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5 Jun

The man’s an ass.

Peter A Bell

However interesting or, very occasionally, insightful Pete Wishart may be, he can always be relied upon to spoil the statesmanlike pose he seeks to strike by saying something profoundly stupid. In this case it’s the truly inane notion that anybody might suppose a second referendum defeat would be “consequence-free”. I confidently assert that nobody has ever made such a claim and that nobody actually believes such obvious idiocy.

So why does Pete Wishart feel the need to call in aid such a clownish straw man? Perhaps because his analysis is so shallow and weak it needs whatever straw man it can clutch at.

What Pete Wishart says about Canada’s federal system and Quebec’s place within it is interesting. His conclusion that there can be no way to replicate such a federal structure in the UK could even be described as insightful – even if it is hardly a novel or…

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5 Jun

Peter A Bell

I’m sure almost all of us share the First Minister’s sentiments regarding Scotland’s NHS. I suspect that, even among Tories who believe with all the conviction of a religious fundamentalist that privatisation is the answer to everything, there are grave doubts about putting our health service into the hands of heartlessly grasping US corporations.

It is surely safe to assume that, among those horrified by the prospect of American-style privatised healthcare, there are many who voted No in the 2014 independence referendum and many who voted Leave in the 2016 EU referendum. They will no doubt protest that there was no way they could have foreseen this threat to NHS Scotland when they voted as they did. They will seek comfort in that lie.

The truth is that on both occasions ample warnings were given about the risks involved in, firstly, remaining part of the British state and, subsequently…

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BBC Scotland’s fake news on GPs ‘overwhelmed’ by workloads

5 Jun

Talking-up Scotland

According to BBC Scotland News today:

‘Patients should get appointments with GPs lasting at least 15 minutes rather than 10, according to the Royal College of GPs. In a report, it warns nearly 40% of GPs in Scotland feel overwhelmed by their workload at least once a week.’

Neither the report by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Fit for the future: a vision for general practice. May 2019. https://www.rcgp.org.uk/-/media/Files/News/2019/RCGP-fit-for-the-future-report-may-2019.ashx?la=en. nor its compendium of evidence contain any such phrase. The word ‘overwhelmed’ does not appear at all and the word ‘workload’ is never associated with ‘Scotland’ or indeed with any figure but, in the BBC report (only), we see this:

‘RCGP Scotland chairwoman Dr Carey Lunan said: “Nearly 40% of GPs report that they feel so overwhelmed by their daily tasks that they feel they cannot cope at least once per week.’

The claim seems to be…

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