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.