Labour’s health team wrote on Twitter that the front page “disgracefully reinforced” stigma, while Rethink Mental Illness wrote "Dear @TheSunNewspaper the number of homicides by ppl w/mental health problems has gone *down*. Front page is irresponsible & wrong."Yes, it's yet another ginned-up 'outrage' against the 'Sun' for allegedly playing fast and loose with the figures on people killed by mental patients, but in reality for being owned by Rupert Murdoch, a despised and hated enemy of the Left.
And there's some curious people leading that charge:
Alistair Campbell tweeted: “Constant media linkage of violence and mental illness leads to violence against the mentally ill rather than by them. #stigma #timetochange.”Yes, it's that Alistair Campbell...
In a statement to the Independent, Sue Baker, Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind and Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness said…"We urge all media outlets to use extreme caution when reporting issues like this, and ask that they look at the guidelines produced by Time to Change, the anti-stigma campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.”If they are simply 'guidelines', it's up to the 'Sun' to decide if they want to follow them. They clearly don't. And you can scream all you like about it, but they are under no obligation to do so.