The Knives of the Daily Mail newspaper.
An updated list.
(July 2001 - September 2009)
'Knives come out..' (Double Page spread)
'Knives come out again..' (Double Page spread)
'Blair buddy puts knife in Brown' (Double Page spread)
'Doctors have knives out for kitchen tools.'
The article explains that the tools referred to are kitchen knives)
'Who will wield the knife?' (Double Page spread)
'Knives are out' (The headline in Peter Hitchen's column printed mid knife amnesty, arguing that the amnesty would be a complete failure).
Youngsters tell me that "knives are out" means "get the knives out".
'Knives are out for Orliath'
'Knives are out for men' (Jan Moir column)
'After a week to forget, the knives are out'
'Why the BBC's knives are out for Osborne, Mandy is getting away with murder'
'Romeo and Juliet: Knives are out for a roving Romeo'
'Knives are out for marriage'
'The knives are out for Gordon after poll disaster in Glasgow'
'Usmanov's knives out for Gunners in Moscow talks'
'Now the knives are out for Mrs Obama'
'Knives out for Labour's 'golden couple'
'Knives are weapon of choice for violent criminals', new figures reveal (any surprise after all these headlines?)
'Knives are in youngsters' DNA,' minister warns [as it's revealed A&E treats 38 stab victims a day] (is it any surprise?)
'The abyss facing us on knives'
'A knife attack every 4 minutes'
'Knives out for Ancelotti...' (similar headline was used by the Daily Mirror on the same day)
'Knives out: Delia Smith attacks 'foul-mouthed' Gordon Ramsey'
'Tom Parker Bowles gets the knives out'
'Labour loses as knives out for Tory leader'
'Day of long knives as jobs cut'
'Knives are out for Charlie'
'Knives are out for Goldsmith...'
'Knives and forks out for Ming'
'Record numbers found carrying knives'
'Knives are out for Lord Levy as Blair rift grows'
'Now the Whitehall knives come out for the honest general'
'Night of frocks and knives' [TV Showbiz]
'KNIVES OUT FOR CAMILLA'
'Knife deaths at record 6 a week'
'Day of the long knives at City Hall as Boris axes 120 jobs'
'Now they will stab him in the front'
'THE SHADOW OF THE KNIFE' (Front Page headline)
'KNIVES OUT FOR GORDON RAMSEY' (Double page spread)
'KNIVES ARE OUT FOR ALESHA' (Double Page spread)
'KNIVES ARE OUT FOR GORDON BROWN' (Front Page headline - it was the very first time that the Daily Mail used the knives are out metaphor in
headlines, July 2001)
'Why no one (apart from Charles Clarke) is rushing to put the knife into Mr. Brown'
'Moses twists the knife...'
'Cameron plans his own night of the long knives'...
News article body text:- 'This coming week marks the first anniversary of Brown's premiership - and the knives are being sharpened.'
News article body text:- 'The knives are being sharpened for the Health Secretary.'
News article body text:- 'In the wake of the credit crunch, however, the knives are out.'
City News headlines:- 'Knives are being sharpened', and 'Barclays Knives'
Sport article body texts:-
'The jeers of the crowd were assailing his ears and, in the background, he could hear the sound of knives being sharpened.'
"As the knives were being aimed at Avram Grant with the body of his side still warm, John Terry made a secret vow to breath new life into Chelsea",
I quote the Daily Mail newspaper.
"This coming week marks the first anniversary of Brown's premiership - and the knives are being sharpened."
"The knives are being sharpened for the Health Secretary."
"In the wake of the credit crunch, however, the knives are out."
"Also nowadays if a high profile person gets it wrong the knives are out for them."
"So the knives are out for him big time. Alistair Darling and Ed Balls."
"The knives are out, the blood is flowing. Won't be long, now."
"The knives are out: The knife-thrower throws daggers at Oksana."
(some time back):- "However, Labour and the Liberal Democrats said it showed the "knives are out" for the Tory leader."
"In the kitchen, temperaments are frying, knives are out in every sense."
"I think you'd struggle at the moment - the knives are out, polished, sharpened, and I think we are a lesser country for it."
City News headlines:- 'Knives are being sharpened', and 'Barclays' Knives'
Sport article body texts:-
"The jeers of the crowd were assailing his ears and, in the background, he could hear the sound of knives being sharpened."
"As the knives were being aimed at Avram Grant with the body of his side still warm, John Terry made a secret vow to breath new life into
"And the knives are out. Blood-letting is imminent, we hear, when the Government calls in British Olympic Association heads next week to demand an
"Suddenly, the knives come out and the dimly lit, tree-lined streets around the Olympic Stadium become the scene for a sinister game of dare,
"Watch the knives come out for him when Man City go through a bad run of results. The expectation to win something will lead to impatience.."
"Martin has seen the writing on the wall now so he should watch his back and have another job lined up when the knives come out again."
"I am not the most patient guy in the world." Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric after giving under-fire boss Alain Perrin the vote of confidence.
Sharpened knives anyone?"
(Please DO NOT commit knife crime)
I have made the matter public on Facebook "Stop Knife Crime" groups.
Testimony was sent to the Daily Mail in June 2006, that these headlines were catalysts for knife crimes (from an ex knife crime criminal), but despite
over 10 letters since July 2001, Mr. Paul Dacre, the Chief Editor still did not listen. Generally every time a special delivery complaint was sent in
2001, the complaint was ignored - knife cacophemism headlines were used MORE, and more people were murdered.
DMGT plc was sent an official cease and desist letter on June 22nd 2009.
Knife crime plummeted to just 2 homicides in 2.5 months in the UK after a period where knife metaphors were ceased in the media (following phone calls
by me), prior to the September double-page spread in the Daily Mail - they went to press with "KNIVES ARE OUT FOR ALESHA" (after our cease and
desist letter which was completely ignored).
PLEASE DO see my YouTube video about this, it's my YouTube debut! :-
I haven't been on the site for a while, best regards to all.