Press line up for a 'Sinister' Notting Hill Carnival'
The conservative press are already lining up for scaremongering news stories on stabbings at Bank Holiday Weekend's Notting Hill Carnival:
Europe’s biggest carnival is famous for its steel bands, exuberant costumes and Jamaican food. The Notting Hill Carnival’s organisers hope that this year they can finally shake off the street party’s more sinister association: violence.
This weekend police and officials monitoring the event are adopting a new approach to avoid a repeat of last year’s rioting. Although fighting is limited to a few troublemakers, and usually happens on the final night, it mars the West London carnival that is attended by more than one million people and boosts the capital’s economy by nearly £100 million.
“One of the things that the police tell us is that people who come to enjoy the carnival come during the day and then go home,” said Michael Williams, a director of London Notting Hill Carnival Ltd. “If there is trouble it is not from those people, it is from people who show up quite late in the day, hang around and see what’s going on. Last year’s trouble was after the carnival had finished."
Though I have been several times to the Notting Hill Carnival I have never experienced any problems, although I do tend to leave in the late afternoon and avoid the underground.
I feel safer at the Notting Hill Carnival than I do outside my rural road in Kent with the drunken or speeding motorists. I like to get away from the dangers of the countryside.