The Lonely Island/s

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Lonely Island/s There’s so little happening in Scottish politics news today that we had to read David Torrance’s column in the Herald, and we must say we ended up pretty confused. Not by the fact that it was a free half-page advert for a new Unionist “thinktank” set up by an angry unsuccessful dogfood salesman readers may […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Lonely Island/s

Ticking off the boxes

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An apology to the Daily Record

Source:: Wings Over Scotland An apology to the Daily Record Yesterday we noted the remarkable lack of coverage in the Scottish press about the workforce at BAE Systems in Govan being stabbed in the back yet again over UK government warship orders, with five Type 31 frigates promised to the yard (to replace five more expensive Type 26s) now going to Merseyside instead. We claimed that […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland An apology to the Daily Record

We don’t see no ships

Source:: Wings Over Scotland We don’t see no ships With the matter of the UK government’s orders for warships to be built on the Clyde having been such a vexed and contentious one over the last few years, you’d think that any significant developments in the story would be big news in Scotland. So yesterday, when it was revealed that BAE systems definitely wouldn’t […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland We don’t see no ships

Anas Sarwar Fact Check

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Anas Sarwar Fact Check Quite a few remarkable things were said on last night’s STV debate between the two prospective leaders of the Labour Party branch office in Scotland. This one, though, was especially striking. That’s Anas Sarwar denying three times that he was a part of the “Better Together” campaign with the Tories. A startled Colin Mackay claims […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Anas Sarwar Fact Check

The missing half of the equation

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The missing half of the equation Readers will doubtless be startled to hear that today’s Scottish newspapers have taken a somewhat misleading approach to the facts on one of today’s big stories. Several of them report the findings of a commission looking into the idea of a Citizen’s (or Universal) Basic Income, a scheme which pays every adult in the country […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The missing half of the equation

The 52%-empty glass

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The 52%-empty glass Investigative site The Ferret this afternoon published a report into the Scottish Futures Trust, the SNP’s replacement for Labour’s cripplingly costly PFI projects. The report was undertaken by Jim and Margaret Cuthbert, a pair of economists well regarded in nationalist circles, and makes some interesting if vague comments about downsides that MIGHT, in theory, exist […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The 52%-empty glass

Changing their hearts and minds

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Changing their hearts and minds We long ago gave up expecting any sort of principled consistency from the Scottish Tories. Whether it was Ruth “line in the sand, no more powers” Davidson magically morphing into a champion of extended devolution, or suddenly reversing her position on free prescriptions, the party is now almost as fluid on policy as Scottish Labour. The […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Changing their hearts and minds

Life In Sardinia

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Life In Sardinia The Guardian today on Ruth Davidson’s legendary commitment to the day job: And an action shot of those packed-in crowds two weeks ago: We hope nobody was injured in the crush. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Life In Sardinia

The evolution of news

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The evolution of news A story on the BBC website last night: The same story this morning: The first version is entirely accurate. Readers can decide for themselves why someone at the BBC felt it needed to be changed from neutral terms to pejorative ones. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The evolution of news

An indecent interval

Source:: Wings Over Scotland An indecent interval The Conservative Home website ran this yesterday. Alert readers, of course, will be able to explain at least one Scottish teaching vacancy. (For some context, incidentally, there are 50,970 teachers employed in Scotland in 2,542 schools. If we assume the figure of 700 vacancies is correct, that means that 98.6% of available positions are currently occupied, […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland An indecent interval

A cure for depressing times

Source:: Wings Over Scotland A cure for depressing times We thought, since it’s Friday, you might like a really good laugh. If you’re wondering if the “anti-establishment” Anas Sarwar is the same one who was privately educated at a £10,000-a-year grammar school, a hereditary millionaire who has also made his children millionaires while one of them is still in nappies, is privately educating the […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland A cure for depressing times

A Parliament Of Clowns

Source:: Wings Over Scotland A Parliament Of Clowns It’s no easy task picking the dimmest of the new intake of Unionist M/SPs. Competition is stiff, what with the likes of Jamie Greene (Con), Dean Lockhart (Con), Jamie Greene (Con), Christine Jardine (Lib), Jamie Greene (Con) and Paul Sweeney (Lab) all putting up a strong showing on a regular basis. But we have a new(ish) […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland A Parliament Of Clowns

Watching different games

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Watching different games This was Jamie Ross of Buzzfeed at the SNP conference yesterday. But not everyone was having the same experience. Daniel Sanderson of the Times saw it like this: The only way to settle it, obviously, is to look at the footage and see if we can spot those huge banks of empty seats that Sanderson wanted us […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Watching different games

The shoogly peg

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