Data has been released that 142,500 migrant crimes have been committted in Germany since the beginning of the year. That is the equivalent of 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, an increase of nearly 40 per cent over 2015. The data includes only those crimes in which a suspect has been caught.Germany has been hit by a spate of horrendous violent crime including rapes, sexual and physical assaults, stabbings, home invasions, robberies, burglaries and drug trafficking. There are now migrant areas where the cops are afraid to go. Continue reading
Omigosh. Can that be true? It says here that the legendary American zillionaire Mike Bloomberg is poised to make an entry into British politics. In fact, he is said to be toying with the job currently held by your columnist. Bloomberg for Mayor, they say – Mayor of London! What with one thing or another, I didn’t have time to ring Mike up and get to the bottom of it, not on Easter Sunday; but the story does not seem to be a complete invention.Mike’s cause is being championed by no less a figure than Steve Hilton: remember him – the Cameron guru who pads around without any shoes on. Steve rightly admires the former New York mayor’s can-do spirit and astonishing record of achievement. So do many others, including me. Nowhere in the text is there what you might call a formal dementi from Bloomberg himself. My friends: there is only one conclusion. This is a test.
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The subject of the closure of some police buildings is a thorny topic at the moment, and there is much strong feeling about closures. In his Daily Telegraph article this morning, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson explains his reasoning.
Boris begins:”Most criminals are pretty incompetent, and the annals of crime are full of their pratfalls. They fall through skylights; they get stuck in the bathroom window; or – a popular one these days – they claim their mobile phone has been nicked and then answer it when the police dial the number. Continue reading
Because there is an election in the offing, it is natural that there should be some friction between the various party elements at Mayor’s Question Time.However, it is important to emphasise what a very rewarding experience it is for any member of the public who makes the journey to City Hall to attend the proceedings. If you want the facts, instead of repeating hearsay or popular fiction when you tweet or blog, City Hall is the place to get them, or you can watch the video. Any dryness in the proceedings is more than made up for by the brilliant speaking and humour of the Mayor. His off the cuff repartee and grasp of events and their underlying implications are dazzling.
Boris explained at length the disastrous results of the PPP contracts, established by the Labour government, that allow contractors to sue the London Underground, so far to the tune of £400,000,00. The contracts give the contractors unlimited access to the tubes, and if they don’t get it, they can sue. This arrangement is proving to be absolutely ruinous, for the public and financially for the London underground and as Boris said, it cannot go on.
Detractors have tried to claim that the Tory housing scheme is unambitious. On the contrary, last year, in spite of the credit crunch, 12,000 affordable homes were built, more than ever before. Crime also, in the 21 months of Boris’s Mayoralty, is down 10%, a terrific achievement.
Ariel in The Tempest
Far too much was discussed for me to detail it here, but if you watch the video of the proceedings, it is all there. Boris has allowed for more money to be set aside so we can celebrate St. George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birthday is also to be celebrated at the Globe Theatre, on 18th April. There will be a special programme at the Globe, details here. The beauty of Shakespeare is one of our most precious treasures. Details of all forthcoming London Festivals can be found on the Mayor’s official website.