Scotland to grow 27% faster than UK

Source:: John Robertson Scotland to grow 27% faster than UK In Insider today: ‘Forecasts by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) say growth in Scotland is to drop from 1.4% in 2018 to 1.2% in 2019, but this will still be ahead of the 1.1% forecast for the UK. Out of 12 nations and regions analysed by PwC, only the South East of England is expected to grow at a faster rate than Scotland this year while Scottish growth is expected to match London and the South West. The forecast follows the latest GDP… Read the full article:: John Robertson Scotland to […]

Middle-earners to pay less tax in Scotland and yet get more for it!

Source:: John Robertson Middle-earners to pay less tax in Scotland and yet get more for it! An inside job, I know, as Tom Arthur SNP asks: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190319.pdf So less tax and despite that, these universal benefits worth thousands: Read the full article:: John Robertson Middle-earners to pay less tax in Scotland and yet get more for it!

Scottish Labour seems to know diddley about GP training

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Labour seems to know diddley about GP training Senior? Monica Lennon seems unaware that Scottish GP training already meets its professional body standards: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190319.pdf Maybe the RCPCH should have a word with the RCGP about the GPST rather than the Labour Branch moaning at the SNP?   Read the full article:: John Robertson Scottish Labour seems to know diddley about GP training

NHS Scotland cancelled operations fall by 7%

Source:: John Robertson NHS Scotland cancelled operations fall by 7% Miles Briggs, SCUP, yesterday asked the Scottish Government how many NHS operations have been cancelled in each year since 1999. Jeane Freemen told him that recording only began in 2015 and that the figure for 2018 was 32 010, down from 34 581 in 2016. https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190319.pdf So, that’s a 7% reduction at the same time as a massive increase in demand: Read the full article:: John Robertson NHS Scotland cancelled operations fall by 7%

Trafficking of children more than 50 times higher in England than in Scotland

Source:: John Robertson Trafficking of children more than 50 times higher in England than in Scotland In the regular Scottish insert part of BBC Breakfast this morning at 06:26am, we heard this scary headline: ‘The number of potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery in Scotland has gone by more than 50% in two years. Figures released by the UK crime agency show around a third were children. 228 cases were reported to police Scotland last year.’ Wait a minute, didn’t they report that only a few weeks ago? They did: Are they trying to scare… Read the […]

Bring out your dead! Reporting Scotland’s plague on journalism

Source:: John Robertson Bring out your dead! Reporting Scotland’s plague on journalism ‘Infection control measures here in Scotland are among the best in Europe but it’s impossible to completely guarantee that hospitals are safe.’ That is of course, the headline we should be hearing and it’s a truth closer to the shared experience and information needs of most viewers but by that time, the damage had been done with: ‘Around 10% of health care infections detected over the past three years are likely to be linked to NHS buildings.’ How informed do… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

Unemployment in Tory UK is 15% higher than in Scotland

Source:: John Robertson Unemployment in Tory UK is 15% higher than in Scotland Breathe, breathe…. Between November 2018 and January 2019, unemployment rate in Scotland was 3.4% while the UK rate was 3.9%, below 4% for the first time since whenever. Scottish Business Minister Jamie Hepburn said ‘Scotland is performing particularly well on unemployment rates for women and young people. At 2.6% for women and 7.4% for young people, both rates are at record lows and significantly lower than in the rest of the UK.’ Has the Scottish Government played any part in… Read the full article:: John […]

As Theresa moves to cut school meals, Kezia finds things better in Scotland

Source:: John Robertson As Theresa moves to cut school meals, Kezia finds things better in Scotland Equality and Human Rights Commission, yesterday Another useful parliamentary question from Kezia Dugdale MSP, Labour: As you might expect, the answer is long, so here’s an extract covering the efforts made by the SNP Government to compensate for the worst of the UK Government’s austerity programme, recognised today by the EHRC (above) and including free school meals for P1-3: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190318.pdf   Read the full article:: John Robertson As Theresa moves to cut school meals, Kezia finds things better in Scotland

Scotland’s prosecution service beats target for 12 years in a row!

