Baffling with bullshit

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Baffling with bullshit By Margaret Johnstone Much has been spouted, hands waving wildly, by the Prime Minister, his Ministers and his Tory MPs, to defend the breaching of international law by the Internal Market Bill. But no matter how ardent they are little of their words make sense and indeed much that has been clattered out is regarded as nonsense to bamboozle. There is a quote, its origin long lost, that says, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit”.… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Baffling with bullshit

The perfect storm

Source:: NewsNet Scotland The perfect storm Equality Nation put this twitter thread together which we think should be more than fast passing twitter commentary. Tanja Bueltmann is an academic who describes herself as German affinity Scot with a Kiwi twist. This is a Twitter thread by Tanja Bueltmann, Professor of History who holds a Chair in International History at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She specialises in the history of migration and diaspora, particularly in connection to Scottish and English immigrant communities. She is also a… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland The perfect storm

It just isn’t British!

Source:: NewsNet Scotland It just isn’t British! By Equality Nation That was a belief we all lived with. The Tories boasted of being the party of law and order, upholders of the rule of law, guardians of the unwritten British constitution, a world power held in high regard, a power with might. But that was before the Tory Government under Boris Johnson, guided by Dominic Cummings, decided to shake things up, change who was in control, and who would benefit. Yet on Wednesday 9th September Brandon Lewis,… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland It just isn’t British!

Changes in Covid infections by age and nation

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Changes in Covid infections by age and nation By Russell Bruce The amount of data collected for Covid infections is indicative of changing patterns in how different age groups are becoming infected. In this analysis of infections by age groups in England and Scotland a word of caution is required because it it a snapshot of total infections over a single 7 day period. Nevertheless the broad trends in age group infectivity are being seen in other countries. In comparing data for England and Scotland there is a… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Changes […]

Currency questions

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Currency questions And when the Westminster ‘No’ often doesn’t mean ‘No’. By Equality Nation Unionists insisting Scotland would not be allowed another independence referendum have recently appeared to change their tune, now wanting to decide the franchise for indyre2 and bombarding social media with the old chestnut questions of 2014. ‘What currency will you use” is at present one of the favourites. In 2014 the options were laid out in Scotland’s Future, with the Scottish Government under Alex Salmond’s leadership opting for… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Currency questions

Startling polls

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Startling polls By Russell Bruce These are startling figures from polling by YouGov carried out for The Times I have so far been unable to find a poll for any party in Scotland that ever actually polled higher than 57%. In an actual election the Tories achieved around 54% in the General election of 1955 and swept up a clear majority of all the seats in Scotland in a never to be repeated result. As the Holyrood elections are nine months away… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Startling polls

Is Scotland really unique? – Part 3

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Is Scotland really unique? – Part 3 Part 3 of the response by Margaret Johnstone to Gerry Hassan’s article in The National, on those who voted No in 2014. Now to try and address some point made by Gerry’s focus group. Confidence The Scottish cringe is in retreat, though not gone yet, with some still clinging to their unionist comfort blanket. The opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 caused a surge in confidence, with hope that being loosened from the Westminster yoke we could tailor policies… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Is Scotland […]

Is Scotland really unique? – Part 2

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Is Scotland really unique? – Part 2 Part 2 of the response by Margaret Johnstone to Gerry Hassan’s article in The National, on those who voted No in 2014. Change is a constant Why do we want to change our system of government? Why aren’t we content with the Westminster system that we have? A fear of change is natural. We stick with the known afraid the unknown might be worse, rarely believing it could be so much better. But life and living are about change and… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Is Scotland […]

Is Scotland really unique? – Part 1

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Is Scotland really unique? – Part 1 A response by Margaret Johnstone to Gerry Hassan’s recent article in The National, on those who voted No in 2014. Gerry Hassan’s article records the views of a number of people in a focus group on why they voted NO in 2014. Some felt Scotland wasn’t ready, others felt there was insufficient information, some felt there wasn’t enough realism about the downsides of independence, then there was the currency issue, some just weren’t persuaded. Most feel unhappy with the union… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Is Scotland […]

The Wall – Le Mur

Source:: NewsNet Scotland The Wall – Le Mur By Russell Bruce Message to my French friends Pascal et Al line and anyone else listening to Scotland’s pleas. Le Mur c’est formidable et parfaite pour le frontière entre l’Ecosse et l’Angleterre. L’Europe toujours. Translation: The wall is brilliant and perfect for the border between Scotland and England. Europe always. Pacal’s photograph is of the city walls of Aigues-Mortes, rising from the marshes of the Carmargue in Languedoc in South-West France. The town’s name provides a clue to its violent… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland The Wall – Le […]

UK ‘Single [wee] Market’ threat to Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland UK ‘Single [wee] Market’ threat to Scotland By Equality Nation and Russell Bruce The proposed UK Govt Internal Market Bill will create a “level playing field” across the UK for trade negotiations with the EU which will be imposed on Scotland, Wales & N Ireland. Is this the end of the road for Scotland’s high quality food and drink industry? How can Scotland maintain it’s reputation for premium products when the UK Tory Government is determined to significantly lower food and drink standards? Food and Drink is… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland UK ‘Single […]

Black Gold: The trade in human life

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Black Gold: The trade in human life By Russell Bruce Learning to accept that Scotland had a role in the slave trade has been a positive outcome of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Tobacco Lords and the Sugar Barons owed their wealth to life grinding working conditions of slave labour in distant parts of the British Empire. When it comes to slavery the British Empire has a particularly bad record. In his book Slaves in the Family Edward Ball faced up to his family’s slave owning… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Black Gold: […]

Dear England

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Dear England By Russell Bruce Dear People of England, We are worried about you. Your government is not giving you the true picture on the Covid-19 pandemic in your country. People in Leicester were surprised by the sudden new lockdown when they understood that the virus was in retreat. The local authority had not been given the complete picture because Pillar 2 data was not being made available by the Boris Johnson government, so they had insufficient understanding of the actual situation… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Dear England

Face coverings mandatory on public transport from Monday

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Face coverings mandatory on public transport from Monday By Russell Bruce The Scottish government has announced today that face coverings will be mandatory on public transport from Monday 22nd of June. Newsnet makes no apology for being a proponent of the use of disposable waterproof three layer face masks. Cloth face masks offer some protection if used correctly but must be washed at 60%c after every use to prevent ingress transmission of infection through Covid droplet splatter from being worn previously. There is currently no shortage of the… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Face […]

Keeping safe

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Keeping safe By Russell Bruce Newsnet has written about the use of masks and editorial policy has been to encourage people to follow Scottish Government guidelines on the use of face coverings when out in public places. Apparently healthy people are known to be able to spread the virus in the early stages of infectivity although they are not showing symptoms. We have partnered with not for profit ayeMail to provide a special Covid-19 Stay Safe Pack at a competitive price. Newsnet… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Keeping safe