More than 3 million* ‘believe’ BBC Scotland is biased ‘after’ survey is ‘analysed’

Source:: John Robertson More than 3 million* ‘believe’ BBC Scotland is biased ‘after’ survey is ‘analysed’ It’s now more than a year after the BBC’s own survey found Scots to be much more dissatisfied than those in non-Scottish parts of the UK and some months after its infamous attack on Wings over Scotland, removing online content, let us see its bias, in full exposure. I have used BBC Scotland’s own research guidelines (shared with SFA)* and its royal charter, even after Phil’s crash, in this analysis which will help readers grasp the importance of the research… Read the […]

BBC and STV headlines ‘after’ today little better than pigeon droppings?

Source:: John Robertson BBC and STV headlines ‘after’ today little better than pigeon droppings? Pigeon droppings made national news this morning with the headline: ‘Two patients have died after contracting a fungal infection caused by pigeon droppings.’ BBC Scotland then had a longer piece headed: ‘Two patients have dies after falling ill from an infection caused by pigeons.’ Only six sentences later did we hear, quietly inserted, that one patient had died from ‘an unrelated cause’ and that the other’s death was ‘being investigated.’ The headlines are only true in the chronological sense that… Read the full article:: […]

Why did BBC Breakfast pretend GP staffing figures for Scotland are not available?

Source:: John Robertson Why did BBC Breakfast pretend GP staffing figures for Scotland are not available?   (c) Daily Mail Repeated on BBC Breakfast this morning, we heard at the end of a report on variations in the size of the GP patient load in different parts of England: ‘Similar data is not available for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland but GP recruitment is known to be problematic across the UK.’ It’s a bit surprising in that BBC Salford have in the past been happy to offer Scottish data so as to reinforce their attack on… Read the […]

One more Scottish Labour gaff as Iain Gray seems misinformed?*

Source:: John Robertson One more Scottish Labour gaff as Iain Gray seems misinformed?*     On the Scottish Parliament’s Motions, Questions and Answers Search website, British Labour’s Scotland Branch, Shadowy Minister for Education, Iain Gray, is reported as having asked this question and as having got, for him, an embarrassing answer: Question S5W-20759: Iain Gray, East Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/12/2018 To ask the Scottish Government for what reason Individual Training Accounts are no longer available, and whether it plans to re-introduce these. Answered by Jamie Hepburn (15/01/2019): Following a hugely successful year for… Read the full article:: John […]

Scottish Government-funded GHA ‘boosts Scottish economy by £2bn’

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Government-funded GHA ‘boosts Scottish economy by £2bn’ In Insider yesterday: The transformation of social housing in Scotland’s largest city under Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) has boosted the Scottish economy by £2 billion and supported thousands of jobs, a Fraser of Allander Institute report has calculated. The report confirms GHA’s investment programme – the biggest of its kind in Europe – contributed £2 billion to Scotland’s Gross Domestic Product. In addition, it supported an average of 2,425 full-time jobs per year, the equivalent of 36,500 years of full-time… Read the full article:: John Robertson Scottish […]

European visitors to Scotland in 2018 up 22% in one year!

Source:: John Robertson European visitors to Scotland in 2018 up 22% in one year! In Insider yesterday: ‘Figures from the Office of National Statistics for the year up to the end of last September showed a 22 per cent increase in the number of visitors.  Bottom of Form Figures from the Office of National Statistics for the year up to the end of last September showed a 22 per cent increase in the number of visitors, with spending rising by 7 per cent to £1.15 billion. Overall 2.26 million people from Europe visited to… Read the full article:: […]

No Civil War effect with SNP at 47% in YouGov sub-poll which would almost wipe out other parties

Source:: John Robertson No Civil War effect with SNP at 47% in YouGov sub-poll which would almost wipe out other parties I know it’s only a sub-poll of 153, not really a ‘poll’, but if it is some early, wee, indication of opinion shifting as UK parliamentary democracy revealed itself as utterly dysfunctional and as the SNP 2nd Civil War story either failed to take hold of the people’s imagination or even got up their noses, 47% would take the SNP close to the 56 out of the 59 Westminster seats they took in 2015. If this is only […]

More Scots and more from ‘most-deprived’ areas going to university

Source:: John Robertson More Scots and more from ‘most-deprived’ areas going to university The Scottish definition of ‘deprived’ seems to relate to Quintile 1 (red) in the graph above but it is encouraging also to note quite dramatic increases in quintiles 2 and 3. This reveals a steady growth in students living in Scotland entering Scottish universities against the background of a fairly static trend for EU and non-EU candidates. https://www.ucas.com/file/197261/download?token=yGrM_eUZ From news.gov.scot today: ‘A record number of full-time first-degree students at Scottish universities were from the most deprived areas in Scotland last… Read the full article:: John […]

