Cutting your losses

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Cutting your losses We’d hoped not to have to write any more about this for a while, but a story broke this evening on left-wing Labour website Skwawkbox that we thought those of you not on Twitter would want to see. Following a previous piece casting huge doubt on Dugdale and the Scottish media’s version of events, the […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Cutting your losses

The Festival of Exit Britain

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Festival of Exit Britain The Conservative party say that they’re going to introduce innovative technological solutions to the Irish border question, but they can’t even introduce an app for their conference without buggering it up. The app was so poorly designed that it allowed anyone to log in as members of the Cabinet and see all their personal contact details. But it’s not all bad, at least it’s the first time ever that the Tories have been accessible to the public. The conference isn’t… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Festival […]

The So Solid Crew

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The So Solid Crew Three days ago, the Daily Record’s political editor and Kezia Dugdale’s chief media cheerleader Davie Clegg tweeted that Scottish Labour had “expressed full support and solidarity” for their former branch manager in her court battle with this website. It seems fair to say that the tweet hasn’t aged well. Perhaps “solidarity” – like “fairness”, “equality” and “justice” – […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The So Solid Crew

Let’s Have a Festival!

Source:: Bella Caledonia Let’s Have a Festival! On the ‘Jacobite Express’ to Mallaig you cross the viaduct now touted as a Harry Potter location (was Charles Edward Stuart in Slytherin?). On the “greatest railway journey in the world” passengers tip their excrement directly onto the tracks, jobbies littering the stations like confetti at a Quidditch cup final.  In Rosyth decommissioned nuclear submarines […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Let’s Have a Festival!

Spy Games

Source:: Craig Murray Spy Games Russia has its GRU in addition to its KGB (now FSB and SVR). The UK has its Defence Intelligence in addition to its MI6 and GCHQ. Much less high profile, Defence Intelligence is more analytical than operative – as indeed is GRU, Skripal was an analyst. Defence Intelligence had its proudest modern moment when it refused to endorse MI6’s pack of lies on Iraqi WMD, and earned the hatred of MI6 and of Blair and Straw as a result. This… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Spy Games

Ceci N’est Pas Une Leid

Source:: Bella Caledonia Ceci N’est Pas Une Leid Say we hidnae aw decidit that Scots wis a language. Say it hidnae been estaiblisht – tae the saitisfaction o aw concernt – that Scots hauds doon a patch on the same Wikipedia page as German, French an Esperanto. An say, for whitever reason, the notions o experts on this an ilka ither subject cairit […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Ceci N’est Pas Une Leid

Second battle of Culloden rages as locals clash with developers

Source:: Kevin McKenna Second battle of Culloden rages as locals clash with developers The site where Jacobite forces made their last stand is now threatened by house buildersFor nearly three centuries the bones of Highland soldiers who fell defending their land, language and faith have lain undisturbed on Culloden Moor, a few miles east of Inverness. On 16 April 1746, these Jacobites had fought to the death with their Bonnie Prince Charlie in a bloody and brutal battle against the Duke of Cumberland’s Hanoverian forces. It was the final act of the third… Read the full article:: Kevin […]

My resignation from the Labour Party

Source:: Wings Over Scotland My resignation from the Labour Party This article originally appeared on Allan Moore’s blog. Reproduced with permission. Dear Richard Leonard, You can accept this letter as my formal resignation from membership of the Labour Party. And you may not like to hear that you are the straw that broke the camel’s back. Having been a Labour supporter for over 20 years, […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland My resignation from the Labour Party

BBC Scotland reporting the news on racism NOT where you come from

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland reporting the news on racism NOT where you come from BBC Scotland’s Disclosure Team find evidence of recent racist activity in Scotland! Reporting Scotland, Saturday 29th September at 5.30pm, on racism in Scotland was, well, more racism NOT in Scotland. We heard about a worthy EIS initiative to reduce racism in Scottish schools, but Reporting Scotland clearly felt they should be able to justify the project with evidence of a need for it. They couldn’t find any Scottish examples, so we had mention of the Manchester Arena bomb attack and… Read the full […]

A slick SNP show in Glasgow can’t hide pressure for independence vote | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna A slick SNP show in Glasgow can’t hide pressure for independence vote | Kevin McKenna The mood is uneasy as Nicola Sturgeon’s party prepares for its annual conferenceAs the SNP’s annual conferences have become bigger and brasher and bolder, so too has the opprobrium and disdain they attract. Once, politicians were accustomed to promenading around these venues exchanging greetings with a small and cosy band of political obsessives like themselves and well-behaved party hacks. Now, the unseen tentacles of social media have made them more recognisable. As the crowds have become bigger and a little…… […]

Catalonia and Post-Fascism

Source:: Bella Caledonia Catalonia and Post-Fascism There is a troubling lack of understanding about what has really been happening in Catalonia over the past year. Some left commentators have been quick to label this the ‘return of Franco.’ Others have dismissed the police violence, the political prisoners and the shutting down of a democratically elected government as a reasonable reaction by […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Catalonia and Post-Fascism

The Cheshire cat of politics

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Cheshire cat of politics I had been toying with the idea of writing this blog article about how it’s unproductive for supporters of independence to join in the social media campaign calling for a boycott of the Guardian newspaper. About how when we embark on campaigns directed against individual newspapers we only allow that paper to paint itself as a victim of the social media abuse of journalists. About how we need to occupy the moral high ground and save our energies for countering… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Cheshire […]

Against all the odds

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Against all the odds Politics in 2018 is almost impossible to satirise, and nowhere more so than in Scotland, where at least two of the main parties are currently campaigning on the principled policy of “any referendum we lose should be re-run, and any we win must never ever be held again because the decision was final”. So it’s quite […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Against all the odds

As the Scottish Nomedia scrambles for scare-stories here are 30 secret successes in NHS Scotland in 2018

Source:: John Robertson As the Scottish Nomedia scrambles for scare-stories here are 30 secret successes in NHS Scotland in 2018 (c) Scotsman You’ve no doubt watched in disgust as Revolting Scotland and others desperately exaggerate the impact of isolated stories to unnerve, especially, our elderly and sick. Here is the real news: 95% of Scottish cancer patients treated within 31-day standard but NHS England in crisis Immunisation of Scottish children continues to exceed the 95% target after four years Most Scottish health boards exceeded target for alcohol and drug treatment waiting times while NHS England’s services fell into crisis Scotland has 10% […]

95% of Scottish cancer patients treated within 31-day standard but NHS England in crisis

Source:: John Robertson 95% of Scottish cancer patients treated within 31-day standard but NHS England in crisis In Scotland, the 95% target for waiting times of 31 days or less, between decision to treat and first treatment, was met in June 2018, having been met or only just missed for the last six years . Four out of fifteen boards did not meet the target. In 2017, the average was 94.8%. The 62-day wait between first suspicion of cancer to first treatment was, however, only met in 84.6% of cases. In NHS England, the figure was only… Read […]