Friday, April 27, 2007

Now its Time to Say Goodbye

With the papers speculating that Tony Blair may step down on Tuesday, to avoid any direct blame for the predicted 'melt-down' of the Labour vote in next week's local elections, there is also news that robbery levels have soared to a four-year high after the government on street crime ran out of cash.

Overall crime levels were up two per cent - the fourth consecutive rise - according to crime figures released by the Home Office.

The public is also now less confident about the ability of the police and courts to deal with street crime.

Reflecting recent concern in Thanet, public worries over drunken yobs and anti-social behaviour are rising and there has been 11 per cent yearon-year rise in vandalism, revealed by the statistics.

The number of robberies recorded by police in the last three months of 2006 was eight per cent higher than in the same period the previous year. The figure of 26,600 marked the first time the quarterly total had risen above 26,000 since early 2003. Around half of all robberies now involve mobile phone thefts.

Whether the Prime Minister, falling on his sword before the local elections will go any way towards making Gordon Brown more acceptable to the general public is open to question. For some, it may simply appear that he might not wish to be seen to be taking the blame for any poor election results and instead can describe the poll as a mandate for Gordon, rather than the public's judgement of the years since the invasion of Iraq.

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

You failed to mention that shooting incidents had dropped by 2% but that deaths involving shootings had gone up! A trawl through our local media is enough to convince many that we live in a pretty lawless place.

On the subject of Blair; he should have resigned and gone in the new year. If the electorate punish a lot of good councillors up and down the land just because they are Labour it will down to him not Buggins Brown.

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