New Scottish teachers 8 times more likely to stay than those in Tory England

Source:: John Robertson New Scottish teachers 8 times more likely to stay than those in Tory England In the Independent today: ‘Nearly three in five teachers in only their first year in the profession are already not convinced that they will stay in teaching – and rising mental health problems are partly to blame, research finds. The survey, of more than 275 teachers in their first year of teaching, by a Leeds Beckett University academic, found that only 43 per cent have definite plans to stay in the profession long-term.’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/teachers-recruitment-shortages-mental-health-nqts-trainees-workload-a8779966.html In a Times Education Scotland article… Read […]

The tissue-paper tigers

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The tissue-paper tigers It’s never a good look for a politician to have fewer principles than UKIP. When Tory MPs Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless defected to Nigel Farage’s party, both stood down from their seats and fought by-elections to establish whether their electoral mandates were personal or owed to the party. Both of them won. (Though both […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The tissue-paper tigers

Scotland’s national airline, Loganair, steps in to save flights to Bristol, Oslo and Esbjerg

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s national airline, Loganair, steps in to save flights to Bristol, Oslo and Esbjerg Six cabin crew and me the only passenger! Did I dream that? From Insider today: ‘Regional (sic) airline Loganair has said it will take over some services provided by flybmi . Loganair will operate flights from Aberdeen to Bristol, Oslo and Esbjerg from March 4 – describing this as a “significant expansion” of its Aberdeen base.’ https://www.insider.co.uk/news/loganair-take-over-flybmi-flights-14013585 When I say Scotland’s favourite, I mean my favourite. I flew several times to Shetland in the 90s to deliver IT in-service for teachers. My… Read […]

No reports in NHS Scotland of ‘Mental health patients at risk of suicide discharged from NHS without adequate support’

Source:: John Robertson No reports in NHS Scotland of ‘Mental health patients at risk of suicide discharged from NHS without adequate support’ This report in today’s Independent is mostly anecdotal so may or may not be a sign of a real crisis developing:  ‘The Independent has heard from patients who say their mental health has deteriorated because of the discharge process, which has left them feeling powerless and damaged their faith in services meant to keep them safe. Others grappling with addiction issues have been ejected from inpatient care and told to get clean before the NHS is able to […]

Technology giants are 'failing' users in their duty of care, MPs' report says

Source:: The National Technology giants are ‘failing’ users in their duty of care, MPs’ report says SOCIAL media platforms should comply with a compulsory code of ethics overseen by an independent regulator to tackle harmful or illegal content on their sites, a Commons committee has demanded. Read the full article:: The National Technology giants are ‘failing’ users in their duty of care, MPs’ report says

BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row

Source:: The National BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row THE BBC has bowed to pressure to provide viewers with information about abortion after being criticised following a row sparked by an episode of Call The Midwife. Read the full article:: The National BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row

SNP hit out at Tories over 'migrant hunting' in public services and private firms

Source:: The National SNP hit out at Tories over ‘migrant hunting’ in public services and private firms THE SNP have called for transparency over reports the Home Office is ramping up its “hostile environment” strategy by attempting to embed immigration officials in public services such as the NHS and local authorities, as well as private firms, as part of an “enhanced checking service”. Read the full article:: The National SNP hit out at Tories over ‘migrant hunting’ in public services and private firms

Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy 'disinformation'

Source:: The National Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy ‘disinformation’ SCOTTISH Tories in Aberdeenshire have been accused of selling “disingenuous slogans” to the public over their campaigning against the car park tax. Read the full article:: The National Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy ‘disinformation’

Brexit’s Neon-Nazis

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit’s Neon-Nazis Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael EACH REVOLUTION MAKES every road possible, and so when the Gilets Jaunes or the “Yellow Vests” movement first sprang to life in France many on the political left looked on with genuine excitement. In early December 2018 the so-called radical left in Ireland was gushing over what it perceived to be the beginnings of a true people’s revolution. On the Rebel website the Socialist Workers Party activist James O’Toole recited Fiona Ferguson’s script on… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit’s Neon-Nazis

A journey through “Yr Hen Ogledd”, old loyalties and new horizons

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A journey through “Yr Hen Ogledd”, old loyalties and new horizons A guest post by Aled Gwyn Jôb In just under a month’s time, thousands of Welsh rugby fans will be making the journey up north to Edinburgh to follow the national team. The “Scottish Trip” has always been THE rugby trip for Welsh fans based on the great rapport and kinship that exists between them and their Scottish hosts. “Yr Hen Ogledd” part of the appeal of the journey Scotland also has a very warm place in Welsh hearts because… Read the full […]

Three sub-polls put SNP well ahead and Tories with dander up after success of carpark dogging investigation campaign

Source:: John Robertson Three sub-polls put SNP well ahead and Tories with dander up after success of carpark dogging investigation campaign   Tories report five carpark doggers on signs too small to read, all party members! Ross Thomson sent his apologies They’re sub-polls so there are limitations but in the absence of anyone prepared to do a larger Scottish poll, we can reasonably show a little interest and take a little conditional pleasure in three early February polls showing the SNP at 40% or above in Westminster voting intentions. Both the SNP and Tories seem unaffected by the ‘civil […]

The Harvesters

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Harvesters We saw a tweet from some Tory MP or MSP this morning urging voters to sign some fake “petition” or other bashing the SNP, and it rang a bell in our minds, so we popped over to the Conservative Party website where we found this: Despite referring to “a new poll today”, there’s no date […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Harvesters

Red John and the Rain Geese

Source:: Bella Caledonia Red John and the Rain Geese Mairi McFadyen on why a bright future for renewable energy must also harness the past so our living culture can continue to flourish. As it is for many of us, questions of climate are never far from our minds. A hot topic of conversation where I live is the proposed ‘Red John’ Pump Hydro Storage […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Red John and the Rain Geese

BBC Scotland’s dark secret on search warrants could trigger mental health problems in staff

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland’s dark secret on search warrants could trigger mental health problems in staff   We’d all love to know how many search warrants BBC Scotland have requested so they can raid the houses of those who have stopped watching in disgust at their ongoing commitment to misinform, under-educate and titillate. For some 2017 statistics, including evidence that search warrants here, are almost non-existent, see: The Scottish Resistance to the BBC Tax: Evasion, Search Warrants, Fines and Imprisonment: A comment and statistics from Ludo Thierry A very recent request got the usual response and the… Read […]