A picture tells a thousand lies

Charles Cowling


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 thoughts on “A picture tells a thousand lies

  1. Charles Cowling
    andrew plume

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

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

    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    Rupert Callender

    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.

    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    Jon Underwood

    Gotta love the ‘Daily Fail’

    Charles Cowling

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