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BBC Lollipop Link conspiracy exposed by Ludo –

BBC Lollipop Link conspiracy exposed by Ludo – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
From TuS Confectionery Consultant Ludo Thierry Beeb Jockland seem keen to tell us that we’re over-fond of our lollipops in Scotland hence our (demonstrably over-stated) Beeb epidemic of ‘scottish’ morbid/super obesity. I was, however, pleasantly surprised to note that the ‘real’ Beeb on their ‘real’ UK politics page carry a story about numerous local authorities…
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BBC Scotland: ‘All morbidly obese people are by definition obese’ so we can do what we like to scare and titillate you –

BBC Scotland: ‘All morbidly obese people are by definition obese’ so we can do what we like to scare and titillate you – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
My complaint on 28th November can be reduced to one main point: ‘Talking about and only using statistics about ‘general obesity’ affecting c 20% of the Scottish population while visually illustrating continually and only with those who suffer from ‘morbid obesity’ (c 5%) makes a connection between the two which implies that there is a…
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The Highland Times - Scottish Labour and Tory MP’s Join Forces to Sell Out Scotland’s Fishing Communities

The Highland Times - Scottish Labour and Tory MP’s Join Forces to Sell Out Scotland’s Fishing Communities | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
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More on the Mediation of Alex Salmond from TuS resident contrarian, Contrarian –

More on the Mediation of Alex Salmond from TuS resident contrarian, Contrarian – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Responding to the above: Contrary December 15, 2018 / 2:30 pm Well, well, this is interesting indeed. Would that be the same Iain Macwhirter that said on radio Scotland just this past week ‘there’s no appetite for a second independence referendum’? Really? Nearly 50% of the population champing at the bit desperate for one translates…
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From the Demonising to the Diminishing of Alex Salmond’s story –

From the Demonising to the Diminishing of Alex Salmond’s story – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
There it is, down at the bottom left of the screen after scrolling down from headlines about the weather, tinned fruit and old film of the M8, an actual ‘news’ story about the Alex Salmond legal case: It’s there but small or down the page on the Record, Scotsman and Herald websites. Readers might let…
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Big increase in number of women GPs is excellent news for Scotland –

Big increase in number of women GPs is excellent news for Scotland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
https://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/General-Practice/Publications/2018-12-11/2018-12-11-GPWorkforce2018-Summary.pdf?18748110533 There are now 75 more GPs in Scotland than in the previous year and less than one third of them are over 50. However, the major growth has been in the number of women in the profession. This is very good news as there is convincing evidence that women doctors tend to be more…
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Highlights of positive business reaction to Scottish Budget –

Highlights of positive business reaction to Scottish Budget – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
From Insider today: CBI Scotland We welcome the fact that the Finance Secretary has listened to CBI Scotland and other stakeholders on business rates, scrapping the unhelpful out-of-town levy, capping the poundage rate and confirming the switch from RPI to CPI for the duration of this parliament. FSB Scotland This is a mostly savvy budget…
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Brutal evidence of austerity in England & Wales as abortion rate soars 40% higher than in Scotland –

Brutal evidence of austerity in England & Wales as abortion rate soars 40% higher than in Scotland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Why choose that happy face photograph? We’ve seen other indicators of the effects of Scottish Government policies to reduce the impact of Tory austerity here. New pregnancy and baby payments to offset Tory austerity in Scotland Scottish NHS performance holding up despite massive increase in demand and Tory austerity cuts Against the odds: Evidence of how SNP…
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Old Oxymoron English Dictionary board rejects ‘Brexiteer’ as nonsensical and orders use of ‘Breximoron’ instead –

Old Oxymoron English Dictionary board rejects ‘Brexiteer’ as nonsensical and orders use of ‘Breximoron’ instead – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
At an emergency meeting of the respected Old Oxymoron English Dictionary’s New Additions Board, Professor Naemeritus, Johann von Robertskinful, presented his case against the increasingly common but unhelpful and confusing use of the word ‘Brexiteer’. Prof Robertskinful said: ‘The word ‘Brexiteer’ suggests a kind of imaginative, swashbuckling manner so unlike that of prominent Leave figures…
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50% more affordable homes in Scotland than in non-Scottish parts –

50% more affordable homes in Scotland than in non-Scottish parts – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) propertywire.com From news.gov.scot, today: 80,000 affordable homes delivered since 2007 21 percent rise in number of affordable homes delivered in Scotland during the last year 8,767 homes delivered for the year to September 2018 A total of 80,104 affordable homes have been provided since 2007 50% per head more affordable homes More than five times…
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Scotland’s wind energy smashes through 100% threshold but fails to bother BBC Scotland –

Scotland’s wind energy smashes through 100% threshold but fails to bother BBC Scotland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Never mind those bloody windfarms, this one will bleeow yoh hice dine! From the WWF, yesterday: ‘Wind output in November broke through the 100% threshold for the first time, with 109% of total Scottish electricity demand being met from renewables, enough to power nearly 6 million homes.’ Key points: 20 out of 30 days wind…
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Prison Reform Trust imprisons Scotland in usual negative UK narrative –

Prison Reform Trust imprisons Scotland in usual negative UK narrative – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Reported in the Independent today, a survey by the Prison Reform Trust fails to distinguish between the Scottish and English systems. It’s not a rare phenomenon. Dramatically they indicate: The UK has more prisoners serving life sentences than any other country in Europe, according to a new report by the Prison Reform Trust. There are 8,554 inmates…
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Screen Scotland and SNP ‘just cannae win!’ –

