Williamson declares military ready to help in knife crime crisis, prompting derision on social media
Williamson made the remarks during a question-and-answer session on Tuesday night in which he insisted the Ministry of Defense is always available to assist Home Secretary Sajid Javid to “tackle this problem [knife crime].”
The intervention has prompted much derision on Twitter, with many questioning how military personnel could ever provide necessary support to a highly complex issue.
Comments ranged from: “What's he going to do – sail a Trident submarine up the Thames and nuke the bastards?” to “Don’t stop there, Gav. Any squaddies [soldiers] available for nursing duties?”
Gavin Williamson says he wants to use the military "to fight knife crime" in the UK.— Ian56 (@Ian56789) March 6, 2019
What's he going to do - sail a Trident submarine up the Thames and nuke the bastards?
He's already doing his best to start WW3 with Russia and China.
Williamson is a megalomaniac psychopath. pic.twitter.com/GxdujCG6iX
So, Gavin Williamson is ready to deploy armed services to tackle the knife crime epidemic.— Wolfie. (@Tpopularfront) March 6, 2019
Don’t stop there, Gav. Any squaddies available for nursing duties?
Come to think of it, our library is short of a librarian or two.
Just fund public services properly, ffs.
“SEND THE ARMY TO FIGHT KNIFE CRIME”— James Felton (@JimMFelton) March 6, 2019
"DEPLOY TANKS TO WALTHAMSTOW"
"Gavin Williamson. Mate. Every new idea you have makes your insistence on wearing flags on your head seem comparatively sane." pic.twitter.com/YUmcf9r6Ei
With what? Tanks? If the descent of British politics has a face, it is Gavin Williamson's. https://t.co/3N9ae5Tu8x— John Harris (@johnharris1969) March 6, 2019
Williamson claimed that no request had been made but that armed forces “stand ready” to provide support, adding that the home secretary is “looking very closely” at various options to address the spate of murders committed with knives.
It comes after two 17-year-olds, Yousef Makkie from Cheshire and Jodie Chesney from London, were murdered at the weekend in the latest in a string of stabbings.
Figures published last month by the Office of National Statistics showed that there were 285 fatal stabbings in England and Wales last year — the highest since records began in 1946. Ten teenagers have been killed in knife attacks since the turn of the year, with half the victims in London.
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