It was Fiona Bruce again hosting the BBC News at 10, our leading story was breaking news - an eleven year old boy, shot in the head, in a public house car park, in Liverpool. We cut to an on-the-spot reporter who told us the basic details however there didnt really seem to be much to say.
We heard of three boys playing football and a hooded youth on a BMX bicycle. It was still unclear whether the weapon employed was an air rifle or an actual gun, however we heard that there "had been gang violence in Liverpool recently although not nearly as much as in London or Manchester." We were reminded once again about gangs, gangster rap and postcode gangs, MK41 and MK42 were given as examples. Furthermore, this is an "intractable problem."
Coincidentally, David Cameron, the Conservative party leader, had yesterday spoken out about a "crisis of law and order" and this was the next subject discussed. We saw images of a police car being stoned as we heard of "large groups of teenagers gathering and causing trouble." David seems to think that a way to resolve this anti social behaviour would be to revoke the driving licences of the individuals involved and we saw this proposal put to a young scally-type chap. He seemed to have a bit more common sense that DC as he pointed out that they would just drive anyway. We closed by hearing that "in some parts of Britain, youth crime is out of control" and we saw the car being stoned again.
Iraq next as we heard of American accusations that "Britain is not doing the business" in Basra and it appears the surge could be considered a failure. We heard of concerns, a reduction in forces, special op forces, Iraqi forces, conventional forces and a stretched army. However it appears that we are "very nearly there."
Continuing with Iraq and the Americans, we moved on to George Bush. He has given a speech stating that pulling troops out would be "a catastrophe" and has drawn comparisons with the Vietnam war, mention being given to boat people and re-education camps. He told how "this enemy would follow us home" before images of Saigon were shown and we heard of "mixed conclusions", "supporting troops and commanders" and "giving them everything they need."
We closed by being told of a potential - "green, pleasant and peaceful land."
Gordon Brown followed, he has apparantly rebuffed a referendum on the EU treaty, however our main story seemed to be that he was attending the friendly football match, between England and Germany, along with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel - in order that the two them "could get to know each other better." We saw Brown interviewed.
3 men arrested in connection with the murder of the Hells Angel on the M40.
It seems that more and more people are leaving this country for whatever reason, in fact last year saw the "largest number leave since records began" - an astounding "sixteen years ago". Consideration was given to the reasons for this, could it be the "terrible weather." No one seemed to know. Notwithstanding this, "Where are they all going?" we were asked to ponder; Australia, Spain and USA were given as possibilities. As example, we saw a typical family who had moved Down Under - the laid back Marleys - and Mrs M spoke of better weather. It appears though that the UK population is still growing.
Football next, England beaten by Germany in the aformentioned friendly match.
Vegetables next, we crossed to Kenya to see natives working in the fields in the "fastest growing sector" of their economy. What seems to be happening though is that the produce is being flown back here to the UK, for our consumption and this contributes to greenhouse gas and, seemingly therefore, to climate change. We saw a plate of greens, some beans and some public to close. Soon, our genetically created super-vegetables will be grown by hydroponic methods in large multi level, city based warehouses. Will they still be vegetables though, as we know them ?
That was about it, we went back to Liverpool for an update - no more news.
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