How to get fair coverage of Scottish politics. Read a slightly left-of-centre English newspaper

Source:: John Robertson How to get fair coverage of Scottish politics. Read a slightly left-of-centre English newspaper (c) Guardian.com ‘Future-proofed against austerity: new Scottish social security system’ Can you imagine that headline in the Herrod or the Hootsman? Remember the speech marks are mine and were not in the original. The writer means it literally and they are right behind it. Positive and without a hint of an ‘ah but’ to come, this was the Observer’s headline yesterday for a report on the Scottish Government setting up an independent body that will check to make sure any… Read […]

Does this first-generation hipster’s one-man blog get more readers than new-hipster David Torrance?

Source:: John Robertson Does this first-generation hipster’s one-man blog get more readers than new-hipster David Torrance? Kermit, how do you know I’ve been listening to Emmylou Harris more than Miles Davis? The shirt gives it away? Only very serious and respectful readers should continue! (c) heraldscotland.com I should say at the outset that I’m having a bit of fun with this. I don’t really have the data to really prove that the answer to my headline is definitely ‘yes’, but things are happening which suggest it may not be so far off and whacky an idea… Read the […]

300 renewable energy jobs boom for North of Scotland expected at Nigg Energy Park

Source:: John Robertson 300 renewable energy jobs boom for North of Scotland expected at Nigg Energy Park (c) gegroup.com This looks like very good news for the area around the Nigg Energy Park in the Cromarty Firth which has lost many jobs in the past. According to Energy Voice yesterday: ‘A jobs boom could see 300 jobs created at Nigg Energy Park in the Cromarty Firth if ambitious plans to diversify from the oil and gas industry to offshore renewables are given the green light. Global Energy aims to expand the oil fabrication yard to enable it… Read […]

3-year high for Scottish oil as it stays near $70 per barrel for third week

Source:: John Robertson 3-year high for Scottish oil as it stays near per barrel for third week (c) thetimes.co.uk According to Energy Voice on Friday, the Brent price for March sales is £69.37 after breaking through the $70 price on 12th January. See: Scottish oil crashes through $70 per barrel figure. Time to reap this fortune and to remind BBC Scotland News? This comes as predictions are repeated that prices will rise further as demand soars in Asia and US stockpiles fall faster than expected. See: Second prediction that Scottish oil may rise beyond $70 per barrel to… Read […]

Moray business park could create 4000 jobs

Source:: Northern Scot Moray business park could create 4000 jobs THE new Elgin Business Park could see up to 4000 jobs created in the area in the next 10 years. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Moray business park could create 4000 jobs

Is 38 Degrees now part of the Unionist propaganda machine?

Source:: John Robertson Is 38 Degrees now part of the Unionist propaganda machine? Is 38 Degrees now part of the Unionist propaganda machine? I’ve signed many of the petitions raised by 38 Degrees. I had thought them a highly praiseworthy and trustworthy organisation, until now. However, their latest ‘Scotland’s NHS needs our help’ campaign has a bad smell about it. That smell comes clearly from the nature of the sources they use but, given their choice of sources, I’ beginning to wonder if something is rotten deeper in the organisation. Here’s the email… Read the full article:: John […]

Scotland’s offshore wind electricity generation capacity could be five times greater by 2030

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s offshore wind electricity generation capacity could be five times greater by 2030 (c) offshorewind.biz A report by Aurora Energy Research, in Insider, for the whole of the UK suggests: ‘Offshore wind capacity could increase five-fold by the 2030s, cutting carbon emissions and saving on consumer bills, analysis suggests. The step change in the amount of wind turbines in the seas around Britain’s coasts could be achieved with contracts that by 2025 are effectively zero-subsidy.’ https://www.insider.co.uk/news/offshore-wind-projects-2018-predictions-11868267 We already know that subsidy costs for renewables generally are falling fast and below those of other… Read the […]

Moray parking fines to increase

Source:: Northern Scot Moray parking fines to increase DRIVERS are being warned to make sure they pay for parking in Moray after it was agreed fines should increase. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Moray parking fines to increase

Scottish Chambers of Commerce survey suggests 2018 will be a good year for the Scottish Economy

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Chambers of Commerce survey suggests 2018 will be a good year for the Scottish Economy Though apparently accepting the meaningfulness of those useless GDP estimates, a survey of Scottish businesses carried out for the SCC gives cause for optimism in the year ahead. Here’s what they said without providing any detail: ‘The cause of such optimism? The Scottish Chambers of Commerce quarterly economic indicator. It is suggesting that the nation’s businesses are coping admirably in the face of much uncertainty (for uncertainty, read Brexit). Among the sectors providing much optimism are manufacturing, financial and business… […]

SNP Gooood report on BBC Scotland News website is unbalanced without comment from Murdo Fraser

Source:: John Robertson SNP Gooood report on BBC Scotland News website is unbalanced without comment from Murdo Fraser Once more, the BBC Scotland website presents good news without the usual sting in the tail from Murdo Fraser or Jackie Baillie. A presumably unsupervised young webmaster still to do the SNPBaaad staff development module produces a factual piece I can’t complain about, writing: ‘Holyrood is taking on responsibility for a raft of social security powers including disability living allowance. The Scottish government is to amend its social security legislation to give people the right to have someone with them… […]

Speyside in running for BBC award

Source:: Northern Scot Speyside in running for BBC award SPEYSIDE could win the title of holiday destination of the year for BBC’s Countryfile magazine, after being shorlisted to the top five. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Speyside in running for BBC award

Energy event to help reduce bills

Source:: Northern Scot Energy event to help reduce bills ADVICE on how to reduce household energy bills is being offered up. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Energy event to help reduce bills

European visitors increase spending in Scotland by 24 times the increase in the UK as a whole!

Source:: John Robertson European visitors increase spending in Scotland by 24 times the increase in the UK as a whole! (c) Daily Record From gov.scot yesterday and perhaps linked to my previous piece on record investment in Scottish hotels last year and under the headline: ‘20% more visitors from Europe choosing to come to Scotland.’ we read: ‘The latest statistics show the number of overseas tourists coming to Scotland has increased by 15% in one year – driven by a substantial rise in European visitors. Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show 20% more visitors […]

Forget, GERs and GDP, Scottish hotel investment soars by 60% in one year!

Source:: John Robertson Forget, GERs and GDP, Scottish hotel investment soars by 60% in one year! (c) hoteldirect.co.uk Reported in Insider yesterday, a survey by Savills revealed a massive £195 million investment in 2017. All of Scotland’s cities recorded increases with Edinburgh accounting for 64% of the total. This makes Edinburgh the second largest ‘target city’ outside of London pushing Birmingham out of that position. Overseas investors accounted for £57.4 million of the total and, notably, invested seven times the 2016 figure. This is a major change. Increases in tourism will be a factor in this… Read the […]

66.6% of Scots support an income tax rise which 70% won’t pay, says Shropshire Star

Source:: John Robertson 66.6% of Scots support an income tax rise which 70% won’t pay, says Shropshire Star Unable to access the Herald or Times subscription-restricted sites and with YouGov not publishing its survey results yet, I rely on the Shropshire Times for this. I could have used the Scotsman, but I was feeling queasy at the time. Under the headline: ‘More than half of Scots support income tax rise, poll says’ we read that 54% supported the tax increases proposed by the Scottish Government, 27 % opposed it and 19% were ‘don’t knows’. Women were more supportive… […]