Why Tom Really Does Deserve A Knighthood

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  1. ideb8 says:

    Thx – a good ‘un!

    Wouldn’t be so bad if we could be certain crime has genuinely fallen – rather than just migrated online or off-survey.

    Or that fewer police stations & so fewer approachable officers haven’t resulted in the reporting of crime being artificially suppressed.

    Or that the experience of reporting crime without a timely follow-up or response or investigation or result, due to the ever-reduced resources, hasn’t just dampened the eagerness to report crime.

    Whatever Winsor/May claim about falling crime, Boris doesn’t believe it. Chris Grayling doesn’t either.

    In 2008 “..Boris Johnson..heaped scorn on claims by his predecessor Ken Livingstone that crime was coming down. “We need to stop kidding ourselves..We all know that we are suffering from an EPIDEMIC OF UNREPORTED CRIME”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/davehillblog/2015/jan/04/does-anyone-really-know-whats-happening-to-in-london

    Having let that thought out of the bag then, to the presumed dismay of his party now, the Tories can hardly expect the public to believe crime rose under Ken (as Boris believed) yet only started falling under Boris – because the fall is supposed to have begun way back in ’95 and continued without major interruption ever since, matching international trends.

    In 2009, Chris Grayling claimed a “credit crunch crime wave” existed & LibDem Chris Huhne saw “clear evidence of rising crime”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/31/tough-case-mystery-britains-falling-crime-rate

    No merit for matching long term international crime falls can be claimed by an only-recent Tory administration.

    If the UK fall partially veils crime migration, Boris & the Tories can’t claim credit for any large figure like 10% nationally or 9% across greater London (Tories) or 11% (by Boris over his reign).

    And, as the true fall in crime (assuming it does follow the trend) hasn’t been established with any convincing accuracy (even to Boris, Grayling, Huhne etc), Sir Tom can’t state with a straight face that the police cuts – which he & the Tories use crime fall figures to justify – haven’t had serious consequences already for public safety & so more cuts based on further unbelievable projections could only be made from within his “Sir” strait jacket, no doubt knitted by those harmless Home Office civil servants following a pattern for May..

  2. ideb8 says:

    Thx – a good ‘un!

    Wouldn’t be so bad if we could be certain crime has genuinely fallen – rather than just migrated online or off-survey.

    Or that fewer police stations & so fewer approachable officers haven’t resulted in the reporting of crime being artificially suppressed.

    Or that the experience of reporting crime without a timely follow-up or response or investigation or result, due to the ever-reduced resources, hasn’t just dampened the eagerness to report crime.

    Whatever Winsor/May claim about falling crime, Boris doesn’t believe it. Chris Grayling doesn’t either.

    In 2008 “..Boris Johnson..heaped scorn on claims by his predecessor Ken Livingstone that crime was coming down. “We need to stop kidding ourselves..We all know that we are suffering from an EPIDEMIC OF UNREPORTED CRIME”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/davehillblog/2015/jan/04/does-anyone-really-know-whats-happening-to-in-london

    Having let that thought out of the bag then, to the presumed dismay of his party now, the Tories can hardly expect the public to believe crime rose under Ken (as Boris believed) yet only started falling under Boris – because the fall is supposed to have begun way back in ’95 and continued without major interruption ever since, matching international trends.

    In 2009, Chris Grayling claimed a “credit crunch crime wave” existed & LibDem Chris Huhne saw “clear evidence of rising crime”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/31/tough-case-mystery-britains-falling-crime-rate

    No merit for matching long term international crime falls can be claimed by an only-recent Tory administration.

    If the UK fall partially veils crime migration, Boris & the Tories can’t claim credit for any large figure like 10% nationally or 9% across greater London (Tories) or 11% (by Boris over his reign).

    And, as the true fall in crime (assuming it does follow the trend) hasn’t been established with any convincing accuracy (even to Boris, Grayling, Huhne etc), Sir Tom can’t state with a straight face that the police cuts – which he & the Tories use crime fall figures to justify – haven’t had serious consequences already for public safety & so more cuts based on further unbelievable projections could only be made from within his “Sir” strait jacket, no doubt knitted by those harmless Home Office civil servants following a pattern for May..

  3. ideb8 says:

    If there has been a not-just-UK crime trend drop since ~’95, is it genuine, has crime reporting internationally been under-reported inadvertently or has it been even deliberately – as suspected in UK?

    http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/which-way-la/la-crime-is-up-or-is-it
    http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-lapd-reclass-20141226-story.html

    ..and has the much-quoted seemingly equivalent dropping trend in UK crime surveys appeared to match police (ie Home Office) stats only because crime type migration (online &/or ‘off-survey’) has increased by a growing proportion, masking an unchanged or even rising trend (also, is a similar parallel long-term distortion in police/survey trends seen elsewhere)..?

  4. ideb8 says:

    If there has been a not-just-UK crime trend drop since ~’95, is it genuine, has crime reporting internationally been under-reported inadvertently or has it been even deliberately – as suspected in UK?

    http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/which-way-la/la-crime-is-up-or-is-it
    http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-lapd-reclass-20141226-story.html

    ..and has the much-quoted seemingly equivalent dropping trend in UK crime surveys appeared to match police (ie Home Office) stats only because crime type migration (online &/or ‘off-survey’) has increased by a growing proportion, masking an unchanged or even rising trend (also, is a similar parallel long-term distortion in police/survey trends seen elsewhere)..?

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