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When London Mayor Sadiq Khan ran for office, he campaigned on a platform of making the city the safest in the world. One look at the spate of deaths the capital has witnessed in recent months shows he has palpably failed to achieve this. Khan has laid the blame squarely on Home Secretary Amber Rudd for budgetary cuts to the police force; Rudd has since hit back by reminding Khan that he heads London’s Metropolitan Police Service and his office is ultimately responsible for a large chunk of their funding.

The mayor’s critics also point to Khan’s policy of reducing stop and search tactics due to his belief that they unfairly target ethnic minorities and are “racist”. However, since the policy was pulled, knife crime has increased in the capital – and it is ultimately London’s black population that is paying the highest price.

The most recent deaths have prompted Khan to perform a U-turn and ramp up the Met’s stop and search powers to put an end to the violence. However, questions remain as to how far Khan’s initial stance on stop and search – alongside cuts to the police force – have contributed to the deaths of dozens of teenagers in the capital this year.

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    WP_Comment Object ( [comment_ID] => 129017 [comment_post_ID] => 142260 [comment_author] => Stephen Johnson [comment_author_email] => [email protected] [comment_author_url] => [comment_author_IP] => 172.68.63.9 [comment_date] => 2018-04-10 18:00:28 [comment_date_gmt] => 2018-04-10 17:00:28 [comment_content] => So, stop and search, is now accepted by Kahn as a policy that does work. It will no doubt be the poor police officers who are racist because they stop the wrong people. However, if he now accepts that it works then surely they are stopping and searching the right people. I feel sorry for the police having to cope with these 'grown up' 'intelligent' politicians. [comment_karma] => 0 [comment_approved] => 1 [comment_agent] => Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 10_3_3 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/603.3.8 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/10.0 Mobile/14G60 Safari/602.1 [comment_type] => [comment_parent] => 0 [user_id] => 0 [children:protected] => [populated_children:protected] => [post_fields:protected] => Array ( [0] => post_author [1] => post_date [2] => post_date_gmt [3] => post_content [4] => post_title [5] => post_excerpt [6] => post_status [7] => comment_status [8] => ping_status [9] => post_name [10] => to_ping [11] => pinged [12] => post_modified [13] => post_modified_gmt [14] => post_content_filtered [15] => post_parent [16] => guid [17] => menu_order [18] => post_type [19] => post_mime_type [20] => comment_count ) )
  1. Stephen Johnson

    April 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    So, stop and search, is now accepted by Kahn as a policy that does work. It will no doubt be the poor police officers who are racist because they stop the wrong people. However, if he now accepts that it works then surely they are stopping and searching the right people. I feel sorry for the police having to cope with these ‘grown up’ ‘intelligent’ politicians.

  2. WP_Comment Object ( [comment_ID] => 128989 [comment_post_ID] => 142260 [comment_author] => Stephen Johnson [comment_author_email] => [email protected] [comment_author_url] => [comment_author_IP] => 172.68.62.104 [comment_date] => 2018-04-10 09:18:12 [comment_date_gmt] => 2018-04-10 08:18:12 [comment_content] => Khan, like most politicians seeking election is a fraud. He promised something he now says he cannot deliver because he is not in charge of the budget. He either knew or should have known how the financing worked prior to making such a pledge to the people. If he believes stop and search to be racist why has he made a U-turn on the issue. Is he now, by his own stated belief on the subject, a racist? Empty vessels make most noise, it has always been thus. [comment_karma] => 0 [comment_approved] => 1 [comment_agent] => Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 10_3_3 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/603.3.8 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/10.0 Mobile/14G60 Safari/602.1 [comment_type] => [comment_parent] => 0 [user_id] => 0 [children:protected] => [populated_children:protected] => [post_fields:protected] => Array ( [0] => post_author [1] => post_date [2] => post_date_gmt [3] => post_content [4] => post_title [5] => post_excerpt [6] => post_status [7] => comment_status [8] => ping_status [9] => post_name [10] => to_ping [11] => pinged [12] => post_modified [13] => post_modified_gmt [14] => post_content_filtered [15] => post_parent [16] => guid [17] => menu_order [18] => post_type [19] => post_mime_type [20] => comment_count ) )
  3. Stephen Johnson

    April 10, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Khan, like most politicians seeking election is a fraud. He promised something he now says he cannot deliver because he is not in charge of the budget. He either knew or should have known how the financing worked prior to making such a pledge to the people. If he believes stop and search to be racist why has he made a U-turn on the issue. Is he now, by his own stated belief on the subject, a racist? Empty vessels make most noise, it has always been thus.

      WP_Comment Object ( [comment_ID] => 128991 [comment_post_ID] => 142260 [comment_author] => Queen Bee [comment_author_email] => [email protected] [comment_author_url] => [comment_author_IP] => 162.158.154.59 [comment_date] => 2018-04-10 09:49:35 [comment_date_gmt] => 2018-04-10 08:49:35 [comment_content] => This has to be one of the most ridiculous comments I've ever read. He has made a u-turn on the issue because he has realised that the stop-and-search policy produces results and helps to contain gun and knife crime. Far from being racist, it's called being grown up and accepting that your previous strategy did not work. Intelligent people learn from their mistakes. And you're a shining example of empty vessels... [comment_karma] => 0 [comment_approved] => 1 [comment_agent] => Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/65.0.3325.181 Safari/537.36 [comment_type] => [comment_parent] => 128989 [user_id] => 0 [children:protected] => [populated_children:protected] => [post_fields:protected] => Array ( [0] => post_author [1] => post_date [2] => post_date_gmt [3] => post_content [4] => post_title [5] => post_excerpt [6] => post_status [7] => comment_status [8] => ping_status [9] => post_name [10] => to_ping [11] => pinged [12] => post_modified [13] => post_modified_gmt [14] => post_content_filtered [15] => post_parent [16] => guid [17] => menu_order [18] => post_type [19] => post_mime_type [20] => comment_count ) )
    • Queen Bee

      April 10, 2018 at 9:49 AM

      This has to be one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve ever read. He has made a u-turn on the issue because he has realised that the stop-and-search policy produces results and helps to contain gun and knife crime.

      Far from being racist, it’s called being grown up and accepting that your previous strategy did not work. Intelligent people learn from their mistakes.

      And you’re a shining example of empty vessels…

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