PFI – A Cautionary Tale

Source:: Craig Murray PFI – A Cautionary Tale Here is my personal experience of the great push for the public sector to use the Private Finance Initiative. When I was Deputy High Commissioner in Accra, the British government was paying a very large sum to rent over 80 residential properties in a city where rents are very high for quality properties. However the British government owned a lot of land there, and it was an obvious saving to build our own residential compound. We accordingly drew up plans… Read the full article:: Craig Murray PFI – A Cautionary […]

Piece of My Heart

Source:: Bella Caledonia Piece of My Heart Janis Joplin would have been seventy five years old on Friday. It seems impossible to think of her as ever being that old. It also seems impossible that all this time later, she would still have been that young, that all that was effectively only yesterday. She died, as everybody knows, as the great wave […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Piece of My Heart

Carillion: from sunny outlook to bust in 5 months

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Carillion: from sunny outlook to bust in 5 months By Russell Bruce One of the things you should do at the start of a new year is have a good look at your finances. It is more than incompetent that Carillion did not carry out a total review of their financial position in January 2016 and January 2017. In March 2017 Carillion issued their Annual Report for 2016. It was sunny and upbeat with few clues to the underlying issues – like the change to director remuneration hidden in… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Trans Eorpa Express

Source:: Bella Caledonia Trans Eorpa Express In responding positively Shona Craven’s article in the National last week, I received a deluge of criticism, some valid, some perhaps less so. What seems clear is that a critical debate about human rights, gender and patriarchy is busting out – but often takes place in silos where language, jargon and understandings are shared in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Trans Eorpa Express

Does this first-generation hipster’s one-man blog get more readers than new-hipster David Torrance?

Source:: John Robertson Does this first-generation hipster’s one-man blog get more readers than new-hipster David Torrance? Kermit, how do you know I’ve been listening to Emmylou Harris more than Miles Davis? The shirt gives it away? Only very serious and respectful readers should continue! (c) heraldscotland.com I should say at the outset that I’m having a bit of fun with this. I don’t really have the data to really prove that the answer to my headline is definitely ‘yes’, but things are happening which suggest it may not be so far off and whacky an idea… Read the […]

300 renewable energy jobs boom for North of Scotland expected at Nigg Energy Park

Source:: John Robertson 300 renewable energy jobs boom for North of Scotland expected at Nigg Energy Park (c) gegroup.com This looks like very good news for the area around the Nigg Energy Park in the Cromarty Firth which has lost many jobs in the past. According to Energy Voice yesterday: ‘A jobs boom could see 300 jobs created at Nigg Energy Park in the Cromarty Firth if ambitious plans to diversify from the oil and gas industry to offshore renewables are given the green light. Global Energy aims to expand the oil fabrication yard to enable it… Read […]

3-year high for Scottish oil as it stays near $70 per barrel for third week

Source:: John Robertson 3-year high for Scottish oil as it stays near per barrel for third week (c) thetimes.co.uk According to Energy Voice on Friday, the Brent price for March sales is £69.37 after breaking through the $70 price on 12th January. See: Scottish oil crashes through $70 per barrel figure. Time to reap this fortune and to remind BBC Scotland News? This comes as predictions are repeated that prices will rise further as demand soars in Asia and US stockpiles fall faster than expected. See: Second prediction that Scottish oil may rise beyond $70 per barrel to… Read […]

Moray business park could create 4000 jobs

Source:: Northern Scot Moray business park could create 4000 jobs THE new Elgin Business Park could see up to 4000 jobs created in the area in the next 10 years. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Moray business park could create 4000 jobs

Customers can go hang at RBS, where profit is the only motive | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Customers can go hang at RBS, where profit is the only motive | Kevin McKenna In closing rural branches, the bank continues to reveal its true coloursIf you ever want to know about the trail of greed, incompetence and lies that led to the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland then you must read Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain by Ian Fraser.Almost four years have elapsed since it was published and it seems that almost every week another tale emerges to underline just how disgusting the behaviour of RBS continues to… […]

Being deafened by the “silenced”

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Being deafened by the “silenced” The job of most media commentators in Scotland is to criticise the SNP.  To do so they use a Scottish media which overwhelmingly takes as its starting point that British nationalism is the norm and is a norm which is not nationalist at all. The job of the media in Scotland is to judge Scotland by the standards of Britain. Their job is to shoehorn criticism of the SNP and Scottish independence into any topic you care to think of.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Being deafened […]

Absolute Fanny Of The Week

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Absolute Fanny Of The Week We’ve got a shock result for the inaugural winner of this exciting new award, readers. Remarkably it’s NOT David Torrance – who wrote an arch review of a chapter of a book about Donald Trump that didn’t actually exist. Good effort, Davey, but no cigar. And it’s not even notorious Lib Dem atom-wit Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, who […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Absolute Fanny Of The Week

Is 38 Degrees now part of the Unionist propaganda machine?

Source:: John Robertson Is 38 Degrees now part of the Unionist propaganda machine? Is 38 Degrees now part of the Unionist propaganda machine? I’ve signed many of the petitions raised by 38 Degrees. I had thought them a highly praiseworthy and trustworthy organisation, until now. However, their latest ‘Scotland’s NHS needs our help’ campaign has a bad smell about it. That smell comes clearly from the nature of the sources they use but, given their choice of sources, I’ beginning to wonder if something is rotten deeper in the organisation. Here’s the email… Read the full article:: John […]

Scotland’s offshore wind electricity generation capacity could be five times greater by 2030

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s offshore wind electricity generation capacity could be five times greater by 2030 (c) offshorewind.biz A report by Aurora Energy Research, in Insider, for the whole of the UK suggests: ‘Offshore wind capacity could increase five-fold by the 2030s, cutting carbon emissions and saving on consumer bills, analysis suggests. The step change in the amount of wind turbines in the seas around Britain’s coasts could be achieved with contracts that by 2025 are effectively zero-subsidy.’ https://www.insider.co.uk/news/offshore-wind-projects-2018-predictions-11868267 We already know that subsidy costs for renewables generally are falling fast and below those of other… Read the […]

Moray parking fines to increase

Source:: Northern Scot Moray parking fines to increase DRIVERS are being warned to make sure they pay for parking in Moray after it was agreed fines should increase. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Moray parking fines to increase

Scottish Chambers of Commerce survey suggests 2018 will be a good year for the Scottish Economy

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Chambers of Commerce survey suggests 2018 will be a good year for the Scottish Economy Though apparently accepting the meaningfulness of those useless GDP estimates, a survey of Scottish businesses carried out for the SCC gives cause for optimism in the year ahead. Here’s what they said without providing any detail: ‘The cause of such optimism? The Scottish Chambers of Commerce quarterly economic indicator. It is suggesting that the nation’s businesses are coping admirably in the face of much uncertainty (for uncertainty, read Brexit). Among the sectors providing much optimism are manufacturing, financial and business… […]