Herald misrepresents drug statistics to join drug death scare-wagon

Source:: John Robertson Herald misrepresents drug statistics to join drug death scare-wagon The Herald story is based on a one-year change with the number deaths of people aged under 25 falling in 2017 but rising last year. One-year changes are meaningless. Here is the longer trend showing that deaths of undr-25s remain at around only 5% of the total in sharp contrast to those of the 35-44-year-olds: Health trends, as any fool knows, are best understood in longer blocks of time because of the dangers in over-reacting to one-year fluctuations. For example,… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

Oh no, rumours of Indyref2 are bad for business just like Indyref1 was…NOT

Source:: John Robertson Oh no, rumours of Indyref2 are bad for business just like Indyref1 was…NOT According to the Times on 14th July: Uncertainty over the possibility of a second independence referendum has “wreaked dramatic change” and is posing challenges to the Scottish economy, said Professor Colin Anthony Jones of Heriot-Watt University’s Urban Institute. He claims a narrow defeat for the “yes” campaign in 2014 led to British financial institutions cutting spending north of the border. I understand the National will reveal that the research has been rejected by a journal, but we can also reveal… Read the […]

Johnson’s Great Scottish Oilfield Cover-up of 2019?

Source:: John Robertson Johnson’s Great Scottish Oilfield Cover-up of 2019? Something for our media try to hide before Indyref2? A TRILLION cubic feet of gas expected west of Shetland? Readers will remember how the massive Clair Ridge discovery was hidden from the public in the months before Indyref1. See this for more: Cameron’s Great Scottish Oilfield Cover-up of 2014 Now Total has begun drilling another massive field west of Shetland. It’s been reported in Energy Voice but, so far, it’s not being covered by MSM:   In Energy Voice yesterday: Energy… Read the full article:: John Robertson Johnson’s Great […]

SNP further confirms place as only effective left-of-centre party in Scotland with progressive taxation success leaving rUK behind

Source:: John Robertson SNP further confirms place as only effective left-of-centre party in Scotland with progressive taxation success leaving rUK behind From news.gov.scot yesterday: Statistics show tax choices are delivering a more progressive tax system.The combined number of higher and additional rate taxpayers in Scotland is growing at a faster rate than the rest of the UK, according to new figures.Official statistics published by HMRC show that income tax revenues grew by 1.8%, to £10.9 billion in 2017-18, with growth driven primarily by an increase in contributions from higher and additional rate taxpayers – those earning above £43,000 in […]

Westminster Conservatives FAIL as Police in Scotland more than NINE times as effective in solving violent crimes than in England

Source:: John Robertson Westminster Conservatives FAIL as Police in Scotland more than NINE times as effective in solving violent crimes than in England In the Independent today: Statistics released by the Home Office show that the number of reported offences resulting in a prosecution had fallen to the lowest level since data recording began in 2015. Only 7.8 per cent of crimes saw a suspect charged or summonsed in 2018-19, compared to 9.1 per cent the year before. For rape the figure was just 1.5 per cent – down from 3 per cent in 2017-18 – and the figure […]

BBC content with the lie that there wasn’t even really a place called Scotland

Source:: John Robertson BBC content with the lie that there wasn’t even really a place called Scotland Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch was at Windsor Castle this morning to receive the Honour of Knighthood for services to Scholarship. (Newscom TagID: ptsphotoshot750272) [Photo via Newscom] On 10th of July 2019, I wrote to BBC Complaints to say: Dermot McCulloch, referring to England existing in the 10th or 11th Century says: ‘There wasn’t even really a place called Scotland.’ This is inaccurate: This culminated in the rise of Cínaed mac Ailpín (Kenneth MacAlpin) as “king of the Picts” in the 840s (traditionally dated to 843),[3] which… Read […]

Conservatives FAIL as FEAR of crime in England is TWICE the level of that in Scotland!

