Despite non-significant 1% rise this year, the Scottish crime record under SNP administration is down, down, down, deeper and down

Source:: John Robertson Despite non-significant 1% rise this year, the Scottish crime record under SNP administration is down, down, down, deeper and down https://beta.gov.scot/publications/recorded-crime-scotland-2016-17/pages/4/ In the Scotsman today, after several paragraphs bemoaning the statistically non-significant 1% increase in 2017/18 and giving a generous platform to Unionist ‘justice spokesmen’, they got round to these, fine for my purposes here, if at times, grammatically incorrect, paragraphs: Meanwhile, separate research published yesterday by the Scottish Government showed the number of muggings have [sic] more than halved over the past decade, and that teenagers and people in their 20s are much less likely […]

Pro-Israeli Terror Threat at Labour Conference Covered Up By MSM

Source:: Craig Murray Pro-Israeli Terror Threat at Labour Conference Covered Up By MSM A fringe venue at the Labour conference was evacuated last night after the screening of a film about my friend Jackie Walker was cancelled by a terrorist bomb threat. Jackie, a black Jewish prominent critic of Israel, is currently among those suspended from the Labour Party over accusations of anti-semitism which are, in her case, nonsense. What is astonishing is that the state and corporate media, which has made huge play around the entirely fake news of threats to pro-Israel… Read the full article:: Craig […]

BBC Complaint 26.9.18: School Exclusions

Source:: John Robertson BBC Complaint 26.9.18: School Exclusions On Tuesday 24th September 2018 at 06:26am and repeated five times by 09.00am, BBC Scotland headlined: ‘A report commissioned by three charities suggests that over a third of children with autism have been unlawfully excluded from school in the past two years.’ https://www.notengaged.com/download/SA-Out-Of-School-Report.pdf This is an incorrect reading of the report suggesting 37% of all children with autism, with the effect of seriously exaggerating their evidence. On page 19, the report says: ‘We described unlawful exclusions to respondents as when… Read the full article:: John Robertson BBC Complaint 26.9.18: School […]

Minister pledges to improve mental health services across Scotland

Source:: The National Minister pledges to improve mental health services across Scotland MENTAL Health Minister Clare Haughey committed to improve services to meet “changing demand” when she updated Holyrood on the government strategy on the subject yesterday. Read the full article:: The National Minister pledges to improve mental health services across Scotland

MSPs back petition on register of judges' financial interests

Source:: The National MSPs back petition on register of judges’ financial interests A REGISTER of judges’ financial interests came a step closer yesterday when the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee backed a public petition asking for such a register. Read the full article:: The National MSPs back petition on register of judges’ financial interests

Study reveals food poverty's tightening grip on Scotland

Source:: The National Study reveals food poverty’s tightening grip on Scotland ONE in 10 single adults feared running out of food in the last year due to lack of cash, officials figures have revealed. Read the full article:: The National Study reveals food poverty’s tightening grip on Scotland

Scottish Trade Minister demands Scottish role in Brexit talks

Source:: The National Scottish Trade Minister demands Scottish role in Brexit talks SCOTLAND must be guaranteed a role in formulating, discussing and implementing future international trade deals after Brexit, a minister has underlined. Read the full article:: The National Scottish Trade Minister demands Scottish role in Brexit talks

Richard Leonard distances himself from 'kill off' SNP comments

Source:: The National Richard Leonard distances himself from ‘kill off’ SNP comments RICHARD Leonard has distanced himself from comments made by a Labour MP calling for Scottish nationalists to be “killed off”. Read the full article:: The National Richard Leonard distances himself from ‘kill off’ SNP comments

Did You Just Cross Yourself?

Source:: Random Public Journal Did You Just Cross Yourself? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WHAT SCHOOL DID YOU GO TO? What’s your surname? People unfamiliar with certain parts of Scotland and the north of Ireland might not fully appreciate the meaning of these seemingly innocuous questions. It’s strange to ask what school an adult attended, and outside initial introductions and officialdom making a point of knowing someone’s family name makes little sense, but to those au fait with how sectarianism works the answers to these questions are what’s… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Did You […]

Report used uncritically by BBC Scotland on ‘unlawful’ school exclusions is fatally flawed and hopelessly biased

Source:: John Robertson Report used uncritically by BBC Scotland on ‘unlawful’ school exclusions is fatally flawed and hopelessly biased  The ‘research’ report used by BBC Scotland News, this morning, to generate the headline ‘Over a third of children with autism have been unlawfully excluded from school in the past two years’ is unsound on the basis of both a predisposing bias and a fatally flawed methodology leading to the headline being essentially a lie. Artlessly, the researchers signal their predisposition to condemn Scottish schools catering for autistic children, by naming their report ‘Not included, not engaged, not involved’ and… […]

Domestic Extremist

Source:: Bella Caledonia Domestic Extremist For those of you who have been kettled, spied-on, beaten-up or impregnated this won’t come as a massive shock, but for the rest of you maybe it has. The recent expose of Police Scotland defining peaceful protestors defending communities against fracking as ‘domestic extremists’ might need some unpacking.   After reports of Police Scotland labelling […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Domestic Extremist

Kate and the Brexit Lemons

Source:: Bella Caledonia Kate and the Brexit Lemons There seems to be a convergence of post-factual truthers, Brexiteers, climate science deniers, people who hit quite a few of the branches when they fell out of the Stupid Tree and, er, Kate Hoey. Let’s see if we can separate the wheat from the chaff? First, those lemons. Poor Daniel Kawczynski, the Member of Parliament […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Kate and the Brexit Lemons

National Voter Registration Day 2018

Source:: North British Post National Voter Registration Day 2018 Did you know that today is National Voter Registration Day?  At Automattic, our mission is to make it easier for people to speak their mind and connect with communities across (and beyond) the web — every WordPress.com website, and every blog post you publish with the tools we build, is part of a broader conversation. With the midterm elections coming up in the U.S. in November, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re a proud member of the TurboVote Challenge, a… Read the full article:: North British Post National Voter […]

Scottish Independence movement needs Ambassadors throughout Scotland

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Independence movement needs Ambassadors throughout Scotland A few years ago on the train to Edinburgh I found myself sitting next to someone I had met a few times at parties. We had never talked politics, but he had heard me debating with the EU Leave campaign on some radio show and so he brought it up. He didn’t ask questions about […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Independence movement needs Ambassadors throughout Scotland

Geese and ganders

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Geese and ganders Tory MSP Miles Briggs was yesterday cleared of sexual harassment claims by an internal Conservative Party inquiry process. We have no idea what the facts of his specific case may or may not be, and as such express no view on it, but the nature of the process has been severely criticised by Rape Crisis Scotland, […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Geese and ganders