Live Blog: Salmond Gives His Evidence

Source:: Random Public Journal Live Blog: Salmond Gives His Evidence Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael 13:51 Any mention of the remit of the inquiry – the breaches of the Ministerial Code – is conspicuous now only by its absence. It is clear from almost every question from the members that this session is about putting Alex Salmond back on trial. The convener has repeatedly reminded MSPs to stick to the purpose of the inquiry, but this has been roundly ignored. The inquisitors are determined not to stick to the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Live […]

Mission Creep

Source:: Bella Caledonia Mission Creep The committee investigating the handling of complaints against Alex Salmond reaches a crescendo not today, but next week. Predictable sections of the press and broadcast media can hardly contain themselves. The media elite: Andrew Neil, Fraser Nelson, Alex Massie, senior voices within the BBC, and others are straining at the bit to see Nicola Sturgeon […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Mission Creep

The Lion’s Den

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Lion’s Den Just a couple of hours now. From 12.30 this afternoon, Alex Salmond will attempt to tell the people of Scotland the truth about what happened to him in the last two years – a grave injustice which saw an innocent man have his reputation dragged through the gutter, be placed under incredible personal stress, be […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Lion’s Den

Still ahead but a loud wake up call for the independence movement

Source:: Business for Scotland Still ahead but a loud wake up call for the independence movement Yet another poll has found support for independence in the lead, the 22nd in a row no less. However, it should also serve as a wake-up call for the independence movement because it’s not all good news. Is Scotland on track to hold indeyref2? Yes, undoubtedly. The carbon copy SNP majority mandate from 2011’s Scottish […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Still ahead but a loud wake up call for the independence movement

The Fall Of Saigon

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The Fall Of Saigon When the Faculty Of Advocates – the most senior body of lawyers/QCs in the country – is handing out barely-veiled smackdowns like this to the First Minister, then you know you’re in some pretty uncharted jungle. Nicola Sturgeon’s Scotland is a rogue state. Because the FoA weren’t alone in their outraged response to the First Minister’s […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The Fall Of Saigon

Heavy Is The Crown

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Heavy Is The Crown Is the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service of Scotland institutionally corrupt? I don’t believe so, but it’s certainly a troubled organisation. The cost and reputational damage from the Rangers FC case are of a magnitude never seen before, and the actions in the Alex Salmond case and related actions by the Lord Advocate and […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Heavy Is The Crown

The Tory assault on devolution intensifies

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Tory assault on devolution intensifies While sections of the independence movement get on with the serious business of self-righteously and noisily condemning other sections of the independence movement for the terrible crime of having a different opinion about certain issues which are not directly related to independence. The Tories are quietly getting on with their far more serious business of hollowing out the devolution settlement from within and undermining the powers of the Scottish Parliament. And while we are on the topic of divisions within… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

Bella Caledonia, Poor Things and the Fifth Estate

Source:: Bella Caledonia Bella Caledonia, Poor Things and the Fifth Estate Bella Caledonia emerged from the pages of Alasdair Gray’s novel Poor Things in 2007. Since then we have strived for autonomy, independence and self-determination, and to “work as if you are in the early days of a better nation.” In my imagination Bella was looking for a publication and an alternative media and a political […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Bella Caledonia, Poor Things and the Fifth Estate

Trade unions have failed migrant workers. To remedy this, we need serious self-criticism

Source:: Bella Caledonia Trade unions have failed migrant workers. To remedy this, we need serious self-criticism Trade unions and migrant workers in Scotland have a complicated history. While virtually all modern trade unions subscribe to and reproduce the language of equality, diversity and inclusion, a detailed look at the realities of migrant workers in insecure, low paid, and precarious occupations reveals a more troubling picture. History has not yet repeated itself: […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Trade unions have failed migrant workers. To remedy this, we need serious self-criticism

Westminster seizes control of Scottish economic regeneration cash in attack on devolution

Source:: Business for Scotland Westminster seizes control of Scottish economic regeneration cash in attack on devolution WESTMINSTER has cut the Scottish government out of decisions over how and where to spend hundreds of millions of pounds earmarked for economic regeneration. The move has been described as an aggressive plan to dismantle devolution. Instead of passing the money to Holyrood through the Barnett formula Westminster has said it will run a new  […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Westminster seizes control of Scottish economic regeneration cash in attack on devolution

The brick wall

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The brick wall I was until this week a member of the SNP’s Conferences Committee. After being elected last November I sought to fulfil my “manifesto” pledge — that is, to attempt to restore the power of the membership, which has been systematically eroded by the party leadership over the last two years, through conference, the proper constitutional vehicle for all internal […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The brick wall

We Have Them Beat

Source:: Random Public Journal We Have Them Beat Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ROSA ZAMBONINI, an SNP staffer, recently shared her frustration at the ‘invisible line’ running through the independence movement which has made itself felt over the past number of months. No doubt she was referring to the yawning chasm between the supporters of Alex Salmond and the supporters of Nicola Sturgeon that has resulted from what Ruth Wishart aptly described as the ‘Sturgeon/Salmond psychodrama’ unfolding at the very heart of Scottish independence politics. It would… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal We Have Them […]

Hands up if you’re totally corrupt

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Hands up if you’re totally corrupt Well, obviously you. Any more? Nobody’s even asking you, mate, sit doon. Haven’t we seen you before? And you. Get lost. YES YES WE KNOW. Okay, now smirk if you think you’re going to get away with it. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Hands up if you’re totally corrupt

Poo, Pee and Silliness

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poo, Pee and Silliness For the past year I have been the only woman in the UK with a weekly political cartoon slot. I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity with Bella Caledonia (see all of Lorna’s cartoons here – Ed). As newspaper sales have plummeted further I kept a steady routine, my work strengthened and my […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poo, Pee and Silliness

What has gone wrong with Scottish politics and democracy?

Source:: Gerry Hassan What has gone wrong with Scottish politics and democracy? What has gone wrong with Scottish politics and democracy? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 24th 2021 There is a feeling of crisis across Scottish politics and democracy. Partly this is the sense of decay and drift in the SNP with infighting, divisions and lack of trust between senior figures in the party; amplified by the Salmond-Sturgeon implosion. But there is more at play both in the SNP and public life, which points to things not being quite right in politics… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan […]