BBC help spin narrative to enable Scottish Ratories to abandon Mothership as Captain Boris looms

Source:: John Robertson BBC help spin narrative to enable Scottish Ratories to abandon Mothership as Captain Boris looms Ross Thomson is first Ratory to leave Think about it. Judging by all the opinion polls recently, Steven Kerr MP for Stirling is a man who, like all his colleagues, would struggle to come third in his own constituency in any quick election. The UN has compared his party’s welfare reforms to a version of a Victorian workhouse! They face wipe-out in the EU elections because of their Brexit chaos. His leader had just resigned in self-pitying tears. The Cabinet… […]

Good Morning Scotland’s ‘leading’ think tank is run by a Labour stooge and old pal of Kezia to undermine SNP

Source:: John Robertson Good Morning Scotland’s ‘leading’ think tank is run by a Labour stooge and old pal of Kezia to undermine SNP Early this morning we heard: ‘The Scottish Government needs to take urgent action to stop the equivalent of a classroom of children a day falling into poverty according to a leading (sic) think tank. IPPR Scotland calculates that without new measures being introduced, 50 000 more children will be affected by 2024. It’s calling on the government to bring forward plans to introduce a new family income supplement. The Scottish Government says it will report progress […]

Scotland could become first country to beat HIV

Source:: John Robertson Scotland could become first country to beat HIV  From Glasgow Caledonian University: ‘Research which could help Scotland become the first country to beat HIV is being highlighted in a new campaign to promote the public impact of health research at universities across the UK. Professor Claudia Estcourt is leading work on HIV prevention with the new anti-HIV drug, PrEP, which has been proven to radically reduce the chance of infection in high risk groups. People across Scotland at high risk of acquiring HIV are now able to access the Pre… Read the full article:: John Robertson Scotland […]

Scotland’s massive visitor increase as they turn away from other parts

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s massive visitor increase as they turn away from other parts From news.gov.scot today: The number of European visitors to Scotland increased by 19% in 2018, according to official statistics released today. Overall there was a 10% increase in visits from overseas tourists and a 1.2% increase in domestic (Great Britain) overnight visits to Scotland. These increases compare to a 3% decrease in overseas tourism visits and a 6% decrease in overseas expenditure for the UK as a whole. https://news.gov.scot/news/rise-in-european-visitors-1 Earlier reports revealing same trend and explaining it: Massive increase in… Read the full article:: […]

The shoddy nature of reporting on crime in Scotland revealed

Source:: John Robertson The shoddy nature of reporting on crime in Scotland revealed Back in March we read the above and heard the same story broadcast repeatedly. It’s not true. I wrote to the Scottish Retail Consortium for a breakdown of the figures in their UK-wide survey to seek confirmation of the nine-a-day figure for Scotland. Yesterday I received this: They just made it up!   Read the full article:: John Robertson The shoddy nature of reporting on crime in Scotland revealed

Lib Dems seek urgent action on goosing!

Source:: John Robertson Lib Dems seek urgent action on goosing! After two shocking experiences on Monday, when Willie Rennie (above left) and Alex Cole-Hamilton (above right) were ‘goosed’ while working for the people of Scotland, Tavish Scott has spared no expense in bringing this parliamentary question: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190522.pdf Rennie and Cole-Hamilton say they are unable to forget the incidents and have urged Cunningham to get to the bottom of this problem as soon as possible:     Read the full article:: John Robertson Lib Dems seek urgent action on goosing!

Scotland’s nursing and midwifery staffing and student recruitment are Miles better!

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s nursing and midwifery staffing and student recruitment are Miles better! Miles Briggs (Lothian) (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party) has asked: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-09444 by Shona Robison on 9 June 2017, whether it will provide the information for each year since 2016-17. (S5W-23083) Jeane Freeman has responded: The following table highlights data from Higher Education Statistics Agency HESA records, from the Scottish Funding Council, showing Scotland-domiciled people who have entered pre-registration nursing and midwifery training since 2016-17. Academic Year Entrants (Headcount) 2016-17… Read the full article:: […]

Different Scotland in the UN report on ‘Workhouse Britain’

Source:: John Robertson Different Scotland in the UN report on ‘Workhouse Britain’ Here are the main references to Scotland. I’m sure you will draw your own conclusions about where to lay the blame and what to do in the future: Wait, late news from Reporting Scotland: ‘President Mugabe says an independent Scotland cannot expect easy transition to UN membership.’ https://undocs.org/A/HRC/41/39/Add.1 Read the full article:: John Robertson Different Scotland in the UN report on ‘Workhouse Britain’

