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The unbelievable ONS statistics scream of an alarming crime surge, but they only reflect reporting activity. These misleading figures should be banned. The Home Office should ban the Office for National Statistics from issuing “police-recorded crime figures”, the latest batch of which were published yesterday. These statistics are part of a concerted campaign by police forces in England and Wales to resist cuts, boost budgets and bias workloads. Headlines indicate knife crime “highest for six years, “alarming increase in violent crime” and “crime surges”. Who says?feedback
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Oct 20 2017
We found 31 articles in which Simon Jenkins said something. The most recent Simon Jenkins’s quote is: “A distant, busy prime minister cannot realistically enter the thoughts of a bereaved mother whom he does not know and is unlikely ever to meet. Though well meant, such an offering cannot be heartfelt.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Simon Jenkins 33 times. On this page, you will find all of Simon Jenkins’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Sep 01 2017 - North Korea

Brexit negotiations between David Davis and Michel Barnier have stalled over money, and this time it’s not clear how Britain will muddle through. The stalled Brexit negotiations are now serious. We used to assume that these matters would resolve into predictable compromises. There is a box of fudge under the table, a quid pro quo at the end of the road. Even in North Korea we sense that sanity will one day

Aug 18 2017 - Terrorism

The white van has become the poor man’s guided missile. We must work out how to retain a balance between defacing cities and averting risk. Europe has endured seven acts of vehicle terrorism in the past year, and the Barcelona killer was apparently able just to walk away. What on earth can be done?feedback

Aug 03 2017 - Immigration

We’re addicted to travel, and the government is our pusher, tempting us into ever more hellish journeys. I’m in a hurry. You’re in my way. They are bloody tourists. My journey is vital, yours discretionary and theirs absurdly unnecessary. Transport policy has always been the orchestration of selfishness. This coming week, travel to Europe’s most popular air destinations will apparently be hell. “Security” will mean hours of queues at immigration, though the delays seem curiously aimed at non-Schengen nationals, notably the British, in a foretaste of hard Brexit to

Jul 21 2017 - Brexit

Britain is going to leave the EU, as commanded by the electorate. But leave has a thousand meanings. An interim deal must be chosen over chaos• Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist. Of course there must be a Brexit transition deal. Brexit without transition is skydiving without insurance. Leavers and remainers must agree on that. The Brexit talks are clearly not going well, even on the simplest of issues. The idea that in 18 months every one of a hundred topics will be done and dusted is stupid. No transition is

Jul 17 2017 - London

MPs know they have to leave the crumbling Palace of Westminster. Where better to go during the restoration than the provinces they have neglected for so long?• Simon Jenkins is a Guardian columnist. ‘Ye are a factious crew and enemies to all good government … lock up the doors. In the name of God, go.” As MPs retreat this week from a tempestuous session of parliament, Oliver Cromwell’s expulsion of their predecessors in 1653 is about to haunt

Jul 05 2017 - North Korea

Rather than getting embroiled in a petty feud over an exaggerated threat from North Korea, Beijing is playing the long game. Is my missile as big as yours? I bet it goes farther and makes a bigger bang. Anything you can do I can do better. Don’t push me too far. I could lose my

Jun 29 2017 - Northern Ireland

If the prime minister can borrow for Ulster for two years in government, then she must now extend her largess to the rest of the union. Can anything rescue Theresa May’s reputation from this week’s DUP fiasco? There is not the remotest public interest in political blackmail and bribery, in grinding self-interest, in the dollop of £540 a head to Ulster voters who are already subsidy addicts. It merely tells us what two years in No 10 costs these days: a billion pounds of other people’s

Jun 23 2017 - London

The era of the dinosaur vanity project is over – money is desperately needed to redress the effects of austerity. Tough decisions are needed. They haven’t gone away. The great spending dinosaurs of the political dark ages, back before June 2017, are still roaming the jungle. Theresa May’s first decision as prime minister, to approve the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power station, is still crashing about Whitehall. Now the national audit office (NAO) has added its voice to those calling it a really bad deal. The project now has no independent

Jun 22 2017 - Women

The collective response demanded by disasters on this scale must not deny us the space to move on. Life must be lived forwards. Are you grief or rage? Three days ago I watched a news crew at work outside Grenfell Tower. They were interviewing an elderly Muslim woman and needed a composite shot of the blackened tower, her face and a picture she was holding. They clearly wanted her to cry. I sensed her dignity in being unable to oblige. Amid the overwhelming sadness of the place, I felt fury at such an intrusion on private

