"Community Work Placements, the latest mass workfare scheme, will cost almost a third of a billion. The costs of other Jobcentre schemes, such as Mandatory Work Activity, are not included in the above figures. At the very least the budgeted costs of welfare reform exceed £25 billion pounds. The true figure is likely to be much higher as reforms such as the Bedroom Tax unravel and start to cost the tax payer even more money." Johnny Void, 25th of May
|"Leave the thinking to him!" Better Together statement (probably)|
BBC and UKIP (better together?)
The difference between a country and a region
Brian Taylor, the BBC's political editor in Scotland, described the EU results as follows:
"They (the SNP) had set out to win three seats and, concomitantly, to deprive UKIP of an electoral stake in Scotland. They did neither...supporters of the Union would - on balance, just, all things considered - prefer UKIP to take a seat if the alternative is a discernible SNP advance." BBC website, 26th of May 2014
This was worked out by applying the D'Hondt method (which is how European election seats are currently allocated) to the actual election results. It shows that there would be more representation for the SNP, Labour, the Conservatives, the Scottish Green Party and the Liberal Democrats (something supporters of each of these parties should be welcoming). Even though it only took us 5 minutes to work out (it took longer to apply different colours to each bar) we haven't seen a graphic like this on the BBC or STV...we can only guess as to why this information isn't in the news.
Can't count won't count?
"UK Treasury press release on #Scotland costs of government badly misrepresents LSE research. Appears to take minimum Whitehall reorganization costs of £15m and multiply by 180 agencies to get £2.7bn. Overstates x12 times?" Patrick Dunleavy, London School of Economics, 27th of May
No borders = No limits?
Who what when where and why, CBI?
'Cause I'm the Pax-man!
"It's interesting, isn't it, that in this union of supposed equals only one side gets to vote on whether the union should continue or not." Jeremy Paxman, BBC Presenter, 31st of May 2014
"...since there's such a head of steam building in ... Scotland for hating the English, I find myself describing myself as English when in fact I'm a quarter Scottish."
"Hate is too overstated and I expect I overstated it, and I do apologise. But it is to do with a detestation of being ruled from London."
It's almost as if the BBC don't want you to know...
Interesting Figures Selected
- £800 million of annual defence savings should only be recorded as £400 million.
- All current Office of Budget Responsibility estimates form the basis of the analysis (the three members of the Budget Responsibility Committee who lead the OBR are appointed by Chancellor George Osborne).
- An Independent Scotland will inherit a population share of UK debt (which isn't necessarily unfair however this would be subject to negotiation due to the Billions of Pounds of extra contributions we have made).
- The lowest predicted oil value figure is used, which is just 70.77% of the value the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change predicts.
- Predicting the size of the population of Scotland in 20 years time.
- Predicting the effects of a Triple Lock pension system (which relies on correctly guessing the rate of inflation and average wages) for the next 50 years.
- Predicting, to 1 tenth of a percent, how many people in Scotland will be aged 66 in 2030.
- Predicting that there will be no new oil fields, and no windfall from renewable energy.
Oil oil everywhere (but the data is curiously lost)
Another Russian media outlet, RIA Novosti, reported the story of oil exploration on the West Coast of Scotland being halted by the UK Ministry of Defence. The accusation came from David Lambie, a former Labour Member of Parliament for Ayrshire between 1970 and 1992.
“The exploration of oil would have created jobs on the West coast of Scotland at a time when we really needed them. As soon as the MoD heard about it and realized I was getting my information from a Tory MP and a member of the Government then the whole thing stopped.” David LambieBP, who carried out a siesmic and geological exploration survey, said they no longer held the data.
“The oil is in the area to the south of Arran. It was a place where the navy people from Faslane (the UK’s nuclear submarine base) trained. The oil is still there, it must be there. Nobody is using it. The Tory MP who contacted me got hell for leaking the information to me. The Tory MP described the oil identified as a ‘major find’.” David Lambie
"There was a wonderful moment on Reporting Scotland when the political editor Brian Taylor flourished a Better Together campaign leaflet in front of the camera. It depicted Barack Obama with the word 'NOPE' emblazoned beneath – a corruption of Obama's famous campaign slogan 'HOPE'. The metaphor, lost on Taylor and the Better Together campaign, was that a No vote kills hope.
With so few foot-soldiers able to deliver its leaflets, Taylor's leaflet stunt was probably worth a million quid in free promotion to the Better Together campaign." Newsnet Scotland, 5th of June 2014
|Check out more 'daffy' BBC in Scotland moments here!|
"National aspirations must be respected: people may now be dominated and governed only by their own consent. Self determination is not a mere phrase; it is an imperative principle of action..." President Woodrow Wilson, 8th of January 1918
Another thing Alistair Darling is wrong about
But the best came from Arc of Prosperity:
"Like many other people I feel offended by the infamous Alistair Darling interview...My national identity is complex. I guess you could try to define me as Scottish-Danish-German-Esperantist-European with a few sprinkles of Georgian and Basque, but it's really a bit complicated. It's not how I define myself, and it's not the reason I'm voting Yes.
Alistair Darling should feel ashamed of himself. There are plenty of neo-fascist movements appearing all over Europe at the moment that he could spend his time fighting. Ethnic nationalism is a horrible ideology, and applying that term to an anti-xenophobic party that welcomes foreigners like me with open arms is insulting, demeaning, harmful and evil. We are not amused." Thomas, Arc of Prosperity, 5th of June 2014
100 days to go!
breaking news stories' to cover...(Sky, believe in less).
Anyone for tennis?
I think this image sums it up best:
This is why we have our 'not in the news' blogs.
I wouldn't bet on the Record getting it right
"The revelation [of the large bet] came with 100 days to go before the referendum." Daily Record, 9th of June 2014
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