This is it!
A quick optional cut’n’paste retrospective below then they become invisible to me.
You’ll do the same if you care about your own well-being.
Join me, running through the long grass of Freedom Meadow!
Anything else? Votes for ‘proud Scots’ living in the US, Oz, NZ and Saudi or on the Dark Side of the Moon? A security pact with Israel? List seats in Holyrood for DUP Ulster Scots? We get to keep Trident? Seriously though, would this mean that a Scot having an RT show is both good … Continue reading BBC, RT, Herald and Scotsman to share Scotland in Union Correspondent→
In the Scotsman today: Just another ‘mother’ who’s first reaction is to rush to the press. Anyone ask if she’s related to, or friends with, any politicians? Anyhow, it matters not. Scotland contact’s tracers typically hit 99.7% of those they need to contact compared to less than 80% in England (maybe) and less that 50% … Continue reading Scotsman reporter finds one of the very low risk 0.3%→
McColm opens with unsubstantiated claims of the SNP telling the electorate that a vote for them was a ‘vote for something better, for a more decent, honourable politics.‘ Two things. First, I don’t remember anything like that and he gives us no quotes with dates. Second, does he really believe that the electorate in Scotland … Continue reading Scotsman writer’s fake news on the SNP→
It’s now two weeks since the Scotsman generated over two days the most appalling heap of rancid anti-SNP propaganda. I wrote to the editor to complain but he has not responded: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2020/08/08/complaint-scotsman-on-saturday-7th-august-2020/ Today, they’re in full septic flow again with Brian Wilson leading the scurry with a disgraceful attack on hospital staff, the First Minister … Continue reading The Scotsman: Maybe I should just leave it alone now?→
Why do I think Finlay is a youngster like Ms Duffy at the Herald? He writes: Children across Scotland began returning to school last week for the first time since the forced closure of education centres in March. The restart of education has been a priority of the Scottish government since the country began slowly … Continue reading Covid-19 correspondent ‘in’ Scotsman even worse than one ‘at’ Herald→
In its Sunday worst, the Scotsman’s second team comes out to attack the Scottish Government with the popular notion amongs Conservatives that SNP competence is just an illusion. Garavelli, McColm, and Davidson trot out the same evidence-free arguments we’ve seen before. I can’t be bothered listing all the ways in which they are wrong and … Continue reading Day 2 of Scotsman’s Anti-SNP Campaign→
The Editor The Scotsman firstname.lastname@example.org Complaint: Scotsman, on Saturday 7th August 2020 Dear Mr McGrory I write to complain of the lack of transparency in, and of the heavily unbalanced coverage of, the SQA exam assessment issue in the above edition. The edition featured five highly critical, at times melodramatic, pieces in addition to the … Continue reading Complaint: Scotsman, on Saturday 7th August 2020→
I’ve been alerted by a reader of the Tusker today, to the appalling display of unbalanced, ill-informed rants, drawn by the smell of blood in the exam results story, in the Scotsman today. Ignoring the difficulty of the task faced by the SQA, the increased pass rates, the tiny scale of the protests and the … Continue reading Attack on Democracy: The Scotsman today in full propaganda mode→
Conor Matchett is another of the Scotsman’s virtual team of youngsters pontificating on the Scottish political scene secure in their almost complete lack of familiarity with it. Remember their Conor Malborough, above, unfettered by any knowledge of devolution after a lifetime in England, telling us this? Boris Johnson has suggested that the UK-wide lockdown measures will be … Continue reading Scotsman’s Norfolk Sport Correspondent predicts post-exam gloom for SNP→
Regulars here will know that I and many of you have batted this stuff back with evidence more than once. I wonder if the First Minister’s refusal to contradict the accusers with the same evidence just invites more or is her strategy more intelligent than that? Anyhow, terrier-like as always, the notion that ‘she’ faces … Continue reading Scotsman editorial and Ian Murray blame Sturgeon and repeat care home death myths→
In the Scotsman yesterday, former Jack McConnell adviser and Labour councillor, Susan Dalgety, is allowed to hide as a journo to distort the facts, in an attempt to undermine the First Minister and the SNP, currently soaring in the polls. Only yesterday, Murdo Fraser tweeted his concerns about the unfairness of such behaviour. Two weeks ago … Continue reading Former Labour adviser in Scotsman again to covertly lie about coronavirus deaths in Scotland→
Early this morning, the Scotsman’s Gary Flockhart (14?) jumps up excitedly when he sees the surge of 18 new cases on Thursday, up from only 6 the previous day. Who can be responsible for this failure? The buck stops with the FM! Gary goes back to bed only to wake up and find there were … Continue reading Scotsman cub reporter accuses Sturgeon of failure to control infection rate fluctuations→
The Scotsman commonly conceals the political affiliations of their columnists: John McLellan, Conservative Gina Davidson, Labour Biran Monteith, Brexit Now, older readers will remember that Brian Wilson is New Labour but Murdo Fraser is only a list Conservative MSP, so maybe less well-known. Readers should know where the writer is ‘coming from’, so Fraser is … Continue reading Scotsman’s Orange Correspondent favours the Union. Bear seen heading for woods carrying bog-roll.→
IF THE SCOTSMAN WANTS US TO PAY FOR NEWS ‘WE CAN TRUST’ SHOULDN’T THEY TELL US WHEN WE’RE READING A TORY COUNCILLOR ON NICOLA STURGEON?
