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The Herald

The Herald | Politics


Lord Foulkes demands 'consequences' for SNP spending 'excesses'
21 Feb 2024 at 1:07pm
The Labour peer behind a new Unionist group challenging Scottish Government spending has insisted it is needed to root out ?bad-faith projects? and other ?SNP excesses?.


Budget build-up marked by 'excitement and trepidation'
21 Feb 2024 at 4:32am
Scottish business experts will analyse content of March Budget at Herald Budget Breakfast Briefing


Lord George Foulkes: Why we must rein in SNP abuse of taxpayers' money
21 Feb 2024 at 1:06pm
Under their two former leaders, the SNP developed a knack for squashing legitimate criticism by effectively mobilising a populist rabble to drown out the nay-sayers. This relied on a powerful cult-of-personality which masqueraded as ?progressive politics?, but was really never much more than performative leftism.


Humza Yousaf gets SNP independence policy wrong
21 Feb 2024 at 12:52pm
Humza Yousaf has been mocked by opponents after appearing to forget his own party?s policy on independence.


Operation Branchform: SNP staff face fresh grilling in finance probe
21 Feb 2024 at 10:21am
Police Scotland has requested to re-interview SNP staff as part of their probe into the party?s finances.


Information Commissioner urged to act over SPS trans policy cover-up
21 Feb 2024 at 6:30am
Scottish Prison bosses are at the centre of a new cover-up row after it emerged that they deliberately hid documents on their controversial new trans-prisoner policy.


Labour could struggle to hold Muslim votes at election
20 Feb 2024 at 5:45pm
Earlier this month, my local Labour councillor was out canvassing ahead of the next general election. It had not gone well.


SNP blames hospital building cuts on 'twin' financial pressures
20 Feb 2024 at 5:04pm
Scotland?s Health Secretary has blamed the ?twin challenges? of budget cuts from Westminster and soaring inflation for putting plans to build new hospitals and treatment centres on pause.


Councils treated 'reasonably fairly' ahead of SNP tax freeze talks
20 Feb 2024 at 4:02pm
Deputy First Minister Shona Robison has insisted that local authorities have been treated ?reasonably fairly? in her budget as she warned hiking council tax and keeping funding earmarked to freeze the charge ?will not wash? with the public.


Poorer A&E waits Michael Matheson's 'parting gift' as health secretary
20 Feb 2024 at 11:41am
Michael Matheson?s final week as SNP health secretary coincided with yet another reverse in A&E waiting times, it has emerged.


Oil bosses held crunch talks with Yousaf after 'negative comments'
20 Feb 2024 at 6:30am
Oil bosses held an urgent Bute House meeting with Humza Yousaf after comments made by the First Minister had a ?negative impact? on the energy sector and workforce, lobbying records have revealed.


Orkney appoints Scotland's youngest local authority leader
20 Feb 2024 at 5:57pm
Orkney Islands Council has named Heather Woodbridge as Scotland's youngest local authority leader.


Starmer faces new rebellion from Labour MPs over SNP ceasefire motion
20 Feb 2024 at 7:23pm
Sir Keir Starmer could still face a rebellion from his own MPs, despite backing calls call for an "immediate humanitarian ceasefire" in Gaza.


Salmond rounds on Sturgeon to MPs over deleted Whatsapps
20 Feb 2024 at 3:05pm
Alex Salmond has said he would have had Nicola Sturgeon's top aide Liz Lloyd "a thousand miles" from being a senior advisor in his government had he still been First Minister during Covid.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman Politics


Boris Johnson rejects Tucker Carlson claim that former prime minister demande...
21 Feb 2024 at 11:01am
The claim from Tucker Carlson has emerged after the former Fox News host interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin


SNP Police Scotland investigation: Staff working at party headquarters in Edi...
21 Feb 2024 at 10:02am
Workers at the SNP?s headquarters are set to be interviewed again by Police Scotland detectives


Trident failure: Missile fired from HMS Vanguard - nuclear powered submarine ...
21 Feb 2024 at 8:07am
The HMS Vanguard, which launched the failed Trident missile test, has its base on the Clyde in Scotland


Israel-Hamas war: Will Sir Keir Starmer face a Labour rebellion? Will the Con...
21 Feb 2024 at 8:47am
The SNP will lead a debate in the House of Commons calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza


SNP welcome 'return of Labour's backbone' as party shifts position to call fo...
20 Feb 2024 at 5:52pm
MPs are expected to vote on supporting a ceasefire in the House of Commons on Wednesday


Dentistry Scotland: Patients resorting to "barbaric" DIY dentistry as examina...
21 Feb 2024 at 4:55am
Data released by Public Health Scotland shows that dental examinations in Scotland have fallen by nearly 25 per cent compared to pre-pandemic levels.


