Reporting Scotland miss chance to celebrate Scotland’s poverty but expose our useless health boards again!

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(c) BBC: ‘Here’s to NHS Scotland in Crisis for Christmas!’

What happened tonight? BBC 1 at 6, lined them up with headlines such as ‘One in four are living in poverty’ and they let it pass.

I know the Scottish figures were better with, for example, a significantly lower rate of child poverty and levels falling faster here. See, my report this morning:

Against the odds: Evidence of how SNP policies have defended Scotland against a least some of Tory austerity

But, but, but, they could still have gone for ‘One in five Scots are living in poverty!’ secure in the knowledge that few would remember the BBC 1 figure or, maybe, know whether one in four or one in five is worse, if they didn’t explain with cute graphics.

Did the Social Metrics Commission report look too difficult and time consuming? Did they need the time for the trailer to their disclosure of another cruelty story – child abuse by Christians this time. To be fair, the abused children were Scots unlike the calves last week which turned out to be from Hungary. They also needed plenty of time to lay out the details of their investigative piece on how Scotland’s NHS boards are not ready for Brexit. It turns out they aren’t. I’m surprised. I know the UK Government, MI5, MI6, the Home Office, the Foreign  Office and, indeed, every fucking department of every governmental agency, local and national, and the Navy, the Army and the RAF, and Boots, Sports Direct and Wetherspoons, and the whole bloody country, are not prepared, but you’d think, surely to god, the Scottish NHS boards would be well underway with planning for something they damn well know could take any number of forms. What are we paying these people for?

Next week: ‘Our Freedom of Information requests reveal the SNP Government is not prepared for the return of the German U Boat Menace!’

There were some other stories too, about sport and a steep path down a cliff somewhere, which were also too important to allow time and space for a big report on poverty in the UK with breakdown data for Scotland. They could easily have used this to damn the SNP. They’ve done it before. What’s wrong with these people? Have they lost their bottle? Oh, maybe the Scottish Tories, Labour or LibDems didn’t write it up for them like they usually do? Fair enough.

 

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8 thoughts on “Reporting Scotland miss chance to celebrate Scotland’s poverty but expose our useless health boards again!

  1. Contrary September 17, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Did you just swear there *shocked face*?! I must admit that was exactly what I was thinking during the radio’s interesting broadcasting of how unprepared NHS Scotland is, without mentioning everyone else under the sun, because they can’t be prepared for a total unknown. Exasperating having to listen to their complete twaddle. I mean, they expect us to believe they aren’t biased, if so then they are wholly incompetent.

    Why didn’t they even hint that the UK government might be incompetent and putting our welfare at risk?

    Nomedia indeed.

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  2. Alasdair Macdonald. September 18, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Poverty is a direct result of austerity and is a decision by Westminster, therefore to raise it would mean criticising Westminster, and someone might think, “I wonder if Ruth Davidson has a view on this?” But, she did not deign to mention it in the recent obeisance being paid by BBC Scotland in the recent ‘audience’ she gave, then it is not important.

    Of course, the Health Boards were highlighted as part of the contuous programme of cavilling, they also referred to the lack of preparation by other PUBLIC bodies in Scotland. Despite being a public body itself, to BBC Scotland any other public body is, by definition bad.

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  3. John September 18, 2018 / 7:59 am

    Perhaps they know they are being put under more scrutiny from the likes of …………….YOU !

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  4. Holebender September 18, 2018 / 10:29 am

    It’s conference season. Maybe the unionist parties are too busy to write PR for the BBC?

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  5. Ludo Thierry September 18, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Interestingly the beeb Scotland website is carrying the very good news regarding the Felber’s court victory against the Home Office deportation decision – it even mentions local SNP MP Drew Hendry’s campaigning on their behalf:

    A husband and wife who moved from the US to run a guesthouse in Inverness have won the right to remain the UK.

    Russell and Ellen Felber came to Scotland in 2011 on a so-called entrepreneur visa, and bought the B&B which they then refurbished.

    But since 2016, the couple have been in a legal battle with the Home Office to stay in the UK.

    They were facing deportation, but have now been awarded the right to remain by an independent immigration judge.

    Beeb don’t, however, choose to frame the story around the poll info we saw yesterday indicating a large majority of Scots (and a majority of UK public) favouring ‘Immigration’ becoming a devolved responsibility.

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  6. Alasdair Macdonald September 20, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    Since I do not watch the news where I am not, I did not catch the metropolitan BBC’s coverage of a report which indicated 14 million people (out of c 65 million, i.e more than 20%, the percentage of children is greater) are living in poverty. It turns out it was a massive 17 SECONDS!

    This is a direct result of ‘austerity’. Of course none of the people who read cue cards is paid less than £100k: poverty? it is because THESE people are morally degenerate.

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