As the IEA gets a doing today, remember Reporting Scotland’s fondness for such ‘independent’ think-tanks in 2014?

Source:: John Robertson As the IEA gets a doing today, remember Reporting Scotland’s fondness for such ‘independent’ think-tanks in 2014? On BBC Politics Live today, Mark Little, Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs looked as if he might burst a blood vessel as their interviewer pushed him to reveal who funds the IEA. They showed secret film of him boasting of his access to politicians and evidence of donations from the extreme right in the USA. Another two men representing The Taxpayer’s Alliance and the Academy of Ideas promptly went beetroot-red too. Hiding something gentlemen? It’s worth […]

Regulation alone won’t be enough to rid us of fake news

Source:: The National Regulation alone won’t be enough to rid us of fake news AFTER the year-long inquiry into fake news, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee released its report yesterday. Among the suite of recommendations including a compulsory code of ethics for tech companies and the reform of current electoral laws, the MPs have called for stricter regulation of Facebook to quell the spread of disinformation. Read the full article:: The National Regulation alone won’t be enough to rid us of fake news

Labour split sees calls for Scottish independence grow

Source:: The National Labour split sees calls for Scottish independence grow THE “chaos” at Westminster which saw seven Labour MPs quit their party yesterday may “intensify” the independence debate, according to the boss of an influential think tank. Read the full article:: The National Labour split sees calls for Scottish independence grow

It’s crunch time for the SNP: We need indyref2

Source:: The National It’s crunch time for the SNP: We need indyref2 WE are governed by a legislature in Westminster which holds that it is infinitely worse to say that a flat-out liar is a liar than it is to tell big fat lies in the first place. This pretty much sums up everything that is wrong with British politics. Theresa May regularly stands up before the House of Commons and performs a riff which has even less truth content than a vegan bridie has meat, but don’t you dare call her… Read the full article:: The National […]

BBC boss rejects Question Time 'bias' and addresses new Scottish show

Source:: The National BBC boss rejects Question Time ‘bias’ and addresses new Scottish show THE director of BBC Scotland has admitted that the Scottish version of Question Time can’t afford to tour the country. Read the full article:: The National BBC boss rejects Question Time ‘bias’ and addresses new Scottish show

Here’s why the success of Orkney has lessons for the rest of Scotland

Source:: The National Here’s why the success of Orkney has lessons for the rest of Scotland WE learned last week that Orkney had been judged the best place to live in the UK for its stunning scenery, affordable housing and high quality of life with full employment, top-ranking education, absence of crime and healthy outdoor pursuits. Read the full article:: The National Here’s why the success of Orkney has lessons for the rest of Scotland

First Minister to hit out at UK Government in French Parliament speech

Source:: The National First Minister to hit out at UK Government in French Parliament speech THE UK Government’s aim to end freedom of movement after Brexit is a “self-defeating” measure, according to Nicola Sturgeon. Read the full article:: The National First Minister to hit out at UK Government in French Parliament speech

‘Chuck your money at us’ say Labour breakaway MPs and Scottish Labour should pay attention

Source:: John Robertson ‘Chuck your money at us’ say Labour breakaway MPs and Scottish Labour should pay attention The new Labour breakaway MPs are well-placed to claim the kind of economic competence voters think Jeremy Corbyn lacks. In 2014/15, likely future leader, Chuka Umunna, had Parliament’s most costly staff at £169, 469 per year and came sixth in personal expenses at £192, 170. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mps-expenses-live-updates-shameless-6416109 In 2009, Angela Smith claimed for four beds to install in her new one-bedroom flat in London and spent £11 000 setting the flat up. That’s the kind of entrepreneurship the UK sorely needs.… […]

Lochhead blames Westminster for allowing banks to abandon Lossie

Source:: Northern Scot Lochhead blames Westminster for allowing banks to abandon Lossie MORAY’S MSP is complaining that the UK Government has not intervened to save the last remaining bank branch in Lossiemouth. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Lochhead blames Westminster for allowing banks to abandon Lossie

New Scottish teachers 8 times more likely to stay than those in Tory England

Source:: John Robertson New Scottish teachers 8 times more likely to stay than those in Tory England In the Independent today: ‘Nearly three in five teachers in only their first year in the profession are already not convinced that they will stay in teaching – and rising mental health problems are partly to blame, research finds. The survey, of more than 275 teachers in their first year of teaching, by a Leeds Beckett University academic, found that only 43 per cent have definite plans to stay in the profession long-term.’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/teachers-recruitment-shortages-mental-health-nqts-trainees-workload-a8779966.html In a Times Education Scotland article… Read […]

Scotland’s national airline, Loganair, steps in to save flights to Bristol, Oslo and Esbjerg

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s national airline, Loganair, steps in to save flights to Bristol, Oslo and Esbjerg Six cabin crew and me the only passenger! Did I dream that? From Insider today: ‘Regional (sic) airline Loganair has said it will take over some services provided by flybmi . Loganair will operate flights from Aberdeen to Bristol, Oslo and Esbjerg from March 4 – describing this as a “significant expansion” of its Aberdeen base.’ https://www.insider.co.uk/news/loganair-take-over-flybmi-flights-14013585 When I say Scotland’s favourite, I mean my favourite. I flew several times to Shetland in the 90s to deliver IT in-service for teachers. My… Read […]

No reports in NHS Scotland of ‘Mental health patients at risk of suicide discharged from NHS without adequate support’

Source:: John Robertson No reports in NHS Scotland of ‘Mental health patients at risk of suicide discharged from NHS without adequate support’ This report in today’s Independent is mostly anecdotal so may or may not be a sign of a real crisis developing:  ‘The Independent has heard from patients who say their mental health has deteriorated because of the discharge process, which has left them feeling powerless and damaged their faith in services meant to keep them safe. Others grappling with addiction issues have been ejected from inpatient care and told to get clean before the NHS is able to […]

Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy 'disinformation'

Source:: The National Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy ‘disinformation’ SCOTTISH Tories in Aberdeenshire have been accused of selling “disingenuous slogans” to the public over their campaigning against the car park tax. Read the full article:: The National Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy ‘disinformation’

SNP hit out at Tories over 'migrant hunting' in public services and private firms

Source:: The National SNP hit out at Tories over ‘migrant hunting’ in public services and private firms THE SNP have called for transparency over reports the Home Office is ramping up its “hostile environment” strategy by attempting to embed immigration officials in public services such as the NHS and local authorities, as well as private firms, as part of an “enhanced checking service”. Read the full article:: The National SNP hit out at Tories over ‘migrant hunting’ in public services and private firms

BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row

Source:: The National BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row THE BBC has bowed to pressure to provide viewers with information about abortion after being criticised following a row sparked by an episode of Call The Midwife. Read the full article:: The National BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row