There is something disturbing about the persistent, wilful exaggeration of crime, as though there is a yearning for criminality to be worse than it is, either because of a delight generally in bad news or for politically opportunistic reasons.
Every minister for justice is excoriated for allowing crime to get out of control, for the streets not being safe, for the breakdown of civilisation as we know it, for murder and mayhem and, of course,...
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