British society is on a knife edge, quite literally. Our streets are more often than not becoming the scenes of great violence and unimaginable tradgedy. Sadly it is the blood of the young that stream in our streets and this weeks events only reinforce this opinion. Rob Knox, 18, was stabbed to death in a fight outside a bar in Sidcup and he now adds his name to an evergrowing list of young men and women who have met a gruesome and unneccessary end on the streets of London.
This knife culture must end. The desire for ‘Cool Britainnia’ has led us down the path of social chaos and the goverment adopted ‘nicey nicey’ approach has failed and continues to cost the lives of countless individuals. I believe a Conservative government should make our position on this matter clear: carry a knife… go to jail. For me there is no middle road on this issue and it is the deisre to look for the middle way that has led us to this situation.
There is absolutely no reason why a British citizen has the need to carry a knife. We do not live in a guerilla state and we are a society that is protected by and enforces the rule of law. We as a government in waiting need to explictly state our desire to stamp out the knife carrying culture immediately before it becomes an integral and irreversal part of the British social fabric.
Those who carry knives are common criminals, end of, and they should be dealt with as such. I believe that this policy could be tested in the Conservative controlled London Authority, which arguably is the capital and greatest victim of the knife culture. The success of the policy, and I am confident it will be a success, would serve as a benchmark for the rest of the country to follow.
No ordinary British citizen would believe that this is a bad idea. However I do understand that the practicalities of removing the knife culture from the city and the country is troublesome but not totally insurmountable. There can be no half hearted approach to this, like a cancer it needs to be excised with a potentially painful course of treatment for a greater good. Make it abundently clear that Londons streets are a knife free zone, should anyone be caught carrying a knife they should be dealt with by the appropriate authorities and the punishment should be in proportion to the crime. For persistant offenders (and by persistant I mean two or three not ten!) there is only one solution: jail time and rehabilitation regardless of age.
The nicey nicey approach has failed, knife crime is at an all time high, no matter how much Labour spin their figures, and I sincerely hope that the Conservative led administration of London can serve as a benchmark for the rest of the country. Tough justice is the only option for this type of crime. Come on Boris… lets see some Conservative conviction!