Credit: Alan Peebles
UK Select 4 Scotland 1

Nicola Sturgeon said: “75% of Scotland’s electricity comes from renewables.”

Reality Check: This is true, but only one part of the picture.

Other parts of the picture are the selected facts that heating and transport use much less renewable energy and that the WWF has criticised SG policies for not ‘being enough to meet Scotland’s future climate targets.’

It’s grudging but, hey, as long as they apply the same kind of approach ot the others this might be fair.

Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said: “Now as we come out of austerity with the best growth rate, one of the best growth rates in Europe”.

Reality Check: In the second quarter of this year, the UK had the economic lowest growth rate in Europe, according to the European statistics body.

So, that will be ‘Not true at all?’ A big fib from the Tories who’d have thought?

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said: “In Scotland one in four children are living in poverty and what’s worse is of those children, two out of three of them live in a household where at least one adult is in work.”

Reality Check: These numbers are correct. The Scottish government publishes a sub-set of the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) statistics – the most widely-used way to estimate the number of children in poverty.

Yes but that’s only part of the picture isn’t it? Why are there so many children in poverty? If you don’t answer that, many readers will think the SNP Government must be to blame. Who else? The fact checkers don’t tell us but many of us can smell the elephant in the room:

Tories should bear the shame that child poverty in Britain is the new normal

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/16/tories-children-poverty-britain-austerity

‘Cruel’ Tory welfare cuts to blame for poor families going hungry, damning report [Human Rights Watch] says

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/government-and-public-sector/policy-making/news/103950/cruel-tory-welfare-cuts-blame-poor

They do mention that child poverty is lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK, explain that this is in part due to more cheaper housing costs, but then inexplicably seem to be suggesting that this is nothing to do with political actions by, say, the Scottish Government, which of course it is:

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/11/05/on-new-affordable-housing-boris-its-tories-nil-snp-thousands/

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/09/07/scotland-pushes-further-ahead-of-uk-on-affordable-housing/

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: “The Scottish government has been in charge for twelve years, and during that time mental health services and their waits have got longer”

Reality Check: Waits for children’s mental health services have increased, although an 18-week target was only established at the end of 2014 and comparative data is not available going back to when the SNP took power in 2007.

So, a Lib Dem lie? Again? There have of course been worsening figures in percentage terms as demand soars, but more children have been seen within target times and once more, the rest of the picture, such as the crisis in NHS England, seems not to matter here.

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/09/03/increases-in-number-of-children-seen-by-mental-health-services-within-target-time-in-2019/

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/12/06/patients-with-mental-illnesses-are-left-languishing-for-months-on-hidden-waiting-lists-in-england-but-no-heads-need-roll/

BBC Scotland Fact-check: ‘Looked at the claims they made during the debate.’

Reality Check: They did ‘look’ at the claims but they failed to use consistent standards.