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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Knife crime statistics: political battleground?

Knife crime has been apparently somewhat of a political battleground with some political jockeying apparently for a leading position by the political parties (or is it political argy-bargy)?


While recently the coalition government was working to show itself as dealing with the problem, the Labour party has also been trying to show itself working on the issue.


According to the Children & Young People Now website, the Metropolitan Police report knife crime in the capital is 'broadly' up by 15.2% in April to October 2011 versus the same period in 2010 (see 'knife crime soars' story).


However, Labour claim use of knives to threaten in London is up 23%.


The divisive nature of party politics makes it difficult to envisage the parties being united to tackle knife and violent crime... or maybe it's happening... no-one's criticised the other side for awhile at least, as far as I have observed.


That's a step forward - good, because people have been dying and injured. All decent people must focus to stop more death and injury happening.

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