Around the time of the Brexit referendum the BBC and other online media outlets began sensationally reporting that there had been a surge of reported “hate crime reports” or “hate crime incidents” in the UK following the result. The narrative was that this was a sign of an upsurge of racism or xenophobia against immigrants/people of foreign origins. Many news sites were quick to try to portray this phenomenon as somehow a product of the Brexit campaign. This should be regarded as a sort of smear campaign against the Leave campaign. Were these sites trying to create the environment for a second EU referendum? The fact that these same sites had generally shown a pro-Remain bias should be noted.
Feeble politicians were goaded by pseudo-journalists into condemning the disgusting epidemic of hate. Note that I use the phrase “hate incident” because that is the technically correct phrase to use, while the media generally referred to “reported hate crime” or “hate crime incidents”. I use the “hate incident” wording because the figures generally reported are merely the REPORTS of “hate incidents”, which are not necessarily crimes. By referring to these figures as “hate crime” reports the media are misleading their readers.
THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER
At the Independent news site this article appeared:
There were 85 reports of hate crimes to True Vision, a police-funded reporting website, between Thursday and Sunday compared with 54 reports over the same period four weeks ago.
So, this sensationalist headline referring to a 57% increase was in fact referring to the reporting of a mere 31 reported hate incidents NATIONWIDE. Hardly statistically significant in a country of 65,000,000 PLUS people. The article also did not reveal what the nature of those 31 incidents was.
There was a similarly absurd article about the same data published by sky news:
An even more sensationalist headline appeared a few days later in the Independent:
Exclusive: Prime Minister accused of helping create the ‘hostile environment’ that paved the way for ‘F*** off to Poland’ messages, excrement through letter boxes, and racist abuse from children as young as ten
The Independent also published another report that attempted to prove that the hate surge was largest in Euro-sceptic areas in a further attempt to tarnish the Leave campaign:
THE BBC NEWS WEB SITE
In the BBC news website this article appeared:
The article began with this sensational announcement in bold letters:
More than 6,000 hate crimes have been reported to police in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the wake of the EU referendum, figures show.
By using the phrase “in the wake of the EU referendum”, the wording here is clearly designed to sensationally suggest that the 6,000 hate incidents are somehow related to the EU referendum. In fact the figure of 6,000 was just the TOTAL number of reported hate incidents in the UK for the month. The article then reveals that this figure was only around 30% higher than the same period in the previous year. So even if you take these figures blindly at face value, then the most you could sensibly claim is that 1,800 reported “hate incidents” were somehow POSSIBLY (not NECESSARILY) related to the EU referendum campaign. Furthermore the quoted figures were for a whole month, they were not restricted to the immediate period around the referendum.
Further down the article it is then suggested that there have been changes in the way “hate incidents” are reported.
BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the rise in reports could also be in part due to increased awareness of the problem and greater awareness of how to report it.
… thereby casting further doubt on the sensational announcement at the start of the article. In reference to this it should be noted that there had also been an 18% increase in 2015 over the previous year, which was probably due to the fact that the public are being encouraged to report more of these “hate incidents”.
The article also stated:
The main type of offence reported over the month was “violence against the person”, which includes harassment and common assault, as well as verbal abuse, spitting and “barging”.
This is again misleading because incidents reported are not necessarily offences. Only once the police have investigated the “hate incident” and successfully prosecuted the case can it be described as an offence. Before then it is only at most an alleged offence. Some of the reported incidents may have been entirely made up for all we know, many others may well not have qualified as crime at all. It also seems very strange to me that mere “verbal abuse” should be included in a category of “violence against the person”.
The article overall contains two videos which both describe particular alleged racist incidents. This helps to build a subliminal impression that the figures related to racist “hate incidents” alone. However there is NO BREAKDOWN of the figures to reveal the more specific nature of the incidents, for example if there was a surge in racism which races were involved.
