PUBLISHED: 5:04 PM April 25, 2020 | UPDATE: 5:32 PM April 25, 2020
Interior Secretary Priti Patel’s announcement that the level of shoplifting has dropped from the previous year has baffled viewers at the government’s latest press briefing.
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In her second appearance before cameras on Downing Street since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, the Minister of the Interior said that there had been a drop in overall crime during the epidemic, with crimes of car, burglary, shoplifting lower than the same period last year.
Speaking to the criminals, she said, “Today I have a message for them. Our world-class law enforcement is also adapting, and they’re by your side, and their efforts are paying off. “
While the good news is welcome, viewers have been somewhat taken aback by the statement that people are stealing less from stores, since most are currently closed.
“Priti Patel has just told us with pride that shoplifting fell during the lockout. Did someone tell him that most of the stores were closed? Asked Piers Morgan.
“It is good to hear Priti Patel at Downing Street Briefing that shoplifting is on the decline,” wrote Nazir Afzal. “Nothing to do with the closure of all the stores. “
TNE Columnist Mitch Benn wrote, “I will lay out here and say there is probably also a bit of a dip in car accidents, accidental drownings and people tripping over uneven cobblestones. Call it a hunch. “
Otto English tweeted, “Some good news because Priti Patel says shoplifting is down three hundred thousand, thirty-four, nine hundred seventy-four thousand percent. “
“Next: deaths from bubonic plague are on the decline and attacks by dinosaurs have decreased,” replied Twitter user @geraintgriffith.
“It’s like saying that football referee Mike Dean hasn’t produced a yellow card for over a month …” said @modmuffin.
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Jeanna Louise Skinner tweeted: “Priti Patel boasting that shoplifting is down in the light of more than 20,000 deaths is like losing your home in a fire and then your insurance company find a matchbox in the rubble. “
A cynical radio broadcaster, James O’Brien, wrote, “I am so annoyed that I have to choose military-grade stupidity or dead cats designed to make us talk about something other than government incompetence. On this occasion, I lean towards the latter. “
He added, “In support of the dead cat theory, you just know that there will be a lot more noise about his shoplifting stupidity than the fact that we just crossed the line. 20,000 dead, below what the chief scientific adviser said would be a ‘good result’. (I myself am guilty.) “
It just happens that the government dropped Patel’s immigration bill from House of Commons affairs because he is struggling with the coronavirus and the new arrangements of the virtual parliament.
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