As I have said before, the UK is toast.
He told Sky News during a wide-ranging interview that wealthy cocaine users should feel guilt for fuelling the recent spate of stabbings in London.
Since the beginning of the year, at least 37 people have been fatally stabbed – and 62 overall killed – on the streets of London. Earlier this year it emerged that the London’s murder rate had overtaken New York City’s for the first time ever.
Mr. Gauke took aim at the middle class for not acknowledging their own role in the horrific stabbings. He said the wealthy drug users who complained about the soaring violence on their streets only had themselves to blame.
The Government minister told Ridge on Sunday: “People who do that have to recognise they are fuelling the industry that’s resulting in the knife crimes, resulting in the difficulties we’re having in prisons. The violent crime we see inside and outside prison is strongly linked to drugs trade.
“There’s a responsibility for middle class people that take cocaine at a dinner party that when they see a story of a 15-year-old boy stabbed in Hackney they should feel a degree of guilt and responsibility.”
Tottenham MP David Lammy has warned buying drugs in London was now easier than ordering a takeaway.
He said: “Drugs are prolific. It’s like Deliveroo – they’re as prolific as ordering a pizza.
“You can get them on Snapchat, WhatsApp. That in the end is driving the turf war and is driving the culture of violence.”
This is not the first time that leading figures in Britain have targeted the middle class.
Police Federation deputy treasurer Simon Kempton blamed the wealthy for creating the demand for cocaine. Security minister Ben Wallace warned the UK was “fast becoming the biggest consumer” of the Class A in Europe.
On Monday a man was stabbed to death in Upper Street, Islington as the city’s knife-crime epidemic continued.