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Damilola Taylor's father calls for violent game tax

Anti-knife crime activist calls from prohibitive tax against "too cheap" games

Richard Taylor, father of murdered ten-year-old Damilola Taylor, has said he will advise Gordon Brown to institute a videogames sales tax as part of a wider move against knife crime.

Describing violent videogames as "too cheap", Taylor blames them for negatively influencing children's behaviours and told MPs that taxes on them should be "very high".

"I have young people who I mentor and I see them go up and buy the games and it saddens me that they are being able to have such a negative impact," he the told Home Affairs Committee, according to the Telegraph.

Taylor, whose son was a victim of knife crime and has since been an advisor to the Prime Minister on the topic, also levied criticism at rap music, especially that which comes out of the US.

"It is creating more of a problem because of the language that is used. It is language that, as a father, I would not allow my children to hear," he said in front of MPs.

"To me, there is a lot of negativity that comes out of this music, especially that which is coming from America."

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Latest comments (3)

Glenn Flanagan Creative Director, Arctic Tiger Ltd11 years ago
"as a father, I would not allow my children to hear" - and that is exactly the problem. It's not the games nor the music that is the problem, it's the parents that buy the games and music for their children.

With the UKs population the way it is (too violent, too fat, too rude) why has no one realised that it's the fault of shoddy parenting that has caused all of these problems!?

The problem is the parents...not the kids!
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D11 years ago
Because, Glenn, that would involve the idea of individual responsibility, which is something British society seems very keen to get rid of. Nothing's "our" fault anymore - we're all victims.
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Lars Vormann Projectmanager Games, Much More GmbH11 years ago
oh jeeez...you relly think it is an UK only thing??
Especially after the shooting in Germany yesterday, it has taken the media and politicians exactly (I was waiting for it, so I kept the clock in check) 13 hours to mention so-called "Killerspiele" ("killing games") as the cilprit and scapegoat for that crime.

Glenn, you couldn't be more correct! Unfortunately, the media (in every country) always seems to draw pictures, which are much easier to beleive for the masses which doesn't care to think for themselves.

Sad, really.
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