News has just broken that two 17-year-olds have been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-year-old man became the latest victim of London’s knife crime epidemic.
This has taken the total number of murders in the capital to 50, you have seen the headlines — London leads New York in murders.
Whilst these headlines are good for fear mongering, what are the facts?
More people are not murdered in London than New York
Weighted for the size of population, the rate of murders per 100,000 people was higher in London than its American counterpart in February and March, but, so far in 2018, the Met has investigated fewer murders than the NYPD.
Also newspapers have forgotten to mention that crime in New York is at record-breaking lows, after declining consecutively for 27 years. Crime in New York is at its lowest level since the 1950s. So a comparison with London is meaningless in the grand scheme of things.
The far-right seem to relish things such as rising knife crime so their views about cities with high immigrant populations can find some justifications. The Katie Hopkins and EDL twitter warriors have already begun blaming Sadiq Khan and Islam because they have to be the culprits right?
March 2018. London has a higher murder rate than New York…..And Ramadan’s not yet begun. pic.twitter.com/VTKUg0etB5
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) April 1, 2018
While it is easy to blame immigrants for everything, those on the right that are creating boogeymen need to know it does not lead to change. We have to tackle the issue at its root, and to do this Theresa May must be called to the stand. Cuts to the MET and reduced funding for youth service has left us in this predicament.
Dianne Abbot told Sky News:
“We need more police officers on the street. Here in Hackney, we have lost one in four of our police officers since 2010.
“We also need to look at what they’ve successfully done in Glasgow, which was the knife crime capital of the country.
Last year it emerged there were 20,000 fewer police officers on the streets since 2010. Imagine the shock that greeted many when Home Secretary Amber Rudd blamed the rise of violent crime on social media. A spokesman said: ‘The instant nature of social media also means that plans develop rapidly and disputes can escalate very quickly. Amber Rudd has personally presided over cuts to the police, her attempts to divert blame elsewhere show the utter lack of compassion of the Conservatives.
If Amber Rudd wants to divert attention, she should mention how cocaine which is practically decriminalised for the middle class funds gangs who have been responsible for violent crime.
Wealthy takers of the drug are directly funding organised crime in the UK and abroad and failing or refusing to see the connection to violence, extortion and servitude, said Tony Saggers, former head of drugs threat at the National Crime Agency upon leaving his post.
Figure published by Home Office in 2016 revealed: 3% of people aged between 16 and 59 with a household income higher than £50,000 admitted taking cocaine over the past 12 months.
It seems those on the right would rather, blame immigrants, Sadiq Khan and social media, when they are part of the problem. Violent crime will not be solved if it is used a political tool to divide the nation.