and causing the country embarrassment.https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcone
Starting at 6:26am, repeated 5 or 6 times on BBC 1 TV, no doubt as many times on Good Morning Scotland radio, 3 times on Reporting Scotland from 1.30 to 10.30pm but, intriguingly not on the website, BBC Scotland’s headline story is a complaint from campaigners about one city low emission zone.
In the first of three negative reports completely dominating the coverage, much is left unanswered. For context, the World Health Organisation was reported by BBC Health in 2018, listing the UK’s 40 most polluted towns and cities. None were in Scotland. Scunthorpe was top (worst), Gibraltar 2nd and Londonderry/Derry 24th. This WHO report is based on data from 2015.
A 2020 study by IQAIR curiously does have a Scottish entry in its top 10 – Rosyth. Rosyth is of course dominated by the shipbuilding, repair and dumping of old warships, including several older nuclear submarines.
Why in 2015 did, say Glasgow, not make the top 40? Better public transport services keeping cars out of the centre? Stricter enforcement by local authorities after a century of leftist (Labour/SNP) control compared to more laissez fair Tory/Liberal authorities in England?