Regulars will be all-too-familiar with BBC Scotland’s long love affair with Scotland’s drug deaths tally:
In 2019: Scotland has highest drug death rate in EU
In 2021: Drug deaths in Scotland reach new record level
In July 2022, as they begin to fall: However, Scotland continues to have by far the highest drug death rate recorded by any country in Europe.
Often, these data would be used by opposition parties to accuse the SNP of betrayal and be platformed prominently in the BBC Scotland reports.
Sky News today tells us: Northern Ireland has the joint highest female homicide rate in Europe.
Factcheck NI disputed this this but still have NI in second place, twice the UK level, in this league of infamy based on 2017 data:
BBC Northern Ireland has never reported this.
On the related matter of domestic abuse, Northern Ireland has a much higher level than in other parts of the UK, 1 incident for every 57 people compared to to 1 in 65 for England & Wales and 1 in 84 in Scotland.
The only 3 BBC Northern Ireland reports specifically about this, which I could find, make no comparisons with other nations.