Call for legal rethink following discharge of teen in sexual assault case

Source:: The National Call for legal rethink following discharge of teen in sexual assault case THE case of a teenager who walked free from court after sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl shows sentencing guidelines must be updated as a “matter of urgency”, Scottish Labour have said. Read the full article:: The National Call for legal rethink following discharge of teen in sexual assault case

Scottish Government backs charity call to protect families from Brexit poverty

Source:: The National Scottish Government backs charity call to protect families from Brexit poverty COMMUNITIES Secretary Aileen Campbell has backed a charity call to protect families from the financial fallout of Brexit. Read the full article:: The National Scottish Government backs charity call to protect families from Brexit poverty

Unionists score own goal with Yes group billboard complaints

Source:: The National Unionists score own goal with Yes group billboard complaints UNIONIST councillors on Moray Council have scored a spectacular own goal with criticism about a Yes group’s advertising billboards. Read the full article:: The National Unionists score own goal with Yes group billboard complaints

Scottish Labour slammed for 'badly scripted parodies' in NHS video

Source:: The National Scottish Labour slammed for ‘badly scripted parodies’ in NHS video A GROUP representing staff and supporters of NHS Scotland has harshly criticised Scottish Labour over its latest party political broadcast. Read the full article:: The National Scottish Labour slammed for ‘badly scripted parodies’ in NHS video

BBC Scotland defends Question Time in 'desperate briefing' to all MPs and MSPs

Source:: The National BBC Scotland defends Question Time in ‘desperate briefing’ to all MPs and MSPs THE BBC has sent a “desperate briefing” to Scottish politicians in response to ongoing scrutiny of its Question Time episode in Motherwell. Read the full article:: The National BBC Scotland defends Question Time in ‘desperate briefing’ to all MPs and MSPs

BBC Scotland is forced to apologise over misleading GDP growth report

Source:: The National BBC Scotland is forced to apologise over misleading GDP growth report THE BBC has apologised for “misleading” viewers on how Scotland’s economy ranked compared with the UK as a whole. Read the full article:: The National BBC Scotland is forced to apologise over misleading GDP growth report

Pay changes at Police Scotland call centres 'threaten' staff morale, LibDem warns

Source:: The National Pay changes at Police Scotland call centres ‘threaten’ staff morale, LibDem warns CHANGES to police call centre pay and conditions “threaten the stability and morale” of staff, Scottish LibDem leader Willie Rennie has warned. Read the full article:: The National Pay changes at Police Scotland call centres ‘threaten’ staff morale, LibDem warns

Ireland Can Show Scotland the Way

Source:: Random Public Journal Ireland Can Show Scotland the Way Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THIS IS NOT ABOUT POKING the Scottish National Party or the independence movement, rather it is quite the opposite. The truth of the matter is that Sinn Féin – whatever we think of it and the dark and painful history of political violence in Ireland – has been at this exact game far longer than the SNP. The struggle for Irish freedom has been, from its beginning, a struggle against a Britain unmasked of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Ireland […]

Fel rhech mewn pot jam!* A&E Scotland under SNP almost 12% ahead of A&E Wales under Labour

Source:: John Robertson Fel rhech mewn pot jam!* A&E Scotland under SNP almost 12% ahead of A&E Wales under Labour *Useless like a fart in a jam jar! Or, a Llafur stock? As we await the January figures for A&E Wales, which are anxiously anticipated, a wee reminder for Richard Leonard and his diminishing band of supporters on how effective Labour branches cannot be. In Wales, 77.8% were seen within 4hrs in December 2018. https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Health-and-Social-Care/NHS-Hospital-Waiting-Times/Accident-and-Emergency/performanceagainst4hourtargetallemergencycarefacilities-by-localhealthboard In Scotland, typically colder and icier, 89.6% were seen within 4 hours in December 2018 https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Health-and-Social-Care/NHS-Hospital-Waiting-Times/Accident-and-Emergency/performanceagainst4hourtargetallemergencycarefacilities-by-localhealthboard Read the full article:: John Robertson Fel […]

Crisis in English A&E far greater than confused reporting suggests and 11% below NHS Scotland

Source:: John Robertson Crisis in English A&E far greater than confused reporting suggests and 11% below NHS Scotland It’s even worse than the reporting suggests and a dramatic 11% worse than in Scotland. As before, the reporting uses the NHS England figure for ‘all’ A&E departments when only the Type 1 departments are meaningfully comparable with those in Scotland, N Ireland and Wales and the latter two are even worse than those in England! The BBC is aware of this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45790051 The average for NHS Scotland in January 2019 was 87.2% seen within 4 hours. https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Emergency-Care/Publications/2019-02-05/Summary-Weekly/index.asp The figure… […]

Replying to Andrew Wilson: a Scottish Currency is not Symbolism, its Power

Source:: Bella Caledonia Replying to Andrew Wilson: a Scottish Currency is not Symbolism, its Power Andrew Wilson, author of the Growth Commission report, writes a new column in The National. This he does with great eloquence and passion. In his latest offering he attempts a defence of the Commission’s controversial proposal that independent Scotland keeps using the pound sterling for the foreseeable future. Regular readers of Bella will know I […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Replying to Andrew Wilson: a Scottish Currency is not Symbolism, its Power

Counting With Jamie Greene

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Counting With Jamie Greene In this site’s view, the proposed new employee-parking levy which the 2019 budget will enable local authorities to implement if they choose to  – but which is in no sense being imposed on anyone by the SNP, who don’t have a majority on a single Scottish council – is a pretty rotten idea, which will do […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Counting With Jamie Greene

Unstaining the Edinburgh Science Festival

Source:: Bella Caledonia Unstaining the Edinburgh Science Festival Taking the kids to the Science Festival this year? Make sure to explain to them that the sponsors are destroying their future. The science is clear – the activities of fossil fuel companies are incompatible with preventing catastrophic climate change. Fossil fuel companies, including many past and present Edinburgh International Science Festival sponsors, such as […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Unstaining the Edinburgh Science Festival

Scotsman writers failed for ‘cheating’ in statistics test for bairns

Source:: John Robertson Scotsman writers failed for ‘cheating’ in statistics test for bairns This isn’t the first time I’ve had to fail members of the class for serious mistakes, especially G Herrod and R Espcot, in the reading and reporting of statistics, but these will be the lowest marks ever due to the frankly awful misrepresentation of what the data do actually tell us about trends. Question 1: Using the ISD data, what does this tell us about A&E performance? Your answer: The ISD data: At times I’m not sure if you’re being… Read the full article:: John […]