Westminster politics and the twilight zone

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Westminster politics and the twilight zone Russell Bruce takes a satirical look at the vacuous nature of Westminster Government under Boris de Piffle Out in the twilight zone as the leaves of summer prepare to fall an official spokeswomen for the Monster Raving Loony party denied Boris de Piffle had applied to stand as an official Loony at the coming election. An insider, on condition of anonymity, told Newsnet the approach had been more of a proposed takeover and merger to establish a new party to… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Westminster politics and […]

Scots Court rules prorogation unlawful

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Scots Court rules prorogation unlawful By Russell Bruce Breaking – in more ways than one. Is this the breaking of Johnson as PM? In a stunning victory for Joanna Cherry and her 70 strong group of cross-party MPs, Scotland highest court has ruled Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was unlawful. An announcement of the ruling, issued this morning said the prime minister’s decision to advise the Queen to prorogue parliament was “unlawful because it had the purpose of stymying parliament”Court of Session, Edinburgh Last week Edinburgh’s… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Scots Court rules prorogation […]

Nicola Sturgeon to receive major European award

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Nicola Sturgeon to receive major European award By Russell Bruce The international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium honours Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for her opposition to Brexit and commitment to European Union cohesion with the M100 Media Award. The keynote political speech will be delivered by former Christian Democrat finance minister, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble. Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia said: “Nicola Sturgeon is a crucial voice of reason at a time in which political discourse is sadly too often shaped by a lack of… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Nicola Sturgeon […]

Swinson showing her inexperience and right of centre instincts

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Swinson showing her inexperience and right of centre instincts By Russell Bruce The immediate rejection to backing Jeremy Corbyn as a temporary PM for the sole reason of stopping a No Deal crash was the instinctive reaction of a non thinking through and inexperienced political leader. Jo Swinson has been round long enough to have been more careful about making a knee jerk reaction. Everybody needs to stand back and understand that the problem with the House of Commons finding agreement has been beset with red lines in almost… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

No Deal crash out looks to be almost unavoidable

Source:: NewsNet Scotland No Deal crash out looks to be almost unavoidable By Russell Bruce The Institute of Government has published a paper on Brexit and the role of parliament before 31st October. It is well worth a read. Spoiler – it is not looking good for parliament’s chances of stopping Johnson’s rush to No Deal crash out. There are four possible Brexit outcomes this autumn, which are that the UK: • leaves with a withdrawal agreement (or ‘deal’) As Johnson isn’t talking to the EU and the EU will not consider… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Johnson and Cummings playing with fire over the Backstop

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Johnson and Cummings playing with fire over the Backstop By Russell Bruce A few weeks ago Statista produced an article and diagram of terrorism trends in EU countries. The UK came out as the country with 43% of all terrorism attacks in the EU. The information was mind blowing as the UK had 60 incidents, double that of France. Graphic from Europol: Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2019 But the story does not end there because the graphic I produced from these statistics, although accurate was very misleading. Beginning… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Sacking Boris Johnson

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Sacking Boris Johnson By Russell Bruce The interests of centre politics in the UK and in its constituent nations might be served best by holding a hand out to those on the centre right of the Conservative Party who are either pro Remain or, in most cases strongly opposed to leaving the EU without a deal. The Tory party is broken. Johnson in seeking to win back voters who defected to the Brexit Party is making the Tory party the Brexit Party through… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Sacking Boris Johnson

Slaughter of the lambs

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Slaughter of the lambs By Russell Bruce Farmers want to know how they can survive when crashing out of the EU means sales of lamb to EU markets will dry up because of 40% tariffs. The question has been asked for months now there is an answer – Excess lamb will be slaughtered. With their dunce caps on Boris Johnson and Michael Gove have come up with an idea. If there are too many lambs for the home market to absorb then lambs will… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Slaughter of the lambs

Such a parcel o’ rogues 1

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Such a parcel o’ rogues 1 Part 1 By Russell Bruce With the state of the Union in a unholy mess and England and Scotland at odds over the future and with different objectives for relations with the EU, it seemed timely to republish this article, first published in Border Voices on Scottish Borders and Beyond. An extract was read at the Borders Book festival at the time of publication in 2012. These familiar words from Burns’ ballad Fareweel to a’ our Scottish fame are much… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Such a parcel […]

Discipline, determination and drive, then the date

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Discipline, determination and drive, then the date By Russell Bruce A primer on why we do not have a date yet for the next independence referendum In the last article I mentioned the growing frustration many supporters of independence are expressing, unhelpfully, on social media. For well over a year it did seem that agreement on Brexit might just be achieved but the turmoil in both the Conservative and Labour parties ensured that May’s Withdrawal Agreement, criss-crossed with complex red lines, failed to achieve the backing of… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Discipline, determination […]

Brexit and the questions nobody is answering

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit and the questions nobody is answering By Russell Bruce The Bank of England has issued its Financial Stability Report and the video is worth watching. The link is provided below. Much of it is fairly technical, albeit with useful information. The Bank’s concern and the main point Carney makes is the financial and banking system stress tests show UK financial institutions are better placed to cope with the fallout combination of the global economy contracting and a No Deal disorderly Brexit than they were prepared for… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit and […]

Wind of change blowing backwards through Britain

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Wind of change blowing backwards through Britain By Russell Bruce On 3rd February 1960 Harold Macmillan gave his famous Wind of Change speech. This signalled final recognition that Britain’s place and influence in the world had changed. The wind had been blawing for several decades and all Supermac, as Macmillan was labelled by a friendly media, was doing was facing up to the reality – the empire was gone and Britain needed to reinvent itself in changed circumstances. Sixty years later a new wind of change is… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Wind of […]

Power, influence and control in the real world

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Power, influence and control in the real world By Russell Bruce Three years after the EU referendum, Brexit supporters have held on to the idea of ‘taking back control’ with a tenacity in defiance of the daily evidence of economic damage and the shredding the UK’s international reputation. It is very hard for people to say ‘I was wrong’. Yet over centuries people have learned from their mistakes. Learning from your mistakes is one of the most important life skills for all of us. It would be an… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Power, […]

D-Day and standing with Europe

Source:: NewsNet Scotland D-Day and standing with Europe By Russell Bruce Nations are given to creating their own myths and Britain is no exception, indeed a myth maker extraordinary. The end of WW2 and the significant part D-Day played in enabling following generations to come together in peace and stability through increasing cooperation and collaboration is a mark of where Europe’s nations stand today. Britain did not stand alone. With the exception of the Channel Islands, it was not under the control of the Third Reich. So it… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland D-Day and standing with […]

May goes for another bite at the dust

Source:: NewsNet Scotland May goes for another bite at the dust By Russell Bruce Theresa May once lectured her party conference telling them they were the Nasty Party and would need to change if they were ever to get back into government. That was at the Conservative Party conference on 7th October 2002. Within 8 years the Tories were in power and Theresa May was in her Home Office silo making her party nastier by the day. It has got much worse during her term as PM but the leopard skin… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland May […]