You may have read that the Metropolitan police (London) has recorded a 40% increase in gun and knife crime – this is obviously causing real concern.
Some have argued that the reason for this increase has something to do with the decrease in police numbers (implemented by Teresa May when she was Home Secretary – 143,770 officers – 2009 compared to 122,859 in 2016. This is why Labour have pledged 10,000 extra officers as part of their campaign pledge.
However, as usual, a little digging beneath the headlines reveals a less shocking reality:
– The gun crime stats are still much lower than in 2004 for example – in 2004, gun crime stood at 24,094 incidents a year, the figure was 5,864 in 2016.
Indeed, the Office for National Statistics states that the crime levels are largely steady in much of England and Wales
There is an estimated 10 million people in the UK over 65
YouGov has estimated that:
- for every 10 years older people get, the chance of them voting Tory increases 8%
- one in five voters aged 65 to 75 vote Labour
- less than one in 10 over-75s identify as Labour.
Perhaps policies such as universal (everyone over 65) benefits such as the winter fuel bonus, free bus passes and free TV licences have helped secure this vote…
Once again, the archbishops of Canterbury and York have sent a letter to its priests to share with their congregations which urges them:
“to set aside apathy and cynicism and to participate, and encourage others to do the same. At a practical level that could mean putting on a hustings event for candidates, volunteering for a candidate, or simply making sure to vote on Thursday 8th June”.
The letter could be used as an excellent example of how religion can encourage social change because it is encouraging British people to support the an “an outward looking and generous country” in addition to other progressive ideas.
Here is the letter: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/06/church-of-england-set-aside-apathy-general-election-archbishops-letter?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Email