Recognised: Scottish Government’s fight to stop life here becoming like Esther’s England

Source:: John Robertson Recognised: Scottish Government’s fight to stop life here becoming like Esther’s England ‘The experience of the United Kingdom, especially since 2010, underscores the conclusion that poverty is a political choice. Austerity could easily have spared the poor, if the political will had existed to do so. Resources were available to the Treasury at the last budget that could have transformed the situation of millions of people living in poverty, but the political choice was made to fund tax cuts for the wealthy instead.’ The report ‘Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom’,… Read the full […]

Mr Barclay formerly of Barclay’s now Brexit Minister

Source:: John Robertson Mr Barclay formerly of Barclay’s now Brexit Minister (c) rotary-ribi.org From TuS investigative reporter Ludo: Steve Barclay is the new Westminster Tory Brexit minister. I saw in his info that he was previously a director of Barclay’s Bank. Do you think he just happens to share the surname with the bank or might he be one of the dynasty? – Genuine question – I have no idea. His role, apparently, was as head of anti-money laundering and sanctions. (This is beyond parody I’m afraid). (Ed: Should that be… Read the full article:: John Robertson Mr […]

Becoming a better kinder country? ‘Quantifying kindness public engagement and place: Experiences of people in the UK and Ireland’

Source:: John Robertson Becoming a better kinder country? ‘Quantifying kindness public engagement and place: Experiences of people in the UK and Ireland’ This report from the Carnegie Trust adds a further strand to the debate, mostly here admittedly, about whether or not Scotland is to some extent distinct from rUk in terms of core values and how they are expressed in common behaviour, including in political decision-making. In particular, the evidence seems to point to a greater sense of collective or communitarian identity in Scotland and more egalitarian, tolerant, tendencies than in other parts of the UK. These recent […]

Stevie Wonder foresees the Donald, years before he becomes POTUS

Source:: John Robertson Stevie Wonder foresees the Donald, years before he becomes POTUS © Reuters In the latest of my ‘Songs and Politics’ series, read only by a small but beautifully-marked group, here’s the latest, based on my accidental hearing of a song on car radio and then using remarkable but odd, brain connectivity, it’s Steeevieeehhhh Wuunndderrrr! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwPsFz85gGw Stevie Wonder Lyrics “He’s Misstra Know-It-All” He’s a man With a plan Got a counterfeit dollar in his hand He’s Misstra Know-It-All Playin’ hard Talkin’ fast Makin’ sure that he won’t be the last He’s… Read the full article:: John […]

Will BBC Scotland report as NHS Scotland surpasses ‘unexpected hospital deaths’ target?

Source:: John Robertson Will BBC Scotland report as NHS Scotland surpasses ‘unexpected hospital deaths’ target? The current Scottish Government target to reduce Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios (HSMR) or ‘unexpected hospital deaths’ is 10% from December 2015 to December 2018. By end June 2018, the HMSR level had fallen by 11.2%, exceeding expectations. If an HMSR value is less than 1 then this means that the number of deaths within 30 days of admission for a hospital is fewer than predicted. Notably there were no hospitals with a significantly higher HMSR (bad) on this measure and… Read the full […]

FAKE NEWS: BBC Scotland ‘presents’ figures to suggest agriculture deaths are higher in Scotland when they are lower

Source:: John Robertson FAKE NEWS: BBC Scotland ‘presents’ figures to suggest agriculture deaths are higher in Scotland when they are lower No, they are not. In a report on the BBC Scotland News Network we are presented with the headline: ‘Agriculture deaths ‘higher in Scotland’ I’ll come back to the speech marks. Regardless, the headline is wrong. In fact, agricultural deaths, per head of worker, are lower in Scotland than in the UK as a whole. Given the different size of the worker populations in the two areas being compared, crude figures are meaningless. Only a per capita or […]

Flying Scotsman? Shock as Scotsman article does not hit any buffers

Source:: John Robertson Flying Scotsman? Shock as Scotsman article does not hit any buffers Credit where credit is due. This piece by Alistair Dalton is pretty positive, perhaps ever-so-slightly over-so and misses several opportunities to slag ScotRail en passant. What will BBC Scotland’s Douglas Fraser make of this? Did they mention it? Here’s just a wee taste: At least 1,000 jobs will be created at a train-building factory to be built at Longannet in Fife, Spanish firm Talgo announced today. Construction of the 70,000 square metre plant on the former power station site is… Read the full article:: […]

‘Arseholes for good souls!’ New independence party leader’s shocking policy proposal

