Reporting Scotland Down, down, deeper and down

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Confident about the Scottish economy? Wait till you hear this?

Seconds after hearing from the SNP conference, of confidence in the Scottish economy, those guardians of the status quo (get it?) were talking Scotland down, down, deeper and down as they found what they wanted you to hear in the Royal Bank of Scotland PMI for September, released today:

Off they went with:

‘Manufacturing firms in Scotland suffered a sharp drop in output last month, and a steeper decline in new orders, according to new figures.’

Here’s the phrase they extracted that from:

‘Sectors diverged, as a marginal expansion in the service sector was undermined by a sharp fall in manufacturing output.’

Here’s how the actual report opened:

‘According to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland PMI®, business activity was unchanged in September, following three months of growth.’

They didn’t mention that. Remember a three-month trend is bit short for statisticians but a one-month trend is not a trend at all.

Reporting Scotland Down then went on to say that output was at a ‘standstill’ in September with ‘weak growth across service sector firms.’

There is no mention of ‘standstill’ , ‘unchanged’ was used and ‘weak’ is used but not for service sector.

https://www.markiteconomics.com/Public/Home/PressRelease/3fdcd75fb0a4479fa12d841153fa1095

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

2 thoughts on “Reporting Scotland Down, down, deeper and down

  1. Also repeatedly broadcast on GMS . The negative propaganda continues , you would think by now , Gary Roberson , Hallie Miller and all their sidekicks would have complained to their commander in chief about having to constantly read out and promote these Scotland down stories, but no , they go with it wholeheartedly!

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    1. Last night I returned from a long weekend, mercifully free of internet connections, radio and TV and newspapers and turned on the midnight news on Radio 3 to hear the headlines. The opening piece, clearly written by Downing St was an optimistic piece about a likely EU deal, which if rejected by Parliament will lead to the invoking of the INFAMOUS 9sic) Benn Act.

      By the morning bulletins, this reference had vanished and the ‘narrative’ was a bit more equivocal.

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