SNP Government to fund frontline efforts to help hardcore of street homeless while Ruth Davidson goes from baking show to celebrity list membership games and our media rats sniff the sewer air for SNP-bad aroma

Source:: John Robertson SNP Government to fund frontline efforts to help hardcore of street homeless while Ruth Davidson goes from baking show to celebrity list membership games and our media rats sniff the sewer air for SNP-bad aroma (c) PA Once more, the Scottish Government acts to help the most vulnerable in our society in a way utterly alien to the thinking of Tories in England or Scotland. Ruth Davidson’s Boris-like, bullishness may have got her into a list of the supposed influential in British society, but she has no influence on matters of real concern in a modern […]

Another little difference that tells us something: SNP to improve disability terms for terminally ill.

Source:: John Robertson Another little difference that tells us something: SNP to improve disability terms for terminally ill. (c) nen-press See this, from the Scottish Government, yesterday: ‘A new amendment has been tabled to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill, which would remove any time qualification for people who are terminally ill. Current UK legislation for disability benefits and Universal Credit specifies that the definition of terminal illness is someone likely to die within 6 months. Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman has put forward an amendment to ensure that it will be entirely down to the clinical judgement of… […]

Nanny State? Average speed cameras, Jeremy Clarkson and the Scottish Tories

Source:: John Robertson Nanny State? Average speed cameras, Jeremy Clarkson and the Scottish Tories (c) Edinburgh University, Salisbury Studio Theatre, Daily Telegraph Back in January 2017, Jeremy Clarkson, raged against the denial of his freedom to speed, after the installation of the average speed camera system, on Scotland’s most dangerous road, the A9. It’s that kind of Toad of Toad Hall, Libertarian / Right-wing thinking Clarkson specialises in. In November that same year, the Scottish Conservative, MSP Liam Kerr, presumably their Boy Racer Spokesman, featured in the Evening Express, questioning their value on the… Read the full article:: […]

Poxy Unionist media unfairly attack NHS in proxy war against SNP

Source:: John Robertson Poxy Unionist media unfairly attack NHS in proxy war against SNP   Rennie and Bennie (c) Heathcare Times and Scottish Sun As Willie Rennie is reported to be joining his own campaign to have the Health Secretary sacked and as the three Unionist party’s reform their unholy trinity with the Tories who have single-handedly reduced NHS England to humanitarian crisis (no speech marks required), BBC Scotland and the ever-loyal Herald have launched another NHS attack using the unverified and partisan impressions of a trades unionist. Here are the headlines: ‘BBC Scotland:… Read the full article:: […]

Pressure on Herald editor to resign over misrepresentation of NHS successes as Health Secretary is nominated for award as most successful in UK

Source:: John Robertson Pressure on Herald editor to resign over misrepresentation of NHS successes as Health Secretary is nominated for award as most successful in UK Today, the Herald headlined with ‘Pressure on Shona Robison to resign over NHS ‘failures’’ As far as I can see the only ‘failure’ by the Health Secretary, Shona Robison, relates to ‘failures’ at NHS Tayside. As for the pressure, it seems to be only coming from one or two ‘opposition’ MSPs. I see no sign of a petition by thousands of angry patients and relatives. I see no sign of protest outside her […]

‘Beast from the East’ fails to slow pace of construction in Scotland but causes havoc across UK?

Source:: John Robertson ‘Beast from the East’ fails to slow pace of construction in Scotland but causes havoc across UK? ‘Snow causing havoc for construction sites across UK’ (Building Specifier, March 2nd 2018) From ‘Insider’ today: Construction workloads remained resilient despite bad weather in the first quarter of this year, according to a survey published today. The results of the RICS Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey for Scotland found that in the first three months of 2018, 11 per cent more chartered surveyors reported that workloads had risen, not fallen. While 67 per cent of respondents across the UK […]

Investment rises as Scottish firms report confidence in growth for 2018

Source:: John Robertson Investment rises as Scottish firms report confidence in growth for 2018 Based on a survey by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and the Fraser of Allander ‘Institute’, reported in Insider today, it seems companies are reporting increasing levels of investment in both training and capital projects. Even, Professor Graeme Roy director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, seems unable to do a convincing ‘ah but’ and can only remind us that things were less good in the past: ‘Whilst weak business investment has been a feature of Scotland’s economy in recent… Read the full article:: […]

£13.8 million in support for bereaved families from……? BBC Scotland, who is it from? Could it be from the Scottish Government? Don’t want to say?

