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In the interview with the Sunday Times, Ms Smith was asked why she would not feel safe on Hackney's streets at night.
She replied: "Well, I just don't think that's a thing that people do, is it, really?"
Ms Smith told the newspaper she used to walk around Redditch, her constituency in Worcestershire, but added that she no longer got the chance because she was protected by police bodyguards.
"I don't get the opportunity to get out on my own now but I certainly have done in the recent past," she said.
Following the interview, the newspaper claimed it was contacted by one of the home secretary's aides who said that Ms Smith's remarks had not come out as she had intended.
The aide added that Ms Smith had recently "bought a kebab in Peckham" - an area of south London considered one of the most deprived.
She told BBC London: "To think that people don't walk around late at night, and to think that everybody goes around in a cocooned ministerial car with a couple of policemen watching, is absolutely astonishing."
"I think she is out of touch. I think she has no idea. It's an astonishing admission of the government's failure.
"Instead of putting large amounts of money into an ID scheme which is not going to tackle crime, I think they should be putting that money into getting more police on the streets."
Originally posted by PeaceUk
She clearly shows that she has no idea about Londoners.
Thanks to people like her and reports from the media everyones scared *snip*about this 'new spurt of youth crime'.
Sure *snip* happens, but where doesn't it?
I think it is up to us to change how things are in society and stop relying on these high up politicians who think they know the cause of gang crime and what it feels like to be caught up in all of it.
mod edit: removed profanity, please check your u2u's
[edit on 22-1-2008 by UK Wizard]