BBC Scotland misreport it but every homicide and domestic abuse case in Scotland now treated in same way and to same highest possible standard.

Police Scotland’s new chief constable said today of the national service’s performance:

‘That approach has brought benefits. For example, we can now say with certainty that every homicide in Scotland is dealt with to the highest possible standard. Every domestic abuse case is treated in the same way regardless of where the victim lives.’

These are important, newsworthy achievements which BBC Scotland mention only in passing at the end of the website report and not at all in the broadcast. Instead BBC Scotland essentially lie with a headline twisted from the chief constable’s words:

‘Police chief admits mistakes made in setting up national force’

What he actually said was:

‘I acknowledge that we didn’t get everything right at the outset of Police Scotland.’

The word ‘mistakes’ was not used. Now some might argue that they’re saying the same thing but the decision to drop the actual words, insisting by implication that the majority was correctly done, to a new phrase leaving out that implication for an open-ended possibility of only mistakes is to shift the meaning, for no good reason, to suit a particular agenda, that of failure by  Police Scotland and, by association, the Scottish Government.


6 thoughts on “BBC Scotland misreport it but every homicide and domestic abuse case in Scotland now treated in same way and to same highest possible standard.

  1. Ludo Thierry August 27, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    The National reports on a delegation of Mayors and councillors from Catalonia who are currently visiting Scotland on an exchange visit to compare ‘good practice’. It will be good for these local elected representatives to learn about a ‘National’ Police Force in Scotland which is trying to – with consent – reduce violence amongst the population – not meting out violence to the voting population as the Spanish State Police were doing so recently during the Catalonia Referendum. Am really pleased to see these developing links with Civic Catalonia – we have a lot of good stuff to share with each other.

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  2. Alasdair Macdonald August 27, 2018 / 5:42 pm

    This is a long established journalistic and political ruse to hint at something different from what was actually said. Synonyms are used and not everything relevant is included in the report. Synonyms usually have nuanced differences and these nuances imply different contexts.

    The creation of Police Scotland had strong support from right across the Parliament.

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  3. Contrary August 27, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    I admit to being a supporter of a national police service, and not for any cost-saving reasons, but for reasons like this – that everyone can have confidence in being treated fairly (the same as everyone else) throughout the country. Laws apply nationally do they not? I am sure there will still be a way to go yet to get things working smoothly – I actually feel hope when I see the head honchos being disciplined, or changed, to me it means efforts are being made to build a police force with integrity, one that we can trust in.

    I sometimes have discussions, with green supporting friends, on centralisation vs decentralisation of powers – and there are arguments both ways, but I feel that to get a good degree of fairness across a system the regulation at least needs to be centralised.

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    • Alasdair Macdonald August 28, 2018 / 8:36 am

      Like you, on balance, I thought that the creation of Police Scotland was a sensible decision for reasons you have listed.

      The local aspect is an important one, bu the problem is relatively easily sorted by having a localised structure – which will be necessary for basic operational reasons anyway – which involves local representatives such as Councillors and that in consultation with regional police commanders can exercise monitoring and evaluation and can determine local priorities within the national framework.

      It is only nonentities like Willie Wombat, the Kelty Kurmudgeon, who sees the problem as totally, fundamentally, essentially and basically insuperable.


  4. tcrosbie20 August 28, 2018 / 7:24 am

    BBC Scotland lying again ? surely that cannot be right ? I don’t believe it. (being extremely facetious of course)


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