This was the Scotsman headline yesterday:
‘Hate offences against Jews in Scotland reach worst level on record’
Now read the article in full and you’ll see that ‘Hate offences against Jews in the UK reach worst level on record’ would be accurate but there is absolutely no evidence of such a spike in Scotland presented anywhere in the piece. The headline is either stupid or a lie. First-of-all, for the UK as-a-whole, see this:
‘Anti-Semitic crimes recorded by police forces around the UK increased by 14.9 per cent in 2016, according to data provided following Freedom of Information requests. The total of 1,078 offences registered last year compared to 938 in 2015 and 746 in 2014.’
Now, for Scotland:
‘Scotland recorded 26 anti-Semitic incidents [only 15 led to charges] in 2016, with new figures revealing that suspected hate offences targeting Jewish victims UK-wide surged for the third consecutive year to reach the worst level on record.’
So, the surge is UK-wide and no evidence that it is present in Scotland is offered. Indeed, with a little simple arithmetic we see the opposite may well be true.
Scotland’s population is 5.295 million. The UK population is 65.14 million. Scotland’s population is therefore 8.13% of the total. So, if the surge to 1 078 cases across the UK was present in Scotland too there would be more than 87 cases in Scotland yet there were only 26 recorded with only 15 charged. So, the Scotsman headline, if honest, should have read something like:
‘Hate offences against Jews in Scotland much less common in Scotland than in other parts of the UK’
Why didn’t it?
Footnote: Scotland is one of the few countries in Europe which has never had anti-Jewish pogroms. Indeed many fled to Scotland to escape Edward 1st’s anti-Jewish pogrom in the Middle Ages.