British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video Games

March 10, 2009 -

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's advisor on knife crimes has called for a tax on violent video games, reports the Telegraph.

Richard Taylor (left), whose 10-year-old son Damilola was stabbed to death in 2000 made his comments to to the Brown Government's Home Affairs Committee.

Also coming in for Taylor's criticism were rap music and American cultural influences:

Violent games are “too cheap” and taxes on them should be “very high”, Mr Taylor told MPs.

He told the Home Affairs Committee: “I have young people who I mentor and I see them go up and buy the games and it saddens me that they are being able to have such a negative impact...”

Mr Taylor also told MPs that he was concerned about the content of much rap music.

“It is creating more of a problem because of the language that is used. It is language that, as a father, I would not allow my children to hear. To me, there is a lot of negativity that comes out of this music, especially that which is coming from America.”


Comments

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video ...

Lets not forget the SNP, the party of bigots that preach hate about people who come from a different country.

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video ...

That statement is almost Thompsonesque in it's falseness unless you meant the BNP.

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video ...

SNP, BNP what's the difference? The Scottish National Party makes so many racist comments at the English it's unbelievable, but because they're defined as a minority they're allowed to get away with it. Their comments are insulting and discriminatory.

(Can gamers actually have a discussion without the "Boogie Man" coming out. Gamers are clearly obsessed with the man).

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video ...

Are you suggesting that the current Scottish Govt are the equivalent of the BNP?

This is the adiminstration which abolished student tuition fees, prescription charges in the socialised health care system, and all fees for socialised nursing care. They are obviously dangerous facists.

Or maybe you are short on facts and talking 'oot yer arse'. But lets not lets facts get in the way of bigotry. You are the UK JT and I claim my £5.

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video ...

Let me first state, that I don't know anything about British politics, especially not about Scottish parties, so I really can't contribute all that much to this discussion except pointing out your simplistic views on racism. What exactly do you think is the connection between abolishing fees in the educational and medical system and being a racist? Because I don't see any.
All I see is a pretty ridiculous train of thought that goes "racists are bad, these people did stuff that isn't bad, therefore they can't be racist", which is about as fallacious as an argument can possibly get.

Of course, I didn't hear anything to the contrary either, so the only thing I learned thus far is, that the SNP is presumably involved in the current Scottish government.

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video ...

Can I just ask where I mentioned racism in my post?

I was highlighting the bizarre nature of the accusation that the BNP and SNP were equivalent in the previous post. The current incarnation of the SNP are in fact left of centre in the political spectrum, vastly different to the neo-facist BNP.

 

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video ...

The SNP want to have Scotland leave the UK, I've never seen them as racist, they've never to my knowledge said that English people should be forcably removed from Scotland. Hell IIRC they would still recognise Queen Elizabeth as head of state.

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video Games

Too cheap? Has he even looked at how fast those prices went up with the next-gen?

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video ...

I can't help but wonder if anyone ever questioned the wisdom of appointing someone to advise on an issue to which they have a personal and emotionally painful connection?  

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video ...

Our government is basically run by the tabloids, that should go some way to explaining it.

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video ...

Well, America's government is basically run by sheeple of one brand or another, so you're not any worse off than we are.

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video Games

So this guy wants to be EVERYONE'S father and protect them. :( How sad.

Re: British Knife Crime Czar Urges Tax on Violent Video Games

Ahhh, another stupid parental micromanagement bill!

Why not increase taxes on the combat KNIVES being sold?

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TechnogeekNo, that's a pretty shitty thing to do and I fully support the responsible parties getting a visit from the relevant legal authorities.10/25/2014 - 12:17pm
Neo_DrKefkaSomeone anyone tell me how two wrongs somehow make a right? This is becoming exhausting and both sides are out of there minds!10/25/2014 - 11:40am
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NeenekoJust look at how interviews are handled. Media tends to pit someone who is at best a journalist, but usually entertainer, against an expert, and it is presented and percieved as if they are equals.10/25/2014 - 7:38am
Neeneko@MC - Focusing on perpetrator does nothing for prevention, the media and public lack the domain knowledge and event details to draw any useful conclusions. All we get are armchair risk experts.10/25/2014 - 7:36am
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Andrew EisenWhen I write about these massacres, I don't use the shooter's name or picture. I'm not saying everyone has to play it that way but that's how I prefer to do it.10/25/2014 - 12:44am
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