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The Herald

The Herald | Politics

Swinney to unveil funding for Acorn carbon capture project
22 Jul 2024 at 12:05am
John Swinney will set out new Scottish Government funding for a "landmark" carbon capture and storage project in the north east.

Almost 11,000 empty homes brought back into use since 2010
22 Jul 2024 at 12:03am
Almost 11,000 long term empty homes have been brought back into use since 2010, according to a report published today.

US Democrats face Hunger Games-type battle to choose new leader
21 Jul 2024 at 6:30am
The Democratic Party will be examining itself in the mirror like never before. Just what it sees there and how it identifies, could well determine the future of American democracy itself.

US President Joe Biden withdraws from election
21 Jul 2024 at 7:01pm
US President Joe Biden has ended his bid to remain in the White House saying it was in the " best interest" of the country for him to stand down.

Mhairi Black: Kate Forbes's views are 'quite extreme'
21 Jul 2024 at 4:00pm
The SNP must avoid a lurch to the right under the ?extreme? views of Kate Forbes, the party?s former deputy Westminster leader has warned.

Reeves: Cutting child poverty in 'our DNA' but can't lift benefit cap
21 Jul 2024 at 11:50am
Rachel Reeves has said that Labour will "absolutely" lift children out of poverty but refused to scrap the two-child benefit cap until public finances are stronger.

Donald Trump returns to stage one week after assassination attempt
21 Jul 2024 at 11:32am
A week after an assassination attempt left him with an injured ear, Donald Trump seemed to have fully regained his stride during a speech alongside his new running mate JD Vance.

Former Chancellor apologies for UK Covid pandemic failures
21 Jul 2024 at 11:04am
Jeremy Hunt has apologised for failures in the UK's pandemic preparations highlighted by the Covid Inquiry.

SNP reiterates its call for suspension of arms sales to Israel
21 Jul 2024 at 9:24am
David Lammy has said there would be no ?blanket ban? on arms sales between the UK and Israel.

SNP calls for four nation summit to address child poverty
20 Jul 2024 at 12:01am
The SNP has called for a four nation summit on child poverty, as Keir Starmer continues to face pressure over the two-child benefit cap

Horizon IT inquiry told subpostmasters 'had fingers in till'
19 Jul 2024 at 1:00pm
Former postal affairs minister Jo Swinson is speaking at the Horizon IT inquiry today.

UK announces it will resume funding Gaza aid group UNRWA
19 Jul 2024 at 11:09am
The UK government has announced it will restore funding to UNRWA, the UN aid organisation in Gaza

Calls for emergency COBRA meeting amid mass IT outage
19 Jul 2024 at 10:48am
Scottish politicians believe an emergency COBRA meeting is needed to reassure the public, as a mass IT outage impacts services across the UK.

Bin strikes: SNP stopped councils asking John Swinney for more money
19 Jul 2024 at 6:30am
SNP councillors vetoed a bid by local authority leaders to ask John Swinney for more money for public sector staff, The Herald understands.


The Scotsman

The Scotsman Politics

US president Joe Biden makes 'best interest' pledge as he ends White House re...
21 Jul 2024 at 8:58pm

US President Joe Biden has ended his 2024 bid for the presidency after a disastrous debate inflamed doubts he is fit for four more years in the job.

Former SNP MP Mhairi Black delivers 'brutal' verdict to John Swinney and says...
21 Jul 2024 at 3:29pm
Mhari Black, who stepped down as a MP at the general election, has made some big calls about the SNP and its Deputy First Minister Kate Forbes

Why the recent Covid-19 spike in Scotland may have 'peaked'
21 Jul 2024 at 1:31pm
The Public Health Scotland consultant has issued a verdict on the recent spike in Covid-19 cases

12 shocking pictures of rubbish piled on Edinburgh's streets during festival ...
21 Jul 2024 at 11:57am

Edinburgh?s streets were littered with waste during August in 2022 - and with strikes on the horizon, history could be set to repeat

Why 'cosplay' is much more than just fancy dress
21 Jul 2024 at 6:00am

The therapeutic quality of the considerable amount of work that goes into the costumes and the camaraderie of Cosplay events can help improve people?s mental health

