Iceland: a nation living with an unpredictable environment

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Iceland: a nation living with an unpredictable environment By Irene McEwan Yes Berwickshire recently hosted an evening with the journalist and broadcaster, Lesley Riddoch which included the showing of her Nation 2 film, Iceland: the extreme nation. It is an astonishing film which is shown below and should be viewed by every Scot. It gave our audience an insight to the present day life of Iceland, its almost unique natural phenomena and its past history. Clearly this is a country that despite its small population but perhaps because… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Iceland: […]

Brexit update from Michael Russell

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit update from Michael Russell By Russell Bruce As the UK trundles along with Brexit negotiations, like a hedgehog on the prowl, but with considerably less sense of purpose, the world watches in amazement and disbelief. For Scotland where we voted 62% to remain there is a growing sense of anger and concern that the most damaging Brexit outcome – a no deal non deal – looks increasingly possible. Michael Russell’s assessment is the probability has risen from ten percent 7 months ago to around forty… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit update from Michael […]

Pensions Now and in Independent Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Pensions Now and in Independent Scotland By Dot Jessiman One of the big issues, and one used effectively by unionists to scare people in the last referendum, was that of pensions. People of pensionable age and those approaching pensionable age were understandably cautious about independence in case their only source of income, or their main source of income, was lost to them. Dot Jessiman has drawn the relevant facts together to provide a straightforward response to the question: ‘What would happen to my state pension with… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Pensions Now and […]

Outlaw King

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Outlaw King By Russell Bruce The trailer for Outlaw King, the story of Robert the Bruce’s campaign for Scottish Independence against enormous odds, is causing much excitement. Independence then was no mean challenge against massive cruelty and military might. When our time comes again all we have to do is vote but don’t under estimate the powers still ranged against us. Scotland will be a European nation again. That dream will never die. Reality is only possible when you dare to dream. … Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Outlaw King

Important message about Newsnet

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Important message about Newsnet Due to a problem with Newsnet’s current hosting, we are having to move the site at short notice. Access to Newsnet may be intermittent for the next 48 hours or so, but we are working to move the site to a new host as soon as possible. We apologise for the inconvenience, and we hope to see you in our new home very shortly. Best wishes, The Newsnet Team The post Important message about Newsnet appeared first on Newsnet.scot. Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Important message about Newsnet

Exclusive: Scotland Remain polling data analysed

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Exclusive: Scotland Remain polling data analysed By Russell Bruce Newsnet has obtained the dataset behind Sunday’s story in the Observer on the shift in support in 112 UK constituencies from Leave to Remain. We wanted to see the detail of the changes in Scotland, even although Scotland supported Remain convincingly in 2016. The big changes have apparently taken place place in the North of England and Wales where support for leaving the EU in Labour supporting constituencies has dropped heavily in recent weeks according to Focaldata’s… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Exclusive: Scotland Remain […]

A powder keg waiting to explode

Source:: NewsNet Scotland A powder keg waiting to explode Molly Pollock looks at the structure of companies in the UK and Scotland and finds many Brexit worries with one businessman describing it as a powder keg Small businesses are worried. Some have already felt the effects of impending Brexit, seeing a fall-off in sales and rising costs since the EU referendum in 2016; others are anxious, unsure what might happen and annoyed there has been so little information and preparation for such a cataclysmic event – an event they… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland A powder keg […]

In conversation: Elif Shafak, Heather McDaid and Nicola Sturgeon

Source:: NewsNet Scotland In conversation: Elif Shafak, Heather McDaid and Nicola Sturgeon By Russell Bruce We came across this video from last year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival and felt it deserved a wider audience than those who attended the event and the 1500 who have since viewed it. Although there are a some specific references to events at the time the  concerns raised in the discussion remain true today. Trump’s fake news has got worse with no letup in outrageous tweets Elif Shafak and conditions in Elif Shafak’s Turkey have significantly deteriorated.… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Is something rotten in the state of the BBC?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Is something rotten in the state of the BBC? By Russell Bruce The fiasco over BBC lawyers taking down video channels with snippets from news programmes on the YouTube channels of Wings over Scotland and Peter Curran, strikes at the heart of democratic debate in a pluralistic society where the pluralism of the media is under constant fire. As Alex Salmond explains the copyright ownership of the individuals who were interviewed or gave news comments was ignored by BBC lawyers in London. Was the BBC being ignorant of copyright… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Second helping or second referendums?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Second helping or second referendums? By Dorothy Bruce The UK. The fifth largest economy in the world, so Tories incessantly boast. So, everything’s hunky-dory then. Even Brexit will turn out fine despite the animated ire about stockpiling. Theresa May talks of stockpiling being a sign of how prudent, how efficient the government is, something we should be reassured and comforted by, and no doubt should also be grateful for. A government doing its work (belatedly and poorly) to look after its population, and we’re told… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Second helping or second […]

Jam today or in 50 years when Brexit might come good

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Jam today or in 50 years when Brexit might come good By Dorothy Bruce Dorothy Bruce fears her grandchildren will be approaching retirement by the time the untried experiment of Brexit might be known Divide and rule has always been a strategy used by British politicians, and Mrs May is no different. Finding it difficult to move the EU from its long-held position regarding Brexit, Mrs May is attempting to have discussions with individual member states in the hope of obtaining backing for her position and assistance in moving the stance… Read the full article:: […]

Brexit Inferno: out of the EU frying pan into the WTO fire

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit Inferno: out of the EU frying pan into the WTO fire By Dorothy Bruce Dorothy Bruce takes a look at the difficulties of falling back on WTO rules as the Brexit inferno of the UK’s trading relationships threatens a wildfire. The UK and the EU filed documents on Tuesday at the headquarters of the WTO in Geneva laying out their terms of trading with the rest of the world after Brexit. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) started life in 1995, replacing the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which had… Read the full […]

Tommy Sheppard on the Union

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Tommy Sheppard on the Union In the day before Westminster broke up, for the summer that is – Westminster has been breaking up day after day during the course of this parliament, Tommy Sheppard MP reminded the parliament that devolution had been a process that took nearly 150 years to get off the ground. Since 1999 Holyrood had gained increasing powers. Now the process is going backwards with the failure of Westminster to accept the will of the devolved parliaments. As there is no English… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Tommy Sheppard on the […]

Steve Bannon’s European Foundation to fuel spread of rightwing populism

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Steve Bannon’s European Foundation to fuel spread of rightwing populism By Dorothy Bruce Guy Verhofstadt Verified account @guyverhofstadt Steve Bannon’s far-right vision & attempt to import Trump’s hateful politics to our continent will be rejected by decent Europeans. We know what the nightmare of nationalism did to our countries in the past. We must #BanBannon! #GenerationEurope must stop him! This was tweeted on Sunday morning by Guy Verhofstadt, former Prime Minister of Belgium, leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the European… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

The end of democracy? Hello plutocracy

Source:: NewsNet Scotland The end of democracy? Hello plutocracy By Dorothy Bruce The dithering, vacillation and obfuscation of the Prime Minister as she tries to keep her party together is a sight to behold. Remainers and right-wing Brexiters are engaged in a tug-of-was with Mrs May birling in the centre, pulling first the rope on one side, then on the other. But her clumsy footwork in her kitten-heeled shoes only ensures that she gets thoroughly tangled in the rope and ends flailing on the ground, arms waving, legs cycling,… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland The end of […]