They're at it again.
Second headline on the UK news webpage, puffing a Panorama piece:
"Soldier suicides exceed Afghan toll"
1) the comparison is nonsense, They might as well say "Military personnel suicides exceed Military Deaths by sexual auto-asphyxiation" for all the relevance the two numbers have to one another.
2) The figures given of 21 serving personnel and 29 veterans is meaningless in isolation. 21 out of how many deployed? 29 out of how many veterans and veterans of which conflicts?
In May, a statistical team at the MOD released analysis of the suicide rate of Falkland vets. The myth continually circulated was that vet suicides since 1982 exceeded the 237 combat deaths during 1982. There were 95 suicides and open verdicts of death of Falkland vets. That represented a 7% suicide rate amongst vet deaths - A LOWER RATE THAN IN THE GENERAL POPULATION!
When the numbers came out, the BBC binned planned interviews on the subject because they were "uninteresting". The BBC were hoping for some shocking statistic, but with the evidence published it was apparent their agenda wasnt going to be met. So bias by non-publication was their choice.
The current BBC report doesnt appear to be bothered with assessing the suicide rate this time either. Just another opportunity to try and shit-stir the pot. What's the agenda and who's is it?