The economic downturn is set to lead to more crime, fewer police, more illegal immigration and a rise in far right extremism, a leaked Home Office letter reveals."Set to" is a favourite newspaper construction, saying something will happen without absolutely committing. The story's intro is in do doubt:
A blunt assessment of the pressures that a recession will bring on law and order is detailed in a document which is to be sent to Number 10 from Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary.But the next paragraph is less sure:
It outlines the potential rises in crime, including violent crime, that could occur because of the credit crisis."potential...could" - make up your minds!