Gaza ceasefire vote: Why the people deserve better than political manoeuvring...
21 Feb 2024 at 4:55am
A debate and vote on a motion tabled by the SNP calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza will take place in the House of Commons on Wednesday


BBC Scotland axes 'The Nine' under news and current affairs shake-up
20 Feb 2024 at 4:42pm
Hour-long programme to be replaced with half-hour show following Reporting Scotland

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

The Future In Numbers
18 Feb 2024 at 2:30pm
We’ve been thinking about this again. Because we’re still more than two years out from the next Holyrood election, and it’s really hard to see how it’s going to pan out. So let’s throw some figures around. The Scottish Parliament has 129 MSPs, which means you need 65 in order for the ruling administration – …

Two houses both alike
17 Feb 2024 at 1:00pm
This is so freaky I had to check they weren’t quoting each other. It’s like a game show. ? Just a couple of nice well-brought-up Hutchesons’ Grammar boys in smart suits, there, thinking the same, speaking the same, saying the same, and angling for the same job. (Which one of them now has, and the …

Storm in a coffee cup
17 Feb 2024 at 6:59am

Guided By Voices
16 Feb 2024 at 1:05pm
If there’s ever been a (branch office of a) political party that could somehow manage to blow it in Scotland against the burning trainwreck in a ditch full of sewage that is the SNP right now, it’s definitely Anas Sarwar’s hapless Scottish Labour. Honestly, this stuff is comedy gold. But in a winner-takes-all dumb-off with …

Nothing Changes Here
15 Feb 2024 at 1:11pm
One year ago today, Nicola Sturgeon suddenly resigned as First Minister. And what a spectacular 12 months it’s been for the Yes movement since her departure. That, of course, is a somewhat selective graph. Because the truth is that it for all her supposed success, influence and power, her stepping down as First Minister made …

The Surrender Code
14 Feb 2024 at 1:50pm
When people tell you who they are, believe them the first time. Because give him some credit, he’s not lying. Since the day he was – let’s phrase this carefully – chosen as SNP leader, Yousaf has consistently said the same thing, over and over: that his priorities will be the priorities of the Scottish …

A Hell Of A Decade
13 Feb 2024 at 10:32pm
Well, it sure beats the broom-cupboard video. ?

In the tropical heat
13 Feb 2024 at 2:15pm
We never got a response to our last job application, but we’re not easily dispirited here at Wings, so we’re trying again. So little is happening in Scottish politics at the moment that we need SOMETHING to do all day. And let’s face it, the bar to improve on the previous incumbent isn’t high. The …

Scooby Don?t
10 Feb 2024 at 6:59am

The Paper Teapot
8 Feb 2024 at 12:57am
As Twitter followers will have noticed, we’ve been busy this week with an extensive remodelling of Wings HQ, which involved the main computer being out of commission for several days while the office was basically torn down and rebuilt from scratch. (It seemed a good time to do it, given that there’s nothing remotely of …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Assange Final Appeal ? Your Man in the Public Gallery
21 Feb 2024 at 8:52am

Reporting on Julian Assange’s extradition hearings has become a vocation that has now stretched over five years. From the very first hearing, when Justice Snow called Assange “a narcissist” before Julian had said anything whatsoever other than to confirm his name, to the last, when Judge Swift had simply in 2.5 pages of glib double-spaced …

Assange Final Appeal – Your Man in the Public Gallery

Rethinking Ukraine: Putin and the Mystery of National Identity
19 Feb 2024 at 12:30am

The genocide in Gaza – or more precisely the major NATO powers’ active and practical support for the genocide in Gaza – has forced me to re-evaluate my views on Ukraine in a manner more sympathetic to the Russian narrative. In particular, I was complacent in my dismissive attitude to the argument that the Western …

Rethinking Ukraine: Putin and the Mystery of National Identity

Life
16 Feb 2024 at 12:53pm

I do apologise for the break in articles. Exacerbating the problems of leading an itinerant life, I have suffered a series of remarkable thefts, including of phone, wallet, money and passport, which have caused me a huge amount of disruption.

Life

State Secrecy and Public Hearings Part One
7 Feb 2024 at 1:37pm

At the Assange extradition hearings in Woolwich Crown Court and the Old Bailey, the public gallery was limited to five and sometimes two. The excuse was Covid. But online access was denied to Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and numerous other groups and individuals, including journalists. The mainstream media was anyway complicit in leaving the …

State Secrecy and Public Hearings Part One

Quality and Propaganda
4 Feb 2024 at 7:53am

On 10 October I called out a viral video as fake. It featured pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Sydney, Australia, with a soundtrack of people appearing to chant “Gas the Jews”. The video not only went viral online, it was featured worldwide by mainstream media. The New South Wales Prime Minister attacked a parliamentarian for daring to …

Quality and Propaganda

Has International Law Survived, or Has the Western Political Class Killed It?
28 Jan 2024 at 9:07am

In finding there is a plausible case against Israel, the International Court of Justice treated with contempt the argument from Israel that the case should be dismissed as it is exercising its right of self-defence. This argument took up over half of Israel’s pleadings. Not only did the court find there is a plausible case …

Has International Law Survived, or Has the Western Political Class Killed It?

BBC Scotland

BBC News


Labour calls for Gaza immediate humanitarian ceasefire
21 Feb 2024 at 9:18am
Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy says the party's call mirrors the language of the UN and international allies.


MPs debating Gaza ceasefire motion ahead of key vote
21 Feb 2024 at 9:33am
Both amendments put forward by the government and the Labour Party are being debated in the Commons.


SNP will oppose Labour's windfall tax plans
19 Feb 2024 at 2:07pm
The first minister accuses Labour of throwing north east oil and gas workers "on the scrap heap".


Why are trans healthcare waiting times so long?
21 Feb 2024 at 6:33am
The number of people waiting for a first appointment at a gender identity clinic has seen a large rise.


Orkney appoints Scotland's youngest council leader
20 Feb 2024 at 5:14pm
Heather Woodbridge, who is 29, also becomes the first woman to lead Orkney Islands Council.


Scotland urged to use ship to house asylum seekers
19 Feb 2024 at 12:14pm
The home secretary calls on Scottish ministers to use the MV Victoria to accommodate more asylum seekers.


All new NHS building projects in Scotland on hold
19 Feb 2024 at 12:41pm
Work on hospitals, surgeries and treatment centres have been delayed or paused due to budget pressures.


