Of the people, by the people, for the people

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Of the people, by the people, for the people We are going to take a look at democracy – British style – to see how it shapes up with other European countries. This is part 1 by Equality Nation In the recent SCOT goes POP Panelbase Poll the following question was asked about democracy. The UK government has said that it will not allow the Scottish Parliament to call an independence referendum even if the SNP win an outright majority of seats in next year’s Scottish Parliament election. In… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Keep a light on

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Keep a light on By Russell Bruce This is our video report of the event at the Scottish Parliament on Friday 31st Janury 2020 when Scotland was but hours away from being dragged out of the EU against the wishes of the people of Scotland. This was a very significant event for one special reason – it was grassroots organised. A political event yes but not a party political event. The politicians came because they were called. The mood of activists was something special.… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Keep a light on

Breaking – Equality Nation gains right to petition EU Parliament on Scotland’s future

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Breaking – Equality Nation gains right to petition EU Parliament on Scotland’s future Scottish petitioners to the EU Parliament, Equality Nation, has had its petition formally accepted by Head of Unit, Libor Bohäč, on behalf of the Secretary-General of the European Parliament. The petition was lodged on 16th January using Scottish citizens’ rights to petition the EU Parliament in the days before their citizenship was removed by act of the Westminster Parliament. The appeal from Equality Nation is that the EU Parliament agree Scotland has the right to choose its own future in… Read the […]

Social and equality impacts of Brexit

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Social and equality impacts of Brexit By Equality Nation Brexiters insist everything is rosy and will become even better after Friday 31st January, their independence day, when the UK leaves the EU. But the reality is otherwise. The pound, according to the Guardian’s monthly August 2019 analysis of key economic indicators affected by the Brexit process, had fallen 18% below its level before the 2016 EU referendum, UK inflation has risen, the manufacturing and construction sectors remain in contraction, unemployment has increased and house prices have… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Social and equality […]

Transition to a low carbon future

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Transition to a low carbon future Nicola Sturgeon, gave a keynote speech in Oslo on Wednesday last week at the annual conference of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise where she issued a strong call for Scottish-Norwegian collaboration on carbon capture, offshore wind and other climate technologies. The First Minister also discussed areas of potential Scotland/Norwegian collaboration with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Norway is an member of EFTA and in the EU Single Market which is important to Scotland going forward. This example of… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Transition to a low carbon […]

Will the real Boris Johnson show himself?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Will the real Boris Johnson show himself? By Russell Bruce Boris Johnson has many faces and the problem for commentators is to find the most predicable ‘face’ in order to make a judgement on the most likely path, or face he will adopt, in any given set of circumstances as ‘Brexit Gets Done’ and Johnson charts a path for the UK in a world far removed from classical imperialism. So what do we know about Johnson that will guide such assessments? As a journalist he was renowned… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Will the […]

May the Elves be with us

Source:: NewsNet Scotland May the Elves be with us A Merry Christmas to all our readers and the many we hope will join us in the months to come as we banish the myths and find our own place as a nation committed to social justice and equality at the heart of Europe. First they came for the disabled – and we heard their cry Then when they came for the Europeans – we spoke up for them Learning the lessons of Martin Niemöller’s famous warning. Silence is never… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland May the Elves […]

Scotland’s Right to Choose

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Scotland’s Right to Choose By Equality Nation The First Minister in a speech at Bute House outlined the democratic case for Scotland’s right to choose its own future, ahead of the publication of a paper titled Scotland’s Right to Choose. The paper can be downloaded here. The First Minister said there were moments in history when it was important to stand back from the day to day twists and turns of politics and consider some fundamental questions and this was such a time for… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Scotland’s Right to Choose

The most important election in our lifetime

Source:: NewsNet Scotland The most important election in our lifetime By Russell Bruce Today Scotland must look to a positive future outside the narrow xenophobic politics of a Conservative party that bears no relationship to any previous Conservative administration. Scotland rejected Mrs Thatcher’s version of Conservatism. It is not too much of a leap to suggest Margaret Thatcher might have been as appalled as her successor John Major is today. When the moderates have been ejected from the Conservative party in the most ruthless purge in UK political history it… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland The most […]

SNP target women voters with manifesto of key pledges

Source:: NewsNet Scotland SNP target women voters with manifesto of key pledges By Russell Bruce People can be pretty confused by the multitude of polling data churned out but what polling has consistently shown over many months is women are increasingly drawn to supporting the SNP. What women want to know is what parties will do for them and their families, especially their children and grandchildren. This change from a former gender imbalance suggests women are looking more and more to the SNP because they have rolled out policies in Scotland from… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Extinction Rebellion, Extinction Johnson’s government

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Extinction Rebellion, Extinction Johnson’s government By Russell Bruce Climate change is the greatest global challenge we face and it calls for extraordinary human energy and creativity to knock years off present CO2 reduction targets. The UK, including Scotland, has high levels of fuel poverty and children who do not have enough to eat or heat to keep them safe and healthy. Johnson’s “Get Brexit Done” will greatly hinder the societal transformations we need to tackle those issues and the impending real implications of climate change… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Extinction Rebellion, Extinction Johnson’s […]

John Major aghast at prospect of a Johnson government

Source:: NewsNet Scotland John Major aghast at prospect of a Johnson government It is not often a former prime minister speaks out against his own party and strongly suggests you think long and hard before voting Conservative but that is what John Major, prime minister from 1990 to 1997, has done. We think people in Scotland should pay attention especially in seats won by Conservatives at the last general election. Most of them are so ashamed of being Conservatives the party name is seldom if ever mentioned on their campaign material. There… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Fishing industry boss backs SNP at general election

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Fishing industry boss backs SNP at general election By Russell Bruce William Tait snr of Fraserburgh-based Klondyke Fishing Company called on fishermen to now back the SNP at the general election on 12th December according to a report in the Press & Journal. Arguing that the fishing sector faced the risk the Tories would abandon them and “trade away opportunities” Mr Tait said: “A catching policy based on zonal allocation of fishing opportunities – as the SNP advocates – would be a fairer deal for Scottish fishing and… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Fishing […]

Boris VIII, England’s would-be autocrat

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Boris VIII, England’s would-be autocrat Boris VIII is the second UK prime minister to look to use Henry VIII powers extensively. Mrs May was very keen on these with the executive trying to force through secondary legislation and bypass parliament. The Tory manifesto sets out plans to amend the Human Rights Act. This is a long term Tory ploy. Whilst such legislation would be subject to parliamentary scrutiny, if Johnson gets his majority then he will have the votes to push his preferred version of… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Boris VIII, England’s would-be […]

Why is John Lamont ashamed to be a Conservative?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Why is John Lamont ashamed to be a Conservative? By Equality Nation Tory candidates in Scotland are hiding their party allegiance in their election literature and it looks like a national strategy to save their seats. Clearly they think promoting any connection with the Conservative Party and Boris Johnson is to their disadvantage. John Lamont, the former Conservative MP and now candidate in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk is a case in point. Equality Nation does not think he is being honest with the electorate. John Lamont is now an… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]