What an hilarious juxtaposition that is of photo and headline! ‘When shall we three meet again?’ Back in my journo days we used to call accidentally amusing clashes of headlines and neighbouring photos from other stories ‘Wimborns’, but I can’t for the life of me remember why.
Anyway, hints of Royal sorcery aside, the story itself is of some interest, although The Telegraph making it a front page ‘splash’ smacks of scaremongering. The Telegraph, the Mail and the Express all seem to enjoy trying to keep the white middle classes (which includes me, of course) constantly suspicious of ‘the others’, whether that’s immigrants or, as it used to be, homosexuals (which also includes me).
The yarn is piggybacking on the recent murder of 15-year-old Kristy Bamu because he was believed to have cast a spell on a member of his family. Of course, this took place in the Republic of Congo, not the UK. The Metropolitan police told the Telegraph they are currently investigating eight cases of ‘faith-based’ child abuse, but believe this to be an under-reported crime.
‘Project Violet’ is the name they’ve given to the team investigating such cases. The man running it is Det Supt Terry Sharpe, who says: ‘The intelligence from the community is that it’s far more prevalent than the reports we are getting.
It isn’t made clear in the report which community is referring to. The NSPCC, who if I remember rightly were largely respsonsible for fuelling the Satanic sex abuse scares a few decades ago, stated: ‘We must not be afraid to challenge these communities to out the wrongdoers within them.’
I admit, though, it’s a subject that interests me. For my April 2009 issue of Paranormal Magazine, I asked Jimmy Lee Shreeve, a journalist specialising in such subjects, to write a piece on the range of magical practises in today’s multicultural practises (‘Sorcerers Among Us’, issue 34). Neither Jimmy nor I suspected the Royal Family of dark magick, though – it needed the Tory Telegraph to point that out!
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