Former Home Office minister Norman Baker airs outspoken views on crime rates, drugs and tackling online child abuse in an interview with PoliceOracle.com.
It is “stupid” for politicians to claim credit for falling crime, former Home Office minister Norman Baker (pictured) has said.
The Liberal Democrat, who quit his role in government amid a clash with the Home Secretary, said that since crime appeared to be falling across the world governments could not claim overall credit.
He revealed he takes a dim view of politicians who claim their interventions had prompted crime rates to fall, saying: “I thought it was a bit stupid when people did say that, whether in this government or the previous government.
“You can take steps, but for the government to say we have brought all crime down is probably over-egging it.”
Crime was falling everywhere, he said “and no one has got to the bottom of why”.
“I’m not saying governments aren’t without influence,” he added, “but...
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