PFI – A Cautionary Tale

Source:: Craig Murray PFI – A Cautionary Tale Here is my personal experience of the great push for the public sector to use the Private Finance Initiative. When I was Deputy High Commissioner in Accra, the British government was paying a very large sum to rent over 80 residential properties in a city where rents are very high for quality properties. However the British government owned a lot of land there, and it was an obvious saving to build our own residential compound. We accordingly drew up plans… Read the full article:: Craig Murray PFI – A Cautionary […]

Piece of My Heart

Source:: Bella Caledonia Piece of My Heart Janis Joplin would have been seventy five years old on Friday. It seems impossible to think of her as ever being that old. It also seems impossible that all this time later, she would still have been that young, that all that was effectively only yesterday. She died, as everybody knows, as the great wave […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Piece of My Heart

Carillion: from sunny outlook to bust in 5 months

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Carillion: from sunny outlook to bust in 5 months By Russell Bruce One of the things you should do at the start of a new year is have a good look at your finances. It is more than incompetent that Carillion did not carry out a total review of their financial position in January 2016 and January 2017. In March 2017 Carillion issued their Annual Report for 2016. It was sunny and upbeat with few clues to the underlying issues – like the change to director remuneration hidden in… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Trans Eorpa Express

Source:: Bella Caledonia Trans Eorpa Express In responding positively Shona Craven’s article in the National last week, I received a deluge of criticism, some valid, some perhaps less so. What seems clear is that a critical debate about human rights, gender and patriarchy is busting out – but often takes place in silos where language, jargon and understandings are shared in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Trans Eorpa Express

Customers can go hang at RBS, where profit is the only motive | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Customers can go hang at RBS, where profit is the only motive | Kevin McKenna In closing rural branches, the bank continues to reveal its true coloursIf you ever want to know about the trail of greed, incompetence and lies that led to the collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland then you must read Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain by Ian Fraser.Almost four years have elapsed since it was published and it seems that almost every week another tale emerges to underline just how disgusting the behaviour of RBS continues to… […]

Being deafened by the “silenced”

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Being deafened by the “silenced” The job of most media commentators in Scotland is to criticise the SNP.  To do so they use a Scottish media which overwhelmingly takes as its starting point that British nationalism is the norm and is a norm which is not nationalist at all. The job of the media in Scotland is to judge Scotland by the standards of Britain. Their job is to shoehorn criticism of the SNP and Scottish independence into any topic you care to think of.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Being deafened […]

Absolute Fanny Of The Week

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Absolute Fanny Of The Week We’ve got a shock result for the inaugural winner of this exciting new award, readers. Remarkably it’s NOT David Torrance – who wrote an arch review of a chapter of a book about Donald Trump that didn’t actually exist. Good effort, Davey, but no cigar. And it’s not even notorious Lib Dem atom-wit Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, who […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Absolute Fanny Of The Week

Nothing to see

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What has David Torrance ever done for us?

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug What has David Torrance ever done for us? Usually Party Political Broadcasts are pretty boring affairs. The latest SNP party political broadcast has managed to generate considerable entertainment for independence supporters, at least those of us who follow politics enough to get the joke. The broadcast was based on the famous Monty Python sketch from the Life of Brian, “What have the Romans ever done for us?”, and featured an annoying guy with a beard, coiffed hair, and hipster glasses who constantly banged on about the SNP, and… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

The Curiously Absent

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Curiously Absent Newbie National columnist, bon viveur and reknowned Peat Worrier Andrew Tickell writes: “£28,354 seems to unite every wing of our politics in unease. The figure seems to baffle both the left and the right. The rich miscall it, and the poor don’t recognise it. Socialist supporters of Scottish independence struggle to accept it, and objectively […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Curiously Absent

Trump: Year One

Source:: Bella Caledonia Trump: Year One   A year on and the Trump carnival continues. But how should the media cover Trump, and what does his Presidency tell us about America? What wider response and ‘resistance’ should we enact against the politics of the new right? Covering the spectacle is itself deeply problematic because you become part of it. Confession: I […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Trump: Year One

The cornerstones of the UK economy are crumbling one by one

Source:: Business for Scotland The cornerstones of the UK economy are crumbling one by one The story of Carillion going into liquidation last week is more than just another business going bust with a pension fund gap. It’s more than a business story – it’s another warning sign that one of the key foundations of our entire economic system is failing. I have been writing in recent weeks about the […] The post The cornerstones of the UK economy are crumbling one by one appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The […]

David Torrance Fact Check

Source:: Wings Over Scotland David Torrance Fact Check Remarkably, the notoriously unreliable and yet somehow omnipresent Scottish political commentator and reality-disputer David “Davey” Torrance was still digging last night in the wake of this story from three days ago. Never, eh? Let’s see if that’s true, shall we? Oh right – so he never wears a collar and tie except in his current […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland David Torrance Fact Check

To the Editor

Source:: Bella Caledonia To the Editor The editor of the New York Times has done a remarkable thing. On the anniversary of the first year of the Trump ‘Presidency’, in ‘the spirit of open debate,’ he has given over his pages to Trump supporters to say what they think. Read them all here: ‘Vision, Chutzpah and Some Testosterone’. My favourite is from Philip […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia To the Editor

Norway generated £381 billion more than the UK from its oil and gas industry

Source:: Business for Scotland Norway generated £381 billion more than the UK from its oil and gas industry Norway and the UK have managed their oil and gas industries differently, resulting in a substantial contrast of their economies. When comparing the UK and Norway’s oil and gas production, and their revenues generated from this industry, Business for Scotland’s research team found that Norway has generated £381 billion more than the UK Government in […] The post Norway generated £381 billion more than the UK from its oil and gas industry appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the […]