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Another week and more worrying headlines about Police Scotland.
This time it has been reported that the national force’s anti-corruption unit unlawfully tried to uncover journalists’ sources without obtaining approval from a judge.
If these allegations are true, they are a worrying indictment of a centralised police force that considers itself above the law.
But when pressed on the issue, the Scottish Government merely shrugged its shoulders and said that it was a matter reserved to Westminster.
As a one-off, this “it’s not my problem” attitude is bad enough.
And yet it has become an all-toofamiliar refrain from the politicians that are supposed to hold our fledgling single police force to account.
When the public raised concerns about the presence of armed officers on Scotland’s streets, the former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill told the Scottish Parliament that it was simply “an operational matter” for Police Scotland.
Worse, opposition parties were accused of “political interference” as they sought answers on the deployment of armed officers on behalf of the people they were elected to represent.
The same lines were trotted out when controversy erupted over the force’s disproportionate and downright excessive use of the stopand-search tactic, which targeted dozens of primary-school children despite one senior police chief telling MSPs last year that the practice was “indefensible”.
But what the SNP Government doesn’t seem to realise is that oversight is not the same as “interference”.
It’s all very well laying blame at the
Police concerns Ruth Davidson says the SNP Government has to take responsibility for Police Scotland failings