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Johnson’s ministers can’t even employ good bodyguards; this one left his gun on a plane

Dominic Raab: he’s geographically incompetent – his previous claim to fame being that he didn’t know the importance of the Dover-Calais crossing – so it’s a miracle he or his bodyguard even got on the right plane.

You may be forgiven if you thought the bodyguard in this story was employed by Serco.

After all the Johnson government’s privatisation disasters (including with Serco on the ‘test and trace’ affair), it’s an obvious conclusion to draw.

(In fact G4S is a more likely culprit – remember, that firm has form since its botch-up of security for the 2012 London Olympics. But This Writer would not have put it past Dominic Raab to have hired Carillion. Think about it.)

It transpires that the guilty party was a genuine member of the UK’s police – who also have a record of blundering, especially in this regard:

In February, a bodyguard for former prime minister David Cameron was investigated for reportedly leaving his gun in a plane toilet.

In this case, the details are as follows:

A cleaner is reported to have found the loaded Glock 19 pistol in its holster on a seat on the United Airlines flight after it landed in London on Friday.

The foreign secretary had been in Washington DC to speak to US politicians about Brexit.

Scotland Yard said an internal investigation was taking place.

The cleaner raised the alarm after finding the weapon, the Sun reported, and police boarded the plane – before realising the gun belonged to one of Mr Raab’s close protection officers.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on Friday 18 September and we are taking this matter extremely seriously.

“The officer involved has since been removed from operational duties whilst an internal investigation into the circumstances is taking place.”

So the upshot is that the UK’s police have lost another officer.

Will the Home Secretary be admitting this, next time she lies about police numbers?

Source: Dominic Raab’s bodyguard ‘left gun on plane’ – BBC News

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Tory police cuts have caused the London violent crime explosion

Theresa May: You want to know the real cause of the rise in violent crime in London? Look no further.

May we please talk about the elephant in the room?

Some commentators – like Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick – have blamed the rise in violent crime in London on the social media, but I disagree.

The cause is obvious: It’s due to the police cuts inflicted by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary.

Now she is Prime Minister, my guess is that authority figures and Tory puppets in the mainstream media have been ordered to divert attention from that fact, at all costs.

But nobody told the general public not to mention it, so people are drawing the obvious conclusion:

Labour’s shadow policing and crime minister, Louise Haigh, wouldn’t have paid attention to the memo even if she had received it. She has written an article in the Huffington Post:

“What connects all these things? Failing prisons, crisis in probation, the NHS in turmoil, cuts to education, austerity. The answer of course is this Tory Government. All roads lead back to ministers. They decide the funding, they decide the priorities.

“What of our Home Secretary? Amber Rudd’s silence is deafening. She is politically too scared to be associated with this toxic mess of her boss’s making. And what of the Prime Minister? Nothing. She is unable to criticise her own terrible record as Home Secretary and PM, as we have seen the loss of over 21,000 police officers across the country – with more than 17,000 from the front-line.

“But it’s simply not good enough.”

“Not good enough” is all you’ll get from the Conservatives. And under a Tory government, violent crime will only get worse.

Scotland Yard [has been holding] emergency talks over the recent spate of violent crime in London.

Police chiefs want to develop a mobilisation plan to tackle knife and gun violence in the city.

There have been growing calls for politicians to set out substantial plans to address the crisis, and concerns that national and London leaders have fallen short.

The Met police commissioner, Cressida Dick, has been criticised for making no public statement on the subject until Thursday, while the Home Office, the Met and the mayor of London all declined interview requests from BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Friday morning.

Source: Tanesha Melbourne-Blake killing: man held on suspicion of murder | UK news | The Guardian


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Utter failure by the Tories on crime and homelessness

Knife crime has increased by 21% in the 12 months to September [Image: Diverse Images/Getty Images/Universal Images Group].

Figures released today (January 25) show that the Conservative Government has failed abjectly to reduce crime or homelessness.

Both have risen, with crime up by 14 per cent in the last year – and homelessness up by a staggering 169 per cent since the Tories came back into office in 2010.

Here‘s The Guardian on the rise in crime:

The rise in crime in England and Wales is accelerating, with a 14% year-on-year increase in offences recorded by forces across England and Wales, according to police figures.

Knife crime has gone up even more steeply, by 21% in the 12 months to September, and gun crime has risen by 20%, according to quarterly figures released on Thursday.

