Partygate cost £460,000 so can the police now focus on investigating real crimes, asks Patrick Christys
Do you think the Partygate investigation was an absolute waste of time and money?
We’re in the middle of a cost of living crisis, and a knife crime epidemic, yet we have £460,000 to investigate some cake, and perhaps the odd suitcase of wine, but what’s a suitcase of wine between friends at the end of the day?
Let’s just get the facts straight first, ok: 126 fines were handed out, they’re 50 quid each, it involved 12 detectives who looked at 1,000 pieces of evidence, 345 documents, 510 photographs and 204 questionnaires.
Here are some other facts – during the exact same time period there were 277,000 crimes reported in London alone. Just 23,500 were solved.
There were 3,000 rapes, 78,000 violent offences and, shockingly, in April 2022 the rate of solved cases was down 25 percent on the year before.
I absolutely understand that it is important to try to find out whether the person making the draconian rules is actually breaking those rules, but to this extent?
Sir Keir Starmer couldn’t shut up about it. I don’t understand why large sections of the public think what Boris has done is worse than what Sir Keir did.
They say – Boris was making the rules. Sir Keir voted for those rules! If he’d have been in power we’d have had even more rules, stricter ones and for longer!
We’d still be living in Chris Whitty’s national hostage fantasy!
The irony here is that Sir Keir may well be the one who has to go at the end of all this, if Durham police decide to pull their finger out.
I’m inundated every day with emails and tweets from you saying how little you care about Partygate.
One of the key things that many of you say is that you feel it’s been a distraction.
A distraction from the cost of living crisis, a distraction from international affairs, a distraction from the fact that Sir Keir Starmer doesn’t have any policies.
Well there’s no distraction anymore. There’s nowhere to hide.
Hopefully now the main focus for our police can be investigating real crimes, and the main focus of our politicians can be on politics, improving people's lives, making people's lives better.
Basically now our politicians are going to have to start doing their flipping jobs…ironically that’s probably enough to drive some of them to drink…