Items building for toy appeal

Source:: Northern Scot Items building for toy appeal WITH a rising number of people in need this Christmas, The Northern Scot’s generous readers are needed more than ever. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Items building for toy appeal

Telling Theresa the time

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Telling Theresa the time According to an article in The Times today, Theresa May will refuse to agree to any request from the Scottish government to hold another independence referendum. Well that’s a relief, because no one in Scotland has the slightest intention of requesting anything from Theresa May. Scotland will be informing Theresa May that it’s going to have a vote on independence, that will be at a time which suits Scotland, and Theresa May’s permission is not required. I’ve laid out the… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Telling Theresa the […]

Quick context check

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Quick context check The front page lead of today’s Scottish Daily Mail: As alert readers of this site will know, the Mail has a particular fondness for presenting statistics bereft of any context so that people have no idea how big or small they really are. So is 1,600 passengers a week receiving compensation for delays a lot […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Quick context check

Business confidence in Scotland up 4% after Scottish Government rate changes

Source:: John Robertson Business confidence in Scotland up 4% after Scottish Government rate changes FSB spokesman at Wigmore Hall in Wigtown In March this year, Insider reported: ‘New rates changes coming into force in April will help stimulate the economy and improve transparency, the Scottish Government has said. From 1 April, there will be no business rates for unoccupied new properties and tenants who take them on will be rates-free for the first year. Where properties are improved, they will not pay any additional rates as a result of the improvement for 12 months.’… Read the full article:: […]

Have Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus rates enabled up to seven in ten private sector jobs?

Source:: John Robertson Have Scottish Government’s Small Business Bonus rates enabled up to seven in ten private sector jobs? In that neo-Marxist Nationalist rag, often rejected by our state broadcaster, Insider, yesterday: ‘Firms with fewer than 50 employees sustain up to seven in ten private sector jobs in parts of Scotland, according to new figures from the Federation of Small Businesses. FSB Scotland’s research found small business employment is proportionately highest in the Orkney Islands, the Western Isles, Shetland, the Borders and Argyll & Bute. In these areas smaller firms generate at least half of private sector jobs. But… […]

Has the Second Scottish Enlightenment begun?

Source:: John Robertson Has the Second Scottish Enlightenment begun? Before I’m accused of over-stating things with the above headline claim, let me dig myself an even bigger hole – the first Scottish Enlightenment wasn’t that great anyway. We had lots of nice books and stimulating chats in Edinburgh hostelries but for the mass of Scots, only grinding poverty, clearance from the land, death and mutilation in imperial wars, disease and political powerlessness. The last ten years, I’d say, have seen many small changes combining to make things better for… Read the full article:: John Robertson Has the Second […]

Company agrees to cover council costs after school closures

Source:: The National Company agrees to cover council costs after school closures THE firm involved in the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh over safety concerns has agreed to a proposed settlement exceeding the council’s costs, it has been announced. Read the full article:: The National Company agrees to cover council costs after school closures

Sturgeon: National ban shows May's running scared of hard questions

Source:: The National Sturgeon: National ban shows May’s running scared of hard questions SCOTLAND’S First Minister led a global outcry against the exclusion of The National from a press conference with Prime Minister Theresa May. Read the full article:: The National Sturgeon: National ban shows May’s running scared of hard questions

Weaponised Gender Politics

Source:: Random Public Journal Weaponised Gender Politics Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael “I TELL YOU THIS EARLY MORNING,” said the Irish rebel Michael Collins shortly after concluding the Anglo-Irish Treaty, “I signed my own death warrant.” It has become a studied habit of mine never to discuss feminism and gender politics. It has always seemed to me that, as a man and as a man who belongs to not one but two exclusively male institutions, venturing into the world of gender politics is like seeing a… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Weaponised Gender Politics

Thick skin in a leather factory

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Thick skin in a leather factory Theresa May appeared before the House of Commons Liaison Committee this morning to speak about her Brexit plans. Committee members were keen to ask her what her Plan B was in the likely event that her deal would not attract the support of sufficient MPs in order to pass through parliament. Remember Plan Bs? There was a time when pressing politicians on their Plan B was all the rage, but that was before Brexit happened and the realisation that no… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Thick […]

Grouse. Blood Sports. Land

Source:: Bella Caledonia Grouse. Blood Sports. Land Almost a fifth of Scotland is managed for grouse shooting. The true extent of grouse moors in Scotland is unclear but they are estimated to cover somewhere between 1 million and 1.5 million hectares, between 12-18% of our country’s landmass. The very fact that we don’t know for sure shows the desperate need for land […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Grouse. Blood Sports. Land

Are Hi Tech fans Losing Their Bite?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Are Hi Tech fans Losing Their Bite? THE Brits have been so self-absorbed with Brexit over the last week that they haven’t noticed what’s happening beyond the media fog in the Channel. For the world in general, the ongoing wobble in US high tech stocks may yet prove more dangerous than anything that happens to the UK economy. US tech shares have […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Are Hi Tech fans Losing Their Bite?

Something smells fishy

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Something smells fishy From today’s Daily Mail: The headline is, of course, a lie. The Herald and Scotsman were barely any less dishonest. Because what the Prime Minister actually “vowed” to do was literally nothing. Only the Mail, several paragraphs down the story, carries her full revealing quote. We’ve highlighted the key words in red. “Mrs May said […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Something smells fishy

The Magical Kingdom

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Magical Kingdom As the Prime Minister tours her United Kingdom the level of estrangement, disaffection and political bad feeling is unparalleled. In banning a newspaper they didn’t like, the No 10’s press team is operating like a Sarah Huckabee Sanders tribute act. It provoked statements of solidarity from journalists including Paul Mason, Paul Hutcheon, David Leask, and […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Magical Kingdom

The Murky Sea of Azov

Source:: Craig Murray The Murky Sea of Azov Prima facie, it is Russia which is acting illegally in the Kerch Strait. As I wrote when it was the Russians who were being harassed in the English Channel: Contrary to Article 44 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which the UK and Russia are both party, the UK has engaged in extensive illegal harassment of a Russian naval submarine engaged in fully lawful transit of the Dover Strait. A Russian naval vessel en route… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Murky Sea of […]