Glasgow honours Matt McGinn, folk hero who was once bigger than Dylan

Source:: Kevin McKenna Glasgow honours Matt McGinn, folk hero who was once bigger than Dylan Blue plaque for influential Scots singer-songwriter unveiled three decades after his deathFor years James Scott was frustrated by the lack of recognition given to one of his favourite musicians, the folk singer and songwriter Matt McGinn, who died in 1977. Although he was feted in radical folk circles, McGinn’s name was largely unknown and his talents overlooked. Scott decided that needed to change, and set about raising £1,000 for a memorial.“I did this because I am a great McGinn fan… Read the full […]

A Question of Loyalty

Source:: Craig Murray A Question of Loyalty I was just talking to an old friend in the European Commission about Scottish Independence. He said within the Commission there would now be overwhelming support for it and for immediate Scottish membership of the EU. He then added “But please can you leave Dr Fox with the English?”. He was joking, but it led me to think about the loyalties of Unionist politicians. I don’t doubt Dr Fox would stay with the English – there will be no power… Read the full article:: Craig Murray A Question of Loyalty

Machiavellianism and Brexit

Source:: Craig Murray Machiavellianism and Brexit A Cabinet Office source tells me today No. 10 is considering agreeing a second referendum with three choices: No Deal Brexit, May’s Deal or No Brexit. It would be by alternative vote, ie you rate your preferences 1, 2. The thinking is that the first round might go No Deal 23, May’s Deal 37, No Brexit 40. The second round would then go May’s Deal 60, No Brexit 40. They claim there is opinion poll evidence to support this. But… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Machiavellianism and Brexit

Salmond, Sturgeon and the End of an Era for the SNP

Source:: Gerry Hassan Salmond, Sturgeon and the End of an Era for the SNP Salmond, Sturgeon and the End of an Era for the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 16th 2019 Britain stands at an abyss. Three years of endless Brexit deliberations have resulted in the UK facing crisis, doubt and anxiety about what the future holds. Politics has become a high wire act of competing intransigencies and denials of reality – with the only certainty that there is no easy way out of this mess or simple resolution. This is a crisis… Read the full article:: […]

Racism Poisons the Entire Brexit Debate

Source:: Craig Murray Racism Poisons the Entire Brexit Debate It appears sadly impossible not to comment on Brexit at the moment; the astonishing scale of the government defeat in Parliament yesterday and the appalling self-serving behaviour of politicians on all sides compels attention. The first and most obvious point is this; had Theresa May any honour, she would simply resign after her major political objective was rebuffed so dramatically by the legislature. But honour appears to be entirely out of fashion, so I shall not refer to it again… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Racism Poisons the […]

The Hague Comes of Age

Source:: Craig Murray The Hague Comes of Age I am delighted by the acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court. As I explained at the time in a series of articles, Gbagbo was ousted as President of Ivory Coast by a corrupt election and an armed insurgency, both funded by Western oil interests, chiefly but not solely by Trafigura plc. Gbagbo was guilty in western eyes of failing to do what left wing African leaders are supposed to do, allow himself to be quickly butchered and… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Hague Comes of […]

Announcing Newspack by WordPress.com — A New Publishing Solution for News Organizations

Source:: North British Post Announcing Newspack by WordPress.com — A New Publishing Solution for News Organizations Over the past 15 years, WordPress has grown to become the world’s most popular publishing platform for the open web — and it’s especially true for news organizations. Through WordPress.com and our enterprise service WordPress.com VIP, we’re proud to host sites for some of the most trusted names in journalism — from Time.com and CNN to FiveThirtyEight and Quartz, as well as individual sites for reporters and bloggers all around the globe. Today we’re excited to announce funding for a… Read the […]

The Forgotten Referendum – Ireland 1998

Source:: Craig Murray The Forgotten Referendum – Ireland 1998 The problem with making decisions by the blunt and heavy tool of referenda is now very apparent. One self evident difficulty is how to cope with contradictory results. Scotland had two referenda in two years. In the first the Scottish people voted narrowly to remain part of the United Kingdom, in the second they voted heavily to remain part of the European Union. The two results are now incompatible. So how did the referenda help to set the legitimate course… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Forgotten Referendum […]

