Ferret mutates into poodle!

Look, I’m an SNP member and activist but I’m far from happy with everything. The toadying to the USA and the evidence of too many self-centred, rightist, careerists, in particular, has me fuming but they are still the only way out of this mess we’re in.

The Ferret F****d Checker, now merged with the Corporate Herald, after years of mutualisation, is just another battalion in the Union’s Project Fear division. Well-intentioned lefties no doubt but like many such before them throughout history, being used against the interests of their ain folk in return for a platform and a few quid in the pocket.

This is just anti-independence propaganda with a twist.

I’m not wasting time writing new stuff.

See this from March 1 2021:

Choosing and caring for your first ferret | The British Association for  Shooting and Conservation

The Ferret Factchecker has done some good work but they can’t be trusted when it comes to the SNP.

Just over a year ago they relied on the discredited GERS figures to contradict a claim by Mike Russell and in May 2020 they used unreliable research by Newcastle University to feed Anas Sarwar for an attack on the SNP Justice Minister (refs at foot).

Today they have assessed claims about PPE supplies never running out, by Nicola Sturgeon and Matt Hancock. They rate Hancock ‘mostly false.’ Too soft by far I’d say but whatever.

They rate Sturgeon’s claim: ‘That is why we never ran out of PPE and why we quickly resolved the early issues that we faced with regard to the distribution of PPE within the health service.’ as ‘half true’ after acknowledging:

While it appears Scotland never completely ran out of PPE, there were reported shortages in Scottish health boards, and NHS staff reported being asked to reuse equipment.

So, in their own conclusion they admit: ‘Scotland never completely ran out of PPE‘ and the only evidence for shortages or re-using are unsubstantiated anecdotal ‘reports‘.

Why is the verdict not ‘true?’

Fact check: Politicians’ claims about PPE shortages


Longer Read: Earlier Ferret Stuff:


The Ferret original report


This Herald report funded by Ferret contributors then feeds the Herald

I’ve been making a small monthly payment to fact-checking agencies, The Ferret, in Scotland, and The Canary, in England. For some time now I’ve been worrying about the Ferret’s agenda or perhaps that of some of its team. I should point out that I welcome much of what they have done. While, I don’t always dispute the accuracy of what they uncover, the choices they make about what to investigate and how to headline the report has resulted in them forming part of the media undermining the independence movement of by attacking institutions such as NHSS and Police Scotland and, so by proxy, the SNP/Scottish Government.

The above piece’s headline today, by Billy Briggs, has all the features of a Daily Mail hatchet job. Here is another from Mr Briggs:


Regardless of whether the report goes on to contextualise the data, the damage has been done.

I almost wrote about the Ferret in February when I saw this:


I haven’t read it in full. I don’t need to. That this ‘tax’ if implemented by a Labour or Conservative or Lib Dem council, is an SNP tax in any way, is preposterous.

The following is simply a classic tabloid SNPbad headline:


This below is no doubt technically accurate but the decision to investigate and to report is ideological. How comparatively well-staffed is Police Scotland? is the story of relevance for the people of Scotland:


Similarly, this may well be true but the decision to investigate and to report on a very small number of offences distorts the overall picture of a very-low and comparatively, extremely low, level of race-related crime in Scotland.


Finally, this is deeply puzzling.


As I understand it, it would be the decision to ban landfill that would lead to waste being dumped at cost in England. How can failing to ban it and thus dumping the waste in Scotland have any effect on England? See this:


I’m not going to re-subscribe to see the full text so maybe there’s some clever twist not apparent in the apparently stupid headline because, once more the damage is done.

Finally, the Ferret team seem to have the tacit approval of BBC Scotland.


Readers of the blog were uneasy about the BBC endorsement. I’d have thought they would want to keep a distance from the state broadcaster, surely a likely target at some point.

10 thoughts on “Ferret mutates into poodle!

  1. The Herald Groundhog Day. Every ‘report’ shows how better Scotland would be Independent. Instead of under the UK tax regime. Tax evasion etc. The UK tax Laws not enforced by the UK Gov. The Herald must think people are fools. They are fooling nobody.

    They blame the Scottish Gov for UK Law and rules. Try Point it out every edition.

    Illegal wars, tax evasion, financial fraud from Westminster. Brexit another disaster.

    Goodness knows how worst it would be without the Scottish Gov. Mitigating the Westminster corruption. Until Independence.

    The Herald is a complete and utter joke.

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  2. Yep, ditched them a while ago too. Thing is though, not everyone looks at the small print when purchasing their news, I mean, propaganda. Clever British state ploy to use something that was an analytical platform, then employ it and use against those who want to escape the British state. Classic con and tactic, take a story with a grain of truth, bake into a massive story by adding their own ingredients, job done!
    We have to remember, the English government have infinite sources of cash to employ the best tacticians to infiltrate and manipulate, and that’s what they are doing to the people of Scotland, manipulating on a huge scale.
    All that lovely oil in Scottish waters won’t extract itself you know.

    Btw I had to get onto FOE ‘Scotland’ twitter yesterday, because they are also big pals with the British media, every other tweet at least is an SNP bad story, by the BBC, STV, the Herald, or the Scotsman. Scotland is deliberately wrecking the planet re, oil extraction, and the international courts(?) have ruled the Scottish government are acting illegally because it’s prohibitively expensive to take legal action against climate wrecking organisations in Scotland. Demo planned, against the (UK) government who are planning to extract billions of barrels of oil from waters off Shetland, at HOLYROOD.

    Anyone might be forgiven for thinking it’s the Scottish government who are going to be taking the ‘dirty stuff’ out the ground, among other English government destructive powers being deployed on Scottish soil. Hmm.

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  3. Quote from CBeeby above: “You probably have significant experience of bumping your gums to no good effect John, ….” before launching into yet more multiple diatribes on gender. Try looking in the mirror CBeeby. Personally I’ve had enough of your endless obsession which, for me at least, spoils an otherwise informative forum. I encourage John to keep “bumping his gums” in promoting the one goal ALL of us want to achieve – Scottish Independence.

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