Scottish Government accused of dozens of ministerial code breaches over contr...
21 Jul 2024 at 6:00am

Ministers condemned over ?deeply troubling? behaviour

Why I fear a key Covid inquiry recommendation will fall foul of constitutiona...
21 Jul 2024 at 6:00am

The 2009 swine flu pandemic was almost a non-event and led those planning for the next major outbreak astray

Why Loch Ness hydro schemes could be killing off Scotland's wild salmon
21 Jul 2024 at 6:00am

A fisheries board says the use of pumped hydro storage should be temporarily halted in Scotland

Why SNP needs to work harder to shed its reputation for secrecy
21 Jul 2024 at 6:00am

Friends of the Earth Scotland alleges that members of the Scottish Government breached the ministerial code over meetings with developers

Mother's heartfelt plea for Scottish Government to match England childcare of...
21 Jul 2024 at 6:00am

One Scottish mother says funded childcare needs to be expanded to stop women having to make ?difficult choices?

New report due on decades-long 'Tinker Experiment' that 'decimated' lives in ...
21 Jul 2024 at 6:00am
The Scottish Government previously commissioned independent research into the scheme

Why Labour?s ban on puberty blockers shows party abandoning progressive princ...
19 Jul 2024 at 12:58pm

UK health secretary Wes Streeting has condemned puberty blockers




Wings over Scotland

A letter to Andy Wightman
21 Jul 2024 at 1:22pm
In any functional nation, Friday’s revelations in Parliament by Sir David Davis would have been headline news. An extremely powerful figure, the then-First Minister’s chief of staff, was named and accused of conspiring with the Scottish Government, civil service and media to imprison an innocent man – the former leader of the country – on …

Let Justice Be Done
18 Jul 2024 at 8:09pm
You should probably watch the whole of this speech by Sir David Davis this evening, even if you saw the trailer three and a quarter years ago. ? It’s both a comprehensive refresher of events surrounding the Scottish Government’s conspiracy to convict Alex Salmond on false charges, and a sharp reminder of why Scotland is, …

Daydream Nation
18 Jul 2024 at 1:57pm
Independence is dead as a political issue in Scotland for the next few years. This much should not be in any dispute. A Labour government with a crushing majority sits firmly in Westminster with absolutely no intentions of granting a second referendum, and the SNP has loudly and clearly abandoned any other strategy. This fact …

The Hiding
17 Jul 2024 at 12:58pm
The average rape sentence in Scotland is seven years, so to get six years plus three years’ supervision for the technically lesser crime of sexual assaults means they must have been pretty grim ones. So we know that Cameron Downing is a very bad man. Which does rather invite the question of why he was …

Rot-away Beach
13 Jul 2024 at 6:59am

Those To Blame
12 Jul 2024 at 3:34pm
The SNP have been pretty clear about the reason they think they got a battering in last week’s election: it was because people were voting to kick out the Tories. ? Now, that’s obviously nonsense. There were almost no Tories in Scotland to start with – just 10% of voters had a Tory MP – …

The Anti-Midas Touch
11 Jul 2024 at 2:12pm
Ah, the innocent and hopeful days of May. Just for a bit of fun, shall we see how that went? EAST RENFREWSHIRE (Kirsten Oswald) Result: LABOUR GAIN PAISLEY AND RENFREWSHIRE NORTH (Gavin Newlands) Result: LABOUR GAIN DUNFERMLINE AND DOLLAR (Naz Anis-Miah) Result: LABOUR GAIN HAMILTON AND CLYDE VALLEY (Ross Clark) Result: LABOUR GAIN GLASGOW NORTH …

At A Loss
10 Jul 2024 at 2:49pm
To be honest, folks, we’re not quite sure what to do with ourselves at the moment. Everyone and his wee dug is writing election-aftermath columns and offering the SNP advice of varying intelligence and solemnity about how to recover from the shattering blow they’ve just been dealt by Scottish voters. But it’s a pointless exercise. …

Your Enemy?s Enemies
7 Jul 2024 at 9:18pm
The Scottish Greens, in a feat of remarkable hubris and financial profligacy, stood 44 candidates in this week’s general election, knowing that most of them would lose their deposits, which they duly did. But not quite all of them. And there the comedy arose. Because while SNP boneheads on social media are raging idiotically at …

All Out Of Bubblegum
7 Jul 2024 at 3:09pm
Joanna Cherry’s been on a mission on the airwaves today. ? It’s a beautiful thing to watch. The truth usually is.

Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Existence vs Expansion
20 Jul 2024 at 4:52pm

In its reaction to the International Court of Justice’s crystal clear ruling on occupied Palestine, the Labour government has disgracefully attempted to ignore the ruling and to continue the Tory policy of total support for Israel. The UK statement says that: The Foreign Secretary was clear on his visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian …

Existence vs Expansion

Scotland?s Rampant Corruption
19 Jul 2024 at 10:14am

Under Sturgeon, Scotland was in thrall of an incredible degree of rampant corruption that included government, civil service, police, prosecutors and judiciary. Listen to this simply stunning speech in Parliament yesterday by David Davis MP and you will understand precisely why I spent four months in jail, almost all in solitary confinement. It is time …

Scotland’s Rampant Corruption

A Shocking Paucity of Ambition
18 Jul 2024 at 4:24pm

An old man in a comic opera uniform was dragged by carthorses in a gilded carriage through the streets of London, then bedecked in diamonds and more gold, all to very little purpose. That we truly have a uniparty could not be better proven than by a new captain taking over the ship of state, …

A Shocking Paucity of Ambition

The Muslim Vote
17 Jul 2024 at 9:41am

With Gaza genocide as the galvanising issue, in seats where Muslims are over 30% of the electorate, Labour’s vote share plunged from 65% in 2019 to 36% at the 2024 general election. In Blackburn, where I stood, Labour’s vote share dived incredibly, from 65% to 27%. This in a general election where Labour won a …

The Muslim Vote

Assassination and Trump?s Mentality
15 Jul 2024 at 10:59am

Six months ago I said to a well-known public figure that the US intelligence agencies had destroyed Trump’s first Presidency and that, in a second chance, he would have to uproot their entire leadership or simply let them continue to run the country and concentrate on making money for himself. My contact replied that they …

Assassination and Trump’s Mentality

The Election Where Nothing Changed
12 Jul 2024 at 9:30am

What exactly has changed as a result of that election, other than a different team of snouts in the trough? Starmer’s first act as Prime Minister of the UK was to attend a NATO warmonger fest and promise unlimited resources to keep the terrible and unwinnable war in the Ukraine going. In addition he is …

The Election Where Nothing Changed

BBC Scotland

BBC News

Unions to decide on deal to avert waste worker strikes
21 Jul 2024 at 6:26pm
More than half of Scotland's councils are set to be affected by action if no agreement can be reached.

MSPs seek answers over teenager's death in Polmont
18 Jul 2024 at 5:15pm
Jonathan Beadle, 17,  is understood to have taken his own life at the facility on Saturday.

Did postal vote delays affect Scotland's election?
19 Jul 2024 at 6:23am
Could the collision of polling day and the school holidays have made the difference in some key marginal seats?

Grangemouth closure 'most likely outcome'
18 Jul 2024 at 9:40am
An expert body says the closure of Scotland's only oil refinery was 'clearly foreseeable' but planning was inadequate.

SNP tables amendment to scrap two-child benefit cap
18 Jul 2024 at 6:20am
Stephen Flynn said the restriction of benefits is "pushing thousands of Scottish children into poverty".

Cosla tables new pay offer in bid to avert bin strikes
18 Jul 2024 at 4:36pm
Waste workers in most council areas across Scotland are considering strike action over "inadequate" pay.

Forbes 'astonished' at lack of support for postnatal depression
18 Jul 2024 at 6:21am
The deputy first minister has spoken candidly about her struggle with depression after the birth of her daughter.

Humza Yousaf and wife welcome arrival of baby girl
17 Jul 2024 at 10:18pm
Nadia El-Nakla gave birth to baby Liyana Jenin Yousaf - Mr Yousaf said both mother and baby were doing well.

Troubled shipyard given another £14m - but no ferry contract
16 Jul 2024 at 4:48pm
Ferguson Marine will not be directly awarded a deal to build small ferries, which the yard's boss had previously hoped for.

