Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sam Leith On Learco Chindamo

In today's 'Telegraph', Leith writes,
"Born in Italy, Learco Chindamo has spent 21 of his 26 years on earth in the United Kingdom. Irrespective of what passport he holds, Learco Chindamo bears a "Made in the UK" stamp as unmistakeably as if he had a Kitemark on his buttock or a Red Lion egg stamp on his unappealing bonce. Like it or not, he's a product of this country. There's no particular reason we shouldn't be lumped with him."
The fact that — what is it? 9? 10? — of those 21 years have been spent in jail serving life for murder seems to have escaped Leith's analysis; but I really do have to disagree with his assertion of Chindamo's Red, White and Blue Britishness.
Chindamo, the product of a marriage contracted in Italy between a violent Italian criminal and a Filippina mother, was only here in the first place because of his father's habitual domestic violence. Having been exposed to what was presumably a better life, he took the decision to emulate his father and murdered a public servant of some distinction (Disclosure - being the son of a retired headmaster, I do not like headmaster killers).
One can't help but wonder whether, if he had behaved in the same way had he been born to British parents on any washed up sink estate anywhere in Britain, the likes of Mr. Leith would spare him a second thought.
I have become a recent convert to the cause of the Iraqi interpreters; and one would hope that the same passion might be exhibited for the cause of 'Chindamo Out' as has been on display for 'Iraqis In'.

14 comments:

Mark Wadsworth said...

Agreed. But this is all waffle. The only point worth making is that some EU direcctive prevents us from chucking him out. Oh yes, and knowing that we can't chuck him out, who is going to take the decision to release him.

JuliaM said...

"I have become a recent convert to the cause of the Iraqi interpreters; and one would hope that the same passion might be exhibited for the cause of 'Chindamo Out' as has been on display for 'Iraqis In'."

Good to hear it!

But it has been pointed out that even if deported, there would be nothing to stop him returning, under EU law, as Mark points out.

Better, though it grates, that he doesn't come out.

Machiavelli's Understudy said...

Disclosure - being the son of a retired headmaster, I do not like headmaster killers

Do you warm more to non-headmaster killers?

I'm just not keen on killers full stop, but that's my own preference.

Neal Asher said...

Learco should have stayed IN British soil.

FlyingRodent said...

Not overly concerned with this joker's plight, but it does raise an amusing mental image - those shouting for deportation waving off the ship filled with foreign criminals, suddenly spying the fleet of expatriate British crims returning to Blighty from the colonies.

What's sauce for the goose, etc.

Matthew said...

I'm the son of a present-day (female) headteacher and the nephew of another, if that matters. The fact remains that Chindamo had grown up in this country and I'm sure coming here - when he was 5 - wasn't his idea. Given the state of many of our housing estates it seems likely that much of the company he kept before he killed Phillip Lawrence consisted of British juvenile delinquents. As I've said before I've nothing against throwing out people who come to this country as adults and get involved in crime shortly afterwards, let alone people who come to this country for criminal purposes, but that's not the case here. Chindamo may not be British but he's a criminal very much in the British mould. If we're not going to consider his rights, perhaps we should consider the rights of the Italians we propose to dump him on.

M V Smith said...

Perhaps I'm missing the point but why is the murdering thug being released in the first place
FFS

Paulinus said...

I suppose he could have used the last 10 years learning Italian...

Justin said...

One can't help but wonder whether, if he had behaved in the same way had he been born to British parents on any washed up sink estate anywhere in Britain, the likes of Mr. Leith would spare him a second thought.

One can't help but wonder whether you would have spared him a second thought either.

Thomas B said...

One can't help but wonder whether, if he had behaved in the same way had he been born to British parents on any washed up sink estate anywhere in Britain, the likes of Mr. Leith would spare him a second thought.


The obvious response to this is that if he had been born to British parents in Britain, we wouldn't be debating if we should deport the guy to another country.

Jackart said...

I disagree

Kris said...

I can't believe the Telegraph is spouting this crap too.

I am so fucking sick of the, "society made him".

Society did not "make" little Learco stab Phillip Lawrence. Learco made the decision and did it all by himself.

It is too damn bad that he has the "misfortune" of an Italian passport. I hope his feet don't touch the ground in this country.

Why should this little scrote be my problem?

Kris said...

"The obvious response to this is that if he had been born to British parents in Britain, we wouldn't be debating if we should deport the guy to another country".

No shit.

The point is, we have enough of our own little wastes of oxygen WITH British citizenship to pander to.

Unlucky for Learco and unlucky for the Italians. Again, why is this our problem?

Martin said...

Justin,

Your attempt to play the man and not the ball is, as usual, subtle - but I'm afraid it fails on the basis that, unlike Leith, I am not part of the hereditary commentariat seeking to put one evil bastard's evil onto society as a whole.