Leaving Londonistan: Khan’s London exodus hits record high
More than 300,000 people moved out of the capital last year.
Londoners are leaving the capital in record numbers and the city is now the only region in England were more people are leaving than arriving, official figures show.
The data released by the Office for National Statistics revealed 340,498 people left London in 2018 to live in other parts of the UK, an increase of 11 per cent on the previous year.
The departures come at a time of rising crime in the capital, with record murder rates in 2018 / 2019 and an epidemic of knife crime.
As of July 17, Scotland Yard have launched 78 murder investigations in London.
Shocking figures this week revealed knife crime in England and Wales soared to a record high, with 43,000 offences last year.
The exodus marks highest rate of people leaving London since ONS began collecting data in 2012.
Oasis’s frontman Liam Gallagher blamed London mayor Sadiq Khan for the knife-crime epidemic.
He said: ‘Every time you wake up in the morning, there’s some 16-year-old kid been knifed to death.'
Author's comment: While I wouldn't normally put a lot of weight behind the comments of Liam Gallagher, it is certainly the case that Sadiq Khan is in way over his head.
This was made evident by his comments earlier this year to the effect that 'terrorism is part and parcel of living in a big city.' and 'knife crime is a problem that will take decades to solve'.
I have some good news for Sadiq Khan. it doesn't have to be that way. Take Tokyo for example, where the crime rate is much lower than London in all sorts of ways.
Then again, Tokyo hasn't quite as enthusiastically embraced the concepts of multiculturalism and diversity. Maybe that's a clue. What do readers think?