Is Scottish Government’s strategy to preventing fracking ‘a skilful act of governance’?

Source:: John Robertson Is Scottish Government’s strategy to preventing fracking ‘a skilful act of governance’? In the tweet above, today, M J Keatings is much impressed by the Scottish government’s avoidance of the risks inherent in any direct attempt to ban fracking. He wittily described it as Schrödinger’s moratorium where, ‘in the box’, it is both a living and a defunct ban, at the same time. With no actual ban implemented, Ineos had no case to make. In the Holyrood magazine today, we see the same understanding: ‘Oil and gas giant Ineos has lost its… Read the full […]

Rogue Won

Source:: Bella Caledonia Rogue Won * It’s time for a massive show of opposition to Trump and the far-right internationally. Stand up and be counted. July 13th , George Square Glasgow from 5pm. July 14th National demonstration 12noon, The Meadows, Edinburgh #trumpvisit Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Rogue Won

Scottish Independence Would Help (Not Hinder) Jeremy Corbyn

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scottish Independence Would Help (Not Hinder) Jeremy Corbyn The SNP’s disruptive tactics over the past week has put the fragility of the British establishment back into focus. Jonathan Rimmer argues that now is the time for both Labour and the SNP to reassess their tactical approaches… It’s been a funny few weeks in Scottish politics. Many on the pro-independence left were understandably critical […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scottish Independence Would Help (Not Hinder) Jeremy Corbyn

New leader in talks with Scottish Finance Minister

Source:: Northern Scot New leader in talks with Scottish Finance Minister THE new leader of Moray Council has met with the Scottish Government’s Finance Secretary today to discuss how they can deliver for Moray. Read the full article:: Northern Scot New leader in talks with Scottish Finance Minister

Democracy 21: Let’s Build A Democracy Fit For The 21st Century

Source:: Bella Caledonia Democracy 21: Let’s Build A Democracy Fit For The 21st Century ‘If it’s not built by us, it’s not built for us’: Reshaping local democracy in Scotland The early years of this decade were an invigorating time for Scottish political activists. Meetings about the type of country and democracy we wanted started attracting hundreds of people – rather than the handfuls that we had been used […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Democracy 21: Let’s Build A Democracy Fit For The 21st Century

Accept no substitutes

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Accept no substitutes In recent days there’s been a suggestion on social media that there’s some wizzard wheeze that means that Scotland can legally unchain itself from Westminster rule and leap free in a single bound. This kind of thing surfaces pretty often amongst certain circles within the Scottish independence movement. This time the claim is that because the Scottish Parliament’s EU Continuity Bill has been referred to the UK Supreme Court, if the UK Supreme Court finds against the Scottish Parliament, as… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Accept no substitutes

Ineos loses fracking case

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Ineos loses fracking case By Russell Bruce Scottish Government win case against fracking The rejection of the petitioners case is a win for the Scottish Government and the careful handling of the issue by Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse. It is a win for the environment, a win for a new direction in energy production, breaking from a past reliance of fossil fuels and it is a win for campaigners. The Court of Session has today rejected a petition by Ineos Upstream Ltd and Reach… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Ineos loses fracking case

Retired Professor fails BBC Reporting Scotland Editor on Organised Crime research

Source:: John Robertson Retired Professor fails BBC Reporting Scotland Editor on Organised Crime research To: BBC Executive Complaints Unit: BBC Complaints – CAS-4952019-6JPNYG Complaint Summary: Reporting of research on Organised Crime I write to continue my complaint after my second complaint was met with this on 18.6.28: ‘Thank you for taking the time to contact us again about Reporting Scotland on 4 June at 6.30pm. We are sorry to learn that you were not satisfied with our earlier response. We have discussed your comments with the Editor of Reporting Scotland but she has nothing… Read the full article:: […]

Teenager charged for Keith vandalism

Source:: Northern Scot Teenager charged for Keith vandalism POLICE Scotland have charged a 16-year-old boy for the recent spate of vandalism in Keith and Newmill. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Teenager charged for Keith vandalism

Way back then

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Way back then Ah, those were the days. That’s a relief, at least. Oh. Remember when it was independence that would create a massive risk to Scotland’s security against crime and terror, readers? Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Way back then

Permission granted for Elgin primary

Source:: Northern Scot Permission granted for Elgin primary PLANNING approval has been granted for a new school in Elgin. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Permission granted for Elgin primary

Plans backed for indoor tennis centre

Source:: Northern Scot Plans backed for indoor tennis centre INDOOR tennis courts served up as part of Moray’s new sports centre have been granted permission. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Plans backed for indoor tennis centre

New hotel in Elgin given green light

Source:: Northern Scot New hotel in Elgin given green light TRAVELODGE has been given the go-ahead for a hotel in Elgin. Read the full article:: Northern Scot New hotel in Elgin given green light

Second BBC Complaint re Scottish Fire and Rescue report

Source:: John Robertson Second BBC Complaint re Scottish Fire and Rescue report Initial complaint 31.5.18 – CAS-4946918-F6LDN5 Full Complaint: We heard, six times between 6 and 9am: ‘Scottish Fire and Rescue has a backlog of almost £400 million in vehicle and property maintenance.’ According to the BBC report, Audit Scotland have described the funding gap as ‘insurmountable’. The above information was extracted from the 5th statement in the summary on page 5 of the report. Missing from the BBC broadcast was any reference to statements 1 to 4 or the opening to… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

Call backed for councillor to quit over mosque comments

Source:: The National Call backed for councillor to quit over mosque comments A COUNCILLOR found to have a BNP past stayed away yesterday as political rivals voted on his future. Read the full article:: The National Call backed for councillor to quit over mosque comments