I have been mugged twice in London over the past two years by hooded street-rats on pushbikes.
On a separate occasion a thug on a moped attempted to run me off the pavement to steal my mobile phone, but miraculously I was too quick for the scumbag to succeed.
Each experience was mildly scary and more than a little dehumanising.
But if it prompted one emotion more than any other it was pure red rage.
The quality of life in the world’s greatest city has been decimated these past five years and it’s impossible to cry foul any longer when it’s referred to as Lawless London.
Virtually every Londoner (and many unlucky tourists) will be able to tell you similar stories.
Gedeon Ngwendema, 21, was stabbed to death inside Brent Cross Shopping Centre in North London yesterday
No one is protected and nowhere is safe.
Just last night a 21-year-old man was stabbed to death INSIDE the supposed retail safe haven of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in North London.
Ironically, one of my muggings took place just metres from the door of City Hall at Tower Bridge, the office of London’s failed Mayor Sadiq Khan, who has overseen the breakdown of law and order in favour of wokery and political correctness at almost any cost.
As a victim of crime, the UK’s capital city feels more like the wild west by the day.
The police are overwhelmed and even more serious crimes are often given short shrift.
There’s a helplessness that comes with being a law-abiding citizen in such a situation.
London has been my home for 16 years and I have adored every aspect of living in this city.
For over a decade I have been a proud resident of East London, without doubt one of the most cosmopolitan, vibrant and thrilling places to reside in the whole world.
But the out-of-control crime-wave has made me seriously contemplate what was once unthinkable: Do I have to quit this city to protect my safety?
There are now less than 24 hours to save London by voting out Sadiq Khan, pictured campaigning in Newham today
That’s why tomorrow’s London mayoral election is personal to me, not political.
I completely understand that it feels like there are bigger fish to fry at the moment, with non-stop lockdown madness, vaccine excitement and ongoing Covid concerns dominating the national psyche.
But there are now less than 24 hours to save London by voting out Sadiq Khan.
You have options and the Supplementary Vote system gives you the chance to vote for two candidates.
Laurence Fox has run a valiant campaign against lockdowns and his voice has been an important one, far too easy for the media to dismiss.
We’ve had our scrapes in the past, but I’ve come to respect the actor very much – he’s a political disruptor who isn’t going anywhere.
Fox says what he thinks and speaks for a silent majority and, as a bonafide luvvie, it’s ridiculous to brand him a racist. The woke mob who write him off do so at their peril.
But there is only one candidate with a realistic chance of unseating Mayor Khan this time around: Shaun Bailey.
Shaun Bailey, seen in Kennington today, has a strong plan on law and order which is resonating when it’s put in front of voters
You’d think a thoroughly decent black family man, former youth worker and charity boss turned rising political star would get a good hearing in the media, but unsurprisingly the Tory has been given little chance.
Khan, you see, is a pin-up boy for everything the London metropolitan elite love to celebrate.
At a time when the police needed support more than ever, Khan has undermined them at every opportunity.
He backed race-baiting Labour MP Dawn Butler who accused the Met of racial profiling when they pulled over a car in which she was a passenger, even though the BMW had tinted windows.
He spent more than £10,000 to board up a statue of our most beloved Prime Minister Winston Churchill outside Parliament, giving in to the violence of the Black Lives Matter protestors.
He’s waging a constant war on motorists by giving over what feels like half the city into revolting-looking and impractical cycle lanes and low-traffic zones.
He’s hiking his part of council tax (the ‘GLA precept’) by an inflation-busting 10 per cent.
Most of the media may have written off the race long ago, but sources close to Bailey tell me that they believe it’s far tighter than the opinion polls suggest.
Bailey’s strong plan on law and order is resonating when it’s put in front of voters. He intends to put 8,000 new cops on the beat, reopen 38 police stations and, harking back to his former career, hire 4,000 youth workers at new centres to give potential offenders something to do other than commit crime.
Laurence Fox, pictured launching his campaign in Westminster on April 7, has run a valiant campaign against lockdowns
As he said yesterday: ‘Traditionally, London’s been a safe place to be. Currently it isn’t. If we continue this trend under Sadiq Khan, as we emerge from the pandemic we’ll slip straight into a crime epidemic.’
He’s not wrong. Before the pandemic in 2019, Office for National Statistics data showed crime in London rising five times faster than the rest of England, with homicides up 23 per cent and killings involving the use of a blade soaring 28 per cent.
There’s a steel and fiery independence in Bailey that Londoners will love if they get the chance to see it in action.
Personally, I respect the fact he risked the ire of Boris Johnson by standing up against lockdowns last year in order to try and protect the capital’s hospitality and entertainment industries, which remain on life support.
I have been highly critical of the Government’s continued lockdown policies, which have decimated the economy and will cause devastating collateral damage for years to come.
So it’s not easy to contemplate voting for a Conservative party that has been so hellbent on wreaking such havoc without the data to back it up.
But Sadiq Khan has had five years (one of them for free when the election was delayed because of the pandemic) to make London better.
He’s failed on every count and continues to blame everyone other than himself.
It’s high time he gets mugged off by London voters.