Andy Murray, an intense Scot who didn’t understand the protocol of Britsh defeat | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Andy Murray, an intense Scot who didn’t understand the protocol of Britsh defeat | Kevin McKenna From boy next door to world champion, he is assured of his place in the nation’s sporting pantheonScotland’s sense of pride in Andy Murray goes far beyond all that he achieved on the world’s tennis courts. His announcement that he is to retire at the end of this season was not an unexpected one following a two-year period when an aggregation of injuries became too much even for Murray’s lion-heart. Yet the outpouring of affection and goodwill that followed it… […]

Love, vengeance and the enduring appeal of Mary, Queen of Scots

Source:: Kevin McKenna Love, vengeance and the enduring appeal of Mary, Queen of Scots The latest film version of her turbulent life and death strengthens the seductive allure of the rebel queenMore than 400 years after her brutal slaying at the hands of her royal English cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots continues to mesmerise the captains and kings of Hollywood.Edinburgh will host the premiere of Mary Queen of Scots, the eagerly anticipated latest screen adaptation of history’s most turbulent queen. It stars Saoirse Ronan as the ill-fated monarch who combined exquisite gifts of statecraft… Read the full article:: […]

Richard Dearlove Helped Blair Kill Millions. The Security Services are a Danger to Our State and Society

Source:: Craig Murray Richard Dearlove Helped Blair Kill Millions. The Security Services are a Danger to Our State and Society When Sir Richard Dearlove was Head of MI6, the Blairites adored him as he approved the lying Dossier on Iraqi WMD which led to wars, invasion, the death of millions and the destabilisation which continues to wreck the entire Middle East. Now, as he writes to Tory constituency chairman advocating the hardest of hard Brexits, had they any capacity for self-reflection the Blairites would probably be thinking it was after all not such a great move of Tony to […]

The UK Government Manufacture of False Sexual Allegations

Source:: Craig Murray The UK Government Manufacture of False Sexual Allegations I want to give you a concrete example of how the UK government deliberately sets out to manufacture false sexual allegations against people it considers a threat. I do so to educate those who view this concept as an unthinkable “conspiracy theory”. I write of a case of which I have expert knowledge; it is my own case. I became an “enemy of the state” when, as British Ambassador, I protested against UK and US complicity in torture and extraordinary… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The […]

Customize Your WordPress.com Dashboard

Source:: North British Post Customize Your WordPress.com Dashboard We’re happy to announce new improvements to your WordPress.com dashboard for a more accessible and customized experience. From your desktop, you can now customize your dashboard by choosing one of our two new color schemes, Classic Bright for a fresh modern feel and Classic Blue as the standard you’ve known and loved. As part of our commitment to inclusive design, these new colors have been optimized for higher contrast and increased legibility. We’ll soon be introducing additional color scheme options… Read the full article:: North British Post Customize Your WordPress.com […]

The Salmond Stitch-Up – the Incredible Facts, and why Mackinnon and Evans Must Be Sacked

Source:: Craig Murray The Salmond Stitch-Up – the Incredible Facts, and why Mackinnon and Evans Must Be Sacked Judith Mackinnon joined the Scottish government in 2017. She was slotted into the highly remunerated non-job of Head of People Advice. That really is her title. I saw it in the Record and did not believe it, but just phoned the Scottish Government and they confirmed it. Judith Mackinnon is Head of People Advice at the Scottish Government. She was previously Head of Human Resource Governance at Police Scotland. A senior policeman tells me that appeared in practice to mean… […]

Chris Grayling, I salute you as a titan of enterprise and innovation | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Chris Grayling, I salute you as a titan of enterprise and innovation | Kevin McKenna Does it really matter if government hands out huge contracts to ferry firms with no ferries? Of course notThe ghastly and tribal nature of modern British politics was wretchedly laid bare once more over the so-called festive period. The unfair criticism of Chris Grayling, our transport minister, over his decision to award a vital, emergency ferry contract to a firm with no boats was, I feel, disproportionate and needlessly vindictive. Grayling assured us that Seaborne Freight would be ready to… […]