The debut

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The debut To the best of our recollection, today’s Sunday Politics Scotland was the first time a representative from this site has ever been invited onto a BBC Scotland TV show to discuss the affairs of the day since Wings was founded back in 2011. So we thought we better capture it for posterity in case it’s […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The debut

‘British’ poor [in England] lose doctors [in England] as ‘British’ wealthy [in England] gain them. Scotland still has more doctors and more practices so…?

Source:: John Robertson ‘British’ poor [in England] lose doctors [in England] as ‘British’ wealthy [in England] gain them. Scotland still has more doctors and more practices so…? (c) Liverpool Echo In the Observer today, confusing England with Britain, once again: ‘Fewer GPs are working in Britain’s deprived areas, despite government-funded incentives for new doctors to work among the poor. Wealthier areas, however, have seen the number of doctors rise. The exodus, uncovered by Labour MP Frank Field, is exacerbating the existing “under-doctoring” of deprived populations – the lack of family doctors in places where poorer people live. Experts said […]

A didnae ken the Kirk was so progressive. Weel noo ye ken!

Source:: John Robertson A didnae ken the Kirk was so progressive. Weel noo ye ken! Will sisters not be put off by the idea of a burning bush? After a day spent hiding from the telly, outside or in my study with the Sex Pistols as a safety filter against any monarchist sound pollution, I woke up to find that the Church of Scotland was not only absent from all that flummery (they don’t have the fancy gear) but that it seems to be leading the way on equality. In the Observer today, we see:… Read the full […]

Wound Up in the Weeds of Westminster

Source:: Bella Caledonia Wound Up in the Weeds of Westminster There’s a century long tradition of MP’s with radical intentions taking the train to Westminster and getting caught up in Westminster’s cultural and political weeds. Recently Scotland on Sunday ran an article on the SNP Westminster defence team’s submission to the Ministry of Defence consultation on the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP). Based upon the SOS […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Wound Up in the Weeds of Westminster

The unpopular dream

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The unpopular dream A couple of weeks ago Scottish Labour announced, to the traditional merriment, its commitment to greater federalism for the UK, as it has done every year since 2011 or indeed since 1910. (Sometimes under the equally-meaningless term “Home Rule”.) In today’s Sunday Times, the much-missed former SNP spin doctor Kevin Pringle also pondered the idea, concluding that […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The unpopular dream

First they come for our pizzas: next thing, we could be living up a Munro | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna First they come for our pizzas: next thing, we could be living up a Munro | Kevin McKenna Jamie Oliver wants to impose healthy living on the working classes; here are a few ideas for him to chew overWe live in an age characterised by many curiosities. Future historians chronicling the social mores and arrangements of early 21st-century Scotland will be overwhelmed by our behavioural furbelows.One of these would be our insistence on claiming to be progressive while allowing a few hundred individuals to own more than half the country by virtue of illegal land grabs […]

Singed Milk

Source:: Bella Caledonia Singed Milk On the Ulva buy-out and memories from Eigg twenty years ago. Maxwell MacLeod raises a glass to Scotland’s greatest treasures. As a no hoper freelance journalist with a knowledge of the Hebrides I have been asked by a major newspaper to give them some background on the Ulva buy-out, and as my head is now […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Singed Milk

Laser bid to end seagull menace

Source:: Northern Scot Laser bid to end seagull menace THE seagulls in Elgin are facing eviction from the city centre. However, Embrace Elgin (Elgin Business Improvement District) has commissioned a humane removal of the ying pests. The last few years have Read the full article:: Northern Scot Laser bid to end seagull menace

Remaining Scotsman readers left fatigued and frustrated in wake of another Police Scotland hatchet job

Source:: John Robertson Remaining Scotsman readers left fatigued and frustrated in wake of another Police Scotland hatchet job (c) BGR Today in the Scotsman, we read: ‘Officers left fatigued and frustrated in wake of Police Scotland cuts. The savings imposed on Police Scotland are unsustainable and have led to fewer officers supporting communities, according to force personnel interviewed for a Scottish Government document.’ https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/officers-left-fatigued-and-frustrated-in-wake-of-police-scotland-cuts-1-4741752 As you might expect it’s a highly selective reading of the Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform document released by the Scottish Government with just a wee acknowledgement that there is positive in the… […]

Naming a RN submarine ‘Agincourt’

Source:: John Robertson Naming a RN submarine ‘Agincourt’ bill.grant.mp@parliament.uk Dear Mr Grant As my local MP, please raise my concerns, shared with others in Ayrshire, about the naming of a new Astute class submarine, ‘Agincourt.’ There are several reasons why this is a bad choice: 1. The battle of Agincourt predates British history. 2. The name is offensive to our NATO allies,France. 3. There were Scots serving in the French army. 4. The battle, on French soil, featured the slaughter of French and Scots prisoners of war. 5.… Read the full article:: John Robertson Naming a RN submarine […]

The road to hell

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The road to hell Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The road to hell

Catalan president Quim Torra to visit jailed politicians

Source:: The National Catalan president Quim Torra to visit jailed politicians CATALAN President Quim Torra is preparing to visit on Monday the nine politicians and activists jailed without trial by Spain over their role in the October independence referendum – a move that could put him on a collision course with the Madrid government. Read the full article:: The National Catalan president Quim Torra to visit jailed politicians

Tommy Sheppard's royal wedding message: Time to abolish the monarchy

Source:: The National Tommy Sheppard’s royal wedding message: Time to abolish the monarchy TOMMY Sheppard has renewed calls for the monarchy to be abolished as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in Windsor today in one of the most expensive weddings of all time. Read the full article:: The National Tommy Sheppard’s royal wedding message: Time to abolish the monarchy

Mhairi Black: Whatever happened to 'lead not leave the UK'?

Source:: The National Mhairi Black: Whatever happened to ‘lead not leave the UK’? I HAVE written columns in the past about what a mess the Brexit process has been, and it continues to be so. Read the full article:: The National Mhairi Black: Whatever happened to ‘lead not leave the UK’?

Queen caught in embarrassment of Carillion collapse

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Queen caught in embarrassment of Carillion collapse By our Royal Correspondent Carillion is back in the news again as the collapse of Westminster civil servants’ favourite outsourcer is pilloried by Westminster committees and the big auditing firms get some overdue scrutiny over their failures. The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the ‘sustainable development’ category is a particular slap in the face for Carillion’s employees and small business contractors now struggling with their own sustainability issues. This extraordinary award indicates that the civil servants who put these recommendations… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Queen caught […]