Flying with Wings

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Flying with Wings As the mandate for a second independence referendum currently sits gathering dust in the SNP vaults, discussion has started on ways to generate some movement. One of these has been the possibility of a Wings political party being set up to campaign for Holyrood list seats, which has generated rather a lot of attention. Various […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Flying with Wings

Song for 18 September 2019

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Song for 18 September 2019 “The radio’s jammed up With talk-show stations It’s just talk, talk, talk, talk Till you lose your patience.” Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Song for 18 September 2019

Why the Lib Dems are idiots

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Why the Lib Dems are idiots Yeah, we know, that could be a really long article. But we have a specific thing in mind. Over the last few days, Jo Swinson and Willie Rennie have both endured toe-curling interviews trying to defend the comically-indefensible hypocrisy of the party’s positions on Brexit and independence. (If you haven’t been following, official policy now […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Why the Lib Dems are idiots

Not so fast

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Not so fast (Order Chris’ latest splendid volume of cartoons, The Road To Nowhere, here.) Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Not so fast

From the Information Commissioner

Source:: Wings Over Scotland From the Information Commissioner We’d almost forgotten the delirious pleasure of having something to write about that isn’t sodding Brexit, so thank heavens for this email today: It’s the outcome of a case that we’ve been pursuing since February, and while it’s a very welcome step it’s still not quite good enough. We’ve replied to the ICO as follows: […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland From the Information Commissioner

Wet Blanket Department

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Wet Blanket Department In normal times we’d at least find today’s landmark defeat of the UK government in a Scottish court amusing. But these are not normal times, and at the present moment our toxic loathing of every politician in Westminster makes it a bitter fruit. Although we must admit this bit still did manage to raise a smile: […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Wet Blanket Department

The letter

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The letter We saw this earlier, and thought “Oh God, what now?” So we had a look. Because like most people we’d just shrugged in bewilderment and written the episode off as a minor and possibly accidental diversion in the grand circus tragedy of 2019 UK politics, without any great examination. And we may have figured it […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The letter

Narrow windows

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Narrow windows Supporters of the opposition’s plan to block a no-deal Brexit have been proclaiming vindication this weekend over a couple of polls which show significantly lower support for the Tories, and a lead for Labour, in the event that a general election is called after 31 October with Brexit not having happened. In that scenario, Leave […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Narrow windows

The British sense of fair play

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The British sense of fair play We’ve talked about this subject before, but a couple of findings in a new poll today by Survation really caught our eye. And that tells us something quite profound about the UK’s voters. Because while a clear majority – 53% vs 47% – would now vote Remain in a rerun of the EU referendum, when […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The British sense of fair play

Spot The Victims

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Spot The Victims (Order Chris’ latest splendid volume of cartoons, The Road To Nowhere, here.) . Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Spot The Victims

Hopeless times

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Hopeless times Sitrep: we’ve given up any hope of turning on the television and seeing a politician – any politician – telling the truth. Boris Johnson is lying about negotiating a new deal with the EU. Jeremy Corbyn is lying about pretty much everything (in so far as he even knows what he wants the truth to […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Hopeless times

Chaos and conspicuous lounging

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Chaos and conspicuous lounging So, British politics, eh? We’re basically on strike until things make at least an iota of sense, because there’s no point in attempting political analysis right now when events can overtake you before you’ve finished typing a sentence. But let’s just have a quick recap on what we know. – The opposition won a vote […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Chaos and conspicuous lounging

The power of ideas

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The power of ideas So it seems like our semi-idle musings about the possibility of starting a new list party for the Scottish Parliament generated some interest last month. (That’s more than the whole of 2018, more than the whole of 2017, and over five times the previous biggest single month since we moved to our current stats provider in […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The power of ideas

Operation Pantomime

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How numbers work, with Paul and John

Source:: Wings Over Scotland How numbers work, with Paul and John We just watched a nine-minute segment on Sky News, purportedly on the subject of “Is the Union between Scotland and England under threat?”, which for maximum balance and impartiality included views from both Labour and the Tories – in the forms of Paul Sweeney MP and John Lamont MP – but nobody else. Both men […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland How numbers work, with Paul and John