In summary then the very worst case is that 1,800 extra “hate incidents” were reported in the whole month period. So, out of a UK total population of 65.1 million (at least) then less than 0.003% (or about 1 in every 35,000 people) felt the need to report such an incident to the police in this month over and above incidents reported last year. Also, bear in mind that these included as “hate incidents” behaviour as minor as verbal abuse (one estimate put these at 76% of the reported incidents (1)). For all we know most of these incidents might have been cases of verbal abuse aimed at Leave campaigners. We just don’t know.
HATE INCIDENTS AGAINST LEAVE CAMPAIGNERS NOT MENTIONED BY THE MSM
Judging by the ferocity of hatred against Nigel Farage uncovered by Breitbart here:
I think its fairly safe to say that any actual increase in hate that genuinely can be attributed to the referendum campaign did not by any means all come from the Leave side of the argument. Ironically one of the “hate criminals” revealed in this article is one Noel Fielding, a “comedian” who regularly appears on BBC TV, who apparently had “joked” in 2015 (2):
“don’t applaud Farage, stab him”
FURTHER DOUBT CAST ON THE CLAIM OF A BREXIT HATE SURGE BY A POLICE SPOKESPERSON
Speaking on Tuesday, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton clarified that while reporting of hate crimes had risen via an online form, there was no evidence to suggest that this was uniquely related to a Brexit vote, nor that the crimes have actually been committed.
See the article in full here:
LONDON MAYOR SADIQ KHAN
The London Mayor wasted no time in trying to link the supposed racial hate surge with the referendum:
“You can’t escape the conclusion that there is a link between the referendum and a surge in racial incidents.”
During the referendum campaign he had attempted to tar the Leave campaign with the phrase “project hate” (3):
“Immigration has brought huge economic, cultural and social benefits to our country,” Mr Khan said. “Your campaign hasn’t been project fear, it’s been project hate as far as immigration is concerned.”
This is the same Sadiq Khan who not so long ago referred to “Uncle Toms” during a TV interview. The phrase is a highly derogatory term that is used to describe those of ethnic minorities who get too friendly with the white man (4).
The wannabe first Muslim Prime Minister of the UK is now seizing his opportunity to set up an Orwellian specialized thought police unit to censor the internet:
Anybody voting for this man can expect the UK would turn into a quasi theocratic Islamic police state, Erdogan style, if he is ever elected to the top job.
HOME SECRETARY REACTS IN KNEE-JERK FASHION
As you can imagine our new UK home secretary Amber Rudd, far from trying to damp down the surge in wild exaggeration by our stupid media, jumped on the bandwagon instead and announced a plan to tackle “hate crime”:
Another quote from the Independent (5):
New Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a series of measures to tackle hate crime following a surge in reports after the Brexit vote.
She was quoted as saying:
“Hatred does not get a seat at the table, and we will do everything we can to stamp it out”
You can’t “stamp out” hatred home secretary. Hatred is thought, you can’t “stamp out” what goes on in people’s minds.
Meanwhile the new home secretary continues to fail to regain control of our borders. Her predecessor, Theresa May, also failed to regain control of our borders during the 5 years she was the home secretary. The Conservatives were elected in 2010 with the promise that they were going to reduce immigration to the 10s of 1000s, no ifs, no buts, said the (then) Tory leader David Cameron. They have failed to reduce immigration throughout their whole time in office so far, and they continue to not reduce immigration.
SOME COUNTERING VIEWS
Some voices of reason were to be heard elsewhere on the web however:
SELF FULFILLING PROPHECY?
Considering that the sensational media reporting began before there was even any significant data available, we cannot discount the possibility that these articles may have also increased awareness of the reporting system’s existence. This could have encouraged people to report incidents that they might not have bothered to report otherwise.
To summarize, the media have attempted to smear the Brexit referendum result as creating a significantly increased climate of racial hatred on the basis of no evidence at all. Our political leaders have hastily responded to the non-event.
The BBC’s own article on the previous year’s 18% (2014-2015) “surge” in hate incidents that was obviously nothing to do with the referendum: