This was the front page headline in the Manchester Evening News, a local newspaper not noted for its morality campaigns, which was faced with a tsunami of bad publicity for the Establishment and made a pathetic attempt to try to redress the balnce.
The statistics could be true - who knows - but it is a long way from the truth. In a week in which the other headlines from major national newspapers carried stories of:
- Police at the highest level callously deciding to falsely blame the Hillsborough diasaster, in whiich 96 football fans died, on the fans themselves.
- In the University city of Oxford hundreds of teenage schoolgirls were groomed by gangs for sex, with no help from police and social workers.
- CPS spending £33M on a witch hunt.
- The shocking failings at a hospital trust whch resulted in the tragic deaths of 11 babies and one mother.
- Hospital manager who accused a female colleague of dressing like a hooker.
- A member of Parliament accusing the police of ignoring the property law (burglary).
- A former banker was left unemployablle when police wrongly accused him of rape and released his photo.
- An aspiring social worker who fraudulently claimed £1M in damages.
- A retired police officer jailed for 12 years for grooming 12 year old girl for sex.
- An anti-terror policewoman who used Scotland Yard computers to spy on her ex-husband.
- A five month old baby who died of meningitis after an emergency doctor fiddled his work sheet and pretended he had visited the child.
- A 20 year old model of a Barrister family running a prostitute ring from a swish part of London.
- Police tipped off BBC about a pending raid on Sir Cliff Richards' home.
- A Judge was spotted driving a billionaire's seized Porshe.
- A Chelsea fan who was caught up in the famous Paris underground 'race' incident is an ex-police officer.
- A Council chief conspired to bring Dolly Parton to town while he ignored the child sex grooming for which he was slammed.
- The bishops' left-wing manifesto results in Ministers mocking Church of England's dwindling relevance.
- Archbishop calls for 'fresh moral vision' in British politics.
- Britain's biggest police force has solved just 14% of poedophile crimes in four years.
- A concerned Parliament alleges 'a tax on justice'.
- The Ministry of Defence is challenged in a tribunal by a whistle-blowing doctor.
- A respected national newspaper ask the question: 'Why not catching crooks is not the most important police job?
- A senior retired police officer prepares to sue over his rich uncle's estate.
- A millionaire paid no tax for 24 years.
If the paper is serious about printing the news, how can it ignore the above two dozen reports while printing statistics that have been spoon fed by the police?
Is it not shameful that a newspaper can ignore such a welter of truth in order to prop up a corrupt police service. In the next few days we shall print and publish the reports at the rate of two per day. Thank goodness for whistle-blowers, we can hardly rely on local newspapers to warn us when there are serious matters about.
Throughout the country, if not the world, there is a marked reluctance to speak out about our corruption. It is as if people fear the worst if they speak out, but then that will always be the case when we have bad people in a position of power.
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