Who did Scottish Labour get their arithmetically challenged propaganda from this morning for Reporting Scotland?

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It’s funny but just wait.

Early this morning:

‘Scottish Labour is claiming the national police is getting what it calls ‘a raw deal’ from the Scottish Government on funding with spending on equipment lagging well behind other UK forces. Using figures from the House of Commons Library, Labour says Police Scotland has the fifth lowest level of capital funding of all the UK’s forces.’

What, are they saying Scottish Labour actually read stuff from a library? Aye right. Wait, maybe they have a wee pal working there? What does that remind me of?


I can’t quickly find the source (I doubt David would help) so here are the main points from ITV:

Figures obtained by Scottish Labour from the House of Commons library show that out of 42 police forces across the UK in 2017-2018, Police Scotland was fifth from bottom for capital investment funding.

The statistics put total capital expenditure at £34.1 million for the force – working out at £1,526 for each of Police Scotland’s 22,370 employees.

Police Scotland is second only to the Metropolitan Police in the UK for staff numbers, with a total of 39,733 people employed by the London force.

The Met has total capital expenditure of £431.4 million, with an expenditure of £1,857 per employee.

West Midlands is the third largest UK force, and it had an expenditure of £1,759 per each of its 10,375 employees, totalling £18.2 million.


Needless to say, ITV’s journos didn’t spot it. I hope you have.

The reason that capital expenditure in Scotland is relatively low per head of officer in Scotland is because we have far more police officers per head of population and, at least in part because of that, we have far less crime! Duuuh! Capital expenditure is not based on how many police officers you have but on the population of the country or region. If they’d thought to work out the capital expenditure per head of population of the whole country, that might have been more useful, if kind of pointless.

See these for evidence:

Scotland’s Police and Prison staffing at MUCH higher level than in England

Scottish Labour’s ‘man’ in the BBC reveals only 0.06% of police vehicles break down in typical day

Despite uninformed Scotsman scare story, Scots reported EXPERIENCE of crime has fallen MORE than the police statistics!



11 thoughts on “Who did Scottish Labour get their arithmetically challenged propaganda from this morning for Reporting Scotland?

  1. Jomry April 19, 2019 / 9:10 am

    John. You have been on a roll with your recent slew of articles which continue to expose the dross we are served up as news and the incompetence of MSM journalists. Nor can such shallow reporting be solely down to lack of appropriate staff resources as some maintain. I am full of admiration for your forensic dismantling of shoddy work and for your determination perseverance. It must be very wearying at times. Your work deserves much greater exposure.

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  2. Alasdair Macdonald April 19, 2019 / 9:34 am

    Obviously nane o thae Nomedia journalists studieit Latin or they would have known that the word ‘capital’ derives for that Latin for head, viz ‘napper’ – no ‘caput’ or ‘capitalis’ (of the head). I did not study Latin at school, but my native Gaelic speaking mother told me that if I looked at a dictionary I could find out how words in English were derived. Words have meanings, they have a history, they have families – I would have thought that journalists would know that and reflect on the fact that in official reports words are generally used rigorously and have pretty tightly defined meanings. When I read a science or mathematics book I or anyone in the world knows pretty tightly what the words actually connote.

    However, this is just an example of mining data then selecting and decontextualising ‘bad’ ones and creating a fuss about them. In the report, the somewhat sair trauchlit looking Reevel Alderson actually put a bit of balance towards the end when he mentioned that there were more staff in Scotland.

    Interestingly, this GMS ‘report’ features nowhere on the BBC website.

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  3. Douglas raine April 19, 2019 / 11:59 am

    Thank god for sites like this. The british nationalist media in Scotland is truly disgusting.

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  4. danhuil April 19, 2019 / 11:59 am

    Thank god for sites like this.

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  5. Scott April 19, 2019 / 1:43 pm

    April 19, 2019 / 9:10 am

    Totally agree with all that is said and I find it very strange that the Government can’t find a position for you to do what you are doing now,we all appreciate your debunking of BBC and Unionist crap.

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  6. tcrosbie20 April 19, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    John your a wee ray of sunshine, what a good piece and a good read, humour as well as facts, especially the grammatically perfect duuuh 🙂


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