Crying crisis!

One day, there will be a REAL ‘crisis’. And nobody will take it seriously because they’ve been numbed by the incessant, irresponsible, politically-motivated sensationalist spin pumped out by the British media.

Those that have the capacity to do so might want to reflect on this. How might any medical professional respond if asked whether they are providing all the care that they would like to give to patients? Unless you share the British nationalist media’s contempt for those who make our NHS work, you’re all but certain to assume that those medical professionals and support staff would ALWAYS want to do more.

The British media are lying to the people of Scotland. They are not going to stop lying. You, the people they are trying to deceive, must develop the skills that will enable you to spot their dishonesty, So long as you are a passive consumer of media messages, you are being manipulated. You can choose differently.

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11 thoughts on “Crying crisis!

  1. Jay Elle

    I agree with your ‘Cry Crisis’ theory. However when it is about nurse staffing levels being complained about by nursing staff I think it should be taken seriously. My son is a staff nurse working in post-op recovery & he has been saying recently that staff are rushed off their feet, sometimes don’t manage to provide basic care before the patients go to the wards & more often than not have to work past their shift hours. I would consider that more of a crisis than I would like to encounter as a patient!

    1. Peter A Bell Post author

      When the British media tells you its is “nurse staffing levels being complained about by nursing staff” then the one thing of which you can immediately be all but absolutely sure is that some part of that is a lie. Either it’s not nursing staff. Or they’re not complaining. The biggest mistake you could possibly make is to take the headline claims at face value.

      The British media is lying to you. They are ling all the time. So always treat whatever they tell you as if it is a lie.

      The spin in this instance is not that difficult to discern. But, as I said, you have to think. You have to ask the questions that the media is relying on you not asking. You seem to have skipped past this bit,

      “How might any medical professional respond if asked whether they are providing all the care that they would like to give to patients? Unless you share the British nationalist media’s contempt for those who make our NHS work, you’re all but certain to assume that those medical professionals and support staff would ALWAYS want to do more.”

      The other part of the lie concerns the word ‘crisis’. If ever you find yourself parroting the language used by the British media you really should stop and give yourself a wee slap. Because you are almost certainly doing exactly what they want you to do. And, unless you imagine they have your best interests at heart – in which case you’re probably beyond help – then allowing yourself to be manipulated is probably a very bad idea.

      The word ‘crisis’ comes to us from the Greek for ‘decision’. In Middle English it referred to the turning point in a disease, but has come to have a more general sense of the point at which things must go one way or another.

      That hospital staff may be “rushed off their feet” is hardly a new development. There never was a time when this was not so. Something which is unchanged cannot, by definition, be a ‘crisis’.

      The media use such terms as trigger words. Those who haven’t yet learned to immediately question such language will unthinkingly repeat it. And, having repeated it, they will feel obliged to justify their use of emotive rhetoric. So they will, quite unconsciously, embellish or overstate in order to make the situation fit the language – as opposed to choosing the language which is appropriate to the situation.

      Thus, the unwary consumer of media messages ends up unwittingly propagating and amplifying the British establishment’s propaganda.

      Then somebody like me comes along and points out how this unwary consumer of media messages has been duped and used. But people really don’t like being duped and used. And the thing they hate even more than being duped and used is being told that they’ve been duped and used. So, they tend to lash out at the person who is trying to help them avoid being duped and used, rather than turning on the ones who are doing the duping and using. This is a wee bonus for established power as it creates division among those who might otherwise be an effective challenge to that power.

      Don’t be manipulated. Be an active, cautious, sceptical consumer of media messages.

  2. bringiton

    I am curious as to whether the unionist establishment in Ireland operate in the same way as their fellow travellers here in Scotland?
    Do they constantly try to run down the reputation of their public services and proclaim how useless they are compared to England?
    Or maybe it is just a Scottish thing.
    Perhaps the way to put a stop to all the lies and spin would be to elect another London puppet regime to run Holyrood?
    We would then probably find that either there has been a miraculous turnaround in the performance of our public services or,more likely,a complete shutdown of any criticism of the Holyrood establishment.
    We must have one of the most corrupt and politicised mainstream media establishments anywhere in the world outside North Korea whose sole purpose is to support an undemocratic system of governance in Scotland.
    A colonial news machine.

      1. Alasdair Macdonald

        For as long as I can remember, there have always been piping programmes on Radio Scotland and its predecessors. My old physics tutor Seamus MacNeill was the presenter for many years.

    1. Peter A Bell Post author

      It was certainly ‘interesting’ that an article ostensibly about staffing issues in NHS Scotland makes no mention of Brexit. Like it couldn’t possibly be a factor. Or it isn’t even happening.

  3. m boyd

    The crisis yesterday was teaching numbers. Despite serious prompting by the Radio Scotland presenter the teaching rep in the morning refused to overstate the concerns…but nice try Radio Scotland.

    The crisis in this country is that we have a prime minister who sings the praises of capitalism and free trade just as we leave the biggest free trade bloc in the world!

    But the real crisis is the state of our media.

  4. Douglas

    The NHS is under huge pressure.

    What is missing from the media is context.

    The NHS in England is about 5 years ahead of Scotland on this path to ruin.

    Figures and anecdotes about the Scottish NHS today are about what we heard about the NHS in England 5 years ago.

    The difference is that the Scottish NHS has managed to avoid some of the ideological drivers in England (not all -PFI has it’s malign influence here also but not to the same extent). There is also a difference in how valued staff feel.

    Can the Scottish NHS continue to manage indefinitely with this level of support?
    -I doubt it

    Will the Scottish NHS outlive that in England?
    -I’m sure it will (unless more is done to sabotage it).

    Independence with a major reaffirmation (including cash but also rolling back the right wing) is the only way.

  5. Brian McGowan

    You’ve covered the MSM spin and outright lies pretty well here.
    So, just a couple of points to add, from me, if I may.
    The RCN is neither Royal or a College. It is a Trade Union. Doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing, but then you better understand the motives.
    The ‘poll’ referred to in the Herald: “They questioned nursing staff across the UK, inc 3200 in Scotland”. The article then goes on to quote percentages, but does not make the following clear: 1. Was it a voluntary poll? ie you are invited to take part or you can decline. I would guess if it was voluntary, those with complaints would be most likely to provide an opinion.
    2. The article does not make it clear if the quoted percentages apply to the whole UK or just to Scotland. That seems suspicious to me.
    And Sarwar can’t count. Half is not “most”.

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