Bogdan tells Boris to rein-in the Jocks! The man who taught David Cameron everything calls SNP policies ‘regressive!’

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In the Times yesterday:

One of Britain’s leading constitutional experts has said that greater devolution is the “last thing Scotland needs” and claimed that education and health reforms have failed north of the border. Vernon Bogdanor, a professor of government at King’s College London, urged Boris Johnson to prevent the SNP’s “regressive” health and education policies from dragging down the UK economy. He called on Mr Johnson to resist the urge to “devolve and forget” and spend more time challenging the Scottish government’s record.

Some people will read and believe this drivel from a supposed intellectual, so if this rebuttal hits at least one them with the truth my time is well spent.

First, on education reforms, the SNP move to deny private schools tax exemption as charities, lies at the root of his criticism. Also, did Vernon tutor some of the folk at Tory think-tank, Reform Scotland? Here’s what I offered their Education ‘expert’, Keir Bloomer:

‘It’s guff that Scottish education is terrible’ Scottish education directors publish dossier in bid to challenge the narrative of failure in Scottish education

What does data really say about Scotland’s curriculum? Some analysis of Scotland’s curriculum is ‘meaningless’ – there isn’t enough evidence to gauge impact, say researchers

And, from TuS:

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

Second, on health reforms, how about just these:

In 2018/19 NHS Scotland A&E outstripped all other parts of UK despite English figures being fiddled

Best wishes to NHS Scotland! Here’s the evidence it’s easily the best in the UK and one of the best in the World

Health Secretary photographed as NHS Scotland Cancer Treatment 95% target is met

Third, on dragging down the UK economy, how about these:

Scotland: 8% of the population but more than 13% of the exports and soaring!

8% of the population 29% of food and drink exports: Scotland ‘dominant force behind UK international trade in agriculture and food products’

8% of the population but 62% of the fish landings: How will we survive?

83% Increase in Electricity Transfers FROM Scotland TO England & Wales missed by our NoMedia


Finally, what did the Emeritus Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, mean by regressive? He meant regression to that post-war consensus on improving the quality of life for all, which we do see a return to in many of the SNP policies which most of us welcome, interrupted by Thatcher and her successors to produce, now, one of the most unequal societies in the developed world.

One rests one’s case.

John Robertson, Naemeritus Fellow of Grazednose College, Paisley


Published by johnrobertson834

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

11 thoughts on “Bogdan tells Boris to rein-in the Jocks! The man who taught David Cameron everything calls SNP policies ‘regressive!’

  1. This is clearly the political narrative now coming from England’s establishment.
    Devolution has failed,the Scottish government are a disaster,Westminster needs to take back control over Scotland so that we can “benefit” from privatisation of public services as seen south of our border.
    I doubt the majority of Scots will agree with this but it gives BoJo and his junta the excuse they need to invade the Sudetenland.

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  2. It is coming thick and fast now isn’t it, all these so called experts are being called in to rubbish Scotland and the SNP on a daily basis now , they must be becoming deranged at the thought of us leaving them to look after themselves . Now when was it we had this kind of guff before ? , oh , I remember , it was 2014 , around September time . Fool me once more fool me , fool me twice more fool you , go peddle your Unionist rubbish elsewhere , no-one is conned any more ! .

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  3. It’s high time that Scottish media was given the task of informing the Scottish people of this scandalous misinformation project and took it upon themselves to regularly publish the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth 🤔


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