BREAKING: New sub-poll suggests major SNP surge to 55%*

Source:: John Robertson BREAKING: New sub-poll suggests major SNP surge to 55%*   Apologies to Northern Isles: Only all-yellow map I could find. It’s only one telephone sub-poll but the latest from Ipsos MORI of 91 adults for 15th to 19th of March gives us, for all respondents: Conservative   15% Labour             16% Lib Dems         10% SNP                  50% Greens             1% UKIP                 2% Looking only at those certain to vote*, we get: Conservative   12% Labour             15% Lib Dems         8% SNP                  55% Greens             2% UKIP                 1% 57% for independence? A complete wipe-out of the opposition… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

Wee Ginger Dugcast – 22 March 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast – 22 March 2019 In this week’s Dugcast, Callum Baird of The National and I discuss the ongoing binfire which is Brexit, the shameful Home Office and the difficulties it creates for those of us who have foreign spouses – a topic which personally affect me of course – and Kay Burley and mansplaining. Warning, at one point I say shite, but in my defence I was talking about what Kay Burley had been saying, so I reckon it was fair comment.

Metrosplaining the euro

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Metrosplaining the euro There was a fascinating development in gender politics this week. We discovered that it’s still mansplaining when a man contradicts a woman even when the woman in question happens to be factually incorrect. This will come as a huge relief to the descendants of Emily Wilding Davidson who now know that their famous suffragette ancestor did not throw herself under King Edward VII’s horse during the Epson Derby in vain. No, she succeeded in establishing the principle that Kay Burley… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Metrosplaining the euro

Further discoveries in North Sea will be found

Source:: John Robertson Further discoveries in North Sea will be found In the Press & Journal today:  ‘The boss of North Sea oil producer EnQuest said yesterday he believed the region could yield further discoveries to extend its lifespan. Chief executive Amjad Bseisu highlighted last year’s Glendronach gas find by Total – which could pump out the equivalent of about 180 million barrels of oil – as an example of why the industry should not give up on the search for new reserves.’ https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/business/scotland-business/1705590/north-sea-could-yield-further-discoveries-says-cheif-oil-producer/ I know many of you would leave… Read the full article:: John Robertson Further […]

Revoke Article 50 passes 3 million signatures

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Revoke Article 50 passes 3 million signatures By Russell Bruce The people are speaking. They are less than impressed with May’s government and Corbyn’s dithering. That might just be the understatement of the year. May went to Brussels yet again to no point, asking for an extension of Article 50 to 30th June, something she has said for months she would never do. She yattered at them for 90 minutes and came away with an extension to 22nd May – if she could get he deal through… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Revoke Article […]

Reflections on the “Problem of Rent”

Source:: Bella Caledonia Reflections on the “Problem of Rent” David Hanson from Living Rent Glasgow reports on the deeper source of our housing crisis. The great classical economic thinkers of the 18th and 19th century thought that rent would disappear. Under capitalism, ever increasing productivity was supposed to make the rentier obsolete. That never came to be and now we live under a capitalist […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Reflections on the “Problem of Rent”

Budding stars in BBC Scotland film on Monday night

Source:: Northern Scot Budding stars in BBC Scotland film on Monday night TWO young Moray actors will appear in a Scottish BAFTA-nominated short film on Monday night. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Budding stars in BBC Scotland film on Monday night

Our pale red faces

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Our pale red faces From today’s Telegraph: Who’s this “we”, exactly? Ah, right. Of course, we all remember our joy when Britain won the Ashes in 2005, and the contrasting despair when Britain was pumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland. (All those people you seem to recall jumping up and down with joy, laughing and putting Iceland flags on […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Our pale red faces

Scots Language Deserves Better than This

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scots Language Deserves Better than This Dear First Minister, I’m writing to you about the appalling treatment received by Scots language activist Alistair Heather as a guest on The Kaye Adams Programme on BBC Radio Scotland on 21/03/19. Alistair had been invited on the show and briefed to expect a discussion on recent positive developments relating to the raised profile of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scots Language Deserves Better than This

Funny man Jupitus to return to Findhorn

Source:: Northern Scot Funny man Jupitus to return to Findhorn COMEDIAN Phill Jupitus has moved to Scotland and will be telling everybody why when he appears at Findhorn’s Universal Hall on May 26. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Funny man Jupitus to return to Findhorn

Remember when it was video nasties? Then it was dangerous dogs. Then it was skinny models. Now it’s hospital infections

Source:: John Robertson Remember when it was video nasties? Then it was dangerous dogs. Then it was skinny models. Now it’s hospital infections DEATH LINKED TO! What happened to the crisis back in the 1980s, around youngsters watching images of extreme violence? Thirty to forty years later, the next generation is still watching and perhaps watching even more violent images and violent youth crime has fallen. The social scientists could find no causative link and, bored, the media gaze turned away. What about the dangerous dogs that were causing such damage? Well, it was a statistically less significant phenomenon […]

Schizoid Scottish Tories champion the poor as Theresa becomes First Horsewoman of the Apocalypse

Source:: John Robertson Schizoid Scottish Tories champion the poor as Theresa becomes First Horsewoman of the Apocalypse What, expenses? As the UK Tories starve schoolchildren, drive the disabled to suicide, reward the rich, threaten the Chinese with an empty aircraft carrier, privatise the NHS, titanically and targetless, and then push the economy over a cliff, the Scottish Tories come over all kindly: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190320.pdf   Read the full article:: John Robertson Schizoid Scottish Tories champion the poor as Theresa becomes First Horsewoman of the Apocalypse

Scottish Government resisting privatisation in NHS

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Government resisting privatisation in NHS Miles Briggs, SCOUP, has disclosed that so far none of the £850 million for improving waiting times has been spent in the private sector. It’s not as yet clear what this information will do for their conflicted and contradictory strategy regarding the privatisation or not of NHS Scotland as the privatisation of NHS England steams, Titanically and targetless, ahead. See these previous reports: NHS Scotland spends 9% less on private agency locum neurologists as FT staffing rises Scottish Conservative’s ‘Chief Whip’… Read the full article:: John Robertson Scottish Government resisting […]

Early Learning and Childcare worth £4 500 already received for 11 000

Source:: John Robertson Early Learning and Childcare worth £4 500 already received for 11 000 Once more, we’re grateful to Kezia for digging this information out through a parliamentary question: https://www.parliament.scot/S5ChamberOffice/WA20190320.pdf   Read the full article:: John Robertson Early Learning and Childcare worth £4 500 already received for 11 000