Scotland’s Covid trend is flat and not a ‘sharp rise’ as BBC Scotland would clearly wish


Two days ago, BBC Scotland and the Herald pounced on a one-week increase in Covid infections in Scotland, making little of the fact that it remained lower than in England or Wales and having, of course, omitted to report on the previous week’s fall in infection level at the time – good news is no news they will insist.

They went with: Covid in Scotland: Sharp rise in cases as deaths also increase

The more meaningful trend over several weeks, something they should be telling us about, in the public interest they claim to serve, was ignored even though the ONS had a quote for them:

The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 continued to increase in England and Wales and the trend was uncertain in Northern Ireland and Scotland.,Ireland%20(1%20in%2040%20people)

That things are looking much more optimistic in Scotland is easily replicated from the ONS survey but finds no place in the BBC Scotland report. It did take me all of 30 seconds to copy and paste this:

The screaming surge in Labour Wales and the steady but worrying climb in Con England is easily understood in these graphs as is the clearly flat, not even uncertain as the ONS would have it, trend in Scotland.

This should be reported properly.


4 thoughts on “Scotland’s Covid trend is flat and not a ‘sharp rise’ as BBC Scotland would clearly wish

  1. Pravda-on-the-Clyde does not report news.
    It manages news, massages news, filters news through its Unionist sieve.
    Until the news is “fit for purpose”— the purpose being the continued occupation and colonialisation of Scotland, by Greater England.

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  2. It is so sad to see what BBC Scotland has become over the years.

    Just why it feels it needs to just talk down or mislead Scotland, its government, its people and its achievements beggar’s belief. Why not do what your own charter says, and people are expected to pay for?

    Mind you they get very upset and victimised if you point that out to them!

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  3. Whether they do so of their own volition or at the behest of Tory or Labour news-manipulators, there is no question as to their partiality for reporting the negative from either when it comes to SG, or the fact this behaviour is beyond glaringly apparent to the public.

    I do question however how much this obsession damages their own intent – the “boy you cried wolf” for one; those on the sharp end doing their level yet constantly “failing” because it’s “just politics” – I’d be well pissed off at both the monkeys and the organ grinder tbh.

    I cannot recall who pointed it out, but the A&E waiting times data, a regular feature of both outlets never ever mentions improvements unless couched with “ah… But..”, yet without fail they gnash teeth over the smallest downturns as if the world is coming to an end with cameos from Disaster Gulhane, and Tsunami Baillie (with the occasional mention of the Tailor’s, but always with a McCurdle or Winters perspective which is always political yet never ever highlights what could be improved…

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    “On Monday, a BBC spokesperson said: “BBC News is urgently reviewing last night’s edition of The Papers on the News Channel for a potential breach of impartiality.

    “It is imperative that we maintain the highest editorial standards. We have processes in place to uphold our standards, and these processes have been activated.””

    Cue a mass outbreak of giggling throughout Scotland.

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