Researchers not up-to-date but BBC Scotland happy to re-bleat their ‘SNPbaaad’ mistake on productivity

Hume wearing his patented thinking cap to conceal his fear of recession

Broadcast 6 times this morning and on the website, BBC Scotland News report a David Hume ‘Institute’ study which wrongly claims:

‘[T]here had been “no progress” towards a target set by ministers in 2007 to improve Scotland’s productivity rankings.’

However, in the first quarter of 2018, Scottish labour productivity increased by 1.7%. See this from 22nd August 2018:

‘Additionally, this release contains a trend-based estimate of productivity growth. This indicates the underlying rate of change during the latest quarter by removing both seasonal and irregular (volatile) movements from the data. It is estimated that the trend in real output per hour worked increased by 1.7% in the first quarter of 2018.’

Was the DHI unable to remove the volatile movements from its data? Did they know about them? Could they do the sums? Did they prefer to leave them in to suit their predetermined conclusions? Did the news of a 1.7% increase in one quarter arrive when they were on holiday?

In the same period, UK labour productivity fell by 0.4%. See:

‘UK labour productivity is estimated to have fallen by 0.4% in the first three months of the year, as a result of continued strength in employment growth combined with weaker output growth; this is the first fall in output per hour since the second quarter of 2017.’



9 thoughts on “Researchers not up-to-date but BBC Scotland happy to re-bleat their ‘SNPbaaad’ mistake on productivity

  1. John September 6, 2018 / 7:02 am

    Your reason for being here John to put the record straight . Apparently Scotland has a highly educated workforce , (well glad they are eventually admitting that ) , but we are rubbish managers . How can that be ? , surely if you have a highly educated workforce they are capable of learning management .
    Maybe companies don’t put their Scottish workforce through management training courses ! .

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    • John September 6, 2018 / 7:49 am

      Update , countries that turn their productively around do it with all political parties involved as well as unions . Fat chance of that in Scotland with Unionists doing their country down at every turn ! .

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      • Alasdair Macdonald September 6, 2018 / 4:30 pm

        John, You are right on the button with that observation. Just read the two paragraph quote from Jackie Baillie: it can be summarised as “youse ur pure shite, fuck aff and let us back in again, because that’s what we wis always entitlit tae!” However, being privately educated in Cumbria, Ms Baillie would express it in somewhat plummy tones, no like a common Glaswegian like Ahm ur.

        It pains me to say it, but, although criticising, the comment from the Tory spokesperson actually indicated places where he felt there could be common purpose.

        With Wee Wullie the Kelty Klown and his chums being as oppositionist as Labour, it might be that the constructive collaboration will be amongst SNP, Greens and Tories. There are a fair number in business and in the STUC who know how to collaborate. Some Scottish branches of unions might be prepared to assist if their local secretaries were not also high heid yins in the local Labour Party.

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  2. tcrosbie20 September 6, 2018 / 7:05 am

    They just don’t care anymore, even though they know its incorrect they are quite happy to re-broadcast it, anything for a bit of SNP bad news. It must be the lowest form of journalistic integrity there is. Its just downright dishonest. Shameful BBC.

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  3. Robert Graham September 6, 2018 / 10:05 am

    I seem to remember hearing Scotland’s growth is stagnant compared to a lot of EU countries , well thats a new line its usually a UK wide reference, looks like they are casting the net a bit wider now , maybe next time it will include the rest of the developed world , a very strange universe the management of this BBC in Scotland inhabit , I wonder what a morning planning meeting would be like , it probably starts with ok how do we score a hit on these SNP rats today .

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  4. James Waugh September 6, 2018 / 1:09 pm

    For me the most amusing bit was the interview on GMS with the spokesperson where the obvious question ” Well this comparison is against Independent Countries so Scotland will need to be Independent then to follow their leads? was unasked

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    • Alasdair Macdonald September 6, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      It was interesting that the spokeswoman for the DHI admitted that the data for Scotland was better than most of the UK, but then said the real comparison was with other OECD countries. So, although performing generally well compared to much of the UK, we have to remain in the UK, with hobbled powers so that we can continue to show up poorly against independent countries!

      Scotland is a ‘well educated country’ yet we should be looking at how London ‘turned round its failing schools.’ Is there a non sequitur there?

      I got the impression that the interview was stage managed to present Scotland in as poor a light as possible. It sounded as if Gary Robertson was feeding lines and the spokeswoman then trotted out her prepared replies. That was why, James Waugh, your obvious question went unasked.

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  5. Daisy Walker September 7, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    O/T but in a similar vein….

    Managers in Scotland’s Prisons, and in Scotland’s Health Service managed, thanks to good relations with the Scottish Government to stave of threats of strike action in both organisations, and found resolution, a great deal quicker than our neighbours down south.

    Awfully tired of the ‘too wee, too poor, too stupid’ script, however they have to keep churning it out I suppose, to earn their crust.

    Thank you for all your good works.

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