Source:: John Robertson Conservatives FAIL as FEAR of crime in England is TWICE the level of that in Scotland! Second poll confirms human effects of falling crime levels in Scotland The YouGov poll based on fieldwork on 16th and 17th July reinforces the stability of SNP support (42%) and the collapse of that for the Tories (13%) and Labour (15%) but, notably, reveals a sharp difference in levels of concern about crime. Only 16% of Scots rated it the most important issue while between 28% (South) and 35% (London) did so across England and Wales. https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/sjg6udq97x/TheTimes_190717_VI_Trackers_w.pdf An Ipsos-MORI poll… […]

SNP exonerated by BBC figures as Scotland’s drug deaths are shown to be caused by neoliberal UK Governments in the 1980s and 90s

Source:: John Robertson SNP exonerated by BBC figures as Scotland’s drug deaths are shown to be caused by neoliberal UK Governments in the 1980s and 90s Scotland’s drug death crisis is based disproportionally upon older drug users who began using heroin in the 1980s and 90s under the Tory and New Labour neoliberal economic policies which lauded greedy individualism, and which destroyed communities through a failure to create employment and a misguided war on drugs. Similar effects can be seen in the higher levels of drug deaths in the North of England and in Wales, also outside of the […]

Conservatives blamed as child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’ but only in ENGLAND

Source:: John Robertson Conservatives blamed as child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’ but only in ENGLAND Reported throughout the day as a UK-wide phenomenon somehow validated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP), this turns out to be based on English schools only and with the RCP merely asked to comment after the event (confirmed by telephone to me this morning): Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned.Replies to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from… […]

The Better Together shroud-waving on drug deaths toppled over into a carrion-fest

Source:: John Robertson The Better Together shroud-waving on drug deaths toppled over into a carrion-fest LUDO THIERRY The Better Together shroud waving actually toppled over into a carrion-fest. I heard a tiny bit of Ian Dale’s programme on LBC and heard ‘Orange?’ Cammie frae Kilmarnock report that the Scottish drug’s deaths could be explained “..in 3 words (sic) ESS – ENN – PEE” – Ian Dale reverted, sadly, to his right wing tory roots and came out with a pile of tabloid pish so I – thankfully – re-tuned to the Scottish League Cup Group… Read the full […]

Conservatives failing schoolchildren as mental health referrals in England are more than twice the level of Scotland

Source:: John Robertson Conservatives failing schoolchildren as mental health referrals in England are more than twice the level of Scotland In the wake of the Scottish drug deaths crisis reporting, repeated 6 times this morning on BBC Breakfast and on the website, we hear: ‘A BBC investigation suggests there’s been a significant rise in number of UK primary schoolchildren referred to mental health services over the last three years’ In the fuller online report, we read: Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three […]

Conservatives FAIL to protect England’s children in care from sexual exploitation!

Source:: John Robertson Conservatives FAIL to protect England’s children in care from sexual exploitation! BBC Newsnight conveniently ‘forget’ that NONE of ‘Britain’s Hidden Children’s Homes’ are in Scotland I know, this commenting on UK media reporting on England as if it was the UK can get a bit repetitive. Some have worried about my mental health, but I go on. Fresh from being all-too-interested in Scotland’s drug deaths crisis, we saw the above heading and heard: ‘Police forces have told Newsnight they’re deeply concerned about the number of vulnerable children going missing from unregistered… Read the full article:: […]

All those times when the BBC/Tory Alliance could not happily drool as they have done with Scotland’s drug deaths

Source:: John Robertson All those times when the BBC/Tory Alliance could not happily drool as they have done with Scotland’s drug deaths ‘People are waiting too long for treatment’ though targets have been beaten? Scotland’s drug deaths were headlined and savoured right across the full range of BBC output, on BBC 1 News, BBC Breakfast, Reporting Scotland, Politics Live and on Newsnight. I did not watch BBC Wales or Northern Ireland, nor did I listen to Good Mourning Scotland, but I feel sure the same or worse was done there too. It was done often without any or sufficient […]

S6 pupils enter 57% more SQA qualifications under SNP

Source:: John Robertson S6 pupils enter 57% more SQA qualifications under SNP Thanks to a Freedom of Information request response published today asking for the average number of entries into SQA qualifications per S6 pupil at each secondary school in Scotland, we can reveal that the Scottish average has gone up from 2.3 subjects per pupil in 2009 to 3.5 subjects in 2018. That is a 56.52% increase in only 10 years. https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-201900002231/ Read the full article:: John Robertson S6 pupils enter 57% more SQA qualifications under SNP

S5 pupils enter 40% more SQA qualifications under SNP

Source:: John Robertson S5 pupils enter 40% more SQA qualifications under SNP That’ll be a No then Andrew Thanks to a Freedom of Information request response published today asking for the average number of entries into SQA qualifications per S5 pupil at each secondary school in Scotland, we can reveal that the Scottish average has gone up from 3.5 subjects per pupil in 2009 to 4.9 subjects in 2018. That is a 40% increase in only 10 years. https://www.gov.scot/publications/foi-201900002230/ Read the full article:: John Robertson S5 pupils enter 40% more SQA qualifications under SNP