Bang! Bang! you’re deid

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Bang! Bang! you’re deid By Russell Bruce “That was nae fair, getting big Jenny tae tuck her skirt intae her knickers jist as you went sneaking roun ma back. Pure Daily Mail diversion. clever though – A’ll gie ye that. Calls for ma team tae hive a tactical meeting the nicht. “There’s the bell, 16 minutes an the monitors oot. “Same time tomorrow then” From playground games life progresses to some kind of normality for most people, but to a very small number of… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Bang! Bang! you’re deid

Homage to Catalonia

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Homage to Catalonia By Peter Rowberry My wife Susan and I moved to Scotland just over a year ago. We knew we would get good value for money in the housing market, but more importantly, we have always been admirers of its strong national identity and that it has never succumbed to the greed and selfishness that prevails in England. The openness and friendliness we have found in the Borders has not disappointed, in fact it has exceeded our expectations. Since we moved… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Homage to Catalonia

To catch a mackerel, inshore east coast fishermen gain permanent 1000 tonne quota

Source:: NewsNet Scotland To catch a mackerel, inshore east coast fishermen gain permanent 1000 tonne quota By Russell Bruce In the last article on fishing I covered an overview of the industry, the diversity of boat types and sizes. Different parts of the industry have different interests. The Scottish government has announced the 1000 tonne handline mackerel quota for boats under 10 metres in size will be made permanent, benefitting smaller boats from Eyemouth to Shetland. A trial has been running for 4 years followed by consultation with the industry in November last year. The permanent… Read the […]

Caw canny with the jungle drums

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Caw canny with the jungle drums By Russell Bruce I remember my dad joking, if there was a couple you did not like then give their kid a drum. I’m sure he never did follow up on such an act of twisted generosity. It is inevitable that we will all speculate on the date of the coming referendum. The jungle drums are working overtime and stretching to fever pitch, matching the Gene Krupa crescendo of Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich as they went head to head… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Caw canny with […]

The Tories have just swallowed fishermen whole and spat them out

Source:: NewsNet Scotland The Tories have just swallowed fishermen whole and spat them out By Russell Bruce Coastal communities are being exploited by a band of hard Brexiteers who care nothing about the future of fishermen and the media are doing little to explain the consequences of a hard Brexit on the fishing and processing industry. Scotland’s hard Brexit Tories threatened a revolt to bring May’s government down. The rebellion died in 10 minutes because they know fish are not the real story – just as £350 million for the NHS was just another… Read the full article:: […]

Scotland your Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Scotland your Scotland by Alec Ross “The vanity of each generation”, writes the brilliant Andrew O’ Hagan in his essay ‘Scotland Your Scotland’, “is to believe that we are living in the greatest period of history. Each generation imagines it is germinating a brand new world, that the times are glorious, that their period is the most interesting ever to occur, that earthly progress would turn around now for a thousand years and their names would be written on water. The Romans believed… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Scotland your Scotland

Why I wouldn’t have voted for Pete Wishart 

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Why I wouldn’t have voted for Pete Wishart  Iain Bruce takes issue with a Westminster SNP MP’s position on the next independence campaign. It is generally agreed that as Chair of the Scottish Select Committee and shadow SNP Shadow Leader of the house he has done a decent job but he’s not a Moses apprentice with all the responsibilities of helping to lead his people to the promised land. That has to be a job for others. Such is the seductive absorption of the “westmonster” system over his… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Why […]

Open University Module, Propaganda-101: The aiding and abetting of hee-haw-saying

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Open University Module, Propaganda-101: The aiding and abetting of hee-haw-saying Citizen Cuddis tunes into Good Morning Scotchland – strictly in the name of education – as Fluffy Mundell arrives to make one of his regular morale boosting pronouncements. Students should study the following four abridged transcripts and attempt to uncover evidence of unloaded questions and any answers containing a shred of truth. Since these are rarer than unicorn poop in BBC interviews you may have to read the transcripts several times and possibly even phone a friend. Abridged Transcript 1:… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

Sound bites and carrots

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Sound bites and carrots By Alec Ross These are the meaningless, vacuous, lazy, mendacious, cynical and intellectually pessimistic sound bites that have largely replaced sensible discourse and now dominate modern political life. Unfortunately, they seem to work. Trump won the White House- much to his surprise and horror, according to Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff’s compelling account of The Donald’s first year in office. A half-cut Nigel Farage looked equally nonplussed when he realised that the people had bought his ‘bring back control’ rhetoric.… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Sound bites and carrots

The fundamentals: why we need to  talk about place and populism 

Source:: NewsNet Scotland The fundamentals: why we need to  talk about place and populism  Commentary by Christopher Silver What does it mean to live a life tied to a particular place? To feel your fate inescapably tied to it? Is it to be trapped? Is a need to linger just a quiet fear of the great beyond? Or is to bravely embrace that deep human impulse, to have a place to stand? The Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh once noted “parochialism is universal; it deals with the fundamentals.” As place and our relationship with it becomes an increasingly controversial… Read the full article:: […]

We are back

Source:: NewsNet Scotland We are back By Russell Bruce The Newsnet website has been down for a few days and we apologise for our temporary absence. A plug-in was causing a problem but our back room IT expert also found a bunch of unexplained code. You may know him as Lindsay Bruce of ayeMail. When the mass of unwanted code was removed the site came back online instantly. It does look as if Newsnet is an inconvenience to someone somewhere. If the stories we carry are… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland We are back

Brexit impact expectations: only in a darkened room

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit impact expectations: only in a darkened room By Alec Ross “Scotland small? Our multiform, our infinite Scotland small?” Hugh McDiarmid Better Together. Family of Nations. Valued, equal partners in this most precious of unions, pooling and sharing our resources. Special bonds. Lead us, don’t leave us. Let me ask you all something today. How valued and equal are you feeling right now? Exactly how do feel towards a union that promises near-federalism but delivers English Votes for English Laws? How can our bonds be strong when the… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit […]

Bringing WASPI ladies together

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Bringing WASPI ladies together By Councillor Clair Ramage I am sometimes asked why did you stand as a councillor? The answer can be very simple, “Because I was asked to”. However, there is obviously more to it than that. Having taught for 34 years at Hawick High School I was approaching retirement and wrote to the Department of Works and Pensions to apply for my State Pension. Clair Ramage The reply shocked and outraged me as I was informed that I would have to… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Bringing WASPI ladies together

“Irony is wasted on the stupid”

Source:: NewsNet Scotland “Irony is wasted on the stupid”   By Alec Ross Fans of popular music will be aware of Alanis Morissette’s 1996 angst-ridden classic song “Ironic”, in which the Canadian-American alt-rocker rather spoils a catchy tune by betraying a quite embarrassing lack of understanding of what irony actually is. Which is, when you think about it, rather ironic. She sings about the irony of “meeting the man of my dreams and then seeing his beautiful wife”, and of “rain on your wedding day”. But of course there’s… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland “Irony is wasted […]

Granite City royal revellers go large — God bless the licensing board!

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Granite City royal revellers go large — God bless the licensing board! Intrepid citizen reporter Caddis hid behind the curtains as the Aberdeen licensing czars pronounced on the booze night of the year. Aberdeen City Council’s licensing board decided (following a convincing and patriotic word in their collective shell-like from a pub retailer and brewer who runs 13 Aberdeen bars) that the good folks of the Granite City should be allowed to make merry with the sherry for a whole extra hour on the night of the royal wedding of Prince ‘arry to his… Read the full […]