WRONG! NO EVIDENCE but Prof Pennington is prepared to say anything to damage those threatening his precious Union

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The Scotsman headline is completely inaccurate and misleading as well as, once more implying direct responsibility, for any event in a Scottish hospital, to the SNP Health Secretary.

Let me be clear.

Not one of the much-publicised deaths of children and babies in Scottish hospitals has been BECAUSE of an infection. They have all died BECAUSE of prematurity or of a cancer, and an infection, PERHAPS hospital acquired, may have been a contributory factor.

None of the infections discovered has been proven to have come from the water supply in the hospitals.

Until, the recent case of the boy on the hospital floor, coverage of which now threatens the BBC licence fee, no other case of deaths due to hospital failures has been blamed by the English media on politicians.

The official report does not suggest evidence that taps were not being flushed but only that records of such were not always kept. That’s not the same thing.

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The source of the headlines blaming staff is not the official report but only in the comments of the aging long-retired, arch-Unionist, Professor Hugh Pennington, Scotland’s only bacteriologist, apparently. Pennington is a founding member of Scotland Matters, a pressure group campaigning against Scottish independence. This is never disclosed.

Published by johnrobertson834

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

7 thoughts on “WRONG! NO EVIDENCE but Prof Pennington is prepared to say anything to damage those threatening his precious Union

  1. He just loves to dish the dirt , any dirt from any source that defames the SNP on health, thinks he is some sort of authority , time he took up knitting , of course he has a willing partner in the BBC in Scotland, sooner Broadcasting Scotland becomes our main go -to broadcaster these lies will prevail .!

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  2. He does – no doubt about that. But by through the work he has done, through his training, through his experience of academic life (ok, that’s a bit optimistic!) he should not only know better, but this kind of behaviour should be foreign to him. Something he just would not do.
    Nor, sadly, is he the only one. Just as bad, maybe worse, is Professor Emerita Jill Stephenson whose Twitter stream (https://witter.com/2351onthelist – History Woman) really does need to be read to be believed, not only for its occasional vile content and utter prejudice, but for its casual lies, the capacity to start from the conclusion and then work back. The classic, that I always recall was, when she was elected in 2015, Stephenson described Mhairi Black as that “vile little slut”.
    Stephenson has disgraced herself so much that I doubt even the BBC would use her, but the problem is as you point out this is not true about Pennington.

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  3. Pennington has been expressing his peculiar form of scientific knowledge for a lot of years now. And unfortunately, since he’s paraded as an expert, people believe him. Oh, and he’s also been the Sunday Post’s go-to ‘expert’!


  4. Hi John, I thought you might be interested in this reply from BBC regarding reporting on Glasgow Hospital makes you weep..

    While we note your comments regarding how you’ve interpreted recent reporting – we assume, with your reference to “SHS”, that you refer to reporting regarding Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital – and how you perceive BBC Scotland’s coverage of respective (political) “parties”, we can assure you that our reporting is conducted in accordance with the BBC’s Editorial – and, in this period, the BBC’s Election – Guidelines irrespective of the parties, organisations or institutions involved. Any suggestion to the contrary is without foundation.

    Impartiality is a core value of the BBC, one reason why we believe our news coverage is trusted and respected around the world, and we apply this principle to our reporting of all issues.

    Trusted and respected round the world but not In Scotland they really do take us for fools.


  5. Is there No way of hitting back/refuting these lies. Where is the SNHS on this, How I wish Scot Gov had renamed it SHS when the SNP took full control of Gov. And of course not just this area, All the constant lies.


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