Scotland’s A&E departments impressive performance on the 4-hour target contrasts dramatically with the other UK areas as they worsen dangerously and are apparently out of control

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s A&E departments impressive performance on the 4-hour target contrasts dramatically with the other UK areas as they worsen dangerously and are apparently out of control https://twitter.com/NuffieldTrust/status/957593601155870720 The Nuffield Trust have released an update, on 28th January, on the percentage of patients waiting more than four hours in A&E. The graph above looks frankly frightening with regard to the situation in Tory England, Labour Wales and DUP Northern Ireland. It’s clear that NHS Scotland has managed to stay very near the demanding 5% maximum target requiring more than 4 hours other than in the winters of […]

‘Sturgeon’s law’ doesn’t apply to the Tories

Source:: John Robertson ‘Sturgeon’s law’ doesn’t apply to the Tories (c) datadeluge.com This is a light-hearted (maybe?) piece based on my accidental stumbling across the concept of ‘Sturgeon’s Law’ which was developed by the Science Fiction writer, Theodore Sturgeon, in 1958. Here’s what he said: ‘I repeat Sturgeon’s Revelation, which was wrung out of me after twenty years of wearying defense of science fiction against attacks of people who used the worst examples of the field for ammunition, and whose conclusion was that ninety percent of SF is crud. Using… Read the full article:: John Robertson ‘Sturgeon’s law’ […]

Scotland first again, again and again: women on public boards?

Source:: John Robertson Scotland first again, again and again: women on public boards? (c) thinkstock Scotland is to be the first part of the UK with a statutory target for equal representation of women on public boards. As you know, the Scottish Cabinet already has such equality. First on banning smoking in public places, first on minimum alcohol pricing, first on free-care for the disabled, first to have statutory targets for tackling poverty and homelessness, first to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, first on baby boxes and free sanitary… Read the full article:: John […]

Thousands of schools across Scotland are to share more than £120m to help close the educational attainment gap.

Source:: John Robertson Thousands of schools across Scotland are to share more than £120m to help close the educational attainment gap. The money will go directly to 2 387 schools based on the level of deprivation in their catchment area. Schools will then be free to use the money in the way they think best suited to help disadvantaged pupils close the attainment gap in literacy and numeracy. I feel sure one reader (Alasdair?) will have good ideas on this. My own view is that, in the main, it should be used to reduce class sizes in these key […]

Core path users urged to have a say

Source:: Northern Scot Core path users urged to have a say THE network of paths which links communities and places across Moray is being updated. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Core path users urged to have a say

Scottish Business Buzz (31.01.18)

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (31.01.18) Confidence in the oil and gas sector has almost doubled in the past year, according to a major international study. The report says confidence among senior figures in the industry had risen globally from 32 per cent in 2017 to 63 per cent this year. Norwegian multinational quality assurance and risk management group DNV GL […] The post Scottish Business Buzz (31.01.18) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (31.01.18)

Replacement bollocks service

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Replacement bollocks service Alert readers may recall some articles last August in which we highlighted the total pig’s ear Scotland’s media made of reporting ScotRail punctuality figures, centred around mistaking the “on time” figures (trains arriving within 59 seconds of their scheduled time, ie at the advertised minute) and the “PPM” figures (trains arriving within five minutes) which […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Replacement bollocks service

Brexit fantasy politics

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Brexit fantasy politics The British government has after all done an impact assessment of the effects of various Brexit scenarios on the UK economy. It’s just that they don’t want anyone else to see it because there is no universe in which Brexit is a good thing. Not even that Mirror Universe in Star Trek where everyone is the evil twin of their character in this universe, which must mean that Mirror Universe Jacob Rees-Mogg has somehow crossed into our reality. Although to… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Brexit fantasy politics

Big improvements revealed in Scotland’s colleges especially for the disabled, the most deprived and for minorities

Source:: John Robertson Big improvements revealed in Scotland’s colleges especially for the disabled, the most deprived and for minorities Based on the latest figures for 2016-17 published by Scottish Funding Council, Scotland’s Further Education college sector has delivered across a range of indicators which show that they are fulfilling their essential role in providing meaningful access to the disabled, those from the most derived areas, those from ethnic minorities, older students and those who are, or have been, care givers. In 2016, the proportion of learning hours allocated to these groups increased to a record high. In addition, these… […]

Further real evidence of robust nature of Scottish economy

Source:: John Robertson Further real evidence of robust nature of Scottish economy Over the last year or so, I’ve reported on a range of indicators that the Scottish economy is strengthening and often is doing so more than the UK was a whole. Unlike the GDP and GERS data which, for Scotland, are based on unreliable estimates, there are objective measures nearly all of which have been good news. See for example: And another one: ‘Scotland Revealed as Top Place in UK to Launch New Business’ £226 million given in relief to small… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

Shift yersel owre, Rabbie, an mak space fir a national lassie

Source:: Bella Caledonia Shift yersel owre, Rabbie, an mak space fir a national lassie Burns Nicht is here aince mair. Aa owre this guid green warld, Scots an their sympathisers will pit oan their best tartan breeks, kilts, sashes an bunnets, an heid for a local dinner. Ae dey a year we aa breenge oot fae oor hidden neuks, oor mooths aflame wi Burns’ Scots an oor bellies aflame […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Shift yersel owre, Rabbie, an mak space fir a national lassie

Clause 11

Source:: Bella Caledonia Clause 11 On 16th January there was a House of Commons debate on the Conservative Government EU Withdrawal Bill. Among the clauses and amendments debated, Clause 11 was important, particularly from the critical constitutional perspective of the Devolution Settlement. The terms of Clause11 as drafted by the Government, and passed in the following division, is set out […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Clause 11

Good news on affordable housing from the Scotsman despite unnecessary quotation marks, a wee ‘despite’ and a ‘but’

Source:: John Robertson Good news on affordable housing from the Scotsman despite unnecessary quotation marks, a wee ‘despite’ and a ‘but’ (c) theplanner.co.uk Headlined in the Scotsman yesterday: Scotland ‘building more affordable homes than England’ we read: ‘In answer to a parliamentary question from Edinburgh North and Leith MSP Ben Macpherson, housing minister Kevin Stewart revealed that 70,861 affordable homes had been built from April 2007 to September 2017.’ https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scotland-building-more-affordable-homes-than-england-1-4676278 So, a good headline ‘despite’ the unnecessary ‘quotation marks’. They’re there, of course, because, that’s what the SNP say and we here at the Scotsman don’t know if it’s […]

From Davos to D-Day

Source:: Bella Caledonia From Davos to D-Day Watching Nick Park’s $50 million cartoon Early Man, you realise that the depth of England’s Brexit-related crisis is deeper and graver than you suspected. Here the creator of the brilliant Curse of the Were Rabbit, Shawn the Sheep and The Wrong Trousers has gone Full Farage. Nasty effete foreigners are lampooned and plucky red-shirted underdogs […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia From Davos to D-Day

Emergency services called to the top of St Giles Car Park

Source:: Northern Scot Emergency services called to the top of St Giles Car Park FIRE, police and ambulance services have been called to the St Giles shopping centre car park this afternoon after a collision involving one vehicle in the top floor of the multi-story car park. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Emergency services called to the top of St Giles Car Park