Why are cases in England 50% higher than in Scotland?

There were 2 459 new cases in the last 24 hours in Scotland. There were 36 712 in England, per head of population 50% higher. There were 3 200 in Wales, per head of population, nearly 100% higher. BBC Scotland, UK, England and Wales have no comment on this. Why might this be happening? People in Scotland are still wearing facemasks in enclosed spaces? The Scottish Government has done better on rolling out vaccines? BBC Health, above, suggest less mask wearing, more mixing, waning immunity and a stalled vaccine rollout. Source: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/cases Continue reading Why are cases in England 50% higher than in Scotland?

Tories reject Scotland’s ‘shovel ready’ first carbon capture and storage facility. Douglas Ross not asked by BBC

I’ve had to sort out the original headline. Here’s the story: Scotland has missed out on UK government backing to develop the first carbon capture and storage facility. It had been hoped the Acorn Project at St Fergus in Aberdeenshire could be ready by the middle of the decade. The project has been designed to take and store carbon dioxide in the Goldeneye field in the North Sea. It is now likely to be developed as part of the second phase in the 2030s. The first development will instead be on the Humber and around Liverpool. The Scottish project was … Continue reading Tories reject Scotland’s ‘shovel ready’ first carbon capture and storage facility. Douglas Ross not asked by BBC

Taxi driver crisis as Army PR stunt puts them out of work?

The health board manager’s crisis is clear. If they don’t call in the Army now, they’ll be blamed for any and all delays and for not having called in the Army to help. It’s what you do now. The facts don’t matter. They never do with our media and they often don’t in our institutions too. In total, were looking at less than 200 soldiers across the whole of Scotland. That’s a boost of only 0.12% to rescue the NHS? It’s a PR stunt launched by the Tories. None of the drivers can do emergencies. That’s right, none. They can … Continue reading Taxi driver crisis as Army PR stunt puts them out of work?

How green is Scotland? Greener than the rest

The River Dee and its forest setting. The Herald today as we run up to COP26: It’s all about choices. There’s so much you could write about and you choose, as COP26 approaches and the Conservative Government’s hopeless performance on the environment awaits global exposure, anything negative you can find on your own country. I have no doubt we have polluters and polluted waters but I’m sure England is far worse and on the other side, energy production, Scotland is a model for the rest of the UK as Lord Deben, chair of the Climate Change Committee and former UK … Continue reading How green is Scotland? Greener than the rest

‘Everything worthwhile was funded by the Scottish Government’

Prompted by Aberdeen’s call on the Army today, Anonymous reminds of the LabTory pact. By Anonymous Labour who illegally keep the Tories in power. Refused a gift of £80Million to renovate and pedestrianise the City Centre. The appalling mess is a vision to behold. A mud tip. Spending £200million to build empty shops abs offices instead. Spending £300Million on a Conference Centre in the middle of nowhere with not enough car park spaces. (£10 charge), 6 meters and poor transport links. A LibDem became an Independent on being ejected to keep the illegal Alliance in power. The SNP win the … Continue reading ‘Everything worthwhile was funded by the Scottish Government’

Yes, but has BBC Scotland learned anything useful?

By stewartb “With two weeks to go until the Glasgow summit, the BBC has learned it still hasn’t delivered that plan.” With this framing is the intended message, the implication, that little or nothing is being done? Probably. Well of course this would be wrong! NHS boards already have – and are already acting upon – net zero plans. Just one insight from the 2019-20 Annual Report of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. ‘NHSGGC continues its commitment to reducing both its energy-based carbon emissions and its energy consumption which will enable the Board to contribute towards the Scottish Government’s aim … Continue reading Yes, but has BBC Scotland learned anything useful?

BBC Scotland’s latest attack on Scotland’s green credentials

Reporting Scotland is on a yoonroll today. Story after story to make you feel bad about being here. Here’s the last one: Two years ago, the Scottish Government pledged to set out plans to make the NHS here a world leader in sustainability and a net-zero organisation by 2045. With two weeks to go until the Glasgow summit, the BBC has learned it still hasn’t delivered that plan. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0010vk4/reporting-scotland-lunchtime-news-18102021 Wait, 2045? 24 years from now? Is it maybe a difficult plan that will take some time to get right? Did they have a target to get it done for COP26? … Continue reading BBC Scotland’s latest attack on Scotland’s green credentials

Aberdeen to get ex-Afghan War Land Rovers to take your mum home?

Maybe I’m being paranoid but a health board in a ToryLab pact council area calls in the Army and makes sure BBC Scotland know all about it. We hear: Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire council have been providing vehicles to help transport patients home to free up more beds https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0010vk4/reporting-scotland-lunchtime-news-18102021 So they were coping? Why can’t the councils continue? Army vehicles are a freebie? Queue Aberdonian joke? Remember this is the Labour Group on Aberdeen Council that even Kezia Dugdale tried to expel but who have now been forgiven by Sarwar under orders from Starmer. This is the council that huffed … Continue reading Aberdeen to get ex-Afghan War Land Rovers to take your mum home?

The murder by knife of a teenager in Scotland is now very rare

They’re all, not just BBC Scotland, headlining the tragic death by knife of a 14 year-old yesterday in Glasgow. They should. I understand but they should also inform their audience with some context so that they can react to it emotionally and behaviourally in proportion. They don’t. How common is such a crime in Scotland? Five children have been murdered in Scotland in the last 21 years, since Kriss Donald in 2004. It is a very rare crime. How common is knife crime? Public perceptions of carrying suggest it has fallen from 22% to 12% in the last 10 years … Continue reading The murder by knife of a teenager in Scotland is now very rare