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https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/

 

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(Note: Owner of the image above, let me know how I should credit it)

After years of defending the url thoughtcontrolscotland.com we’re moving to

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/

Though I stand by my position on thought control in democracies, too many have said to me that they do not share posts because they and the potential recipients perceive the term as paranoid or conspiracy theoristish. So, pragmatically, 50 years after Neal Ascherson woke me, TuS is moving to become Talking-Up Scotland II (Scottish Research Group).

I think that sounds like it has the kind of gravitas Neil Lennon wants for Celtic FC and I hope the SRG doesn’t sound too Rees-Moggy.

Do follow and update your bookmarks.

Best

John

 

Is there nothing Scotland CAN do? ‘Experts’ say Scottish plastic bottle return scheme is RUBBISH but for 250 million people it works and for England…..?

Above from Scottish ‘experts’ and below from the Scottish Parliament:

As of 2017, more than a quarter of a billion people live in places which run modern deposit return systems. The newest system is Lithuania’s, introduced in February 2016, with New South Wales scheduled to introduce deposits later in 2017.

A refundable deposit payable on drinks containers is not a new idea. An earlier version of this approach was introduced in 1905 in Scotland, when drinks manufacturers came together to agree a half penny deposit on empty bottles. Although this simple system worked well for refillable bottles for more than 50 years, proposals to extend it to cover single use cans and plastic bottles were defeated in Westminster in 1981.

http://www.parliament.scot/S5_Environment/General%20Documents/20170530_Have_you_got_the_bottle.pdf

And, from the Department For Environment Food and Rural Affairs:

If introduced, we anticipate that a DRS will help reduce the amount of littering in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, boost recycling levels for relevant material, offer the enhanced possibility to collect high quality materials in greater quantities and promote recycling through clear labelling and consumer messaging.

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environment/introducing-a-deposit-return-scheme/supporting_documents/depositreturnconsultdoc.pdf

Does the Scheme Threaten Scotland’s Progress on Child Obesity?

BBC Scotland once more hide SNP Government’s policy success to create scare on obesity in women

‘Experts predict Scottish women less likely to be obese than those in England and Wales’ ‘BBC Scotland try to scare Scottish women with fears of obesity’ Combined male/female figures https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/morbid-obesity-double-britain-poverty-education-employment-study-a8369731.html At 06:26am and repeated six times throughout the morning: ‘Cancer…

 

Embracing sustainable aviation just latest in Scottish Government’s 200 plus efforts to counter Tory Brexit disaster

As the opposition transport spokespersons spend their days digging for any old evidence of something bad which they can feed to Reporting Scotland, The SNP Transport Secretary covers the ground to get something going for the Scottish economy:

Scotland’s Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP, today visited Cranfield University on a fact-finding mission to learn more about the latest technological developments in sustainable aerospace and aviation. On the visit, the Transport Secretary heard from Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University, about their work on ‘Project Fresson’ with Loganair which aims to develop the world’s first electric-powered passenger flights on island-hopping routes between Orkney and Kirkwall. Professor Iain Gray, Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University, said: “I was delighted to show the Transport Secretary around Cranfield’s global research airport with its unique facilities. We are already seeing Scotland embracing sustainable aviation through developments such as ‘Project Fresson’ and it was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate to Mr Matheson what more could be achieved through technological developments.

https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/press/news-2019/scotlands-transport-secretary-pays-visit-to-cranfield

Project Fresson:

As revealed in the Press & Journal, Scottish airline Loganair is working with aerospace experts at Cranfield University to convert a nine-seater aircraft for use on short journeys between Kirkwall and Orkney’s other islands. Aberdeen-born Professor Iain Gray, director of aerospace at the Bedfordshire university, said a proposed consortium had been formed for the £10 million project, which has been named after 20th-Century Highlands and Islands air pioneer Captain Ted Fresson. Professor Gray said he believes Scotland has a “very significant role” to play in the development of electric aircraft and that the island-hopping services offer “an ideal introductory route for such an aircraft”.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/business/north-of-scotland/1763213/plan-for-island-hopping-flights-really-taking-off/

Previous reports of Scottish Government getting on with day job:

From the Arctic Circle to India: Scottish Government gets on with post-Brexit strategy

November 19, 2018

An earlier example of cultural exchange? From the Scottish government website today: ‘Deputy First Minister John Swinney will visit India next week to further strengthen ties between the two countries. The visit will focus on Technology and Life Sciences, promote…

SNP make second visit to Arctic Circle Assembly as part of post-Brexit strategy to save Scotland. Loyalist parties and media CGAF?