I’n not persuaded, so I haven’t paid. Knowing who the writer is, I suspect it will be just more Tory propaganda. I’ve seen several pieces by McLellan and none of them own up to his back-story. Are they worried that might affect interest? I’m guessing it’s another sneaky attack along the same lines as Macwhirter … Continue reading If the Scotsman wants us to pay for news ‘we can trust’ shouldn’t they tell us when we’re reading a Tory councillor on Nicola Sturgeon?→
By stewartb: The article in The Scotsman on 22 May under the headline ‘The idea that Scotland has handled Covid well is a PR con job’ was no doubt carefully constructed – let’s use the term ‘fabricated’ – by its author, Kevin Christie. The article is typical, perhaps a classic, of its genre. But why … Continue reading Why pay to be disrespected and patronised? …. aka ‘the mystery of The Scotsman’s readers’→
BBC DISCLOSURE AND SCOTSMAN ‘GROUND ZERO’ NIKE COMPARISON IS BOTH WRONG AND OFFENSIVE TO THE VICTIMS OF 9/11
Headline and image chosen by Editor. From stewartb: There is now so much heat – rather than light – being generated by the corporate media and opposition politicians in Holyrood over the “Nike Conference” incident. So, it seems appropriate, and timely, to get some context when assessing its likely significance. Please bear with this as … Continue reading BBC Disclosure and Scotsman ‘Ground Zero’ Nike comparison is both wrong and offensive to the victims of 9/11→
FORMER LABOUR SPAD, SPEECH WRITER AND SCOTSMAN HACK DELIBERATELY MISLEADS ON THE NIKE CONFERENCE INFECTIONS
ED: Headline entirely my responsibility By Brenda Steele: The Scotsman’s Gina Davidson [former Labour SPAD and speech-writer] should have already known the full details as this earlier article, by Katharine Hay, shows: https://www.scotsman.com/health/coronavirus/scottish-government-reveals-day-day-account-and-details-edinburgh-nike-conference-covid-19-outbreak-2851046 dated 12th May The Scottish Government has issued a day-by-day account of what happened during the Edinburgh Nike conference following reports of … Continue reading Former Labour SPAD, speech writer and Scotsman hack deliberately misleads on the Nike conference infections→
We’ve known for a week now that the first minister only became aware of the outbreak when cases were confirmed around March 2. She did not know the venue. Here’s what she said: Why would we have been trying to cover anything up? We were reporting figures on this. I stood up here every single … Continue reading Scotsman headlines repeat of tired and highly politicised nonsense→
Recently appointed Scotsman journalist, Conor Marlborough [That bit’s not a spoof], above, is to lead the Scotsman’s online division in a challenge to Wings Over Scotland. In a nod to Wings’ the Rev Stu Campbell, Malborough will style himself Parson and wear the dog collar faithfully, even when furloughed in his mother’s kitchen. In an … Continue reading Scotsman to take Wings over Scotland?→
Headlining in the ‘Scotsman’, a report either ignorant or contemptuous of the devolution settlement: Boris Johnson has suggested that the UK-wide lockdown measures will be relaxed on Monday, as he attended his first prime minister’s questions since being diagnosed with coronavirus in late March. Mr Johnson said he would reveal plans for an “unlockdown” in … Continue reading Scotsman writer thinks there will be UK-wide ‘un-lockdown’ measures→
Today the Scotsman has the above headlined. Bossy? That old ‘Nippy sweetie’ accusation? Only three days ago, they had this faked and creepy image. I’m no psychologist and not a proper trained propagandist but what on earth are they suggesting here? Mind you the Record had an unusual shot too: What strikes me most is … Continue reading The Scotsman’s not-so-subtle use of Nicola pics→
