Mark Smith wickedly stirs the pensions pot

We all know the pensions scare served the No side well in 2014 and that the current attempt to unnerve the older voter could be dangerous, if played Goebbels-style all the way to the next referendum, but it’s still a big lie and the Herald’s Smith knows it. Look at this: First, yes, there is no pot but there is politics. Millions across the globe have paid into the UK very basic pension and continue drawing it today. Why are the Scots only at risk? Second, Blackford did not say ‘Scotland’s pensions would be paid for by a foreign government.‘ … Continue reading Mark Smith wickedly stirs the pensions pot

Herald’s Mark Smith delusional on how the world loves the Brits

I suppose the first thing to ask is why Smith undertook this wee bit of research. The second thing is why he thinks only polls by Ipsos MORI of under-35s living in 19 G20 nations is a sufficient basis for his claim. Third, why is this big ‘butcher’s apron’ in the photo OK when he said ‘the Saltire makes me cringe’ in June 2020. Among 18-34 year-olds with at least a secondary school education, Britain does rate highly on trust in its institutions, especially its education system and in its politics. I wouldn’t disagree with their judgement of our higher … Continue reading Herald’s Mark Smith delusional on how the world loves the Brits

Mark Smith on Alister Jack? Nope, not this time

I see the FM responded to Jack’s latest wheeze but I restrained myself. Mark Smith of the Herald has picked up the ball and stumbled with it. I’ve often been drawn in by Smith’s weird notions, but not this. I’ll just remind you of the previous delights, that this will bring you: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/?s=Mark+Smith Here are the first few: Sadly, there’s more. I need a change. Continue reading Mark Smith on Alister Jack? Nope, not this time

What can Mark Smith’s ‘reasonable’ friends do about the SNP? Join? Support?

I’ve been told by my GP not to read Smith or Gordon but sometimes, I get drawn in by the stupid headline. WTF can he possibly mean? Then it’s too late. He begins: TODAY’S column begins with me going to the pub and drinking Guinness, but bear with me because the pub I visited, and where it is, and the people I was with, all of it does matter. And there’s truth to be found in pubs. Even late on Friday night. Especially late on Friday night. And it raises a big question: what are reasonable people to do about … Continue reading What can Mark Smith’s ‘reasonable’ friends do about the SNP? Join? Support?

Nicola as Nazi Fuhrer? Man analyses a woman’s flaws? Mark Smith’s cod psychology again

Smith opens with: SNP: Over-confidence and contempt for others. Does Sturgeon have Hubris Syndrome? before going on to some allegory involving his boiler breaking down. This is not the first time Smith has tried to apply his not-so-deep grasp of psychological theories. Only two weeks ago we saw: Needless to say, Smith failed. I gave him 14% for just turning up. You can read the full awfulness of his thickness here: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2021/03/08/heralds-mark-smith-class-test-on-personality-theory-14-fail/ He’s back again topday, fresh from reading another Ladybird book in their psychology series: ‘Why women have more mental health problems than men.‘ ‘Hubris’ is a word used … Continue reading Nicola as Nazi Fuhrer? Man analyses a woman’s flaws? Mark Smith’s cod psychology again

Herald’s Mark Smith: Class Test on Personality Theory: 14% FAIL

I always give 14% just for completing the task. Mark Smith, BA Journalism, Year 1, has chosen to base his answer on the First Minister. He’s failing her on his own personality test and, in particular, her lack of humility even borderline arrogance. This is the woman described even by people like Sarah Smith and Andrew Marr as ‘a world-class politician’ and an unimpressive wee man like Smith thinks himself able to judge her personality to be failing in some way. I did two years of pyschology, as recently as 1976 and I remember that personality theories were considered the … Continue reading Herald’s Mark Smith: Class Test on Personality Theory: 14% FAIL

Mark Smith on the FM and the Yes Movement

Mark Smith in the Herald today: Take a good look at the picture. What do you see? Is it Nicola Sturgeon celebrating a win by Scotland’s football team? Or is it Nicola Sturgeon celebrating Jo Swinson losing her seat? Or is it both those things? Is it graceless and tacky? Or celebratory and inclusive? It matters because people react in radically different ways. It also matters because the image reveals the troubling, Trumpian way in which some independence supporters think. You may remember when you saw the image for the first time. It was in December 2019 and the results of the General … Continue reading Mark Smith on the FM and the Yes Movement

Not just my opinion: The leaky conceptualisation about the SNP that shows why Mark Smith is doing so badly

It’s Mark Smith again on nationalism and why normal folk like him don’t really like it. He writes: Nationalists usually argue that Scotland would be better off economically and socially because of independence, but it actually doesn’t matter because independence is their top priority. Their thinking is: the economy and equality are important, but not as important as independence. Then he tells us why Nicola is doing so well in the polls. You know what’s coming, don’t you? It’s because she’s not being nationalistic! She’s dealing with the outbreak and refusing to mention constitutional matters even though the press pack try to … Continue reading Not just my opinion: The leaky conceptualisation about the SNP that shows why Mark Smith is doing so badly

Scotland: Mark Smith’s reaction to the Johnson visit tells what he is really like

In February, Mark Smith told us: ‘I call up some teachers and parents and ask them if they’ve seen the new report on the Higher results. Yes, they’ve seen it, and no, they’re not surprised. They tell me about class sizes, and staff shortages, and the effect it’s all having on the kids. But they also tell me something interesting about how it might impact on the Scottish elections. My advice to the Government would be: sit up and pay attention because this is definitely going to affect you.’ https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18256399.mark-smith-scotlands-parents-teachers-tell-us-snps-chances-2021/ ‘I call up some teachers and parents’ You have to … Continue reading Scotland: Mark Smith’s reaction to the Johnson visit tells what he is really like

Herald’s Mark Smith accuses Scottish Nationalists of being as nasty as British ones

In the Herald today: A new opinion poll [YouGov] has shown that half of Conservative voters in England support English independence, but tell us something we don’t know. English Tories supporting English independence is about as surprising as Scottish nationalists supporting Scottish independence – in many ways, they come from the same source and feel the same feelings. The only problem, in both England and Scotland, is what on earth anti-nationalists can do about it. Spot the differences if you can. Mark Smith, it seems, cannot. Fascist vs Social Democrat, Racist vs Anti-racist, Anti-immigrant vs Pro-immigrant, violent versus non-violent, bigoted vs … Continue reading Herald’s Mark Smith accuses Scottish Nationalists of being as nasty as British ones