The Prime Minister said that despite the devastating UK riots and chaotic violence breaking out in London and many other of the country’s major cities, that was allowed to spiral out of control due to inadequate policing patrol, it will not change the Governments plans to cut police funding.
But clearly this is not the opinion of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson whom like David Cameron had to cut his summer holiday short to return to the ravaged, looted, and burning streets of the capital.
Speaking on BBC radio 4 today Boris Johnson said:
“This is not a time to think about making substantial cuts in police numbers.”
“Robust policing is needed to respind to the disorder and, with the Olympics being held in London next year, people have to be absolutely confident in our policing.
“If you ask me if I think there is a case for cutting police budgets in light of these events?
“Then my answer to that would be no.
“I think that case was always pretty frail and it has been substantially weakened.
“We need to give police courage of their convictions to get on and do what they signed up to do”, said the London Mayor.
But knowing how Boris Johnson feels puts the two powerful Conservative men at serious odds with each other.
P.M. David Cameron insists that the police have informed him that they already have the necessary funds for what that they need:
“Mayors, local authorities alwaus want more money and I don’t blame them for that.
“It is the Government’s job to give them what they need and to make sure they make the most of what they get.
“We won’t do anything that will reduce the amount of visible policing on our streets.
“The last 48 hours has actually demonstrated how we can get a lot out of what we currently have, visible policing.
“We won’t do anything that puts public safety at risk.
“Reductions in the police budget for the spending review period are manageable and police will still have enough officers to deploy in the kind of numbers we’ve seen in the past couple of days after the cuts finished”, said David Cameron.
The Conservative Government plans to slash budgets across the entire public sector in its bid to clean-up the UK’s budget deficit by 2015-16.