Home Secretary Amber Rudd remains in a political quagmire of her own making after Jeremy Corbyn savaged her for failing to read her own government department’s report on the link between police cuts and the rise in violent crime.
Worse still, she has announced £40 million of funds for a new strategy to counter serious violent crime – but ran away when asked what else she would cut in order to come up with the cash.
According to The Guardian:
Jeremy Corbyn has said Amber Rudd has been “completely undermined” by leaked Home Office documents suggesting government cuts are linked to the rise in violent crime, and demanded the home secretary explain herself to parliament.
“We always said cuts have consequences and now the Home Office’s own officials agree with us,” he said. “Today’s leaked documents make a nonsense of the Tories’ repeated claims that their cuts to police numbers have had no effect.”
Ms Rudd had to go ahead and release her ‘Serious Violence Strategy’ – but the damage had been done. She had intended to put the battle against knife crime in the spotlight, but instead it fell on the government’s own cuts:
Amber Rudd has revelaved a 114 page ‘Serious Violence Strategy’ which doesn't mention cuts to the number of police officers on the street or stretched resources. On the same day that a leaked report from the Home Office says such cuts are linked to rising crime.
— Liam Young (@liamyoung) April 9, 2018
And when she was asked what cuts would be required to fund her new initiative – well, see for yourself:
HILARIOUS: Amber Rudd makes a dash for it, when asked what is going to be cut to find the £40 million pic.twitter.com/Nheo9HJPVx
— Rob Abdul (@robabdul) April 9, 2018
Meanwhile, we learn that violent crime is on the increase in other UK cities:
Violent crime is soaring in Birmingham as police numbers drop https://t.co/2JrPy2hx0a
— Birmingham Live (@birmingham_live) April 9, 2018
No link between the two, though. Amber Rudd said so. https://t.co/eOZaDURNJa
— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) April 9, 2018
James O’Brien had a lot more to say about this issue. Here he is, demonstrating very clearly that Tories including Boris Johnson, Ms Rudd and current prime minister Theresa May have all claimed, against any logic, that reducing provision will improve protection. All have been proved wrong. And what do they have for those who call them out on it? Contempt:
— LBC (@LBC) April 9, 2018
Here’s an easy summary for you:
Theresa May to Police officers warning cuts have consequences:
"Stop crying wolf".
Boris Johnson to firefighters warning cuts have consequences:
Amber Ruud to her own department warning cuts have consequences:
"Didn't see it".
Tory incompetence costs lives.
— EL4C (@EL4JC) April 9, 2018
Fortunately, there are alternative points of view. Here’s Louise Haigh, Labour’s shadow policing minister:
"Anyone with any common sense would tell you that if you cut police numbers you reduce their ability to respond to crime & prevent it happening in the first place." My comments to @BBCNews on the Home Secretary's delusion on police cuts: pic.twitter.com/oJFjBvZ8dS
— Louise Haigh MP (@LouHaigh) April 9, 2018
She, at least, is in tune with the Police Federation:
Police Federation response to @AmberRuddHR’s statement 🔥: “The fact is a simple one, this government has recklessly cut police numbers and funding and we now have significant increases in violent crime, you do the math.” – @PFEW_HQ https://t.co/8yPAxt49xX
— Laura Pidcock MP (@LauraPidcockMP) April 9, 2018
So what’s the solution to the current rise in violent crime?
Remove the incompetent and arrogant Conservatives from office and put Labour ministers in place to get the job done properly.
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