Police Scotland

Compensation paid out by Police Scotland has hit nationally low levels

‘In 2015-16 the force paid out £1.27m in damages as a result of 516 claims, up from almost £1.17m the previous year and just under £1m in 2013/14.’ These figures were obtained by the Scottish Conservatives under freedom of information ...

Reporting Scotland – Curiouser and curiouser

What’s been the biggest story in Scotland this week? Few would argue that the unveiling of the Scottish Government’s Brexit proposals by Nicola Sturgeon was the number one item. The story generated headlines across Europe and prompted ...

Fake news from a fake national broadcaster

Last week witnessed the latest in what Pacific Quay euphemistically calls ‘A BBC Scotland Investigation’ when a Freedom of Information request revealed figures relating to call handling by Police Scotland. The figures appeared impressive, ...

The SNP, the health professions and the police push for progressive, evidence-based drugs policies. BBC Scotland offers ‘balance’

We’ve already seen the SNP conference in October 2016 support moves to decriminalise and regulate the use of Marijuana for medical use. Needless to say, the UK Home Office has denied permission. At the same time, we can see the first steps toward ...

Shouting ‘Operating Theatre’ in a Crowded Fire! Imagining a crisis in NHS Scotland

There is no real crisis worthy of the name in our Scottish NHS. It is largely a bonfire of mass hysteria originating in media misreading or distortion of statistics, fuelled by public servants and trades union leaders with a vested interest in ...