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A picture tells a thousand lies

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


The Daily Mail captioned this photo of the Mark Duggan funeral A salute to a ‘soldier’: Mourners lined the streets and raised their palms to say farewell to the father-of-four. Implicit was the allegation that this was a gangster salute, something guaranteed to send surges of fear and loathing through the indignation-hungry hearts of its chav-porn-addicted readers.

The reality turns out to have been somewhat (what the hell) boringly and very much more beautifully the reverse. The mourners were responding to the call by Bishop Kwaku Frimpong-Manson to “stretch our hands towards the casket and thank God for Mark’s life as he begins his heavenly journey.”




3 comments on “A picture tells a thousand lies

  1. andrew plume

    Monday 19th September 2011 at 5:27 pm

    ….yes it was (from what I saw) a very dignified service and departure

    that looks like a seriously expensive casket………..

  2. Thursday 15th September 2011 at 11:22 am

    From what I heard the funeral was filled with an extraordinary dignity and power, given the difficult circumstance. One lone voice sang I’ll Fly Away while the thousand strong crowd walked behind in silence.

  3. Thursday 15th September 2011 at 10:32 am

    Gotta love the ‘Daily Fail’

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