Tag Archives: Soho

A Scandal in Soho

Since 2013 the Met Police’s Operation Joseph, an internal inquiry under the auspices of the Directorate of Professional Standards Anti-Corruption Command, has been investigating the relationship between officers of the Westminster licensing unit and the owners of clubs, pubs and bars … Continue reading

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Lowlife Literature: The Gilt Kid

 ‘You still in the racket?’ he asked. ‘You mean am I still in the same game?’ ‘Sure. Use your loaf. What the hell else would I mean?’ ‘Yes. There’s nothing else for it when you’ve once been inside.’   One … Continue reading

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Shoot the Messenger

Be it Benjamin Franklin or Edward Ward, whoever said “nothing is certain except death or taxes” failed to account for the impulse of institutions to punish heretics profaning the cherished corporate image. Whistleblowing. An affront to the Met’s “Total Policing”, … Continue reading

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David Hunt: Untouchable?

You’ve heard of the Krays. And if you’re a connoisseur of true crime, you may be familiar with the Adams family, Richardson brothers, Billy Hill, Jack Spot and the Sabinis. But David Hunt? 55-year-old Hunt first came to public attention in … Continue reading

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A Reply to Matthew Parris, “We Can’t Go on With Such Incompetent Police”

I began to notice everywhere, as I had not noticed before, what shockingly low standards of police competence and honesty were passing almost unremarked. Later I kicked myself for believing the police’s story about Hillsborough; and I’m ashamed of having … Continue reading

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Farewell to Soho?

Soho’s under siege. Again. This time it’s for real. Madame JoJo’s faces evisceration, obliteration. Soho’s underbelly forever rumbles. A tradition of violence, inscribed in myths as blinding as a London fog: the Sabinis (think Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock with a twist of Peaky … Continue reading

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