This away with “Walking away with booty” portraying injustice.

This is a secondary source newspaper article written for the Daily Mirror in 1940 on the looting going on in Liverpool with the intended audience of those affected.The historical context here is that Looting was an ongoing problem and was particularly common in big cities.The article firstly tells us that looting is worsening “more looting in liverpool than ever before” showing that it has been an ongoing worsening problem that people are getting away with “Walking away with booty” portraying injustice. The second thing the article tells us is that it is preventing police officers from helping the public “Two police officers, while assisting injured people, fell over men who were too busy looting to notice the officers” informing us of the lack of regard the looters had for the police and how they got in the way of the officers helping the injured. Lastly, the focus of the article is on the punishment through refusal of bail “instructed to object to these alleged looters being allowed out on bail” and keeping them away from the public “behind lock and bars”. The significance of the order in which the article informs us is that it describes the crimes committed and shows the justice served, perhaps for the purpose of appeasing the public reading this who may have been affected by the looters. It gives the message that the problem, though sizeable, is under control as people are not able to get away on bail. It also gives the message that the under a strain, police officers are doing their jobs. This source provides evidence for the theme of crime and punishment as it clearly outlines the crimes committed and the resulting punishment. However it also links to the theme of national identity during the second world war, however in this case it does not provide evidence for the british moral. The article shows how some britons were thieves taking advantage of a national crisis to meet their own ends. The article goes as far as to call them “ghouls”. Joan Veazey wrote in her diary “The most sickening thing was to see people like vultures…I didn’t like to feel that English people would do this, but they did.” explicitly saying how this went against british values during the war, showing how this does not support the national identity of Britons being united as one. The bias here is the newspapers reputation for siding with the police.