Discipline, determination and drive, then the date

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Discipline, determination and drive, then the date By Russell Bruce A primer on why we do not have a date yet for the next independence referendum In the last article I mentioned the growing frustration many supporters of independence are expressing, unhelpfully, on social media. For well over a year it did seem that agreement on Brexit might just be achieved but the turmoil in both the Conservative and Labour parties ensured that May’s Withdrawal Agreement, criss-crossed with complex red lines, failed to achieve the backing of… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Discipline, determination […]

Brexit and the questions nobody is answering

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit and the questions nobody is answering By Russell Bruce The Bank of England has issued its Financial Stability Report and the video is worth watching. The link is provided below. Much of it is fairly technical, albeit with useful information. The Bank’s concern and the main point Carney makes is the financial and banking system stress tests show UK financial institutions are better placed to cope with the fallout combination of the global economy contracting and a No Deal disorderly Brexit than they were prepared for… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit and […]

Wind of change blowing backwards through Britain

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Wind of change blowing backwards through Britain By Russell Bruce On 3rd February 1960 Harold Macmillan gave his famous Wind of Change speech. This signalled final recognition that Britain’s place and influence in the world had changed. The wind had been blawing for several decades and all Supermac, as Macmillan was labelled by a friendly media, was doing was facing up to the reality – the empire was gone and Britain needed to reinvent itself in changed circumstances. Sixty years later a new wind of change is… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Wind of […]

Power, influence and control in the real world

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Power, influence and control in the real world By Russell Bruce Three years after the EU referendum, Brexit supporters have held on to the idea of ‘taking back control’ with a tenacity in defiance of the daily evidence of economic damage and the shredding the UK’s international reputation. It is very hard for people to say ‘I was wrong’. Yet over centuries people have learned from their mistakes. Learning from your mistakes is one of the most important life skills for all of us. It would be an… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Power, […]

D-Day and standing with Europe

Source:: NewsNet Scotland D-Day and standing with Europe By Russell Bruce Nations are given to creating their own myths and Britain is no exception, indeed a myth maker extraordinary. The end of WW2 and the significant part D-Day played in enabling following generations to come together in peace and stability through increasing cooperation and collaboration is a mark of where Europe’s nations stand today. Britain did not stand alone. With the exception of the Channel Islands, it was not under the control of the Third Reich. So it… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland D-Day and standing with […]

May goes for another bite at the dust

Source:: NewsNet Scotland May goes for another bite at the dust By Russell Bruce Theresa May once lectured her party conference telling them they were the Nasty Party and would need to change if they were ever to get back into government. That was at the Conservative Party conference on 7th October 2002. Within 8 years the Tories were in power and Theresa May was in her Home Office silo making her party nastier by the day. It has got much worse during her term as PM but the leopard skin… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland May […]

Opinion poll panics Tories and Labour but the SNP should be concerned too

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Opinion poll panics Tories and Labour but the SNP should be concerned too Last three Scottish EU seats too close to call Best for Britain have published a large poll that has a sting in its tail for the SNP. Whilst their headline prediction is the SNP will take 3 of the 6 seats the percentage analysis tells a different story with the SNP only taking 2 seats. Under the D’Hondt system of proportional representation once a seat is allocated that party’s remaining vote share is divided by 2. The The Best for… Read the […]

A Europe free to roam means real control

Source:: NewsNet Scotland A Europe free to roam means real control By Russell Bruce England is about to embark on a brave and foolish experiment. It’s called Brexit. Scotland must show how it thinks differently by getting out to vote on 23rd May to press home our European credentials. Whether the MEPs get to take their seats is immaterial. The extreme right Brexit Party is snapping and clicking their heels north of the Border. All across Europe, in France, Germany, The Netherlands and Poland people and politicians are rowing rapidly back… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland A […]

England’s Brexit far-right smears democracy

Source:: NewsNet Scotland England’s Brexit far-right smears democracy By Russell Bruce This week’ Opinium poll for the Observer makes nothing as ordinary as grim reading. The failure of the UK political system to deal with the full spectrum of political issues and to be superglued to the contortions of Brexit has left the electorate in switch off, a plague on all your houses mood. It is a very dangerous place for a population failing to grasp the dire implications of thinking the UK can leave the continent that… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland England’s Brexit far-right smears […]

Tax take and a valued society

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Tax take and a valued society By Russell Bruce Statista have produced this interesting table of the average share of gross wages and social security contributions for selected OECD countries. The percent typically paid is also related to the level of income in different countries. That the UK and the US are rather similar implies quite a lot about the path the UK is on to become every closer to the US economic model. Brexit is the neoliberal threat facing Scotland and something those on the… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Tax take and […]

Yes Rutherglen Indyref2 panel

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Yes Rutherglen Indyref2 panel The panel answers questions from a packed audience at the Glencairn Centre. Yes Rutherglen and Cambuslang held a Question Time-styled panel at the Glencairn Venue in Glasgow on the 21st March 2019 to discuss the way forward to IndyRef2, the legal and political issues, and how we win. Panel members were Bill Bonnar (SSP), Kirstein Rummary (Stirling University), Craig Dalzell (Common Weal), and Lindsay Bruce (ayeMail). Chaired by journalist Angela Haggerty. Although quite long at 1.5 hours there are many… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Yes Rutherglen Indyref2 panel

Its war: Tory party goes ballistic

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Its war: Tory party goes ballistic By Russell Bruce Which is puting it mildly. The ERG is going for the first stike nuclear option whatever the cost to the country. After months of trying to bring her unhinged party together, threatening No Deal to the former remainers and threatening staying in some part of the EU to the No Deal zealots, Mrs May fired her own Cruise missiles, scoring direct hits on Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson. A five hour cabinet meeting stretched out to an 8… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Its war: Tory […]

Revoke Article 50 passes 3 million signatures

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Revoke Article 50 passes 3 million signatures By Russell Bruce The people are speaking. They are less than impressed with May’s government and Corbyn’s dithering. That might just be the understatement of the year. May went to Brussels yet again to no point, asking for an extension of Article 50 to 30th June, something she has said for months she would never do. She yattered at them for 90 minutes and came away with an extension to 22nd May – if she could get he deal through… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Revoke Article […]

Revoke article 50 petition going like the clappers

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Revoke article 50 petition going like the clappers The people are taking back control. Theresa May is in a wee world of her own “not my fault it is my MPs that won’t do what I tell them.” Message there Theresa. Where are the men in grey suits when you need them. A couple in white coats could do the job instead perhaps. This is probably a record for a petition to the UK parliament. Certainly the speed it has mushroomed is a clear message to parliamentarians to… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Revoke […]

England: Not as English as it likes to think

Source:: NewsNet Scotland England: Not as English as it likes to think By Russell Bruce For millennia people have moved across continents for work, wars and invasions, for religious reasons, for education in European universities and to a large extent for trade and commerce. Craftsmen moved across Europe where work was always available to highly experienced artisans. DNA analysis of the skeletons from Henry VIII’s Mary Rose warship clearly indicates Tudor England to be a much more multicultural society than history and assumption by society and historians ever considered. The archetypical English… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]