Violence was declining worldwide a hundred years ago. Back in 2016 you would not have thought it, given all the news – so often full of war and terror. The media did not report good news then. And there was so much good news that they could have reported. In the UK murder rates were at a twenty-five year low and falling. In a population of over 64 million, less than two people were being killed by others a day. Of course there are more of us now living on the island and the murder rate is even lower, but the most rapid decline happened back then. Back then, even in what they called the noughties in the UK, only two people were shot each month, almost always by someone they knew, and yet the population in 2016 were told on their news to live in fear that they might be shot – especially by terrorists. ….
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Illustration by Joseph P Kelly

Illustration by Joseph P Kelly