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article imageOp-Ed: The street kids who didn’t burn down the Clapham store

By Alexander Baron     Aug 14, 2011 in Crime
Last week, a fancy dress supplier in South London was burned to the ground, and the proprietor has an interesting project helping underprivileged kids.
When people of a certain political persuasion brand all capitalists evil, they are probably not thinking of Duncan Mundell. In 1994, he founded Party Superstores Ltd, a niche marketeer that specialises in fancy dress and related paraphernalia. The company now has over 50 staff and two branches. Correction, up until someone burned down the Clapham Store, it had two branches. It remains to be seen if it will still employ 50 staff by the time any legal, insurance and other issues have been sorted out.
Duncan Mundell appeared on the BBC Breakfast programme on Friday where he spoke with remarkable restraint for a man who had just seen a major tranche of his life’s work go up in smoke. A notice on his website says simply:
“CLAPHAM JUNCTION STORE IS CLOSED
Rioters set fire to the shop which is destroyed.
Please visit Sutton
or call them for mail order despatch. ”
Three years ago, he and he wife started Street Kids Rescue after taking a holiday in the Far East where they saw what real deprivation looks like. The project has grown exponentially since then, as can be seen from the charity’s website.
On September 10, his organisation is running a fund-raiser at Chiswick Town Hall which will include live variety acts and an auction.
There are of course people suffering genuine hardship in Britain, and all over the world, but burning down businesses, looting shops, and murdering people (as has happened in Birmingham and Ealing) won’t mitigate any of these hardships, nor any grievances real or imagined, nor make the world a better place.
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