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Two months ago, London’s murder statistics sailed past those of New York. While nowhere near Nyanga’s on the Cape Flats, commentators caution that the British capital’s body count is approaching that of Detroit. The majority of victims and perpetrators are young and black. Most of these murders involve gang warfare ("postcode") and occur within some of London’s most deprived areas. Explanations do exist for the violence but few dare express them: broken or bad parenting, difficulties of migrants’ adjustment and the absence of fair order or opportunity. As a gratuitous explanation, the reluctance of the tech firms to monitor videos celebrating gang violence is also to blame. Structural bias, not exclusive to black communities here, still determines that prospects for people like the former home secretary, Amber Rudd, are stronger than they are for everyone else. Despite her ineptitude, Rudd was a career-long beneficiary of shadowy establishment protection and promotion. That she lost...

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