Experts exploring whether single women could get IVF on NHS
16 Jul 2024 at 1:29pm
It could mean people like Daniela Scott would not have to shell out tens of thousands of pounds on private fertility treatment.

Trust in Scottish government at lowest level
16 Jul 2024 at 4:54pm
The percentage of Scots who says they trust it has fallen to its lowest level since it opened in 1999.

Scotland incorporates UN children's rights charter into law
16 Jul 2024 at 6:19am
Children?s Minister Natalie Don has described it as a ?landmark moment" for Scotland.

Scot Goes Pop

Former independence supporter Stuart Campbell effectively admits trying to "k...
21 Jul 2024 at 12:34pm
I just want to make one simple point.  Although it's an important point, there's nothing complicated about it and it can be explained very briefly.  On polling day, Stuart Campbell broke his word t...

BREAKING: Alba remains a "member-led" party
20 Jul 2024 at 12:54pm
Scot Goes Pop readers who are members of the Alba Party will have received the weekly party email yesterday, which this time was written by the General Secretary, Chris McEleny. It urges members to...

The blackout on reporting of David Davis' revelation tells us a lot about how...
19 Jul 2024 at 12:35pm
I note that David Davis has used parliamentary privilege to allege that Liz Lloyd, the former Chief of Staff for Nicola Sturgeon, was the person who unlawfully leaked details of allegations against...

The Scottish Government should boycott any "Council of the Nations and Regions"
17 Jul 2024 at 7:03pm
The Nation.Cymru news website has been making the news recently rather than just reporting on it.  It played a key role in the downfall of the Welsh First Minister Vaughan Gething, a man so arrogan...

First post-election poll suggests the Labour honeymoon may be limited in scale
16 Jul 2024 at 5:25pm
The first GB-wide poll since the general election is out, but it's quite hard to interpret.  There's no sign of the data tables (if anyone finds them, let me know), and I can't see any methodologic...

After a third consecutive election failure, where now for the Alba Party?
15 Jul 2024 at 1:25pm
It's worth reiterating that Alba did not directly cost the SNP any seats at all at the general election.  There was a huge element of luck in that, because Labour came close to winning both Dundee ...

If Stewart McDonald thinks people will vote for the SNP if they promise to re...
13 Jul 2024 at 11:04pm
The former SNP MP Stewart McDonald reckons his party has a problem with credibility and seriousness, but the 'solutions' he puts forward to this supposed problem are nothing short of batty.  Most w...

Labour's win in Scotland was 'loveless' but it certainly wasn't a 'landslide'...
13 Jul 2024 at 9:23am
I can claim an assist from Jackson Carlaw on this post, because I remember him trying to undermine the SNP's 2017 win by saying their margin of victory was the smallest in Scotland for a long time....

STV Politics News

Latest Politics News | STV News

US President Joe Biden won?t run for re-election as he stands down as Democra...
21 Jul 2024 at 7:04pm
The decision comes following a disastrous televised debate with Donald Trump.

Mhairi Black says Kate Forbes? views on gay marriage are extreme and archaic
21 Jul 2024 at 4:04pm
The former MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South said the Deputy First Minister?s views risked alienating young people.

SNP calls for suspension of Israel arms sales in letter to Foreign Secretary ...
21 Jul 2024 at 2:33pm
The party also said the Labour Government should take action now rather than wait for further reviews.

Council planning budget cuts ?leading Scots to miss out on homes?
21 Jul 2024 at 1:10pm
Labour said house builders have to wait longer to be given permission to start developments.

Complaints over Scottish Government?s handling of plans for gas power plant
21 Jul 2024 at 12:09pm
Friends of the Earth Scotland says John Swinney and other ministers have treated the Peterhead proposal as a ?foregone conclusion?.

Calls on Government to confirm when children will stop being sent to Polmont
21 Jul 2024 at 11:48am
The Scottish Government has faced increased calls to provide clarity on the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Act provisions.

Trump returns to US campaign trail in Michigan one week after assassination bid
20 Jul 2024 at 1:43pm
The US presidential candidate for the Republicans will take part in an event in the battleground state of Michigan.

