(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:
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.