Talking-up Scotland beaten by a wee dug!

Source:: John Robertson Talking-up Scotland beaten by a wee dug! Inspired by a similar survey, a month or two ago, by Indyref2, to find Scotland’s most popular political blog with a particular interest in Scottish issues, in the independence debate and in media coverage, I’ve done a similar thing using the same Website Traffic Estimator by TrafficEstimate.com. Here are the results for the last 30 days, finishing 18Th September 2018, at 16:00: Name                                                  Estimated Monthly Traffic (unique visits) 1.      Wings Over Scotland                     218 700 2.      Wee Ginger Dug                             92 100… Read the full article:: John Robertson Talking-up Scotland […]

Scotland’s Nomedia neglect the biggest betrayal story of recent times as the Tories conspire to deny us an Irish-style border deal

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s Nomedia neglect the biggest betrayal story of recent times as the Tories conspire to deny us an Irish-style border deal (c) Open Democracy From the Guardian late on the 16th, picked up by Wings at 4am the next morning, then covered by the National today, there is an astonishing revelation of a calculated betrayal of Scotland. See, in particular, the last line, in the Guardian piece: ‘But according to what is described as a diplomatic note seen by the Times, the EU is struggling to convince the UK that it is significant that checks at […]

Reporting Scotland miss chance to celebrate Scotland’s poverty but expose our useless health boards again!

Source:: John Robertson Reporting Scotland miss chance to celebrate Scotland’s poverty but expose our useless health boards again! (c) BBC: ‘Here’s to NHS Scotland in Crisis for Christmas!’ What happened tonight? BBC 1 at 6, lined them up with headlines such as ‘One in four are living in poverty’ and they let it pass. I know the Scottish figures were better with, for example, a significantly lower rate of child poverty and levels falling faster here. See, my report this morning: Against the odds: Evidence of how SNP policies have defended Scotland against a least some of Tory austerity… […]

Against the odds: Evidence of how SNP policies have defended Scotland against a least some of Tory austerity

Source:: John Robertson Against the odds: Evidence of how SNP policies have defended Scotland against a least some of Tory austerity   In a new report today from the Social Metrics Commission, ‘A new measure of poverty for the UK’, we can see that poverty is still a major problem for Scotland’s politicians but that, due to progressive Scottish Government policies, such as that compensating for the bedroom tax or for protecting the disabled, along with increased social housing provision, the overall situation in Scotland is significantly (in a statistical sense) better here. This is illustrated in Figure 37 […]

Is the BBC’s violent and troubled, but utterly loyal Scot, just a ‘natural’ choice for writers or is he deliberate propaganda for Better Together?

Source:: John Robertson Is the BBC’s violent and troubled, but utterly loyal Scot, just a ‘natural’ choice for writers or is he deliberate propaganda for Better Together? Yes, but is it keeping them loyal? Today in the Random Public Journal, Jason Michael writes under the headline, Bodyguard: The BBC and Soft Power, a fascinating piece on the BBC’s hit drama, The Bodyguard, and, in particular, its central character, a tough, violent and troubled ex-soldier, now a bodyguard, with ‘The Met’. Jason, perhaps, read sociology sometime after my own experience, in the 70s and, I think, at a time when […]

Herald headline distorts their own report to suggest that it should have read ‘No leading academic questions Scotland’s flagship free education policy’

Source:: John Robertson Herald headline distorts their own report to suggest that it should have read ‘No leading academic questions Scotland’s flagship free education policy’ NOTE: principals and senior academics are not necessarily ‘leading academics’. They are more educational managers motivated by income and the consequent increase in their salaries and bonuses. Leading academics are generally professors or the like who have done research into education. Neil Mackay, ‘Writer at large’ may not have written the headline. Indeed, it would be odd if he had. When you read on, you get a very different picture. I’ll leave the ‘Writer […]

England’s prison officers and mental health nurses, the ‘canaries’ first to show effects of poisonous Tory policies? ‘Not on our watch’ in Scotland

Source:: John Robertson England’s prison officers and mental health nurses, the ‘canaries’ first to show effects of poisonous Tory policies? ‘Not on our watch’ in Scotland © Prophecy Podcast We’ve seen the all-too-clear signs of a humanitarian crisis in the prisons of England and Wales. Funding cuts, privatisation and constant governmental interference have produced a flood of officers fleeing violence, drug-abuse, disease and escalating mental health problems. It’s not happening in Scotland’s largely state-run prisons where they’ve had ‘clarity and consistency of expectation and a consistent approach to funding.’ See this for more: Why are prison officers staying in […]

Why ‘smaller’ countries, like Scotland BUT independent, seem to do it ‘better’

