We need read no further, the headline tells all and is all wrong, very wrong, again.
I’ve been drawn into rebutting Mackay’s scare stories more times than I care to remember. Should you have a perverse notion to read them try this:
Perhaps one of his most deranged was this in January 2020:
Echoing the mad language of Lord NATO Robertson, he ignored the facts from Scotland’s top historian and researcher:
So, probably wasting more time than I should, is there any evidence for, in particular, the second part of his claim. He is correct to say we have an anti-Irish problem, a wee one and smaller than our own anti-Scottish one. The nutters are still with us but, as Devine evidences, there are fewer of them doing fewer wrongs.
Scotland’s prosecution service note a slight recent climb after years of falling, in race-based hate crimes and a recent fall in religion-based hate crime.
The COPFS statistics do not break down the race and religion categories so the word ‘Irish’ does not appear.
So, if it’s the religion-based anti-Catholic thread in anti-Irish hate crime, he’s simply wrong. If it’s the race-based thread, usually based on appearance but maybe accent, to allow the possibility, is he claiming that much of that at all and of the increase, is due to crimes triggered by an Irish accent and not the more obvious markers?
If I say that’s just daft, I’m not saying the Irish are daft. I’ve read and love more Irish writers than English ones.
Finally, try searching for ‘Scotland hate crime statistics Irish’ and find nothing.