Lets get back to the core issues driving support for independence

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Lets get back to the core issues driving support for independence By Russell Bruce The SNP have had an interesting conference, albeit with the restrictions the pandemic has imposed over traditional gatherings. A reminder, should we need it, is that life is not yet normal. A new NEC has been elected creating a few shock waves. Well that is politics but more on that later because we must get down to campaigning on the fundamentals driving support for independence Aamer Anwar recorded this video about what he believes are the main… Read the full article:: […]

Around the corner

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Around the corner By Margaret Johnstone This is an excellent video, made some months ago, that lays out what is ahead of Scotland unless it secures independence soon. The recent speeches by Boris Johnson in which he called devolution a disaster and his ideas of denuding the Scottish parliament of powers via the Internal Market legislation on one side, and on the other moving powers and finance from Holyrood to local councils, must ring alarm bells. Added to that are the wall-to-wall media… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Around the corner

Johnson to buy Danish designed frigates built in Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Johnson to buy Danish designed frigates built in Scotland By Russell Bruce As part Johnson’s announcement on Thursday for new naval vessels were five Type 31 frigates. One of the interesting things about this cost efficient frigate is it was designed in Denmark for the Danish Navy. How could a country of just 5 million people possibly produce a vessel that would be the envy of the Rule Britannia Brigade? Answer, just don’t mention it. Back on September 12th last year Johnson announced a contract for five Type 31… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Boris just pulled the pin out

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Boris just pulled the pin out By Margaret Johnstone The response from Kenny Farquharson, columnist with the Times in Scotland, said: “Boris just pulled the pin out and sat on the grenade.” So, at a time when former PM Gordon Brown is strutting the stage and again, as in 2014, promoting devomax and federalism, Johnson as part of the much heralded “less confrontational” approach of his “reset” in the wake of the departure of Dominic Cummings, has firmly trashed Brown’s ideas for strengthening devolution. Despite their… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Boris just pulled […]

Welcoming Syrian refugees and hidden treasures in a Scottish museum

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Welcoming Syrian refugees and hidden treasures in a Scottish museum By Russell Bruce Paisley Museum’s Syrian glass collection to be displayed for the first time Today marks five years since the first refugees from Syria arrived in Renfrewshire through the UK Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. To mark this occasion, Paisley Museum is releasing details of their Syrian glass collection dating back over 2,000 years which has never been displayed before. In 2015, Renfrewshire was among the first Scottish councils to welcome Syrian refugees. Five years on, the Paisley Museum… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

Trump’s last stand

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Trump’s last stand By Russell Bruce Biden wins and republicans go for a replay of Custer’s last stand. Republicans may be downhearted but the scenes of pure joy and relief in Washington, Atlanta, California and New York point to a necessary direction for the US. Big difficulties lie ahead that will take all Biden’s and Kamala Harris’s political skills to move the US forward. There is no merit or future for republicans remaining in denial, however much a truculent Trump continues raging, ranting… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Trump’s last stand

Trump destroyed America’s huge pandemic advantage

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Trump destroyed America’s huge pandemic advantage By Russell Bruce The New York Times has released a video detailing how the US invested 2 billion dollars in an international effort to identify and combat the spread of viruses. The US Center of Disease Control (CDC) was instrumental in the drive to enable the early identification of any new virus strain, track its movement across borders and establish a swift track and test capacity. That was 15 years ago and became a model some others, especially Asian Pacific… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Trump destroyed America’s […]

Suffer the little children – in Tory England

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Suffer the little children – in Tory England By Margaret Johnstone In Scotland free school meals are currently available to all P1 to P3 pupils, as well as those whose families receive Universal Credit or other benefits. A few days ago the Scottish Government announced, a £30 million package to help local authorities provide help to communities and vulnerable people during the Covid19 pandemic. £10m of that is to cover the cost of free school meals for children over the Christmas, February and Easter breaks. This £10m fund… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Suffer […]

Dear America

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Dear America By Russell Bruce Dear People of America, In Europe we have noticed that you have a presidential election moving into the final days. Indeed many of us have been following the course of events with both interest and apprehension. I have followed every presidential election since the election of JFK in 1960. As such I have a bit of an addiction to politics and polls and, if I may, would like to share a few observations. Whether you elect Trump… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Dear America

Power grab over fisheries

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Power grab over fisheries By Russell Bruce The government of Jersey is up in arms over a proposed UK power grab as it seeks to obtain control over all the waters in these islands with the exception of the those of the Irish Republic. Jersey as a Crown Dependency has control over everything except defence and international relations but has been striking out in recent years to establish direct international links, including an office in Brussels. Ian Gorst is a former Chief Minister of… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Power grab over fisheries

Come to Edinburgh Michel Barnier

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Come to Edinburgh Michel Barnier By Russell Bruce The permafrost surrounding UK /EU talks needs more than a little warming, even just moving to a shade warmer. Newsnet has a proposal to break the impasse. We think the Scottish Government could be an intermediary to break the current deadlock. Scotland may not be neutral but for that reason could progress matters towards the very limited deal that seems the only positive outcome at five minutes to midnight. As Frost has told Barnier not to bother… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Come to Edinburgh Michel […]

Covid across the 4 nations

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Covid across the 4 nations By Russell Bruce The unionist parties and press are daily asserting that Scotland is doing worse in handling Covid than England. Their desperation to undermine Nicola Sturgeon knows no bounds or any sense of decency. The Scottish Government and the First Minister set the policies and actions required but the work on the ground is delivered by the degree of compliance from people in Scotland and the sterling work of Scotland’s NHS. So what is the real position across the… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Covid across the 4 […]

Hospitality one of the highest risks

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Hospitality one of the highest risks By Margaret Johnstone “Scotland’s Hitler,” screamed a caller on a radio programme, referring to Scotland’s First Minister closing pubs for 16 days to contain the Covid19 virus. Some upset individuals went even further in their written and online abuse. Tabloid headlines shrieked with a similar fury – Last chance saloon, Sturgeon’s last orders, Nic’s got us all hammered, Doomsday for Scots pubs as rules get tough. Even the Herald which is now little more than a redtop had a headline… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Hospitality one of […]

Johnson and Trump share a world of delusion

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Johnson and Trump share a world of delusion By Russell Bruce Johnson’s speech to the virtual Tory conference underlined just how far from reality he and his ministers are. He has just about managed to get that Covid 19 is serious but his government’s handling of the pandemic is miles away from any sense of competence. Trump on the other hand believes he has conquered the virus and is back in the White House, a Covid hotspot where the virus is endemic among those who took so little… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Johnson […]

Trump worth 32 cents a day – less millions in costs

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Trump worth 32 cents a day – less millions in costs By Russell Bruce The US election outcome is a matter for the US electorate to decide but for a country that proclaims to be the Leader of the Free World the result matters to all of us in Scotland and Europe. That is why we are giving some coverage to Mr Trump’s tax affairs with thanks to the sterling investigative work of the Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times. The New York Times exposé on Trump’s business tax payments have set… Read the full article:: […]