In the mood for a complaint again

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7 thoughts on “In the mood for a complaint again

  1. Bugger (the Panda) May 1, 2019 / 8:37 am

    Tumbleweed and a Rye Cooder track will be the answer

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  2. gavin May 1, 2019 / 10:20 am

    Well said, John. Go get’um!

    I think I am correct to say they announced several years ago, that the Sunday Post would be their model for Journalism?
    However they have failed to match even the kailyaird pessimism of that mighty organ, instead the Sunday Sport has been their shining beacon of feigned “news”!

    Cauld kail, back het, would be a great improvement on BBC mince.

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  3. gavin May 1, 2019 / 12:24 pm

    Once more, PMQ’s descend into an anti-Scottish rant from May. “Day Job”—how laughable is THAT, given the shambles of her government!

    I cannot understand why Ian Blackford doesnt simply rip up his questions and lay into her, about the comparisons between Scotland’s services and England’s.

    Use the stats you have put before us, John.
    NHS recruitment levels. Access to higher education. Police numbers. Prison safety and security. Indeed national security with end less leaks from her Cabinet.

    Worst is, all this will be regurgitated by some smirking fool on Reporting Scotland without questions or context, or even a blush!

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    • stewartb May 1, 2019 / 3:59 pm

      Gavin, I agree. I do think there must be more opportunities for Ian Blackford to use information on the many positives concerning Scotland’s public services etc. and make the stark contrasts during the high profile proceedings of PMQs.

      For example, only yesterday the BBC (but not in Scotland as far as I am aware) was covering the new report by the Social Mobility Commission (‘State of the Nation 2018 to 2019’).

      This was posted on the BBC News website: “State of the Nation report: Inequality in UK ‘entrenched’” – even tho’ it was just a GB-wide report (i.e. no NI coverage)!

      The Today programme on Radio 4 yesterday morning covered the Commission’s report. It actually gave the Tory education secretary Damien Hinds quite a hard time during an interview on the findings and recommendations. (As an aside, as usual, Today failed to inform listeners that Mr Hinds is only the education secretary for England and that Westminster has no role in the key underpinning policy areas).

      And to my point: the BBC lumped England together with Wales and Scotland into an overall ‘bad news’ story. However, there was – OF COURSE – no mention by the BBC of this from the Commission’s report:

      P132: “This data highlights that both Scotland and Wales are becoming significantly more socially mobile, as a person’s job and life chances are less determined by their socio-economic status at birth. This is encouraging and compares favourably to England, where social mobility has not improved.”

      And then:

      P.138: “The Commission recognises the Scottish Government’s efforts at tackling in-work poverty by becoming an accredited voluntary living wage employer, as well as strongly encouraging other employers to do the same.”

      Now surely something of this kind of material could be used at PMQs? Indeed ‘Talking up Scotland’ provides plenty of high value material for Mr Blackford to use every week at PMQs.!

      Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/798404/SMC_State_of_the_Nation_Report_2018-19.pdf

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      • stewartb May 1, 2019 / 4:03 pm

        To correct my post:

        “As an aside, as usual, Today failed to inform listeners that Mr Hinds is only the education secretary for England and that Westminster has no role in the key underpinning policy areas OUTSIDE ENGLAND.” Apologies!

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  4. Ludo Thierry May 1, 2019 / 5:23 pm

    Interesting to see Gavin Williamson MP CBE being sacked from Cabinet (Secretary for War) following a leak from the (UK) National Security Committee. Do you think he’ll have to hand his CBE back to Queenie?

    Worth reminding ourselves that he only got the job because Fallon had to resign due to conduct unbecoming. My my – these Westminster/Whitehall elite chappies fairly know how to behave don’t they? – Indy Scotland couldn’t possibly cope without the wisdom, gravitas and experience these clowns provide – could she?

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    • gavin May 1, 2019 / 7:03 pm

      And he is denying it—-this could run on for a while, to the delight of the audience!

      The Tories have always exhibited a certain pomposity of spirit–citing their longevity as a ruling party.
      While I don’t think they will entirely disappear, they are much diminished, though still vainly self-obsessed.

      Excepting Scotland’s media, where Ruthie is the eternal Queen of the May, and journalists dance, and sing and always play her tune!

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