Sir Keir Starmer gives more new MPs frontbench jobs after becoming Prime Mini...
18 Jul 2024 at 7:57pm
The trio join other new MPs in gaining frontbench roles shortly after entering Parliament.

Ferguson Marine to bid ?aggressively? for new CalMac ferries contract
18 Jul 2024 at 2:29pm
Interim yard boss John Petticrew said he is hopefully the Port Glasgow facility will be ?in the ballpark? for the deal.

Tory MSPs line up to back former crime journalist Russell Findlay to replace ...
18 Jul 2024 at 2:28pm
Russell Findlay has not announced his intention to run for the leadership yet but has already emerged as the party frontrunner.

Grangemouth workers at risk of same fate as coal miners, report warns
18 Jul 2024 at 11:57am
Experts say Scotland's last-remaining oil refinery 'is clearly at risk of an unmanaged transition as seen previously in coal and steel'.

SNP demands Keir Starmer scraps two-child cap ?immediately?
18 Jul 2024 at 8:02am
SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn branded a Labour taskforce on child poverty as a ?cynical attempt to kick the issue into the long grass?.

David Lammy urged to use India trip to call for release of detained Scottish ...
18 Jul 2024 at 7:42am
A group of Sikh activists in the UK have urged the new Foreign Secretary to use his maiden voyage to secure freedom for the jailed Briton.

Former first minister Humza Yousaf and Nadia el-Nakla welcome newborn baby gi...
17 Jul 2024 at 9:27pm
The former first minister shared the news on Wednesday evening.

Daily Record

Daily Record - Politics

What happens next as Joe Biden drops out of US election and who could take hi...
21 Jul 2024 at 11:10pm
Questions remain following the US President's sudden announcement on Sunday.

Mhairi Black blasts SNP Deputy FM Kate Forbes for 'extreme' and 'archaic' views
21 Jul 2024 at 1:29pm
The former MP said that the Deputy First Minister's views on social issues were "out of step with what the SNP has stood for".

Rachel Reeves vows to lift kids out of poverty but won't commit to scrapping ...
21 Jul 2024 at 10:53am
The Chancellor told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg Show on Sunday morning that lifting children out of poverty is "in our DNA".

SNP lawyer and data protection officer reported to information watchdogs afte...
21 Jul 2024 at 4:30am
SNP lawyer and data protection officer Scott Martin alarmed contacts when rogue emails from his official party address were sent out last Friday afternoon

Dodgy cosmetic clinics could face tougher sanctions under MSP plans
21 Jul 2024 at 4:30am
SNP MSP Stuart McMillan is launching a campaign to tighten up the law around injectables and will lobby government colleagues

Three-year delay for £20m mental health unit after watchdog concerns
21 Jul 2024 at 4:30am
SUNDAY MAIL EXCLUSIVE: The facility for young people was supposed to open in 2022 but is still closed.

Stephen Flynn writes to Keir Starmer asking for four-nation child poverty summit
20 Jul 2024 at 4:30am
The SNP welcomed news the UK Government has set up a ministerial taskforce to kick-start its child poverty strategy.

UK and Europeans must keep backing Ukraine and hope United States does too
20 Jul 2024 at 4:30am
Record View says the US, for all its faults, has stood against tyranny in the world's moment of need.

Scottish Tory leadership frontrunner Russell Findlay enthusiastically backed ...
20 Jul 2024 at 4:30am
EXCLUSIVE: Russell Findlay lavished praise on the ?authentic? right-wing Conservative in a gushing Twitter video in August 2022.

Scottish Government emergency room activated amid global Microsoft IT outage
19 Jul 2024 at 2:21pm
Chaos has broken out across the world through the IT outage with trains cancelled, planes grounded and even news services forced off the air.

The National

The National | Politics

New stance on Israel legal advice is a taste of Labour's 'change'
21 Jul 2024 at 8:50pm

LABOUR Foreign Secretary David Lammy?s reversed position on publishing legal advice regarding arms sales to Israel is of interest only insofar as it is indicative of the Labour government?s propensity for ?change?, in that they are evidently willing to follow Starmer?s habit of going back on commitments that he has previously made.

Joe Biden quits US election amid health row
21 Jul 2024 at 7:06pm

US President Joe Biden has ended his 2024 bid for the presidency amid doubts he is fit for four more years in the job.