Source:: John Robertson £13.8 million in support for bereaved families from……? BBC Scotland, who is it from? Could it be from the Scottish Government? Don’t want to say? Reported in a BBC Breakfast insert by BBC Scotland, this morning, we heard that: ‘Victim Support Scotland will receive £14 million’ but we don’t hear who it’s from. There’s time for more detail, including an interview with the mother of Moira Jones who was murdered in 2008, but no mention of the generous donor. Could it be from St Theresa of Baghdad or the lottery fund, I wonder? I did a […]

World’s largest tidal power array comes on line in Pentland Firth and is ‘a triumph of public policy’ due to Scottish Government support

Source:: John Robertson World’s largest tidal power array comes on line in Pentland Firth and is ‘a triumph of public policy’ due to Scottish Government support (c) newcivilengineer.com In Climate Action, today: ‘This achievement is a triumph of public policy and a demonstration of what can be achieved when government and the private sector roll their sleeves up and decide to create a whole new industry together.’ (Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis) Cornelius is referring to the MeyGen tidal array of four 1.5 megawatt turbines in the reliably choppy waters of the Pentland Firth. It’s already the largest such […]

17% increase in visits to Scotland’s historic attractions with massive Outlander effect

Source:: John Robertson 17% increase in visits to Scotland’s historic attractions with massive Outlander effect Historic Environment Scotland manages 300 sites across the country. Overall, there has been a significant 17% increase on 2016/17 in the 2017/18 figures passing the 5 million mile-stone. Within this however, there have been even more dramatic increases from some countries and to certain attractions. Visits from North America went up by 27% and 19% respectively. This has been attributed to Outlander. The top ten sites are: Site Visitor Numbers % increase Year on Year Edinburgh Castle 2,082,048 15% Stirling… Read the full […]

The Power of Early Morning Nightmares: Waking up to BBC Scotland and learning to fear an independent future: 18th April 2018

Source:: John Robertson The Power of Early Morning Nightmares: Waking up to BBC Scotland and learning to fear an independent future: 18th April 2018 http://www.shutterstock.com/ For an introduction to this series of media-monitoring reports, see: https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/2018/04/16/the-power-of-early-morning-nightmares-waking-up-to-bbc-scotland-and-learning-to-fear-an-independent-future-16th-april-2018/ There were five reports covered with, typically, four in each insert. Coding from the table is in parentheses: First, we heard of a BBC investigation which found that men outnumber women among the ranks of Scotland’s top-earning senior doctors. Though no direct accusation of failure was levelled, this report contributes to a negative image of both NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government (1, […]

Scottish Government announces £250 000 severe weather fund for Scottish Farmers

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Government announces £250 000 severe weather fund for Scottish Farmers (c) Farmers Guardian From the news.gov.scot site today: ‘A package of support for farmers and crofters to help address the impact of recent extreme and adverse weather has been announced by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing. This includes a new £250,000 fund to help farmers offset the cost of retrieving fallen livestock. The Scottish Government-appointed expert weather panel recognised that recent severe weather had caused a rise in the number of sheep and cattle deaths on farms across Scotland, and… Read the full article:: […]

Bunch of cowboys and hypocrites, Scotland’s mainstream journos?

Source:: John Robertson Bunch of cowboys and hypocrites, Scotland’s mainstream journos? Some facts re Cambridge Analytica: An external consultant for the SNP had one meeting concluding they were a bunch of cowboys and rejected them The Conservative party had meetings with them in 2016 Several major Conservative party donors have invested in them SCL, the parent company of Cambridge Analytica, has been run by a chairman of the Oxford Conservative Association There’s no story here with regard to the SNP but there’s a real opportunity for investigative journalism if any of… Read the full article:: John Robertson Bunch […]

Scottish universities at cutting edge on crop technology

Source:: John Robertson Scottish universities at cutting edge on crop technology (c) UWS In Insider today: ‘A new imaging system to increase crop yield is led by Glasgow firm Wideblue and brings together top brains from University of the West of Scotland, University of Strathclyde, the James Hutton Institute. The team’s HSI system, manufactured by Wideblue, uses UWS-designed ‘linear variable optical filters’ to disperse light reflecting from plants into specific wavelengths and colours. A new type of imaging system for use in agriculture, designed to be less expensive than existing technology… Read the full article:: John Robertson Scottish […]

BBC Scotland talks-down the Scottish economy: Bias by omission, language choices and a Rev IM Jolly delivery

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland talks-down the Scottish economy: Bias by omission, language choices and a Rev IM Jolly delivery (c) BBC BBC Scotland and the Insider business magazine both reported on the Bank of Scotland’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI), issued two days ago. Here’s what Insider chose to emphasise: ‘Private sector output expands at fastest pace in five months. Scottish private sector companies ended the first quarter of 2018 with a renewed increase in output, according to the Bank of Scotland. The bank’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) revealed that higher business activity was underpinned by a moderate rise […]