Billy McAllister: Police and politicians need to open their eyes to Glasgow crime
THEY say crime is down in Glasgow.
The people I represent would beg to differ.
Given the amount of cases that come through my surgeries and the contact that is made by telephone I would have to agree with my constituents' views.
The police in my view have failed over the last three decades to tackle the serious problem of drugs coming to our communities that started in the early eighties.
This produced a whole new generation of criminals who knew no boundaries-anything went.
The politicians just done the denial bit 'what problem?' as the drugs flooded our communities.
I remember the first death of a sixteen year boy in the Possil area. The community were shocked and horrified that heroin was rampant in their community and that the first death from it was a sixteen-year old.
There was public outrage; people held very angry public meetings and protests and the politicians and the police just played it down, saying the community were over-reacting.
What a joke.
Thirty-two years on and many hundreds of young kids lives later they are still either unwilling or unable to seriously tackle this scourge of society.
Some criminals who are now mostly pensioners but were young men in the eighties are now millionaires staying in big mansions, driving big fancy cars, lighting their cigarettes and cigars in the local pubs with fifty and hundred pound notes.
This is an insult to the hard working people in those communities.
The sad bit about this whole issue is that the police and politicians know who these people are yet they seem immune from prosecution.
I was contacted three weeks ago by Ross Kemp's production team who wanted me to take part in a documentry called extreme world.
The show was to look at poverty, deprivation and the connection to criminality.
The police claim there was no connection-what planet have they landed from?
I believe if you do not admit there is a problem then you cannot fix it.
This has been the case with the police in relation to their attitude towards serious crime and drugs in my area.
In conclusion what has changed about the feedback I get from my constituents is nothing. If anything they believe its got worse.
I have difficulty disagreeing with them so the battle goes on.
Glasgow must have zero tolerance for crime
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