Win a Silver Spankley trophy and a return trip… on the London tube (from Piccadilly to Russell Square).
Here at Gumshoe, we cannot let the 10th anniversary of the London bombings go unmarked. Hence, this date, July 7, is the occasion for us to announce a new award in journalism. The prize will be given from time to time, and will be called the Silver Spankley Award.
For this opening competition, we invite your reaction to a short BBC article that appeared on July 3 this year, as a retrospective. (See below). It raises no questions as to the real identity, motive, background, or coordinating skills of the four alleged bombers (all Muslims, of course). The BBC entitle it “7 July London bombings: What happened that day?”
We, the public, are “told” a narrative – and over time, if this story is not questioned, it “becomes” fact. And those people who were killed that day become part of a myth. A myth that provides no justice for them.
This is the The BBC article.
Yesterday I posted the item about Peter Power and the drill that was going on in London, regarding the very same type of incident at the very hour that the actual bombings occurred.
Thus, if you wish to compete for our initial prize, you must submit a comment that criticises the standard of journalism involved. (Nothing libelous please toward any named person, as that could be actionable and we have no money to fight in court.) Alternatively you may comment below, linking us to the best article or video – that has done some proper investigation of the 7/7 tragedy. Any effort, small or large is appreciated.
Deadline is the 20th July. The best comment will be chosen at the sole discretion of the Gumshoe judges. We regret to inform you that this has nothing to do with the Walkley Awards.