Foreign Criminal Of The Day, Part I: The Arbitage Of Murder, Part I - Viktor Dembovskis
Advocates of globalisation sell it as 'the rising tide that lifts all boats'; that we all become richer through the flow of goods, services and persons from nation to nation.
However, one of the purposes of this weblog is to show that for all intents and purposes it's nothing more than the sort of cup-and-ball game which might baffle a child, who is then amused by the simplicity of the trick; but which an attentive adult should be able to see through with ease.
As Stephen Roach and Paul Craig Roberts tirelessly record, it's nothing more than an arbitrage of labour between nations, with capital finding its greatest return in those nations where labour is cheapest.
The process is sold as the best possible way of lifting the average Third World income, when its salesmen culpably fail to acknowledge that it will do this, yes, but only by eventually equallising First and Third World incomes, with those in the Third rising and those in the First falling until they meet.
But the free flow of labour into nations, whether through mass immigration or so-called 'onshore offsourcing', is also a critical part of the globalisation process. Mass immigration, which expands the labour pool and displaces native workers with migrants who then forward remittances in hard (or harder) currency back to their homelands, speeds up the globalisation process. And so the arbitage continues.
Of course, that's how it should work.
One of the consequences of this process is that it is not merely the labour which is subject to arbitrage; it is also everything to do with the labourers.
Such as the crimes they commit. Crimes of which they have a history.
Although he manages the feat by a very narrow margin ahead of some very strong competition, the case of Viktor Dembovskis (pictured) is the worst to be featured in 'Foreign Criminal Of The Day' thus far.
Dembovskis, a Latvian national, had served two prison terms for rape in his homeland. One rape conviction is a cause for serious concern; two, perhaps symptomatic of a pathological offending pattern.
After the eastward expansion of the EU in 2004, and the British government's insistent belief that mass immigration is a collective good, Dembovskis exercised his rights as a citizen of a member nation and settled in the UK, without any checks being performed on his background.
He was today convicted of the rape and murder of 17 year old Jeshma Raithatha, by all accounts a very talented and accomplished young woman.
Dembovskis fled the UK for Latvia the day after he committed his crimes. Latvia then issued a European arrest warrant for his extradition back to the UK.
On June 5 last year, I wrote the following words concerning the coverage being given by the UK's ITN news service to the Latvian extradition proceedings:
"The Award for Media Misrepresentation of the Week
goes to the UK's Independent Television News.
Reporting on the arrest (in Latvia) of Latvian...Viktors Dembovskis on suspicion of the rape and murder of London schoolgirl Jeshma Raithatha, ITN reported that,
"As Latvia joined the EU in May last year, extradition procedures are likely to be fast-tracked.": utterly failing to mention that Latvia's admission to the EU last year also gave Dembovskis an automatic right of residence in the UK. If Latvia had not joined the EU, then Dembovskis would have had no such right and probably wouldn't have been living here.
One hopes that Jeshma's family draws some succour from the fact his extradition is likely to be fast-tracked. "
It seems they did not. Jeshma's parents, Suresh and Manjula, were reported to have made the following statement today:
"The man who took Jeshma's life in this senseless manner has a violent past. He has spent time in his own country for the rape of two women. Yet he was easily allowed into this country. We have to ask how and why this came about. What checks were made about his backgrounds before he was allowed to set foot on British soil?"
Whilst offering my sincere condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Raithatha for the death in their daughter, perhaps they don't understand that the official policy of the government to which they pay taxes for their protection is to bring in more and more people; and our immigration policy's engineered laxity means that with them will come more rapists and murderers like Viktor Dembovskis.
Wee Jeshma, God rest her soul, was as much a martyr for the cause of globalisation as a murder victim. The opprobrium of the British people has been expressed by the imposition on her killer of a rare tariff, that of whole of life imprisonment.
But one feels very great unease at just how many parents up and down the land will some day have to stand outside a courtroom, asking the same questions as Suresh and Manjula Raithatha.
If they ever get an answer, they'll be told that there are always some bad apples; but it was all for your own good.
Viktor Dembovskis was enriching us by working as a carwash attendant.