'Controlled' fire at Kellas

Source: Northern Scot ‘Controlled’ fire at Kellas A LARGE hillside fire was visible from parts of Elgin last night. The Scottish Fire and Rescue team later released a tweet saying: “Don’t be alarmed Elgin – it’s controlled burning at Kellas Estate. “But

Trigger Happy

Source: Bella Caledonia Trigger Happy Yesterday was a desperate day for the Scottish Unionist bloc. Cornered, frightened and facing obvious defeat, the Conservatives, Liberals and Labour united to try and set the terms of any future referendum to exclude young people and EU nationals from participating. Thankfully this disgraceful form of gerrymandering was over-ruled. Whilst the Section 30 vote was […]

Empire2.0, anyone?

Source: Derek Bateman Empire2.0, anyone? The EU and the Commonwealth By Steve Peers Professor of EU Law and Human Rights Law, University of Essex When the UK joined the EU, it reduced its trade ties with many Commonwealth countries in order to sign up to the EU’s common trade policy. It’s sometimes suggested that if the UK left the EU, it could simply reverse that policy, making up for any loss in trade with the remaining EU by increasing Commonwealth trade again. But this argument rests on a false assumption. In fact the EU does not prevent the UK […]

Only mongrels here: independence and an open country

Source: NewsNet Scotland Only mongrels here: independence and an open country Commentary by Christopher Silver The saying of something remarkable in politics – the conjuring up of those rare phrases that ring more true with repetition – is a notoriously elusive trick. Millions are poured into the alchemy of making a political statement transform itself into something more than just another affirmation. Inevitably, a great deal of political communication is locked into the quest for a winning formula. But the pseudo-science exists only because the object in question is genuinely precious, its pursuit fraught with risk. In truth the […]

Now is the time

Source: Wee Ginger Dug Now is the time The Scottish Parliament has voted to press ahead with a new Scottish independence referendum. The unstoppable farce of Theresa May’s arrogance has crashed into the immovable objections of a Scotland that seeks a different path. Green and SNP MSPs stood up and one after another spoke about a better Scotland, a Scotland that has a right to decide its own fate, a Scotland in which decisions should be put in the hands of the people. And one after another Unionist MSPs got up and spoke about how Scotland should remain silent […]

Schools praised for preparing pupils for future

Source: Northern Scot Schools praised for preparing pupils for future THE WAY in which senior school pupils in Moray are prepared for a future beyond the classroom has been highlighted as an example of best practice in a report by Education Scotland.

Stagecoach announces mixed news for 36 bus passengers

Source: Northern Scot Stagecoach announces mixed news for 36 bus passengers STAGECOACH will keep its 36 bus between Findhorn, Kinloss and Forres – however the service will no longer run to other areas such as Roseisle. The bus company announced its plans today, stating that the

Shelagh up for award as UK's best school librarian

Source: Northern Scot Shelagh up for award as UK’s best school librarian A MORAY librarian has booked herself a place in a national final. Shelagh Toonen is one of five finalists – and the only one from Scotland – vying for the title of UK School Librarian of the Year. She

Pop Up Dictatorship

Source: Bella Caledonia Pop Up Dictatorship That the Prime Minister (you know, the one with legs) is about to accord herself the powers of a renaissance monarch, might give you pause for concern. This was after all the Prime Minister who tried to push through the Article 50 by Royal Prerogative, until, she got called on that. At first it was tempting […]

Stagecoach announces mixed news for 31 bus passengers

Source: Northern Scot Stagecoach announces mixed news for 31 bus passengers STAGECOACH will keep its 31 bus between Findhorn, Kinloss and Forres – however the service will no longer run to other areas such as Roseisle. The bus company announced its plans today. A statement from

Life in the wild with Muddy and Hiccup

Source: Northern Scot Life in the wild with Muddy and Hiccup TWO dolphins living in the Moray Firth have become the “poster mammals” for a national campaign. Muddy and Hiccup are among the 500 bottlenose dolphins living near the local coastline. Muddy is a regular

Contrary to Rumour, Scotland does want a Referendum!

Source: Random Public Journal Contrary to Rumour, Scotland does want a Referendum! Tweet Follow @RPJblogBy Jason Michael The Scottish parliament has voted in favour of another independence referendum, putting the British government in a jam. Theresa May will no doubt do her best to put a spanner in the works, but in doing this she will only be hastening the inevitable. Regardless of the British Prime Minister’s insistence that “now is not the time,” the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s motion to seek a Section 30 order for another independence referendum was passed in the Scottish parliament with 69 MSPs […]

Keith and Dufftown Railway open day

Source: Northern Scot Keith and Dufftown Railway open day The Keith and Dufftown Railway is holding an open day on Saturday at Dufftown Station. Members of the public are invited to drop in anytime between 10am and 2pm to have a look at the work that goes into

Under the Ridge

Source: Wings Over Scotland Under the Ridge One of the favourite sneering Unionist memes of the independence referendum was the mocking dismissal of claims by some Yes supporters that there might be “secret oil fields” in a location off the west of Shetland known as Clair Ridge. So amused were the Unionists by this notion that they were still sniggering about it regularly years […]

Large turnout for anti-independence meeting

Source: Northern Scot Large turnout for anti-independence meeting MORE than 200 people attended a meeting last night to hear MSP Douglas Ross make the case against independence. Mr Ross said he was very pleased with the turnout at Forres Town Hall, especially as he had