Election may turn on the extraordinary weaknesses of ‘strong and stable’ Theresa May

Source: NewsNet Scotland Election may turn on the extraordinary weaknesses of ‘strong and stable’ Theresa May Commentary by Derek Bateman It’s a week since the slaughter of the innocents at the Manchester Arena and the single image I can’t get out of my mind is the face of Eilidh MacLeod of Barra. She looks into the lens and right through us with the defiant beauty of youth, a look that both asserts her arrival at the door of adulthood and challenges us, as if asking what kind of world we have created for her generation. Derek Bateman Not that […]

Amber Rudd Really Is that Horrible

Source: Craig Murray Amber Rudd Really Is that Horrible A multi-millionairess like all the Tory elite, Amber Rudd truly is every bit as horrible as the persona she exhibited on the BBC Leaders’ Debate this evening. A former banker with J P Morgan, she was also a director of two offshore tax avoidance asset management firms in the Bahamas. She never declared this and the information came out in a leak. The refined journalists of the Financial Times are of course much more her choice for public engagement than having to stop to discuss public in front of the […]

The monkey and the organ grinder

Source: Wee Ginger Dug The monkey and the organ grinder Politics in the United Kingdom is increasingly resembling a toilet pan down which democracy is being flushed. There’s already a clear mandate for a second independence referendum. A bill for a referendum has been voted through by the Scottish Parliament with a majority achieved entirely legitimately according to the most impeccable processes of democracy, and yet the Unionist parties refuse to recognise it. There’s a serious question hanging over the democratic process of a country in which the normal rules get suspended when the state feels it’s in its […]

Frack This

Source: Bella Caledonia Frack This You only have the rest of today to submit your views on fracking.  You can add your name via the quick form here: https://act.foe.scot/take-action-ban-fracking-now Or submit your own text using the official form: http://www.talkingfracking.scot/ Here’s the comprehensive Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Hydraulic Fracturing, May 2017 by Cllr Paddy Scott Hogg, BA Hons P.D.I.S. Since the […]

I am Not a Gay Writer

Source: Bella Caledonia I am Not a Gay Writer Few plays are as raw as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The great American playwright Edward Albee’s 1962 magnum opus is over three hours long, has two intervals and fizzes with the fury of a vicious marriage between two bitter intellectuals who hold each other in even more contempt than their youthful, vacuous guests, Nick […]

The Best of WordPress.com in May

Source: North British Post The Best of WordPress.com in May Hi everyone! Check out some of the new updates, designs, and insights that helped make May a great month for the WordPress.com community. What’s new How a Detroit Hackathon Turned into WordPress.com’s First-Ever TV Spots A team of developers launched new sites for small businesses in Detroit during a 48-hour Hackathon in February, an event which inspired the creation of our first-ever TV spots for WordPress.com. Happy Birthday, WordPress! Celebrating 14 years since the very first release of WordPress, co-founder Matt Mullenweg says he’s “waking up every day excited […]

Buckie Shipyard sold

Source: Northern Scot Buckie Shipyard sold MORAY Council has sold Buckie shipyard for an undisclosed sum.

The first 100 employers sign the BfS Single Market Declaration

Source: Business for Scotland The first 100 employers sign the BfS Single Market Declaration 100 SME owners sign Business for Scotland’s Single Market Declaration Within the first few days of launch, 100 directors and owners of Scottish SMEs have signed the Business for Scotland EU Single Market Declaration. 54% of these employers trade within the European single market and understand the damage that a hard Brexit will do to […] The post The first 100 employers sign the BfS Single Market Declaration appeared first on Business for Scotland.

A Dream of Irony

Source: Craig Murray A Dream of Irony The sectarian nature of the extreme attack by Tory politicians and mainstream media journalists (and it is genuinely difficult to tell which is which) on Jeremy Corbyn over alleged IRA links is extremely troubling. Not one MSM journalist or Tory has even acknowledged the existence of loyalist terrorists or British government atrocities, either by secret agents or in events like Bloody Sunday or the murders of Pat Finucane or Peter McBride. Yes, IRA atrocities were appalling. But they were by no means the only ones, and the Troubles arose from centuries of […]

Never Play by Britain’s Rules

Source: Random Public Journal Never Play by Britain’s Rules Tweet Follow @RPJblogBy Jason Michael There is a reason Dugdale and Davidson have said they will not accept a mandate for another referendum in Scotland – London has said no, and that is London rule. This is what Britain always does before the end. This is the end. Earlier today Stuart Campbell posted an article on the Wings Over Scotland blog, “There is nothing you can do,” in which he hit the nail on the head with regard to Ruth Davidson’s refusal to accept a 50 per cent share of […]

Never Play by Britain’s Rules

Source: Random Public Journal Never Play by Britain’s Rules Tweet Follow @RPJblogBy Jason Michael There is a reason Dugdale and Davidson have said they will not accept a mandate for another referendum in Scotland – London has said no, and that is London rule. This is what Britain always does before the end. This is the end. Earlier today Stuart Campbell posted an article on the Wings Over Scotland blog, “There is nothing you can do,” in which he hit the nail on the head with regard to Ruth Davidson’s refusal to accept a 50 per cent share of […]

There is nothing you can do

Source: Wings Over Scotland There is nothing you can do …that will satisfy the Unionist parties. Last night Ruth Davidson told STV viewers that even getting more than 50% of the vote in a general election wouldn’t give the SNP a mandate to pursue their manifesto policies. She was echoing the words of Kezia Dugdale just over a year ago: So that’s clear. There is […]

24 Hours in Politics

Source: Craig Murray 24 Hours in Politics This post, and particularly the last paragraph, was not predicated on the YouGove poll predicting a hung parliament – I continue to have no faith in the integrity of that company. I started writing this yesterday based on my own feeling that we could be heading into hung parliament territory. I was however motivated to return to and update this draft by the YouGove poll. I yesterday watched Michael Gove shouting (literally) about Jeremy Corbyn supporting the IRA and Hamas on The Daily Politics, looking like an agitated tomato in spectacles. Because […]

Ruth Davidson is Toast

Source: Bella Caledonia Ruth Davidson is Toast Ruth Davidson is a duplicitous politician and when her party fails big after this wildly-incompetent grasping farce of a campaign she will be left exposed to chunter on and on about the referendum. The picture painted by her supporters protesting outside the SNP conference at Perth was of a rural branch of the British Resistance, […]

NHS Scotland’s Accident and Emergency Departments continue to outperform

Source: John Robertson NHS Scotland’s Accident and Emergency Departments continue to outperform © Holyrood.com You might remember this from January 2016: ‘Scotland’s A&E the best in world – Sturgeon hits back on health record’ (The National 29th January 2016) The article by Kathleen Nutt went on to say: ‘NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday cited comments from a leading medical college [Royal College of Emergency Medicine] saying the UK “has the best performing accident and emergency services in the world” and that Scotland “has the best performing A&E services in the United Kingdom” as she brushed off an attack from Kezia Dugdale […]