Misery for Herald readers as they imagine ‘misery for passengers’ on ScotRail, the 4th best out of 26 UK rail companies in terms of overall satisfaction, with a score of 96%

Source:: John Robertson Misery for Herald readers as they imagine ‘misery for passengers’ on ScotRail, the 4th best out of 26 UK rail companies in terms of overall satisfaction, with a score of 96% In the Herald today, we read one of the worst examples of bias by exaggeration and omission in an attempt to damage the SNP government by association with the national rail company, ScotRail. Here’s what they had to say: ‘Misery for passengers sees Scotrail fined a record amount. Rail passengers’ misery has been laid bare after ScotRail has received record fines for failing to meet […]

Lib Dems provide STV and Herald with cheap and shabby copy on NHS consultant costs

Source:: John Robertson Lib Dems provide STV and Herald with cheap and shabby copy on NHS consultant costs ‘Honest, it was that big!’ (c) Herald The Herald and the STV trumpeted: ‘NHS ‘spends £38,000 a day on consultants’ overtime’ and: ‘NHS spending £38,000 a day on consultants’ overtime’ In both cases the story had been largely researched and written by Lib Dem health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton. Both gave him space to have wee rant and to accuse the Scottish Government of a ‘chronically chaotic approach to workforce planning.’ http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16030487.__38k_a_day_for_NHS_consultant_overtime/ https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1408541-nhs-spends-38k/ Neither, of course, thought to tell us just… […]

Scottish politics is third best in world for women’s empowerment and well ahead of UK

Source:: John Robertson Scottish politics is third best in world for women’s empowerment and well ahead of UK (c) Holyrood Magazine From the STV website: ‘Scotland ranks third in the world for political empowerment for women and is significantly ahead of the rest of the UK. Research carried out by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) found Scotland follows Iceland and Nicaragua in terms of female political empowerment while the UK is ranked 13th.’ https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1408546-scotland-ranks-third-in-world-for-women-in-politics/ Iceland is no surprise to me, but I must admit Nicaragua caught me out. A bit more research and I found that my… […]

Exclusive: shock figures reveal Scotland’s prisons NOT included in Observer report on state of UK’s (sic) ‘brutal’ prisons

Source:: John Robertson Exclusive: shock figures reveal Scotland’s prisons NOT included in Observer report on state of UK’s (sic) ‘brutal’ prisons (c) Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images From the Observer today: ‘Observer analysis of inspection reports shows two in five jails are unsafe and inadequate conditions prevail in over two-thirds. The scale of the crisis engulfing Britain’s (sic) prisons can be revealed, after an Observer investigation found that two-thirds are providing inmates with inadequate conditions or unacceptable treatment. An analysis of hundreds of inspections covering 118 institutions found that a staggering 68% are now providing unsatisfactory standards in at least […]

BBC Scotland radio audiences plummet

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland radio audiences plummet In a survey of radio audiences, from July to December 2017, by media.info, BBC Radio Scotland audience figures have fallen from 1.1 million per week in 1999 to 839 000 at the end of 2017 and, critically, are falling so fast and so steeply, that they are in real danger of falling so low that the licence fee becomes even more indefensible. No doubt this decline has multiple causes but the outrageous bias against the SNP and independence featuring daily… Read the full article:: John Robertson BBC Scotland radio audiences […]

Glasgow Herrod exposes NHS [Scotland] waiting time scandal as only 1.39% of staff have no [free] parking space yet!

Source:: John Robertson Glasgow Herrod exposes NHS [Scotland] waiting time scandal as only 1.39% of staff have no [free] parking space yet! Glasgow Herrod owner, J K Herrod In the Herrod today: ‘More than 2,000 NHS staff await parking permits. The Scottish Government has been urged to carry out a national review of NHS parking and transport after it emerged more than 2 000 NHS workers are waiting on parking permits. A total of 2,247 NHS workers across five different health boards currently do not have permission to park at hospitals and health centres.’ http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16029524.More_than_2_000_NHS_staff_await_parking_permits/ There were 161 329 […]

Hunterston to challenge Norway’s deep quaysides for decommissioning work

Source:: John Robertson Hunterston to challenge Norway’s deep quaysides for decommissioning work (c) raconteur.net In Energy Voice yesterday: ‘A new company based in Scotland will be the first to offer a new facility in Ayrshire for North Sea decommissioning work. CessCon Decom plans to start handling oil and gas infrastructure at Peel Port’s Hunterston site as early as the first quarter of 2019. Peel Ports is transforming Hunterston into a “decom campus” capable of delivering the full range of dismantling, recycling and asset management services. UK ports have been at a disadvantage… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

‘North Sea full of opportunity’