Request from Ukraine for UK missiles risks triggering world war three
21 Jul 2024 at 6:30pm

ARE the air-raid sirens of 1939-45 liable to be heard again? The most alarming piece of news I?ve read was reported in Saturday?s National: ?Zelenskyy seeks support for hits on Russian targets?. From the UK Government the Ukrainian President is seeking the deployment of British Storm Shadow missiles to strike deep into Russian territory.

Mhairi Black: Kate Forbes? views on gay marriage 'extreme and archaic'
21 Jul 2024 at 3:28pm

MHAIRI Black has said the views of Kate Forbes on gay marriage are ?archaic? and ?quite extreme? ...

UK Government 'could face court challenge' to force Irish unity vote
21 Jul 2024 at 2:23pm

THE UK Government could face a court challenge to force an Irish unity referendum, according to deputy leader of Sinn Fein Pearse Doherty ...

Labour MP says ending two-child benefit cap 'matter of political will'
21 Jul 2024 at 12:44pm

A LABOUR MP has said that scrapping the two-child benefit is a ?matter of political? amid a growing party rebellion against the policy ...

Michael Shanks needs to keep this saying in mind in his new position
21 Jul 2024 at 12:00pm

ON reading in The National that Rutherglen?s Labour MP, Michael Shanks, has been appointed an under-secretary at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, I instantly knew that every public affairs director in the oil, gas, renewables and nuclear sector would be on the phone to their lobbyists ...

History will look back unkindly on those who did nothing
21 Jul 2024 at 12:00pm

I READ two excellent pieces in the Sunday National (July 14) about the same topic ...

Nail bars and car washes to be targeted in immigration raid blitz
21 Jul 2024 at 10:54am

Nail bars and car washes will be targeted by immigration officers as they step up enforcement action over the summer, the Home Secretary has announced ...

Labour 'must change MP oath' as part of 'gradual' shift away from monarchy
21 Jul 2024 at 5:00am

CHANGING the oath or affirmation MPs have to take in order do their job should be on the new Labour government?s agenda as part of a ?peaceful transition? away from the monarchy, campaigners have said.

Holyrood Magazine

Holyrood Website

UK employers optimistic about AI, poll finds
19 Jul 2024 at 4:46pm
A YouGov survey finds most UK employers feel optimistic about the impact of new technologies

Liam Kerr calls for Scottish Conservatives to debate split from UK party
19 Jul 2024 at 11:31am

Global IT outage hits Scottish airport
19 Jul 2024 at 11:06am
Edinburgh Airport has told passengers to expect longer waiting times after an IT outage hits hospitals, banks and airlines across the world

UK Labour streamlines HQ as party staff move into government
19 Jul 2024 at 10:05am
Organisational overhaul prompted by a large number of staff moving into government jobs

Scottish Government 'failed citizens' with 'flawed' Covid strategy
19 Jul 2024 at 8:03am
UK Covid-19 Inquiry criticises ministers in UK and Scotland over preparedness

Justice committee demands answers after 17-year-old boy dies in Polmont
18 Jul 2024 at 5:11pm
The death by suicide comes after legislation to prevent minors being sent to YOIs was passed

King?s Speech: Labour to clamp down on AI
17 Jul 2024 at 1:52pm
Labour will strengthen AI and cybersecurity measures

No location announced for GB Energy
17 Jul 2024 at 1:32pm
The King's Speech included 39 bills, 24 of which will apply to Scotland

Labour pledges to toughen online safety laws
17 Jul 2024 at 12:20pm
Peter Kyle, UK technology secretary, has said the government is committed to ?building on the Online Safety Act?, after Ofcom was accused of being too soft on technology companies.

King?s Speech: GB Energy legislation expected to be announced
17 Jul 2024 at 8:43am
The speech is expected to include upwards of 35 bills

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian

Securing future of Grangemouth oil refinery ?will test Scottish and UK relati...
18 Jul 2024 at 12:52pm
Just Transition Commission says finding solution will be litmus test of governments? ability to work togetherSecuring the future of Grangemouth oil refinery will be a litmus test of how the Scottish and UK governments reset their relationship after Labour?s election win, and their first challenge...

