What should be the headline?

At around 06:30am, we heard:

Police Scotland has been carrying out a survey on how the public has perceived its performance during the pandemic. They say they’ve had over 30 000 responses from the public since April last year. While offences in public spaces have dropped along with retail crimes, officers are concerned about a rise in hidden crimes like cyber crime and domestic violence. 85% say they feel safe in their local area.

Imagine that last bit had been different, say only 15% had felt safe? Would that have been the opening line? Think back to the drug deaths reporting.

Later in the morning, that line was edited out and replaced with an officer saying more about the concerns.

I know this is not a big thing, on its own, but it is part of an insidious, creeping tendency to promote anxiety against the evidence of an improving and objectively less threatening society than we lived in only 10 to 15 years ago. That story cannot be told because, perhaps only subconsciously, they sense that it is not what ‘they’ do in Scotland’s MSM.

7 thoughts on “What should be the headline?

  1. I’m a bit slow on the uptake at times, and I’m not certain that this is correct, but has anybody else noticed that there has been a dramatic drop in the number of serious crimes happening in our society? Are they just not being reported in the media, or are they just not occurring?
    Obviously there have been less people about, and for most of the last year, licensed premises have either been restricted, or have closed completely for the duration.
    Anyone else have an opinion?

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    1. My perception is similar. It might be they are not being reported, but we know the “Scottish” media delight in bad news stories, so I would guess it is quieter than normal.
      Saw a snippet on knife crime in England the other day. Seems, like the drugs epidemic here, it hasn’t gone away, sadly.

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    2. “….. for most of the last year, licensed premises have either been restricted, or have closed completely for the duration.”
      I think you hit the nail on the head there, Alex.

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  2. This is the context in which clarity and honesty in public discourse happen.

    David Blevins@skydavidblevins· 4 Feb
    From @SJAMcBride – “Even in this political age, there’s something rather remarkable about this: Boris Johnson said he’d never agree an Irish Sea border, then agreed it, denied he’d agreed what he’d agreed, then implemented it…& now says there must not be an Irish Sea border.”

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  3. John

    “That story cannot be told because, perhaps only subconsciously, they sense that it is not what ‘they’ do in Scotland’s MSM”

    Spot on John!

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  4. I think the headline might be here somewhere.

    “Scotland’s Chief Statistician has released Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2019-20 statistics.

    The main findings include:

    between 2018-19 and 2019-20, crimes recorded by the police in Scotland remained almost unchanged, increasing by less than 1% from 246,480 to 246,516. The recording of crime remains at one of the lowest levels seen since 1974.”

    https://www.gov.scot/news/recorded-crime-in-scotland-2019-20/#:~:text=A%20further%20107%20new%20crimes,%25%2C%20from%208%2C008%20to%209%2C316.

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