School of Politics and International Relations

What is really going on behind Boris Johnson’s crackdown on crime?

13 August 2019

Boris Johnson’s crackdown on crime is just ‘smoke and mirrors,’ according to a number of experts. Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, Tim Bale, said: “A lot of this is smoke and mirrors and very little of it is based on real evidence.” But he added: “Large numbers of people take a pretty hardline approach to crime and punishment. This will appeal not just to Tory voters but also to a lot of floating voters and people who support the Brexit Party.” Professor Bale said that there was a “small window of opportunity” before the October 31 Brexit deadline in which to hold a general election that could return a Conservative government. “This is just another piece of the jigsaw and it strikes me the jigsaw is a picture of a general election,” he added.
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