There are no separate statistics for terrorism in the different parts of the UK. There were 412 arrests in 2017, up from 261 in 2016.
I’ve searched at length for anything including the words ‘Scotland’ and ‘terror’ and ‘arrests’. I found plenty arrests by Scotland Yard but only one with both ‘Scotland’ and ‘terror’, in the Times of January 9th 2018. Aha, I thought, at least one, but then I read on:
‘One of the world’s most wanted terrorism suspects (Hafiz Saeed) visited Scotland to urge Muslim youths to become jihadis years before 9/11, an investigation claims.’
So, it was a story about a jihadi recruiter visiting Scotland more than 17 years ago. It’s been more than 10 years since the Glasgow Airport failed attack and nearly two years since the murder of Glasgow shopkeeper, Asad Shah. It’s not a lot compared to 412 arrests in one year. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suggest that there’s something different going on, or perhaps not going on, in Scotland. I don’t think I’m tempting fate by suggesting Hafiz Saed has had little effect on young Scottish Muslims, nearly 20 years later and although there are no separate Scottish statistics, Police Scotland quietly reassured us, in 2017, with:
‘Police Scotland said there was no intelligence to suggest there is any specific threat to Scotland.’
despite feeling obliged to increase patrols following the Tube bombing in London.
If there were few or no terror-related arrests in Scotland in 2017, the question ‘Why?’ seems worth considering. I explored a few, at some length, last year in:
More recently, is this contributory evidence too?
This feels like dangerous ground but is it another example of how different Scotland is, from Power-projecting Post-imperial Britain and its House of Saud-friendly elites?