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In the Herrod today, this delightful bawl of confusion:

‘IT can be readily conceded that the SNP performed somewhat better in the General Election earlier this month. It is fairly obvious to many that such a result was largely attributable to what one can describe as a Brexit bounce rather than an endorsement of the SNP’s stellar performance in the devolutionary governance of Scotland. For confirmation of that let us consider, for example, a few headlines in The Herald from this current month: December 3, “International tests see record low results for Scottish school pupils”; December 6, “Outgoing Police Scotland watchdog calls for better scrutiny”, not more”; December 19, “A shocking failure of lifeline services”; December 19, “Questions remain over hospital building failures says watchdog”; December 19, “Services tackling homelessness in Scotland ‘broken beyond repair ;” December 20, “Recruiting GPs requires urgent attention”; December 20, “Holyrood launches probe into ferries fiasco as yard costs to double”.

‘The SNP performed somewhat better.’ I loved that one but, seriously folks, look at that list. The writer believes that these are true in some way. Really. Needless to say, they were all the usual highly selective distortions constructed cynically or ideologically to attract readers. For confirmation of that let us consider, for example, a few headlines based on actual evidence, in Talking-up Scotland:

Eight years of steady improvement in outcomes for Scotland’s schoolchildren leaving non-Scottish parts well behind?

Shock rise in Police Scotland satisfaction rate but Herald’s editorial guidelines lead to anything else

Reporting Scotland Up reveals Scotland’s hospitals cleanest in UK as Norovirus reports halve here but double there

Homelessness under SNP falls dramatically but surges under UK Tories

Scottish GP headcount climbs for 3rd quarter in a row, is younger and more numerous than in England.

As for the ferry fiasco:

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