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2 minutes ago, sophia said:

Nobody claimed they should get a free pass.

I must admit though, I missed the genocide. 

 

I”ll take that as just a glib comment about genocide.  Businesses are shutting at what should be the height of the season due to ferry issues.

Other islands have the Co-op rationing milk and bread due to lack of deliveries.  

I’m a big SNP supporter, but they have fucked this and have no plan to get us out of it.  It might not be what you want to hear, but its sadly the truth. 

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Don’t think so - just on the Arran route, as that’s the one that affects me, other issues are:
1. New pier that can”t take a boat with an Easterly wind of over.15 knots (which happens more than you think).  Built 5 years ago
2. Wrong boat ordered - we could have had 4 smaller vessels doing a shuttle service for less than the original price of the new Glen Sannox
3. On board accommodation required for crew rather than accomodation at each end.  Glen Sannox massively overspeced because of this.
None of these are due to the “global crash” in 2008.  They are due to CMAL incompetency, CMAL is of course 100% SG owned.
The SG are a lot better than Westminster. Doesn’t give them a free pass and they are currently killing island communities.  
This is a bit like Saints fans that are adamant that they should be involved in every decision made by the club since we became fan owned. The answer is the same in both cases. Fan / Government owned doesn't (and shouldn't) mean fan / government run.
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Not sure if it's bias or just annoying.  Dunno why, but I'm a bit grumpy today. 

Why does the 1.00 pm "national" news & weather on BBC 1 always seem to overrun by a few minutes? Deliberate, or editorial incompetence? The Reporting Scotland scheduled for 1.30 pm always starts 3 or 4 minutes late, but never itself overruns, presumably because of a network programme at 1.45 pm which always starts on schedule. 

 

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Nice to see/hear BBC R2 promoting a series of upcoming programmes to celebrate Jamaica’s 60th year of independence and how it’s enabled the country to flourish.

I was under the impression that independence was divisive, nasty, inward looking and racist.

Independence for everyone else = good.

independence for Scotland = bad.

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2 hours ago, Tattie36 said:

Nice to see/hear BBC R2 promoting a series of upcoming programmes to celebrate Jamaica’s 60th year of independence and how it’s enabled the country to flourish.

I was under the impression that independence was divisive, nasty, inward looking and racist.

Independence for everyone else = good.

independence for Scotland = bad.

Pleased to hear that if it’s true.

Wife and I went to Jamaica every year between 2004 and 2012 and, apart from the resorts, the impression we got was one of decay and neglect. The infrastructure was terrible with the roads full of potholes and old rusting cars and lorries abandoned at the roadside. The shops were very poor and had very little to sell. Drug dealers were everywhere and the resorts needed 24 hour security.

The big thing seemed to be Bob Marley and the tat being sold was predominantly around his memory.

I know absolutely nothing about it’s economic performance, GDP, etc. but these were just our impressions.
Maybe it’s come on as the country most definitely has great potential with the weather, beaches, tourism, etc. and the locals we met were generally very friendly.

We were attending a yearly rock and blues festival and visitors were encouraged to bring books for the local schools which were in short supply.

A very striking thing was how well turned out the school kids were with school uniform appearing to be compulsory.

Anyway, pleasing if true.

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Newsnight covering the state of cancer care in the the UK, especially since Covid and delayed diagnosis and treatment. The medical expert brought on to comment was Karol Sikora, a man who has previously lied about his qualifications and called the NHS a communist enterprise on American TV. The answer apparently is not to raise health expenditure as a proportion of GDP to that of more successful neighbours in Europe, but to privatise initial diagnosis, leaving the NHS to deal with the tricky and underfunded treatment part. 

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2 hours ago, Dawson Park Boy said:

Wife and I went to Jamaica every year between 2004 and 2012 and, apart from the resorts, the impression we got was one of decay and neglect. The infrastructure was terrible with the roads full of potholes and old rusting cars and lorries abandoned at the roadside. The shops were very poor and had very little to sell. Drug dealers were everywhere and the resorts needed 24 hour security.

You must have really loved the bit behind the barbed wire and security.

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1 hour ago, welshbairn said:

Newsnight covering the state of cancer care in the the UK, especially since Covid and delayed diagnosis and treatment. The medical expert brought on to comment was Karol Sikora, a man who has previously lied about his qualifications and called the NHS a communist enterprise on American TV. The answer apparently is not to raise health expenditure as a proportion of GDP to that of more successful neighbours in Europe, but to privatise initial diagnosis, leaving the NHS to deal with the tricky and underfunded treatment part. 

I assume that he declared an interest in the matter, what with his company (recently defunct) specialising in erm, providing cancer diagnostics to private patients?

