Scotland and terror: some cautious thoughts

I’m not going to tempt fate and say we won’t see anything like the London Bridge attack here. I’m just going to present some information which I first wrote two years ago after the Manchester attack and which I think we should all be aware of. Before, I do that, I know we have lotsContinue reading “Scotland and terror: some cautious thoughts”

Is Alex Cole-Hamilton’s astonishing anti-British outburst at Holyrood a desperate attempt to save his ass?

Perhaps fearing an SNP surge in his Edinburgh Western constituency, Alexander Geoffrey “Alex” Cole-Hamilton asked last Thursday: ‘[F]or what reason A-level entry requirements for students domiciled in Scotland applying for a general engineering degree at the University of Strathclyde are reportedly higher than that for students applying with A-levels from other parts of the UK?’Continue reading “Is Alex Cole-Hamilton’s astonishing anti-British outburst at Holyrood a desperate attempt to save his ass?”

92% of all medical training posts advertised in Scotland in 2019 are filled

From the Scottish Government today and being covered, if not exactly headlined, by Reporting Scotland: Rise in number of people training to be GPs. Latest recruitment figures show that 92% of all medical training posts advertised in Scotland in 2019 are filled – the highest level for five years. Data published by NHS Education forContinue reading “92% of all medical training posts advertised in Scotland in 2019 are filled”

I think we all know where the rot is! ‘A cohort of shifty election agents, superannuated full-time trade union officials and clapped-out local councillors’

There’s a headline that could be easily and usefully shortened: ‘Sarwar rotten to the core after exploiting hospital death’ Remember this? The SNP government soon gave the Scots what many of them craved: a return to old Labour policies, with the removal of prescription charges, the scrapping of tuition fees for university students, a freezeContinue reading “I think we all know where the rot is! ‘A cohort of shifty election agents, superannuated full-time trade union officials and clapped-out local councillors’”

BBC Scotland now drooling with anticipation as the useless Pisa results on education loom

BBC Wales have clearly got an early look at the Pisa results due on Tuesday and they’re bad, very bad: “It’s not just that Wales has underperformed, it’s seen its performance decline”. That’s the stark assessment of Andreas Schleicher, head of education and skills at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Mr SchleicherContinue reading “BBC Scotland now drooling with anticipation as the useless Pisa results on education loom”

‘Fresh analysis by the Scottish Conservatives’ of the attainment gap data is predictably WRONG

Fed by some Scottish Tory and regurgitated undigested by the Times, the facts are ignored. e were able to report on real progress in narrowing the gap in Scotland’s schools, in February 2019: ‘94.4% of pupils had a ’positive destination’ including work, training or further study within three months of leaving school last year, officialContinue reading “‘Fresh analysis by the Scottish Conservatives’ of the attainment gap data is predictably WRONG”

Key points about QEU Hospital infection NOT being reported by BBC Scotland – please share

Sourced for us by Brian McGowan As I watch Gordon Brewer join in the ill-informed agenda-driven attack on the Health Secretary and the Board, this statement from Jane Grant, Chief Executive, NHSGGC, really does need to be heard: “Since the move to Ward 6A and 4B in September 2018, infection rates have been similar toContinue reading “Key points about QEU Hospital infection NOT being reported by BBC Scotland – please share”

Asbestos campaign launch blind to Scottish differences

From RESPUBLICA on 25th November: On the 24th of November 1999, the United Kingdom banned the use of asbestos. Twenty years later and this toxic mineral still plagues public health, being linked to multiple diseases including mesothelioma. But why has asbestos remained such a threat to public health, despite laws which prevent its use? The answerContinue reading “Asbestos campaign launch blind to Scottish differences”

Was the Queen Elisabeth University Hospital infection from a bacterium ‘impossible to eradicate?’ Has a grief-stricken mother been heartlessly conned by politicians and reporters?

Above, the uniquely Scottish media politicising of a mother’s grief. Below, the death certificate containing the evidence regarding the possible, contributory infection: ‘Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is an aerobic, nonfermentative, Gram-negative bacterium. It is an uncommon bacterium and human infection is difficult to treat. S. maltophilia is ubiquitously present in the environment and impossible to eradicate, which makes prevention also extremely difficult.’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stenotrophomonas_maltophilia As for theContinue reading “Was the Queen Elisabeth University Hospital infection from a bacterium ‘impossible to eradicate?’ Has a grief-stricken mother been heartlessly conned by politicians and reporters?”

Does analysis of polls reveal that BBC Scotland’s health scare stories ARE reducing support for the SNP

We’ve all been aware of the incessant bombardment of negative, often downright dishonest, reporting on NHS Scotland and the regular politicising of the reports to associate them with the Health Secretary, since at least February of this year. That’s when the infested hospital saga began with tales of pigeon droppings and deaths ‘after’ though neverContinue reading “Does analysis of polls reveal that BBC Scotland’s health scare stories ARE reducing support for the SNP”

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