We recently watched as BBC Scotland attempted to scare its audience by trying to spread England’s knife crime crisis to Scotland as part of their wider campaign to question the notion that Scotland is becoming a bit different from England, even, dare I say, a better place. See this:
BBC News tries to spread knife crime crisis into Scotland to tell us: ‘You’re no different. Don’t get any ideas!’
Today, they had another go and, this morning at 06:00 am but repeated five or six more times, before 09:00 am, BBC Salford opened with:
‘Serious organised crime like gun smuggling, modern slavery and sexual exploitation are the greatest threats to national security.’
and reported that there are more than 4 500 gangs involved. The figures from the National Crime Agency (NCA) are presumably UK-wide figures.
Clearly not to be left out, BBC Scotland, at 06:26 and repeated five or six more times before 09:00 am, headlined:
‘Feuds and rivalries between organised crime gangs in the Central Belt pose an increasing threat to the public.’
and reported that there are more than 160 crime gangs here.
The BBC Scotland website repeated and extended the story:
‘Feuds and guns raise threat of crime gangs in Scotland. “Ongoing feuds, violence and firearms” in the central belt are increasing the threat posed by crime gangs, according to a report. An assessment of organised crime by the NCA has found the number of criminals involved is falling Police warned that despite increased activity in the central belt and recent firearms seizures, these groups still have ready access to such weapons and some are prepared to use them in public.’
So, first, contrary to the BBC Scotland broadcast story, the NCA report does not mention an increasing threat to the public but only a willingness to use weapons in public.
Second, the BBC Scotland online story uses only the case of a single ‘gangland’ shooting, in a deserted Kinning Park at 11.40pm as evidence of this willingness to kill, in public. Strictly speaking it was in public but the public were not there to witness it.
Third, but not mentioned for context, this was the only murder by shooting recorded in police records for the whole of 2016/17.
Fourth, and also not mentioned as context, if there are only 160 gangs in Scotland yet 4 500 in the UK as a whole, then Scotland has, per capita, far fewer gangs than the rest of the UK. Indeed, Scotland has 8% of the population yet only 3.5% of the gangs. It’s good to see my 8% meme back in use. If you want to see the others, search the blog for 8%.
It’s impossible to know for certain what goes on in their wee journo-minds but are they getting worried that too many Scots have begun to distrust their reporting on crime? See this:
Are Scots less concerned about crime not just because there is less but also because they are learning not to trust media distortion?
Finally, just how desperate are they to stop any of us thinking that things are getting better and connecting that with SNP government? See:
As knife and gun crime rockets across England and Wales and falls in Scotland, Scotland has far more police officers per head of population
Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?
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And at 1.30 we heard a handful of offences described as a ‘spate’. Spate means flood.
In the Sunday Herald on 13,May, Ron McKay had an article about ‘gangland violence returning to Scotland’. He has a background as a crime reporter and appears to be aware of who is who in that world, and has been for a number of years. Essentially, his article was tracing the connections amongst a series of shootings over about 20 years, but was clearly linking this to a feud between TWO local gangs in the drugs business. The article did have the style of the ‘hardbitten local crime reporter’ about it, but I did not think it was excessive, as I thought were the GMS reports. Since the GMS piece were based on a UK report, I thing they have, mendaciously, ‘put a kilt on it’. The crime agency, had probably issued a press release about the imminence of the report, and, possibly, Ron McKay had been aware of it, but his story made no reference to this.
My feeling as I listened was that GMS was definitely trying to scaremonger about Scotland as they have been doing for a while. They included allusions to the Police Cotland troubles, scandals involving senior officers, cases which have had to be dropped. Today’s bulletin also included a reference to a speech a high heid yin in MI5 was to deliver about ‘Russian’ mischief. So, I suspect their might be an agenda to create an impression of growing lawlessness in Scotland, especially since the recent problems in London.
I was in t’Smoke last weekend and there was a big demonstration, mainly by black women – probably worried mothers – in Lewisham. There had been a fatal stabbing in adjacent Southwark the previous day and a shooting of a 13 year old and a 15 year old boy in North London. Yet, appalling though these incidents are, there was no sense of fear in the streets and we wandered about in the 28 degree heat!
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