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s prosecution service beats target for 12 years in a row! The Scottish Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has a target of 75% being acted on within 4 weeks. Since 2007-2008, it has beaten the target, with the figure for last year at 79%. TuS is grateful to Tory MSP, Liam Kerr, for asking the parliamentary question leading to this good news: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190318.pdf   Read the full article:: John Robertson Scotland’s prosecution service beats target for 12 years in a row!

How Reporting Scotland forced an unnecessary hospital inquiry on us

Source:: John Robertson How Reporting Scotland forced an unnecessary hospital inquiry on us   Let’s be clear, this inquiry would not be taking place but for BBC Reporting Scotland’s leading (others followed) coverage of the deaths of five patients at two Glasgow hospitals. None of the five patients died because of hospital acquired infections. There is no scientific basis for this inquiry. There are at least three good reasons why this inquiry is not necessary. First, five cases are not a statistically significant indicator of a real problem. Each year, in England &… Read the full article:: John […]

‘Lavish’ Tavish Scott exposes dastardly SNP plot to improve 4G in his patch

Source:: John Robertson ‘Lavish’ Tavish Scott exposes dastardly SNP plot to improve 4G in his patch Too easy! Think of your own title for this. The expensive Lib Dem MSP for the Shetland Islands, Lavish Tavish, tabled a parliamentary question which might provide the data for an attack on the SNP government’s failure to do the UK government’s work for them. Here it is: https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Simple&Keyword=question&ExactPhrase=False&DateChoice=3&SortBy=DateSubmitted&ResultsPerPage=10 Readers will no doubt already be aware that: This is a reserved matter for which Westminster is entirely responsible. The ‘notspots’ in Tavish’s ‘patch’ are likewise due to Theresa’s failure to… Read the […]

Lib Dem triumphant as he finds increasing self-harm for Reporting Scotland

Source:: John Robertson Lib Dem triumphant as he finds increasing self-harm for Reporting Scotland http://www.sps.gov.uk/Corporate/Information/FOI-Responses.aspx I suppose, if you keep digging for dirt, preferably blood stains or body parts, you will find something now and again. This is not Liam Kerr MSP Liam Kerr has found a juicy if smelly morsel in a Freedom of Information request to the Scottish Prison Service which he has been able to pass quickly, before it even appears online, to Reporting Scotland. It’s on the website and was broadcast late last night. Here’s the gist of it: ‘The… Read the full article:: […]

BBC Scotland say the English were to blame in 2014 too!

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland say the English were to blame in 2014 too! In the next episode of Yes/No: Inside the Indyref, Brian Little, referring to English colleagues who came up to Scotland in 2014, will make the explosive claim: ‘I’m not cynical about [BBC DNA] that but I was quite surprised by some of my colleagues failing to understand their own assumption that the Yes side was wrong. He added that some colleagues thought that our responsibility was to produce a series of pieces to demonstrate how foolish it would be to… Read the full article:: […]

New poll fails to ask the big question but is still fascinating

Source:: John Robertson New poll fails to ask the big question but is still fascinating In one of the first full-Scottish polls for some time, respondents were asked how they had voted in 2014 but not how they might vote in another independence referendum. It’s an obvious missed opportunity, unless your funder has reason to fear the result. Anyhow, there’s still a lot to ponder over and to influence future strategy by both the SNP and the Yes movement. 1 011 Scots, 16 plus, were surveyed by Survation for the Scottish Daily Mail, online between… Read the full […]

‘Brexit needs psychopaths’ and luckily Scotland’s Standards Commission refuses call to cull them

Source:: John Robertson ‘Brexit needs psychopaths’ and luckily Scotland’s Standards Commission refuses call to cull them God, I’ve worked beside a few, so this Freedom of Information request intrigues me but as Hard Brexit looms, you hear people saying in the streets: We need someone to take charge and to sort this mess out? What like Hitler did? No, I didn’t say that, Churchill! Wasn’t he a war criminal? Maybe but, oh, OK, Thatcher? Ah, send those two aircraft carriers and any of the functioning frigates, to Brussels? Here’s the actual request from a Mr McNab.… Read the […]