Scotland and Westminster join forces on vaping, rail and renting reform
17 Jul 2024 at 3:39pm
Deputy first minister welcomes new approach but SNP colleague Stephen Flynn calls king?s speech ?timid?UK politics live ? latest updatesThe Scottish and UK governments have agreed to collaborate on new measures to control vaping, nationalise railways and ban landlords from barring families on ben...

Vaughan Gething quits as Welsh first minister but hits out at ?pernicious? cl...
16 Jul 2024 at 6:02pm
His resignation comes after four Welsh ministers stepped down from their posts in an apparently calculated move to force his handThe JD Vance comment about Britain supposedly becoming an Islamist country under Labour (see 8.42am) is an example of the extreme political rhetoric that has coarsened ...

Yvette Cooper to chair meeting of taskforce considering ?alarming rise? in ca...
15 Jul 2024 at 5:41pm
Home secretary to host meeting of government?s Defending Democracy taskforce after reported rise in harassment during election campaignMore in Common, the group that campaigns to reduce polarisation in politics, published a good slideshow presentation last week, based on polling it carried out, g...

UK politics: Badenoch confirms she did criticise Sunak over election at shado...
10 Jul 2024 at 5:50pm
Tory leadership contender says views of ?activists, members and friends who lost seats after giving everything to campaign? matterUkraine must decide for itself whether it uses Britain?s storm shadow missiles to strike military targets inside Russia, Keir Starmer has said.The prime minister said ...

Rachel Reeves says new government has inherited ?worst set of circumstances s...
8 Jul 2024 at 6:14pm
This live blog is closed.Rachel Reeves has finished the speech, in which she confirmed a range of measures to speed up planning. I will post a full summary shortly.She is now taking questions.I have repeatedly warned that whoever won the general election would inherit the worst set of circumstanc...

Defence secretary announces new military aid package for Ukraine ? as it happ...
7 Jul 2024 at 8:50pm
John Healey announces fresh package as he visits southern port city of OdesaReynolds says he is not supposed to pre-empt what will be in the king?s speech, but he says it is no secret that the government is going to prioritise its employment rights reforms.Jonathan Reynolds is being interviewed b...

Defeated Joanna Cherry says battered SNP?s ?ship has gone down?
6 Jul 2024 at 5:39pm
Former Edinburgh South West MP says addressing ?openly and honestly? what went wrong is only way forward for party?It wasn?t personal? was the message from David Robb, a 72-year-old Labour voter and one of the constituents in Edinburgh South West responsible for the SNP?s Joanna Cherry losing her...

Rachel Reeves becomes UK?s first female chancellor; former Tory chair says pa...
5 Jul 2024 at 10:50pm
Rachel Reeves becomes first woman to hold post in 800-years as Angela Rayner named secretary of state for levelling upUK general election results 2024: live trackerHow Labour did it: inside the campaign that led to ?Starmergeddon?Clive Myrie is opening the BBC?s election night coverage. He is co-...

?Everything has been so tribal?: Glasgow reflects on Labour?s clean sweep
5 Jul 2024 at 6:09pm
A switch away from the SNP was for many a tactic to get the Tories out ? a desire expressed even by non-votersUK general election results live trackerThe sense of schadenfreude about the routing of the Conservatives was palpable as a rare burst of sunshine broke through the clouds over Buchanan S...

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Wee Ginger Dug

BBC Scotland British Brainwashing Corporation
19 Jul 2024 at 11:58am
On Thurday, the preliminary findings of the UK Covid Inquiry were published. Baroness Hallett, the chair of the inquiry summarised the findings as: “The processes planning and policy of the civil contingency structures across the UK failed the citizens of all four nations of the United Kingdom.” And how was this spun by BBC Scotland? …

The diverging paths
15 Jul 2024 at 9:57am
Now that the dust has started to settle on the outcome of the Westminster election and the SNP’s not so shock defeat, it’s time to reflect on what the result holds for the future – not just in Scotland but across the rest of the UK as well. The first takeaway is that turn out …

Picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves off, and getting on with the campaign...
9 Jul 2024 at 11:14am
Sorry for not updating the blog sooner but both my other half and I have been fighting off a very nasty chest infection with bad coughs and a temperature. He has had it far worse than I did, but I am almost back to what passes for normal now and he is over the worst …

