Why Knife and Acid Crimes Are Rising

Vernon Coleman

Politicians and the police are struggling to understand why acid throwing and knife crimes are now endemic in Britain in general and London in particular. Even journalists seem bewildered.

Politicians, police and newspaper editors are hampered by their politically correct view of the world.

But we could tell them why knife crimes and acid throwing are on the increase, couldn’t we?

If only they would listen.

But they won’t listen because political correctness forces them to hide from the truth and their bigotry becomes a form of racism in itself.

Politicians and the judiciary refuse to act because since acid throwing is a peculiarly Muslim crime they are worried about being regarded as politically incorrect.

And knives? Well, two thirds of the people carrying (and presumably using) knives in London were non-white: black or Asian.

The police know why these crimes are endemic. They only have to look at the names and ethnic origins of the knife users and the acid throwers.

They should say so – publicly and loudly. We need spot checks and serious punishments for people carrying acid or knives.

But no one will dare do that. Everyone in authority is terrified of being labelled ‘racist’.

And politicians are terrified of suggesting more controls on immigration because they want to look politically correct. Instead, unbelievably, they are using the knife crime epidemic as an excuse to batter Brexit. So, for example, Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has said that if Britain doesn’t leave the EU without a deal he will give the police more money to fight knife crime.

And so knife crimes and acid throwing will continue to be a huge (and growing) problem which go virtually unpunished.

In one of his marvellous autobiographies Michael Green reported that back in 1948 a Northampton man who threatened somebody with a knife was told by magistrates, ‘Knives are not British. In this country men use their fists if they fight.’

Ah, the relative innocence of those days.

Copyright Vernon Coleman March 2019

Based on an entry taken from Vernon Coleman’s book Tickety Tonk which is available as a paperback or eBook on Amazon. Tickety Tonk is Vernon Coleman’s seventh diary.