Scottish Labour backs 'immediate ceasefire' in Gaza
17 Feb 2024 at 1:41pm
Anas Sarwar has called for the ceasefire, while Sir Keir Starmer says he wants a "sustainable" end.


Councils vote to freeze tax rates
15 Feb 2024 at 7:12pm
Two major local authorities vote to freeze council tax rates for a year.


Cosla declares 'dispute' with ministers over funds
14 Feb 2024 at 10:54am
The council body says relations have broken down over the council tax freeze and teacher numbers.


FM must apologise for backing Matheson - Tories
9 Feb 2024 at 1:44pm
The Scottish Conservatives question why the first minister stood by Michael Matheson over the £11k bill.


Tory MSP to take up seat in the House of Lords
9 Feb 2024 at 7:34pm
Donald Cameron announces he is standing down and will become a minister in the Scotland Office.

Scot Goes Pop

Peston was wrong: Labour MPs will yet again be whipped to abstain if the SNP'...
20 Feb 2024 at 7:39pm
So the premise of my previous post turned out to be wrong, although in fairness to myself that was only because Robert Peston's sources proved to be wrong.  Keir Starmer and Labour will in fact not...

SNP's Gaza motion opens up fascinating rift between Keir Starmer and "Likud's...
20 Feb 2024 at 2:44pm
As I said the other day, although the SNP under Humza Yousaf's leadership have made any number of missteps and will probably continue to do so, we have to give them credit where it's due, and their...

What is genocide?
19 Feb 2024 at 12:55pm
Like many of you, I've occasionally had exchanges on social media over the last few months with Israeli sympathisers who innocently claim to be bewildered and deeply offended by any suggestion that...

SNP motion on a Gaza ceasefire will flush out Starmer - and possibly expose S...
17 Feb 2024 at 5:44pm
Credit where credit is due to the SNP under the Yousaf leadership - I don't know how much influence Fiona Robertson and her ilk still have within the party, but it at least appears to have its limi...

Could the independence movement possibly avoid the slow-motion version of sho...
17 Feb 2024 at 9:46am
Although the Find Out Now MRP poll the other day was unusually - and some would say unrealistically - positive for the SNP, one dark cloud it still showed on the horizon was the projection that Lab...

Astroturfing for Humza: he's supposed to have been "finding his feet" and "gr...
16 Feb 2024 at 1:01pm
When I switched pre-moderation off in the comments section of this blog a few weeks ago, my biggest concern about the decision was that it would allow comments from two very persistent trolls to be...

More analysis of the remarkable Find Out Now MRP poll showing the SNP on cour...
15 Feb 2024 at 10:10am
Just a quick note to let you know I have an analysis piece in The National today about last night's Find Out Now MRP poll - you can read it HERE, and it's also in the print edition.There was some d...

Find Out Now MRP projection suggests SNP will win landslide, Labour will flop...
14 Feb 2024 at 8:37pm
GB seats projection for next general election:Labour 452 (+249)Conservatives 80 (-285)Liberal Democrats 53 (+42)SNP 40 (-8)Greens 2 (+1)Scottish seats projection:SNP 40 (-8)Labour 13 (+12)Liberal D...

STV Politics News

Latest Politics News | STV News

Humza Yousaf gets SNP?s independence strategy wrong
21 Feb 2024 at 2:10pm
The First Minister said the SNP would only need to win the 'most' seats in order to have a mandate for independence negotiations.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faces PMQs after second trident missile misfire an...
21 Feb 2024 at 11:58am
The Prime Minister will face questions from MPs after the second misfiring of a trident missile in a row due to an 'anomaly'.

Humza Yousaf: I?ll stay on as Scotland?s First Minister if SNP loses seats at...
20 Feb 2024 at 10:10pm
The First Minister suggested that even if his party lost a third of its MPs he would stay on as leader.

UK plans to maximise North Sea oil and gas production move closer to becoming...
20 Feb 2024 at 8:01pm
Labour and the SNP criticised the UK Government?s bid, with an opposition frontbencher branding it 'political posturing'.

Scottish transport secretary still committed to dualling A96 but cannot give ...
20 Feb 2024 at 7:43pm
The road has been the subject of safety concerns and 11 people have been killed in the last four years.

Orkney elects Heather Woodbridge as Scotland?s youngest council leader
20 Feb 2024 at 5:29pm
Heather Woodbridge, 29, is the first woman to lead the local authority.

Alex Salmond: Don?t rely on ?old chums? because enemies sometimes sit beside you
20 Feb 2024 at 5:01pm
The former first minister warned an incoming government that 'enemies sometimes sit alongside you as opposed to opposite you'.

Labour to join SNP in voting for Gaza ceasefire
20 Feb 2024 at 12:55pm
A Labour spokesperson confirmed that the party has tabled an amendment to the SNP?s opposition day motion.

Where do SNP, Labour and UK Government stand on Gaza ceasefire?
20 Feb 2024 at 9:49am
On Wednesday, MPs will vote on a motion calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Alex Salmond: Tony Blair was responsible for breakdown in Scottish and UK gov...
19 Feb 2024 at 9:57pm
The former first minister accuses Tony Blair of 'contempt' for devolution and Scots law ahead of his appearance before a Westminster inquiry on Tuesday.

?Negativity? around Scottish and UK governmental relations, Westminster commi...
19 Feb 2024 at 8:09pm
One former Scottish secretary of state said the relationship between both governments was ?broadly very good?, but says this is no longer the case.

All new NHS building plans in Scotland put on hold for two years
19 Feb 2024 at 5:02pm
The Scottish Government has told NHS health boards there is no more money for building projects.

