Cancer mortality rates fall 10% but Reporting Scotland ignore it

Source:: John Robertson Cancer mortality rates fall 10% but Reporting Scotland ignore it From the NHS Information Services Division, yesterday: ‘Over the last ten years, the overall age-adjusted cancer mortality rate has fallen by 10%. Although the rate of deaths due to cancer has decreased over this period, the actual number of deaths due to cancer has not. This largely reflects an increase in older age groups within the population and the fact that cancer is a relatively common disease among the elderly. The age-adjusted cancer mortality rate has fallen by 12% for… Read the full article:: John […]

Scottish breastfeeding up 16.6% despite SNP baby boxes failing to promote it

Source:: John Robertson Scottish breastfeeding up 16.6% despite SNP baby boxes failing to promote it Breastfeeding continues to grow in Scotland with 42% of babies, up from 36%, breastfed at 6 to 8 weeks and 64% getting the benefit of having been breastfeed for at least some time. Our three shadowy health ministers have been going on about this for some time and condemned the SNP baby boxes for not having free pumps or guidance to encourage the practice. Tell Jenny Mara to stop whining. I’m trying to concentrate here! https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Child-Health/Publications/2018-10-30/2018-10-30-Infant-Feeding-Summary.pdf?6995791197 Perhaps the SNP government… Read the full […]

Brazil Unites Against Bolsonaro

Source:: Bella Caledonia Brazil Unites Against Bolsonaro Jonathon Shafi reports direct from Brazil as resistance and protest mounts against the Bolsonaro regime. Just two days after the election of Bolsonaro we have seen the first expression of resistance to the attacks on democracy and civil rights that lie ahead. Brazilians took to the streets in towns and cities across the country under […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Brazil Unites Against Bolsonaro

Now featuring Scotland

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Now featuring Scotland Or so they say, at any rate. Near the end, we think. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Now featuring Scotland

Scottish Labour camp leader to purge party of ethnic and religious minorities in move to outflank Tories and merge with DUP

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Labour camp leader to purge party of ethnic and religious minorities in move to outflank Tories and merge with DUP I have a plan! As the Scottish Labour Party in Scotland loses support to the Scottish Tories and to the SNP, attracted by unionist loyalty on the one wing and ‘The Real McKay’ progressive taxation on the other, its leader plans to abandon progressive politics to the SNP and to outflank the Tories on the extreme right. It’s basically a further extension of the Blair plan which was so successful in 1997. The Kenneth Williams […]

Pods of Choice: Fake News Jenny Jones and Angry Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Pods of Choice: Fake News Jenny Jones and Angry Scotland Scottish podcasts are flourishing in some weird inverse relationship to the crapness of our radio broadcasting. Each week we profile two of the best. The fantastic Fake News Cast interviews Dr Jennifer Jones [@jennifermjones] here about citizens journalism, social media, and media literacy …     and the Angry Scotland [@AngryScotland] team tackle Jim Murphy […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Pods of Choice: Fake News Jenny Jones and Angry Scotland

Resisting Bannon, Fighting Fascism, Demanding Democracy

Source:: Bella Caledonia Resisting Bannon, Fighting Fascism, Demanding Democracy “Fascism begins as something in the air. Stealthy as smoke in the darkness, easier to smell than to see. Fascism sets out an ethos, not a set of policies; appeals to emotion, not fact. It begins as a pose, often a deceptive one. It likes propaganda, dislikes truth, and invests heavily in performance. Untroubled by […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Resisting Bannon, Fighting Fascism, Demanding Democracy

Stronger than fear (part 2)

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Stronger than fear (part 2) A guest post by Samuel Miller Yes. The UK is a pretty dark and forbidding looking place just now. And yes, there has been a marked rise in intolerance, societal division, austerity, isolationism and wealth disparity. Seems whichever way you look there’s anger, fear and uncertainty on the rise. As for the government where the buck stops? Probably the most reactionary, inept and dogma driven Conservative government of anyone’s memory. A party and government that has driven a horse and… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Stronger than […]

Two dramatic signs of a better place as stillbirth and homicide in Scotland settle into lower European levels

Source:: John Robertson Two dramatic signs of a better place as stillbirth and homicide in Scotland settle into lower European levels Homicide England & Wales These are just two signs, but they tell us something about a society. Like the canary in the mine, soaring stillbirth and homicide levels suggest that things are going very wrong. The murder of women, of children or of ethno-religious minorities is often characterised as such a sign, but low homicide rates generally are typical of those societies commonly lauded for their quality of life, such as the Scandinavian countries, Ireland and New Zealand. […]

Pete Wishart: This is why backing a People’s Vote is a bad idea

Source:: The National Pete Wishart: This is why backing a People’s Vote is a bad idea AS Brexit approaches its inevitable disastrous endgame the calls for a People’s Vote grows more strident. Reinforced by 700,000 people marching through the streets of London, the SNP will apparently support any second vote in the House of Commons. It now seems there is an irresistible momentum towards a second EU referendum and together we will halt their Brexit. Read the full article:: The National Pete Wishart: This is why backing a People’s Vote is a bad idea

Irish president’s speech hit the right note in dark times

Source:: The National Irish president’s speech hit the right note in dark times AMIDST all the negativity and political gloom that dominates our global discourse, It was a joy to listen to the words of the Uachtarán na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins, as he accepted his second term in office last weekend on one of the largest personal mandates in Irish political history. Read the full article:: The National Irish president’s speech hit the right note in dark times

Scottish Enterprise slammed by MSPs for underspending budget

Source:: The National Scottish Enterprise slammed by MSPs for underspending budget SCOTTISH Enterprise has been criticised by a Holyrood committee for underspending on its budget. Read the full article:: The National Scottish Enterprise slammed by MSPs for underspending budget

Tory vow to end austerity questioned as poorest fifth get raw deal

Source:: The National Tory vow to end austerity questioned as poorest fifth get raw deal PHILIP Hammond’s claim that “austerity is coming to an end” may not have been entirely accurate, analysis of the Budget has revealed. Read the full article:: The National Tory vow to end austerity questioned as poorest fifth get raw deal