London Mayor warns of crime rise during COVID-19

The destitution homeless people face, that fuels crime have gotten worse during the COVID-19 lockdown according to Mayor Sadiq Khan. He suggests it will continue to do so unless the government can assign further funding to put a halt to the rise in crime that has been noticed since lockdown began.

The London Mayor has demanded that Boris Johnson take action, and make an effort to fight this rise in criminal activity that every police force all over the country is facing. Khan claims that there is a “proven link” in regards to the rise of poverty, increased hopelessness and mental health issues going untreated, which in turn, sees a significant rise in extreme violence.

In an open letter to the prime minister, as seen by many UK newspapers, he claims that the poverty issue which has only been made worse by the pandemic, will result in a sharp rise in criminal activity.  He writes “We should be under no illusion that the underlying causes of violence have gone away”.

He continues…

“I am deeply concerned that many could be made far worse by the current crisis and it’s economic consequences and that with our police services more stretched than ever violence could resurface as soon as the lockdown is eased.”

He claims that the youth have been hit hardest, with mental health services being harder than ever to arrange, as well as the inability to socialise with their friends or designated mental health professional during lockdown.

As someone who has only just moved to London, to me the level of crime is not much different from when I used to live up north working as one of the best locksmith sheffield has ever(click here) had before moving to the midlands, working as a Birmingham lock specialist for several years and later a Coventry Lock and safe experts, I was no stranger to seeing the aftermath of crime. When I finally moved further south and became a Reading town center Locksmith, the level of crime was roughly the same taking in to account the increased population in London.

In fact, the locksmith company (click here) I work for used to get at least twenty percent of it’s business from crime related call outs. Our locksmith Leicester city center branch used to report a suprising high number of jobs attributed to burglaries with the highest crime reported jobs coming from our locksmith Bristol branch. The range of things we saw were simple lock pickings to sophisticated lock breaks. I would be responsible, and still am, for seeing to a home after a burglary. My worry is now that everybody is stuck at home, someone so desperate for money that they are willing to break the law to obtain it, may not even bother to wait until you’ve left the house before breaking in. Let’s face it, besides the weekly dash for essentials, everybody is stuck inside.

Mayor Khan adds “This is deeply concerning given the proven link between serious violence and deprivation, poor mental health and poverty.”

He has asked Boris Johnson to invest more funding in activities for the youth of London to occupy themselves with during this unexpected period of extended lockdown. Especially since in a few weeks, the summer holidays would have began if they had still been able to attend school.

Mayor Khan closes with “It is therefore essential that the government gives the strongest consideration to young people in it’s lockdown exit strategy. Otherwise there is the serious risk of a return to previous levels of violence in London and in other major cities across the UK.”

A Commenter Makes A Great Point

An interesting find from Terry Patterson in the comments to the previous post:

“in 1973 in the run-up to the introduction of STV for Stormont the Tory government of the time issued a pamphlet in NI (of which I recently came by a copy) which commences as follows:- “It (STV) is an electoral system designed to make sure that the candidates elected represent accurately the opinions of the voters, ie that the strength of each party in the assembly or council is in proportion to its support among the people”. So representative government is splendid for NI but not apparently for Westminster.”

Next Time, Make My Vote Count!

The 2019 UK general election was a travesty of democracy Under Britain’s winner-takes-all voting system.

Labour was returned with a 66-seat majority despite the fact that for every person who voted Labour, almost two voted for other parties and two didn’t vote. This is the flimsiest base of support ever for a majority government.

It took 26,877 votes to elect a Labour MP compared with 44,521 to elect a Conservative and a staggering 96,378 to elect a Lib Dem. In England, Labour polled 50,000 fewer votes than the Conservatives, yet came away with 92 more seats.

Voting reform would deliver a more pluralist, inclusive politics and ensure that government had a proper democratic mandate from the people. It is time for a change The first-past-the-post voting system was designed for two-party politics: it is now out of date. First-past-the-post voting demands a tactical approach; it encourages parties to either ignore you completely or fob you off with utterly empty promises and it exacerbates the problem of low turnout.

All the way back in 1997, Tony Blair promised us a referendum on a change to the voting system in his 1997 manifesto, but failed to deliver. Since then, many PM’s have come and gone, and seem to ignore this crucial peice of legislation.

Our answer…

  • In 2024, we finally make this the last general election decided solely by a select few voters in marginal constituencies.
  • Make this the last general election that fails to represent the true will of the people.
  • Make this the last government with unaccountably, unfair and disproportionate power.
  • Make Votes Count campaigns for voter choice and a more representative parliament.