As homicide in England and Wales surges by 14% to 739 last year and falls in Scotland, leading Conservatives in the North Britain Branch are worried that this could reflect badly on the UK tory government and, by proxy, on them.
Reporting Scotland reporters been instructed to remember just who hands out the honours and to find a way of representing these trends in a way more conducive to Unionist sympathies.
In response to a Freedom of information request, TuS can reveal:
Between 2016-17 and 2017-18, the number of homicide cases recorded by the police in Scotland decreased by 5% from 62 to 59 This is the joint lowest number of recorded homicide cases for a single twelve-month period since 1976, the first year for which comparable data are available. Over the ten-year period from 2008-09 to 2017-18, the number of homicide cases in Scotland fell by 39% (38 cases) from 97 to 59. Glasgow City accounted for over one third (34%) of this decrease. In 2017-18, almost one fifth (11) of the 59 national recorded homicide cases occurred within Glasgow City.
With 11 times the population, England and Wales should have, all things being equal, 649 homicides rather than 739.
TuS can also reveal that BBC Scotland have launched a staff consultation with a view to find creative ways of making Scotland seem just as dangerous as England and Wales. Early responses include:
‘Dark tourism in Glasgow falls dramatically due to reduced violence’
‘Migrant murderers expected to come over here to exploit gaps in supply’
‘Scheming spouses unable to find assassins at a reasonable price.’
‘Scottish crime writers bemoan lack of real crimes they can copy’
TuS readers are invited to come up with other ideas which we can pass on to Pacific Quay