Westminster moiling in multiple plots

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Westminster moiling in multiple plots By Russell Bruce Newsnet has so far identified five maybe six plots aimed at MPs taking control of Parliament with the aim of – well that’s more complex because there are multiple manoeuvres with different objectives. Some plots are intended to change the Brexit outcome from May’s plan, while Corbyn’s vote of confidence gambit is complicated by internal concerns and plots to remove him as leader. Newspaper headlines of a coup are an over simplification. It is all heading for… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Westminster moiling in multiple […]

Corbyn falls flat

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Corbyn falls flat Jeremy Corbyn visited Wakefield to set out his and Labour’s version of Brexit for leaving the EU. Short story he wants a bit of the Customs Union and a bit of the Single Market, but that was as far as it went. This was Corbyn means Brexit. The small move is a small improvement on May’s criss-cross of red lines. For that it is welcome but whether the EU would re-engage should Labour manage to form a government is open… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Corbyn falls flat

England overwhelmed by 1.5 refugees a day

Source:: NewsNet Scotland England overwhelmed by 1.5 refugees a day By Russell Bruce Nothing stirs up our neighbours south of the border more than stories of them being invaded by an uncontrollable number of refugees attempting to cross the English Channel and invade a beach under the White Cliffs of Dover. I will resist a suggestion of what the White Cliffs are meant to imply to impending invaders. Sajid Javid, the UK anti immigration Home Secretary and current guardian of the hostile environment has recalled a warship from the Caribbean,… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland England overwhelmed […]

Is England still spiking democracy’s guns?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Is England still spiking democracy’s guns? By Russell Bruce Tory party members want to leave the EU without a deal. In a straight choice between Leaving the EU without a deal or backing Mrs May’s ‘deal’ 64% opt to leave with No Deal. Not totally surprising given May talked about No Deal being better than a Bad Deal for two years and the party faithful lapped it up. Those who do not agree with either proposition have torn up their membership cards leaving the hard-core brexiteers… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Is England still […]

98 days and we are out of the EU with no plan while Corbyn and Tories faff around

Source:: NewsNet Scotland 98 days and we are out of the EU with no plan while Corbyn and Tories faff around By Russell Bruce Scotland has been clear and support for staying in the EU has increased according to all recent polling. But we leave with the UK in what can only be described as distressed circumstances. The good news is Scotland would be fast tracked back into the EU but we have to vote for independence first to qualify for membership. There is no other way. That is all it would take as Scotland is otherwise compliant. In […]

Is Eyemouth facing a Brexit employment tsumani?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Is Eyemouth facing a Brexit employment tsumani? By Russell Bruce On Thursday ITV Border came to Eyemouth. Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy was there to speak to those involved in fishing and processing. The key meeting was with James Cook of D R Collin who send lorry loads of live langoustine to France and Spain daily. Speaking on Border ITV on the need for rapid transit to European markets James Cook said: “It is a very, very tight timeline and any interruption to that has… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Is Eyemouth […]

Brexit Bingo, the Irish Question and the Brexit dodo

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Brexit Bingo, the Irish Question and the Brexit dodo By Russell Bruce Brexit Bingo – the latest numbers game with everybody guessing and the whips threatening – honours promised, discretion guaranteed over you know what Member X and cabinet posts hinted at to fill the mounting vacancies. May has lost 22 ministers – so far. This morning the European Court of Justice ruled on the case brought by a cross party group of Scottish MEPs, MPs and MSPs – UK CAN unilaterally drop Brexit. This afternoon, the House of… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland […]

Stirring it up

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Stirring it up By Russell Bruce We like to do that on Newsnet. Create images of an alternative future and look at the past to find different real stories, so often hidden from view in Brexit Britain, seeking a past that never really existed. Stir it up is a different kind of cookbook. No Michelin star chefs, no Jamie Oliver, no Delias nor Nigellas. Members of Yes Berwickshire and their friends contributed recipes, some traditional but most influenced, in some way, by other… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Stirring it up

