The eight Scottish police forces are to screen new recruits to try and ensure that racists are weeded out before they are unleashed on the public. Like many people I was shocked by the revelations on the 'Secret Policeman' programme about the goings-on in Manchester, which led to screening being launched in England and Wales some time ago. It is good to see Scotland starting a similar process.
It strikes me, though, that there are probably other equally essential areas to cover when recruiting new personnel into the police forces - in some parts of Scotland 'sectarianism' is rife (i.e. west Central Scotland, in particular) and I imagine that attitudes towards sexuality are less advanced, both at the official level and amongst individual police officers, specially outside of the main urban areas.
PS/ Obviously I have now returned from my short Spring (and coincidentally post-election) holiday - it was relaxing and enjoyable; I even managed a few hours basking in the sun. I'll return to more regular blogging tomorrow or Tuesday.