Covid: a 4 nation comparison

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Covid: a 4 nation comparison By Russell Bruce With Tory politicians determined to undermine Nicola Sturgeon and her health team on Scotland’s response to the Covid19 pandemic we thought a statistical comparison of actual trends would provide some real clarity. Holding the SNP government to account is a legitimate function of opposition parties but are the attacks from Johnson’s men in Scotland perhaps more to do with the coming election, just 3 months away? Boris Johnson appeared to be very impressed with what he saw… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Covid: a 4 nation […]

Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges is right to tell Boris Johnson not to refuse indyref2

Source:: The National Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges is right to tell Boris Johnson not to refuse indyref2 IT’S not often I agree with Dan Hodges, but I enjoyed seeing him make a strong case today for the UK Government to agree to a referendum on Scottish independence Read the full article:: The National Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges is right to tell Boris Johnson not to refuse indyref2

Poem of the week : Archeology of The Heart

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Archeology of The Heart Archeology of the heart I’m excavating again – guilt heaped, raking in less obvious, foolish spaces I daren’t search for fear. I should be used to losing Shame sears fissures, all those slack left-behinds – surname, jobs, lovers. Those dreams untethered, that cat. Tight-wired, taut lipped, I scour for that little ring long slipped off […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Archeology of The Heart

Supporting trans rights does not threaten, harm or belittle women

Source:: The National Supporting trans rights does not threaten, harm or belittle women A SHORT piece in response to “SNP are learning the hard way that for some activists, debate is hate” by Shona Craven (January 29). First things first, the choice of author for this column seems like a deliberate attempt to inflame the issue, stoke the fires of division, and further “other” a large portion of the Yes movement that consists of intersectional feminists, human rights advocates, and LGBT+/trans allies. Read the full article:: The National Supporting trans rights does not threaten, harm or belittle women

'Scottish independence is coming': Primal Scream switch from No to Yes

Source:: The National ‘Scottish independence is coming’: Primal Scream switch from No to Yes PRIMAL Scream have announced their support for indyref2, saying they want to “see a real plan for the future. Read the full article:: The National ‘Scottish independence is coming’: Primal Scream switch from No to Yes

The death wish

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The death wish So we’ve just heard some news hot from the SNP’s controversial special NEC meeting which took place this afternoon. We don’t yet know what happened regarding the supposed definition of transphobia – our source thinks that it may have been postponed due to not being able to get the required 2/3 vote for an emergency […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The death wish

Boris Johnson lines up BBC critic Paul Dacre as chair of Ofcom

Source:: The National Boris Johnson lines up BBC critic Paul Dacre as chair of Ofcom BORIS Johnson is expected to announce the appointment of former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre as chair of broadcasting watchdog Ofcom. Read the full article:: The National Boris Johnson lines up BBC critic Paul Dacre as chair of Ofcom

The ego-led SNP is guilty of putting personalities before policies

Source:: The National The ego-led SNP is guilty of putting personalities before policies JIM Cassidy points out that “it is becoming increasingly unpalatable for many in the Yes movement to stand with the main party of Scottish independence” (Letters, January 24). I agree and perceive two linked reasons for that, to both of which Mr Cassidy alludes. Read the full article:: The National The ego-led SNP is guilty of putting personalities before policies

Nicola Sturgeon missed an open goal over Boris Johnson's visit north

Source:: The National Nicola Sturgeon missed an open goal over Boris Johnson’s visit north HAVING watched FMQs on Thursday, it’s clear – as it has been for a while now – that as much as Nicola is a good leader of the SNP, she is not the one to lead any independence charge. It’s not that she couldn’t, but that she doesn’t push for it, even when given the clearest of clear chances. Read the full article:: The National Nicola Sturgeon missed an open goal over Boris Johnson’s visit north

Alister Jack says indyref2 without UK agreement would be illegal

Source:: The National Alister Jack says indyref2 without UK agreement would be illegal Alister Jack has said an independence referendum held without the permission of Westminster would be illegal. Read the full article:: The National Alister Jack says indyref2 without UK agreement would be illegal

Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges urges Boris Johnson to agree to indyref2

Source:: The National Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges urges Boris Johnson to agree to indyref2 A LEADING columnist in a Tory-supporting newspaper has called for Boris Johnson to agree to a second independence referendum, arguing Scotland can’t be forced to stay in the Union. Read the full article:: The National Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges urges Boris Johnson to agree to indyref2

Weak in the presence of beauty

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Weak in the presence of beauty There’s an excellent column by Mandy Rhodes in Holyrood Magazine today that says something we realised quite a long time ago. It’s simply this: Nicola Sturgeon is a disastrously weak leader. Sturgeon herself has suggested that she suffers from so-called “impostor syndrome”, a psychological condition which disproportionately affects high-achieving women. Among the characteristics of impostor syndrome is a […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Weak in the presence of beauty

Boris Johnson's arrogance and bombast is not enough to save the Union

Source:: The National Boris Johnson’s arrogance and bombast is not enough to save the Union WAS it arrogance or lunacy that made Boris Johnson think that arriving north the day after announcing he had presided over 100,000 deaths to declare he “believed in the power of doing things together” would be a popular move? Read the full article:: The National Boris Johnson’s arrogance and bombast is not enough to save the Union

Fergus Mutch: The SNP must give Scots a glimpse of what Scotland can become

Source:: The National Fergus Mutch: The SNP must give Scots a glimpse of what Scotland can become TWENTY polls on the trot showing majority support for independence and enviable constituency and list polling for the SNP a hundred days out from the Holyrood election. Read the full article:: The National Fergus Mutch: The SNP must give Scots a glimpse of what Scotland can become