Lucius Winslow has been a Conservative Party member since the age of sixteen, is an MA Politics student, and is now working to become a solicitor. He also contributes to the non-party political website Open Unionism. Follow Lucius on Twitter.
Last Tuesday, I was filled with three emotions, occurring in roughly the following order: anger, sadness, and despair. The reason was that I had read that yet another young Londoner had been killed. This was of course Ajmol Alom, who was stabbed to death in Poplar. By all accounts, Alom seemed to have been a highly pleasant person; well liked by his peers, and described as a star pupil by his headmaster. Of course even if he were a failing student and a bit moody he could not have deserved such a despicable end. This point has been well made by Lola Okolosie.
My anger was born from reading that this had happened; the injustice, the evil nature of the act is axiomatic. The sadness comes from thinking of his friends and family, and of his future. All taken away in a vicious moment. And despair lies in the thought that this is just going to keep happening again and again and again. According to Citizens Report UK, some 153 teenagers have been murdered in London since 2005. Its website provides a list, including the ability to scroll down on pictures. It is haunting; image after image of young lives taken away. It’s enough to make you pull your hair out.