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The Great British kakistocracy

7 Sep

Wee Ginger Dug

Theresa May’s government continues to reach new standards. There you were, thinking that David Mundell had smashed all world records for clueless secretaries of state for devolved nations, and was the sole contender for Norman Wisdom political cup, which is the only form of wisdom anyone in this Conservative government could aspire to, and then along comes the Northern Irish secretary Karen Brady going, “Haud ma coat so I can trip up over it.”

This week, Karen Bradley admitted that she didn’t know that the electorate in Northern Ireland votes along sectarian lines. Speaking in an interview with the in-house magazine of the Houses of Parliament, Karen presented this nugget of insight, or more accurately, presented herself as a nugget. “I didn’t understand things like when elections are fought, for example, in Northern Ireland – people who are nationalists don’t vote for unionist parties and vice versa. So, the parties…

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Wanted: Two Russian Spies

7 Sep

Random Public Journal

By Jason Michael

AS THE US-UK POSITION IN SYRIA deteriorates the British government has launched an international manhunt for two squirrelsRussian spies, agents of the Russian intelligence directorate the GRU believed to have carried out the botched novichok attack in Salisbury. According to Theresa May two super-spy elite assassins; Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, sought out every CCVT camera in the UK to pose for holiday snaps, handled the deadliest nerve agent known to man wearing nothing but body warmers and beanie hats, and somehow managed to walk through an alternative reality in which the “Beast from the East” wasn’t happening as they made their way to Salisbury – close to where the UK manufactures novichok at Porton Down – to make what is possibly the worst assassination attempt in the history of espionage.

Adding to the belief in Petrov and Boshirov’s supernatural abilities Craig Murray noted…

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Massive increase in overseas tourists coming to Scotland as numbers fall across the UK as a whole

7 Sep

Talking-up Scotland

From the Scottish Business News Network yesterday

‘The number of overseas tourists visiting Scotland rose by almost a quarter in the 12 months to the end of March 2018, compared to the same period in 2016/17. Figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) statistics for Q2 2017 – Q1 2018 showed 3.4 million overseas tourists visited Scotland, spending £2.4 billion, an increase of 29% compared to the previous 12 months. The number of UK visitors to Scotland rose by 11% to 12 million while expenditure increased by £401 million to £3.1 billion. Around 29% more European tourists visited Scotland during the period, with 2.1 million visits recorded. Across the UK as a whole the number of visits from European tourists fell by 2% and expenditure fell by 1% in the 12 months to the end of March 2018.’

These figures come after numerous earlier reports of a boom…

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Operations cancelled far less commonly in Scotland than in non-Scottish parts of UK

7 Sep

Talking-up Scotland

‘UK’ research misleads on operation cancellations in Scotland

In the Independent today, the headline:

‘One in seven major operations in UK cancelled on day of surgery, data shows’

suggested the usual Anglo-centric journalism conflating figures for England with the UK. One in seven is 14.3%. However, the article was reporting on an apparently UK-wide snapshot of cancellations in one-week in the Spring 2018 period:

‘Their study is published in the wake of a record winter crisis where in the first three months of 2018, 25,475 operations were cancelled on the day they were scheduled to take place in England alone (!) – the highest since records began. This is despite hospitals being told [in England] to pre-emptively cancel thousands of non-urgent operations to minimise same-day cancellations and focus resources on urgent cases.  For their research the RCA and UCL compiled data from an unparalleled 93 per cent…

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