George Walford: Happy Families

Under this head the Socialist Standard (February) quotes an official report that of the 589 people accused of killing in Scotland 1986-90, only 193 were strangers to the victims. (Rape and child abuse, also, take place mainly between victims and aggressors known to each other).

Yet there are people around who want us to exchange city life for small communities where everybody will know everybody else.

from Ideological Commentary 56, May 1992.