The fall and fall of sterling speaks volumes for the loss Britain’s influence in a changing world

Source:: NewsNet Scotland The fall and fall of sterling speaks volumes for the loss Britain’s influence in a changing world By Russell Bruce The pound is not what it was in global terms. Over the centuries the major dominant currencies have changed. Going back a millennium the different currencies of different states circulated widely, well beyond their own borders. Several currency exchanges existed in Europe to determine the relevant value of one coin to another for those trading across borders. The value was based on the metal the coin was made from – gold, silver or copper. Coins were […]

May: pleasing nobody but soldiering on

Source:: NewsNet Scotland May: pleasing nobody but soldiering on By Russell Bruce As a strategy it has more of the doom of the Charge of the Light Brigade than comparison with the Suez crisis most leader writers have likened it to. No doubt she is a little heartened that as many as 19% think she is one the right track. MAYDAY, MAYDAY! is the headline to the PoliticsHome podcast Statista have produced this image based on a YouGov poll for The Times conducted as the Brexit plan was unfurled… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland May: pleasing nobody […]

What’s in the ayeMail Indy kits?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland What’s in the ayeMail Indy kits? By Russell Bruce After weeks splitting large boxes of print into 200 bundles from 1.9 million pieces of print, packing into 10 internal boxes per kit, including 3 with the new Yes flag design, plus Voter Registration Forms, 200,000 stickers, 10,000 window stickers 5,000 labels and packing these into a custom box there was something else that needed to be done. It was a bright sunny morning with unusual warmth for mid-November and a sharp contrast to the previous day… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland What’s in the […]

When Will the War Be By?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland When Will the War Be By? By Russell Bruce Powerful film made by Michael Russell. Scottish poems, songs and writing of the First World War made by Eala Bhan Ltd for BBC Scotland to mark the 80th anniversary of the end of the war and shown on 11th November 1998. Devised, written and produced by Michael Russell of Eala Bhan Ltd , directed by Ishbel Maciver and featuring Bill Paterson, Elaine C Smith, Norman MacLean, David Hayman and Iain Anderson. When Will… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland When Will the War Be By?

Is this really how we should present the end of WW1 and get the number of British Imperial deaths wrong?

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Is this really how we should present the end of WW1 and get the number of British Imperial deaths wrong? By Russell Bruce This 100 year image heads an ONS statistical note released today and they have mislaid over 400,000 British Imperial military deaths. If we are to reflect on a worldwide conflict on the 100th anniversary should we not be inclusive? I have difficulty with the ‘British’ attitude and the words used to mark a conflict that engulfed Europe, countries that were allies and countries we fought for four blood stained years in mud and […]

Broken Brexit: fragmented, fractious and farcical

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Broken Brexit: fragmented, fractious and farcical By Russell Bruce Tim Harford in the Financial Times has written an interesting article comparing Brexit to the building of the Sydney Opera House, a project that stretched from an expected 5 years to an eventual 15 years for final completion. Starting with an optimistic budget of A$7m – don’t frighten the natives with a touch of financial realism – and ending with a 1400% increase at A$102m. Building an Opera House is a walk in the park compared to… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Broken Brexit: fragmented, […]

New Fungus discovered in Broonland

Source:: NewsNet Scotland New Fungus discovered in Broonland Citizen Cuddis looks back at the Trumponian visit through The Donald’s perpetual lens, ever lost in a twilight world of fantasy and delusion and Newsnet Graphics plays with imagery and latin contorta. Enjoy The Donald Visits Auchenshoogle, Meets Broons Ace reporters, Tam Ross & Bob Cromarty, the Woodwind and Bernstein of the Cowcaddens Boomerang, racked up another scoop last night, alleging that during his recent visit to the UK Donald Trump made an unpublicised visit to the offices of the… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland New Fungus discovered in […]