Johnson's response to London Bridge attack ignores complex reality

PM is seeking to dodge questions on impact of austerity on police, prisons and probationBoris Johnson has focused entirely on sentencing when discussing the implications of the terror attack at London Bridge – and in doing so ignores a wide...

Johnson's response to London Bridge attack ignores complex reality

PM is seeking to dodge questions on impact of austerity on police, prisons and probation

Boris Johnson has focused entirely on sentencing when discussing the implications of the terror attack at London Bridge – and in doing so ignores a wide range of factors that could have influenced the tragic outcome.

By concentrating on sentencing, the prime minister is able to focus on his opponents, Labour, for introducing the regimes under which the attacker, Usman Khan, was jailed. He can offer a quick fix: toughening up jail sentences is not difficult – governments can amend or introduce legislation and lock people up for longer with little challenge from wider society. It all fits neatly into Johnson’s tough approach to crime since taking up office.

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