Alex Salmond to give evidence to Westminster inquiry into Scottish and UK gov...
19 Feb 2024 at 3:39pm
The former first minister will give evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee on Tuesday morning.

Humza Yousaf says SNP won?t back Labour plans to extend windfall tax to oil a...
19 Feb 2024 at 12:05pm
The FM accused Labour of throwing north east workers 'on the scrap heap' under their plans for a 'proper' windfall tax.

Daily Record

Daily Record - Politics


Argyll councillors consider snubbing SNP Government by raising council tax de...
21 Feb 2024 at 12:33pm
Humza Yousaf infuriated local authority bosses last year when he announced without warning council tax would be frozen.


Operation Branchform to 're-interview SNP staff' as investigation nears third...
21 Feb 2024 at 12:19pm
Complaints to police over how the SNP had spent donations were first made almost three years ago.


SNP clashes with Labour and Lib Dems ahead of Commons vote on Gaza ceasefire
21 Feb 2024 at 11:31am
The Nationalists were accused of "submitting a motion to deliberately fail" ahead of the vote in the House of Commons later this evening.


Putin death squads to target 'UK enemies in killing spree' after Alexei Naval...
21 Feb 2024 at 8:04am
Bill Browder claims the despot has a hit list of at least 12 targets.


Humza Yousaf vows to continue as SNP leader if party suffers losses at genera...
21 Feb 2024 at 7:16am
Polls suggest the SNP could lose multiple seats to Labour but still emerge as the largest party in Scotland.


Failure to invest in hospital buildings shows SNP Government is hopeless at d...
21 Feb 2024 at 5:30am
Daily Record Political Editor Paul Hutcheon says the Monklands Hospital row shows the SNP Government is struggling with basic competence.


Nicola Sturgeon 'choosing secrecy and self-interest' in row over WhatsApp del...
21 Feb 2024 at 4:30am
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Cole-Hamilton claimed the former SNP leader's silence was "an admission that her government thought it was and always would be above scrutiny".


"Death trap" Leaked report slams hospital in constituency of SNP Health Secre...
21 Feb 2024 at 4:30am
EXCLUSIVE: A report obtained by the Record shows Monklands Hospital is struggling with heating, drainage, infestations, fire safety, legionella and asbestos.


The silence surrounding the former Nicola Sturgeon is absolutely deafening
21 Feb 2024 at 4:29am
In a column for the Record, the Scottish Lib Dems leader argues Nicola Sturgeon should make a statement in parliament following her appearance at the UK Covid Inquiry.


Labour turns up heat on SNP over opposition to windfall tax on energy giant p...
20 Feb 2024 at 5:40pm
EXCLUSIVE: Shadow Scotland Secretary Ian Murray urging the SNP to withdraw a motion on energy which does not include a windfall tax.

The National

The National | Politics

LIVE: MPs to vote on SNP's Gaza ceasefire motion
21 Feb 2024 at 11:00am

WE'LL be bringing you live updates of today's debate on a ceasefire in Gaza as MPs prepare to vote on the SNP's motion.

Anger as Lindsay Hoyle changes Commons rules on Gaza ceasefire vote
21 Feb 2024 at 2:00pm

THE House of Commons erupted into chaos on Wednesday afternoon as Lindsay Hoyle announced rules would be changed for the first time - ultimately saving Labour from a rebellion threat. 

Humza Yousaf 'can't remember SNP's own independence strategy'
21 Feb 2024 at 1:28pm

THE SNP have been accused of having an independence strategy that is so unclear even their party leader can?t remember it after Humza Yousaf made a simple mistake during an interview ...

MPs urged to send ?united message? on SNP Gaza ceasefire motion
21 Feb 2024 at 12:45pm

THE SNP ?s Westminster? leader has urged MPs to send a ?clear and united message? by backing the party?s call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.

Read the SNP's Gaza ceasefire motion and Labour's amendment ? in full
21 Feb 2024 at 12:48pm

LABOUR, the Tory government, and the LibDems have all tabled amendments ahead of a Westminster vote on an SNP motion calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza ...

UK Parliament committee raises alarm over 'savagery' in Gaza
21 Feb 2024 at 12:23pm

A UK Parliamentary committee has raised concerns about the ?savagery befalling civilians? in Gaza following a visit to the Sinai peninsula in Egypt.

Why does ex-colony the Falkland Islands have rights Scotland doesn?t?
21 Feb 2024 at 12:00pm

OBSERVING the state of affairs, it becomes evident that Britain faces a series of challenges. The nation contends with the dirtiest rivers in Europe, the highest energy costs, unreliable train services, overcrowded prisons, and a significant wealth disparity. These are a consequence of Tory austerity and economic incompetence.

Trident: Failed missile test 'shows failure in UK defence strategy'
21 Feb 2024 at 11:47am

AN ?embarrassing? failed nuclear missile test launch represents wider issues with the UK Government?s defence spending and strategy, the SNP have said.

How to watch as MPs set to vote on a ceasefire in Gaza
21 Feb 2024 at 11:42am

MPs are to vote on an SNP motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza on Wednesday afternoon.

Stephen Flynn on how Prince William 'might motivate' people to vote Yes
21 Feb 2024 at 10:54am

STEPHEN Flynn has said that an intervention from Prince William on the Scottish independence debate ?might even motivate? some people to vote Yes.

Holyrood Magazine

Holyrood Website

UK leads international crackdown of major cyber-criminal group
20 Feb 2024 at 6:16pm
Law enforcement from ten countries has crippled the operations of the LockBit ransomware group.

