(As ever, I am not 'The Devil's Kitchen').
As British civil liberties decline, it is not surprising that British police services should increasingly begin to resemble those of totalitarian states. Tayside Police dutifully provided an official version of Miss Bledaite's life and times which was completely in line with the diktat of official orthodoxy -
"From everything we have heard, Jolanta was a hard working, conscientious woman who arrived here with aspirations of making a better life for herself."
In other words Jolanta was a hard worker, a good serf; and that's all she'll be remembered for.
However, the Tayside Police statement does also imply that Lithuania is a nation which Lithuanians must leave in order to make 'a better life' for themselves. This smacks of inverted xenophobia.
How is 'a better life' defined? By the ability to earn more money here than in Lithuania?
Or by the right to be slaughtered in a flat in Brechin?
She came to the UK seeking 'a better life' - pity she didn't find it.
Plytnykas is reported to have served in the Red Army
- possibly in Afghanistan. He was trained to kill by the Soviet Union, and he may have killed on its behalf. He certainly did kill in Germany after its demise. Everything we have learned about the life and times of Vitas Plytnykas suggests that his presence in the UK was not an economic boon, but a threat to the public peace. While the psychiatric condition
of British veterans remains controversial, having to deal with the psychiatric condition of Soviet veterans is a burden we cannot bear. If he was doing a job a British worker 'wouldn't do', it would have been better for us all if that job had remained undone.
The soundbite squawks of Bill Aitken MSP
concerning whether Plytnykas should ever have been admitted to the UK are redundant; perhaps even disrespectful to Miss Bledaite's memory. They only address the previous criminality of Plytnykas. They do not address the morality of the policy which permitted his path to have crossed Miss Bledaite's.
For there has been no suggestion that their paths would ever have crossed had both remained in Lithuania.
In any debate on immigration, you will hear British people who say that they run businesses, and that they prefer foreign labour because British workers are lazy, greedy, unbiddable, and stupid. These people must be forced to confront the brutal reality of their preferences - that they prefer serfs to employees; and if one serf kills another, well, there's plenty more where they came from. Then it's back to business as usual.
Your prefences helped bring about Jolanta Bledaite's slaughter - Jolanta Bledaite's blood is on your hands, not mine. You are guilty of using serf labour for your own gain. You are guilty. You, not me. You. You did this. You have to live with it. Count your profit now, and remember that you can't take it with you. I don't know if that phrase translates into Lithuanian - Miss Bledaite is no longer alive to tell us. She had hers taken from her under torture.
In any debate in immigration, you will hear British people who will say that nobody has any right to tell them who they can hire, because such a restriction would be contrary to the principles of classical economics and an infringement of their rights. These people must be forced to confront the brutal reality of their ideology - that their belief that all human beings are interested in the same things is given the lie by the tragedy of Jolanta Bledaite. People who thought the same way as you do thought all Lithuanian migrants were only interested in working hard, being good serfs, and in making a better life for themselves. No piece of information which has been placed in front of the public concerning the lives of Vitas Plytnykas and Alexandras Skirda has suggested that that was the case as far as they were concerned. They were concerned only with the robbery and torture and murder of a woman who apparently trusted them for no reason other than that they were her compatriots. It is ironic that no two British people would probably ever trust each other abroad in the same way Miss Bledaite seems to have trusted her killers. As you will see, she had no reason to. Your right to believe that you should be able to hire who you like superceded her right to survive. Jolanta Blediate's blood is on your hands, not mine. You are guilty. You. Learn to live with it, and be careful what you wish for; for Jolanta Bledaite got it.
The tragedy of Jolanta Bledaite raises again a very grave matter of public policy, perhaps even of national security - having failed in its duty of care to protect Miss Bledaite, the British government is failing in its duty of care to protect the rest of us. It has no knowledge of precisely how many foreign trained killers are wandering Britain's streets.
To my knowledge, this is the second time that an ex-serviceman from Eastern Europe has killed a woman in the United Kingdom. On 13th September 2005
, a Slovakian ex-serviceman named Michael Pech murdered Clare Bernal at her workplace. All public discussion of Miss Bernal's murder has focussed not on Pech's nationality, nor on his familiarity with weapons, nor on the ease with which he brought a weapon into the United Kingdom. It has all focussed on his stalking
This is not surprising. The cultural question of whether Slovakian men have the same conception of womens' rights as British men raised by two generations of feminist mothers seems to be too much of a brain-twister for many British people to handle. It seems to me to perform a great dis-service to Miss Bernal's memory not to mention Pech's nationality, for it seems to have been central to her murder. He didn't procure the gun he murdered her with in this country. He didn't learn how to use in this country. Immigration is clearly not a feminist issue; attempting to reconcile the two might result in some feminists going into ideological meltdown. Whether or not those feminists who either ignore immigration or who proclaim 'One Worldism' are putting womens' lives at risk is a matter for their consciences.
Today's Glasgow 'Daily Record'
carries the best investigation of the Jolanta Bledaite case that I have yet seen.
It reports that Plytnykas had assaulted Miss Bledaite before, in an incident at work - but she had been too afraid of him to involve the police.
Plytnykas is clearly a savage bully - yet as I read that, some thoughts came to mind.
Just how many women in the United Kingdom, on their own, far away from their own men, are being terrorised by bullies like Vitas Plytnykas, who can threaten retribution on loved ones in a different country in a language most people here don't understand? Where is Cherie Blair, to defend their rights? Have they no rights? Are they just serfs?
How many British employers know that such things go on - and promote the bully to overseer, to ensure that the serfs don't step out of line? How many British employers of foreign labour have reduced those in their employment to slaves?
And awful as it was, why should it be assumed that this case was a one-off? How many other women have just 'disappeared', in the belief they won't be missed?
In a day or two, memories of the case will dim, we'll all go back to 'One World' business as usual, and Jolanta Bledaite will still be dead. There's an economy to run, after all, and you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
In these pages, I have in the past been accused of being 'a totalitarian theocratic blackguard'
, so hopefully readers will indulge me in a moment's theocracy. This evening, my intention for Mass will be for the repose of the soul of Jolanta Bledaite, citizen of the great and ancient Catholic nation of Lithuania who died because she wanted to be a good European. Hopefully her death has achieved wall-to-wall coverage on the shores of the Baltic - hopefully her fellow countrymen get some idea of how badly she was treated by the British state. They will know that Britain is a place that admits Lithuania's bad guys with no questions asked, and will be able to make an informed choice as to whether or not British people are the sort of people they want to help enrich. If this happens, then her death might not have been in vain.