Spycop campaigners critical of police review but make progress towards their legal challenge.

Source:: Bella Caledonia Spycop campaigners critical of police review but make progress towards their legal challenge. Despite a whitewash investigation by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, activists finally head towards a judicial review over Scotland’s exclusion from the Undercover Policing Inquiry. We look at why the HMICS report was a whitewash and the judicial review is needed more than ever. At the start of February the HM Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Spycop campaigners critical of police review but make progress towards their legal challenge.

Herald and STV able to cut staffing after outsourcing their Health Correspondent role on a rotational basis to Labour and Tories. NHS Scotland spending 0.46% of budget on overtime while English nurses do it unpaid!

Source:: John Robertson Herald and STV able to cut staffing after outsourcing their Health Correspondent role on a rotational basis to Labour and Tories. NHS Scotland spending 0.46% of budget on overtime while English nurses do it unpaid! In an almost identical replica of their 9th February report, ‘NHS spent almost £500K a day on agency staff, report shows’ the Herald gave us today: ‘Concerns raised over NHS Scotland’s £26 million bill for nurses’ overtime. Health boards across the country shelled out an extra £500,000 a week to keep wards properly staffed, figures show.’ http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16045382.Concerns_raised_over_NHS_Scotland_s___26_million_bill_for_nurses__overtime/ STV news offered us: […]

Council shoots down bin petition

Source:: Northern Scot Council shoots down bin petition A PETITION calling on Moray Council to scrap the more to three-weekly green bin collections has amassed more than 3740 signatures. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Council shoots down bin petition

The tea party

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The tea party Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The tea party

We own the future

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug We own the future Occasionally I’ve been asked why it is that I remain so positive about the chances of the independence campaign to achieve its goal of a self-determined Scotland in the face of the constant barrage of negativity, scare-mongering, and British nationalist astroturfing from the media and the anti-independence parties. It’s quite simple. It’s because we’re going to win. In 2014 the question facing Scotland was, “Should Scotland become an independent country?” In 2018 the question facing Scotland is, “When should Scotland… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug We own the […]

Police Scotland, world experts on violence reduction, are now to advise The Met after helping the NYPD and Canada Police. Scotland’s media ignore the story in favour of anything negative they can find.

Source:: John Robertson Police Scotland, world experts on violence reduction, are now to advise The Met after helping the NYPD and Canada Police. Scotland’s media ignore the story in favour of anything negative they can find. Back in October, I was able to report on Police Scotland officers demonstrating how to defuse dangerous situations with a knife-holding person. I was impressed. It was clear the NYPD officers would have shot the offender in every case. I felt relieved and proud of these Scottish officers. See this for more: First New York Police and now Canada’s police come to learn […]

Botched Smear

Source:: Bella Caledonia Botched Smear Tory Press smears this week that Corbyn once met a Czechoslovakian, have backfired badly after old Brillo Pad himself took them to task. Then on Question Time Ash Sarkar [@AyoCeasar] ripped them to shreds again… The Tories have lost the argument on everything that matters so they’re resorting to baseless smears. @AyoCaesar‘s debut on #bbcqt is […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Botched Smear

Scotland the Dump

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland the Dump Bella is working with the highly-talented Andy Arthur (aka @cocteautriplets ) who created this map of Scotland the Dump “A schematic map detailing the major sites of military munitions, chemical, biological and radiological storage and dumping in and around Scotland.” We’re getting quotes to make it available in print at A2 size. It would be […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland the Dump

Police look to contact two men after attempted break-in near Buckie

Source:: Northern Scot Police look to contact two men after attempted break-in near Buckie POLICE are appealing for information following an attempted break-in near Buckie. A unit within Cunningholes Industrial Estate, Rathven, was targeted overnight in the early hours of Thursday. Although Read the full article:: Northern Scot Police look to contact two men after attempted break-in near Buckie

BBC Scotland’s wilful mis-represenation on literacy levels

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland’s wilful mis-represenation on literacy levels (c) http://gulfnews.com This is a short comment on the above from reader Alasdair MacDonald which I think needs greater prominence so I’ve posted it as a ‘special’. ‘Of course the BBC Scotland continues to plug the failing Scotland line with a report about the literacy levels of 16 year olds. This was wilfully misinterpreted. The report actually asked 16 year olds what kind of fiction they chose to read for personal reasons. Some of the books chosen were rated as… Read the full article:: John Robertson BBC Scotland’s […]

Scottish Tories fail our emergency services

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Tories fail our emergency services (c) redbridge.gov.uk I feel this needs a wider audience than a post under my starter might get so I’ve made it a ‘special’. See this from  Ludo Thierry (former French board-game champion) ‘Did people notice the Westminster vote last night regarding Clause 10 ‘Review of retrospective VAT refunds for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Police Authority’? This provided an opportunity for Scotland’s vital Emergency Services to recoup the VAT money that has been stolen by the… Read the full article:: John Robertson Scottish Tories fail […]

Bad Language: Mary Lou’s “Tiocfaidh Ár Lá”

Source:: Random Public Journal Bad Language: Mary Lou’s “Tiocfaidh Ár Lá” Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Why would the new president of Sinn Féin use the battle cry of the past to appeal for a better future for Ireland? Mary Lou McDonald has done just this and now she is feeling the heat from a Dublin establishment ashamed of the past. Mary Lou McDonald has never impressed me much. Only the other day a friend and I were discussing her recent ascent to the leadership of Sinn Féin and how… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Waiting for the Parade

Source:: Bella Caledonia Waiting for the Parade Citing Lt. William Calley serving less than 4 years under house arrest for his role in the execution of more than 500 Vietnamese villagers at My Lai, and Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, arguing that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children as a result of US sanctions were “worth it” to advance US policy […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Waiting for the Parade

De-Brexification

Source:: Bella Caledonia De-Brexification March 1949. Four years after World War II and no end to austerity. Food rationing is still in force: a weekly adult ration includes two ounces of butter and tea, three pints of milk, four ounces of margarine, eight ounces of sugar, and an egg. Conservative politician Harry Crookshank tells Parliament that ‘ever since it was first announced […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia De-Brexification

The makings of a deal

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The makings of a deal A timely reminder about how much 85% of British people (or to put that another way, English people) really value the rest of the UK. “Lead us, Scotland, don’t leave us!” is going to be a pretty hard sell next time. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The makings of a deal