Member of European Parliament Nigel Farage went after London Mayor Sadiq Khan for not doing his job Thursday, after it was announced the city’s murder rate had surpassed New York City’s for the first time in modern history.
“I think we’ve got a breakdown of law and order in certain districts in London,” Farage told Stuart Varney on Fox Business’ “Varney & Company.”
“Remarkably this mayor of London has not visited a single one of the crime scenes. He has not not met any of the bereaved families, and he’s simply burying his head in the sand,” Farage continued. “We had a policy few years ago, called stop and search, which meant in the bad areas police could search people at will to see whether they were carrying knives and if they were, they got strong sentences.”
“The problem is that many of the areas in which this crime is happening are areas with very high immigration rates, and everyone’s scared of the police and authorities being called racist,” he continued.
Farage thinks political correctness is to blame for the rising death toll in London and said law enforcement is too afraid of losing their livelihood to step up and take action.
“We’ve taken our foot off the pedal, and I would say the political correctness has directly led to the murder rate going up in London,” Farage said.
Farage thinks police officers should focus more on bringing the murder rate back down instead of political correctness but said they need guidance and support from the mayor’s office to get the job done.
“If people want to scream racist at the police officers, the police officers’ job is bring murder rate down, but they need direction from the mayor of London,” Farage said.
“There is as I say this fear that if you were to stop, even in an area like Tottenham in London, which is where the shootings and stabbings have been taking place — it’s one of the worst parts of London. Now, it happens to be an area with a big black population,” Farage concluded. “[Police are] scared of being criticized for being thought to be racist rather than dealing with the crime itself. So I hope, I do hope the mayor actually does his job.”