October 20, 2018

I’ve reported on many earlier initiatives at: Scotland moves closer to the Arctic Circle Scottish Government pushes on past 200 initiatives to counter Tory Brexit damage Now: ‘External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop will reaffirm Scotland’s commitment to growing links between Scotland and…

As Scottish Tories fiddle with themselves SNP have met possible economic partners more than 200 times

May 27, 2019

From news.gov.scot yesterday: ‘First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will highlight Scotland’s growing political, cultural and business links with Ireland and explore the potential for further investment during a visit to Dublin. The First Minister, who will meet with the Taoiseach during…

Scotland’s energy production to link with Norway

January 15, 2019

There have been several reports here of the Scottish Government’s plans to link Scotland, economically and culturally, with Scandinavia and the wider Arctic Circle countries. See: Scotland’s Nordic-Baltic Co-operation SNP Government making new links to North and East in preparation…

Scottish Government pushes on past 200 initiatives to counter Tory Brexit damage

August 21, 2018

In May this year, I was able to report: ‘More than 200 engagements between Scottish Government ministers and European governments, institutions and organisations have taken place since the start of 2017. The ‘strong desire’ to connect with Scotland…

Getting on with the day-job? First Minister is in Brussels for 201st attempt to counter Tory Brexit damage to Scottish economy

May 28, 2018

From Insider today: ‘The First Minister will officially open Scotland House and also meet Michel Barnier to raise fears about Brexit’s ‘damaging uncertainty’. Nicola Sturgeon is set to officially open the expanded Scotland House in Brussels…

Scottish Government makes 200 European links in effort to counter damage from Tory hard Brexit. BBC Scotland says: ‘eh, what, when?’

May 10, 2018

I’ve already reported on individual initiatives by the Scottish Government to reduce the impact of Brexit and to protect Scotland’s vital trade and cultural links with, especially, Scandinavia, the Arctic Circle, the Baltic and Ireland. See: Scotland to…

Scottish Government pushes ahead to strengthen trade links as a bad Brexit looms.

October 30, 2017

On October 4th, I reported on the First Minister’s visit to Dublin to meet with the Taoiseach and deliver the keynote speech at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner. Scotland to strengthen links with Ireland as well as Scandinavia…

SNP acts to maintain and enhance Scotland’s trade surplus

September 8, 2017

As you know, Scotland is the only part of the UK with a trade surplus Deficit/Surplus in 2016 England           -£120 038 000 000 Wales              – £55 000 000 Scotland          +£2 148 000 000 N Ireland         – £4 039 000 000…

8% of the people 20% of the space sector jobs

May 11, 2019

From Government EUROPA yesterday: ‘The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced the Scottish space sector is projected to be worth up to £4 billion (€4.63 billion) by 2030. Scotland’s space industry comprises a significant proportion of space…

 

 

SNP Government-funded research helping with more than just cattle-farts

From the James Hutton Institute based in Aberdeen and Dundee:

A James Hutton Institute-led and Scottish Government-funded project to develop a novel decentralised wastewater treatment system in rural India that can be replicated in Scotland and beyond has been shortlisted for a VIBES – Scottish Environment Business award in the Hydro Nation Scotland category. The Institute is a leading player in water-related research and innovation and hosts the Hydro Nation International Centre, a site of the Water Test Network for North-West Europe and the Scottish Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW), all at its Aberdeen site. Apart from being a finalist in the Hydro Nation Scotland category, the Institute is also a member of the One Health Breakthrough Partnership led by NHS Highland, which has been nominated for a VIBES award in the Partnership Scotland category. The partnership seeks to tackle the growing issue of pharmaceuticals in the environment and aims to work towards a non-toxic environment which recognises that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems is interconnected.

