Tonight the Evening Standard is looking again at the 25 kids killed with knives and guns in London so far this year. Their average age is only sixteen and sixteen out of the 25 kids were black. For all their talk of improvements in policing in London the Mayor and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner need to account for this terrible toll.
One of the issues that kept coming up when we visited Greenford High School in October was fear of crime and of knives in particular. Livingstone and Blair need to sort this out. Every young person in London needs to know that if they carry weapons they will get a serious jail sentence – then the rest of our youngsters can enjoy their lives free from fear as they should. I could stomach the Mayor spending £100 million a year on advertising if it was spent on this and backed up with police action and prosecutions.