"Tough on Crime, tough on the causes of crime".
Wasn’t this the trumpet-blast of the nu-Labour Government a while ago. What a great soundbite, it’s shame that evidence in the actuality of the theory seems somewhat lacking.
Apparently, there is a knife-crime every 24 minutes in the UK. In a recent three-month period there were 55 knife-related murders, over 2,000 stabbings & 2,500 knifepoint muggings.
You can’t switch on the TV these days without there being another teenage knife murder.
In answer to this appalling situation the government changed the law & doubled the maximum sentence for knife possession to 4 years. More than 6,000 people have been sentenced under the new guidelines but just TWO people have received the maximum sentence (presumably they only served 50% of this sentence like most other people)
Of the 6,284 people sentenced for carrying a knife in public, 2,970 received community work.
Well that sends out a message that possession of a knife in public will not be tolerated, eh?