The best law-enforcement in the world won’t stop some crime – and the best way to encourage it is to blame the wrong people for it.
So today, after an individual was attacked by a gang wielding weapons that some have claimed included foot-long knives and a machete, the racist right-wingers were out in force on the social media, blaming London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Policing isn’t his primary function. That job went to Tory Home Secretary Priti Patel. And the fact that there are 20,000 fewer police on your streets is the responsibility of a previous Tory Home Secretary (and later prime minister), Theresa May.
Get your priorities right, or a bad situation will get worse.
Sadly, too many people seem to have their priorities wrong – led by a rabid far-right political activist called Darren Grimes.
This product of a broken culture is a former Brexit campaigner who was nearly fineed £20,000 for breaking electoral spending rules and lying on the declaration form – but was let off after he said the form had confused him.
Is he similarly confused about the questionable politics of his internet platform Reasoned, which seeks to attact people who “hide [their] political views for fear of being called homophobic, a TERF (transphobic], [or] racist”?
It seems to This Writer that such a site will attract exactly that kind of person – especially after he published an interview on that platform in which historian David Starkey said slavery was not genocide, “otherwise there wouldn’t be so many damn blacks in Africa or in Britain, would there?”
Grimes said he hadn’t “caught” the comment before publishing it, which does not excuse him from the fact that it was published. Perhaps he was just confused about what constitutes racism?
Given the considerable confusion in his past, it seems entirely reasonable for Grimes to be confused about who is responsible for policing in London. Fortunately, we have more rational social media users to put him straight:
Honestly there’s tons of things to legitimately criticise Sadiq Khan from housing to being a Labour Right melt. But to link the Muslim man to rise in crime when it’s not even in his remit but firmly within Home Secretary Priti Patel’s is just very sus. https://t.co/cWtc5EhOtn
— The Trashies (@TheTrashiesUK) June 1, 2021
Sadly the damage has been done and lunatics are springing up to blame the recently re-elected London Mayor (it seems some of them are smarting that the Tory racist didn’t get in) for an incident that he could not have prevented even if he had all the police in the country at his disposal; they can’t be everywhere.
WATCH | Extremely distressing proof that Sadiq Khan is not remotely fit for office. Londoners are being completely and utterly failed.
— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) June 2, 2021
#HydePark What everyone will be wearing walking around London soon. London was once one of the greatest places in the world. Not no more, Sadiq Khan what are you going to do, about all the violence, & crime going on in London. Sadiq Khan the worst Mayor of London of all time. pic.twitter.com/6B2hAJVT7t
— ASKdes 🇬🇧🇺🇸🇦🇺🌎 (@ASK_des) June 2, 2021
‘Hyde Park machete carnage: Man is rushed to hospital with stab wounds after gang armed with foot-long knives attacked him in front of screaming onlookers in London beauty spot’
Welcome to Sadiq Khan’s London😡
— Penny Rimmington (@Olgachristie) June 2, 2021
Hyde park in Sadiq Khan's London this evening.
"Part and parcel of living in a big city" so he says. pic.twitter.com/XRXehwpVev
— JBB (@JUNE1BB) June 1, 2021
I know Vox Political readers won’t be fooled by any of this nonsense. But for the benefit of weaker-minded souls who might need help, let’s have a few words from people who understand the situation better than the far-right headbangers:
I must’ve missed the bit where Sadiq Khan fired 20,000 police officers. Oh wait, that was Theresa May. She isnt a Muslim so I guess she is immune from your criticism?!
— Andrew (@AndrewStoneman) June 1, 2021
The tories cut the policing budget but all yous wanna do is blame Sadiq Khan https://t.co/HF45hfX2KL
— بلال (@BeardedBillyy) June 1, 2021
Knife crime has gone up everywhere except London. Remember that when the usual suspects shout about Sadiq Khan. https://t.co/aFirvQlIJZ
— Zoe Kennedy (@zoekennedy) June 2, 2021
Watch Sadiq Khan somehow get the blame for this, as apposed to the incumbent government who have been in office for ELEVEN YEARS
— Matt Rice-Smith (@GoonerMat) June 2, 2021
Is Sadiq Khan Batman? What is he supposed to do? Appear at Hyde park and use his super powers to get them to stop? https://t.co/V05pyIEZj5
— Maybe: Manel (@Manoullaaaa) June 1, 2021
Whenever I see Sadiq Khan trending, I know instantly it's a pile on … all the racists, bigots, white far right self entitled, ignorant idiots feel they know more about governing London and they ignore the fact that should really address crime issues to Priti Patel.
— NotImpressed #FBPE #FBPPR #FBPA #SardinesUK (@randombigbird) June 2, 2021
So a stabbing in Hyde Park last night is Sadiq Khan's fault, apparently 🤷♀️
Daft racists everywhere.
— Tara 🇮🇪🇮🇸🏳️🌈 (@TheBluestStar) June 2, 2021
This Writer just hopes that the hysteria whipped up by right-wing racists hasn’t diverted attention away from the politician who should be telling us why she is allowing this violent crime to happen in one of the UK’s most famous public spaces.
So, what do you have to say for yourself, Priti Patel?
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