New multi-million-pound contract awarded to enhance connectivity across Scott...
20 Feb 2024 at 4:02pm
Commsworld has been awarded a 10-year contract to boost?connectivity?in 42 schools across?Dundee and the wider area.

Labour calls for ?immediate humanitarian ceasefire? in Gaza
20 Feb 2024 at 2:39pm
Sir Keir Starmer has been under pressure to change his stance on a ceasefire after 56 of his MPs voted with an SNP motion on a ceasefire in November

Alex Salmond: I didn't sign off Scottish Government WhatsApp deletion policy
20 Feb 2024 at 1:23pm

Multi-million-pound funding calls launched to support international space mis...
20 Feb 2024 at 7:00am
The UK Space Agency has announced two funding calls, one for the science and the other for the tech sector.

In the cloud: Public sector digital reform will depend on the use of safe, ef...
19 Feb 2024 at 2:54pm
Migration to the cloud is an essential and secure way of helping carry out the public sector's digital transformation

Scottish tech company upgrades services to match AI demand
19 Feb 2024 at 12:56pm
The?cash?injection will allow the IT business DataVita to host high-performance workloads,?representing?a first for Scotland.

Humza Yousaf: Labour ?raiding? Scottish oil and gas sector
19 Feb 2024 at 11:25am
The FM also said the party was ?dumping? plans to support the sector with a just transition to a net zero economy

Oil and gas bosses announce crisis talks on Labour windfall tax plan
19 Feb 2024 at 7:55am
Humza Yousaf to deliver energy speech

Keir Starmer calls for ?ceasefire that lasts? in Gaza
18 Feb 2024 at 1:58pm
The Labour leader said an offensive in Rafah "cannot happen"

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian

Stakes are high as SNP and Labour wrestle over Gaza ceasefire call
21 Feb 2024 at 2:14pm
With an election looming and voters increasingly horrified by events in Gaza both parties jostle to find the right positionA few days after the Hamas atrocities of 7 October, Scotland?s first minister, Humza Yousaf, attended a service of solidarity at a synagogue near Glasgow. He embraced the mot...

MPs to vote on Starmer?s amendment to SNP Gaza ceasefire motion
21 Feb 2024 at 2:00pm
Labour leader?s hopes of heading off rebellion by his MPs boosted by decision to allow Commons voteUK politics live ? latest updatesKeir Starmer?s hopes of avoiding a major rebellion over Gaza have been given a major boost by a decision by the speaker of the House of Commons to allow the Labour l...

SNP welcomes Labour call for ?immediate humanitarian ceasefire? in Gaza, clai...
20 Feb 2024 at 6:01pm
Stephen Flynn says decision by Labour is ?long-overdue? and Starmer was forced into position by public pressure and the SNP. This live blog is closedLabour calls for ?immediate humanitarian ceasefire? in GazaHere is an extract from the independent expert panel?s report explaining why it has rejec...

Labour calls for ?immediate humanitarian ceasefire? in Gaza
20 Feb 2024 at 2:03pm
Party attempts to head off rebellion by its MPs with strongly worded amendment to SNP?s Gaza motionLabour has called for ?an immediate humanitarian ceasefire? in Gaza for the first time in an attempt to head off what threatens to be the biggest rebellion against Keir Starmer since he became party...

Minister says government working on sanction options for those involved in Al...
19 Feb 2024 at 8:30pm
Leo Docherty, Foreign Office minister, says government ?working at pace? to hold those responsible for Russian opposition leader?s death to accountNo 10 has declined to repeat Kemi Badenoch?s claim that the former chair of the Post Office gave an interview ?full of lies? about the conversation sh...

Humza Yousaf likens Labour to Margaret Thatcher over oil and gas plans
19 Feb 2024 at 6:00pm
Scottish first minister says raising and extending windfall tax would be throwing workers ?on scrapheap?Humza Yousaf has accused Labour of behaving like Margaret Thatcher by throwing oil and gas workers ?on the scrapheap?, as he announced the Scottish National party would not back proposals for e...

Starmer says Gaza fighting ?must stop now? and warns against Rafah assault
18 Feb 2024 at 10:23pm
Labour leader calls for ?a ceasefire that lasts? in speech to Scottish party delegates in GlasgowKeir Starmer has said the ?fighting must stop now? in Gaza, warning Israel not to extend its military offensive to the southern city of Rafah ahead of another potential crunch point for his party over...

Labour seeking SNP deal to avoid new Gaza ceasefire rebellion
17 Feb 2024 at 5:59pm
Party hopes for compromise wording after previous SNP motion saw 56 MPs defy Keir StarmerLabour is hoping to defuse a fresh crisis over Keir Starmer?s cautious stance on Gaza by rewording a Scottish National party motion calling for an immediate ceasefire.With the support of Scotland?s first mini...

Sunak urged to block anyone convicted of sexual offences from standing as MP
17 Feb 2024 at 7:00am
Formal rules to block relevant candidates will make it easier to ?weed out the bad apples?, politicians sayRishi Sunak has been urged to push through new rules to block anyone convicted of a sexual offence from standing to be an MP before the next election.At least six MPs have lost their seats b...

