Thursday, October 17, 2013

G.Davis was innocent. As for A.Mitchell….

It is almost 40 years since South Londoners woke to find walls and buildings adorned with the slogan "G.Davis is innocent." Initially dismissed as some pre-Banksy art form, the slogan expanded to railway arches, chimney stacks and shop fronts.

Whether from lack of time, lack of paint,or lack of spelling, it was some days before the message was extended to "George Davis is innocent", giving journalists enough clues to follow the story.
It emerged that the aforementioned G.Davis was being held at Her Majesty's pleasure for the armed robbery of a payroll. But, according to his mates, George was not only innocent but had been "fitted up" for the job by London's finest.
So annoyed were his pals that they even dug up the pitch at the Headingly cricket ground in Leeds forcing England to abandon its test match with Australia.

Fast forward four decades and - with the cricket season thankfully over - London is once again dubbed with ghostly messages, this time declaring "A.Mitchell is innocent." With walls at a premium, this campaign is being run on more modern
advertising spaces like Channel Four News and Newsnight.

Times may have changed but the message remains the same; A.Mitchell, better known as the former Chief Whip of the Tory Party, is also innocent and he too has been fitted up by the boys in blue.

But, what can be the connection, I hear you ask, between George - the armed robber - and Andrew - the MP? One word, ''previous";
when George was lifted for nicking the payroll, making the charge stick was easy because of his habit of taking the non-traditional route to cash withdrawals. Indeed, he had a record as long as several arms of the law and fingering him for this one seemed a neat bit of tidying up for the South London Sweeney.

And so it was with Andrew when charged with calling the Downing Street gatekeepers - armed interestingly with sub-machine guns - "fucking plebs". 
Like G. Davis he denied the charge - although admitting to other earthy outbursts - but, like George, was almost immediately found guilty. 

As friends said helpfully, even if had he not said it, it sounded like something he would have said.
Indeed it was in part his ability to sound like George with a posh accent, that helped 'Thrasher', as he is endearingly known, get the job of chief enforcer to David Cameron in the first place.

In times past the link between the Tory Party and the forces of law 'n order had seemed almost absolute.

The boys had ridden to the rescue of Mrs Thatcher in her hour of need with Arthur Scargill and his miners.

They had pinned the blame for  Hillsborough on Labour's Liverpool and even chased poll tax protestors through the streets of the capital.

But, after years out of power the new public school Tories saw the police as just one more grasping part of the socialist state. So, when Andrew fatefully admitted to at least mouthing with more sotto than voce, "I thought we were on the same fucking side," he could not have been more wrong. There he was, just like George, the right man, in the right place at the right time.

After a year languishing in protesting about the robbery he did not commit, G.Davis was indeed found innocent.
Now, after 12 months in his slightly more comfortable millionaires mansion A. Mitchell hopes for a similar result.
There are some today who say if he is found innocent,he should go back to his old job.
George went back to his old job -  and served two prison sentences for the robberies he did then do.