Is SNP government a dash of fresh air!

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This from regular reader, Ludo Thierry but headline all my own  work:

Since beeb Scotland are getting confused between all respiratory illness and ‘flu I thought I’d do an edit of a wee piece from news.gov.scot which I’ve not noticed elsewhere. The official stats for Scottish emissions of air pollutants during 2016 have been published. The figures are good and the figures over the period since 1990 are very impressive (the period of the SNP Scottish Govt covers a decent chunk of that period – so fair to assume that well-considered SNP Govt public policy is having at least some impact on this encouraging progress):

https://news.gov.scot/news/scottish-emissions-of-air-pollutants-2016-results

Scottish emissions of air pollutants – 2016 results

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today announces the release of a report on Scottish emissions of ammonia, sub-10 micron particulate matter (PM10), sub- 2.5 micron particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and lead on the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) website.

The main findings are:

• Over the long term there have been reductions in emissions for all the pollutants. Since 1990, there have been decreases of:
12 per cent for ammonia,
64 per cent for PM10,
65 per cent for NMVOCs,
67 per cent for PM2.5,
72 per cent for nitrogen oxides,
84 per cent for carbon monoxide,
94 per cent for sulphur dioxide
and 98 per cent for lead.

Between 2015 and 2016, there were reductions in emissions for 6 of the 8 pollutants (sulphur dioxide 34 per cent, nitrogen oxides 12 per cent). There were small increases in emissions of ammonia (+3 per cent) and NMVOCs (+1 per cent).

The report notes: “There are uncertainties associated with all estimates of pollutant emissions … However, although for any given year considerable uncertainties may surround the emission estimates, it should be noted that trends over time are likely to be more reliable. “

Those darned EsssseNnnnPeee types are doing it again – they’re insisting on operating policies that benefit ALL of Scotland – and – what’s worse – they’re doing it DELIBERATELY.

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Richard Leonard blames Humza Yousaf and Scotrail for delays in reaching his estate in Devon

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Labour’s colonial office in Scotland, has reported the anger of their leader as he struggles to visit his new Devonshire estate in the middle of rail chaos in South-West England. He said:

‘Passengers from Paddington beared the worst of these delays, the worst I’ve known since I was named as the heir to Richard the Lionheart IV, Earl of Torbay, yesterday. Humza Yousaf and Scotrail have failed to take action to stop a test train between London Paddington and Bristol causing damage to overhead powerlines in the Hanwell area of Ealing.’

Reporting Scotland have announced:

‘Flooding caused more train delay, in August 2000 but Scotrail cannot guarantee it will not happen again!’

The newly anointed Sir Richard Leonard of Torbay has said he will abdicate his title of Labour Leader and campaign for greater equality in the House of Lords. Anas Sarwar has promised to ask his mum to pay her workers the living wage if they let him be the new Labour Leader.

Humza Yousaf has promised to pass on Leonard’s comments to the current transport minister and to confirm his readiness to nationalise South-Western Railway.

 

Leading academic says Alex Salmond crowdfunding has inspired Orkney tidal turbine scheme

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Prof Robertson (centre) with young graduates from the School of Propaganda Studies

The staggering success of the Alex Salmond crowdfunding scheme which reached its target within less than one day, has probably inspired the decision by Orbital Marine Power to do something similar to raise £7 million in funds for a new Orkney tidal turbine. According to expert on digital funding of pocket money and former Naemeritus Professor of Media Politics at the University of Pacific Quay’s School of Propaganda Studies, in Ayr, Dr John W Robertson:

‘Orbital Marine Power must have doubted the effectiveness of crowdfunding when their local MP, Alistair Carmichael, only managed to raise £3.54p, for his legal costs in the case know locally, allegedly, as the ‘The Big Fatuous Lying Bar-Steward’.

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Salmond and Carmichael

It was only after the dramatic success of Salmond, also, according to local Lib-Dem, Labour and Tory-supporting, bar stewards, a BFLB, that they decided to give it another go.

https://www.insider.co.uk/news/orbital-marine-power-scotrenewables-tidal-13425513

 

NHS Scotland compensating for serious bed shortages in England

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We hear, often headlined, the single cases of NHS Scotland patients travelling to London for specialist care, such as for Ebola, not available in Scotland or for access to expensive drugs not approved here.

Far more significant, but rarely reported in our Nomedia, are examples of large numbers being transferred from a system ten times its size, into NHS Scotland, because of shortages in NHS England.

In the Guardian yesterday:

At least 154 vulnerable patients, mainly women and some teenagers, had to travel hundreds of miles from their homes in order to receive residential care in Glasgow and Edinburgh, costing the NHS millions of pounds annually. The data, obtained under freedom of information from NHS England, is the first of its kind to be revealed. Official figures showed that in 2017-18, caring for English eating disorder patients in Scotland cost £5.1m, compared with £4.5m the year before and £2.2m in 2014-15. Mental health experts expressed alarm and blamed the NHS’s use of cross-border care on an acute lack of both beds in mental health units and specialist staff to look after patients. They said care further from home could damage patients’ chances of recovery, increase their sense of isolation through the separation from their families and even raise their risk of dying.’

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/16/nhs-england-eating-disorder-scotland-treatment

See this from only one English Board in July 2017:

‘Mental health patients in Oxfordshire have been wrenched from their families and forced to travel as far as Scotland to receive care and treatment. As many as 478 residents with mental health problems have been sent out of the county in the past three years, with the furthest travelling 532 miles to New Craigs Hospital in Inverness. The British Medical Association (BMA) found that patients of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust had to travel some of the greatest distances of anyone in the country.’

https://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15383748.Bed_closures_force_mental_health_patients_to_travel_as_far_as_Scotland_for_treatment/

These are very large numbers being supported by NHS Scotland and, all things being fair, headline stories for our Nomedia.