Source:: John Robertson Why ‘smaller’ countries, like Scotland BUT independent, seem to do it ‘better’ © Energise 2.0 ‘Small countries behave with real seriousness of purpose.’ (World Economic Forum, 2012) ‘Britain is too big to run its diverse economy yet too small to manage external threats such as terrorism, organised crime, migration and pandemics.’ (Me, 21st C) I’ve been meaning to write something like this for some time and, who knows why, today became the day. I used to teach and research about what you might term ‘global media’ and that, unavoidably, led me to… Read the full […]

Knife crime offences rise to highest level since 2010 in England and Wales while they fall 64% in Scotland

Source:: John Robertson Knife crime offences rise to highest level since 2010 in England and Wales while they fall 64% in Scotland The Theresa Effect In the Independent today: ‘Knife crime has risen to the highest level since 2010 in England and Wales, new figures have revealed as police say stabbing investigations are being made harder by social media. In the year to June, more than 21,100 offences were dealt with by the criminal justice system, seeing perpetrators jailed, given community orders or cautioned. Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice showed around two thirds of offences are possession […]

NHS Scotland survives summer heatwave despite SNP failure to control London Met Office

Source:: John Robertson NHS Scotland survives summer heatwave despite SNP failure to control London Met Office In the Independent today: ‘August performance figures released by the NHS show that an unprecedented heatwave has meant no respite for emergency departments. The NHS has had its worst summer crisis on record, experts have warned, as the impact of thousands of cancelled non-urgent appointments in December and January has left hospitals with unprecedented waiting lists and little spare capacity to clear them before another winter rolls around.’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nhs-summer-crisis-worst-on-record-august-performance-data-a8536741.html The Scottish ‘heatwave’ doesn’t seem to have caused any comparable problems. I don’t… Read the […]

Scottish business confidence well above UK average

Source:: John Robertson Scottish business confidence well above UK average (c) Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Though second (only) to that in the West Midlands, business confidence in Scotland at 9.9 is well above the UK average of minus 0.2. Again, from that well-known to me, but not to the BBC, must-be Marxist-Nationalist, throbbing organ, Insider: ‘The latest ICAEW Business Confidence Monitor’s Scots score is one of the highest in the UK and is second only to that of the West Midlands. Business confidence in Scotland remains firmly positive in the third… Read the full article:: John Robertson Scottish business […]

‘Scottish oil and gas sales saw an 18.2% increase to £20billion in the last financial year.’ but we get diddley!

Source:: John Robertson ‘Scottish oil and gas sales saw an 18.2% increase to £20billion in the last financial year.’ but we get diddley! In Energy Voice yesterday: ‘New figures have been published by the Scottish Government showing a boost in sales for 2017-18, although production has dipped. The sales value is up by from £16.9bn in 2016-17 thanks to higher oil prices. Scotland accounted for 81% of the overall UK total, down from 82% the previous year. The majority of crude oil production took place in Scotland, meaning Scottish production of sales income was higher than the production 81% […]

High oil prices continue to weaken confidence in Scottish economy

Source:: John Robertson High oil prices continue to weaken confidence in Scottish economy From Energy Voice yesterday: ‘Brent crude traded near a two-month high as shrinking oil inventories pointed to an increasingly tight global market. Futures in London were up 0.5 percent after surging 2.2 percent on Tuesday. Industry data showed U.S. inventories slid 8.64 million barrels last week. West Texas Intermediate for October delivery rose as much as $1.31 to $70.16 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange and traded at $70.05 a barrel as of 1:44 p.m. London time.’ https://www.energyvoice.com/marketinfo/181483/brent-crude-hits-two-month-high-as-stockpiles-dwindle/… Read the full article:: John […]

Scotland in the Cursed ‘Gang of Four’ energy exporters

Source:: John Robertson Scotland in the Cursed ‘Gang of Four’ energy exporters In Europe, only Scotland, Norway, Estonia and Russia are net exporters of energy yet none of them are able to run their own affairs. No wait, it’s only Scotland that is too poor to do so unlike Ireland because it has a massive energy deficit. That’s it. Norway is independent despite its huge energy surplus weighing it down. No, wait, that’s wrong. I’m lost. Where are Murdo Fraser or Annie wells when you need them? And, why is Norway’s surplus… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

What’s happening to Talking-up Scotland?

Source:: John Robertson What’s happening to Talking-up Scotland? Scale: August 16 to September 14. I wonder, does BBC Scotland have anything to do with this boom? So, good news is liked by many, I’m told, but BBCbaaad is the thing!?   Read the full article:: John Robertson What’s happening to Talking-up Scotland?