Speaking Easy: Teenagers, Cheating, Money, Paedophiles, Crime, Dudus Coke


Speakeasy took place again this month and I attended and participated in more topical debates.  This time they changed it round a little and started off by posing different scenarios with three options as an answer.  So here are a few for you to ponder…

A teenager is stabbed to death and you find out the culprit is your 15 year-old.  Would you:

a)  Turn them in to the police

b)  Don’t turn them in, but also don’t lie when questioned

c)  Hide him/her

I chose the second option.  Since it’s my own child, I can’t imagine just turning them straight to the police, but it also depends on the circumstances in which the stabbing occurred.  Hiding them would only make the situation worse for everyone, so I would basically operate a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ method and speak when I’m spoken to.

What do you think?

You’re on a dirty weekend at a plush hotel and you spot your best friend’s partner loved up with someone else.  Would you:

a)  Confront them and give them a warning to stop or you’ll tell

b)  Tell your friend straight away

c)  Avoid them and pretend you know nothing, even if your friend finds out later and confides in you

There is not a piece of anything that anyone could tell me that would stop me from telling my friend straight away.  Those who disagree can call me selfish all you want, but my best friends and I have already agreed that if we were to ever find ourselves in such a situation, the truth is the best option.  I will tell my friend, and what he or she chooses to do with the information is up to them, but I know I have done the right thing, so even if my friend chooses to stop being my friend because he or she is in denial… so be it.  Someone close to me has already told me that she thinks it’s better to stay out of other people’s business, so if she were to be in this situation, she wouldn’t say a word.  I hope it will never be a boyfriend of mine she sees…

What do you think?

£10,000 goes missing at work and you find it and take it because you have a huge debt to settle with a loan shark.   Your best friend/colleague is then accused of theft and their job is threatened.  What do you do?

a)  Confess

b)  Put it back unnoticed and risk having your legs broken by the loan shark’s henchmen

c)  Don’t confess, but help your friend as much as possible to look for another job

I think I would put it back unnoticed and just move house!  I definitely wouldn’t confess, because I’ll out of a job and broker than I already am, and to watch my friend get blamed for something so serious… not sure my conscience could take that; I’d be living in fear of karma!

What do you think?

Your neighbourhood discovers that a registered paedophile is living on your street, and there is a plot to burn their house down.  You hold the deciding vote as to whether to go through with it.  What do you do?

a)  Vote to go ahead with it

b)  Vote against it, because you’re against mob mentality

c)  Separate yourself from the group and let them do what they want

Initially I thought I would vote to burn the house down, but then I changed my mind and decided I would remove myself from the group, because a good point someone made was that the person could have been over 18 and had sex with a 15 year old who lied about their age.  They could be a registered sex offender for a minor reason, but put in the same box as the vile, disgusting lot who actually harm children.  The word ‘paedophile’ is sometimes used a little too generally, in my opinion, and maybe needs to be made a bit more specific, because the image that is conjured up is that of a sick and dangerous person.

What do you think?

Why are black communities so reluctant to co-operate with the police with black-on-black crime?

A point was made that the term ‘Black-on Black’ crime itself is stupid, and I agree.  I remember thinking this at the time that Operation Trident was set up.  They never say White-on-White, Asian-on-Asian or Chinese-on-Chinese crime, do they??  So why set up a specific section?  Crime is crime.

I think black people don’t always co-operate with the police, because there’s a general lack of trust, and the communities don’t feel that the police are genuinely there to help.  There’s also the whole issue of people not talking, because they don’t want to be seen as a snitch or a grass for fear of retaliation.  It’s sad, because people should put themselves in the victims and their families’ shoes and imagine how devastating it must be to know that someone knows something that could give them closure, but chooses not to speak.

What do you think?

Dudus Coke – international criminal or supporter of the community?

I’d never heard of this guy until there was a manhunt for him recently, but what a Jamaican friend told me was that as much as him being a drug baron is not a good thing, he practically transformed the Tivoli Gardens area that her family live in, and helped the children and other families with his money.  The fact that the locals didn’t want to help catch him, tells me that they didn’t see him as a bad person.  But on the other hand I’m sure there were people hooked on the same drugs he was running, and then throw in a corrupt Prime Minister of the country; it’s a bit of a hard one.  There were also comments about it being a case of America forcing themselves into this country they have never previously cared about, under the guise of capturing a drug baron, for the sake of finding oil.  When will this crap end eh?

What do you think?

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