It is inevitable that any small country such as Scotland, Belgium or Denmark will find itself sending patients with rare conditions to specialist facilities in larger countries such as England, France or Germany. It’s one of the things the EU was built to do efficiently but the proportionately heavy traffic of regular cases from England to Scotland suggest the smaller country is, in this case, subsidising the larger one.

 

UK wages rise at fastest rate but still slower than in Scotland

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In the Independent today:

‘Average basic pay for UK workers jumped at it fastest rate in almost ten years in August, according to the latest official data. The Office for National Statistics reported on Tuesday that regular pay, which excludes volatile bonuses, was up 3.1 per cent on a year earlier in the three months to August.’

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-wages-pay-average-august-fastest-decade-august-ons-a8585861.html

There’s no ‘regional’ breakdown but in Insider on August 8th, 2018:

‘Amid rising staff vacancies and shrinking candidate supply, pay pressures intensified in July. Salaries awarded to permanent starters in Scotland increased at the fastest pace in six months, with inflation outpacing that seen for the UK overall. Meanwhile, temp pay rates in Scotland rose at the sharpest degree since April 2017.’

https://www.insider.co.uk/news/royal-bank-of-scotland-jobs-13044872

 

As religious hate crime soars by 40% in one year in England and Wales, Reporting Scotland struggles to keep up

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Across the UK media, including BBC News at 1, and in the Independent, today:

‘Religious hate crime rises 40% in England and Wales – with more than half directed at Muslims’

‘New statistics released by the Home Office said more than half of religiously-motivated attacks in 2017-18 were directed at Muslims and the next most-commonly targeted group was Jewish people. Police recorded a total of 94,098 hate crime offences – more than double the total five years ago – and all categories saw a rise.’

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/uk-hate-crime-religious-muslims-islamophobia-police-racism-a8585846.html

By 1.30pm, Reporting Scotland had still not managed to find even a single case of an anti- Muslim hate crime in Scotland. Maybe Anas Sarwar was otherwise engaged? Let’s see if they manage something by 6.30pm or even later today.

It’s clearly very important that Reporting Scotland, with or without the assistance of the UK parties in Scotland, are able to present a story of hate crime to remind us that we are no better and certainly no different from our fellow Brits.

The Aberdeen Express is onto it already by just ignoring the content of the story:

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Here’s the most recent, June 2018, data for Scotland:

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From the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service press release on Hate Crime in Scotland, 2017/18: Racial crime – 3,249 charges reported in 2017-18, 4% less than in 2016-17 – 9% less than the peak in 2011-12, lowest number reported since 2003-04.

http://www.copfs.gov.uk/media-site/media-releases/1765-hate-crime-in-scotland-2017-18

BBC News desk: Anonymous caller on the line with a report that the BBC carried out a hate crime against the elderly in the case of Prof Robertson in 2014. Want it? No? Send it to BBC Salford? Why? See this:

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Fracking begins near our ancestral holiday resort, Blackpool, and far too close to the Scottish border*

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*Original report August 19th 2017

Why the UK’s geology means fracking will never come to Scotland and should never have been allowed in England because it’s 55 000 000 years too late!

Despite support for fracking falling to an all-time low of 17%, the UK government is pushing ahead and overriding the objections of local communities and local authorities. The health risks are well known but UK politicians insist standards will be higher in the UK than they have been in the US where we’ve seen several disasters. See, for example:

‘How 10 Years of Fracking Has Been a Disaster for Our Water, Land and Climate’

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margie-alt/how-10-years-of-fracking_b_9806768.html

However, there is another issue rarely addressed and that is the general unsuitability of the UK’s geology compared to that of parts of the USA. A quite extended and complex piece from Oil and Gas People yesterday is summarised here. The link to the full piece is below.

I think these two extracts sum up the differences:

  1. The most successful US shale areas, such as the Marcellus, Barnett, Haynesville and Bakken, all lie at depths and temperatures that mean they are ready to expel their oil and gas when fracked. The basins in which these occur are primarily in relatively stable, undeformed areas away from the edges of active tectonic plates, which geologists refer to as “intracratonic” basins. They are characterised by continuous layers of rock with only gentle dips and few fractures or major faults. This all aids subsurface imaging, gas/oil detection and the directional drilling needed for shale exploration.
  2. A cursory look at the geological map of the UK shows a very different proposition. The whole land mass has been significantly uplifted by a chain of geological events that started some 55m years ago with the upward rise of a plume of magma under Iceland. This helped break the tectonic plate in two, pushing Greenland and North America in one direction and the eastern segment containing the British Isles in the other, forming the Atlantic Ocean in between…. In short, even where a shale source in the UK may have high organic content and thick and favourable mineralogy, the complex structure of the basins will be detrimental to ultimate recovery….As a result, the opportunity has been overhyped and reserve estimates remain unknown.

So, with hesitation, as non-geologist, I think what the report is saying is that the UK’s geology is too fractured, folded and complex for easy access to large economically viable deposits and that the rock itself often does not have a sufficiently high organic content there to be extracted.

Even considering UK basins said to hold large deposits such as in Lancashire and West Lothian, these rock formations were deformed, not for the first time, 290 million years ago making their structures even more complex and fractured. The report concludes that for UK shale oil extraction, it’s 55 million years too late!

https://www.oilandgaspeople.com/news/14910/there-may-be-a-huge-flaw-in-uk-fracking-hopes/