VERY convenient for the SNP Government to have better alcoholism treatment

See how BBC News presented the damning report on alcohol treatment in England (top right). The broadcast had it only half way through. Compare this with the headlined and wall-to-wall coverage of drug deaths in Scotland. BBC 1 did it then Reporting Scotland did it again, over more than one day. So, we had this kind of thing:

And of course, we had Sarah Smith weighing in with a big lie about treatment:

VERY convenient


7 thoughts on “VERY convenient for the SNP Government to have better alcoholism treatment

  1. Alasdair Macdonald July 30, 2019 / 3:38 pm

    And, the thumbnail report has moved from the England page to the Health page. Hiding it?

    The number of people suffering from alcohol problems is greatly more than those suffering from drugs problems. Yet it is the latter which has for many years got the lurid headlines and the stories of ‘wrecked lives’. Alcohol has wrecked more lives than drugs ever did.

    The alcohol companies have always been great supporters of the Tory Party.


  2. Ludo Thierry July 30, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    Apols for going off-topic so quickly but noticed an interesting report on the beeb Wales page regarding some highly sensible comments by a Welsh tory AM (One couldn’t, somehow, imagine any ‘Scottish’ tory MSPs making similar observations, could one?). Link and snippets below:

    A Welsh Labour Assembly Member has said he believes an independent Wales is “possible” in his lifetime.

    Pontypridd AM Mick Antoniw told BBC Radio Wales’ Sunday Supplement the next couple of years “could determine whether or not that happens”.

    Mr Antoniw’s comments came after thousands of people marched in a Welsh independence rally on Saturday.

    Police confirmed at least 5,000 people had paraded though Caernarfon on Saturday, which Mr Antoniw described as an “enormous turn out”.

    When Mr Antoniw was asked if he was “indy-curious”, he responded that he had “never had a problem with the issue of independence”.

    The AM added that “self-determination and de-centralization of power” had “always been at the core” of his politics.

    He said Brexit had “exposed the fracture lines in the UK constitution” to the extent that “nobody can actually say what is the purpose of the UK”.

    I felt his final sentence was particularly perceptive. Interesting that beeb Wales covered the story – I suspect beeb Scotland would have ignored anything similar north of the border.


  3. Ludo Thierry July 30, 2019 / 6:13 pm

    Sorry – still off-topic I’m afraid. Noticed some further evidence of a more adventurous editorial policy from the beeb Wales website as compared to beeb Scotland. Beeb Wales site carries an item on a report indicating that 92% of UK beef and lamb exports to Europe could be at risk in a ‘No Deal’ scenario. Note that one of the commissioning bodies of the report is no less than that bunch of rabid revolutionaries at Quality Meat Scotland. Interesting that beeb Scotland found no room to comment on this report (perhaps they have a beef with it or something?!). Link and snippet below:

    A report commissioned by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Quality Meat Scotland and Meat Promotion Wales suggested beef and lamb exports to Europe could fall by about 92% in a no-deal scenario.


    • Alasdair Macdonald July 30, 2019 / 9:17 pm

      I think the attitude of BBC Scotland was exemplified on the Newsdrive Radio Programme tonight. The report was about the sharp fall in value of the pound. The BBC’s question to the financial commentator was “What is the UPSIDE of this?”


  4. Sandra Parker July 31, 2019 / 10:23 am

    Scotland expects nothing from the BBC and that is precisely what we get – would be nice for them to tell the truth even occasionally and when that time comes I will rejoin viewing TV and get my licence once more, therefore would be beneficial to them to be truthful as I am sure I am not the only one by a long shot that no longer watches


  5. Brobb August 1, 2019 / 6:46 am

    You have to laugh – I was delivering a neighbour’s Scotsman today and the headline claimed minimum alcohol pricing was causing the rise in booze cruises. The SNP are clearly to blame for the recent alcohol fuelled bust up between clowns and flag waving brexiteers.


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