All across the country Britain has been taken over by mini Daily Mails. The Argus in Brighton is a prime example.
Here are their last few headlines which are almost universally negative headlines. I suppose good news is just not rare enough. Basically anything that makes the headlines has to be very rare indeed, people forget that. But bombarded with negative headlines day after day, week after week, no wonder people think things are bad.
Yesterdays headline is a good example of the Argus's disgusting lying brand of journalism.
Under the banner 'Sinning City' they said the following;
"Fines for yob behaviour have doubled since the introduction of late-night drinking.
"On-the-spot penalties for fighting, urinating or being sick in the street have been issued every 90 minutes on average in Sussex since licensing laws were relaxed a year ago today."
"Experts warned yesterday that binge drinking had reached epidemic levels among young people."
Using a typical Daily Mail tactic - later in the piece they actually print a more accurate picture of the truth (knowing most people only read the first few paragraphs).
"Last week Sussex Police said violent crime had fallen in the last year"
"We have doubled the number of officers on the street"
Which sort of gives a clue as to why the number of fixed penalty notices for low level disorder might have increased. There are more police around to issue them.
So the true picture is that violent crime has fallen and penalty notices due to more police being around have increased. Basically a pretty good success for the new licencing laws, but this is not the Argus verdict.
"Lets call time on drink yobs" screams their headline.
The Independent is more honest, pointing out that;
"Consumption of alcohol in pubs, clubs and restaurants has fallen by 2% in the year to September".
So we are actually drinking LESS since the new licensing laws were introduced.
"Of 24 forces that provided information, 13 said there have been no discernible rise in crime associated with alcohol such as common assault and threatening behaviour. Six said there had been a fall compared with five that reported a rise."
So overall nationally even low level disorder has fallen.
After pointing out improvements reported in Derbyshire, Manchester, Norfolk and the West Midlands, among others, the Independent continues;
"Sussex police pointed to improvements in Brighton".
So basically the Argus is being completely disingenious as it usually is most days with its continuous negative sensationalist headlines.
In short if you want to read something that resembles the truth don't buy the Argus, it is a rubbish paper and it tells porkies every day to suit it's right wing agenda, just like most of the rest of the press.