INCOMPETENT: Bumbling Home Office Minister Doesn’t Know Police Numbers
Senior Home Office Minister, Victoria Atkins suffered a car-crash interview on Nick Ferraris LBC show. Grilled about the number of serving police officers, she replied:
It’s, er, er, you’re testing me, Nick.
I’m so sorry. It’s, um, um, I’m not going to hazard a guess, I’m just going to front up and say I’m so sorry, that number has slipped my mind. I do apologise.
The embarrassing admission by Ms Atkins came on the same day that Home Secretary Amber Rudd came under intense pressure due to a report which made a clear link between the decline in officer numbers and a steep rise in violent crime. The leaked paper says the number of police officers who deal with serious violence is ‘under pressure’ and this ‘may have encouraged’ criminals to offend.
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Ms Rudd, however, denies there is a connection:
One of the contentions is that there are not enough officers on the streets. The evidence, however, does not support this.
Ms Aitkins ignorance shows a casual disregard for the severity of the issue. David Moreland, UKIP’s Home Affairs Spokesman warned that this showed that our country is in “serious trouble”:
Unfortunately, listening to our Home Secretary Amber Rudd and her Home Office minister Victoria Atkins, confirms what I have known for a long time, the government genuinely believe that the majority of the British People are stupid and will accept everything they are told.
Well, we have reached the point now where on this policing issue along with many other problems the government have been severely discredited. As an ex-Metropolitan Police CID officer, I have always kept close contact, across several forces with officers who are working on the streets, working on a belief that I have always had that if you want to know the real truth and facts on a business, then speak to the people on the shop floor. Speaking to both uniformed and CID officers, they are to together sickened by the massive lack of people actually “doing the job” the staff numbers have been reduced dramatically, along with their pay and conditions, which apart from the government imposed staff reductions, is now causing a mass exodus of officers from the police.
Until the Prime Minister wakes up and urgently deals with these issues, our country is in serious trouble.
It certainly is.
You can read more from David here on Kipper Central at 10 am when he will go into greater detail about the serious issues our country is facing but that the Home Secretary and her ministers are desperately ignorant of.