The police figures show domestic burglary rose by 32% to 261,965 offences and vehicle thefts rose 18% to 443,577.

Meanwhile, official figures show the number of police officers in England and Wales has fallen by 930 in the past 12 months, to 121,929, the lowest level since comparable records began in 1996. Police officer numbers are now 22,424 below their peak in 2009, when there were 144,353 officers.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott had this to say about it:

“These figures are truly shocking and should put an end to Government complacency on crime.

“The Tories are failing in a basic duty to protect the public. They have now cut over 21,000 police officers since 2010, leaving forces across the country under-staffed and over-stretched.  Police numbers are now at their lowest in 30 years. You can’t fight crime on the cheap.

“These statistics are an indictment of this Conservative Government’s policies. Labour will address this crisis and recruit 10,000 new police officers.”

Let’s go back to The Guardian for the word on homelessness:

Rough sleeping in England has increased for the seventh consecutive year, official figures show, and charities say even this steep rise fails to capture the true level of street homelessness.

Statistics published by the government on Thursday reveal that an estimated 4,751 people bedded down outside overnight in 2017, up 15% on the previous year.

Homelessness charities said the figures, up 169% since 2010, were a catastrophe and a scandal, while Labour blamed government policies for what it called the “shameful” figures and promised to eliminate rough sleeping in the first term of a Labour administration.

Remember when the Tories were banging on about having a “long-term plan”?

If this is the result, nobody should be impressed.


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Put the blame for the Paris attacks where it belongs: On terrorists, not Islam

A French police officer takes cover while on the lookout for the shooters who attacked the restaurant 'Le Petit Cambodge.'

The horrific attacks on the people of Paris prompted an outpouring of anti-Muslim sentiment on the social media, long before Islamic State took responsibility for what happened.

We all know the score now – or at least we should: At least 127 people lie dead and many more injured, and France is in a state of emergency after a series of bomb and gun attacks in Paris on the evening of Friday 13 November. The terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility, several hours after the attacks took place.

The social media – in particular, Twitter – responded with hysteria that was mostly directed at Muslims, regardless of whether people of that religion supported the atrocities or not. This Writer has Muslim friends who were extremely distressed by the hatred shown to them.

And rightly so. Islamic State does not represent the Muslim faith, no matter what its title claims. This organisation is a gang of faithless bandits – no more, no less – who are trying to hijack an entire religion in order to create hatred and division among people beyond the borders of its own illegal caliphate.

Let’s put that in context: IS represents all of Islam to around the same degree as Zionists represent all of Judaism. Both groups have committed atrocities against others in the name of a wider religion – atrocities that the majority of the members of those religions don’t want.

As I stated on Twitter in the early hours of November 14, I’m not going to blame all of Islam for the actions of a few idiots.

And I’m not going to let anyone use Paris to justify the murder of Mohammed Emwazi – the man dubbed ‘Jihadi John’ by his colleagues in Islamic State.

The attack by US forces, approved by UK prime minister David Cameron, represents a lowering of standards. There was no justice to it – no attempt to make the man stand trial for his alleged crimes. It was state-sponsored murder of one of our own citizens – no more, no less.

In approving this raid, the British authorities have lost any claim to the moral high ground.

One more point. After the attack, France’s President Hollande promised “pitiless war” on the perpetrators. I was particularly struck by the response on Twitter from Chris Hayes of MSNBC. He wrote:

“Hollande’s pledge of ‘pitiless’ war is, I have no doubt, the kind of thing many people *want* to hear. But the US learned the hard way after 9/11 how hard it is to translate rhetoric, resolve and massive military advantage into actual security, peace or anything that resembles lasting and definitive ‘victory’.”

How true those words are.

America’s war on terror has been a crushing failure, not because of any military disadvantage but because of a lack of imagination. The terrorists were engaged on their own terms and simply turned military defeats into recruitment drives.

The message is clear: You don’t change people’s minds by killing their friends and families.

This is one reason Jeremy Corbyn is right to oppose the renewal of Trident; it is no deterrent against fanatics who want to attack the UK (just ask MI5) – and without knowing where they are based, where would the UK point its missiles?

No. The only effective response to this attack is intelligence. We all need to get smart.

And we can start by blaming the people responsible, rather than whoever they want us to.

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