Let’s leave aside the long-term roots of Scotland’s drug death statistics, in the Thatcher government’s de-industrialisation of Scotland, the destruction of communities and the consequent loss of a meaningful life for a whole generation of, mainly, young men, who 40 years later make up the bulk of the dying, bodies prematurely aged by drugs.
Let’s forget, for the moment the, smug contempt, the corruption and the low-browed ignorance of those big beasts of the Scottish Labour Party who did nothing to protect their country from London policies.
This report from BBC Scotland is a clear example of the kind of propaganda that protects the UK Government and implies that experts blame the SNP Government for the current toll of death.
The extent to which this kind of reporting is clear evidence of a full conscious agenda to undermine the popularity of the SNP or just another product of a more subconscious culture, is up for debate, but the effect is the same – misrepresentation of the facts.
I’ll go through key parts of the text and point to examples in the wording but first, two important facts left out.
- BBC Scotland knows that the SNP formally backed the decriminalisation of drugs in 2019. At that time and today, the Home Office remains opposed: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-50036173
- The SNP backed safe drug injection rooms as far back as 2018 and the Home Office vetoed them: https://www.glasgowtimes.co.uk/news/16967982.snp-backs-calls-safe-drugs-injecting-room-glasgow/ and https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/home-office-vetoes-scottish-plans-for-safe-injection-clinics-2szhfgbrz
Today’s BBC report makes no reference to these key pieces of context.
An agenda to deceive or just the way things are done in Pacific Quay?
‘Scotland should introduce “safe consumption rooms” to tackle a record number of drug deaths, senior medical professionals have said.’
Scotland should introduce? They know that the SNP has tried but cannot because the powers are not devolved and so this notion is not the starting point
‘The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) wants the Scottish and UK governments to seriously consider decriminalising drug possession.’
This is deflection. the SNP has tried. The Home Office has vetoed everything. The RCPE know that.
‘An RCPE report – based on submissions by leading experts – highlights an “impasse” between Westminster and Holyrood over drug policy.’
It’s not an ‘impasse between’, it’s Westminster blocking the Holyrood path. This kind of language protects the UK Government from scrutiny.
‘The report urges politicians to listen to advice provided by frontline medical professionals.’
SNP politicians have listened and spoken out since at least 2018. Again this language shields UK politicians.
Then we read:
‘However, while the Scottish government is open to the plans, it says it must be established legally. The problem is, the UK government does not support such an idea, and it controls national drug policy.’
See how that wording softens the Home Office veto and suggests less commitment by the Scottish Government? Near the end of the report we see that the BBC knows that the Scottish Government is not just ‘open.’
‘The Scottish government has previously expressed support for the scheme, although the Misuse of Drugs Act is reserved to the UK government, which does not support the move.’
Deliberate deception or just a bad habit?