Independence for England

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Independence for England The great frustration of the current Brexit shambles is that we’re being told there are no viable options. But that isn’t true. This site has already put forward one perfectly workable proposal, and here’s another. Before the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, Scotland was told that if they left the UK, they would automatically leave the […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Independence for England

Peoples Vote in Danger of Becoming War Criminal Rehabilitation

Source:: Craig Murray Peoples Vote in Danger of Becoming War Criminal Rehabilitation Regular readers know I have largely steered clear of discussing Brexit for the three years its possibility then prospect has dominated the UK political agenda. I used to be enthusiastically pro-EU, as part of my general outlook of supporting international law and organisations. I was however shocked, deeply, by the enthusiastic support of all three institutional strands – council, commission and parliament – for the appalling Francoist paramilitary violence in Catalonia, and decided that the EU is no longer an… Read the full article:: Craig Murray […]

BBC Scotland’s criticised Disclosure team fail in bid to attract Stacy Dooley!

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland’s criticised Disclosure team fail in bid to attract Stacy Dooley! After an audience survey revealed that most viewers thought BBC Scotland’s Disclosure team were a bunch of wimps, not up to the hazards of real investigative reporting, an attempt was made to attract Strictly Come Dancing winner, Stacey Dooley, with the offer of a big salary, a personalised stab vest and the role of Senior Chief Reporter with the team. Much of the criticism of the Disclosure team has concerned their apparent preference for just asking quiet old folk who… Read the full […]

For the sake of fans and players, clubs should spurn the gambling giants | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna For the sake of fans and players, clubs should spurn the gambling giants | Kevin McKenna The alcohol and tobacco industries have been curtailed by advertising bans, so why not this evil?Two behavioural curiosities, seemingly irreconcilable with our claims to be a sophisticated and progressive society stand above all others in modern Britain.I suspect if you’d asked a group of enlightened Victorians what aspects of life in the UK would be least likely to survive 150 years hence, zoos would be near the top of their list. They’d have been contemptuous of any suggestion that, as… […]

Questions and answers: A look into 2019 and the abyss of Brexit

Source:: The National Questions and answers: A look into 2019 and the abyss of Brexit THE Scottish Centre on European Relations team have looked into the 2019 crystal ball to try and answer burgeoning questions about the political mysteries that lie ahead. Director Kirsty Hughes (KH), pictured below, and research fellow Anthony Salamone (AS) offer some of their predictions about what’s in store. Read the full article:: The National Questions and answers: A look into 2019 and the abyss of Brexit

Mackay makes pledge to work with 'all parties' to secure Budget support

Source:: The National Mackay makes pledge to work with ‘all parties’ to secure Budget support DEREK Mackay has stated that he will work to build a consensus among MSPs to help see his Budget through Parliament ahead of a final vote, expected to take place in February. Read the full article:: The National Mackay makes pledge to work with ‘all parties’ to secure Budget support

More on the Mediation of Alex Salmond from TuS resident contrarian, Contrarian

Source:: John Robertson More on the Mediation of Alex Salmond from TuS resident contrarian, Contrarian Responding to the above: Contrary December 15, 2018 / 2:30 pm Well, well, this is interesting indeed. Would that be the same Iain Macwhirter that said on radio Scotland just this past week ‘there’s no appetite for a second independence referendum’? Really? Nearly 50% of the population champing at the bit desperate for one translates as ‘no appetite’. Perhaps he doesn’t look at opinion polls or talks to anyone outside his social circle? Maybe it wasn’t him, but pretty sure… Read the full […]

Scottish Qualifications Authority acts fearlessly to keep up standards

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Qualifications Authority acts fearlessly to keep up standards Not-too-relevant but fascinating US graph from http://www.gradeinflation.com/ In 2008, 25.3% of All English A-level passes received an A grade. This triggered a call for readjustment to avoid accusations of unjustifiable grade inflation. In Scotland, the then Education Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, appealed for the Scottish system not to be dragged into the annual row about exam standards in England. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2008/aug/06/alevels.schools This year, we see: ‘Attainment in Higher exams has fallen for the third year in a row, new figures have shown.… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

Project Ruth and the People’s Vote

Source:: Bella Caledonia Project Ruth and the People’s Vote The Scottish Tories are about to back a Peoples Vote according to the New Statesman’s Chris Deerin. Except they’re not, according to Jackson Carlaw their stand-in leader. In a forthright rebuttal the Eastwood MSP said: “Complete & utter bollocks! On behalf of @RuthDavidsonMSP, I can confirm that neither of us has ever supported an EU […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Project Ruth and the People’s Vote

From the Demonising to the Diminishing of Alex Salmond’s story

Source:: John Robertson From the Demonising to the Diminishing of Alex Salmond’s story There it is, down at the bottom left of the screen after scrolling down from headlines about the weather, tinned fruit and old film of the M8, an actual ‘news’ story about the Alex Salmond legal case: It’s there but small or down the page on the Record, Scotsman and Herald websites. Readers might let us know where it is in the paper versions. I can see no sign at all of it on the Guardian or Telegraph sites yet… Read the full article:: John […]

The top table

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The top table Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The top table

Scottish public’s frustration at ‘pantomime’ of Brexit

Source:: The National Scottish public’s frustration at ‘pantomime’ of Brexit FOLLOWING this week’s events in Westminster, we asked Scots if Brexit has influenced their views on Scottish independence. Read the full article:: The National Scottish public’s frustration at ‘pantomime’ of Brexit

May snubbed by EU after heated exchange at Brussels summit

Source:: The National May snubbed by EU after heated exchange at Brussels summit THERESA May and Jean-Claude Juncker became involved in a public argument on the last day of a crucial EU summit in Brussels as she sought concessions on her Brexit deal. Read the full article:: The National May snubbed by EU after heated exchange at Brussels summit

Shock as cash-strapped Conservative council spends £10m on new development

Source:: The National Shock as cash-strapped Conservative council spends £10m on new development OPPOSITION councillors and council taxpayers alike were thunderstruck yesterday when cash-strapped Scottish Borders Council shook its own magic money tree and conjured up nearly £10 million for a speculative housing and industrial development. Read the full article:: The National Shock as cash-strapped Conservative council spends £10m on new development