‘Get rid of cash, get rid of crime’


Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Front Page - By LIAM TRIM

A HAYES res­i­dent has a rad­i­cal idea to “save a lot of young lives” and tackle the seem­ingly end­less wave of vi­o­lent crime on Lon­don’s streets.

Brian Gee be­lieves we may all have to ac­cept a change to our daily lives to tackle the tragic prob­lem and wants to start a con­ver­sa­tion about bold so­lu­tions.

He says get­ting rid of cash could have “breath­tak­ing ben­e­fits” – and a big ef­fect on the num­bers of stab­bings and shoot­ings in the cap­i­tal.

The 72-year-old wrote to the Gazette af­ter read­ing our web­site getwest­lon­don’s re­cent round up of 14 fright­en­ing stab­bing and shoot­ing in­ci­dents in west Lon­don.

Sev­eral of the crimes took place in Hayes where Mr Gee lives.

He ex­plained why, in his opin­ion, cash fu­els crim­i­nal vi­o­lence.

Mr Gee wrote: “The gen­eral con­sen­sus is that the vast ma­jor­ity of shoot­ings and stab­bings are di­rectly, or in­di­rectly, caused by drug deal­ing.

“Drug deal­ing is to­tally de­pen­dant upon the avail­abil­ity of cash.

“If we abol­ished cash then drug deal­ing would cease in this coun­try along with ALL OTHER CRIME where cash is the in­cen­tive.”

Mr Gee’s am­bi­tions do not stop with stamp­ing out drug crime by mov­ing to a world with­out cash.

He went on: “It would also there­fore di­rectly im­pact the num­ber of shoot­ings and stab­bings by end­ing gun run­ning and the sale of guns, as well as pro­vide trace­abil­ity in the sale of knives.”

Many of us are al­ready used to us­ing con­tact­less cards for most pur­chases we make on a day to day ba­sis.

Mr Gee thinks get­ting rid of cash is a gen­uine pos­si­bil­ity in the near fu­ture.

He added: “Abol­ish­ing cash is no longer a pipe dream.

“Most cit­i­zens are us­ing the tech­nol­ogy now and have no de­sire to use cash.

“Cash is needed to hide fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions from the po­lice or HMRC.

“Of course some changes would be needed, but these are rel­a­tively mi­nor com­pared to the breath­tak­ing ben­e­fits this pol­icy would bring about.

“Apart from sav­ings in policing and the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem gen­er­ally, the in­crease in rev­enue to the ex­che­quer could end the cri­sis in the NHS and gen­uinely end aus­ter­ity.

“All this with­out rais­ing taxes or govern­ment bor­row­ing.”

While those who still like to carry phys­i­cal cash might be re­sis­tant to the change, Mr Gee thinks we should look at the big pic­ture.

He said: “It is in­evitable that cash will be abol­ished in the UK at some point in the fu­ture; so let’s do it now and save a lot of young lives.

“Sin­ga­pore will be abol­ish­ing cash in the near fu­ture. In­dia has abol­ished notes of a high value. Con­sid­er­ing that we are one of the most fi­nan­cially ma­ture na­tions we should at least be talk­ing about it.”

Po­lice con­firmed they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der fol­low­ing a man’s death from stab wounds suf­fered in Hack­ney on Satur­day morn­ing.

Late on Fri­day (Novem­ber 23) there were two other stab­bings in Lon­don.

In Southall an­other man in his 20s was taken to hos­pi­tal, while in Il­ford a British Trans­port Po­lice of­fi­cer was left bleed­ing – ac­cord­ing to re­ports from wit­nesses – af­ter he was at­tacked with a knife.


Hashim Ali Ahmed (right) died in Hayes from a gun­shot wound in Oc­to­ber. Since his death vi­o­lent crime has con­tin­ued across west Lon­don, from Shep­herd’s Bush (left) to Eal­ing and be­yond

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