Source:: John Robertson ‘Arseholes for good souls!’ New independence party leader’s shocking policy proposal The Reverend Andrews as he might look today BBC Scotland’s Disclosure Team can disclose more evidence of extremism in Scotland’s independence movement. Using an advanced Google search, they have found a secret memo from the founder of the Leftist even Marxist Scottish Independence Party (LEMSIP) to at least one current SNP member, launching the party at 13:00 today and then launching his bid for party leadership at 13:01 today. The founder, known as the Reverend Archie ‘The Saint’ Andrews, insists… Read the full article:: […]

IT’s back! ‘The Demonising 2’: BBC Scotland remove all Brown stuff in preparation for backdoor examination of Salmond

Source:: John Robertson IT’s back! ‘The Demonising 2’: BBC Scotland remove all Brown stuff in preparation for backdoor examination of Salmond ‘Sex rap case cops’? Is that a self-mocking parody of journalism by a wee trainee? No, it’s the Daily Record innit? Is ‘assisting’ usually a euphemism suggesting dirty deeds? Me paranoid? Wait, isn’t the National on ‘our side’? What ‘balanced professional journalism’? They had to give it prominence like the Nomedia? Why?  BBC Scotland’s callous clearance from their decks, of former PM Gordon Brown’s sort of pro-Scottish intervention, has opened up space to return to the ‘Salmond Sex […]

Sir David Attenborough condemns BBC Scotland decision to abandon dinosaur preservation target

Source:: John Robertson Sir David Attenborough condemns BBC Scotland decision to abandon dinosaur preservation target One of the last ‘big beasts’ from the Corbyniferous period of antiquity, still found in Britain, the Broonasaurus, has died after a period of oxygen starvation caused by a decision to switch off the supply from BBC Scotland. Allegedly, Reporting Scotland editor, Edward Plantagenet, took the fateful decision after the Broonasaurus was heard, according to him, ‘muttering incoherently but dangerously about some spurious threat of a power grab of EU powers from Edinburgh Zoo and their relocation to the Tory… Read the full […]

More reader misery for Scots as news misrepresentation hits new low

Source:: John Robertson More reader misery for Scots as news misrepresentation hits new low After NHS Scotland, Scotrail features as a regular target of faked news, forming a central plank in the Loyalist Nomedia agenda, attempting to undermine the SNP administration by association with some kind of constructed failures. The two headlines above say it all and, probably, for many, are all that they see as they drift past the stands or, in the rare circumstance that they have bought a copy, past the story. Of course, the people at Reporting Scotland are feeding… Read the full article:: […]

Economic contribution of Scottish women-owned businesses grows by nearly twice the rate of UK

Source:: John Robertson Economic contribution of Scottish women-owned businesses grows by nearly twice the rate of UK (c) smartchristianwoman From one of our favourite sources of evidence-based optimism for Scotland, Insider, today: ‘Women-owned businesses contribute £8.8 billion to the Scottish economy and £105 billion to the UK economy, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Their contribution to the Scottish economy grew by a staggering 76 per cent from £5 billion GVA in 2012 to £8.8 billion figure in 2015. The increase in the contribution to the UK economy was 40 per cent… Read […]

‘Scottish’ Daily Express fake news on obesity

Source:: John Robertson ‘Scottish’ Daily Express fake news on obesity There’s evidence and there’s evidence in the debate about obesity. There’s ‘research’ by a company manufacturing a natural alternative sweetener, NatVia, sold in competition with cane sugar. There’s research by Atomik who provide ‘business insights that support decisions’ and ‘research that hits nationwide headlines.’ Or, there’s research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The last of the three published peer-reviewed research in May 2018 which offered evidence that the childhood obesity increase in Scotland was likely to flatten… Read the full article:: John Robertson ‘Scottish’ Daily […]

A truly pivotal moment as the complex Brexit process draws towards its denouement

Source:: John Robertson A truly pivotal moment as the complex Brexit process draws towards its denouement From reader Ludo Thierry: The beeb RS editor Julian Parsons-Bottom is clearly a busy, busy chap and seems to have missed a fairly significant Court Case that has been passed up to the CJEU by the Court of Session for consideration (despite the Westminster Govt’s belated efforts to prevent this) – and is due to start to be heard around November 27th. As this seems a fairly important matter which Mr. Parsons-Bottom hasn’t yet come to terms with, could I… Read the […]

A truly pivotal moment as the complex Brexit process draws towards its denouement

Source:: John Robertson A truly pivotal moment as the complex Brexit process draws towards its denouement From reader Ludo Thierry: The beeb RS editor Julian Parsons-Bottom is clearly a busy, busy chap and seems to have missed a fairly significant Court Case that has been passed up to the CJEU by the Court of Session for consideration (despite the Westminster Govt’s belated efforts to prevent this) – and is due to start to be heard around November 27th. As this seems a fairly important matter which Mr. Parsons-Bottom hasn’t yet come to terms with, could I… Read the […]