No doubt that Johnson would blame the previous administration in any case.Visiting London Bridge, the prime minister attempted to deflect blame, saying: “I’ve argued that when people are sentenced to a certain number of years in prison they should serve every year of that sentence.”
But the focus switched to efforts made to deradicalise prisoners when Nazir Afzal, the former chief prosecutor for North West England, intervened by revealing his private conversation with Mr Johnson.
He said he had raised the problem of terrorists being released “whilst ostensibly rehabilitated but still radicalised” in many government meetings, before raising it with Mr Johnson in June 2016.
"He asked me what keeps me awake at night and I told him it was this issue,” Mr Afzal said.
“When he wanted to know what to do about it, I told him it was more resources for one-to-one deradicalisation.
“Back then, he hadn’t found the ‘money tree’ so he frustratingly said there was no money.”
About the same as me getting a call from Gareth Southgate.Samanfur wrote:Odds on Marr actually mentioning this?
Aside from the crass hijacking of a tragedy, interesting use of the word 'blitz' there.What are we as a nation when there is nobody to protect us from our Media & Politicians?
Following the briefing, Mr Coleman said Guto Harri, the Mayor’s communications chief at the time, explained the 7/7 inquests were for the benefit of the families.
Mr Coleman added: ‘To which Boris replied, “F*** the families! F*** the families!
It's exactly the sort of thing he's on record as saying, so Guto Harri's pushing his luck - but Johnson's base would fall for him claiming to be the Second Coming if it made them feel superior to that forrin with the funny tinge down the road.But yesterday Mr Harri said of Mr Johnson’s remark: ‘I didn’t hear him say it.
‘It’s not the kind of thing he would say, so I think it’s extremely unlikely.’
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