Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Not A Post About The Labour Conference
This morning I had to read this Scotsman article twice. Surely the Unionist Scotsman wasn't praising an SNP government's policy, but yes, it's true. They have no option. The figures show that Scotland's police have saved £100 million in the past year and diverted money towards frontline services.
I thought, with scepticism, considering the spin we continually receive from the Westminster government, that the statistics may not be authentic.
However why should Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland (HMICS) praise chief officers for driving reported crime down to a 35-year-old low, while trimming their budgets. Why does Kenny MacAskill think the police service will be able to reduce their costs even more if they become one organisation?
In January this year Alex Salmond indicated that the SNP manifesto would include a move to a single force in Scotland and once again he intends to fulfill his commitment in the hope that a single police force for Scotland would save taxpayers money. Unfortunately that would only occur in an independent Scotland, but if the figures from the HMICS are anything to go by, then we're on the way to having a professional and efficient police service, so long as personalities, ambitions and the tick-box culture in public services don't prevail.
But, it's a good news story from Scotland and one which doesn't even mention a certain conference south of the border.