Stay of Execution

Source:: Random Public Journal Stay of Execution Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THERESA MAY HAS TONIGHT won a challenge to her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 votes to 117, maintaining the support of just under two thirds of her parliamentary colleagues. According to the current Tory party rulebook, by facing down this backbench rebellion Mrs May has gained for herself a twelve-month immunity from further challenge; meaning – if there is no successful vote of no confidence from across the floor – she will… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Stay of Execution

Scottish budget hamstrung by Brexit aims to support public services – but no Income Tax cut for higher earners

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish budget hamstrung by Brexit aims to support public services – but no Income Tax cut for higher earners Trying to set a Scottish budget when you don’t know whats going to happen with Brexit, whether there is a General Election, or a second EU referendum about to happen and when a possible no deal scenario would be economically devastating, is an impossible job.  Derek McKay’s budget may be a bit timid but it […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish budget hamstrung by Brexit aims to support public services – but […]

Not out

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Not out This is the 5,000th post since Wings Over Scotland began in November 2011, which is just shy of two a day, every single day, since then. We wanted such a landmark post to be something serious and significant, but in light of the utter brain-melting futility of trying to write anything sensible about politics in […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Not out

That’s a fine forfochten fanklefyke the Tories have got us into

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug That’s a fine forfochten fanklefyke the Tories have got us into Yesterday the story could have been Labour’s to tell. Jeremy Corbyn could have stamped the Labour party’s mark on Brexit and alongside the SNP, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru, and the Greens he could have brought forward a motion of no confidence in the government and shown that there is substantial and principled opposition within the UK to the selfish insanity of a Conservative Brexit. He might very well have lost that vote, but it would have been close, and… Read the full […]

Theresa May’s Britain

Source:: Craig Murray Theresa May’s Britain I have only ever been able to discern two underlying motivations in Theresa May’s career; a love of office and a hatred of immigrants. It is possible to love office without loving power; loving power means you want to do something with it, whereas loving office is just for prestige and personal economic opportunity. I do not imagine May’s hatred of immigrants is driven by actual racism, easy though it is to read that into her hostile environment, go home… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Theresa May’s Britain

Old Oxymoron English Dictionary board rejects ‘Brexiteer’ as nonsensical and orders use of ‘Breximoron’ instead

Source:: John Robertson Old Oxymoron English Dictionary board rejects ‘Brexiteer’ as nonsensical and orders use of ‘Breximoron’ instead At an emergency meeting of the respected Old Oxymoron English Dictionary’s New Additions Board, Professor Naemeritus, Johann von Robertskinful, presented his case against the increasingly common but unhelpful and confusing use of the word ‘Brexiteer’. Prof Robertskinful said: ‘The word ‘Brexiteer’ suggests a kind of imaginative, swashbuckling manner so unlike that of prominent Leave figures such as Gove, Johnson or Davis. What more accurately characterises them is a plodding stupidity, lack of charisma and, in their ideas, a lack of… […]

Unemployment in Scotland below UK level and employment better paid

Source:: John Robertson Unemployment in Scotland below UK level and employment better paid (c) projectscot.com From the often more balanced and reliable BBC Scotland website news than the Broadcast versions: Scottish unemployment rate hits record low at 3.7% At 3.7%, the jobless rate is below that of the UK, which sits at 4.1%. ONS data revealed 75% of the working age population, those aged between 16 and 64, had some form of work. Scotland’s employment rate was ‘below’ [statistically insignificant difference] that of the UK as a whole, which is at 75.7%. Joblessness… Read the full article:: John […]

50% more affordable homes in Scotland than in non-Scottish parts

Source:: John Robertson 50% more affordable homes in Scotland than in non-Scottish parts (c) propertywire.com From news.gov.scot, today: 80,000 affordable homes delivered since 2007 21 percent rise in number of affordable homes delivered in Scotland during the last year 8,767 homes delivered for the year to September 2018 A total of 80,104 affordable homes have been provided since 2007 50% per head more affordable homes More than five times as many social rented properties 5,340 social rented homes delivered, increase of 864 homes or 19% on the previous year Annual average of 137 homes… Read the full article:: John […]

Scotland’s continuing efforts to improve the lives of disabled

Source:: John Robertson Scotland’s continuing efforts to improve the lives of disabled (c) cosmopolitascotland.org The Scottish government’s action plan announced yesterday, includes: Up to £1 million to develop solutions to the barriers employers face in hiring and retaining disabled people Up to £500,000 to pilot the provision of support similar to Access to Work to disabled people undertaking work experience or work trials A new support service to help disabled people for who more mainstream employment support is not suitable Appointing a business leader to advise Ministers on the steps to reduce… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

Here's how the Scottish Government Budget can go beyond ending austerity

Source:: The National Here’s how the Scottish Government Budget can go beyond ending austerity ALTHOUGH it feels like an age ago, it was only October when Theresa May announced that austerity was supposedly over. At the UK Budget, only a few weeks later, “austerity is over” became austerity “is coming to an end”. Only time will tell whether even this watered-down pledge will become a mirage. Read the full article:: The National Here’s how the Scottish Government Budget can go beyond ending austerity

SNP warn Labour: oust Theresa May's government or we will

Source:: The National SNP warn Labour: oust Theresa May’s government or we will THE SNP is poised with other opposition parties at Westminster to launch a parliamentary attempt to topple Theresa May after Labour rejected demands to do so right away. Read the full article:: The National SNP warn Labour: oust Theresa May’s government or we will

Senior SNP MP calls for party to step up fight for independence

Source:: The National Senior SNP MP calls for party to step up fight for independence ONE of the longest serving SNP MPs has called on his party to stop acting as the “Scottish Stop Brexit Party” and renew efforts to achieve independence. Read the full article:: The National Senior SNP MP calls for party to step up fight for independence

May accused of warning EU about Brexit vote delay before Cabinet

Source:: The National May accused of warning EU about Brexit vote delay before Cabinet CLAIMS that Theresa May told EU officials she was postponing the meaningful vote the day before she told her own ministers have prompted fury from MPs. Read the full article:: The National May accused of warning EU about Brexit vote delay before Cabinet

SNP Finance Secretary faces council tax calls ahead of Budget vote

Source:: The National SNP Finance Secretary faces council tax calls ahead of Budget vote DEREK Mackay has promised his Budget will “safeguard” Scotland against Tory austerity and the impact of Brexit, but the SNP finance minister faces a challenge to get his spending plans through Parliament. Read the full article:: The National SNP Finance Secretary faces council tax calls ahead of Budget vote

Knowing our place

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Knowing our place According to the BBC political editor Nick Watt, a senior Conservative spoke to him about his frustration at the way Brexit has been going. What this Tory grandee was specifically upset about was the amount of power and influence that Dublin has had in the Brexit negotiations. Dublin has been able to lay down the law to the UK, to insist that the UK abide by the terms of the Anglo-Irish treaty and the Good Friday Agreement, and to ensure… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Knowing our place