Nigel Farage, a founding member of the U.K. Independence Party, said that much of the knife crime in London is black-on-black crime but people are afraid to talk about this for fear of being called racist, and the Mayor of London, despite 60 murders so far this year, has yet to visit a single crime scene or speak with the victims' families.
If the police and politicians "got tough with the offenders," added Farage, it would save "black lives."
During an interview on Fox & Friends, May 13, Farage, who left UKIP in 2016, said, “Let’s draw a distinction here between terrorism and the knife attacks. Now, London crime itself, what we’ve seen is a 44 percent increase, year on year, in the murder rate going on in this capital."
"It’s mostly knife crime," he said. "It’s mostly associated with gangs. It is mostly black on black crime, although nobody has got the courage to stand up and say that for fear of being thought to be racist.”
“And our police force," he said, "which used to, in areas of high crime, carry out stop and search -- stop people, frisk them down, see whether they had knives on them – unfortunately, we’ve even backed away from doing that. Again, the fear of being criticized as racist."
As for the Mayor of London, Saddiq Kahn, he "spends much of his time attacking Donald Trump or telling us we shouldn’t eat burgers, and other politically correct things," said Farage."
He continued, "Think about this: over 60 people killed in this capital already this year, and the mayor of London has not visited a single one of the crime scenes and has not spoken to any of the families.”
Later in the interview, Farage returned to the taboo of race in London.
"One of the problems we’ve had with Islamic terrorism is that we’ve actually been frightened of dealing with problems within these communities," he said. "Again, it’s this fear that if you tackle the problem head-on, you get called racist for doing so."
"We’ve got to bury this rubbish," said Farage. "Actually, on crime in London, if we got tough with the offenders, it’s black lives we’d save.”
Farage, 54, led UKIP in 2006-09 and in 2010-16. He is married and has four children.