Boris Johnson’s crime chief says he’s ‘pleased’ rape is on the rise in London

I wonder how far Greenhalgh’s attitude to policing is shared by his counterparts elsewhere in the force. A friend of mine grew up in rural Suffolk during the 1980s, and he has some stories about how terrifyingly Right-wing the local Tory MP and head of the police were then. One or the other of them explicitly referred to people on council estates as ‘scum’, and the police chief had such an overpowering hatred and fear of them in Bury St Edmunds that he obtained armoured cars from the RUC. I’ve got the feeling the Tory MP emigrated to America, where he is now a member of the militia movement, while the police chief sounds very much Idi Amin’s former head of security in Uganda. This man was so unpleasant and murderous that Black Ugandans called him ‘the White Rat’. For all the affable bluster and bonhomie, BoJo and Greenhalgh seem to have the same attitude.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson!)

Boris Johnson’s deputy mayor for policing and crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, said yesterday that he was ‘pleased’ rape is on the rise in London:

Crime chief ‘pleased’ rape on the rise in Camden

Of course, he meant he was pleased reporting of rape cases is going up – although that’s hardly a matter for celebration either. But his careless use of words is indicative of the casual way politicians in general regard crimes of this nature.

Also indicative of this careless attitude is the fact Greenhalgh is asking for water cannon to be given to police in London, arguing the Met needs these ‘tools for the job’ of fighting crime.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I know there has not been one recorded case of the police preventing rape or catching a rapist with a water cannon.

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