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‘UK manufacturing in recession’ despite massive Scottish energy growth –

‘UK manufacturing in recession’ despite massive Scottish energy growth – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
In the Guardian today, we see this very gloomy graphic: Needless to say, there is no reference to differences within the parts of the UK such as Scotland and so no sign of the dramatic growth of Scottish energy production which will have been a major part of the Q1 surplus and without which the…
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Scotsman says Tories say Nicola Sturgeon ‘is the NHS’s Dr Richard Beeching’ –

Scotsman says Tories say Nicola Sturgeon ‘is the NHS’s Dr Richard Beeching’ – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) vimeo.com At least this time the Scotsman makes it clear, in the headline, that they are acting merely on behalf of the Tory press office. Usually, they bury the named Unionist politician several paragraphs in, where few of their readers tread or should that be read? Today, we could read: ‘The comparison between the…
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BBC Scotland’s dishonest reporting of firefighter shortages in Aberdeen –

BBC Scotland’s dishonest reporting of firefighter shortages in Aberdeen – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(Image: Alistair Linford) BBC Scotland news have been making much of their recent discovery that: ‘Three Aberdeen fire engines stood down due to staffing problems’ The headline is quite dishonest and tabloid-like in its attempt to scare. In fact, one vehicle was not available last Tuesday and two were not available on Wednesday. There is…
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Wages growing faster in Scotland than in non-Scottish parts of the UK –

Wages growing faster in Scotland than in non-Scottish parts of the UK – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Alamy Stock Photo Increasing staff vacancies add to evidence of a robust Scottish economy and are especially good news for Scottish workers From Insider today: ‘Permanent staff demand in Scotland grows sharply. Royal Bank of Scotland Jobs for Scotland report discovers a rise in staff vacancies alongside a shrinking candidate supply. The sharp growth…
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A slap in the face for licence-payers as BBC Scotland sheepishly put Labour hearsay above an official statement but some SNP fightback? –

A slap in the face for licence-payers as BBC Scotland sheepishly put Labour hearsay above an official statement but some SNP fightback? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
  (c) dundee labour and gizmodo Yesterday’s BBC Scotland headline story repeated throughout the day was one version or another of: ‘Former NHS Tayside chief executive 'received £300,000' pay-off. NHS Tayside's former chief executive received a final financial package of more than £300,000, an MSP has claimed. Labour MSP Jenny Marra said the "golden handshake"…
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Student (mature) journalist Andrew Denholm’s undergraduate ‘research’ on Scottish teacher vacancies fails to discover…..anything much –

Student (mature) journalist Andrew Denholm’s undergraduate ‘research’ on Scottish teacher vacancies fails to discover…..anything much – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
In the student rag, Herald, today, we had another ill-founded report of a crisis: ‘Teacher recruitment crisis: Scottish schools facing nearly 700 vacancies. HUNDREDS of teaching posts across Scotland remain unfilled less than two weeks before pupils return after the summer break. Research by The Herald has revealed there are currently some 670 teacher vacancies…
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Scottish attractions are Number 1 and 2 in TripAdvisor poll without ‘Strongman skirt parties’! –

Scottish attractions are Number 1 and 2 in TripAdvisor poll without ‘Strongman skirt parties’! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
('Strongman skirt party') (c) visitstpeteclearwater.com From Scottish Field on 2nd August: ‘The Seasonal Experiences Trend Index, announced by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest provider of bookable tours and activities, reveals the must-visit attractions for summer, based on year-over-year booking activity on the site. The firm announced the top 10 for the UK, with Scotland taking three…
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Rents rising many times faster in the most ‘non-Scottish’ parts of UK –

Rents rising many times faster in the most ‘non-Scottish’ parts of UK – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Spare Room (You'd have to be Barking and Dagenham to pay this rent!) In the Guardian today: ‘The situation is worst in Barking and Dagenham, according to the official data analysed by Shelter, where average rents have jumped 42% between 2011 and 2017 while average household wages have only gone up 2%. Elmbridge in…
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Bus pass-age to stay at 60 as costs fall in real terms and universal credits are vindicated –

