We’re moving! New URL

Source:: John Robertson We’re moving! New URL (Note: Owner of the image above, let me know how I should credit it) After years of defending the url thoughtcontrolscotland.com we’re moving to https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/ Though I stand by my position on thought control in democracies, too many have said to me that they do not share posts because they and the potential recipients perceive the term as paranoid or conspiracy theoristish. So, pragmatically, 50 years after Neal Ascherson woke me, TuS is moving to become Talking-Up Scotland II (Scottish… Read the full article:: John Robertson We’re moving! New URL

Is there nothing Scotland CAN do? ‘Experts’ say Scottish plastic bottle return scheme is RUBBISH but for 250 million people it works and for England…..?

Source:: John Robertson Is there nothing Scotland CAN do? ‘Experts’ say Scottish plastic bottle return scheme is RUBBISH but for 250 million people it works and for England…..? Above from Scottish ‘experts’ and below from the Scottish Parliament: As of 2017, more than a quarter of a billion people live in places which run modern deposit return systems. The newest system is Lithuania’s, introduced in February 2016, with New South Wales scheduled to introduce deposits later in 2017. A refundable deposit payable on drinks containers is not a new idea. An earlier version of this approach was introduced in […]

Embracing sustainable aviation just latest in Scottish Government’s 200 plus efforts to counter Tory Brexit disaster

Source:: John Robertson Embracing sustainable aviation just latest in Scottish Government’s 200 plus efforts to counter Tory Brexit disaster As the opposition transport spokespersons spend their days digging for any old evidence of something bad which they can feed to Reporting Scotland, The SNP Transport Secretary covers the ground to get something going for the Scottish economy: Scotland’s Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP, today visited Cranfield University on a fact-finding mission to learn more about the latest technological developments in sustainable aerospace and aviation. On the visit, the Transport Secretary heard from Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, a… […]

SNP Government-funded research helping with more than just cattle-farts

Source:: John Robertson SNP Government-funded research helping with more than just cattle-farts From the James Hutton Institute based in Aberdeen and Dundee: A James Hutton Institute-led and Scottish Government-funded project to develop a novel decentralised wastewater treatment system in rural India that can be replicated in Scotland and beyond has been shortlisted for a VIBES – Scottish Environment Business award in the Hydro Nation Scotland category. The Institute is a leading player in water-related research and innovation and hosts the Hydro Nation International Centre, a site of the Water Test Network for… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

‘The narrative surrounding devolution in Scotland throughout the past 20 years has been one of immense success’

Source:: John Robertson ‘The narrative surrounding devolution in Scotland throughout the past 20 years has been one of immense success’ We’ve seen more than a few criticisms of Holyrood based on ill-informed Unionist biases but this independent research, published by nfpSynergy, an organisation that provides market research and consulting services exclusively for charities and non-profits, passed our MSM by, I think, and me too. Perhaps explaining the low-profile coverage, the report is enthusiastic. See these excerpts: As such, the narrative surrounding devolution in Scotland throughout the past 20 years has been one of immense success, and in turn has […]

Report shows young women overwhelmingly positive about Scottish Independence Referendum

Source:: John Robertson Report shows young women overwhelmingly positive about Scottish Independence Referendum Published nearly two months ago by the YCWA, I missed Status of Young Women in Scotland 2015 first time around. Was it covered in the MSM? The section on the part played by the Independence Referendum in engaging and in including young women makes interesting reading: The young women we spoke to were overwhelmingly positive about the Scottish Independence Referendum process; both in terms of political experience and due to their excitement at being the first generation able to vote… Read the full article:: John […]

Today’s Twitteractiviti

Source:: John Robertson Today’s Twitteractiviti The Alex Salmond Fit-Up https://grousebeater.wordpress.com/2019/08/24/the-ruling-class/ https://indyref2.scot/a-bbc-scotland-complaint-douglas-fraser-gers-and-the-scottish-deficit     Read the full article:: John Robertson Today’s Twitteractiviti

Will Lib Dems now suggest we copy another FAILED scheme from England?

Source:: John Robertson Will Lib Dems now suggest we copy another FAILED scheme from England? We’ve recently seen the Scottish Lib Dems suggest we copy failed schemes to improve student teacher recruitment and to reduce child obesity. As another tower block in London burns, surely they think we should copy English building regulations to prevent fires: The Scottish changes then go further than the incoming English regulations, outlining a more comprehensive series of measures designed to improve building safety broadly. In the same vein as the controls on combustible materials, the Scottish regulations will makesprinkler installation mandatory in flatted… Read the full […]

SNP Government accused of ‘massacre’ as death rate in Scottish prisons is revealed as the SAME as that in England & Wales

Source:: John Robertson SNP Government accused of ‘massacre’ as death rate in Scottish prisons is revealed as the SAME as that in England & Wales https://www.inquest.org.uk/deaths-in-prison From SPS for Scotland: 2012    21 2013   24 2014   24 2015   24 2016  28 2017  29 2018 32 2019 18* http://www.sps.gov.uk/Corporate/Information/PrisonerDeaths.aspx So, population of Scotland is just over one tenth of that of England and Wales and the prison death rate, in most years, is the same, one tenth. Yet, even the respected though little-read Holyrood magazine allows it to be described as a massacre:   Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

The Lib Dem Dribble

Source:: John Robertson The Lib Dem Dribble I could so become PM! Don’t be ridiculous! From Ludo Thierry: Despite the feverish early efforts of the meeja (especially in Scotland) to promote La Swinson (?LowJo) as the new Anointed One for the britnat cause in Scotland there has been precious little sign of any particular movement to date. The main development of which I have become aware has been the defection of a solitary tory cooncillor and a solitary labour cooncillor to LowJo’s ragged regiment. Curiously, both these… Read the full article:: John Robertson The Lib Dem Dribble

Useless profs, health correspondents and an arrogant Brit: Today’s twitterstuff for TuS non-Twitters

Source:: John Robertson Useless profs, health correspondents and an arrogant Brit: Today’s twitterstuff for TuS non-Twitters Mostly in response to daft stuff in the BBC, Herald and Scotsman sites: https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/2016/10/28/flooding-has-scottish-government-done-more-to-keep-our-heads-above-water-2/   Read the full article:: John Robertson Useless profs, health correspondents and an arrogant Brit: Today’s twitterstuff for TuS non-Twitters

Female graduate apprenticeships increased by more than six times and gender gap halved

Source:: John Robertson Female graduate apprenticeships increased by more than six times and gender gap halved Thanks to a parliamentary question from Monica Lennon (SCLABR) on Wednesday asking for a gender breakdown, TuS can reveal a significant increase in the number of female and male graduate apprenticeship starts and a reduction in the gender gap, between 2017/18 and 2018/19: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190821.pdf Read the full article:: John Robertson Female graduate apprenticeships increased by more than six times and gender gap halved

TuS Twitteractiviti 20-22 August 2019

Source:: John Robertson TuS Twitteractiviti 20-22 August 2019 The GERS data is ludicrous: Scotland does not generate 60% of the UK’s net fiscal deficit https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/14605/city-london-extracts-wealth-rest-uks-regions-inquiry-submission-finds     Read the full article:: John Robertson TuS Twitteractiviti 20-22 August 2019

Are you following me on Twitter or Facebook as well or only just via the blog?

Source:: John Robertson Are you following me on Twitter or Facebook as well or only just via the blog? I’m finding myself doing more via Twitter and apparently getting up to 80 000 impressions. Will keep blog going but finding less time to respond to comments below. Let me know if the blog is your only contact. Thanks John   Read the full article:: John Robertson Are you following me on Twitter or Facebook as well or only just via the blog?