https://www.hutton.ac.uk/news/hutton-water-innovation-vibes-hydro-nation-scotland-award

It’s been some time since TuS wrote on Scottish researchers helping in less-developed parts. Here are the most recent:

Scottish researchers work to help poor across globe

August 20, 2018

I’ve previously written reports of Scottish scientists and researchers working to improve the health and economic circumstances of the poor, across the globe. With particular regard to India and Bangladesh, Scots are involved in helping to remove arsenic from water…

From reducing cattle-fart to saving a dog’s leg, Scottish researchers lead the way

December 30, 2017

Glasgow University researchers have developed a ‘world-first’ in creating new bone growth and saving the leg of what looks like an English Setter. Who says we can be anti-English? The technique prevented amputation of the leg and is…

Scottish Researchers again!

September 25, 2017

I’m losing track of the stories of Scottish researchers making a useful contribution well beyond our shores. Here are four recent examples: Scottish research first to identify ways of reducing cattle-fart with view to saving the planet Scottish Association for Marine…

Scottish Veterinary researchers working to improve the health and productivity of farmed animals in sub-Saharan Africa.

August 15, 2017

The teams are based at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, at Glasgow University and at Scotland’s Rural College. They have received £5.5 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The…

 

‘The narrative surrounding devolution in Scotland throughout the past 20 years has been one of immense success’

We’ve seen more than a few criticisms of Holyrood based on ill-informed Unionist biases but this independent research, published by nfpSynergy, an organisation that provides market research and consulting services exclusively for charities and non-profits, passed our MSM by, I think, and me too.

Perhaps explaining the low-profile coverage, the report is enthusiastic. See these excerpts:

As such, the narrative surrounding devolution in Scotland throughout the past 20 years has been one of immense success, and in turn has helped feed into an atmosphere of renewed confidence across the Scottish political sphere. But while looking backwards, the 20thanniversary has also focused minds on the present and future, bringing into focus the current contrast between Holyrood and Westminster with the current deadlock and chaos the UK Parliament is experiencing as a result of Brexit.

But most of all, these examples are proof to the empowering effects that devolution has had on many charities in helping influence and in many ways dictate the policy agenda across the country. In providing such an arena through which to campaign, influence and change (and away from the congestion of Westminster politics) the Scottish Parliament acts as a major platform by which the voice of charity can be heard loud and clear.

https://nfpsynergy.net/blog/devolution-scotland-20-years

 

Report shows young women overwhelmingly positive about Scottish Independence Referendum

Published nearly two months ago by the YCWA, I missed Status of Young Women in Scotland 2015 first time around. Was it covered in the MSM? The section on the part played by the Independence Referendum in engaging and in including young women makes interesting reading:

The young women we spoke to were overwhelmingly positive about the Scottish Independence Referendum process; both in terms of political experience and due to their excitement at being the first generation able to vote at the age of 16 and 17. Across the interviews there was a commonly-held view that, from a gender equality perspective, the referendum experience was “different” and “better” than the 2015 General Election. Young women offered different explanations for this. Some focused on the nature of the political discourse, noting that women were considered a key voting group and thus campaigners did their utmost to engage and appeal to women voters. Others suggested that – unlike typical general election campaigns in which people are often quiet about their voting intentions – the referendum sparked great public and private debate, with extensive conversations among friends, within households and across communities. They felt that this grassroots approach was more inclusive than typical political campaigns, which often focus on party leaders, manifestos or the views of particular newspapers. Some suggested that the referendum had a better gender balance simply because more of the senior political figureheads in Scotland are women, compared to the male-dominated parties at Westminster

http://www.ywcascotland.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Status-of-Young-Women-In-Scotland.pdf