Next on Newsnight, Tim Martin explains how lowering the minimum wage will stimulate growth while James Dyson advocates paying subsidies to factories in Singapore. 

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It's not much in the grand scheme of things but

This on the main page.

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Links to this report. Subtle difference.

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You can probably give them the excuse that it takes up less room to say UK.

 

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37 minutes ago, Clown Job said:

 

Most of what she said is just stating the obvious about the BBC. Utterly petrified of upsetting the establishment in Britain so absolutely eats itself in fear. The total lack of reporting on the consequences of Brexit being the prime example.

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9 hours ago, BucksburnDandy said:

Most of what she said is just stating the obvious about the BBC. Utterly petrified of upsetting the establishment in Britain so absolutely eats itself in fear. The total lack of reporting on the consequences of Brexit being the prime example.

It shouldn't need to be said but it is important it is said.  As Maitlis says there is nothing at all unusual about government spin doctors calling the BBC to complain.  What is unusual is having the government position accepted and then parroted within hours of the complaint being made, the journalist or programme instantly launched under the bus and the chilling effect this must and demonstrably does have on other programming.

It is censorship, it is Mickey Mouse, tin pot banana republic stuff and you can tell from the exodus of talent, Sopel, Marr, Campbell, Goodall O'Brien etc that it is not an isolated incident. Leaving Brexit and Indy to one side. The Cummings to Barnard Castle and #Partygate stories were broken by the Mirror, months and months after they occurred. Imagine the damage that would have been done to the party and confidence in government (not necessarily desirable I admit) if in late March/early April 2020 we knew Cummings was roaming the country and on the day of Phil the Greeks funeral we knew No.10 was having a fucking Toga Party last night.

There is no fucking way journalists in the BBC and elsewhere didn't know about these stories almost as soon as they happened, #partygate in particular as we know some of the chief cretins from the Speccy and Torygraph were fucking well there and like the arrogant morons they are, told everyone about "wine time Fridays." And yet they did not for fear for their careers, or by editorial decree could not report without fear or favour.

I assume that to a degree it has always been the case that the BBC and UK Government had  a cozy relationship and tbh that does make sense and has advantages. The ability to communicate to the public in a public health emergency for example demands that. But here we have one of the most respected journalist at the state broadcaster saying that one party has the ability to screen journalists for roles, pass judgements on policy and determine the ability and way in which news stories are covered in pretty much real time. 

Meanwhile it does seem odd that the Sarah Smiths and James Cooks, still reeling from the awful way in which the dog whistled by the ESSENNPEENASSEES secessionist scum are stopping good honest BBC journalists from doing their work, are fucking silent on this. Isn't it?

ETA never mind Cook & Smith it's hard (not seen anything on twitter from the usuals) to find any Scottish journalist commenting on Maitlis's speech, which was made in Scotland. Weird isn't it?

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Good to see Emily Maitlis trying to bolt the stable door after the horse has run 22 races and been sent to the glue factory. Ah well at least she's stuck her head above the parapet and doesn't need to take her 40 pieces of silver from Auntie anymore. Her interview with the paedo and her haunted pussy line is still TV gold though.

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58 minutes ago, dirty dingus said:

Good to see Emily Maitlis trying to bolt the stable door after the horse has run 22 races and been sent to the glue factory. Ah well at least she's stuck her head above the parapet and doesn't need to take her 40 pieces of silver from Auntie anymore. Her interview with the paedo and her haunted pussy line is still TV gold though.

I’m glad she’s stuck her head above the parapet, many wouldn’t.

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3 hours ago, dirty dingus said:

Good to see Emily Maitlis trying to bolt the stable door after the horse has run 22 races and been sent to the glue factory. Ah well at least she's stuck her head above the parapet and doesn't need to take her 40 pieces of silver from Auntie anymore. Her interview with the paedo and her haunted pussy line is still TV gold though.

TBF, how many of us would publicly slag off our employer while still relying on them to pay the mortgage?

12 hours ago, sophia said:

@Clown Job fancies Emily Maitlis

Pass it on 

For the purposes of this thread, are we pretending that Maitlis isn't a wid?

Asking for a mate (Clown Job).

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14 minutes ago, BFTD said:

TBF, how many of us would publicly slag off our employer while still relying on them to pay the mortgage?

For the purposes of this thread, are we pretending that Maitlis isn't a wid?

Asking for a mate (Clown Job).

I thought she had left the BBC. She was happy to present Newsnight when they were spouting lies about Scotland and sitting infront of a misrepresentation of commie Corbyn. I'm more than happy she's taking shots at the BBC but let's not kid on she's been fighting the good fight all along. Oh and she's a total Wid.

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