15 thoughts on “Hmmmmm?

  1. John September 8, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Hmmmmmm , cynical ?, no , don’t think so . What is she after here , the sympathy vote ?, the “if I screwed this up don’t blame me ” vote ? . Why is she adding flames to the fire , what is this revelation about , it’s not relevant to the case , why are people patting her on the back for revealing this ?. WHO LEAKED THE REPORT ! . Me cynical ?, don’t think so ! .

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  2. Scott September 8, 2018 / 9:32 am

    All I can say as well is Hmmmmm?

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  3. Ella September 8, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Just another Tory looking for the sympathy vote. She screwed Alex up. Yet her Tory Westminster Government. Is full of Sexual deviants.

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  4. Alasdair Macdonald September 8, 2018 / 10:03 am

    I think that adopting the principle of charity is usually the best course of action in such matters. It is important in the ‘normalisation’ of mental illness (i.e. normalised in that it is recognised as an illness in the same way as flu, bronchitis, diverticulitis, diabetes, cancer are).

    THE SG has made an announcement regarding increased funding. There has been a campaign by various mental health groups over the past few months. An SNP councillor in Glasgow recently undertook a sponsored walk to raise funds and to raise awareness. He announced publicly that he had on several occasions been suicidal.

    The fact that sections of the media can be quite cynical in their reporting of things like this. Can you imagine the glee with which most of them would fall on a revelation that Mr Jeremy Corbyn or Mr Vince Cable were to make an admission similar to the civil servant?

    There is a growing number of people with Type 2 Diabetes, but the consistent message is one of ‘fat shaming’ and lack of moral strength to control eating. There was a recent BBC article which was dominated by a huge photograph of food. As someone with Type 2 diabetes, who has a ‘sylph-like’ figure (my wife’s description!), who has always been keen on participation in sport and still participates, who has a low BMI and low body fat, who is TT and a non-smoker, I object strongly to such characterisations of people with what is a very serious condition. Most diabetics whom I know, irrespective of body size, follow their regimes pretty rigourously. Most of us are, with the cooperation of the NHS managing our condition well. Indeed, the most recent life expectancy figures indicate that people with Type 2 have life expectancy similar to or perhaps slightly longer than the population as a whole. Fifty years ago it was around 20 years less. This is a tribute to medical research, and to patient and NHS collaboration in management.

    With regard to mental health we are finding many similarly positive stories. Of course more funding is welcome, but, we also need to recognise that there are successful programmes. The cavilling whingers in the Scottish Parliament opposition groups are much more interested in petty point scoring than actually collaborating in developing much more nuanced approaches. Health is a genuine political issue in the sense that it is about deploying public funding and resources.


    • johnrobertson834 September 8, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      As a manager in HE, I often found colleagues bringing news of illnesses after some misdemeanour by them. Sometimes genuine excuse but not always?

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      • Alasdair Macdonald September 8, 2018 / 4:45 pm

        What you say is sometimes true. My point is that we have to accept things at face value, at least on the first or second occasion, until we have a reasonable case to express doubt.

        I think that the context of this revelation is the drive to try to get more openness about such difficulties as you have done in an accompanying post, which I found moving and admirable in its honesty.

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  5. Willie Hogg September 8, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    I wonder what affect her actions have had on AS’s mental health.

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  6. twathater September 9, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    Yes John i also echo the hmmm feeling , If Ms Evans had followed her own recommended protocols and immediately sought out the LEAKER to the press hyenas she would have lessened her stress levels measurably

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  7. Stuart Mcnicoll September 9, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    If you start from the premise that very little of what goes on in the civil service in Scotland is hidden from Westminster or the Scottish Office, then I don’t think that the leak necessarily should be attributed to the civil service itself, or indeed that the decision by Evans to go public, was actually by made her. The Carmichael ‘ French gate ‘ debacle is a clear indicator of the direction we should be looking.

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  8. Les Wilson September 11, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    Yes John, there is time for Hmmm, here!


  9. Les Wilson September 11, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Sorry on last post, should have said “there” not here, just in case it was taken wrongly.


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