The flip test

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The flip test If you’re a writer for a living and you want to check if something you’ve written might be embarrassingly stupid, there’s an easy and quick technique you can use. By way of example, here’s Kenny Farquharson in the Times today, on the subject of the supposed similarities in the relationships between the Tories and the Brexit […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The flip test

Comparing pensions is more complicated than it might seem

Source:: The National Comparing pensions is more complicated than it might seem RUTH Wishart’s article (Principle on which we base the state pension is flawed, August 20) is itself seriously flawed. Read the full article:: The National Comparing pensions is more complicated than it might seem

We all know the GERS figures are ‘adjusted’

Source:: The National We all know the GERS figures are ‘adjusted’ WELCOME to Groundhog Day – where the UK Government highlight the GERS figures to try to make us think Scotland’s economy is a basket case. Of course we all know that GERS was conceived as a political and propaganda tool, with figures “adjusted” to give a predetermined result. No oil revenues are counted for Scotland, no Scottish exports that leave the UK via England are counted as Scotland etc while we also get the privilege of paying our share of… Read the full article:: The National We […]

Tory member suspended over jibe about First Minister's miscarriage

Source:: The National Tory member suspended over jibe about First Minister’s miscarriage THE Tories have been forced to suspend a senior party member after she made a sick jibe about Nicola Sturgeon’s miscarriage. Read the full article:: The National Tory member suspended over jibe about First Minister’s miscarriage

Brexit: MSP spells out consequences of Tory policy on Scots universities

Source:: The National Brexit: MSP spells out consequences of Tory policy on Scots universities THE Home Secretary has been warned her department’s Brexit policy will have “very significant consequences” for Scottish universities and put European students off applying to them. Read the full article:: The National Brexit: MSP spells out consequences of Tory policy on Scots universities

Elgin Men's Shed meets with Richard Lochhead

Source:: Northern Scot Elgin Men’s Shed meets with Richard Lochhead MEMBERS of Elgin and District Men’s Shed met Richard Lochhead, Moray’s MSP, as they seek support to find a permanent premises. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Elgin Men’s Shed meets with Richard Lochhead

WATCH: German TV interviews No voters who've switched to Yes

Source:: The National WATCH: German TV interviews No voters who’ve switched to Yes FOR many of us, Scotland being governed from Edinburgh has always seemed like a sensible concept. Read the full article:: The National WATCH: German TV interviews No voters who’ve switched to Yes

Live BBC coverage of GERS figures cuts out for 14 seconds

Source:: The National Live BBC coverage of GERS figures cuts out for 14 seconds A BBC package on today’s GERS figures froze earlier, cutting off presenter Douglas Fraser’s counterpoint that Wales’ deficit is significantly higher than Scotland’s.  Read the full article:: The National Live BBC coverage of GERS figures cuts out for 14 seconds

Rothes Best Kept Garden winner announced

Source:: Northern Scot Rothes Best Kept Garden winner announced Rothes residents are celebrating the town’s annual Best Kept Garden competition run by Rothes Horticultural and Industrial Society. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Rothes Best Kept Garden winner announced

Midlothian Tory provost slammed for 'druggies' slur during debate

Source:: The National Midlothian Tory provost slammed for ‘druggies’ slur during debate THE Tory provost of Midlothian Council has apologised after referring to drug users as “druggies” during a council debate. Read the full article:: The National Midlothian Tory provost slammed for ‘druggies’ slur during debate

Alastair Campbell: Labour have been 'in denial' since 2017

Source:: The National Alastair Campbell: Labour have been ‘in denial’ since 2017 FORMER Downing Street spin doctor Alastair Campbell said the Labour Party have been “in denial” since the 2017 General Election during an appearance at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Read the full article:: The National Alastair Campbell: Labour have been ‘in denial’ since 2017

Tories take 14-point lead over Labour in General Election poll

Source:: The National Tories take 14-point lead over Labour in General Election poll THE Conservative Party has seen big boost in support since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, according to a new online poll from Kantar. Read the full article:: The National Tories take 14-point lead over Labour in General Election poll

The inverse miracle

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The inverse miracle We really can’t be bothered with having the GERS “debate” again, in which all the same people make all the same exactly opposite spins on the exact same data. Minor annual fluctuations aside, the core reality is the same as the one we repeat every 12 months, and serious economists on both sides of the political […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The inverse miracle

GERS report: Davidson says SNP attitude is 'criminally negligent'

Source:: The National GERS report: Davidson says SNP attitude is ‘criminally negligent’ As part of the annual tradition of GERS report day, this morning Scotland’s Unionist politicians have all been taking turns to step into the limelight and claim the figures should totally banish the mere thought of Scottish independence until the end of time. Read the full article:: The National GERS report: Davidson says SNP attitude is ‘criminally negligent’

Jo Swinson Goes A Funny Tinge

Source:: Craig Murray Jo Swinson Goes A Funny Tinge My own position on Brexit is more nuanced than is currently fashionable (more below), but I am strongly against a no deal Brexit. Jo Swinson’s successful deflation of Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal for a caretaker administration purely to organise a general election, makes no deal much more probable. It says a great deal about Swinson that she is emphatically in favour of a caretaker government led by arch Blairite Harriet Harman. Let us remind ourselves of Harman’s voting record: If the… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Jo Swinson Goes […]