Crime triggers acrimonious exchange at PMQs

Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner ripped Dominic Raab a new one in a punitive masterclass on how to take apart a political opponent, using his government’s failures and his own record against him.

During a Prime Minister’s Questions that was led by the government and opposition’s deputy leaders, due to the funeral of former Speaker Betty Boothroyd, Rayner began by focusing on the government’s new anti-social behaviour strategy that she said had taken 13 years to arrive and could best be applied to Raab himself (referring to charges of bullying against him).

His best response was that he had never called anybody “scum” (a reference to her use of the word to describe members of his party).

Moving on to attack the Tory record on crime in general, Rayner quoted shocking figures that show 300 rapes take place every day but women brave enough to report them have just a 1.6 per cent chance of ever seeing their attacker face justice in court.

Raab’s response that 69 per cent of such cases result in conviction was pathetically weak; he was saying only one in every 100 rapes ever results in a conviction.

The figure supports Baroness Casey’s damning report on the “institutionally sexist” Metropolitan Police, which stated that rape might as well be legal in London.

And worse was to follow, with the revelation that the average wait for a rape case to reach court is now three years, and 175 have been abandoned because the victim was so brutalised by the experience that she felt unable to go on.

These are damning figures for which Raab had no coherent response.

And that’s the most damning part of it, because Dominic Raab is also the UK’s Secretary of State for Justice.

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3 thoughts on “Crime triggers acrimonious exchange at PMQs

  1. Jack Rawlinson

    Wow. Sorry. I’m a hard lefty socialist but it seemed to me that Raab did better in that exchange.

    I think the world has gone mad. Like most people don’t actually listen to or understand language any more. They just tune in to the noise they like.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      All the statistics were against him and all he had in answer was hot air and whataboutery.

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