UK Government urged to follow Scotland’s praised lead on employee ownership – another 8% story?

Source:: John Robertson UK Government urged to follow Scotland’s praised lead on employee ownership – another 8% story? From Insider, yesterday: ‘Scotland has been praised for leading the way in its approach and commitment to growing the popularity of employee ownership. The independent Ownership Effect Inquiry, led by the Employee Ownership Association, found a scheme driven by economic development agency Co-operative Development Scotland had helped deliver a “tenfold return on investment for every £1 devoted to on-the-ground support”. And it recommended that the UK Government echo the scheme’s success.’   The number of employee-owned businesses in Scotland has… […]

The worst country in the world

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The worst country in the world In our latest Panelbase poll, we asked the same independence question we asked in the last one, and got much the same answer. (Technically the indy vote went up by about a sixth of one percent, but that’s statistically meaningless.) That’s a bit disappointing after the events of recent weeks, but also not very surprising – […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The worst country in the world

Queensferry Crossing staying open more often and even in very high winds. Reporting Scotland will be all over this?

Source:: John Robertson Queensferry Crossing staying open more often and even in very high winds. Reporting Scotland will be all over this? (c) netweather.tv From Insider yesterday: ‘An initial assessment for Transport Scotland shows the Queensferry Crossing has improved reliability compared to the older bridge, staying open 14 times when weather would have closed its predecessor to large vehicles Transport Scotland’s Stein Connelly said: “The wind shielding on the Queensferry Crossing is delivering the benefits it was intended to. There have been 14 occasions since the new bridge opened when the Forth Road Bridge would have had to close […]

Toward a better country? Scotland’s Veterans Commissioner

Source:: John Robertson Toward a better country? Scotland’s Veterans Commissioner (c) Daily Record The treatment of veterans is one of the great under-reported failures of our supposedly enlightened society in the UK. There are around 13 000 veterans living on the streets and increasing numbers of them are suffering from mental health problems. https://evolvepolitics.com/tories-failing-soldiers-record-high-13000-veterans-now-homeless-military-charity-says/ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/26/military-wives-ptsd-mental-health-speak-out-raise-awareness However, the Scottish Government seems determined to do something more than the current neglect of the issue by the UK Government. See this from gov.scot: ‘A new Scottish Veterans Commissioner has been announced by Veterans… Read the full article:: John Robertson Toward a […]

Scotland’s food and drink sales increase 36% in only 10 years

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s food and drink sales increase 36% in only 10 years (c) Scottish Business News Network From Scotland Food & Drink, yesterday: Sector grows by £527 million (in one year?) Sector generated a £13.9 billion turnover in 2016, up 3.9% on the previous year. Turnover is estimated to have increased by up to 36% since 2007. The Scottish Government aims to double the value of food and drink to £30 billion by 2030. http://www.scotlandfoodanddrink.org/news/article-info/8314/food-and-drink-sales-latest-stats-show-sector-grows-by-%C2%A3527-million.aspx In the absence of comparative figures, these increases suggest that earlier headlines still stand, if they’re not… Read the full article:: […]

The Unsubtle Art of Non-Verbal Communication

Source:: Craig Murray The Unsubtle Art of Non-Verbal Communication Human beings can communicate by gesture and facial expression as well as by verbal language. In the following video, at 39 seconds in BBC presenter Jo Coburn is not communicating to the viewer – the director has switched back to her before she expects. She is however working very hard on communicating non-verbally to somebody, presumably the director, with quite an extreme facial gesture. My question to you is this – what do you think she is trying to communicate… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Unsubtle Art […]

Alex Salmond: The Vow DID swing independence referendum result

Source:: The National Alex Salmond: The Vow DID swing independence referendum result ALEX Salmond has questioned Murray Foote’s claims the Vow was not responsible for the Yes side losing the independence referendum in September 2014. Read the full article:: The National Alex Salmond: The Vow DID swing independence referendum result

What next for the Tories on the bumpy road to Brexit?

Source:: The National What next for the Tories on the bumpy road to Brexit? THE Brexit endgame is fast approaching and the UK is months away from leaving the EU on March 29 next year. Read the full article:: The National What next for the Tories on the bumpy road to Brexit?

UK refusal to support Police Scotland on Trump visit ‘completely unacceptable’

Source:: The National UK refusal to support Police Scotland on Trump visit ‘completely unacceptable’ IT is “unacceptable” for Police Scotland to be footing the bill for Donald Trump’s visit, the new Justice Secretary has said. Read the full article:: The National UK refusal to support Police Scotland on Trump visit ‘completely unacceptable’

Ian Blackford calls for probe into £160m Scottish farming cash grab

Source:: The National Ian Blackford calls for probe into £160m Scottish farming cash grab SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford demanded Michael Gove start the long promised review into an Westminster’s £160 million EU farming money cash grab immediately. Read the full article:: The National Ian Blackford calls for probe into £160m Scottish farming cash grab

Barnier makes final call to May to set out her Brexit proposals

Source:: The National Barnier makes final call to May to set out her Brexit proposals DONALD Tusk has issued a “last call” to the UK to “lay the cards on the table” if a Brexit deal is to be done in time. Read the full article:: The National Barnier makes final call to May to set out her Brexit proposals

The shitty shreds of May

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The shitty shreds of May Sometimes you can progress just by standing still. Sometimes you can win by doing nothing much at all. Sometimes you win by holding firm to your beliefs and allowing your opponents to destroy themselves. The writer Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World, once said that people have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted. That’s also true of the Westminster parliament’s attitude to Scotland. Arrogance is taking what a nation offers for granted, wisdom lies in taking what… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The shitty […]

Blair and Brown Governments Gory with Torture

Source:: Craig Murray Blair and Brown Governments Gory with Torture Even I was taken aback by the sheer scale of British active involvement in extraordinary rendition revealed by yesterday’s report of the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee. Dominic Grieve and the committee deserve congratulations for their honesty, integrity and above all persistence. It is plain from the report that 10 Downing Street did everything possible to handicap the work of the committee. Most crucially they were allowed only to interview extremely senior civil servants and not allowed to interview those… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Blair and […]

Scottish crude oil value surges to record level in more than 3 years

Source:: John Robertson Scottish crude oil value surges to record level in more than 3 years (c) officerofthewatch.com In Oil & Gas People today: ‘Oil rose to a level last seen in late 2014 after U.S. crude stockpiles tumbled by the most since September 2016. Futures rose as much as 3.4% in New York on Wednesday. Domestic crude inventories declined by 9.89 MMbl last week, while refiners boosted oil processing rates and exports soared to a record, the Energy Information Administration said. Oil stored at the key pipeline hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, shrank for a sixth… Read the […]

8% of the population and 25% of UK renewable generation.

Source:: John Robertson 8% of the population and 25% of UK renewable generation. (c) Fraser of Allander Inst From the Scottish Business News Network today: ‘Provisional annual statistics for 2017 show that renewable electricity generation was 25,166 GWh in 2017 – up 27% on 2016 and up 19% on 2015. This makes 2017 a record year for renewable generation with the equivalent of an estimated 69% of Scotland’s electricity consumption being met from renewables. In 2017, Scottish renewable generation made up approximately 25% of total UK renewable generation and approximately 69% of Scotland’s… Read the full article:: John […]