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Thread #27523   Message #339165
Posted By: Peter K (Fionn)
12-Nov-00 - 10:54 AM
Thread Name: BS: A Day of Absence for Democracy
Subject: RE: A DAY OF ABSENCE FOR DEMOCRACY
I take that point Thyme, and it's a puzzle. Because it's a still a fact (with no exceptions that I could quote - others may know some) that as the gap between rich and poor widens, crime rates rise.

We saw it in the UK in the Thatcher and post-Thatcher years, when the gap widened faster than in any developed nation on earth except New Zealand (crime went up even faster in NZ). That still leaves us well short of the gap in the US, by the way.

Needlss to say, the prison population rose under Thatcher, but taking your point again, it was by no means always the poorest who were doing the crime.