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 […]

Public Finances in an Independent Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Public Finances in an Independent Scotland Dr Craig Dalzell of the think tank Common Weal explains how the public finances of an independent Scotland could work. Along the way he busts the myths of “the household budget” spending model, why deficits aren’t necessarily bad, and how Scotland could boost its economy. Special thanks to the Edinburgh Yes Hub, Mike Blackshaw and the Quaker Meeting House for hosting the event. Event filmed by Twinlaw Films, a collaboration between ayeMail and Newsnet Scotland Category News &… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Public Finances in an Independent […]

May’s Government is broken

Source:: NewsNet Scotland May’s Government is broken By Russell Bruce For nearly 3 years May has trundled along attempting to get her party behind her. After twists and turns she agreed a deal only to find out her party would not back it, sending her back to the EU. International relations does not work this way. If the PM does not have at least the overwhelming majority of her party behind her, she is not in power or able to make agreements with other countries. The Prime… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland May’s Government is broken

International Women’s Day: Letter to Theresa May

Source:: NewsNet Scotland International Women’s Day: Letter to Theresa May Stellar Quines Letter to the Woman in Charge was written by Newsnet’s indispensable Sub Editor, Dorothy Bruce. Explaining the competition Stellar Quines said: “Letters to…the Woman in Charge was chosen to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, at a time when it’s imperative that we’re looking outward at the world we live in.  We received a wide range of letters, some of which made us laugh and some which took time to process before moving on to the next. “The letter chosen… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland International Women’s […]

Question Time faces many questions

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Question Time faces many questions By Russell Bruce Question time from Motherwell raised many questions about the programme format and production. There was an overwhelming aura of proBrexit bias from the audience. Looking back at the programme from Derby and the treatment of Diane Abbott, the sense of intimidation from sections of the audience made those neutral or opposed to Brexit more muted in their comments and questions. They were undeniably reacting to very forceful opinions from the pro Brexit members who were well primed… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Question Time faces many […]

Sturgeon in US: why failure to reach Brexit deal would be catastrophic

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Sturgeon in US: why failure to reach Brexit deal would be catastrophic By Russell Bruce The PBS interview is a model of how events should be reported. The First Minister’s visit to the US has aroused a great deal of interest against the backdrop of continuing Brexit chaos and Scotland’s potential exit route through a second independence referendum. The visit is important for Scotland in building on a strong trade and cultural relationship with the US that goes back to the early years of American independence. Seemingly it is of little interest… Read the full […]

Grouse management: An environmental liability?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Grouse management: An environmental liability? By Peter Rowberry Peter is a passionate watcher and photographer of nature and wildlife. His passion and enthusiasm is linked to getting out into the environment as a therapeutic balm for the pressures in life. Peter says: “I have had traumatic incidents in life, but I have always been able to cope, although sometimes only just. My most often used strategy is to disappear into the wild landscape and marvel at nature and, where possible, sharing that passion with others.”… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Grouse management: An environmental […]

Scotland’s been DUPed

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Scotland’s been DUPed By Russell Bruce So May got a deal through the House of Commons. It wasn’t her deal, it was a DUP deal that Rees-Mogg’s ERG found some unlikely common cause with. There is little real concern in England whether N.Ireland remains in the UK. It is an outpost with no real sense of connectivity for the majority of people in England. The numbers for which it has totemic significance are small. This was more about Scotland and the danger we… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Scotland’s been DUPed

BBC to join flight to Europe

Source:: NewsNet Scotland BBC to join flight to Europe By Russell Bruce BBC shocks stunned Blighty as it looks for a base in Belgium. There is no corner of economic activity and output whether physical product, service industry or programming that will not be adversely affected by the UK leaving the European Union. All the things that were not written on the side of a bus are overwriting that lie about NHS funding. BBC international channels require EU licences to broadcast in Europe if the UK leaves without a… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland BBC to join […]

P&O Ferries sail away

Source:: NewsNet Scotland P&O Ferries sail away By Russell Bruce Brexit is all going swimmingly as companies go global instead of the ‘global Britain’ that was promised. P&O ferries, founded in 1837, is re-registering its six cross-channel ferries in Cyprus to keep EU tax advantages. Now ferries with very British names like Spirit of Britain are leaving Blighty for more secure bases. P&O isn’t really British anyway as it belongs to DP World, headquartered in Dubai. The P&O brand is spread across the globe in a multitude… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland P&O Ferries sail away

England’s Brexit logjam and Broken Britain

Source:: NewsNet Scotland England’s Brexit logjam and Broken Britain By Russell Bruce Two things last week sent me thinking about the paralysis affecting the English political system, passed down from a paralysis embedded in society south of the Border and within both main political parties. First was Question Time from Derby. It was a rare viewing choice, partly because I wanted to see how Fiona Bruce was changing the programme and partly to see reaction from an industrial, come post industrial town in England’s heartland. The second was watching… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland England’s Brexit logjam […]

Westminster moiling in multiple plots

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Westminster moiling in multiple plots By Russell Bruce Newsnet has so far identified five maybe six plots aimed at MPs taking control of Parliament with the aim of – well that’s more complex because there are multiple manoeuvres with different objectives. Some plots are intended to change the Brexit outcome from May’s plan, while Corbyn’s vote of confidence gambit is complicated by internal concerns and plots to remove him as leader. Newspaper headlines of a coup are an over simplification. It is all heading for… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Westminster moiling in multiple […]

Corbyn falls flat

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Corbyn falls flat Jeremy Corbyn visited Wakefield to set out his and Labour’s version of Brexit for leaving the EU. Short story he wants a bit of the Customs Union and a bit of the Single Market, but that was as far as it went. This was Corbyn means Brexit. The small move is a small improvement on May’s criss-cross of red lines. For that it is welcome but whether the EU would re-engage should Labour manage to form a government is open… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Corbyn falls flat