Why No Compensation Should Be Paid In Respect Of The Death Of Jean-Charles de Menezes
On July 22 2005 Jean-Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian citizen living in London, was shot by officers of the Metropolitan Police in the mistaken belief that he was a suicide bomber.
The event was, of course, a tragedy for his family in Brazil. Since then, the precise nature of the events surrounding the shooting have become murkier and murkier, with the criticism surrounding Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, becoming intense.
However, all reporting of the case is now predicated on the basis that de Menezes was 'innocent'. I have now lost count of the number of times I have seen and heard him referred to as 'the innocent Brazilian'.
Almost immediately after the shooting it was reported that Jean-Charles de Menezes was an illiegal alien, his visa to remain in the UK having expired in 2003. It was also later reported that a stamp on his passport showing that he had 'indefinite leave to remain' in the UK had been forged.
This news has, to all intents and purposes, disappeared. The leftist media will criticise the police at all times and under all circumstances, so their lack of focus on the victim's possible criminality is entirely predictable.
However, the rump of what might laughingly be called the UK's conservative press are also engaged in the same game. As a regular reader of the 'Daily Mail', 'Mail on Sunday', 'Daily Telegraph', 'Sunday Telegraph' and 'Sunday Times', I have seen no reference to de Menezes' immigration status for several weeks.
What I have to ask them is, why not? Are they working in the great traditions of their newspapers, which historically have stood up for the interests of British citizens, or are they working to serve the ideologies and commercial interests of their proprietors, who might see the fact that mass migration keeps wages down, admitted three months ago by the Governor of the Bank of England, as being in their interests?
If the de Menezes family sues the Metropoiltran Police for compensation, they will be suing the British taxpayer. If they are seeking to use British law to try to make money in respect of the death of someone who deliberately chose to live outwith the terms of British law then any such claim should be resisted fiercely and no compensation should be paid.
It's our money they want - but they shouldn't be allowed to use our history to get it.