BBC Scotland cringe as Scotland’s GDP grew by ‘just half of one percent’ but it’s ‘more than just a bit’ better if you stand back a bit

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland cringe as Scotland’s GDP grew by ‘just half of one percent’ but it’s ‘more than just a bit’ better if you stand back a bit BBC Scotland at 1.30, today, reported: ‘Scotland’s economy grew by just half of one percent.’ Why ‘just’ I wonder and why not consider, now and again, how these small increases add up over quite short periods like, say, around four years? The Scottish Government report said: ‘Scottish growth pulls ahead of the UK. In the first half of this year, Scottish GDP grew by 0.8% compared to 0.6% in […]

You can’t have a Union Day if there is no Union

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug You can’t have a Union Day if there is no Union Yesterday, 18 September, was the anniversary of Scotland’s first independence referendum. Only the anniversary of the first one, mind. There will be another. However since the first one produced the result that opponents of independence craved, they are determined that Scottish democracy should be preserved in aspic, forever stuck in the hours after the 18th of September 2014 like some Groundhog Day without any laughs or star quality. But it’s worse than that, Bill Murray was at least an agent… Read the full […]

Brexit may be the bitter pill that Scotland needs to swallow before finding itself

Source:: Business for Scotland Brexit may be the bitter pill that Scotland needs to swallow before finding itself Since the beginning of the year I have been touring Yes groups and the occasional SNP branch meeting doing 20 or so talks, sometimes three a week, ranging from rural Berwickshire to Inverness, and Fort William to Lanark. The talk called “Act now and deliver independence”, even managed to draw around 60 attendees in small […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Brexit may be the bitter pill that Scotland needs to swallow before finding itself

Storm Ali warning

Source:: Northern Scot Storm Ali warning MOTORISTS are being urged to take care on the roads this afternoon due to Storm Ali. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Storm Ali warning

Drivers urged to take care

Source:: Northern Scot Drivers urged to take care Drivers are urged to take care on the roads due to the windy weather from Storm Ali. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Drivers urged to take care

Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy?

Source:: Gerry Hassan Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy? Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 18th 2018 Three decades ago democracy was the future and carrying all before it. The Soviet bloc was collapsing, the South African apartheid regime was crumbling – and all across South America brutal dictatorships were being replaced by democracies (however imperfect) symbolised by the fall of the Pinochet junta. Today the state of the world could not look more different and feel less optimistic. There are still many… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan Whatever happened […]

Scotland not one of ‘all English-speaking countries’, English researchers find but our teachers may be happier

Source:: John Robertson Scotland not one of ‘all English-speaking countries’, English researchers find but our teachers may be happier Headlined today in the Independent: ‘Teachers in England have lowest job satisfaction of all English-speaking countries, study finds’ The Independent tends to be quite careful and inclusive when it comes to virtually any minority but seems to have forgotten that we do try to speak the Inglis – ‘woht err yoo twyin to zay, Johk? Anyhoo, here’s what the researchers found: ‘Teachers in England have lowest job satisfaction of all English-speaking countries, new study finds. Of 22 comparable countries, none… […]

Lone Tory stirs up ‘storm’ over ‘£45’ SNP loan to shipbuilder

Source:: John Robertson Lone Tory stirs up ‘storm’ over ‘£45’ SNP loan to shipbuilder As Storm Ali approaches, I read in today’s Herald: ‘Storm grows over £45 loan to Sturgeon’s adviser’s ferry firm’ It’s fitting that the Herald headline writer should go for the stormy metaphor though it seems to have blown a million off the headline. The error was still there two hours later. Staff shortages due to low pressure depressed readership figures? Tom Gordon tells us: ‘The row over a £45m government loan to a struggling business owned by an adviser to… Read the full article:: […]

Scottish MPs call for Europe to act in Catalonia and Spain dispute

Source:: The National Scottish MPs call for Europe to act in Catalonia and Spain dispute TWO Scottish MPs have called on Europe to intervene in the dispute between Catalonia and Spain which has seen public figures and politicians jailed for almost a year without trial and other leaders exiled throughout the EU. Read the full article:: The National Scottish MPs call for Europe to act in Catalonia and Spain dispute

Government clashes with Home Office over Scots migration policy

Source:: The National Government clashes with Home Office over Scots migration policy SCOTTISH ministers have clashed with the UK Government’s independent Migration Advisory Committee after it disputed claims Scotland has its own immigration needs Read the full article:: The National Government clashes with Home Office over Scots migration policy

Independence: Four Years On

Source:: Random Public Journal Independence: Four Years On Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael NOWHERE WAS THE SICKNESS of unionism spelt out more starkly than in The Telegraph newspaper the day after Scotland voted No to independence. On the 19 September 2014, the morning no few independence supporters woke as if to a funeral, the right-wing Conservative paper was breathing a “sigh of relief” as its headline gloated to its readers “Scotland’s No vote: what it means for your money.” The campaign for independence in Scotland brought to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Independence: Four Years […]

Strong winds expected tomorrow as Met Office issues warning

Source:: Northern Scot Strong winds expected tomorrow as Met Office issues warning STORM Ali is set to bring strong winds to Scotland tomorrow with people on coastal regions and high ground told to be prepared. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Strong winds expected tomorrow as Met Office issues warning

CCTV images of missing man Wayne Macmillan on bus near Brodie

Source:: Northern Scot CCTV images of missing man Wayne Macmillan on bus near Brodie CCTV images of Wayne MacMillan have been released by police as the hunt for the missing 45-year-old continues. Wayne was last seen getting off a Stagecoach no.10 bus at around 1pm on Saturday September Read the full article:: Northern Scot CCTV images of missing man Wayne Macmillan on bus near Brodie

Talking-up Scotland beaten by a wee dug!

Source:: John Robertson Talking-up Scotland beaten by a wee dug! Inspired by a similar survey, a month or two ago, by Indyref2, to find Scotland’s most popular political blog with a particular interest in Scottish issues, in the independence debate and in media coverage, I’ve done a similar thing using the same Website Traffic Estimator by TrafficEstimate.com. Here are the results for the last 30 days, finishing 18Th September 2018, at 16:00: Name                                                  Estimated Monthly Traffic (unique visits) 1.      Wings Over Scotland                     218 700 2.      Wee Ginger Dug                             92 100… Read the full article:: John Robertson Talking-up Scotland […]

Exiles on Truth Street: From The Province Of The Cat

Source:: Bella Caledonia Exiles on Truth Street: From The Province Of The Cat If you look, you will see. Observation is, after all, the basis for all the arts and sciences. When I look across the Pentland Firth I see two oceans meeting, swirling and colliding with each other in a fluid, renewing, vibrant ballet that allows the world to breathe. What you see in the governance of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Exiles on Truth Street: From The Province Of The Cat