Start with a Single Step

Source:: Bella Caledonia Start with a Single Step So, let’s imagine ourselves in the not-too-distant future. We’ve fought another independence referendum and, this time, we’ve won. Scotland shall be an independent country. What now? Back in the last campaign, we posited an 18 month negotiation phase to sort out things like the split of debt and assets and how we’d share government functions […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Start with a Single Step

Why has the Kings Fund lumped NHS Scotland together with the others to suggest a dramatic fall in satisfaction with GPs?

Source:: John Robertson Why has the Kings Fund lumped NHS Scotland together with the others to suggest a dramatic fall in satisfaction with GPs? Here’s how the Guardian reported on the recent Kings Fund research on satisfaction levels with GPs. ‘Only 65% of the representative sample of 3,004 people in England, Scotland and Wales questioned last autumn were satisfied with GP services, the lowest percentage since records began in 1983. That is sharply down on the 80% satisfaction rating seen as recently as 2009. Satisfaction fell by 7% between 2016 and 2017 alone in what experts said reflected public […]

One more indicator of economic well-being as Investment in Glasgow office property surges four-fold and Scotland ‘very much on the wish list’

Source:: John Robertson One more indicator of economic well-being as Investment in Glasgow office property surges four-fold and Scotland ‘very much on the wish list’ (c) instantoffices.com Based on the annual regional cities office market review produced by Knight Frank , Glasgow saw a four-fold increase in the total value of investment last year with almost half due to overseas investment. From Knight Frank and reported in Insider today: ‘Clearly, prime asset opportunities in Scotland remain highly sought after across the globe. In 2018, we expect to see competition between investors, coupled with a shortage of premium asset opportunities, […]

Whisky tourism boom expected to add to record year for Scottish tourism in 2018

Source:: John Robertson Whisky tourism boom expected to add to record year for Scottish tourism in 2018 (c) thedrinksbusiness.com (Why is there a pagoda on the sign?) As tourism continues to surge after 2017’s peak year, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) expects further growth in it’s the Whisky tourism sector. See this from Insider today: ‘With a record 1.7 million visitors from across the world travelling to more than 40 distillery visitor centres in 2016, whisky tourists are playing an increasingly important and valuable role in Scottish tourism, equalling the importance of visitors to well-established tourist attractions… Read […]

News from Nowhereville: Cludgies, Suilven and the North Coast 500

Source:: Bella Caledonia News from Nowhereville: Cludgies, Suilven and the North Coast 500   Back in the dim and distant past when the Scottish people only had a corporate entity called ‘the Executive’ to look after our daily affairs, and the notion of a ‘Scottish Government’ was merely a phrase Alex Salmond would softly mutter to his bathroom mirror, change was taking place in the heady world of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia News from Nowhereville: Cludgies, Suilven and the North Coast 500

Scottish Business Buzz (28.02.18)

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (28.02.18) Aberdeen is to become a forerunner for digital transformation in Scotland with the announcement of a new Gigabit-capable full fibre broadband network under the Vodafone and CityFibre Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) programme. The Vodafone and CityFibre partnership will mean that Aberdeen becomes Scotland’s first city in which nearly every home and business will have access to gigabit-speed […] The post Scottish Business Buzz (28.02.18) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (28.02.18)

8.3% increase in college funding will help maintain Scotland’s ‘edge in overall participation rates.’

Source:: John Robertson 8.3% increase in college funding will help maintain Scotland’s ‘edge in overall participation rates.’ From the STV website yesterday: ‘Universities will share over £1.1 billion of funding, an increase of 1.2% from the investment made in 2017/18. The revenue budget for colleges will increase by 8.3% to nearly £600 million, with the college capital budget also increasing by nearly £30 million to a total of £76.7 million. The indicative allocations, published by the Scottish Funding Council, also show core student support funding increasing by £3.6 million, with an extra £35.2 million set aside for… Read […]

Westminster is Playing Scotland for Time

Source:: Random Public Journal Westminster is Playing Scotland for Time Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Yesterday was the day Mundell accepted the reality of another independence referendum. It was also the day the establishment blocked the Scottish government in the Scottish parliament. These were both parts of the same game. After what has been a particularly slow news month yesterday was a day of three interesting developments, all of which smack of being elements of a single strategy. “I fear,” said the Scottish Secretary David Mundell in his Westminster… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Westminster […]

Doing something memorable

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Doing something memorable So there you are, planning to watch a movie and put your feet up because you’ve taken care of blogging responsibilities for the day, and then the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, the famously unmemorable Ken Wossisname, finally goes and does something for which he’ll be remembered. It’s just a shame that what he’ll be remembered for is being the first Presiding Officer to rule that a bill to be put before Holyrood is not within the remit of… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Doing something memorable

Scottish Government launches 50 new starter farms as Brexit threatens major food price rises

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Government launches 50 new starter farms as Brexit threatens major food price rises (c) Zoë Wilson/thescottishfarmer.co.uk From Farmers Weekly yesterday: ‘Fifty new part-time starter farms are to be made available to new entrants in Scotland. The Scottish government has announced more than 1,000ha of public land will be let out as part of its programme to support young people who want to get into farming.’ In the same report, Rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing said: ‘With the average age of Scottish farmers at 58 years, attracting new entrants to farming is vital for… Read […]

BBC Scotland uses a handful of anecdotes from only three customers to suggest ScotRail has serious problems that are not evident from proper research

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland uses a handful of anecdotes from only three customers to suggest ScotRail has serious problems that are not evident from proper research In their recent docudrama ‘Mind the Gap: Are Scotland’s Trains Fit for the 21st Century?’ and in today’s evidence-weak piece on the website, ‘Commuters feel the strain of taking the train’, BBC Scotland has attempted another attack on the competence of the Scottish Government. As in their repeated scare stories on NHS Scotland, their critique is of very poor tabloid quality lacking a credible research basis and placing counter-evidence from the Scottish […]

Passport out of Pimlico

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Passport out of Pimlico Jeremy Corbyn has announced that he wants the UK to stay in ‘a’ customs union with the EU, which in some indetermined manner is different from ‘the’ customs union. The difference, according to Jezza, is that the UK will not passively accept all the EU’s rules and will continue to make its own trade deals, scenarios which the EU has already said are not viable options. It does sound suspiciously like another version of cake having and eating, but at… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Passport out of […]

Crossing the Brexit Borders

Source:: Bella Caledonia Crossing the Brexit Borders Contempt of the north of England, as well as the devolved nations is at the root of the Brexit crisis, argues Mike Small. As the full-scale of Boris Johnson’s stupidity is unveiled at a ceremony in London at which he explained on behalf of the UK Government how the UK Irish Border amounts to no more […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Crossing the Brexit Borders

Snow Show

Source:: Bella Caledonia Snow Show Weather-hysteria is with us again. Snow-blindness. It’s February and it’s quite cold in Scotland and that’s the news, followed by ‘the weather’. Something has shifted in the last few years so that we’ve allowed ‘the weather’ to become a phenomenon in and of itself. It might be shift in the media, or us becoming more […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Snow Show

Minister coming to RAF Lossiemouth for £132million project

Source:: Northern Scot Minister coming to RAF Lossiemouth for £132million project THE Secretary of State for Defence will be at RAF Lossiemouth on Thursday to mark the start of £132million of construction. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Minister coming to RAF Lossiemouth for £132million project