Splash for cash

Source: Northern Scot Splash for cash THE Burghead Swim saw brave souls taking the plunge on New Year’s Eve to raise money for charity.

Police issue Hogmanay warning

Source: Northern Scot Police issue Hogmanay warning POLICE in Moray are urging people to enjoy the Hogmanay weekend but are warning against using celebrations as an excuse for anti-social behaviour.

Here’s to the back of that

Source: Wings Over Scotland Here’s to the back of that Order “Welcome To Cairnstoon”, Chris’ compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Exit Obama in a Cloud of Disillusion, Delusion and Deceit

Source: Craig Murray Exit Obama in a Cloud of Disillusion, Delusion and Deceit I had promised myself and my family that on this holiday I would do nothing but relax. However events have overtaken my good intentions. I find myself in the unusual position of having twice been in a position to know directly that governments were lying in globe-shaking events, firstly Iraqi WMD and now the “Russian hacks”. Anybody who believes the latest report issued by Obama as “proof” provides anything of the sort is very easily impressed by some entirely meaningless diagrams. William Binney, who was Technical […]

Little England Just Keeps Getting Smaller

Source: Random Public Journal Little England Just Keeps Getting Smaller Follow @RPJblogBy Jason Michael Theresa May is determined to isolate the whole of the United Kingdom from the rest of the world and in so doing drive our economy and our rights into a nosedive. By biting the present US administration over Israel she is only pushing the accelerator. Brexit has managed to drive a wedge deep into the growing rift between the United Kingdom and the European Union, leaving Britain isolated from the rest of the continent and with something of an uncertain future regarding trade and movement. […]

The people’s party that chose to stand against the people

Source: Wee Ginger Dug The people’s party that chose to stand against the people Well now we know. The only thing that Labour in Scotland stands for is defending the Union, and they’re even prepared to go into coalition with the Tories in order to do so. Mind you, we knew that already, but this week we had confirmation that Labour doesn’t exist in order to protect working people from the depredations of the Tories. It exists in order to protect the Unionist political settlement that leaves working people vulnerable to the depredations of the Tories because if there’s […]

Trigger Warning: Identity politics needs criticism to survive

Source: Bella Caledonia Trigger Warning: Identity politics needs criticism to survive This is a time for reflection and pause for thought. So in the mood of re-assessment we publish the second of our Dialogue series about identity politics and the need for more solidarity (and understanding). With the right and the far-right in ascendancy it’s time for dialogue and revival of the left and progressive forces. […]

Trigger Warning: Identity politics needs criticism to survive

Source: Bella Caledonia Trigger Warning: Identity politics needs criticism to survive This is a time for reflection and pause for thought. So in the mood of re-assessment we publish the second of our Dialogue series about identity politics and the need for more solidarity (and understanding). With the right and the far-right in ascendancy it’s time for dialogue and revival of the left and progressive forces. […]

Vandals attack Suenos stone

Source: Northern Scot Vandals attack Suenos stone ALMOST £10,000 of damage has been done by vandals to the famous Suenos Stone site in Forres.

The final surrender

Source: Wings Over Scotland The final surrender From a remarkable front-page lead in today’s Herald. Never mind running local services better. All that Scottish Labour now care about is existing in order to go into coalitions with the Tories, to prevent a left-of-centre social-democratic party with which they agree on almost everything except the constitution from wielding power in an area that has […]

Who Needs Proof in a Cold War?

Source: Random Public Journal Who Needs Proof in a Cold War? Follow @RPJblogBy Jason Michael President Obama has lashed out against Putin for the alleged Russian involvement in the series of cyber-hacks against Hillary Clinton. Without any credible evidence supporting the White House’s claims there has to be more to this than meets the eye. Outgoing US president Barack Obama is doing everything in his power to “poison the well” before the 20 January inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump. Without a single shred of verifiable evidence the White House has “retaliated” against Putin’s Russia for its alleged involvement in […]

Restoring Trust in the BBC

Source: Random Public Journal Restoring Trust in the BBC Follow @RPJblogBy Jason Michael BBC Scotland – AKA “BBC Scotlandshire” – has a new director and she is committed to repairing the badly damaged reputation of her institution in Scotland. Yet the stink of the BBC here is so bad maybe this MacKinnon needs committed to an institution. Christmas was a sad time in the media. In the ninetieth minute of play the curse of 2016 claimed Liz Smith, George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and her mum Debbie Reynolds. As if all this wasn’t bad enough Richard Hammond declared that from […]

Counting With Mr Gray

Source: Wings Over Scotland Counting With Mr Gray Several papers today carry a desperate story about education that’s sourced straight from a Scottish Labour press release, which pulls some figures out of thin air without providing any sources and appears to have left out at least one significant factor. But that’s not the funny bit. Two of the stories – the Herald’s (left above) and […]

Towards a better, kinder 2017

Source: Wings Over Scotland Towards a better, kinder 2017 A few people objected to this post when we first ran it a year ago, then came to very much regret their decision. So for their sake we’re putting it up again, in a new and updated form, and will probably do so every year in the interests of civilised and productive discourse about Scottish politics. […]