Crime and Policing

"Nationwide" Rise In Reported Race Crime - But Not In Scotland

"Needless to say, there is no mention of any breakdown across the parts of ‘the nation’ and I doubt I’d get one (‘Oh the ‘regional’ samples are too small to be valid!’) but, fortunately we have many other recent sources of data telling us that there has been no surge of racism here. Indeed, the evidence is of falling racism generally. Don’t let the reporting of the Old Firm or the words of Scotland’s few Tory/Labour nutjobs deceive you."

Scotland's Police Staffing At Higher Levels Than In England

"Thanks to a parliamentary question last Wednesday, we can see that police staffing is more than 50% higher than in England & Wales. Prison staffing is nearly 18% higher. Some, of course, will say this is Scotland being subsidised by the UK when it is really the effect of different policies. England & Wales would be better staffed if Tory decision-makers valued their constituents more than the affluent few, like their backers and themselves."