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“.
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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