The Fantasists

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Fantasists We thought it might be worth going through this in a bit more detail. The phrase “out of control” is in quote marks in the Herald’s front-page headline, leading readers to believe someone has said it, but who? Let’s investigate. Certainly not from Oxfam, whose report it does not appear anywhere in. Let’s see what else […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Fantasists

Taking things personally

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Taking things personally Call us cynical if you will, but we were very suspicious when we saw today’s Herald. We were a little bit surprised that Oxfam would have commissioned a report into Scotland, so we thought we better check and see exactly what it said. And sure enough, despite the Herald being absolutely adamant that it was talking […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Taking things personally

Absolute Fanny Of The Week

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Absolute Fanny Of The Week We’ve got a shock result for the inaugural winner of this exciting new award, readers. Remarkably it’s NOT David Torrance – who wrote an arch review of a chapter of a book about Donald Trump that didn’t actually exist. Good effort, Davey, but no cigar. And it’s not even notorious Lib Dem atom-wit Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, who […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Absolute Fanny Of The Week

Nothing to see

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David Torrance Fact Check

Source:: Wings Over Scotland David Torrance Fact Check Remarkably, the notoriously unreliable and yet somehow omnipresent Scottish political commentator and reality-disputer David “Davey” Torrance was still digging last night in the wake of this story from three days ago. Never, eh? Let’s see if that’s true, shall we? Oh right – so he never wears a collar and tie except in his current […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland David Torrance Fact Check

A sense of inclusion

Source:: Wings Over Scotland A sense of inclusion Previous episodes in the series are here. If you’ve got a story like this to tell, or you know anyone who does, Phantom Power want to hear from you – drop them a line. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland A sense of inclusion

The Great Whiteout

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Great Whiteout Late last night in the House Of Commons saw one of the most significant votes in the history of UK constitutional politics. A group of Scottish Tory MPs voted to oppose an amendment which would have protected the central building block of Scottish (and Welsh) devolution – the principle that any powers not explicitly reserved […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Great Whiteout

The Streets Of Dan Francisco

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Streets Of Dan Francisco The past week saw the return to the public eye of the former Independent columnist Johann Hari, who vanished in disgrace a few years ago in a plagiarism scandal over claiming to have done things that he hadn’t. It also saw the return of ubiquitous Scottish politics scribe David Torrance from a trip to San Francisco, the […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Streets Of Dan Francisco

The provision of context

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The provision of context We’ve commented quite a few times in recent months about the Scottish media’s habit of running statistical stories rendered meaningless by the absence of any context. The reasons for this aren’t necessarily sinister – sometimes journalists are just lazy or the full stats are hard to establish because like-for-like figures aren’t published – but usually it’s just […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The provision of context

Something to keep in mind

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Something to keep in mind …as the Scottish Government releases its Brexit impact paper. (Panelbase, Scottish adults, fieldwork mid-December 2017) Perhaps unsurprisingly, given their party’s complete and openly-admitted absence of any comprehensible position on the subject, Labour voters are the most confused. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Something to keep in mind

Norwegian wouldn’t

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Norwegian wouldn’t (From The Archives #3.) Now remember, small oil-rich countries bordering the North Sea, there’s just no way you can thrive on your own. After all, would he lie to you? He’s from the fair and unbiased media! And in fairness, Neil was right about “failing” Norway. Without wise old Westminster to run its affairs for it, look […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Norwegian wouldn’t

The House Scot and the Field Scot

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The House Scot and the Field Scot An alert reader this weekend linked us to a 1963 speech by the famed American civil rights campaigner Malcolm X. We’d never heard of it before, which is probably to our shame, but as we read it we were overcome by a sense of incredible familiarity. We present it to you below without comment or editing, but […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The House Scot and the Field Scot

The political football

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A tale of two leaders

Source:: Wings Over Scotland A tale of two leaders Ruth Davidson appeared on Good Morning Scotland today as part of their series of interviews with what they call “the leaders of the larger parties in Scotland”, which for some reason is also including the Lib Dems and Greens. You can listen to the piece – which showcased the usual evasive, time-killing waffle technique Davidson […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland A tale of two leaders

Talking Scotland up and down

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Talking Scotland up and down The Scottish media has been operating at what former BBC journalist Paul Mason once called “full propaganda strength” for the last few weeks, trying to inflate some pretty standard seasonal fluctuations into a “WINTER NHS CRISIS”. One of the more egregious examples came yesterday when the state broadcaster’s Scotland editor Sarah Smith announced to the nation […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Talking Scotland up and down