Ignorance is Strength
Whilst we were having a spring clean of our work desks we came across a copy of "Safer Greenwich" from Spring 2006. For those that don't remember, this was one of the bits of propaganda put out about four weeks before the local elections. It was published under the guise of being news from one of Council's many "partnerships". We're not going to labour the point about the timing of it though, or the fact that it was paid for by the taxpayer. Instead we thought we'd have a quick look at some of the "facts" in it.
According to the leaflet, the number of burglaries in Greenwich since November 2005 had fallen by 5%. We took a quick look on the Met's website and according to that burglary in the borough is actually up by nearly 10%. The leaflet also says that "robberies in Greenwich have fallen by 18%", yet according to the Met robbery is up by 12% this year.
Remember the Ministry of Truth's motto, "Ignorance is Strength"