Bus pass-age to stay at 60 as costs fall in real terms and universal credits are vindicated – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
The free bus pass, along with free prescriptions and other universal benefits, has been criticised for providing a benefit which many do not actually need and thus wasting taxation revenue which might be spent on more needy causes. Typically, media sources have made much of the increasing cost of the scheme from £159 million in…
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More evidence of a difference that makes a difference as ‘Half of Scots pledge to donate organs after their death’? –

More evidence of a difference that makes a difference as ‘Half of Scots pledge to donate organs after their death’? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
I’ve been banging on about this for some time now. While it’s not a necessary condition for us to want independence are we different enough as community, including those born elsewhere, even in England (�), to further justify the claim in terms of difference. It’s a concept that BBC Scotland love to challenge when they…
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Free personal care costs in Scotland rising just ahead of inflation as population ages –

Free personal care costs in Scotland rising just ahead of inflation as population ages – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) North Edinburgh News Just to keep things in proportion as the increased costs of free personal care become the latest weapon in the anti-independence armoury, see this in the Scotsman today: ‘Free personal care funding in Scotland soars to £500 million. The sum spent on implementing the flagship policy at home rose from £267m…
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Massive increase in spending by international visitors to Glasgow –

Massive increase in spending by international visitors to Glasgow – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) http://onthisspot.ca I think it’s fair to describe a 36% increase to £317 million as ‘massive’. From the Scottish Business New Network, yesterday: ‘Visits and spending by international tourists in Glasgow rose to its highest level on record in 2017. The Travel Trends 2017 data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the number…
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Massive Fraseresque ‘BUTLIST’ from BBC Scotland to downplay business success –

Massive Fraseresque ‘BUTLIST’ from BBC Scotland to downplay business success – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Here’s the BBC Scotland headline today ‘RBS monitor: Cost pressures weighing on Scots firms’ Deeper in the text are the headlines we could have had: ‘Scottish exporters see strong pick-up in business.’ ‘Most Scottish firms in particular report growth and confidence in future’ ‘Scottish firms upbeat about their own prospects - but less optimistic about…
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Does Scotland really care about Brian Wilson? –

Does Scotland really care about Brian Wilson? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) (Image: Steve McKendrick) In the Scotsman today, we read: ‘Brian Wilson: Does Scotland actually care about education?’ At first when I see the words ‘Brian Wilson’, I think ‘God only knows what I’d be without you’ and I begin to feel good vibrations but then when I see it’s that wee Labour guy from…
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8% of the population but 13% of the hotel investment –

8% of the population but 13% of the hotel investment – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Scottish Business News Network As business and tourism boom in Scotland, we read in Insider today: ‘Investment into Scottish hotels doubled in the first half of the year to almost £400m, according to new figures. UK buyers were the biggest buying group, accounting for 41 per cent of activity, followed by Middle Eastern investors…
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Scotland shows her ‘metal’* –

Scotland shows her ‘metal’* – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Two developments, in the last year and a half, suggest that Scotland is beginning to recover at least some of its historic metal-making capacity. In Insider today: ‘Liberty Steel Dalzell back in business. A Scottish steel plant has vowed to win back market share in the import-dominated market for heavy-duty steel that is used in…
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Major achievement by NHS Scotland as operations cancelled due to capacity or non-clinical reasons fall dramatically by 31% –

Major achievement by NHS Scotland as operations cancelled due to capacity or non-clinical reasons fall dramatically by 31% – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Waiting-Times/Publications/2018-08-07/2018-08-07-Cancellations-Summary.pdf?33071 Where operations are cancelled due to non-clinical reasons such as shortages of skilled staff or of operating theatres, this can be tremendously upsetting for patients and is a reasonable indicator of problems in the system. You can see from the above graph that operations cancelled by the patients or for a good clinical reason…
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I suffer the brunt of Scott McNab’s educationally and statistically ignorant churnalism in the Herrod –

