It’s difficult to get overly enthused about proposals for a Scottish Six, an hour long Scottish news programme to replace the BBC Six O Clock London News With The Occasional Nod To The Provin…
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It’s difficult to get overly enthused about proposals for a Scottish Six, an hour long Scottish news programme to replace the BBC Six O Clock London News With The Occasional Nod To The Provinces and the sub-tabloid Reporting Scotlandshire, a news show which makes the Sunday Post seem like Woodward and Bernstein. Asking the BBC to report on Scotland fairly and in an unbiased manner is like expecting a zombie on the latest BBC show Great British Brain Eaters to get enthused about a vegetarian diet.
The BBC is by definition the British broadcaster, it exists to promote and foster Britishness, so by its very nature it’s going to be incapable of giving equitable cover to all sides in a debate in a country where the great political divide is about whether to be British or not. Blue Tories and the Red Tories of Labour spent the last few decades…
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There’s been another wee outbreak of Scots-isnae-a-language-itis on social media of late. It’s a bit like gonorrhea, you think you’ve got rid of the disease then some wee dick comes along and infects everyone again. There’s a peculiar affectation amongst those who deny the existence of Scots as a language. Because they speak English they think that they’re qualified to make linguistic pronouncements that fly in the face of linguistic orthodoxy. It’s a bit like imagining that just because you’ve just passed your driving test that you’re immediately qualified to design cars for Maserati and you’re a faster driver than Lewis Hamilton.
We ridicule those who want the theory of a flat Earth to be taught in schools, there is rightfully strong and entrenched opposition to calls from religious fundamentalists for their creationist myths to be taught in science classes. The denial of Scots as a language is in the…
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NASA spent around £0.5 billion to send its New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto.
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reform fiasco on the other hand, will cost the UK taxpayer at least £12.8 billion.
Of course, Duncan Smith’s reform project – a car crash known as Universal Credit – isn’t just about wasting lots and lots of taxpayers’ money.
It’s also – in Iain’s own words – about changing the “lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society”.
And by that measure, Iain has certainly been successful.
Here are just a few examples of how Duncan Smith’s incompetence has been changing the “lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society“:
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Close to one million people living in Scotland are classified as living in poverty. Every fifth person in our country is poor. Almost five-hundred thousand are living in conditions described officially as serious or severe poverty, unable to afford the very basics such as food and clothing. That is every tenth Scot who is struggling to eat every day and feed their children. More than 280,000 of Scotland’s poorest people are children. In 2013 it was estimated that half a million people in Scotland were relying on foodbanks, with the Trussell Trust in 2015 reporting that 10,500 were depending on its foodbanks – the highest number in the history of the charity in Scotland, and over half of all Scottish adults in poverty are employed. Something is clearly wrong.
In 1979 when Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister, and when the liberalisation of the British economy first began, a…
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