No? Douglas Ross fibbing or just dim again?

In the Record today:

Calls have been made to double the prison sentences for thugs who assault emergency workers. Criminals who attack police officers and nurses could get jailed for up to two years if the plans are backed by MSPs. Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said: “It’s shocking that so many frontline workers are assaulted while serving the people of Scotland by keeping us safe. Following the original law, the maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker is 12 months.

Just yesterday we heard in the Evening Express:

Scottish Tories to use party conference to attack ‘soft touch’ justice system

Fred Mackintosh QC has quickly quashed the Leader’s claims and in the process dumped on the whole conference. Oh, no I was looking forward to it!

In a series of tweets, the QC explained:

Assaults on police officers, firefighters and paramedics are rightly viewed by Sheriffs and Judges as serious offences. Just look at this recent example where a 2-year prison sentence was imposed for such an attack:

Offences under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 have a maximum prison sentence of 12 months, but serious assaults on emergency workers are common law offences and are prosecuted on indictment with maximum sentences of much more than that.

An assault cannot be committed accidently, recklessly or negligently. Harm has to be intended. So the 2005 Act covers more than just assaults. It also criminalises obstructing or hindering emergency workers (sections 1 and 2).

The Tory ‘plan’ focuses on assault on emergency workers. Not those who hinder or obstruct them without intending harm. This change would make no difference other than to build the narrative that @douglas4moray is ‘tough on crime’. He hopes you won’t notice the #fakelaw

For some context on the story, you might like these:

PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN ASSAULTS ON EMERGENCY WORKERS DURING PANDEMIC 10 TIMES HIGHER IN ENGLAND AND WALES

Based on a Freedom of Information request to Police Scotland published on 1st September 2020: Data collated at 07/07/2020 provides that between 23/03/2019 and 23/06/2019 there were 1702 such assaults on (all) emergency workers and 1760 in the same period in 2020. https://www.scotland.police.uk/spa-media/divfr3ej/20-1091-response.pdf The increased rate was 3.4% In England and Wales, based on a … Continue reading Percentage increase in assaults on emergency workers during pandemic 10 times higher in England and Wales→

ASSAULTS ON POLICE OFFICERS IN SCOTLAND FALL TO HALF THAT OF ENGLAND & WALES

Contrary (again) to many headlines like the one above, assaults on Scottish police officers actually fell slightly in the last year and remain much lower than in England & Wales. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request, from someone perhaps hoping for a different story, Police Scotland figures show 1 685 assaults in 2018/19 down … Continue reading Assaults on Police Officers in Scotland FALL to half that of England & Wales→

ARE THERE FEWER CRIME ASSAULTS AGAINST NHS SCOTLAND STAFF BECAUSE THEY’RE MORE EFFECTIVE AND BETTER STAFFED?

In the Guardian yesterday: In the latest available annual NHS staff survey, from last year, 14.5% of staff said they had experienced physical violence from patients, their relatives or the public. But the trade union, Unison, believes many incidents are going unreported. Its research with the Health Service Journal, based on freedom of information requests from all … Continue reading Are there fewer crime assaults against NHS Scotland staff because they’re more effective and better staffed?→

ATTACKS ON FIREFIGHTERS STILL DEPLORABLE BUT NO WORSE THIS YEAR

From the Herald this morning keeping you ‘informed’ and perhaps a bit more tetchy than is good for you: Firefighters have had to deal with more than 500 bonfires on Thursday, with some crews attacked as they responded to incidents. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) handled 1,193 calls from members of the public between … Continue reading Attacks on firefighters still deplorable but no worse this year→

9 thoughts on “No? Douglas Ross fibbing or just dim again?”

  1. Now that we are in the 21st Century,the Tories are trying to move with the times.
    No more hanging and flogging,at least for the moment.

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  2. DRosso thinks politicians shouldn’t be “clones”, yet he is “leader” of a party whose members all say EXACTLY the same thing– did anyone say NO referendum?
    He also wants to dump the Not Proven verdict.
    Why not the Not Guilty verdict which appears to be an imported “odd man out”?

    Proven V Not Proven.

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  3. It’s NOT such a sin!

    Shine up your knobs with DRosso,
    It’s only a penny a tin.
    Shine up your knobs with DRosso,
    Boris likes it better than gin.

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  4. “Clearly DRoss grows increasingly desperate to gain relevance let alone attention” said Bob Lamont earlier. He is so right!

    Another example is Oliver Mundell’s resignation from the Scottish Tory front bench in Holyrood because he didn’t agree with his party’s support for the SG’s introduction of travel restrictions for people in Scotland as they affect his border constituents in Dumfries.

    We can all compare the documented restrictions on: (a) people in Cumbria due to England-wide current restrictions – ‘don’t leave home’, but with multiple specified exceptions; and (b) restrictions on travel for people in Dumfries, also with multiple, and broadly similar to Cumbria/England, exceptions.

    Using the same logic, if Mundell had been (hardly credible I know!) a front bencher for the Tories in Westminster, he would have had to resign
    too. IMHO he is simply seeking to curry favour with his less well informed and/or politically partisan voter base in advance of next year’s Holyrood election.

    Mundell the younger is increasingly desperate to gain relevance let alone attention! Who in the local media in Dumfries will challenge him? I suspect the answer is depressingly obvious! His is a cheap political, and hopefully unsuccessful, manoeuvre. The folk of Dumfries deserve much better representation than this!

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  5. DRoss, seems to have an ability to regurgitate his pre-programmed attack lines. Unusual individual, from Dairyman to leader of Political party, Political thug, qualities shared with his predecessor.

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