Thatcher decline caused crime

Jamie Doward in The Guardian reports a first of its kind study linking the “industrial collapse of Thatcher years” to a rise in crime.

“Four decades after Margaret Thatcher swept to power, research has found that in areas where the coal, steel, ship and railway industries were hit during the 1980s, young people were much more likely to find themselves in trouble with the police.”

Those people currently wringing their hands over the rise in knife crime might want to take a long hard look at this study. It confirms what anyone who doesn’t look the wrong way down a telescope knows, there’s a “link between offending and economic factors”.

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