A96 road in Elgin to close from tonight

Source:: Northern Scot A96 road in Elgin to close from tonight A part of the A96 in Elgin will be closed from tonight for essential repairs to sewer manhole covers. The road on South College Street will be closed from 7.30pm and will re-open again 5.30pm on Friday. Read the full article:: Northern Scot A96 road in Elgin to close from tonight

Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise

Source:: Gerry Hassan Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise Coming Together or Falling Apart? Freedom of Speech in the Age of Noise Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 17th 2018 The context and limits of freedom of speech have always been important, but everywhere this seems to have become increasingly contentious. Whether it is white supremacists in the US declaring they are protecting the US way of life, our very own home-grown hate speak from Tommy Robinson, or the multiple sensitivities, claims and counter-claims on transgender issues something seems to… Read the […]

A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance?

Source:: Gerry Hassan A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance? A Vision of the Future comes to Dundee: A Tayside Renaissance? Gerry Hassan New Statesman, October 12th 2018 Dundee is being talked about. This marks a big change for a city that traditionally has been ignored or presented in clichés – of jute, jam and journalism, the Tay Rail Bridge disaster, and William McGonagall. Now Dundee is on the map, and not just the Scottish and UK one, but internationally as a tourist and cultural hot spot, and a must-see… Read the full article:: […]

More evidence of a difference as 73% of Scots back increase in taxes for higher public spending

Source:: John Robertson More evidence of a difference as 73% of Scots back increase in taxes for higher public spending In Insider today: ‘A Deloitte survey has revealed nearly three in four Scots back increase in taxes to pay for higher public spending. The annual study on public services and the challenges they face found 73 per cent supported paying more tax to boost public spending, a larger proportion of the population than in Wales (70 per cent), England (69 per cent) and Northern Ireland (61 per cent).  Entitled The State of the State 2018-19, the Deloitte report also […]

Illegal killing of birds of prey falling fast in Scotland

Source:: John Robertson Illegal killing of birds of prey falling fast in Scotland Bird of prey crime map From the Scottish Government website, yesterday: ‘2017 saw only one recorded incident of illegal bird of prey poisoning in Scotland, according to new maps published by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland. This is the lowest total in a single year since PAW Scotland began compiling data for 2004 onwards. There was a further 36% fall in all recorded bird of prey crimes during 2017. The new figures show 9 confirmed crimes… Read the full article:: John […]

Greens say SNP must do better on education in new 'report card'

Source:: The National Greens say SNP must do better on education in new ‘report card’ THE Scottish Greens Party have urged the government to “copy their homework” on education policies to close the attainment gap. Education spokesman Ross Greer issued a “report card” to Ministers claiming the Scottish Government’s education policy is to blame for reductions in teacher pay and the size of the workforce. Read the full article:: The National Greens say SNP must do better on education in new ‘report card’

David Mundell under fire for failing to rule out Brexit power grab

Source:: The National David Mundell under fire for failing to rule out Brexit power grab DAVID Mundell has refused to rule out imposing new policies in devolved areas on Scotland without the agreement of ministers or MSPs in Edinburgh. Read the full article:: The National David Mundell under fire for failing to rule out Brexit power grab

Scottish business bosses in call for clarity on Brexit

Source:: The National Scottish business bosses in call for clarity on Brexit BUSINESS leaders in Scotland say clarity over Brexit is paramount after an economic study showed slowing investment across a range of sectors and a challenging set of results for the country’s manufacturing sector. Read the full article:: The National Scottish business bosses in call for clarity on Brexit

This is why Westminster’s choice is between Brexit and the Union

Source:: The National This is why Westminster’s choice is between Brexit and the Union IT’S easy to become overwhelmed by all the Brexit confusion but just occasionally Brexit still throws up something so bizarre it requires closer examination. Read the full article:: The National This is why Westminster’s choice is between Brexit and the Union

David Mundell vows to protect Scotland's place in UK to 'last breath'

Source:: The National David Mundell vows to protect Scotland’s place in UK to ‘last breath’ SCOTTISH Secretary David Mundell has vowed to defend Scotland’s place in the UK until his “last breath”. He emphasised the strength of his feeling under questioning from SNP MP Patrick Grady during Scottish Questions in the Commons, when he was accused of “presiding over a power grab”. Read the full article:: The National David Mundell vows to protect Scotland’s place in UK to ‘last breath’

May presents no new proposals at summit despite demands from EU

Source:: The National May presents no new proposals at summit despite demands from EU THERESA May failed to come up with any fresh suggestions to move forward the stalled Brexit talks when she met EU leaders last night. Read the full article:: The National May presents no new proposals at summit despite demands from EU

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Source:: Random Public Journal Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WHENEVER THERE IS THE SLIGHTEST disagreement between pro-independence voices there is an immediate response across social media demanding “unity” and asking the same predictable question: Why can’t we all just get along? Journalists, bloggers, and other writers and content producers in the independence movement are people who often run the gauntlet of being labelled “divisive” for their thoughts, opinions, and comments. In fact, anyone who takes it upon themselves to speak up and speak… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Is SNP government a dash of fresh air!

Source:: John Robertson Is SNP government a dash of fresh air! (c) fireco.uk This from regular reader, Ludo Thierry but headline all my own  work: Since beeb Scotland are getting confused between all respiratory illness and ‘flu I thought I’d do an edit of a wee piece from news.gov.scot which I’ve not noticed elsewhere. The official stats for Scottish emissions of air pollutants during 2016 have been published. The figures are good and the figures over the period since 1990 are very impressive (the period of the SNP Scottish Govt covers… Read the full article:: John Robertson Is […]

Richard Leonard blames Humza Yousaf and Scotrail for delays in reaching his estate in Devon

Source:: John Robertson Richard Leonard blames Humza Yousaf and Scotrail for delays in reaching his estate in Devon   Richard Leonard                                        Richard the Lionheart IV, Earl of torbay Labour’s colonial office in Scotland, has reported the anger of their leader as he struggles to visit his new Devonshire estate in the middle of rail chaos in South-West England. He said: ‘Passengers from Paddington beared the worst of these delays, the worst I’ve known since I was named as the heir to Richard the Lionheart IV, Earl of Torbay, yesterday. Humza Yousaf and Scotrail have failed to take action… […]

One more time with feeling

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug One more time with feeling A guest post by Samuel Miller On Monday Nicola Sturgeon gave a bit of a keynote address to the RSA, (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), on the current state of play surrounding Brexit. A speech which sets out Scotgov’s latest proposals for Scotland’s place in Europe: A Way Forward. One more attempt by the FM to square a wonky circle created by others. One more attempt to act within devolved competences and contribute constructively within… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug One more […]