Boris Johnson’s crackdown on crime is just the latest ruse in the Tories’ class war | Owen Jones

When the prime minister talks of getting tough with offenders, you can bet he doesn’t mean bankers or white-collar criminals

Our so-called justice system exists to crack down on the misdemeanours of the poor, while ignoring the crimes committed by the rich. When Boris Johnson proposes a law-and-order clampdown – driven by cynical electioneering, rather than actual evidence – he’s talking about locking up the “people you step over in the street”, as Frances Crook, the CEO of the Howard League for Penal Reform, puts it, not reckless bankers or white-collar fraudsters.

Related: Boris Johnson’s ‘crime fighting’ crusade is mere posturing | Simon Jenkins

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