It’s all hands up for Nicola Sturgeon, bar Tory voters

Source:: NewsNet Scotland It’s all hands up for Nicola Sturgeon, bar Tory voters This is not connected, well not directly. to a certain Scottish Parliament inquiry. Panelbase carried out a poll in January for Scotland Unhyphenated, an organisation of unclear political purpose that seems slightly pro-devolution although recommending a reduction in the number of MSPs to 100 which would damage the Scottish Parliament. They are clearly unenthusiastic about independence. Despite a low profile they managed to finance and commission a poll from Panelbase with a series of unusual questions. One question caught the… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

What a way to earn a living

Source:: NewsNet Scotland What a way to earn a living Molly Pollock looks at how the legacy of Covid lockdowns could have a longer-term positive impact on the structure of Scotland’s rural population with a reduction in time and cost of travel and reduction of CO2 emissions. by Molly Pollock Lockdowns to repress the spread of Covid 19 can’t be said to have many upsides. Isolation, inability to socialise or see family members who are in care homes or hospitals. Life centred around the home with only occasional trips to… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland What a […]

Salmond, Scottish Parliament, SPCB and Crown Office.

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Salmond, Scottish Parliament, SPCB and Crown Office. When it comes to the legal position regarding Alex Salmond’s evidence and the committee on the Scottish Government’s Handling of Harassment Complaints, some knowledgeable advice can be of real assistance for those trying to dig through the spin. Jonathan Mitchell QC set out clearly the relationship, framework and restrictions the committee, The Scottish Parliament and SPCB needed to operate within on Twitter yesterday. Jonathan Mitchell QC The position of The Crown Office should not be confused with the present government… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Salmond, Scottish […]

Salmond finds new role as panto villain

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Salmond finds new role as panto villain Will Alex Salmond ever appear in front of the committee on the Scottish Government’s Handling of Harassment Complaints? Oh yes he will. Oh no he won’t Act 1 followed by Acts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Actually we have lost count. The Scottish Parliament committee have been trying to get the former First Minister to put in an appearance for the last 8 months and he has just revoked another scheduled appearance due Wednesday 24th February. So is this panto… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Salmond finds […]

The ISP versus political reality

Source:: NewsNet Scotland The ISP versus political reality By Russell Bruce Those pushing the idea that the ISP can make a breakthrough on the list vote do so despite no indication the ISP can achieve a vote share that would give them any MSPs in May, just 11 weeks away. An ISP supporter kindly pointed me to the ISPs detailed calculations by which they estimated they would gain the last list seat in each of Scotland’s 8 regions. Unfortunately this takes no account of any past voting record… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland The ISP versus political […]

Talking tax and civilisation

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Talking tax and civilisation Peter Brown argues that tax, invested well, is part of what being a civilised nation is and offers two ideas on radically simplifying taxation as a part of what we hope will be an ongoing contribution to how taxation policy is likely to be very different in an independent Scotland. By Peter Brown It’s not tax. It is a contribution towards civilisation. If we really want to pay no tax we should go to a country where there is no… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Talking tax and civilisation

Independence or bust?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Independence or bust? By Editorial This is a difficult piece to write but write it we must because Scotland is approaching the crossroads when we need a clear path towards independence. It seems to us that that it is no longer a simple choice for the electorate of remaining in the UK or becoming an independent country with complete democratic control over our future. Lots of tracks look to be opening up with the danger they lead only into a wilderness of wasted… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Independence or bust?

Boris Johnson: the PM who set England free?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Boris Johnson: the PM who set England free? By Molly Pollock Well, it’s been quite a week. Against all lockdown advice Boris Johnson decided he knew best and flew in to Glasgow airport to lecture the Scots on being good little Unionists. Not that it worked as people in their droves took to social media to rant about him defying the stay at home rules when they had been religiously abiding by them and hadn’t seen family members and friends for long dreary months. To say they were… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Boris […]

Covid: a 4 nation comparison

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Covid: a 4 nation comparison By Russell Bruce With Tory politicians determined to undermine Nicola Sturgeon and her health team on Scotland’s response to the Covid19 pandemic we thought a statistical comparison of actual trends would provide some real clarity. Holding the SNP government to account is a legitimate function of opposition parties but are the attacks from Johnson’s men in Scotland perhaps more to do with the coming election, just 3 months away? Boris Johnson appeared to be very impressed with what he saw… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Covid: a 4 nation […]

Now we know – Brexit means Chaos

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Now we know – Brexit means Chaos By Russell Bruce No fish and dead fish After four and and half years of political posturing and ignoring economic consequences the UK finally got a deal with hours to spare. That the Westminster parliament agreed to endorse it without proper scrutiny in a debate of a few hours spoke volumes for the Johnson government’s disregard for the sovereignty of parliament, supposedly at the very core of the UK’s unwritten constitution. The Westminster parliament had surrendered powers to Johnson’s executive… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Now we […]

And it’s goodbye from them…

Source:: NewsNet Scotland And it’s goodbye from them… By Newsroom and it’s hello to them The Capitol building where the inauguration, which Donald Trump the outgoing President shunned, took place – the scene of an attack by Trump supporters two weeks previously. The new Vice president Kamala Harris and her husband The new president Joe Biden and his wife Jill President Biden giving his inauguration address And amongst all the ceremony, singers, former Presidents, new President and Vice President, miltary, elected representatives and clergy was twenty two year… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland And it’s goodbye from […]

The race to save lives in Scotland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland The race to save lives in Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently said in Holyrood and in interviews that the rollout of the vaccines, initially one, then two and now three, was a race – a race against getting as many at risk and vulnerable people as possible vaccinated against the existing and new, vastly more infectious variant of the Covid19 virus. It was never seen as a race against England, Wales, Northern Ireland, or any other country, but a race against the virus itself using all… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland The race […]

What is the point of Labour?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland What is the point of Labour? The leader of the UK Labour Party caused a bit of a stushie yesterday in Scotland with his comments on the Marr show and in the print media, his comments seen as a further indication that Labour is merely limping along on the coat-tails of the Tories, offering no effective opposition at Westminster to a government moving ever rightwards. The Right Honourable Sir Keir Rodney Starmer KCB QC MP, said on Wikipedia to identify as a socialist, was, prior to… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland What is the […]

Well here’s another nice mess ou’ve gotten America into

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Well here’s another nice mess ou’ve gotten America into By Russell Bruce With apologies to Oliver Hardy for borrowing his catch phrase used in 17 films between 1931 and 1951. Hardy was born in Georgia which has been in the news recently in providing Biden with 2 Senators to take control of the Senate following Trump’s endless rants and persecution of Republican elected politicians and state officials of whom he demanded they find him 11,800 non-existent votes. Hardy’s screen partner Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston,… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Happy New Year and stay safe for 2021

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Happy New Year and stay safe for 2021 By Russell Bruce As 2020 comes to an end it is without a doubt that the early months of 2021 will continue to be difficult as the virus is more dangerous than ever and compounded with Boris Johnson’s idiot Brexit deal will make life even more difficult than it needed to be for all of us. 31st Dec 2020 has seen the number of infections in Scotland increase by 28% compared to 30th December (2045 – 2622). For the same… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Happy […]