What’s happening to Talking-up Scotland?

Scale: August 16 to September 14.

I wonder, does BBC Scotland have anything to do with this boom?

So, good news is liked by many, I’m told, but BBCbaaad is the thing!?



5 thoughts on “What’s happening to Talking-up Scotland?

  1. gavin September 13, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    “They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth”—Plato.

    BBC Scotland is probably not its own master, but give them enough red faces and people will start to notice. As your “views” show.
    So, keep it up John and, hopefully we will get an honest broadcaster in time.

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  2. tcrosbie20 September 13, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    People just like getting the truth, most people are sick to the back teeth of this anti-independence SNP/bad garbage that the BBC are spouting. It really is sewer journalism. And we pay a TV license fee for this manure.

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  3. Ludo Thierry September 14, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    Quick update on the beeb ‘Scottish bull calves export docu-drama scandal’:

    I heard a bit of an interview on GMS (whilst driving – so couldn’t give full attention) this a.m. with (I believe) a gent who is the Vice Pres. of NFU Scotland (sorry – didn’t catch jhis name) – He was scrupulously polite but taking no prisoners. He described some footage in the docu-drama as having been taken in (I think) Eastern Europe at some point. He described that using this footage and implying it involved current Scottish calves being exported to Ireland or Europe equalled “..fraud..” – The interview was (very) hurriedly ended.

    Meanwhile, I heard a single mention on GMS (yesterday) of Scotland’s Chief Vet describing the beeb’s (soon to be award winning I’m sure) docu-drama as “alarmist”.

    I tried to find this info on the beeb Scotland website – but was unsuccessful.

    NOTE: Scotland’s Chief Vet Sheila Voas was appointed as an advisor back in 2004 (ie – back in the days of the Lab/Lib executive). So the Better Together media can’t depict this long-standing and highly respected public servant as an SNP Baaad place-person.

    Whilst searching for the quote I found that it was being carried – in an informative short article – on various sites – including this one which is devoted to local London news – so – a site devoted to explicitly ‘London’ news feels it is a story worth covering – but the beeb Scotland website doesn’t view it as such. ‘Curiouser and curiouser’ as someone once said:


    Writing in The Times, Ms Voas said much of the commentary around the practice “could be politely referred to as alarmist”.

    The Scottish Government is currently undertaking a year’s worth of research to determine the effects on the calves of these journeys.

    Ms Voas stated: “As Scotland’s chief veterinary officer I want to reassure the public that Scotland has a responsible dairy industry that cares about the welfare of these animals and is subject to the highest standards of welfare as regulated by European law.”

    She added: “There are a small numbers of calves being transported to Spain for fattening and production. These are male dairy calves which otherwise would have no productive purpose in Scotland.

    “Some reports have distorted the reality of these journeys.”

    Ms Voas said she had recently travelled to Catalonia to see a consignment of calves arrive, saying the animals were “bright and alert” when they were unloaded.

    She added that while “typically the overall journey to Spain takes about 100 hours” the calves spend “more than half of this time resting or being fed, unloaded off their transport, at control posts”.

    The chief vet said: “For the majority of Scots who enjoy milk and meat but want this to be produced as humanely as possible, I hope I have reassured people that we are committed to ensuring that livestock being transported are supported by high welfare standards.”

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  4. Ludo Thierry September 14, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    Good to see the Dumfries and Galloway Pensioners For Indy giving both barrels to the beeb – more power to your elbows – and well done for managing to get your statement into the local print press (snippet below):

    Dumfries and Galloway Pensioners for Independence are lobbying the UK government after BBC chief Tony Hall proposed to scrap the current licence fee exemption for over 75s.

    A spokesman said: “The BBC can afford to pay some of their stars £1,750,000, while Lord Hall himself is paid £205,000 a year. Pensioners get £125.95 a week. UK pensioners suffer from the lowest rate of pensions in the developed world. They suffer more than most from the lack of rural transport, bank closures and lack of retail outlets. Care providers are increasingly under threat. For many the television provides their only distraction and light on the outside world.”

    Responding to Lord Hall’s comment that those over 65 and 75 “consume many more TV services than others”, the group spokesman added: “We’ve been told we live too long. We’ve been told we use the NHS too much. We’ve been told we didn’t save enough. Now we’ve been told we watch too much TV!”

    They highlighted that last year there were 180,000 prosecutions for TV licence avoidance and their spokesman added: “If the BBC wants to act with a cavalier disregard for its social obligations it should lose the protection of the criminal justice system and be forced to seek redress like any other commercial business.”

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