Campaigners against disability discrimination need to watch Cressida Dick’s ‘knife crime’ comments carefully. Here’s the reason

Cressida Dick: She made her comments on the radio station LBC.

It is bad enough that Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has admitted there is a direct connection between an increase in knife crime and a fall in police numbers.

It shows that police representatives were right to oppose Theresa May’s cuts to the police service, that were imposed when she was Home Secretary and have led to a shocking increase in crime during her term as prime minister.

Mrs May was warned – and did nothing. She doesn’t care about your safety.

But we knew that already. Tory policy since 2010 has demonstrated that the safety of poor people simply isn’t of any concern to them.

We only have to look at the behaviour of the Department for Work and Pensions towards people with long-term illnesses and/or disabilities – and there is a connection, because the language used by the Tories to excuse their behaviour on both issues is the same.

Look at what Mrs May said about knife crime – I’m using a BBC report but I’m sure any mainstream news outlet will have used her words:

There is “some link” between falling police numbers and a rise in violent crime, Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick has said.

[Ms Dick said:]”I agree that there is some link between violent crime on the streets obviously and police numbers, of course there is, and everybody would see that.”

The commissioner was speaking a day after Prime Minister Theresa May said there was “no direct correlation”.

“No direct correlation” is what Iain Duncan Smith said when he was told that suicide among benefit claimants had increased alongside the increase in the number of rejections of claims after he changed the rules to make it harder for people taking a “Work Capability Assessment” (WCA) to qualify.

After academic reports proved that there was indeed a correlation, he fell back on claims that “correlation doesn’t imply causality“.

Doesn’t it?

It certainly implies that opportunities have been created.

And let’s not forget that Iain Duncan Smith was wrong; when he said the words quoted above, we had already known for nearly two years that WCA assessors had been putting suicide in the minds of benefit claimants by asking, “Why haven’t you killed yourself?”

It’s many years past time we got tough on these homicidal Tories.

For those of us who campaigned against their campaign of hatred against people who are sick and/or disabled, it seemed there simply wasn’t enough public interest because opinion had been whipped up against benefit claimants by the Tory-complicit mainstream media.

Attitudes to knife crime seem different – so let’s make the connection and point out that Tory policies deliberately attack the innocent.

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  1. Dez March 5, 2019 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    I guess when the number of deaths got totally out of control even the Governments own propaganda started to look like it was…fake news. Every sensible man or woman in the UK knew the reduction of police resources would escalate into increased crime on the streets and it would just be a matter of time before the exposure translated into blood on pavements and rampant crimewaves. It’s all very well exposing the vulnerable to these Government campaigns of victimisation the question is are they deliberately orchestrated or do they just lack the one important key ingredient in good decision making ……..common sense.

  2. nmac064 March 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    The nasty Tories don’t want to listen to warnings about their evil policies. As you say Mike they don’t care a fig about the vast majority of us.

  3. corneleus51 March 5, 2019 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Of course knife crime has increased. You only have to look at the number of closed Police stations to know that the police response has been seriously decreased. But then, with leading Politicians having 24 hour guards at work and at home, why should they be concerned. They reduced the living standards of all below middle class, as they gave huge tax relief to those who have the most money and that included themselves. But, apart from the ballot rigging “Postal votes of dead people and new immigrants” who else voted for this complete massacre of the lowest earners in this country. How many voters were led astray by the right wing press? Sort that and that mob will be gone forever!!!

  4. Skeptic March 5, 2019 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    What a load of tripe I just read. Vox political dont invade my world.

    • Mike Sivier March 5, 2019 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Any explanation of why it’s tripe? No?
      Well, we didn’t expect one really, did we?
      More evidence-less nonsense from an anonymous nobody.

    • John W. Hall March 5, 2019 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      Oh!! look…. a nameless Tory has just broken the surface with a gem of erudite wisdom! It does not surprise me that you don’t want your name known …….. a lot of Tory poison is spread that way, then they gather together, wave the “Butchers apron” and try to convince us that only they are where the future prosperity of the country resides.

  5. Michael McNulty March 5, 2019 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Aristotle said poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. At present serious crime is the problem but it will morph into civil unrest and there aren’t enough police or troops to contain it. Until property is at grave risk instead of working-class lives things won’t change, but I think the nationwide roll-out of Universal Credit impoverishing millions more all at once could be the catalyst. The anger unleashed will badly frighten them.

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