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Resigned Professor John Robertson on Media Bias In Scottish Politics
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By stewartb Perhaps you too missed the news coverage of a recent announcement concerning Scotland’s higher education sector. This relates to a publication on 17 May by the Scottish Funding Council on widening access to universities and colleges. Some key findings are summarised in the table below, from the SFC report. (CE = care experienced; COWA = Commission on Widening Access; MD20 = Scottish...
In the Herald today: More than 8,000 A&E patients were forced to wait over four hours to be seen last week, according to the latest figures.  The statistics, published by Public Health Scotland statistics on Tuesday, revealed that 70.2 per cent of those who attended emergency departments in the week up to May 15 were seen in less than four hours. The Scottish Conservatives described the...
By stewartb Oh dear, not PISA again? This supposed hammer blow to the SNP government and to the credibility of Scotland’s school system is becoming tiresome – and the claims based solely on it are just plain wrong and for lots of reasons. The claims are IMHO often driven by a political agenda. I venture the alarmist claims also run counter to most parents’/carers’ and school students’...
Only 10 years ago, the RMT leader in the Express and the Daily Mail. His death at only 52 was put down, by some, as partly due to endless media hostility and intrusion. Who is the RMT leader in the current dispute with Scotrail? It’s Michael Hogg. That’s him. See him much in media coverage? You’re more likely to see the First Minister: The saturation daily coverage of the pay...
The BBC reports carefully focus on the cuts, hide the RMT’s claim and omit to give Scotrail’s reaction to the claim. What is the actual RMT claim? You won’t find it in the BBC Scotland coverage. Here it is: Why does the BBC coverage omit this important fact and the Scotrail reaction to it? Because it might shift the reader into siding with them and by association the Scottish...
In the Herald today: THE UK Government’s education secretary has been asked to give advice to Holyrood on teaching practices amid claims Scotland’s standards are “in freefall”. Nadim Zahawi said Scotland’s performance on the international PISA tables, a mechanism for ranking global education standards, has fallen and the situation was “concerning”. ...
Scotland on Sunday headlines research from Keele University hypothesising significant public disorder due to the breakdown of the social contract beginning with the Dominic Cummings case and exacerbated by the PM’s apparent escape from punishment. This is just another attempt by those of a Unionist disposition to make Scots think they are no different from England and to predict social...
Herald writers at work. Above, the First Minister, not the Transport Minister, not the Chief Exec of Scotrail and not the RMT union leader, is identified as the person somehow to blame for the cuts made due to industrial action by union members. The Herald’s leading stories (note correct use of apostrophe unlike above) feature the FM pictured three times, the railways twice and the ferries...
The former rail chief appears not to have read the UK Government’s Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report on the above accident in August 2020: A former rail company director has raised concerns over the continued use of the model of train involved in the Stonehaven crash, calling for speed limits to be introduced for the trains until they are removed from service. Former Network...
The Herald Health Correspondent wonders: Why are we locking up people with learning disabilities and autism? heraldscotland.com/...es-autism/ My immediate reaction would be ‘to be protected ‘ or ‘to protect the public? Out of sample of 2458 prisoners across the UK, only 106 (4% as opposed to 1.9% across Scotland) were in...
The BBC makes starkly different editorial choices in its news coverage for different parts of the UK. This is a phenomenon well known in Scotland to readers of TuS. As we know, one exemplar of this is the BBC’s coverage of A&E waiting times in the NHS. It’s become almost boringly repetitive to present evidence of this in relation to Scotland. So let’s look at evidence today of BBC double...
In the above BBC Wales report, 1 646 words and not one criticism (0%) from the opposition parties is reported. bbc.co.uk/...d-60913799 In the BBC Scotland report, only 598 words and 137 (23%) of them from the three opposition parties: Scottish Tory health spokesman Dr Sandesh Gulhane said: “These worst ever A&E waiting time figures are simply atrocious. They are a...
Today, we can read: Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister Russell George MS has described the latest NHS Wales performance statistics as “devastating” and likened the First Minister to “Nero fiddling as Rome burned”. The data released today confirmed that in April the NHS experienced its third worst-ever month for A&E waiting times and ambulance waiting times, while NHS treatment...
The Herald continues to demonise the First Minister with the above connection. Two days ago, it was this: I said my bit about the demonisation of SNP leaders there: Yesterday, they had this: The transport minister was clear on Reporting Scotland – “I’m not in the room”. Those in the room, the RMT and Scotrail, were not interviewed.
HE predicts a riot. Britain’s foremost money-saving expert Martin Lewis has been sending politicians increasingly desperate missives from the front line for months and now warns that energy bill rises in October could lead to “civil unrest”. The chief inspector of constabulary for England and Wales, perhaps thinking along similar lines, has urged police to use their discretion when dealing...
By stewartb Standards of political journalism across the BBC could hardly be more different. The ‘big’ BBC’s coverage of Westminster falls short of the detailed, forensic and relentless analyses that are the notable ‘achievements’ of BBC Scotland when holding to account the Scottish Government! We know well how the public service process operates in Scotland. When a report is published...
Before the pandemic in 2019, seat occupancy on Scotrail journeys was only 23%! Seats were empty for 77% of the time. I can’t find Scotrail data for 2021/2022 but UK rail traffic is at best at 70% of the 2019 level, meaning occupancy levels if we kept the same level of services would be only 18%. Sources: scotrail.co.uk/...essment...
By stewartb There will be many decisions for the democratically elected government of Scotland to make after independence. These will certainly involve big and controversial decisions on international relations and defence policies. And positions do change as we’ve seen over Sweden/ Finland and NATO. I spotted this ‘straw in the wind’ recently: ‘Could Spain be the first NATO State to sign...
The Herald has been a rich seam of disinformation today but I’ll stop with this one, quickly. The Herald’s Health Correspondent writes: THE number of nurses and midwives registered in Scotland has risen by just 280 in the past year. Scotland experienced the slowest year-on-year increase in the workforce of any part of the UK, amid warnings that staff are quitting due to “too much...
I worry over Iain’s thing about ‘Nicola’. For a reminder, try these: talkingupscotlandtwo.com/?s=Macwhirter He knows about Finland and Sweden applying to join NATO? He knows they’ll be welcomed? Is he alright?
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