The Blame Game begins: BBC Scotland blurs the lines to imply ...

From sam:

“In the psychology of human behavior, denialism is a person’s choice to deny reality as a way to avoid a psychologically uncomfortable truth. Denialism is an essentially irrational action that withholds the validation of a historical experience or event, when a person refuses to accept an empirically verifiable reality.”

That is from Wiki.


This is from The Nine  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000lrlv/the-nine-13082020


James Cook refers to problems with landslips that are raised in 2014 and 2019. He asked Michael Matheson what action did the Scottish government take on it. Mr Matheson said in reply that mitigation efforts were put in. This is true. Network Rail reported:”Remediation of cutting slope, following emergency after mudslide due to flooding” at Carmont. The work was done in 2014.

What does Mr Cook think the Scottish government might reasonably do about the report he raises? It is the responsibility of Network Rail to deal with such matters as the ORR shows in its statements. Nowhere does the ORR refer to action the Scottish government might take to deal with resilience problems due to bad weather in Scotland.


Mr Cook also suggested to Mr Matheson that the Scottish Government suspend the running of trains in exceptional weather at high risk areas. The assessment of risk and the judgement of actions to take is now that of Network Rail, a commercial body which owns and operates the track and is accountable to the UK government. it is not clear to me that the Scottish government has the devolved power to take such action. It is not credible to suppose that either Network Rail or the UK government would tolerate what would be seen as interference.


Here, James Cook is in denialism. What, I wonder, brought it on. Was it because he was interviewing a SNP politician?

Iain Gray, MSP, has been a regular critic of ScotRail and the Scottish government. Mr Gray told readers of his local paper, “ScotRail’s performance had plummeted to such a level that it should have breached its franchise”.


At the time 10% of delays by ScotRail were the responsibility of other train companies but the majority (60%) were caused by Network Rail. Network Rail delays arise out of infrastructure faults (80%), vandalism, cable theft, weather and trespass.


Public performance measurement figures combine together figures for reliability and punctuality. It is the industry standard. PPM is the percentage of trains that arrive at the terminating station on time compared to the total number of trains planned. A train is on time if it arrives within 5 minutes of the planned arrival time for a regional service or ten minutes for a long distance service. Where a train fails to run the complete planned route calling at all timetabled stations it is a PPM failure.
The national PPM (England, Wales, Scotland) moving annual average for 365 days to 15 September 2019 when Mr Gray made his complaint  was 86%. ScotRail scored 88%. It was better than 22 other franchised rail companies. It was lower than five other companies a number of which have shorter runs such as London Overground and Heathrow Express.
Mr Gray was in denialism. Why? Is it because he has no prospect of ever being in government  in Scotland?


Denialism turns reality on its head. It subverts truth and replaces it with a different truth based on lies.


Abraham Lincoln said that no man had a good enough memory to be a liar.

Mark Twain said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”


The Psychopathy Checklist defines psychopathy in terms of shallow affect  (little emotion/empathy), dominant and narcissistic interpersonal style, an irregular, antisocial and irresponsible lifestyle and a born liar. Now who do you know that fits that description? A World Beater!