The criminal justice system in England and Wales is failing victims and witnesses and is close to “breaking point”, MPs have warned.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the system was “bedevilled by long-standing poor performance, including delays and inefficiencies”.
The committee’s report also warned that cutbacks were affecting the ability of courts to deliver justice.
The Ministry of Justice said it would “reflect on the recommendations”.
The murder rate in England and Wales has risen sharply for the first time in a decade at a time when police have diverted detectives to investigate historic sex abuse and allegations against tabloid newspapers.
New figures show that the number of murders and manslaughter deaths increased by 14 per cent last year bringing the annual total to 574, or 11 deaths a week.
Officials at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the surge was concentrated in London and the South East and described it as “peculiar”.
Net migration to the UK rose to 333,000 in 2015, according to Office for National Statistics estimates – the second highest figure on record.
Net migration is the difference between the number of people coming to the UK for at least a year and those leaving.
The figure for EU-only net migration was 184,000, equalling its record high.
Boris Johnson said David Cameron had been “cynical” to promise to bring net migration down to below 100,000 while the UK was part of the EU.
One has to imagine what this third one really means.
The net migration means the real number of Muslims moving to the UK is likely a lot higher because the number of British people leaving England to find somewhere more, ah, British, is subtracted from the total. If I am understanding that at all correctly.
At this point I think we Canadians should start looking to sponsor British people who want to leave so long as they never voted Labour.