BBC Scotland use Labour MSP to tell us all about new £1.5 million Scottish Government family fund for parents of premature babies


From the BBC report:

‘Parents of premature babies who are being cared for in hospital are to be given extra financial support. The Scottish government is introducing a new £1.5m family fund to help with additional costs such as travel to the hospital and food and drink.  About 4,400 babies are born prematurely every year in Scotland and the extra cost to parents is over £200 a week. Health Secretary Shona Robison confirmed the money would be available from 1 April next year.’

Shona gets another three sentences to explain the fund. Needless to say, the SNP doesn’t get a mention, but Labour Central Scotland list MSP, Mark Griffin, certainly does. He gets eight paragraphs apparently because his own baby was born early and he’s a campaigner for the charity, Bliss.

By the time you’ve finished reading, it looks like that rarest of things, a Labour policy achievement.

The new fund is, of course, just another of the many humane and compassionate SNP initiatives to protect the Scottish people from the worst of Tory austerity. Remember when Labour used to do that? No, of course you don’t. They never did.

You might, however, remember these:

Author AL Kennedy defends Scotland as more caring than ‘austerity England’

Scottish Government continues to fight brutal Westminster austerity politics

Landmark study links Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths

Scottish Government fights to protect against the effects of Tory austerity cuts.

I suppose you have to admire BBC Scotland’s determination to get Labour into stories.


6 thoughts on “BBC Scotland use Labour MSP to tell us all about new £1.5 million Scottish Government family fund for parents of premature babies

  1. Ludo Thierry December 22, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Coffee time: I heard the piece this morning too – very strangely crafted item. As Clydebuilt tells us – the beeb are real ‘professionals’ at this kind of stuff. It is a genuine skill and it should be recognised as such – What they do is awful – but they are really very professional at doing it. At every opportunity underine the Scottish electorates confidence in running its own affairs. At every opportunity blank the SNP, the Scottish Govt., the Scottish Parlt., the Scottish Public Services. Try , wherever and however possible to leave the impression that anything ‘good’ is somehow down to London Govt and anything ‘bad’ is the direct responsibility of The Jocks.

    Talking of msm – Further evidence from D.C. Thomson results today that the BritNat print media continues to die on its feet (from wee Douggie Fraser on beeb Jockland):

    Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson & Co has boosted its profits through its substantial financial assets and diversifying away from print.
    It comes as advertising revenue has dipped at its press titles which include the Press and Journal, Dundee Courier and The Sunday Post.
    Revenue rose by less than £2m to £277m.
    Pre-tax profit at the private and conservative family firm was up from £31m to £38m, according to accounts lodged with Companies House.
    “Trading conditions in the advertising and book sectors were difficult,” wrote directors.
    The firm gained £93m in the sale of financial assets. Over the year to the end of March, financial assets had increased from £566m to £629m.
    Total assets were put at more than £1.4bn.
    In publishing and printing, circulation was down 1% to £78m, while advertising fell 9% to £41m.

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    • Alasdair Macdonald December 22, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Ludo, you are right about the BBC (and the other msm) being pretty adept at spinning stories against the SG or any policy which is contrary to the ‘accepted line’ (for example any liberalisation of drugs legislation, such as needle exchanges and the like).

      It will be part of their training as journalists. Recruitment policies will also tend to favour those whose attitudes are ‘conservative’ – their mindset is such that the conservative hegemony is unreflectingly assumed to be ‘how things actually are’. (By ‘conservative’, I do not mean the views of the Conservative Party – a fair tranche of whom are genuinely radical, but radical in a neoliberal way – I mean the views of people who think things are as they are because that is the way things are – a comforting circularity. The Labour Party has always been pretty conservative in that sense. It has had radicals, too, particularly up to the 1970s, but then it adopted the neoliberal consensus and, essentially Messrs Blair and Brown tried to put a softer edge, or the appearance of one, on neoliberal capitalism. It was a Faustian bargain (assuming that both were actually somewhat ‘Christian’ in their motivation) in which they were allowed ‘stealth taxes’ in return for ‘light touch regulation’. However, when light touch regulation brought the financial collapse, the city demand socialism – for them only! – and Messrs Brown and Darling shovelled shedloads of public cash in their direction and Brown took the hit for his profligacy. His ego is such that he would refuse to accept any culpability, but essentially, he is one of the few arguments that the Tories have, and that is as a bogeyman. Corbyn is portrayed as a Marxist bogeyman. These two sum up Mrs May’s arguments to her supporters.

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      • johnrobertson834 December 22, 2017 / 2:20 pm

        A UWS Journalism told me of an interview for the BBC he went to. In the group session he discovered he was the only one who’d gone to a state school!

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  2. gavin December 22, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Wonder what the BEEB can do for Lenny? His must be the most inauspicious start to a political era, since Johanna La Mont first surfaced.
    The BBC Scotland pundits did the best they could with her (dubbing her “authentic”), but Lenny is the exact opposite of Johanna.
    She could hardly string a sentence together in the early days, whereas Lenny cannot stop yapping..

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  3. hettyforindy December 27, 2017 / 3:18 am

    And indeed I think it was in the Britnat Metro or Britnat Eveng news, that I picked out from a recycling bin, for cat litter, recently, that had a prominent SNP bad article, about a mother who had to travel from StJohns to Edin Royal Infirmary, to see her newborn in special care, and all of the expense etc.

    No mention of what the SNP are actually doing to make the lives of people struggling with all kinds of difficulties, just that bit easier. I wish there had been a fund when our second son was born at 30 weeks, in 1995. We had to go into debt to manage.

    But then, when Labour were at the helm at Holyrood, in 2006 they sent £1.6 billion back to Westminster, because, they said, ‘we can’t find anything to spend it on in Scotland’, or something to that effect. That I can never forgive, as we could not access adequate school support for two sons with special needs, ‘no money’, said the LEA. The repercussions are lifelong.

    Labour make me sick with their selfish, pretendy socialism. They are tories in disguise, disgusting takers.

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