BBC Scotland’s Disclosure Team find evidence of recent racist activity in Scotland!
Reporting Scotland, Saturday 29th September at 5.30pm, on racism in Scotland was, well, more racism NOT in Scotland.
We heard about a worthy EIS initiative to reduce racism in Scottish schools, but Reporting Scotland clearly felt they should be able to justify the project with evidence of a need for it. They couldn’t find any Scottish examples, so we had mention of the Manchester Arena bomb attack and some anecdotal tales from Anas Sarwar. I heard he didn’t get the Labour leadership because he is….rich and his family firm don’t pay the living wage.
We even heard of a rise in far-right politics. Do they mean in Scotland? Where? Who?
What we didn’t have was:
‘There were 3,349 [hate crime] charges reported [in Scotland] in 2016-17, 10 percent fewer than in 2015-16, and the lowest number reported since 2003-04.’
Remember these figures include graffiti, passing comments and tweets on semitism (17), racism and attacks against English, East Europeans, sikhs, catholics and presumably protestants too.
In England and Wales, however:
‘Hate crimes have rocketed by almost a third in the UK in the past year, with unprecedented spikes around the EU referendum and terror attacks recorded by police. New figures released by the Home Office confirm victims’ reports of a dramatic increase in incidents motivated by attackers’ hostility towards their race, nationality, religion or other factors. Data from police forces across England and Wales showed there were almost 80,400 hate crimes recorded in the 2016/17 financial year.’
So, once again Scots, don’t get any ideas about being different.