Anas Sarwar stands by oil tax plans after Aberdeen executives call him ?traitor?
16 Feb 2024 at 5:26pm
Scottish Labour leader defends windfall tax proposal as business leaders say levy could cost up to 100,000 jobsAnas Sarwar has shrugged off an attack on Labour?s oil tax plans after being called a ?traitor? by Aberdeen business leaders.The Scottish Labour leader said the party would press on with...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug

Labour in Scotland: Lying for votes
20 Feb 2024 at 9:38am
The Labour party’s Scottish accounting unit held its spring conference in Glasgow over the weekend, an event mainly focused on creating the fiction that the Labour party in Scotland is is distinct entity with a political identity and policies distinct from those of the UK Labour party in the iron grip of that right wing …

Chasing after crazy and a tale of two ships
13 Feb 2024 at 11:39am
The Tories are in meltdown this week as two by elections loom in what were nominally safe Conservative seats in the English Tory heartlands, although given the current state of the party there is no longer such a thing as a safe seat for the Tories. Febrile back bench MPs are wailing that the party …

What?s the point of Keir Starmer?
5 Feb 2024 at 11:38am
There’s currently a burning question in Scottish politics, although it’s not a question that gets any airtime in a Scottish media that’s obsessed with Nicola Sturgeon’s WhatsApp messages in a desperate attempt to create a political equivalence between the Scottish Government’s handling of the pandemic and that of Boris Johnson. So it’s not really a …

Starmer won?t change Britain?s culture of political dishonesty, he?s part of it
30 Jan 2024 at 11:11am
Two opinion polls published over the past few days had important information for the Scottish independence campaign, the first showed that a substantial majority of the Scottish population believe that the Scottish Parliament should have the power to hold an independence referendum without the permission of the Westminster government 57.5% of Scots believe that the …

National service: Which nation? Serving whom?
25 Jan 2024 at 11:10am
When Better Together reeled off their list of the supposed benefits of being part of the UK for Scotland, they did not include conscription, compulsory service in the armed forces, as one of the attractions of the British state. And with very good reason, because being forced against your will to enlist in the army, …

The feeding frenzy
23 Jan 2024 at 11:14am
The anti-independence media in Scotland, which is the overwhelming majority of that smug and self-satisfied Scottish institution, has over the past few days been indulging itself in its favourite pastime of a perspective free feeding frenzy of SNPbad. On this occasion the cause of its call for a procession of pitchforks and torches is the …

Labour?s betrayal of Scotland
18 Jan 2024 at 9:29am
On Wednesday Anas Sarwar, the branch office manager of Labour’s Scottish accounting unit tweeted: “Every vote matters – and at the next General Election a vote for Scottish Labour is a vote to put Scotland’s voice at the heart of government.” However less than 24 hours previously Labour MPs had voted against a motion in …

Scotland: Britain?s military waste dump
14 Jan 2024 at 7:52pm
Ever since the British Government started to base its nuclear submarines and their arsenal of nuclear missiles on the Clyde in the 1960s, there have been protests in Scotland against hosting weapons of mass destruction just a few miles away from the largest conurbation in the country. The British Polaris programme, the predecessor to Trident, …

British nationalism, the politics of warmongering
12 Jan 2024 at 11:56am
What do you do when you’re a right wing British nationalist government in an election yearand you’ve been 20% behind in the polls for months? Even with the assistance of a supine media which looks the other way when there is mounting evidence of your rampant corruption and chronic chaos and happily propagates your bare …

Mendacious narcissistic sociopaths
8 Jan 2024 at 11:27am
Rishi Sunak has given the clearest indication yet that he intends to delay calling the next Westminster general election until the second half of the year, quashing the speculation which had been growing recently that Sunak was poised to call an early election shortly after the budget is announced in March. There had been speculation …

The Courier

Scottish Politics News From Holyrood and Westminster | The Courier

Jason Leitch?s links to NHS Tayside chief who presided over Eljamel supervisi...
20 Feb 2024 at 3:30pm
Scotland?s under-fire national clinical director is an associate of Gerry Marr, chief executive of the health board during the ex-Tayside surgeon?s final years.

Listen: Stooshie podcast ? Liz Lloyd and Alan Roden reflect on Scottish Labou...
19 Feb 2024 at 3:00pm
We're joined by Nicola Sturgeon's former chief of staff, Liz Lloyd, and ex Scottish Labour communications director Alan Roden for a conference special.

Cash-strapped NHS puts £35m Perth elective surgery unit plan on hold
19 Feb 2024 at 2:17pm
The multimillion-pound national treatment centre planned at Perth Royal Infirmary has fallen victim to a nationwide funding crisis.

ALASDAIR CLARK: Labour faithful buoyant as they gather for conference ? here?...
15 Feb 2024 at 5:12pm
Polls predict Scottish Labour will perform well against the SNP in areas like Fife, but as the General Election heats up the party will have to survive the pressure.

New transport secretary claims she has ?drive and determination? to see A9 du...
14 Feb 2024 at 4:54pm
Fiona Hyslop is "confident" the A9 can be dualled between Perth and Inverness by 2035.

Anas Sarwar compares Humza Yousaf to Scotland flop Berti Vogts
14 Feb 2024 at 2:00pm
The Scottish Labour leader spoke to The Courier's politics podcast The Stooshie, explaining why he thinks voters in Tayside and Fife should back Keir Starmer at the General Election.

New SNP health chief Neil Gray faces tough job running Scotland?s NHS ? here?...
13 Feb 2024 at 6:00am
From record A&E waiting times to lengthy delays getting patients out of hospitals, the health secretary has plenty on his plate.

SNP v Labour row in Fife as MP accused of mocking rival by sharing ?offensive...
12 Feb 2024 at 2:46pm
Dunfermline MP Douglas Chapman promoted a post which claimed Labour votes at the next election will be for 'English colonial rule'.