Screen Scotland and SNP ‘just cannae win!’ – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Whaaat iss iiit? I know, you're in charge.  The Association of Film and Television Practitioners Scotland (AFTPS) are clearly in the huff. Some unnamed member, convenor, president of the ‘lobby group’ seems to feel they’ve been left in the loaby when they should’ve been invited in to the good room to run things. After all…
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Employee-ownership far more common in Scotland –

Employee-ownership far more common in Scotland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
From Insider today: ‘A Scottish firm which makes protective coatings used on cruise ships, oil tankers and lighthouses has become the latest to be employee owned. The 24 staff at Chemco International in Coatbridge now own it after founder Manny Khorasani decided to step back from the business. The change of ownership process was set rolling…
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BBC Scotland look up a ‘blind siding’ just as Labour and Tories collude to betray Scottish fisheries –

BBC Scotland look up a ‘blind siding’ just as Labour and Tories collude to betray Scottish fisheries – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
This appeared on Friday 14th. We’re grateful to reader Scott for alerting us to it. Here’s the main part: ‘Scottish Labour MP criticised for joining forces with the Tories to vote down a key amendment to the Fisheries Bill which would have required UK government ministers getting consent from Holyrood over fishing opportunities, rather than…
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BBC Scotland’s criticised Disclosure team fail in bid to attract Stacy Dooley! –

BBC Scotland’s criticised Disclosure team fail in bid to attract Stacy Dooley! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
After an audience survey revealed that most viewers thought BBC Scotland’s Disclosure team were a bunch of wimps, not up to the hazards of real investigative reporting, an attempt was made to attract Strictly Come Dancing winner, Stacey Dooley, with the offer of a big salary, a personalised stab vest and the role of Senior…
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Scottish Qualifications Authority acts fearlessly to keep up standards –

Scottish Qualifications Authority acts fearlessly to keep up standards – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Not-too-relevant but fascinating US graph from http://www.gradeinflation.com/ In 2008, 25.3% of All English A-level passes received an A grade. This triggered a call for readjustment to avoid accusations of unjustifiable grade inflation. In Scotland, the then Education Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, appealed for the Scottish system not to be dragged into the annual row about exam…
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State Broadcaster teases Nats with glimpse of fair reporting on rough sleeping in Scotland –

State Broadcaster teases Nats with glimpse of fair reporting on rough sleeping in Scotland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
  Perhaps as her Christmas present, Sally McNair headlined a short piece on rough sleeping which was fair, accurate and even compared Scotland favourably with England and Wales! There’s always been something disturbingly likeable about Sally compared with Jackie or Glenn. Anyhow, here’s what she said at 06:26 am: ‘Fewer people are sleeping rough in…
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As NHS England hits winter crisis early State Broadcaster’s Reporting Scotland team challenged to make up similar crisis here –

As NHS England hits winter crisis early State Broadcaster’s Reporting Scotland team challenged to make up similar crisis here – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Last year, by this time, the State Broadcaster’s Reporting Scotland team had predicted a winter crisis for NHS Scotland. None came to pass. There is no definitive evidence that some reporters and presenters prayed for increased injuries that year. Renowned media analyst and visiting research fellow at the Vidkun Quisling Centre for Critical Collaboration Studies,…
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Scotland’s progress on women in work –

Scotland’s progress on women in work – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) theengineer.co.uk In Energy Voice today: ‘Scot Gov return-to-work pledge ‘keeps women in sector’, Aberdeen energy lead says. The £5 million initiative to get 2000 women back to work proposed within Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay’s draft budget could certainly provide benefits for the energy sector. Getting women to remain in oil and gas after…
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Does thinking we’re in a national fat crisis make us afraid of independence? –

Does thinking we’re in a national fat crisis make us afraid of independence? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
What is BBC Scotland’s obsession with obesity about? These are only a selected few headlines Today in repeated brief TV and radio inserts but in more detail on the BBC Scotland website: ‘Almost a quarter of children in Scotland are starting school at risk of being overweight or obese. A new National Statistics report revealed…
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Unemployment in Scotland below UK level and employment better paid –

Unemployment in Scotland below UK level and employment better paid – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) projectscot.com From the often more balanced and reliable BBC Scotland website news than the Broadcast versions: Scottish unemployment rate hits record low at 3.7% At 3.7%, the jobless rate is below that of the UK, which sits at 4.1%. ONS data revealed 75% of the working age population, those aged between 16 and 64,…
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Scotland’s continuing efforts to improve the lives of disabled –

Scotland’s continuing efforts to improve the lives of disabled – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) cosmopolitascotland.org The Scottish government’s action plan announced yesterday, includes: Up to £1 million to develop solutions to the barriers employers face in hiring and retaining disabled people Up to £500,000 to pilot the provision of support similar to Access to Work to disabled people undertaking work experience or work trials A new support service…
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BBC Scotland News shoring up the Union with endless layers of supportive repetition –

BBC Scotland News shoring up the Union with endless layers of supportive repetition – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
  © Steve Back Six times this morning from 06:27, as viewers are at their most susceptible to psychological conditioning, the BBC Scotland insert in the Breakfast show headlines: ‘The Prime Minister will begin an emergency dash around European capitals in an effort to save her Brexit deal. A crucial vote was called off at…
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Boom! 35% fewer vacancies in Schools and 15% more student teachers –

Boom! 35% fewer vacancies in Schools and 15% more student teachers – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
There’s a report on this by the Scottish Government but it will be full of uncritical complacency about the damaging effects of Indyref2 on teacher recruitment so I’m going to use this more reliable BBC Scotland website report. It’s headlined: Scottish teacher training numbers increase Nice, accurate, restrained and professional just like Reporting Scotland will…
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