Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ministerial Cover up as gun crime quadruples under Labour

You often hear ministers trot out numbers that show that crime is failing. In fact according to the British Crime Survey it has been falling since 1994.

However that survey hides important factors such as crime against the under 16's, rapes and murders.

There is no doubt our streets are less safe than they used to be even 10 years ago.

The Sunday Times has this article, prompted by David Davis, the Conservative shadow Home Secretary highlighting a four fold increase in gun crime since 1998. In short 10 people a day are either killed of injured by guns. These guns are for the most part illegally held so all the gun control legislation in the world is not going to help. What is needed is some fresh thinking on the issue.

Labour clearly is not working.


CityUnslicker said...

Yup spot on, I dismay at the way the statistics on crime are always twisted.

it seems obvious to me that car theft, burglary and the like is down hugely; mainly thanks to improved security.

Meanwhile, robbery with guns and murders are up hugely, likely due to the loss of control of ours borders and therefore the ease of use of importing weapons and drugs.

Benedict White said...

CityUnslicker, it is terrible really. There are lies, damn lies, and then statistics.

Chris Paul said...

What absolute toss Bennie. What is the point? You and David D quibble with some statistics or the interpretation thereof and then roll out some extraordinary (and erroneous) generalisations, exaggerations and arrant fibs. Where is the careful work that you can see over at Ministry of Truth which shows that you are way off? Lazy and wrong.

Benedict White said...

Chris Paul, The name is Benedict.

(See it is written in front of your eyes)

Are you taking the piss or what?

We are working on government stats for firearms (which air guns are not),

Yes, there has been a dip from last years hopefully all time high, but the Ministry of Truth has been caught spinning tosh before, particularly in respect of Frank Field's comments on working families tax credits, so forgive me if I don't rush off to take his word for it.

BTW, just when are you going to call on Ed Balls to be moved or apologise for for suggesting Michael Gove is not fit to be schools minister for having less private education than Ed?