Old Oxymoron English Dictionary board rejects ‘Brexiteer’ as nonsensical and orders use of ‘Breximoron’ instead

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At an emergency meeting of the respected Old Oxymoron English Dictionary’s New Additions Board, Professor Naemeritus, Johann von Robertskinful, presented his case against the increasingly common but unhelpful and confusing use of the word ‘Brexiteer’. Prof Robertskinful said:

‘The word ‘Brexiteer’ suggests a kind of imaginative, swashbuckling manner so unlike that of prominent Leave figures such as Gove, Johnson or Davis. What more accurately characterises them is a plodding stupidity, lack of charisma and, in their ideas, a lack of logical coherence. They have much in common with the concept of an oxymoron where the two parts contradict rather than enhancing each other. The term ‘Military Intelligence’ is one of the better known oxymorons. Zo, I propose that this board recommend to all users of the OOED, that the term ‘Brexymoron’ be used in referring to leading proponents of Brexit and to Brexit concepts.’

The proposal was unanimously approved by the board.

A Breximoron can be a phrase about Brexit lacking internal coherence, a group or a person supporting Brexit who by definition lacks a coherence between what he thinks is true and what iss actually true. For clarification, here are some examples of a Breximoron:

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European Research Group

Great Britain

British diplomacy

British sea power

British influence

British decency

Independent Coastal State

Good trade deal with USA

Good trade deal with Russia

 

 

 

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Unemployment in Scotland below UK level and employment better paid

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From the often more balanced and reliable BBC Scotland website news than the Broadcast versions:

  • Scottish unemployment rate hits record low at 3.7%
  • At 3.7%, the jobless rate is below that of the UK, which sits at 4.1%.
  • ONS data revealed 75% of the working age population, those aged between 16 and 64, had some form of work.
  • Scotland’s employment rate was ‘below’ [statistically insignificant difference] that of the UK as a whole, which is at 75.7%.
  • Joblessness fell among both males and females, with the number of men out of work down by 8,000 over the period to 58,000, while the number of women without a job decreased 5,000 to 42,000.
  • On employment for women and young people, a rate of 71.3% for women, higher than the UK rate of 71.2%, and 58.8% for young people, higher than the UK rate of 55.9%.
  • Lower rates of unemployment for both women and young people.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46522798

It is also important to know about the quality of the employment experienced. It would be all very well to have increasing employment if it were primarily low-paid and insecure. At the end of October 2018, we were able to report that more Scots were getting the living wage, 54% fewer were in insecure work, more mothers were able to return, there were better conditions and better jobs, there was more workplace gender equality, more employee-ownership, there were more educated workers and more apprenticeships. See below for the evidence.

More mothers able to return to work as Scottish Government doubles free early learning and childcare

Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.

Scotland ‘poised to be a world leader’ in workplace gender equality

3 500 additional new-style apprenticeships confirmed for Scotland in 2018 as Scottish Government pushes on to increase youth employment further ahead of rUK

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage?

As the number of the employed yet homeless soars in Southern England it is falling and much lower in Scotland

UK Government urged to follow Scotland’s praised lead on employee ownership – another 8% story?

As oil prices soar and exploration increases, employment in Scotland’s oil industry returns to record levels

‘Scotland’s top private firms employed more people, increased salaries and witnessed a rise in profits in 2017.’

Once again, it’s the ‘8% of the UK population but much more of something good’ meme. This time it’s 33% of employee-owned firms in the UK

Is ‘insecure work’ far less common in Scotland and falling under the SNP? Is it as much as 54% more common in England and Wales?

Scotland has more educated workers than England: JRF Excerpt 2

80 000 lowest paid workers in NHS England still on poverty wages as NHS Scotland follows Scottish Government policy to pay a living wage to all public-sector employees

 

50% more affordable homes in Scotland than in non-Scottish parts

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From news.gov.scot, today:

  • 80,000 affordable homes delivered since 2007
  • 21 percent rise in number of affordable homes delivered in Scotland during the last year
  • 8,767 homes delivered for the year to September 2018
  • A total of 80,104 affordable homes have been provided since 2007
  • 50% per head more affordable homes
  • More than five times as many social rented properties
  • 5,340 social rented homes delivered, increase of 864 homes or 19% on the previous year
  • Annual average of 137 homes per 100,000 population compared with 86 in England
  • More than five times as many social rented properties delivered – 84 homes per 100,000 population in Scotland compared to just 13 in England

https://news.gov.scot/news/more-affordable-homes-1

 

Scotland’s continuing efforts to improve the lives of disabled

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The Scottish government’s action plan announced yesterday, includes:

  • Up to £1 million to develop solutions to the barriers employers face in hiring and retaining disabled people
  • Up to £500,000 to pilot the provision of support similar to Access to Work to disabled people undertaking work experience or work trials
  • A new support service to help disabled people for who more mainstream employment support is not suitable
  • Appointing a business leader to advise Ministers on the steps to reduce the perceived risk of recruiting those with fluctuating health conditions
  • Developing targets for the employment of disabled people within the Scottish Government’s own workforce

https://news.gov.scot/news/tackling-the-disability-employment-gap-1

While there is, of course, much still to be done, Scotland has already made some progress beyond that found elsewhere in UK:

Another little difference that tells us something: SNP to improve disability terms for terminally ill.

