predictably contains no reference to an inconvenient fact about this case which our media always ignores
; that Jean Charles de Menezes was a criminal.
His visa had expired, and he was therefore in the country illegally. At the time of his death, he had no right to be here. In its baldest terms, he was a criminal killed during the commission of a crime. The Home Office has confirmed that his passport carried a false stamp
showing that he possessed 'indefinite leave to remain'
So not only was he a visa over-stayer, he was also complicit in forgery.
These circumstances are absolutely irrelevant to any and all questions which must be asked about the execution of Operation Kratos
. Although Kratos was devised to deal with the threat of suicide bombing, a practice alien to British culture, that same British culture demands that if the civilian volunteers of the police service break the law then such breaches must be investigated, and if necessary prosecuted and punished.
That's what we do; it's our thing.
Call it the rule of law; and the same rule of law should also enable proper critique of how JCDM came to live for so long as a criminal in a country he had no right to be in.
The British government has encouraged illegal immigration and temporary migrancy for years through the Inland Revenue's issue of CIS4 cards
without confirmation of the applicant's immigration status. If JCDM held a CIS4, he would have been residing here illegally while paying tax legally; as good an example of Blair and Brown's Through the Looking Glass approach to immigration policy as one could ever hope to see.
JCDM's mother Maria Otone de Menezes is quoted by Taylor as saying that "Jean couldn't earn a decent wage because people here are poor".
There is no reference to the outburst of Brazilian ultranationalism
that she indulged in upon her arrival in the UK, that 'Brazilians should not be treated how my son was treated - they should be treated with respect wherever they go'
. The BBC later provided a perfectly satisfactory explanation
for its removal of those words from its own web report of her arrival.
His father Matozinho quotes JCDM as saying, 'I'll send you everything I earn from my job in London. And after I have been working there for a few years, I'll come back to Brazil and live here'
So he was good to his parents. So what? In some parts of the world, it's big business.
According to the shadowy International Organisation for Migration, migrant remittances are an industry which in 2003 was worth $100 billion
. Some would say that's indicative of the First World's economic power; I would prefer to describe it as a perfect example of the Third's cultural poverty. Third World cultures like Brazil's are unable to generate anything other than subsistence level incomes for their citizens, so they migrate - and what incentive do Third World governments have to make improvements when there's a share of $100 billion involved in maintaining the status quo?
But how many British taxpayers know that the money the state demands from them by naked duress is used to facilitate the same remittances racket? That the so-called Department for International Development
actively encourages migrants to Send Money Home
Home is clearly where the heart is; but, pace Maria Otone de Menezes, those who pay the pipers should be allowed to call the tunes.
A generation of Brits have grown up thinking that the world is one big happy place, and that every other nation carries its nationality as lightly as we do. The twin ideologies of multiculturalism and globalisation have proved themselves far more effective in the destruction of nationhood than either communism or fascism; globalisation kills them through their pockets, while multiculturalism delivers the coup de grace to their souls.
Given that the mass migration of people and the subsequent downward arbitrage of Western wages
is critical to globalisation's operation, hopefully the comments of Maria Otone de Menezes should remove any doubt as to the undesirability of pursuing such ideologies to their ultimate conclusions.
The actions of Blair and Brown in permitting the world to view this country, our country, my country as a giant cash machine to be used and abused for its own convenience have only reinforced this dangerous undermining of cultural and national realities.
His interest is in ensuring his record as an economic manager before acceding to the highest office. And what better test is there for an economic manager than keeping down inflation?
They could have followed other policies; for the clearest failure of their policy was that JCDM seemed to think nothing of abusing our law for his own advantage.
A far more humane immigration policy would have been one where some official knew that JCDM had not left the country when he should have; where that official was making every effort to find him; and once found he had been deported.
He might not have been in a position to send remittances back to Gonzaga; but it would have been one that might have enabled to see his 28th birthday.
Hopefully that thought keeps at least one or other of The Downing Street Gang awake at night.
If so, then he continues to support them from beyond the grave. And it's unfortunately likely that the sums involved would be likely to be far more than they would ever be able to earn in Brazil; a lottery win.
As a British taxpayer whose laws were run roughshod over by the late Jean Charles de Menezes; whose fellow citizens' earnings were undercut by him; and who's likely now to have to fund compensation to his survivors without being consulted on whether this is a good, wholesome or even legal course of action; I have some questions.
1. Why have I never read any criticism of the July 21 bombers from either the de Menezes family or their supporters?
2. Jean Charles de Menezes' residence in the UK was a crime. Couldn't the legislation enabling the recovery of criminal proceeds be applied to any compensation payment, partially reducing the loss to the taxpayer?
3. What is the immigration status of Gesio d'Avila, the Brazilian workmate of JCDM's referred to by Taylor?
4. What is the immigration status of JCDM's London-based cousin Patricia, also referred to by Taylor? Did she know JCDM was here illegally? Has she been questioned about her knowledge of his crimes?
5. What is the immigration status of JCDM's other London-based cousin, the vocal Alex Pereira
?Did he know JCDM was here illegally? And has he been questioned about his knowledge of JCDM's crimes?
6. Has Lula da Silva apologised to the Queen for a Brazilian citizen engaging in a consistent course of criminal conduct in the UK? Has he offered our authorities every assistance in tracking down those Brazilians who might have facilitated his crimes?
7. Has Lula offered an immediate enquiry into the case of Craig Alden
, the British victim of what appears to be a ghastly miscarriage of justice in Brazil?
8. And lastly, and with the greatest relish, we reach the case of Rafael Lanz.
On August 23 2005, the BBC reported that
Lanz, a Brazilian IT consultant living in Cambridge,
"said the shooting had strengthened his thoughts on leaving the UK - a move first considered after the start of the Iraq war.
"I don't want to live in a country where the government is simply unaccountable," he said. "I would like a real public inquiry".
Given that Lanz harbours such reservations about us and our way of life, I'd like to know if he's gone yet; and if not, why.