Track how oil and gas jobs responded to Covid and economic turbulence in your...
12 Feb 2024 at 6:00am
There have been seismic shocks since 2019. The Covid pandemic, war in Ukraine, a volatile economy and tax regime, all on top of tougher exploration and a strong environmental backlash.

Montrose father of ?murdered? son says First Minister Humza Yousaf has ?quest...
10 Feb 2024 at 9:00am
As Michael Marra MSP raises tragic case at Holyrood, dad says Humza Yousaf must take responsibility for 'systematic failure' of law as he was justice secretary at time of son's death in 2019.

Talking up Scotland

Talking-up Scotland / Scottish media fact checking is like shooting fish in a...

52 days of doctors strikes averted, more than 100 000 appointments and 5 000 ...
21 Feb 2024 at 11:49am
This site costs nothing to run so donate to our friends at  https://www.broadcastingscotland.scot/donate/ Above, the shocking picture of 52 out of the last 365 when doctors were on strike in England. There were no days lost to action in Scotland. According to the Guardian on 10 January, junior doctor strikes caused around 1.3 million appointments to be cancelled. Had there been comparable actio...

Desperation dogs ageing Herald ferry team with three gammons trying to do the...
21 Feb 2024 at 9:45am
This site costs nothing to run so donate to our friends at  https://www.broadcastingscotland.scot/donate/ The 39 year-old MV Hebridean Isles saying ‘Ah’ to reveal its rust free doors. Today, the Herald of Free Flotsam and Jetsam has from one of their ferry correspondents: Rust dogs ageing CalMac fleet with two ferries sidelined for 3rd year Oooh, there’ll be some creepy shots of rusty old boats...

Campaigners say improved social attitudes towards trans people makes it easie...
21 Feb 2024 at 8:22am
This site costs nothing to run so donate to our friends at  https://www.broadcastingscotland.scot/donate/ identity clinic in Scotland – a fivefold rise since 2018. BBC Scotland News has learned that some are now waiting up to six years for a first appointment. GPs say they’ve been left to care for those on waiting lists with guidelines that are now 12 years old. Reporting Scotland, one again, w...

Part-time, semi-retired prof in spare room studio beats BBC Scotland viewing ...
20 Feb 2024 at 8:08pm
The Talking-up Scotland studio. It’s not really. It’s worse, the same size, but Mrs Prof won’t let me show it. That headline – what am I talking about? From Irish News today: BBC Scotland is to drop its The Nine news programme as part of changes to its news and current affairs services. Last month, BBC Scotland director Steve Carson was questioned by MSPs on ?really low? TV audiences for The Ni...

Lessons from Birmingham ? What can a massive Labour majority do for you if yo...
20 Feb 2024 at 4:26pm
Today from BBC News (UK), the shocking news of a 21% increase in council tax. In Scotland, that’s 0%. I know, Fiona Bruce, ‘whataboutery’, unless we’re talking drug deaths or something where it’s worse in Scotland. Hosting asylum seekers? Nope, Cleverly was faking that one. Anyhow back to the council tax in Birmingham City, who’s to blame? That’d be Labour, Labour, Labour…… Ah, but was someone ...

New evidence from Fiona Bruce that waiting lists in England are far far longe...
19 Feb 2024 at 9:14pm
From Fiona Bruce of BBC News at 6: The BBC has discovered that many NHS patients in England are stuck on waiting lists potentially running into millions. People who are referred to a specialist for treatment for cancer or heart failure for example are no longer counted on the main waiting lists. The Director of Data Analytics at the The Health Foundation then says: It’s very difficult to get an...

Beyond the media circus ? evidence the UK Covid-19 Inquiry has on Scotland?s ...
19 Feb 2024 at 8:48pm
By stewartb – a long read We can only speculate what profile the UK Covid-19 Inquiry will end up giving to different sources of evidence on the Scottish Government?s response to the pandemic. How will the Inquiry weigh what it receives from dispassionate experts in comparison to what is favoured by the politically partisan? Will the Inquiry?s reporting major on WhatsApp messaging and alleged po...

Herald?s third place ferry correspondent blurs role of cheap Turkish-built fe...
19 Feb 2024 at 5:57pm
From Brian Donnelly this time with a picture you might forgiven for thinking is the MV Glenn Sannox: Anger as CalMac cuts sailings to famous Scottish island during summer tourism peak Despite it being smaller than the MV Glen Sannox, it seems the Kennacraig terminal needs berth upgrades to take this Turkish built boat, MV Isle of Islay. Pedant footnote – Doesn’t ‘Islay’ mean ‘isle’ so Isle of I...

Just what the Ayrshire Central electorate need ? a Labour candidate who dream...
19 Feb 2024 at 5:17pm
2094 AD – The Hindu frieze (above) chosen by Kilwinning Provost, Narenda Modi IV to replace the ‘MOTHER LODGE’ frieze (below) on Lodge 0, the first Masonic Lodge in the world. Recognising their shared love of the colour Orange, of Ian Paisley Pattern, and the inclusiveness of Hinduism, the Masons became a recognised Hindu sect. The ceremony on 11 July, will be delivered by the High Priest of Hi...

BBC Scotland ignore Oxford University expert saying Scotland?s contribution t...
19 Feb 2024 at 4:44pm
From BBC Scotland today: Home Secretary James Cleverly has urged the Scottish government to use a cruise ship and other large sites to accommodate more asylum seekers. Mr Cleverly said that for dispersal and initial accommodation alone, Scotland houses eight asylum seekers for every 10,000 people. This compares to nine in Wales and 16 in England. This morning, at least 12 hours earlier, on BBC ...

