Monday, 1 September 2008

No Comment - unless it suits us

The funny thing about the leaked crime letter story is that the Home Office is keen to say that it was only a draft, uncleared and (therefore) unsent, in spite of the policy of not commenting on leaked documents. According to the BBC:
A spokesman said: "We do not normally comment on leaked documents but this is draft advice that the home secretary has not cleared and has not been sent to Number 10.
The BBC also uses the "set to" ruse, in spite of the uncertainty in its report:
The letter suggested both property crime, such as burglary, and violent crime may go up, based on the experience of the recession in the early 1990s.
At the bottom of the piece, the BBC asks:
Are you worried about rising crime levels in the current economic climate? What are your experiences? Send us your comments using the form below.
If you're not worried, we don't want to hear from you.

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