Anarchy in the rUK

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Anarchy in the rUK Well, hopefully there won’t be too much of that, as we’ve got a sitter in to keep the Separats in check while we’re away. But activity on Wings will probably be a little sparse over the next few days, for hopefully-obvious reasons. There’s a limit on how much we’ll be able to say about the case, […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Anarchy in the rUK

Oliver Notwell

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Our pale red faces

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Our pale red faces From today’s Telegraph: Who’s this “we”, exactly? Ah, right. Of course, we all remember our joy when Britain won the Ashes in 2005, and the contrasting despair when Britain was pumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland. (All those people you seem to recall jumping up and down with joy, laughing and putting Iceland flags on […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Our pale red faces

When Fact Checks Fail

Source:: Wings Over Scotland When Fact Checks Fail Wings Over Scotland isn’t the only website dedicated to verifying the truthfulness of things claimed by politicians and media pundits. There’s the widely-respected and diligent FullFact.org, Scotland’s own The Ferret, and there’s the BBC’s Reality Check (which frequently takes the unconventional approach of, er, not making a finding either way about what the reality of things is). […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland When Fact Checks Fail

Press release imminent

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Press release imminent This was the Scottish Tories two years ago, when Scotland’s economy registered a small downturn for a single quarter, which was definitely the SNP’s fault: Shall we find out what actually happened, readers? We’re pretty sure there must be a statement from Murdo Fraser and Dean Lockhart due out any second now, proclaiming how the […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Press release imminent

The Great Coincidence

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Great Coincidence Several media outlets today relate a story from BBC Scotland’s fascinating three-part documentary of the indyref, revealing that secret UK government polling in the first week of September 2014 gave Yes a lead even bigger than the famous 51-49 one published by the Sunday Times on the 7th. And we couldn’t help wondering what had caused it. Because […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Great Coincidence

Not too wee and not too poor

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Not too wee and not too poor Dr Craig Dalzell of the Common Weal is a very sharp guy we’ve run several pieces by on Wings, and he’s currently appearing all over the place with a highly accessible and concise explanation of how an independent Scotland could sensibly run its economy. If you haven’t been able to make it out to see him, a […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Not too wee and not too poor

Little Baby Bull

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What the hell now?

Source:: Wings Over Scotland What the hell now? So, some official and very brief Wings analysis, because we just watched an army of pundits on the TV all missing the bleeding obvious and talking as if a delay to Brexit was now a done deal. After tonight’s series of votes in the Commons, all five of which were technically won by Theresa May, […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland What the hell now?

The end of the rope

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The end of the rope Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the ALDE group in the European Parliament (essentially the Euro Lib Dems), is by no means our standard go-to guy for political guidance. Like most European politicians he’s been criminally silent on the outrages being perpetrated by the government of Spain, and in general he’s a bit neoliberal for our tastes. But his […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The end of the rope

The Plague Houses

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Plague Houses For some time, most polls for “Who’d make the best UK Prime Minister?” – the stat that really decides who wins general elections – have shown a solid lead for “Don’t know”, narrowly ahead of Theresa May and a long way ahead of Jeremy Corbyn. It’s a prime symptom of a UK-wide contempt for politicians the magnitude […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Plague Houses

A trick we’ve seen before

Source:: Wings Over Scotland A trick we’ve seen before The Scotsman is delighted to have some bad news to report: So, the number of teachers is falling, right? Well, no. Alert readers who know how to interpret the Scottish media might have had warning klaxons blaring in their heads already, on account of the Scotsman’s inexplicable comparison to 2008 – a date of no particular […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland A trick we’ve seen before

The ugly game

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The ugly game Tonight sees what’s likely to be a highly-charged Scottish Cup quarter-final replay at Ibrox Stadium. Defeat will effectively end the losing side’s season, and games between the participants, Aberdeen and Rangers International, have tended to be fierce affairs ever since the latter club was formed in controversial circumstances in 2012, with this season’s clashes already […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The ugly game

One way or the other

Source:: Wings Over Scotland One way or the other Good luck making sense of this one, folks. When we asked people in our latest Panelbase poll how they’d vote if another EU referendum was held tomorrow, Scots were even more Remain than they were in 2016 – the results were a resounding 66% to 34% in favour of staying in the EU, compared to […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland One way or the other

Embarrassing the jerseys

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Embarrassing the jerseys Sundays have been the low point of Scottish political journalism for a while now. Traditionally a day when newspapers are heavy on comment and light on news (because politics tends to happen on weekdays), they unleash all the weary old dinosaurs who’ve been driving away readers for the last 30 years. So you really have […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Embarrassing the jerseys