In the wake of the UN praise for Scotland’s approach to disability rights, NHS Scotland announces traineeships for disabled graduates

UN condemns UK Government’s ‘human catastrophe’ on disability rights but praises Scottish Government’s actions

How to feel a bit better about the Equality and Human Rights Commission report

‘One in five ‘Britons’ [living in England?] with disabilities have their rights violated, UN told’

 

Scotland’s wind energy smashes through 100% threshold but fails to bother BBC Scotland

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Never mind those bloody windfarms, this one will bleeow yoh hice dine!

From the WWF, yesterday:

‘Wind output in November broke through the 100% threshold for the first time, with 109% of total Scottish electricity demand being met from renewables, enough to power nearly 6 million homes.’

Key points:

  1. 20 out of 30 days wind production outstripped demand.
  2. National Grid demand for the month – 1,994,839 MWh. What % of this could have been provided by wind power – 109%
  3. Best day – 28th November generation was 116,599MWh, 9.59m homes, 391% households.  Demand that day was 60,492MWh – wind generation was 192% of that.
  4. Worst day – 26th November 22,677 MWh, 1.86m homes, 75% of households
  5. How many days generation was over 100% of household electricity requirement – 28
  6. How many days generation exceeded overall electricity demand – 20

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/new-record-renewables-break-100-threshold-electricity-demand

STV did cover the story as did the National and Energy Voice. For some reason it did not appear even on the BBC Scotland website never mind Reporting Scotland.

BBC Scotland News shoring up the Union with endless layers of supportive repetition

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Six times this morning from 06:27, as viewers are at their most susceptible to psychological conditioning, the BBC Scotland insert in the Breakfast show headlines:

The Prime Minister will begin an emergency dash around European capitals in an effort to save her Brexit deal. A crucial vote was called off at the last minute yesterday as the government knew it couldn’t win. Now the opposition will hold an emergency debate as the hothouse atmosphere at Westminster continues.’

Then, against the background images of the PM leaving No.10, we hear more from ‘our correspondent’ that we have already heard minutes before in the broadcast.

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Why does this report, taking time out of a tiny 3-minute insert, headline a simple repetition of the news already broadcast from a UK perspective, with no Scottish perspective? Do they think people are switching on at exactly 27 and 57 minutes after the hour, just to hear the Scottish bit, and so might otherwise have missed the same story also repeated six or more times from the Salford couch?

The message is clear. This is about the UK and not just Scotland, even in this Scottish insert. A Scottish perspective might at times come first and alone but cannot be the default position even though the notion of having this insert has presumably been rationalised. in the first place, as giving a Scottish perspective. Regularly, however, an uncritical adoption of the same UK narrative, will be the headline news for Scotland.

The effect is to shore up in the unconscious minds of the audience that the Westminster view of the world is the shared, important even natural one. Over time and with other many similar messages such as, for example, the TV dominance of ‘British’ sport, the labelling of Scottish products with Union flags, or the teaching of British history in schools, is of mental conditioning which subtly moulds the subconscious mind, adding layers of supportive matter to the internalised concepts of who we are and thus how we should act when we act, as we do and as science has shown, driven by the unconscious mind, only rationalising retrospectively.

This need not require a plan. Our journalists do not need to have conspired to strengthen the Union in our minds. While some seniors may at times explicitly push the Union agenda, mostly it will come quickly, unthinkingly, and seem ‘natural’ to them to do so. For most, it will have become the climate in which they work, also quickly and ‘naturally’. That’s why they are often genuinely puzzled or angered when accused of bias. They have no sense of being biased. They’re just doing what comes naturally, over and over, to great effect.

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The temptation to do so is understandable. The presenter feels more important when they talk big politics from London. Wouldn’t it be nice to be promoted to London Correspondent or even Washington? That James Cook even gets to walk around in skinny jeans there. Yes, away from that ‘oh so clever Nicola’, that ‘oh so depressing Richard’ and that smell of Aberdeenshire fish every bloody day recently.

‘The Prime minister, our prime minister. The government, our government. The opposition, our opposition.’ Add slowly, stir thoroughly then allow to settle. Give repeat doses every two or three days to sustain immunity, then as required, for around 70 years. Works best if started when young and when doses are given in the early morning. Do not discuss ingredients or possible side effects as this can reduce effectiveness.

 

 

Prison Reform Trust imprisons Scotland in usual negative UK narrative

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Reported in the Independent today, a survey by the Prison Reform Trust fails to distinguish between the Scottish and English systems. It’s not a rare phenomenon.

Dramatically they indicate:

The UK has more prisoners serving life sentences than any other country in Europe, according to a new report by the Prison Reform Trust. There are 8,554 inmates across the UK serving life sentences – more than France, Germany and Italy combined. The British total also exceeds the number of life-sentence prisoners held in jails in Russia and Turkey.

Then call for: ‘a major re-think in sentencing policy, arguing that it was “out of kilter” with the rest of the world and had created an overcrowding crisis in Britain’s jails.’

I couldn’t find Scottish numbers for life-serving prisoners, but the graph below shows the changing climate in Scotland with regard to internment.

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House of Commons Briefing Paper CBP-04334, 23 July 2018