Scotland reduces greenhouse gases by 76%!*

Source:: John Robertson Scotland reduces greenhouse gases by 76%!*   From SEPA on 9th January 2018: ‘Greenhouse gases emitted by Scottish industry continue to fall, according to the latest annual mass pollutant releases published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). The figures, published online in the 2017 Scottish Pollutant Release Inventory (SPRI), show how the pollutants emitted by Scottish regulated businesses are changing as the country continues to move to a more sustainable, resource efficient Scotland.’ http://media.sepa.org.uk/media-releases/2019/greenhouse-gases-from-scottish-industry-at-a-10-year-low.aspx Now I’m no chemist or environmental scientist but true to the… Read the full article:: John Robertson Scotland reduces greenhouse […]

BBC Reporting Scotland viewer finds knives in kitchen drawer only one mile from another South Ayrshire school!

Source:: John Robertson BBC Reporting Scotland viewer finds knives in kitchen drawer only one mile from another South Ayrshire school! The alarming news follows BBC Reporting Scotland’s exclusive report on the alarming spread of knife crime to Scotland’s schools. Repeated on Reporting Scotland yesterday: ‘A 10 year-old boy’s been referred to the Children’s Reporter after a knife was found at a school in South Ayrshire….It followed reports a child was seen with a knife outside the campus. No one was injured.’ News, especially that from the state broadcaster should be usefully informative so as to enable audiences to judge […]

Gerry Hassan, my part in his upfall

Source:: John Robertson Gerry Hassan, my part in his upfall I’ve heard that Gerry Hassan, writer, researcher, thinker, might be having a wee go at me and my pals on the ‘ardent’ wing of the Yes movement – Wings, Indyref2. Far under this heading: He writes: https://www.gerryhassan.com/category/blog/ He seems to be saying two things there. First, the SNP are the party of ‘the status quo’ and second, that ‘ardent nationalists’ are inadvertently illustrating this by defending ‘every part of present-day Scotland.’ Leaving aside the difficulty of identifying the status quo… Read the full article:: John Robertson Gerry Hassan, […]

Ghouls and Nazis: BBC Reporting Scotland’s subliminal propagandising

Source:: John Robertson Ghouls and Nazis: BBC Reporting Scotland’s subliminal propagandising It’s not ‘natural’ is it? They’ve done something to the images of Salmond and Sturgeon to make them look disturbing in some way. Sturgeon, in particular, looks almost ghoulish or even, diseased. The presenter looks suitably nervous. Why have they done this? Why have they modified the photographs? The report is about the imagined ‘civil war’ within the SNP so, I’m guessing, the producer wanted the images to ‘fit’ the story in some melodramatic but immature way. Remember this is… Read the full article:: John Robertson Ghouls […]

World’s biggest rig to be serviced in Scotland at Scottish Government-funded Kishorn Port

Source:: John Robertson World’s biggest rig to be serviced in Scotland at Scottish Government-funded Kishorn Port (c) Hyundai In Energy Voice today: The arrival of the Ocean GreatWhite has been hailed in the Highlands as a positive step in the regeneration of Kishorn. Gavin Mackay, head of energy industries at development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), said: We have been investing alongside Kishorn Port to reinstate the dry dock and bring the site back into use for a range of offshore energy construction and decommissioning purposes. This is a very positive signal that the market… Read the […]

Glasgow getting miles and miles better with help from that ‘Sturgeon’s SNP’

Source:: John Robertson Glasgow getting miles and miles better with help from that ‘Sturgeon’s SNP’   In Insider today: ‘Bottom of Form The £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region Deal – one of the largest in the UK – has made significant progress in creating jobs and boosting local businesses since being agreed in 2014, according to the government and other backers. The Glasgow City Region Cabinet has examined progress and said that all 27 projects that form the deal have been selected and most are underway. It said that six projects, as well as five… Read the full […]

SNP sails on undeterred by media ‘civil war’ campaigns then and now

Source:: John Robertson SNP sails on undeterred by media ‘civil war’ campaigns then and now Even if Reporting Scotland, STV and the ‘Scottish’ press do their worst to keep the ‘Five Trials of Alex’ show running for months, to compete with Game of Thrones, how likely is Paul Hutcheon’s prediction, popular with other Yoons, that it will wear the SNP administration down? Well it clearly hasn’t done so far as the most recent YouGov poll puts the SNP up at 40%, in a position to increase their seats by around 10, from 35 to 45… Read the full […]