Not averse myself to an ugly mugshot of Jackson Carlaw, I know the choice of an image is never innocent but at this infected time, the Scotsman have the above strangely ‘diseased’ image of the First Minister. I’ve never ever seen the FM look like that and she’s ubiquitous across our media every day. They’ve … Continue reading Why did the Scotsman get or produce this ‘diseased’ image of the First Minister?→
In the Scotsman today, the above headline for a report on ongoing maintenance at the Queensferry Crossing. ‘Scotland’s bridge of sighs?’ What sort of mind came up with that? The original in Venice was so named because it was the last sight convicts saw before their imprisonment. It only goes to Fife! It’s not that … Continue reading Scotland’s ‘Bridge of Sighs of Pleasure’ nibbled at by Rattus Scotsmanicus→
SCOTSMAN BLAMES NHS FOR KEEPING VULNERABLE ELDERLY IN HOSPITALS AND ‘HOGGING’ BEDS NOT NEEDED FOR CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS AS PANDEMIC SPREADS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES
Looking at the data yesterday, I wondered which ‘health correspondent’ would spot the potential here to try to accuse NHS Scotland of something, regardless of the important facts of its performance, now saving more lives per capita, than any other NHS in the UK with a death rate around 50% of the UK or Welsh … Continue reading Scotsman blames NHS for keeping vulnerable elderly in hospitals and ‘hogging’ beds NOT needed for coronavirus patients as pandemic spreads in their communities→
Only 50%! In the Scotsman last night the above headline and this opening statement by ‘Scotsman Reporter’: ‘The mortality rate of patients admitted to intensive care with a confirmed case of coronavirus is close to 50%, according to an early study of critical care outcomes. The report, by the Intensive Care National Audit and Research … Continue reading ‘Scotsman Reporter’ unable to report on Scotland presents UK data instead to give you a wee chill→
LONDON’S FINANCE IS WORTH AT LEAST 65 TIMES MORE YET SCOTSMAN ALLOWS TORY BLUFF ON ACCESS TO FISHING WATERS
Little makes sense in Struan Stevenson’s piece today. He writes: ‘Barnier has already caused controversy by telling the UK that if they want a free trade agreement with the EU they will have to allow “continued, reciprocal access to markets and to waters with stable quota shares.’ and then, laughably insists: [T}he EU’s reliance on … Continue reading London’s finance is worth at least 65 times more yet Scotsman allows Tory bluff on access to fishing waters→
CONTRARY TO EXPLOITATIVE SCOTSMAN IMAGE SNP ANTI-AUSTERITY POLICIES ARE REDUCING INFANT MORTALITY AND HOLDING THE RATE FOR THE UNDER-9S
Image: The mortality rate for a child of this age is NOT rising in Scotland There has been a worrying increase in the mortality rate for those aged 10-19, up from 19.5 in 2014, to 24.5 BUT for those under 9, the change from 9.3 to 9.7 is not statistically significant. Also, given the well-evidenced … Continue reading Contrary to exploitative Scotsman image SNP anti-austerity policies are reducing infant mortality and holding the rate for the under-9s→
What is the extent of this failure? 95.9% of school leavers gained one pass or more at SCQF Level 4 (e.g. National 4) or better, (a decrease from 96.2% in 2017-18) https://www.gov.scot/news/school-leaver-attainment-and-destinations-3/ So, a drop of 0.3% in the course of one-year, statistically insignificant on both counts – size and timescale – means the Scottish Government … Continue reading Scotsman failing and lying to readers on exam pass rates→
HERE’S THE HARD EVIDENCE ON TAX THE SCOTSMAN LETS THEIR ‘COLUMNIST’ MURDO FRASER GET AWAY WITH IGNORING
The Scotsman makes a habit of presenting nakedly ideological pieces from the likes of Tory councillors, Brexit MEPs and Labour advisers as somehow professional journalism. At least with Murdo Fraser, some readers will know who he is and that this is just another Conservative Party press release of mutual benefit only to them and to … Continue reading Here’s the hard evidence on tax the Scotsman lets their ‘columnist’ Murdo Fraser get away with ignoring→