Jun 15 2017 - London

Tower blocks are wholly out of place and character. Rather, a modern, sociable city needs neighbourhoods• Grenfell Tower fire: six victims provisionally identified, say police – latest updates. How many times should we say it? Don’t build residential towers. Don’t make or let people live in them, least of all families. They are antisocial, high-maintenance, disempowering, unnecessary, mostly ugly, and they can never be truly safe. No tower is fireproof. No fire engine can reach up 20 storeys,

Jun 02 2017 - Unilateralism

The president’s decision to withdraw from the climate agreement reflects his contempt for internationalism – and the rise of a newly isolationist US. So we do have a new US – for the present. In the jargon of Trumpology, the president has tossed a sop to his climate-change denying chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and disappointed his green daughter, Ivanka. Or at least he is withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord in three years (Bannon) but “renegotiating” it (Ivanka).feedback

May 26 2017 - Islam

We committed armed aggression against sovereign peoples who had not attacked us, claiming our motive was ‘to keep terror off the streets of Britain’Jeremy Corbyn is perfectly right to relate this week’s Manchester terrorist atrocity to British foreign policy in the Middle East. Whenever Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron struggled to explain why British blood and finance had to go on toppling regimes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, they were explicit: it was “to prevent terrorism in the streets of Britain”. The reason was given over and again: to suppress militant

May 24 2017

The prime minister is playing into the hands of terrorists by politicising the Manchester attack. Her job is to allay public anxiety, not promote it. What public purpose is served by the prime minister declaring she has raised Britain’s “threat level” to “critical”? Before she thought another terrorist attack was “highly likely”. It is now “expected immediately”.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - US, China relations

The threat of conflict is no property negotiation, but the president is conducting it with all his skills as a dealer, craving the eventual shake of the hand. So Kim Jong-un is just a 27-year-old millennial for whom it must have been “very hard” to lead his country at such an age. His ally, China’s president Xi Jinping, is a “very good man who I got to know really well and loves his country”. He is trying hard to resolve the “very difficult” Korean crisis. Of course Xi “doesn’t want to see turmoil and death and would like to do something to resolve things”. But “perhaps it’s possible he can’t”. So muses Donald Trump at the end of “opening bids” of his North Korean

Apr 14 2017 - Syria conflict

First Syria, now Afghanistan – obscene and pointless bombings. But Donald Trump has tasted the sweet cup of war and no one seems able to control him. Bombs are the fool’s gold of war. Imprecise, expensive and cruel, their strategic utility diminishes the farther they fall from a politician’s desk. The US, with Britain in tepid accord, has been bombing unstable Muslim states for 16 years and has delivered nothing but death and anarchy. But the bombs have warmed the souls of successive presidents and prime ministers. A good explosion reaches parts of the body politic no other policy can

Apr 07 2017 - Unilateralism

From Reagan in 1982 to Bush in 2001, there is an ignominious history of US presidents meddling in Middle Eastern affairs. It never works. There is nothing in the world more dangerous than an American president watching television. Donald Trump last night followed Ronald Reagan in 1982 and George Bush in 2001 as an isolationist turned interventionist in the Middle East. His past pragmatism towards Syria’s Assad regime and its Russian backers underwent a 180-degree turn as 59 American missiles rained down on a Syrian airbase. Welcome back to mission

Mar 31 2017 - U.S. National Security Adviser

The former national security adviser is seeking immunity from prosecution in return for coming clean about the president’s links with Putin. From Russia to Donald with love is a story that just keeps giving. The latest explosive revelation is that sacked security chief Michael Flynn is seeking immunity from prosecution to come clean on Trump’s links with Moscow. It has Democrats on the congressional committee salivating with glee. It was Flynn who said of a similar deal with Hillary Clinton’s aides last year: “When you are given immunity, that means you’ve probably committed a crime.”.feedback

Mar 23 2017

Guns and bombs pose no 'existential' threat to a country or society. Politicians who exploit it to engender fear are cynics with vested

Mar 22 2017 - 2017 UK Parliament attack

The terrorists’ aim is not just to kill a few but to terrify a multitude. For politicians and media to overreact would play into their hands. The current bout of global terrorism came to the heart of London today in a fatal attack outside the Palace of Westminster. The symbolism is impossible to escape. An assault on the home of democracy induces a peculiar sense of outrage. That people, including a policeman, should die in such an assault is

Mar 03 2017 - Sex

Underhand, reckless and naive: the US president has been some, or all, of these in pursuit of a rapprochement. But might he succeed where Obama failed?The devil lies in the definition. Bill Clinton “never had sex with that woman”, and got away with it. Jeff Sessions never had “communication” with a Russian ambassador, Sergei Kysliak. But it depends what you mean by sex, and what you mean by

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