I know, I’m going on a bit on this one but I’m angry.
I don’t think Frankie Boyle was ever formally banned by the BBC but they have cut him out after he wished the Queen was dead and there were demands from the Tories for him to be banned after an IRA joke.
He was a rare presence for a while then crept back in an apolitical, enjoyable series on football travels before getting his apparently radical series New World Order.
He’s clearly come to some accommodation where he can still be personally abusive to some people’s appearances including joining in with the lazy and odd attacks on Nicola Sturgeon in the ‘she looks like one of the Crankies’ tradition loved by Tory gammons.
Most obvious is his backing away from support for independence and repeating inaccurate claims about the SNP.
In the most recent show, he regurgitated that notion, common across the mostly elderly white male Unionists that the SNP Government’s image is not justified by its performance. I’ve lost count of how many old guys have claimed this regardless of the actual facts.
So, despite the limitations in the devolution settlement, in terms of control over taxation, benefits and investment in jobs and infrastructure:
- By some way the lowest child poverty in the UK
- The homeless rate half that in England
- The fastest emergency services in the UK
- The lowest Covid infection rate over the pandemic
- The second lowest Covid death rate over the pandemic
- Majority of income taxpayers (less well-paid) pay less income tax than rUK
- Twice as much affordable housing
That’s a bit more competent than the UK Government?
And of course you can add to that:
1. Baby Box – Giving every baby born in Scotland the best start in life by providing families with a Baby Box, filled with essential items needed in the first six months of a child’s life.
2. Childcare – All eligible children now benefit from at least 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare, saving families around £4,500 per child per year.
3. Free Tuition – Students in England face tuition fees up to £27,750 – Scottish students receive university tuition for free, and always will under the SNP.
4. Period Poverty – Scotland is the first in the world to make sanitary products available to all those who need them, free of charge.
5. Record high health funding – Our latest health and care portfolio spending exceeds £16 billion, with resource funding up by over 60% under the SNP.
6. Free prescriptions – Prescription charges abolished in Scotland – now £9.35 per item south of the border.
7. Free NHS dental care – We have already abolished NHS dental fees for all under-26 year olds, and we will deliver free dental care for everybody by the end of this Parliament.
8. Care For All – Free personal and nursing care extended to everyone who needs it, regardless of age – and we’re now taking steps towards a transformative National Care Service.
9. Free Bus Travel – Over one million Scots now enjoy free bus travel across the country, including over-60s and disabled people – and we’re now expanding it further to all young people under 22.
10. Scottish Child Payment – Our new benefit for families, the only one of its kind in the UK, has been called “game-changing” by anti-poverty campaigners, and will help lift around 30,000 children out of poverty.