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Media critic writes in defence of the ‘totalitarian’ SNP government

Retired media analyst John Robertson takes issue with press criticism of the SNP in government ‘Arrogant, dismissive, illiberal, reactionary, totalitarian!’  What, UKIP? Not UKIP? Don’t tell me I’ll get it. Is it that guy in Turkey? ...

The job of protecting Scottish poor from excesses of Tory austerity

John Robertson examines  ‘Council tax bailiffs should be called off, say charities’ (BBC website 4th May 2016) ‘Record numbers of people in council tax arrears, say charities’ (Guardian 4th May 2016) ‘Concern over use of bailiffs ...

Selective media and its influence on Scottish confidence in independence

John Robertson considers the potential impact of ‘bias of omission’ in some media ‘Scotland, for example, has the smallest number of children living in poverty among the constituent nations of the UK, the lowest prevalence of low pay and ...

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NHS Scotland, bucking the UK trend despite media attacks

  John Robertson sets out the case for NHS Scotland in the face of media and opposition party criticism NHS Scotland is demonstrably the best-performing in the UK and among the best in the World: Look at the evidence. 1. Scotland has ...

Reporting Scotland: j’accuse – accuracy and fairness on maths figures

Media analyst John Robertson takes issue with the BBC’s coverage of a major education story ‘Critics describe a steady decline in pupil attainment in maths and arithmetic as ‘appalling!’ (Reporting Scotland, 31st May 2016) This headline, ...