Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Touched by greatness - or just touched?

David Cameron (oft touted as the next leader when Howard is dumped in May) was on Radio 5 on Tuesday afternoon and he was rattling off the usual Tory lines, including the old favourite,

'this wave of burglaries we've had under this government'

We've been here before, haven't we?

The British Crime Survey concludes that burglary has dropped 42% since 1997.

I keep saying it - by any measure you like, crime is falling and has fallen consistently since 1995.

If you want further confirmation, the Evening Mail on Saturday (no weblinks to weekend stories, sorry) told us that crime in Birmingham City Centre was at its lowest since 1982.

But don't let the facts get in the way of a good slogan, eh? And if you keep saying it, people will remember it and might believe that it's true.

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