Scotland free or a wilderness? Brexit’s not so implicit threat to hill farming

Source: NewsNet Scotland Scotland free or a wilderness? Brexit’s not so implicit threat to hill farming Professor Douglas MacMillan fears for the future of traditional Scottish hill farming if Brexit goes ahead The Brexit button has been pressed. As the UK grapples with the myriad of uncertainties and risks inherent to this unprecedented ‘leap in the dark’ it is likely that its impact on Scottish hill farmers will be catastrophic. Together with the demographic time bomb (most hill farmers are in their 60 or 70s) Brexit  may generate a veritable Tsunami which will sweep away centuries of our farming […]

Already 51% of Scots want independence depending on how you ask the question

Source: John Robertson Already 51% of Scots want independence depending on how you ask the question Although the Sunday Times Panelbase poll result, last week, was at first sight disappointing, with Yes at 45% and No at 55%, there was a wee encouraging detail they didn’t mention at first. When they asked the question with three possible answers including ‘Independence within the EU’ and ‘Independence outside the EU’ as separate options they got 41% for the former and a further 10% for the latter giving a total of 51%. What’s happening here? Well, of course, I can’t be certain […]

The Gospel According To May

Source: Craig Murray The Gospel According To May On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethseda. When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing. Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, Lord the people are hungry. Now Jesus turned to them and said “There are many complex reasons why people are hungry. The best […]

Tomkins For Independence

Source: Wings Over Scotland Tomkins For Independence We greatly enjoyed Any Questions on Radio 4 this week. Well chaired by Jonathan Dimbleby, it was a mostly grown-up and adult discussion of issues around nationalism and independence, perhaps assisted by the fact that – we gather – Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale was unable to take part and was replaced as a Labour […]

Scottish Tories very unlikely to gain more than two extra seats according to real experts

Source: John Robertson Scottish Tories very unlikely to gain more than two extra seats according to real experts I know Professor Curtice and other pundits have been fondly imagining up to 12 gains for the Scottish Tories, based on recent polls. This is wishful thinking. I’ve already discussed and debunked this myself at: Keep calm, the SNP will keep nearly all of their seats  The experts I’m talking about are the people who put their money where their mouths are – bookies. The politicalbetting.com website is by no means against the Tories but they’re telling us very clearly to save […]

Lerwick harbour to see record business in 2017

Source: John Robertson Lerwick harbour to see record business in 2017 © lerwick-harbour.co.uk With the arrival of larger vessels using the new jetty at Holmsgarth North, cruise passenger numbers are expected to rise by 225 to 62 000. With booming oil and gas activity west and east of Shetland, operators are increasing their use of the harbour to support new subsea oil and gas developments. I’ve already described this ‘Third Wave’ of wealth being generated by Scottish oil and the increased activity at Lerwick’s harbour is an obvious consequence. North Sea oil and gas is on the crest of […]

The Most Embarrassing 1:22 of Your Life

Source: Bella Caledonia The Most Embarrassing 1:22 of Your Life Fresh from the bunker, Theresa May faced some tough questioning from this veteran BBC reporter out on the campaign trail: Great day campaigning with @RuthDavidsonMSP. Your vote will strengthen our hand in Brexit negotiations & help the whole of the UK flourish. pic.twitter.com/2ySIF3diQN — Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 29, 2017 While this pantomime goes on […]

THE LAST ELECTION: From the Province of the Cat

Source: Bella Caledonia THE LAST ELECTION: From the Province of the Cat “Strong and stable government” is the dream of every right-wing despot who has ever entered into politics. The only word Theresa May dare not add, but thinks, is “forever” writes George Gunn. In June 2016 with the EU referendum we saw the first stage of the political coup the Tories are attempting to pull off […]

Labour’s aimless stroll towards oblivion in Glasgow | Kevin McKenna

Source: Kevin McKenna Labour’s aimless stroll towards oblivion in Glasgow | Kevin McKenna Years of bad management and lack of vision have left the SNP and Tories poised to expunge the left from north of the border No other city in the UK has embodied the success and aspirations of the Labour movement more than Glasgow. And now, as Labour faces up to the reality of spending a generation in the political wilderness, no city has come to epitomise the party’s decline more than this one. At Westminster, Jeremy Corbyn is facing a reckoning; in Glasgow, the party he […]

Zen and the art of Conservative political messaging

Source: Wee Ginger Dug Zen and the art of Conservative political messaging Theresa May has come and spoken to the people of Scotland! But don’t get too excited. Actually it’s kind of superfluous telling people not to get too excited by Theresa May because there are wallpaper pastes which are more attractive a prospect than a Prime Ministerial speech. And wallpaper paste actually serves a useful purpose for people other than the wallpaper paste, which is a whole lot more than you can say for anything that issues from the repetitive and robotic gob of Theresa May. There are […]

Theresa May’s Fake “Meetings”

Source: Craig Murray Theresa May’s Fake “Meetings” The sharp-eyed among you will have noticed that many of those forming the “audience” for Theresa May’s speech in Crathes looked even less enthusiastic than usual. The real Tories are very obvious to spot. But when you look at the BBC video from which this picture is taken, you can see that the others not only do not look enthusiastic, they do not join in the clapping. Do not take my word for it, watch the video – the body language, apart from the obvious Tories, is more of hostages than supporters. […]

Scottish heavy grade North Sea oil generating more massive profits for corporations and the UK Treasury

Source: John Robertson Scottish heavy grade North Sea oil generating more massive profits for corporations and the UK Treasury US oil major Chevron has 10 producing North Sea fields which helped it turn its 2016 deficit of £1.3 billion into pre-tax profits of £2.4 billion in only three months this year! This huge turnaround is due to the enormous demand for Scottish heavy grade oil in Asia which I’ve already described at: Scottish oil in new and much increased demand from Asia ‘like never before!’ Chevron chief executive John Watson said: ‘First quarter earnings and cash flow improved significantly from […]

SNP Government invest £2.84 million in wave power

Source: John Robertson SNP Government invest £2.84 million in wave power © Aquamarine Power I’ve already written about wave power and its great advantages in the massive growth of renewable energy production much of it stimulated by Scottish Government funding. I’ve explained the advantages of wave powered turbines here: Orkney’s giant tidal turbine is the world’s most powerful Yesterday, it was announced that two firms based in Inverness and one based in Edinburgh are to share with another in Kent, in £2.84 million to develop even more efficient turbines than the above-mentioned Orkney machine. Scottish Government-funded development body Wave Energy […]