JUST imagine if the reality of law and order was as successful as James Bond, always winning, always defeating the villain. Bond may have been delayed a year by a virus, but once again he prevailed. Just imagine if we could say the same after a decade of being ruled by a group that always sells itself as the party of law and order. Great salesmen always talk a good game which is often not backed by performance. That’s why there are rules against mis-selling in many industries.
The reputation of the Tory party lies in tatters in this regard. Some of the crime statistics are truly shocking. ONS figures tell us overall crime per thousands of population is up almost 30 per cent over ten years. Just 7 per cent of offences result in someone being charged, halving over five years. Violence per capita has more than doubled, as have sexual and public order offences. Possession of weapons is up 45 per cent. It’s genuinely hard to find numbers that have improved but drug offences are down, most likely because soft drugs have quietly been decriminalised in all but law by the police.
Those are the harsh statistics. What about the confidence of the people? Is that any better? Sadly, it may have fallen by even more than the numbers have risen. Women don’t feel safer on the streets and unbelievably now don’t feel safer in the presence of a police officer. Indeed since Wayne Couzens, we have the desperate situation where official Metropolitan Police advice is if you are approached by a single plain clothes police officer, even with a warrant card, assume they are a wrong ’un and run away, ideally hailing a bus or taxi. Yet the Tory Government have extended the appointment of the Met Commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, for another two years on the inspirational justification of ‘continuity’. That actually means continuity of failure. She would resign if she had a scrap of integrity in her body.
Vigilante drivers are left to drag law-breaking ‘protesters’ from blocking roads as the police have failed to deal with these selfish, obstructive extremists. They have failed to use existing highway laws though a lack of leadership and political will. The Government seems unable to secure a comprehensive injunction and to lock up these eco-bullies. What is the point of an 80-seat majority if you cannot keep the streets open from such repeat offenders? The courts are clogged up with record numbers of cases, delaying justice and damaging public trust.
The criminals’ human rights appear to be more highly valued than those of law-abiding citizens. Recently a small business I know was robbed of equipment by three men in a white van who smashed through the main gate and rammed the shutter doors. CCTV footage clearly showed their faces and was given to the police. When checking weeks later for any progress in finding the thieves, the victim was told that facial recognition software could not be used as it was against the human rights of the criminals! Madness.
Finally, the party of law and order is failing to keep Britain’s borders safe and secure. Illegal immigration is at record levels with the vile people-traffickers bringing more than 17,000 illegal migrants across the Channel so far this year, over double the number from all of last year with three months left. We are not returning any of them to France despite the Home Secretary’s constant promissory waffle. British taxpayers are paying more than £1billion every year dealing with this crisis, and the public are understandably unhappy. The laws of the sea already exist to turn the boats around and take them back to France, but it requires political will to make it happen. Even foreign criminals who have abused our hospitality and served prison sentences cannot be sent home due to a failure of political will to make it happen in the face of human rights lawyers.
We are governed by salespeople who consistently fail to live up to their own party reputation and fail to deliver on their own rhetoric.