Scotland and Independence

"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News

Stephen Flynn on how Prince William 'might motivate' people to vote Yes - The...
21 Feb 2024 at 10:57am
Stephen Flynn on how Prince William 'might motivate' people to vote Yes  The National

Humza Yousaf 'can't remember SNP's own independence strategy' in STV intervie...
21 Feb 2024 at 1:28pm
Humza Yousaf 'can't remember SNP's own independence strategy' in STV interview  Yahoo News UK

Humza Yousaf gets SNP independence policy wrong - HeraldScotland
21 Feb 2024 at 12:52pm
Humza Yousaf gets SNP independence policy wrong  HeraldScotland

Scotland's independence impasse is not unique - Financial Times
8 Oct 2023 at 8:00am
Scotland's independence impasse is not unique  Financial Times

Alex Salmond launches new Scottish independence plan - BBC
30 Nov 2023 at 8:00am
Alex Salmond launches new Scottish independence plan  BBC

Scottish independence has become a long game - The Economist
17 Oct 2023 at 8:00am
Scottish independence has become a long game  The Economist

Scottish independence debate needs class to return - The National
21 Feb 2024 at 5:01am
Scottish independence debate needs class to return  The National

Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (3-4 February...
4 Feb 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (3-4 February 2024)  Redfield & Wilton Strategies

Scotland could rejoin EU 'smoothly and quickly' after independence - Euronews
18 Nov 2023 at 8:00am
Scotland could rejoin EU 'smoothly and quickly' after independence  Euronews

Scottish independence: Asylum system would be overhauled - BBC.com
3 Nov 2023 at 7:00am
Scottish independence: Asylum system would be overhauled  BBC.com

SNP

"SNP" - Google News

SNP welcomes Labour call for 'immediate humanitarian ceasefire' in Gaza, clai...
20 Feb 2024 at 9:30am
SNP welcomes Labour call for 'immediate humanitarian ceasefire' in Gaza, claiming it forced Starmer into U-turn ? as it ...  The Guardian

MPs to vote on Starmer?s amendment to SNP Gaza ceasefire motion - The Guardian
21 Feb 2024 at 1:36pm
MPs to vote on Starmer?s amendment to SNP Gaza ceasefire motion  The Guardian

Sir Keir Starmer calls for Gaza 'ceasefire that lasts' - BBC
18 Feb 2024 at 4:30pm
Sir Keir Starmer calls for Gaza 'ceasefire that lasts'  BBC

David Lammy calls Gaza death toll ?abominable? as SNP tables ceasefire vote -...
18 Feb 2024 at 1:33pm
David Lammy calls Gaza death toll ?abominable? as SNP tables ceasefire vote  The Guardian

JK Rowling donates £70k to stop the SNP changing the definition of a 'woman' ...
17 Feb 2024 at 9:00pm
JK Rowling donates £70k to stop the SNP changing the definition of a 'woman'  Scottish Daily Express

Deleted WhatsApps and iPad uproar: SNP a year after Sturgeon resignation - Th...
12 Feb 2024 at 8:00am
Deleted WhatsApps and iPad uproar: SNP a year after Sturgeon resignation  The Guardian

Labour seeking SNP deal to avoid new Gaza ceasefire rebellion - The Guardian
17 Feb 2024 at 8:27pm
Labour seeking SNP deal to avoid new Gaza ceasefire rebellion  The Guardian

The time for equivocation is over ? all Westminster MPs must vote for an imme...
21 Feb 2024 at 11:18am
The time for equivocation is over ? all Westminster MPs must vote for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza  The Guardian

UK Labour is backing an 'immediate' Gaza cease-fire. But the devil's in the d...
20 Feb 2024 at 5:25pm
UK Labour is backing an 'immediate' Gaza cease-fire. But the devil's in the details  POLITICO Europe

Operation Branchform: SNP headquarter staff 'to be re-interviewed' - The Nati...
21 Feb 2024 at 11:03am
Operation Branchform: SNP headquarter staff 'to be re-interviewed'  The National

Referendum (Google News)

"Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph" - Google News

Scottish independence debate needs class to return - The National
21 Feb 2024 at 5:01am
Scottish independence debate needs class to return  The National

SNP backs revised plan for Scottish independence referendum - Financial Times
15 Oct 2023 at 8:00am
SNP backs revised plan for Scottish independence referendum  Financial Times

Alex Salmond launches new Scottish independence plan - BBC
30 Nov 2023 at 8:00am
Alex Salmond launches new Scottish independence plan  BBC

SNP pledges to push for independence if it wins a majority in next election -...
15 Oct 2023 at 8:00am
SNP pledges to push for independence if it wins a majority in next election  POLITICO Europe

Scotland's Independence Movement Is Down, but Not Out, Analysts Say - The New...
12 Jun 2023 at 8:00am
Scotland's Independence Movement Is Down, but Not Out, Analysts Say  The New York Times

SNP backs Humza Yousaf's Scottish independence plan - BBC.com
16 Oct 2023 at 8:00am
SNP backs Humza Yousaf's Scottish independence plan  BBC.com

Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (3-4 February...
4 Feb 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (3-4 February 2024)  Redfield & Wilton Strategies

Scottish independence has become a long game - The Economist
17 Oct 2023 at 8:00am
Scottish independence has become a long game  The Economist

Scotland's leader says dream of independence alive despite his party's troubl...
17 Oct 2023 at 8:00am
Scotland's leader says dream of independence alive despite his party's troubles  Reuters

SNP rejects using next election as 'de facto' referendum on independence - Sk...
15 Oct 2023 at 8:00am
SNP rejects using next election as 'de facto' referendum on independence  Sky News