Most hate crimes fell significantly in Scotland in last year

Using Reporting Scotland editorial guidelines to report a trend based on only one year’s statistics, we can report that most types of hate crime have fallen significantly in 2018/2019: Type                            2017/18        2018/19         % Change Race                            4 480               4 069               Down 9.2% Religion                       513                  453                  Down 11.7% Race & Religion         150                  81                    Down 46% Race orContinue reading “Most hate crimes fell significantly in Scotland in last year”

How to create anxiety with a graph and the BBC’s Head of Statistics

This is about fears of developing breast cancer, not Scottish politics, but it’s the best example I’ve seen for some time of how easy it is to generate anxiety with a badly-scaled graph and a comment from a supposed expert. I feel sure it’s worth remembering for the next time the graph is about Scotland’sContinue reading “How to create anxiety with a graph and the BBC’s Head of Statistics”

Media FAIL with meaningless and dishonest report on P1 testing being ‘meaningless’ to only 3 out of 25 000 Scottish Primary teachers

I’ve searched the teachers’ part of the survey data of 184 pages, and thus only at most 92 teachers, out of more than 24 899 primary-trained teachers responding. The word ‘meaningless’ comes up 3 times, in the same one teacher’s response. The word ‘meaning’ appears another 6 times but in only 2 of those couldContinue reading “Media FAIL with meaningless and dishonest report on P1 testing being ‘meaningless’ to only 3 out of 25 000 Scottish Primary teachers”

BBC Scotland’s pathetic attempt to tarnish our ‘inspirational’ bridge

Though with no agreed definition, snagging is the process of checking a new building for minor faults that need to be rectified. Every contract has minor ‘snagging’ issues which gradually over time become thought of as maintenance. BBC Scotland’s report does not tell us who or what is the source of their ‘story.’ I supposeContinue reading “BBC Scotland’s pathetic attempt to tarnish our ‘inspirational’ bridge”

Rape TWICE as common in England and prosecution THREE times less likely

In the Guardian yesterday: The criminal justice system [in England & Wales] is putting more people at risk by failing to tackle potential serial rapists, the victims’ commissioner has warned. Dame Vera Baird expressed the concerns as official figures showed that reports of rape are rising but the number of charges being brought has fallen.Continue reading “Rape TWICE as common in England and prosecution THREE times less likely”

As Westminster implodes London-based journalist says Scotland is the UK’s ‘most fractious political scene!’

What planet has he been on? As Westminster experiences a virtual putsch with defenestration not unlikely, he thinks Brexit has split the Scottish parties in four-ways. He’s missed the obvious point that the SNP seems unaffected, that the Tories have all meekly joined Boris, that Labour have been whipped by their London bosses and thatContinue reading “As Westminster implodes London-based journalist says Scotland is the UK’s ‘most fractious political scene!’”

Income growth rising steadily in Scotland to third highest in UK

https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/app/uploads/2019/07/Living-Standards-Audit-2019.pdf With Scotland allocated yellow in the above line graph it’s hard to see but income growth continues to climb under this SNP administration to third place in the UK with SE England flattening out and only the East of England keeping pace ahead of it. This is a considerable achievement as Scotland pulls awayContinue reading “Income growth rising steadily in Scotland to third highest in UK”

Schooling in Scotland and England drift further apart as the Tories choose brutal exclusion

As the UK Conservative Party with Scotland-residing ones in their tow, go for proven FAILED strategies and risk even more exclusions and the proven consequent danger of more knife crime, the situation in Scotland becomes other-better-worldly. This is taken from a report here in September 2018: Permanent school exclusions from Scottish schools have been fallingContinue reading “Schooling in Scotland and England drift further apart as the Tories choose brutal exclusion”

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