I suffer the brunt of Scott McNab’s educationally and statistically ignorant churnalism in the Herrod – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
I’ve got a sair heid from reading this. Here is McNab’s opening statement: ‘More than £400million of spending has been axed from Scotland’s education system since the start of the decade, official figures have revealed.  Older pupils have suffered the brunt of the cuts with spending on secondary education falling by about £350m from budgets…
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‘Wild West 3D Seismic Survey’ to unlock 320 million barrels of Scottish oil –

‘Wild West 3D Seismic Survey’ to unlock 320 million barrels of Scottish oil – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Photo: TGS From Energy Voice, yesterday: ‘The Erland Wild West 3D seismic survey project has started today in the west of Shetland region of the North Sea. The basin was a place of significant interest for big oil firms such as BP, Total and Shell who took a number of blocks during the recent 30th…
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63% fall in large business insolvencies as Scottish economy reveals strength –

63% fall in large business insolvencies as Scottish economy reveals strength – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) LAWDonut From Insider today: ‘The number of larger businesses in Scotland failing has fallen by more than half in the last quarter compared to the same period last year, according to new figures from KPMG. Administrations – which normally involve larger companies – fell by 63% (10 down from 26) and compared to the…
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Kezia loses it as Royal College of Midwifes calls for Scottish baby-box to be rolled-out across non-Scottish parts of UK! –

Kezia loses it as Royal College of Midwifes calls for Scottish baby-box to be rolled-out across non-Scottish parts of UK! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Herald It’s a bit rich after months of sitting back watching the Yoon media and parties attack the baby box initiative, for the RCM to start raving about it now. Remember Kezia’s sourpuss reaction  – ‘This looks like a massive missed opportunity’ - and these headlines, including the Sun’s ridiculous expert warning that the…
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Only 8% of the population but 50% to 75% of the removal of highly toxic pollutants. How Scotland’s natural assets are helping rid British air of pollutants –

Only 8% of the population but 50% to 75% of the removal of highly toxic pollutants. How Scotland’s natural assets are helping rid British air of pollutants – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Visit Scotland OK, it’s our plants that are doing the work here but they’re Scottish plants aren’t they? Oh, OK lots of them are Canadian or Scandinavian but ‘we’ planted them and they’re part of our ‘capital’. From an ONS report, three days ago, titled, ‘UK air pollution removal: how much pollution does vegetation…
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Should SNP leaders be tackling BBC bias head-on as Mike Russell did in 2010? –

Should SNP leaders be tackling BBC bias head-on as Mike Russell did in 2010? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0j_zQXV9-E You'll know that I'm utterly opposed to division within the ranks until the war is over. I rage against insider criticism of the SNP even though I may share some of the concerns raised myself. Until the great day, we should only have time and energy to support Scotland and all the parts of…
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Humungous 45% increase in Scotch Whisky tourism! –

Humungous 45% increase in Scotch Whisky tourism! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) (Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg) Oncemore* (a fine 10-year malt), the Bank of Scotland report of Scottish tourism underperforming, gleefully covered by BBC Scotland yesterday, seems to be contradicted by other evidence. Figures published yesterday by the Scottish Whisky Association suggest record growth in 2017. You’re probably wondering why it’s taken them so long to report…
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RBS and BoS report more good news on Scottish economy. When will it end? –

RBS and BoS report more good news on Scottish economy. When will it end? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
From the RBS Monitor and the Bank of Scotland business barometer, today, more good news on the general good health and optimism in Scotland’s business sector. Two extracts will suffice. Royal Bank: ‘It's very welcome news that Scottish businesses are reporting growth so far in 2018 and appear confident that they can maintain that momentum…
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