BBC Scotland look up a ‘blind siding’ just as Labour and Tories collude to betray Scottish fisheries

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland look up a ‘blind siding’ just as Labour and Tories collude to betray Scottish fisheries This appeared on Friday 14th. We’re grateful to reader Scott for alerting us to it. Here’s the main part: ‘Scottish Labour MP criticised for joining forces with the Tories to vote down a key amendment to the Fisheries Bill which would have required UK government ministers getting consent from Holyrood over fishing opportunities, rather than being able to bypass them. As it stands, the Fisheries Bill would only require UK government ministers to inform and consult Scottish ministers but […]

Police make heroin arrest in New Elgin

Source:: Northern Scot Police make heroin arrest in New Elgin HEROIN with an estimated street value of £1200 has been seized after a drugs raid at Bezack Street in New Elgin. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Police make heroin arrest in New Elgin

Scottish Labour MP criticised for joining forces with the Tories

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Labour MP criticised for joining forces with the Tories http://www.thehighlandtimes.com/news/2018/12/14/scottish-labour-and-tory-mp%E2%80%99s-join-forces-to-sell-out-scotland%E2%80%99s-fishing-communities/   Read the full article:: John Robertson Scottish Labour MP criticised for joining forces with the Tories

What needs to happen for the UK to have a new vote on Brexit?

Source:: The National What needs to happen for the UK to have a new vote on Brexit? WITH calls for a second vote on Britain’s membership of the EU ramping up over the weekend, it’s worth looking at would need to be happen for that to be a possibility. Read the full article:: The National What needs to happen for the UK to have a new vote on Brexit?

Sturgeon heaps pressure on Corbyn to call no-confidence vote

Source:: The National Sturgeon heaps pressure on Corbyn to call no-confidence vote NICOLA Sturgeon has heaped pressure on Jeremy Corbyn urging the Labour leader to call for a vote of no confidence in the Tory Government. Read the full article:: The National Sturgeon heaps pressure on Corbyn to call no-confidence vote

BBC Scotland’s criticised Disclosure team fail in bid to attract Stacy Dooley!

Source:: John Robertson BBC Scotland’s criticised Disclosure team fail in bid to attract Stacy Dooley! After an audience survey revealed that most viewers thought BBC Scotland’s Disclosure team were a bunch of wimps, not up to the hazards of real investigative reporting, an attempt was made to attract Strictly Come Dancing winner, Stacey Dooley, with the offer of a big salary, a personalised stab vest and the role of Senior Chief Reporter with the team. Much of the criticism of the Disclosure team has concerned their apparent preference for just asking quiet old folk who… Read the full […]

Mackay makes pledge to work with 'all parties' to secure Budget support

Source:: The National Mackay makes pledge to work with ‘all parties’ to secure Budget support DEREK Mackay has stated that he will work to build a consensus among MSPs to help see his Budget through Parliament ahead of a final vote, expected to take place in February. Read the full article:: The National Mackay makes pledge to work with ‘all parties’ to secure Budget support

Questions and answers: A look into 2019 and the abyss of Brexit

Source:: The National Questions and answers: A look into 2019 and the abyss of Brexit THE Scottish Centre on European Relations team have looked into the 2019 crystal ball to try and answer burgeoning questions about the political mysteries that lie ahead. Director Kirsty Hughes (KH), pictured below, and research fellow Anthony Salamone (AS) offer some of their predictions about what’s in store. Read the full article:: The National Questions and answers: A look into 2019 and the abyss of Brexit

More on the Mediation of Alex Salmond from TuS resident contrarian, Contrarian

Source:: John Robertson More on the Mediation of Alex Salmond from TuS resident contrarian, Contrarian Responding to the above: Contrary December 15, 2018 / 2:30 pm Well, well, this is interesting indeed. Would that be the same Iain Macwhirter that said on radio Scotland just this past week ‘there’s no appetite for a second independence referendum’? Really? Nearly 50% of the population champing at the bit desperate for one translates as ‘no appetite’. Perhaps he doesn’t look at opinion polls or talks to anyone outside his social circle? Maybe it wasn’t him, but pretty sure… Read the full […]

Scottish Qualifications Authority acts fearlessly to keep up standards

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Qualifications Authority acts fearlessly to keep up standards Not-too-relevant but fascinating US graph from http://www.gradeinflation.com/ In 2008, 25.3% of All English A-level passes received an A grade. This triggered a call for readjustment to avoid accusations of unjustifiable grade inflation. In Scotland, the then Education Secretary, Fiona Hyslop, appealed for the Scottish system not to be dragged into the annual row about exam standards in England. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2008/aug/06/alevels.schools This year, we see: ‘Attainment in Higher exams has fallen for the third year in a row, new figures have shown.… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

From the Demonising to the Diminishing of Alex Salmond’s story

Source:: John Robertson From the Demonising to the Diminishing of Alex Salmond’s story There it is, down at the bottom left of the screen after scrolling down from headlines about the weather, tinned fruit and old film of the M8, an actual ‘news’ story about the Alex Salmond legal case: It’s there but small or down the page on the Record, Scotsman and Herald websites. Readers might let us know where it is in the paper versions. I can see no sign at all of it on the Guardian or Telegraph sites yet… Read the full article:: John […]

Shock as cash-strapped Conservative council spends £10m on new development

Source:: The National Shock as cash-strapped Conservative council spends £10m on new development OPPOSITION councillors and council taxpayers alike were thunderstruck yesterday when cash-strapped Scottish Borders Council shook its own magic money tree and conjured up nearly £10 million for a speculative housing and industrial development. Read the full article:: The National Shock as cash-strapped Conservative council spends £10m on new development

May snubbed by EU after heated exchange at Brussels summit

Source:: The National May snubbed by EU after heated exchange at Brussels summit THERESA May and Jean-Claude Juncker became involved in a public argument on the last day of a crucial EU summit in Brussels as she sought concessions on her Brexit deal. Read the full article:: The National May snubbed by EU after heated exchange at Brussels summit