Source:: John Robertson ‘North Sea full of opportunity’ The demise of the North Sea’s oil and gas bounty has been a major plank in Unionist attempts to undermine the idea of an independent Scotland. Like many Unionist arguments it’s a myth. With Neptune Energy’s deal to buy Engie’s E&P business, Energy Voice reported yesterday:  ‘The North Sea is still opportunity-rich for investors, Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) said today.’ The OGUK chief executive said: ‘Having an enterprising company like Neptune growing with the North Sea at the heart… Read the full article:: John Robertson ‘North Sea full of […]

Nearly 100 Scottish contracts awarded by Swedish wind-farm owners

Source:: John Robertson Nearly 100 Scottish contracts awarded by Swedish wind-farm owners Vattenfall, the Swedish owners of several windfarms and the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) project off the north-east coast say they are: ‘committed to maximising the benefits the project can bring to the north-east and Scotland.’ So far, they have awarded nearly 100 contracts to local companies including a ‘significant deal’ with Peterhead harbour. There will also be a £3 million community investment fund for the North-east. https://www.energyvoice.com/otherenergy/163803/vattenfall-aberdeen-wind-farm-development-brought-nearly-100-scottish-contracts/ You may be thinking it would be better if the project… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

Billions to flow to UK Treasury as Scottish oil prices reach nearly $65 per barrel

Source:: John Robertson Billions to flow to UK Treasury as Scottish oil prices reach nearly per barrel From Bloomberg in Energy Voice today: ‘Brent for April settlement climbed 26 cents to trade at $64.59 in the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.’ https://www.energyvoice.com/oilandgas/163847/oil-set-first-weekly-gain-month-us-dollar-weakens/ On 6th February 2018, I was able to write: ‘North Sea oil tax haul gushes to £1bn as crude recovers. Higher prices, increased production and lower costs drive revenue turn-round’ Pretty much ignored by the Scottish media other than reporting on BP profits, the Financial Times, free from a constant obsession with Scottish independence offers… Read […]

Scotland remains only part of UK with strong trade surplus as Scotsman attempts to deceive with selective and out-of-date figures.

Source:: John Robertson Scotland remains only part of UK with strong trade surplus as Scotsman attempts to deceive with selective and out-of-date figures. https://www.uktradeinfo.com/Statistics/RTS/Pages/default.aspx The above graph, released in December 2017, shows Scotland to be the only part of the UK with a strong balance of trade surplus and reveals the South of England to have a major trade deficit which is leading to the massive loan debt we all have to share but, under the headline: ‘Scottish exporters fall at double the UK rate’ the Scotsman, today, went on to say: ‘The number of Scottish businesses exporting has […]

Massive increase in environmental compliance by Scottish businesses under SNP

Source:: John Robertson Massive increase in environmental compliance by Scottish businesses under SNP According to The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and reported in Insider, 91.7% of all of Scotland’s nearly 5 000 licences were assessed as excellent, good or broadly compliant in 2016. This is a major improvement from only 72.5% in 2009. The SEPA Chief Executive said: ‘Every day, SEPA works to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment helping communities and businesses thrive within the resources of our planet. As part of that we’re clear, environmental compliance is non-negotiable. Every Scottish business… Read the full article:: John […]

Audit Scotland’s Nursery provision report based on flawed methodology and naïve assumptions. Tories and Labour joyful as they feast on it.

Source:: John Robertson Audit Scotland’s Nursery provision report based on flawed methodology and naïve assumptions. Tories and Labour joyful as they feast on it. Here are the main points from the report which have cheered the Unionist parties so much: ‘There are significant risks that councils will not be able to expand funded ELC to 1,140 hours by 2020. In particular it will be difficult to increase the infrastructure and workforce to the levels required, in the limited time available. The Scottish Government should have started detailed planning with councils earlier, given the scale of the changes required. The […]

Scottish social housing more accessible and cheaper than in rest of UK

Source:: John Robertson Scottish social housing more accessible and cheaper than in rest of UK As you can see from the above diagram in Scottish housing News, yesterday, more than a million people in Scotland are able to live in Social Housing. Around 23% of Scots have access to such housing compared to only 17 and 16% in England and Wales respectively. Also, the actual cost of social housing, in Scotland is up to 21% lower than in the rest of the UK. The Scottish housing minister said ‘Social housing in Scotland continues to be… Read the full […]

Scotsman wrongly labels council tax rises as ‘SNP tax rises’ and fails to understand value for businesses of SNP reducing taxation of majority lower income groups

Source:: John Robertson Scotsman wrongly labels council tax rises as ‘SNP tax rises’ and fails to understand value for businesses of SNP reducing taxation of majority lower income groups See this from the Scotsman today: ‘SNP tax rises could harm struggling High Street, retailers say: Finance secretary Derek Mackay’s proposal to increase income tax amid strong signs that local authorities are set to increase council tax has led to the Scottish Retail Association (SRC) saying businesses will have to work hard to attract consumer spending. All the evidence is that consumers continue to be careful with their spending at […]