The real reason for the SNP’s initial refusal to implement the 50p tax – tax avoidance

Source: John Robertson The real reason for the SNP’s initial refusal to implement the 50p tax – tax avoidance (c) http://www.elementalcosec.com/2016/04/11/scotland-the-new-destination-for-money-laundering-and-tax-evasion/ The SNP manifesto promises £118 billion to be invested in public services. This can only be done if the tax revenue can be raised. The only way to do this is to scrap ‘limited partnerships’ which enable tax avoidance. To do so takes away the worry that raising the level while the Scottish Parliament has no control over tax avoidance would actually lead to a loss of revenue. The manifesto also promises to introduce a tax on bankers’ […]

We’ve thought of a way

Source: Wings Over Scotland We’ve thought of a way “It couldn’t be clearer than that” was Kezia Dugdale’s assertion tonight on the subject of whether a Labour UK government would block a second independence referendum, during her “Ask The Leader” interview with the BBC’s Glenn Campbell. She’d insisted explicitly several times that a Jeremy Corbyn administration WOULD block a new indyref, even after being shown […]

Claims of its Demise have been Greatly Exaggerated

Source: Random Public Journal Claims of its Demise have been Greatly Exaggerated Tweet Follow @RPJblogBy Jason Michael Nothing says “Strong and Stable” more than a bunch of daft unelected Scottish Tories standing out in the rain picketing in their wee blue windbreakers. This is what the loyalist opposition to Scotland’s independence has come down to. After having had a 20 point lead on the opposition on 27 April, since announcing the snap general election; the one she promised six times we wouldn’t have, Theresa May has managed to more than halve that lead – making it, at least theoretically, […]

A Manifesto We All Should Support

Source: Craig Murray A Manifesto We All Should Support I am delighted to say I can offer my full and unreserved backing to the SNP manifesto, launched today. Key points are: 1) No Trident missiles 2) Full reversal of Tory benefit cuts 3) £118 billion of extra spending over the parliament for investment and to end austerity 4) Reversal of NHS privatisations 5) 50p top rate of income tax 6) Raising the minimum wage to the real living wage, and ending public sector pay caps. There is of course much more and you can read the full manifesto here. […]

Scottish Labour indyref clarity grows

Source: Wings Over Scotland Scottish Labour indyref clarity grows Today’s Daily Record has a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn for, well, let’s call them “mixed messages” over a second independence referendum. It suggests his Scottish branch manager Kezia Dugdale would have “her head in her hands” over his latest comments, which is a bit rich considering Dugdale’s own history on the subject. And since her […]

Paxman finds Theresa easy, Jeremy a bit better prepared but cannot lay a glove on Nicola

Source: John Robertson Paxman finds Theresa easy, Jeremy a bit better prepared but cannot lay a glove on Nicola (c) Sky News It must have been painful viewing for Tories as Paxman hit her again and again with her Brexit hypocrisy, dementia tax ‘U-turn’, generally ill-thought-out social care policies and throwing away a massive gap in the opinion polls. He tried his damnest to get Jeremy but all he had was very old stuff on the Falklands, Hamas and Hezbollah which Jeremy was able to explain as simply inclusive language to get a meeting going. He had a real […]

‘Mon then if ye think ye’re haurd enough

Source: Wee Ginger Dug ‘Mon then if ye think ye’re haurd enough The gloves are most definitely off now. The Tories decided that they’re going to fight this general election on a platform of implacable opposition to another independence referendum. It’s their sole policy. It’s the only thing that they talk about. The Tories don’t want to mention Brexit or say what they’ll do to avoid the damage that it could do to the Scottish economy. The Tories don’t want to mention of the changes they’ve made to the social security system that have driven untold thousands to despair […]

The Sins of the Father

Source: Craig Murray The Sins of the Father I completely agree with BBC Women’s Hour presenter, and right wing Telegraph and Sunday Times columnist, Emma Barnett that the sins of the father should not be visited on the children. I absolutely accept it is not her fault that her private school and Rolls Royce lifestyle was paid for by her father’s career as a major Manchester pimp, which specifically included dealing in women who had been trafficked into prostitution from Eastern Europe and forcibly held in it against their will. I note that both her father and her mother […]

Business not Brexit – Bill Rodger, The European Movement in Scotland

Source: Business for Scotland Business not Brexit – Bill Rodger, The European Movement in Scotland Bill Rodger, Treasurer of The European Movement in Scotland writes in support of the Business for Scotland single market declaration.  The European Movement in Scotland is cross-party and is Scotland’s oldest dedicated pro-Europe, pro-EU campaigning organisation.  The Coal and Steel Community was formed in 1951 with the Treaty of Rome in 1957 widening its remit into […] The post Business not Brexit – Bill Rodger, The European Movement in Scotland appeared first on Business for Scotland.

Business not Brexit – John Purvis CBE

Source: Business for Scotland Business not Brexit – John Purvis CBE John Purvis, CBE, former Scottish Conservative MEP writes in support for the Business for Scotland single market declaration. In 1979, when we first elected our MEPs, it took a truck up to 10 days to get from Peterhead to Milan. It wasn’t the tariffs, it wasn’t the distance, it wasn’t even the road conditions, it […] The post Business not Brexit – John Purvis CBE appeared first on Business for Scotland.

The Battle for No 10

Source: Bella Caledonia The Battle for No 10 At one point in last night’s awful #BattleforNo10 experience, the artist formerly known as Strong and Stable uttered the immortal lines, with teeth and fists clenched in barely restrained fury, as if to explain everything: “We have a situation where there is a devolved government in Scotland”. Sadly, we do Dear Prime Minister. The event was […]

Sub-topical analysis

Source: Wings Over Scotland Sub-topical analysis Apologies in advance about this, folks, but it’s driving us mad. We got into a Twitter argument with some Tory balloon last night and this morning, and to cut a long story short it got us looking at the 1951 UK general election result. History records it as a Tory majority, securing just over half of […]

Scottish Oil predicted to rise to at least $60 per barrel by end of 2017 as fracked shale oil faces safety crisis

Source: John Robertson Scottish Oil predicted to rise to at least per barrel by end of 2017 as fracked shale oil faces safety crisis © http://oilprice.com As OPEC extends its production cuts to at least March 2018, Asian refiners are beginning to worry where they will get adequate crude supplies for their fast-growing markets. In April alone, North Sea tankers took more than 16 million barrels to Asia. Once more the income will be flooding into the UK Treasury. We have yet to see figures for May but all expectations are that this demand will grow. According to Yasushi […]