The Tusker on the Radio: This Thursday 12:30pm

Source:: John Robertson The Tusker on the Radio: This Thursday 12:30pm The Tusker [Talking-up Scotland Collective] Caledon Media are a new collective determined to give a space for a new discussion on Scotland’s future. https://caledonmedia.scot/ After the server, based in Leamington Spa (!), went down last week, I gather all is well. Ill be on Thursday at 12.30pm. View original post Read the full article:: John Robertson The Tusker on the Radio: This Thursday 12:30pm

Nazi dentist’s astonishing fabrication to suggest Scotland’s covid-19 performance ‘not very different’

Source:: John Robertson Nazi dentist’s astonishing fabrication to suggest Scotland’s covid-19 performance ‘not very different’ https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/michael-white-on-the-talent-and-energy-for-the-brexit-and-union-battles-1-6769564 In the New European, Michael White of the Guardian writes: The painful fact is that both administrations look unimpressive from the outside and have done much in near lockstep during the pandemic, including the latest Spanish quarantine. Strip out England’s less populated regions along with the Highlands and Borders and the Covid casualty rates in dense urban areas and care homes won’t be very different. As I rebut the same lie day-after-day, it feels like I’m batting back balls… Read the full […]

BBC Scotland’s Disclosure team urged to take leading academic’s advice before they make a bottom of themselves again

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland’s Disclosure team urged to take leading academic’s advice before they make a bottom of themselves again The Tusker [Talking-up Scotland Collective] We may have caught them in time as there is no sign of this planned broadcast in the schedules for tonight. Readers will know that the Disclosure team has a bit of a record of gaffs like the time they followed the wrong lorry full of calves all the way to Spain. Anyhow, ‘The Care Home Scandal’ sounds a bit risky for them. I can see them listening to Jackson Carlaw and that […]

SNP Government success in suppressing covid-19 is very real but once more the Herald give space to these lies, from a Obituaries editor!

Source:: John Robertson SNP Government success in suppressing covid-19 is very real but once more the Herald give space to these lies, from a Obituaries editor! (c) Unherd.com ‘Andrew McKie is a political columnist for The Herald and former Obituaries editor of the Daily Telegraph.’ Described as a ‘Conservative voice‘ in David Torrance’s Whatever Happened to Tory Scotland (£0.99 in The Works, Ayr High Street), McKie is famous for his obituary of Roy Hudd, describing him as ‘a wide-ranging actor and comedian who was an expert on music hall and variety.’ Ah, I’m not going to read the full thing today. I’ll […]

Hors de Combat

Source:: John Robertson Hors de Combat The Rag-man’s Bugle It is common knowledge that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is a great admirer of Winston Churchill. He has written a biography of the wartime leader, and it is reputed that his relentless drive to become leader of the Conservative Party, and thus PM, has grown out of a desire to emulate the great man. Watching his daily press briefings during the current health crisis, I cannot help wondering whether, somewhere in his secret heart,… Read the full article:: John Robertson Hors de Combat

Is this real research or just a commercial activity?

Source:: John Robertson Is this real research or just a commercial activity? Herald and Dundee prof trumpet 0.02% drop. Our expert comment by stewartb at bottom of post. Warning: Heaveee! https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/02/27/is-this-real-research-or-just-a-commercial-activity/comment-page-1/#comment-3551 Talking-Up Scotland Collective In the Herald this morning: ‘SCOTTISH children are no longer the best at reading across the UK and Ireland – after being knocked off the top spot in a “stinging blow” toeducationleaders. The largest literacy study ever conducted in the UK, written by Professor Keith Topping from the University of Dundee, has revealed that Scottish pupils are now… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

Fireworks as leading researcher watches third misuse of research in one morning to report Scotland down

Source:: John Robertson Fireworks as leading researcher watches third misuse of research in one morning to report Scotland down I’d just finished reporting on BBC Scotland’s misrepresentation on research on business confidence and on wildlife decline when Sally McNair said: It follows mounting public concern about irresponsible use [of fireworks] including emergency services. My not always reliable recall immediately said ‘No, fib!’ I had a quick search and found this from November 2018 Now if there is mounting concern about the irresponsible use of fireworks, I’d like to see a source. BBC editorial guidelines require one. However, even if… […]

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 […]