Westminster Conservatives FAIL as Police in Scotland more than NINE times as effective in solving violent crimes than in England

In the Independent today:

Statistics released by the Home Office show that the number of reported offences resulting in a prosecution had fallen to the lowest level since data recording began in 2015. Only 7.8 per cent of crimes saw a suspect charged or summonsed in 2018-19, compared to 9.1 per cent the year before. For rape the figure was just 1.5 per cent – down from 3 per cent in 2017-18 – and the figure was only 8 per cent for violence, 7 per cent for robbery, 6 per cent for theft and 3.5 per cent for sexual offences.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/violent-crime-rise-stabbings-uk-prosecutions-fall-justice-crisis-a9011301.html

In sharp contrast in Scotland:

Clear up rates for the different crime types show marked differences, from 25.2% for Fire-raising, Vandalism etc. and 36.9% for Crimes of Dishonesty to 76.1% for Non-sexual crimes of violence and 89.6% for Other crimes.

https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Crime-Justice/TrendClear

So, just on violence, 8% in England and 76.1% clear-up rate in Scotland.

Murder!

In this most serious of crimes Scotland’s recent clear-up rate was 100%! See:

SNP funds Police Scotland to increase detectives by 12% and solve 100% of murders!

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BBC content with the lie that there wasn’t even really a place called Scotland

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch was at Windsor Castle this morning to receive the Honour of Knighthood for services to Scholarship. (Newscom TagID: ptsphotoshot750272) [Photo via Newscom]

On 10th of July 2019, I wrote to BBC Complaints to say:

Dermot McCulloch, referring to England existing in the 10th or 11th Century says:

‘There wasn’t even really a place called Scotland.’

This is inaccurate:

This culminated in the rise of Cínaed mac Ailpín (Kenneth MacAlpin) as “king of the Picts” in the 840s (traditionally dated to 843),[3] which brought to power the House of Alpin.[4] When he died as king of the combined kingdom in 900 one of his successors,Domnall II (Donald II), was the first man to be called rí Alban (King of Alba).[5] The term Scotia would increasingly be used to describe the heartland of these kings, north of the River Forth, and eventually the entire area controlled by its kings would be referred to as Scotland.[6]

Sources:

  1. B. Webster, Medieval Scotland: the Making of an Identity(St. Martin’s Press, 1997), ISBN0333567617, p. 15.
  2. B. Yorke, The Conversion of Britain: Religion, Politics and Society in Britain c.600–800(Pearson Education, 2006), ISBN 0582772923, p. 54.
  3. A. O. Anderson, Early Sources of Scottish History, A.D. 500 to 1286(General Books LLC, 2010), vol. i, ISBN1152215728, p. 395.
  4. Webster, Medieval Scotland, p. 22.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Scotland#Origins:_400%E2%80%93943

Why was McCulloch, a non-historian, allowed to make such an error? Why was this statement not checked? Perhaps York and Anderson are too recent for him to be expected to have read?

Yesterday, I got this reply:

Thank you for contacting us regarding BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Invention of Britain’ broadcast on 18 June. I understand you believe Diarmaid MacCulloch inaccurately said: “there wasn’t even really a place called Scotland” in the 10th or 11th century. While Professor MacCulloch’s comments are his own views and not those of BBC staff, it’s not always possible to challenge every comment that is made by a contributor. Professor MacCulloch contributed to the programme based on his background as a British historian, however, we acknowledge that not everyone will agree with each choice we make as to who contributes to our programmes. We do value your feedback about the programme. All complaints are sent to senior management and in this case ‘The Invention of Britain’ production team every morning, and I’ve provided your comments on our audience feedback report.

McCulloch has previous on Anglocentric views of history. His ridiculous BBC documentary on the Battle of Britain ignored the Clydebank Blitz. I complained about it and he was indignant in the manner of a pompous bishop. Let’s see if he gets wind of my complaint.

Conservatives FAIL as FEAR of crime in England is TWICE the level of that in Scotland!

Second poll confirms human effects of falling crime levels in Scotland

The YouGov poll based on fieldwork on 16th and 17th July reinforces the stability of SNP support (42%) and the collapse of that for the Tories (13%) and Labour (15%) but, notably, reveals a sharp difference in levels of concern about crime. Only 16% of Scots rated it the most important issue while between 28% (South) and 35% (London) did so across England and Wales.

https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/sjg6udq97x/TheTimes_190717_VI_Trackers_w.pdf

An Ipsos-MORI poll a year ago told the same story:

https://www.ipsos.com/ipsos-mori/en-uk/issues-index-concern-about-crime-reaches-seven-year-high

A clearly related phenomenon can be seen in surveys showing that Scots feel they are experiencing a fall in crime greater than that reported by the police! See this for more detail:

Despite uninformed Scotsman scare story, Scots reported EXPERIENCE of crime has fallen MORE than the police statistics!

