At a time when the only coverage of police issues revolves around angry confrontations with protesters, it's good to have a story about the cops showing their more caring community-based face, isn't it?
Well, it is, unless you're the Daily Express*. Cops trying to show respect for trans people is HOSTING POLITICALLY CORRECT CANDLELIT VIGILS FOR SEX SWAP CRIME VICTIMS. It really is PC gone mad, isn't it?!?!? And of course, some 'critics' are wheeled in to tut-tut at this reaching-out by the police:
But critics questioned whether sending police officers to the events was a wise use of resources in the face of looming budget cuts. Tory community safety spokesman Bill Aitken said: “Clearly, anyone who has been the victim of crime deserves to be remembered... I am surprised that the police had the time and resources at a weekend to carry out this service. Perhaps things are not as tight as they think.”
It's the classic 'public expenditure / PC gone mad' narrative: here are these diversity-loving bleeding hearts, wasting taxpayer cash on, ugh, being inclusive and stuff, when they could be, well, doing something else instead. But here's what is really unpleasant:
Richard Cook, of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, added: “The police need to remember that catching criminals is the reason people pay their taxes in the first place, not for them to hold vigils like this.”
Do you know what, Richard Cook, of the Campaign Against Political Correctness? You're wrong. Don't you dare tell me what I want my tax money spent on. This is what irks me most about the Tax Payers Alliance / Campaign Against Political Correctness astroturf rentaquotes: they presume to speak on everyone's behalf, and are taken as such by the journalists involved to try and create an angle. But where is the welcoming for this move by the trans community?
No, this isn't news, this is just one-sided pie-chucking. The paper says "Strathclyde Police statistics show that there have been no homophobic murders or attempted murders since officers started recording hate crimes", as if murders or attempted murders are the sum total of all hate crimes. It's wilfully bad journalism. So some police took some time out to go and try a bit of outreach? Good for them, and as a taxpayer I, for one, am very glad they're doing that. But then, no-one asks for my comment on these stories, because I'm not going to give the desired 'PC gone mad' quote.
* I'm not sure if this version is specific to the Scottish Daily Express or is there for everyone to enjoy.