Another New Labour triumph has been turned upon its head. Despite Gordon “McCavity” Brown declaiming that crime had been reduced massively under their careful stewardship, it seems that it was all just an illusion, a carefully constructed sham of carefully spun and stage-managed opinion polling. When someone sat down and compared actual crime reports, a completely different picture emerged:
Violent attacks are estimated to be 44 per cent higher than they were in 1998 after research on the way police record them allowed comparisons for the first time.
The study, by the independent House of Commons Library, shows violence against the person increased from 618,417 to 887,942 last year.
This is quite astonishing, really. Everyone I know has felt that the government statistics saying that crime was falling were not how they saw things, but they had no proof and it seemed that the government had proof that things were getting better. Perhaps it’s time to update an old saying: there are lies, damned lies, statistics and government statistics.
Compare and contrast:
David Green, criminologist and director of Civitas, said the Government had a reputation for “scheming and manipulation”, adding: “I think the Government knew perfectly well in 2002/03 that it would be very helpful to say ’sorry we cannot go back beyond this date’ because they did not want a consistent historical series.”
In a major speech on crime last week, Mr Brown said: “Crime is falling. Fact. Down by more than a third since 1997. Fact. That’s 6 million fewer crimes each year. Fact. Almost 1 million fewer homes burgled. Fact. Almost 1 and a half million fewer violent crimes. Fact.”
Our beloved Prime Minister, telling porkies? Surely not!