The case for Scottish Government intervention as banks fail local communities

Source:: Business for Scotland The case for Scottish Government intervention as banks fail local communities The basic rule on state intervention in business is that there has to be a market failure. This is when commercial concerns have no interest in the investment needed to supply a service which the Government deems vital. It’s the defining line between state ownership of industry that competes with commercial concerns – the old failed […] The post The case for Scottish Government intervention as banks fail local communities appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The […]

Our Common Future – a Zombie Commonwealth

Source:: Bella Caledonia Our Common Future – a Zombie Commonwealth These Commonwealth gatherings mark Britain out as a quaint and bland place dominated for hundreds of years by a strange family. Its leaders huddle togeher in bemused subservience while Royals mumble patronising platitudes or casual racism. To be fair it’s what Britain does best: meaningless gatherings endlessly shuffling-about some incoherent vision of the future whilst […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Our Common Future – a Zombie Commonwealth

Pressure on Herald editor to resign over misrepresentation of NHS successes as Health Secretary is nominated for award as most successful in UK

Source:: John Robertson Pressure on Herald editor to resign over misrepresentation of NHS successes as Health Secretary is nominated for award as most successful in UK Today, the Herald headlined with ‘Pressure on Shona Robison to resign over NHS ‘failures’’ As far as I can see the only ‘failure’ by the Health Secretary, Shona Robison, relates to ‘failures’ at NHS Tayside. As for the pressure, it seems to be only coming from one or two ‘opposition’ MSPs. I see no sign of a petition by thousands of angry patients and relatives. I see no sign of protest outside her […]

Police launch operation to warn drivers who put cyclists in danger

Source:: Northern Scot Police launch operation to warn drivers who put cyclists in danger Operation Close Pass will see drivers who pass an unmarked police cyclist too closely being stopped and given advice. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Police launch operation to warn drivers who put cyclists in danger

Indyref2 could be only 12 months away

Source:: The National Indyref2 could be only 12 months away THE frontrunner in the race to become Nicola Sturgeon’s depute has forecast a second independence referendum could be held as early as April next year. Read the full article:: The National Indyref2 could be only 12 months away

Was Prestwick used by US in Syrian strikes?

Source:: The National Was Prestwick used by US in Syrian strikes? THE First Minister has been pressed on whether Prestwick Airport, which is owned by the Scottish Government, was used by the United States military in its operation to deploy air strikes against Syria last weekend. Read the full article:: The National Was Prestwick used by US in Syrian strikes?

Sturgeon slams ‘betrayal’ of the indyref promise to Scotland's shipyards

Source:: The National Sturgeon slams ‘betrayal’ of the indyref promise to Scotland’s shipyards MINISTRY of Defence plans to open up a £1 billion order for three new ships to firms in Germany, Italy and South Korea, has been described as an act of “blatant betrayal” by the First Minister. Read the full article:: The National Sturgeon slams ‘betrayal’ of the indyref promise to Scotland’s shipyards

Keith Brown: Indyref2 could be only '12 months or two years' away

Source:: The National Keith Brown: Indyref2 could be only ’12 months or two years’ away THE frontrunner in the race to become Nicola Sturgeon’s depute has forecast a second independence referendum could be held as early as April next year. Read the full article:: The National Keith Brown: Indyref2 could be only ’12 months or two years’ away

Increasing the immigration statistics by one

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Increasing the immigration statistics by one I thought I’d write a more personal blog article this time, so that you can all know what my plans are for the coming months. Readers, I’m getting married. My partner Peter and I have set a date, the wedding will be on Friday 26th October and will be celebrated on the coast of the US state of Maine, where most of Peter’s family come from originally. He’ll be coming back with me to Scotland afterwards for a week, and… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Increasing […]

Cream cakes for lunch in Pluscarden

Source:: Northern Scot Cream cakes for lunch in Pluscarden It’s cream tea time again at Pluscarden Village Hall this Sunday. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Cream cakes for lunch in Pluscarden

A hostile environment

Source:: Wings Over Scotland A hostile environment From here: (NB These rules do not apply to Andrew Neil, Nick Robinson, etc etc. Like, duh.) Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland A hostile environment

‘Beast from the East’ fails to slow pace of construction in Scotland but causes havoc across UK?

Source:: John Robertson ‘Beast from the East’ fails to slow pace of construction in Scotland but causes havoc across UK? ‘Snow causing havoc for construction sites across UK’ (Building Specifier, March 2nd 2018) From ‘Insider’ today: Construction workloads remained resilient despite bad weather in the first quarter of this year, according to a survey published today. The results of the RICS Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey for Scotland found that in the first three months of 2018, 11 per cent more chartered surveyors reported that workloads had risen, not fallen. While 67 per cent of respondents across the UK […]

Investment rises as Scottish firms report confidence in growth for 2018

Source:: John Robertson Investment rises as Scottish firms report confidence in growth for 2018 Based on a survey by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce and the Fraser of Allander ‘Institute’, reported in Insider today, it seems companies are reporting increasing levels of investment in both training and capital projects. Even, Professor Graeme Roy director of the Fraser of Allander Institute, seems unable to do a convincing ‘ah but’ and can only remind us that things were less good in the past: ‘Whilst weak business investment has been a feature of Scotland’s economy in recent… Read the full article:: […]