SNP exonerated by BBC figures as Scotland’s drug deaths are shown to be caused by neoliberal UK Governments in the 1980s and 90s

Scotland’s drug death crisis is based disproportionally upon older drug users who began using heroin in the 1980s and 90s under the Tory and New Labour neoliberal economic policies which lauded greedy individualism, and which destroyed communities through a failure to create employment and a misguided war on drugs. Similar effects can be seen in the higher levels of drug deaths in the North of England and in Wales, also outside of the more affluent South-East which was protected from the worst of those policies. Researchers have shown this to be a predictable and widespread phenomenon:

Drug Overdose Rates Are Highest in Places With the Most Economic and Family Distress

https://scholars.unh.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1339&context=carsey

From the BBC:

During the 1980s and ’90s there was a significant increase in problem drug users in Scotland, which peaked about 20 years ago. There is now an ageing population of drug addicts, mainly men, who have been using heroin for decades. Biologically they are ageing much faster than their real age and they develop multiple morbidity, particularly around respiratory diseases, liver diseases and blood-borne viruses and this adds a further vulnerability with regards to overdose deaths. Last year, more than two-thirds of drug-related deaths were aged between 35 and 54.

Deaths among younger users had been falling since the SNP came to power but rising again as Tory austerity cuts bite.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48853004

Conservatives blamed as child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’ but only in ENGLAND

Reported throughout the day as a UK-wide phenomenon somehow validated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP), this turns out to be based on English schools only and with the RCP merely asked to comment after the event (confirmed by telephone to me this morning):

Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned.Replies to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from 46 health trusts indicate they rose from 21,125 to 31,531.The government (sic) says it is “determined to improve mental health support”.BBC News also sent FoI requests to 500 primary schools in England about serious mental health episodes.It found that 191 primary school pupils had self-harmed on school grounds in the last four years, according to responses received from 155 schools.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48935631

An RCP spokesperson said:

These figures are deeply worrying and build on evidence which shows emotional disorders in children have increased in recent years. Services for children have been historically underfunded [by the UK Government] meaning they are unable to meet increased demand. The government’s (sic) aim to provide mental health support in all schools within the next 10 years will be too little, too late for many children who need that help now.

There has been a worrying increase in referrals in Scotland reported by Audit Scotland but at the level of 22% over 4 years compared to the 50% over only 3 years being suggested by the RCP for the UK as a whole:

Mental health services for children and young people are under significant pressure. The number of referrals to specialist services increased by 22 per cent, from 27,271 to 33,270, between 2013/14 and 2017/18, with rejected referrals also increasing.

https://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/uploads/docs/report/2018/nr_180913_mental_health.pdf

Sarah Smith: This is VERY convenient for the SNP enabling them to ignore criticism of schools in Scotland.

The Better Together shroud-waving on drug deaths toppled over into a carrion-fest

LUDO THIERRY

The Better Together shroud waving actually toppled over into a carrion-fest. I heard a tiny bit of Ian Dale’s programme on LBC and heard ‘Orange?’ Cammie frae Kilmarnock report that the Scottish drug’s deaths could be explained “..in 3 words (sic) ESS – ENN – PEE” – Ian Dale reverted, sadly, to his right wing tory roots and came out with a pile of tabloid pish so I – thankfully – re-tuned to the Scottish League Cup Group Round coverage and had a much more stimulating and educational listen for the next 90 mins. For a bit of accurate and useful info re. how the SNP Scottish Govt management of Drugs Policy (within its very restricted authority and funding within this Westminster/Whitehall ‘reserved’ policy area) is finding smart ways to tackle the PROFITEERS rather than the users. See the link and snippet below from the Scottish Legal site:

https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/drug-possession-virtually-decriminalised-in-scotland

In 2017-18 there were 32,399 recorded drug offences, 84 per cent of which were for possession. Of these, 19 per cent reached court, compared with 29 per cent in England and Wales.

Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC recently told the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee: “In relation to offences of simple possession, I have, through the recorded police warnings scheme and prosecution policy, supported the use of alternatives to prosecution, including diversion.”

Prosecutors tend instead to go after people who profit from drugs.

There were 5,228 recorded crimes related to the drugs trade including supply, importing and cultivation and 5,390 convictions, implying only a fraction of people are convicted for possession alone.

Three per cent of those convicted of drug offences are jailed, most are fined or given a verbal warning or community service.

Police Scotland said: “Drug crime data can be influenced by a number of factors such as trends. While enforcement activity alone is not enough, we will continue to target drug dealers.”

Conservatives failing schoolchildren as mental health referrals in England are more than twice the level of Scotland

In the wake of the Scottish drug deaths crisis reporting, repeated 6 times this morning on BBC Breakfast and on the website, we hear:

‘A BBC investigation suggests there’s been a significant rise in number of UK primary schoolchildren referred to mental health services over the last three years’

In the fuller online report, we read:

Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned. Replies to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from 46 health trusts indicate they rose from 21,125 to 31,531.

However, none of the examples reported are from outside of England.

There is a worrying increase in referrals reported by Audit Scotland but at the level of 22% over 4 years compared to the 50% over only 3 years being suggested by the RCoP for the UK as a whole.

Mental health services for children and young people are under significant pressure. The number of referrals to specialist services increased by 22 per cent, from 27,271 to 33,270, between 2013/14 and 2017/18, with rejected referrals also increasing.

https://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/uploads/docs/report/2018/nr_180913_mental_health.pdf

Footnote: I await a response from the RCoP on access to the full report so that I can access a breakdown of the Scottish responses.