As the UK news agencies, including BBC 1, agonise over the awful surge in violent crime in England and Wales, BBC Scotland News ignores the obvious newsworthy story – ‘Why do Scotland’s streets now seem less mean than those in much of England and Wales?’ – and scrabble around for anything bad. Today, after the expected one mad cow story, they found that a temporary police officer had sent a sexist email about female armed officers. First thing in the morning they obliged the Minister for Justice to say he condemned the incident and that he was confident the chief of police would handle it. Can you imagine BBC 1 going to the Home Office minister and expecting them to answer for a similar case?
There were 736 murders including terror attacks in England and Wales in 2017/18. This was a fourth consecutive rise and up 12% in one year! Offences involving knives were up 15% in one year!
In Scotland, in sharp contrast violent crime was 35% down since 2008/9 and up only, a not statistically significant, 1%, since 2016/17. There were 59 killings in 2017/18. The population of England and wales is between ten and eleven times greater than that of Scotland. All things being equal, the murder rate in Scotland would be higher than 70. It was 59. Isn’t that newsworthy?
They claim, when I complain, that they write what is newsworthy. How about:
‘No mean cities anymore?’
They could get someone to sing it to the Stranglers tune.
‘Thurrs noa been a murrderrr!’