What isn’t a fact

Source:: Wings Over Scotland What isn’t a fact God bless our deal old pals at the Labour-fronted Tory money-sink that is Scotland In Union. Fresh from their latest stirring morning office singalong of “No Pope Of Rome”, they’ve decided to belatedly get in on the fact-checking game. As the established force in the field, we had to have a look. But first, let’s set the scene […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland What isn’t a fact

Everybody but you

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Everybody but you There’s a fascinating piece in the Guardian this morning. It reveals that in attempting to solve the unsolvable Irish border problem, the EU’s Brexit negotiators are – at the UK’s behest – trying to come up with a plan which would preclude its use for Scotland in the event of independence. That’s an entirely legitimate […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Everybody but you

The dead horse

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The tin-eared soldier

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The tin-eared soldier Vince Cable, who was once apparently some sort of politician, took it upon himself to issue an opinion yesterday on the subject of referendums that had independence supporters on social media hooting with mocking laughter long into the night. The estimable Wee Ginger Dug has already dealt adroitly with the 300 or so most obviously […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The tin-eared soldier

Dunbar: A Lesson From History

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Dunbar: A Lesson From History As certain elements of the Yes movement do their best (yet again) to foment some sort of civil war over a popular 1990s movie for no better reason than to draw a little bit of attention to themselves in the face of rapidly-plummetting readership and influence, we found ourselves instead pondering a different Scottish historical battle […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Dunbar: A Lesson From History

The Chords Of Damocles

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Chords Of Damocles Readers may have noted a fairly concerted attempt over the last 18 months or so by the opponents of Scottish independence to get Wings Over Scotland shut down. But sometimes the greatest danger comes from the people you least suspect. Because the thing SNP MP Pete Wishart is lauding in that tweet earlier today, and […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Chords Of Damocles

Counting the hours

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Counting the hours The Scottish Daily Mail fished this story out of the news toilet today: So “man with major and important job gets paid the same rate for a full day’s work as Britain’s 800+ Lords and Ladies do for signing in for five minutes and then going home“ is apparently a shock-horror scoop now. But it gets […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Counting the hours

Counting With Cretins

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Counting With Cretins There’s not much going on in Scottish politics at the moment, but you know that when the media resorts to printing stuff from echo-skulled Tory mousewit Annie Wells, there can’t even have been any barrel left to scrape. Grimly, the spelling in the headline is the LEAST embarrassing facet of the story. The piece is a desperate […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Counting With Cretins

Stakeholder engagement

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Stakeholder engagement Kenny McBride is a Wings reader. This is his personal experience and view.  A couple of weeks ago Ian Small, BBC Scotland’s Head of Public Policy, wrote an article for the Scotsman addressing the question of anti-independence bias at Pacific Quay. Naturally he defended the Corporation strongly, but he also made what seemed like an […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Stakeholder engagement

Data in depth

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Data in depth Last night we stumbled across an interesting little statistical wrinkle to our story from Wednesday about voters’ satisfaction with Scottish public services. The middle set of figures there is especially revealing. Because what those stats say in every case is that people who actually use services have a higher opinion of them them those who don’t, […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Data in depth

For process, read rights

Source:: Wings Over Scotland For process, read rights Chris McEleny is an SNP councillor. This is a personal opinion. The open sewer of some newspapers has been in full torrent this week. However it surged over the overflow pipe with the hysteria in last weekend’s Sunday Mail. In a deranged editorial it actually argued that Alex Salmond should stay out of the SNP “whatever […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland For process, read rights

The Borders Railway Disaster

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Borders Railway Disaster There’s a very weird story in the Scotsman today. As alert readers will have noticed from the third paragraph, the headline is actually an inexplicably negative spin on the fact that journeys on the line INCREASED last year by 5.8% to a new record high of 1.5 million. (Although interestingly, 1.2m plus 5.8% would only […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Borders Railway Disaster

Getting no satisfaction

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Getting no satisfaction This year’s Scottish Household Survey is out, and the press is in an absolutely gleeful orgy of misery over it. Here’s the Times, for example: The paper’s leading line is that “only half of those polled were happy with schools, the NHS and transport provision in their area”. So readers would naturally assume that the […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Getting no satisfaction

Dickie’s Taffy Puddings

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Dickie’s Taffy Puddings Perhaps the single most striking feature of everyday non-constitutional Scottish politics is Labour’s constantly-recurring habit of highlighting some supposedly unsatisfactory statistic about the Scottish Government’s performance, only for it to be revealed that it’s vastly better than the comparable figure for Wales, where Labour has been in power ever since the Assembly was created in 1999. […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Dickie’s Taffy Puddings

Pies Of The Day

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Pies Of The Day It’s been a tough few days for the Daily Record. So maybe we should forgive this: Let’s just enjoy those pie charts for a moment. Magnificent work. The Pie Of The Day runner-up was this guy, btw: If you weren’t sure, yes that IS a “Rangers” supporter using the USA, Australia, India and Canada of […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Pies Of The Day