So Sadiq Khan reckons he did nowt wrong. Sorry, for American/Canadian readers, "nowt" means "nothing." (Northern English slang is great, it’ll grow on you the more you listen to me...)
People have been calling on Khan to defend himself in the wake of the current crime wave in London. Even Piers Morgan and that miserable woman who sits next to him have been wondering where he’s gone.
But he’s finally appeared from wherever he’s been hiding – probably underneath his desk sucking his thumb – and is insisting he has "done nothing wrong" in relation to knife crime and violence in the city.
On LBC Radio, he said that he had published a new strategy before the crime wave peaked, and that if he hadn’t hiked the council tax rates, the situation would be much worse. Uh…
The Mayor says that the crime wave is a national problem, but that’s not strictly true. There has been an increase in crime across England. ONS figures show the biggest rise in a decade, with a 10 per cent increase.
But in parts of London, the crime spike is significantly bigger. Look at Barking and Dagenham, for instance. This is one of the government’s diversity success stories – the borough that so proudly beat the BNP in 2010 and told the world that diversity was great. It’s also home to 104 per cent more crime than the national average, with violent and drug offences rife throughout the area. Nice one.
Khan isn’t right to say he’s "done nothing wrong," but he would be right to say he’s "done nothing."
Done nothing wrong? Give it a rest, Sadiq. You’ve got a pretty whopping hooter already. You don’t want it growing any bigger or it might catch on your champagne flute.