Birmingham teacher lays out brutal truth about the root cause of knife-crime surge – and guilt couldn’t be written more clearly across top Tory’s face
Tory former cabinet minister Dominic Raab squirmed as he received a dose of truth on Thursday night’s BBC Question Time programme when a young teacher laid out the simple, bleak truth about the key driver behind the knife-crime epidemic blighting – and often ending – the lives of this country’s young people.
The woman, from Birmingham, left Raab in no doubt as to her and her colleagues’ experience – and the fear her pupils live in daily – and why:
She and her colleagues know that since Tory government came in, brutal and unnecessary Tory cuts have devastated services that would previously have helped young people to engage with society and with their own passions – and she linked those cuts directly to the knife-crime pandemic that has led to the murder of two young men in her area in just the last two weeks.
And as she said ‘We do not have any funding’, the camera made a timely cut to Raab – and the guilt on his face could scarcely have been written more clearly.
Theresa May has been rightly pilloried this week after claiming that huge cuts to police are not linked to the rise in knife crime. Even Met chief Cressida Dick broke the usual conventions to ridicule the idea.
But it’s not only about cuts to policing. It’s about the cuts at every level of society that are forcing people into despair and depriving them of the opportunity to engage and develop – leaving a void that gangs and sheer desperation fill.
Cuts that are and always have been not only pointless but counter-productive – and the result of political and often racist choices by a Tory party that delights in inflicting hardship and suffering on the vulnerable for ideological reasons.
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