Diane Abbott Interview With LBC Over Police Funding – The Aftermath.

Diane Abbott Interview – If you thought this was a hoax, a prank then you’d be forgiven for thinking so.

When you hear Jeremy Corbyn’s reputed choice for Home Secretary being interviewed on radio and stuttering for replies, that’s bad enough.
Then when you hear the actual comments she came out with, you run the risk of splitting your sides laughing.


Pleased to announce to the world that Labour were wanting to make Britain safe again, one of the ways to do so would be to increase police officers on the beat.
So the figure revealed was they would get another 10,000 more police officers into the police forces across the UK. Now this all sounds great to people, especially those who have suffered crime in the past.
Now we come to the tiny question of how these extra police officers would be funded.

Conservatives must have been rubbing their hands in glee listening to the error-filled interview on recruiting 10,000 extra officers, citing that this would be an example of ‘chaos’ Britain faces if Corbyn wins the General Election.

Nick Ferrari: So how much would 10,000 police officers cost?

Diane Abbott: Well, erm… if we recruit the 10,000 police men and women over a four-year period, we believe it’ll be about £300,000.

Nick Ferrari: £300,000 for 10,000 police officers? What are you paying them?

Diane Abbott: Haha, no. I mean, sorry…

Nick Ferrari: How much will they cost?

Diane Abbott: They will cost… they will, it will cost, erm, about… about £80m.

Nick Ferrari: About £80m? How do you get to that figure?

Diane Abbott: We get to that figure because we anticipate recruiting 25,000 extra police officers a year at least, over a period of four years and we’re looking at both what average police wages are generally, but also specifically police wages in London.

Nick Ferrari: And this will be funded by the reversing in some instances I think the cuts to Capital Gains Tax, but I’m right in saying that since Jeremy Corbyn became the leader of the party, that money has also been promised to reverse spending cuts in education, spending cuts in arts, spending cuts in sports. The Conservatives will say you’ve spent this money already Diane Abbott.

Diane Abbott: Well, the Conservatives would say that. We’ve not promised the money to any area. We’ve just pointed out that the cuts in Capital Gains Tax will cost the taxpayer over £2billion and there are better ways of spending that money. But as we roll out our manifesto process, we are specifically saying how we will fund specific proposals and this morning I’m saying to you that we will fund the 10,000 extra police officers by using some, not all, but just some of the over £2billion.

Nick Ferrari: The £80m is the figure we used.

Diane Abbott: Yeah.

Nick Ferrari: But I don’t understand., if you divide 80 million by 10,000, you get 8,000. Is that what you’re going to pay these policemen and women?

Diane Abbott: No, we’re talking about, erm, a process over four years.

Nick Ferrari: I don’t understand, what is he or she getting? 80 million divided by 10,000 equals 8,000. What are these police officers going to be paid?

Diane Abbott: We will be paying them the average…

Nick Ferrari: Has this been thought through?

Diane Abbott: Of course it’s been thought through.

Now if that wasn’t bad enough, this nightmare goes on;


Nick Ferrari: Where are the figures?

Diane Abbott: The figures are that the additional costs in year one when we anticipate recruiting about 250,000 policemen will be £64.3m.

Nick Ferrari: 250,000 policemen?

Diane Abbott: And women.

Nick Ferrari: So you’re getting more than 10,000? You’re recruiting 250,000?

Diane Abbott: No, we are recruiting 2,000 and perhaps 250.

Nick Ferrari: So where did 250,000 come from?

Diane Abbott: I think you said that, not me.

Nick Ferrari: No, no, I can assure you you said that figure because I wrote it down.

Diane Abbott: What I’m saying about the costs is in year one, obviously, we’re getting ready to recruit. But in year two, the cost will be £64.3m. In year three, the cost will be a £139.1m, year four, the cost will be £217m and year five, the cost will be £298m. And that can be amply covered by reversing the cuts to Capital Gains Tax


Diane Abbott Interview In Full

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