Yet another EU poll suggests SNP hold strong, Brexit swell but don’t surge and ConLab collapse

Source:: John Robertson Yet another EU poll suggests SNP hold strong, Brexit swell but don’t surge and ConLab collapse From YouGov today, for fieldwork between 19th and 21st May 2019 and based on a quite a reasonable sub-poll of 332 Scots: Con 7% Lab 7% LD 12% SNP 40% Green 9% UKIP 2% Brexit 23% Chuka 1% As before the Brexit ‘surge’ has barely affected SNP support but has nearly wiped out support for ConLab. Brexit support in much of England was around 40%. https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2019/05/22/european-parliament-voting-intention-brex-37-lab-1 Read the full article:: John Robertson Yet another EU poll suggests SNP hold […]

Why have The ‘Independent’ Inquiry and BBC Scotland told us nothing about the treatment of patients in NHS Tayside Mental Health Services?

Source:: John Robertson Why have The ‘Independent’ Inquiry and BBC Scotland told us nothing about the treatment of patients in NHS Tayside Mental Health Services? Why? Because it’s what they do with any media-induced scare story on NHS Scotland. See this from only two weeks ago: BBC Scotland misreport deeply flawed research based on tiny (1.77%) self-selecting sample by novice researcher which provides NO evidence of a ‘bullying culture’ in NHS Highland THIS latest interim report on NHS Tayside, published yesterday has been headlined all day in BBC Scotland broadcasts in dramatic terms with claims of the abuse of ‘patients.’ […]

BBC gives you a quick early morning anxiety dose based on NOTHING about Police Scotland

Source:: John Robertson BBC gives you a quick early morning anxiety dose based on NOTHING about Police Scotland ‘SOME victims of a crime known as revenge porn say they’re being ignored, rejected and humiliated by Police Scotland, ‘A NUMBER of women have told the BBC they were not taken seriously by officers when making complaints.’ In Reporting Scotland’s typically dumbed-down, fact-free, tabloid style, ‘some’ becomes one as we hear from a single self-confirmed victim. At the end: ‘Well Police Scotland say no formal complaints have been made…’ So, our ‘public service broadcaster’ once more ignores its own editorial… […]

Are English settlers in the Highlands nicer than those in the Borders and if so why?

Source:: John Robertson Are English settlers in the Highlands nicer than those in the Borders and if so why? ‘Something is happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you Mr Jones?’ Why is Highland region so strongly supportive of Scottish independence but the two border regions so supportive of the Union, when both have very high densities of English-born? Dear readers, I haven’t got a real scoobie here. Whadya think? And, should Dundee be renamed ‘City of Independence and Discovery’? Wait, have the Anglo-Highlanders come out of love and the Anglo-Borderers come just to get away… […]

The BBC proxy war on the SNP using NHS Scotland

Source:: John Robertson The BBC proxy war on the SNP using NHS Scotland PDF version of Powerpoint presentation I did for the fine activists of Yes East Ayrshire last night: The BBC Proxy war on the SNP If you want the file in some other format, email me at: thoughtcontrolscotland@gmail.com   Read the full article:: John Robertson The BBC proxy war on the SNP using NHS Scotland

Police Scotland’s ‘infinitesimally low’ level of corruption/violence towards the public

Source:: John Robertson Police Scotland’s ‘infinitesimally low’ level of corruption/violence towards the public From a Police Scotland Freedom of Information request response, published today, seeking the number of officers of all ranks, facing allegations of violence/corruption towards members of the public, from Apr 010418 – 010419.  Exactly how many officers were prosecuted and how officers many were not? Allegations of:            Cases (not officers) Violence                    0 Corruption             16 Prosecutions for: Violence                   0 Corruption       … Read the full article:: John […]

Racism rise since Brexit is ‘nationwide’ but NOT in Scotland where it is falling

Source:: John Robertson Racism rise since Brexit is ‘nationwide’ but NOT in Scotland where it is falling https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/20/racism-on-the-rise-since-brexit-vote-nationwide-study-reveals Needless to say, there is no mention of any breakdown across the parts of ‘the nation’ and I doubt I’d get one (‘Oh the ‘regional’ samples are too small to be valid!’) but, fortunately we have many other recent sources of data telling us that there has been no surge of racism here. Indeed, the evidence is of falling racism generally. Don’t let the reporting of the Old Firm or the words of Scotland’s few Tory/Labour nutjobs deceive you.… Read […]