There?s little lipstick for this pig
5 Jul 2024 at 6:52am
We need to be honest with ourselves here, there is very little lipstick to be put on this pig. It was an unqualified disaster for the SNP. I knew that the SNP was going to perform poorly when John Swinney said that if the SNP won most seats in Scotland it would be a mandate …

Vote for Scotland?s interests, vote SNP
3 Jul 2024 at 4:10pm
Tomorrow it’s get rid of the Tories day. After fourteen years of miserable vindictiveness the Conservatives are on the way out. The Tories are in for a historic defeat. According to some opinion polls they could even be left vying with the Lib Dems for second place, which would strip them of the position of …

The end of the Tory nightmare, a worse one on the horizon
1 Jul 2024 at 6:41pm
We are in the final stretch of a Westminster general election campaign which, if the polls are accurate, will finally spell the end of fourteen years of a cruel, nasty, chaotic, corrupt, and incompetent Tory government which has presided over the devastation of public services, a huge rise in poverty, deprivation, and homelessness. One simple …

Vulture politics
21 Jun 2024 at 1:33pm
It’s obvious now who is going to win this Westminster general election. It’s going to be won by flag shagging British nationalists. We also know that it won’t be the Tory by flag shagging British nationalists, it will be the Labour by flag shagging British nationalists who have adopted a slew of Tory policies, followed …

Labour in Scotland, a fantasy manifesto from a fantasy party
18 Jun 2024 at 8:40pm
If I were to tell you that a major political party had published a manifesto for this Westminster general election which was largely about a different election for a different parliament – an election which isn’t due for two years, and that in its promises which do relate to Westminster it does not actually exist …

The rise of Farage spells the fall of the Union
15 Jun 2024 at 11:04am
Yesterday an opinion poll gave a result that was previously unthinkable. The vanity party of Nigel Farage, the hard right racist bloviator who has been a plook on the face of British politics since the 1990s, overtook the Tories as the second most favoured party in the Westminster general election. According to a YouGov poll, …

It?s all over for the Tories
13 Jun 2024 at 7:08pm
It’s all over bar the weeping and wailing and gnashing of Tory teeth – Rishi Sunak can afford to go to a private dentist and has never needed to worry about the struggles involved in getting registered with an NHS dentist – so as he ruminates upon the magnitude of the well deserved electoral humiliation …

The Courier

Scottish Politics News From Holyrood and Westminster | The Courier

Humza Yousaf and Nadia El-Nakla celebrate birth of baby girl
18 Jul 2024 at 10:18am
The Dundee-based former first minister welcomed daughter Liyana Jenin Yousaf into the world.

What next for Reform UK in Tayside and Fife after shock election surge?
18 Jul 2024 at 5:00am
In seats across Scotland, including Dundee and Fife constituencies, the party picked up more votes than Tories.

Could Labour?s GB Energy be based in Fife?
17 Jul 2024 at 5:00am
Aberdeen has been touted as the natural home for GB Energy - but does Fife have a chance given its own energy credentials?

Dundee and Perth SNP MPs demand Labour abolish ?most abhorrent? Tory policy
15 Jul 2024 at 3:16pm
Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer came under repeated pressure before the election over his refusal to reverse the two-child benefit cap.

Dundee-born SNP chief Stephen Flynn taunts England fans after Euros heartbreak
15 Jul 2024 at 10:35am
The SNP Westminster leader changed profile picture on X to a photo of Spain?s Dani Carvajal taunting England with a crying gesture.

Will SNP central belt and Fife snub benefit Dundee, Angus and Perth voters?
15 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
The election saw the SNP retreat to its heartland in Dundee, Angus and Perthshire.

First stop Kirkcaldy for new Scottish secretary as prime minister pushed on t...
12 Jul 2024 at 5:34pm
Ian Murray joined Kirkcaldy MP Melanie Ward to tour groups tackling poverty in Fife on his first official visit.

JK Rowling slammed by ex-Perthshire SNP MP for mocking his election defeat
12 Jul 2024 at 3:03pm
The Harry Potter author trolled John Nicolson on X following his general election loss.

STUART NICOLSON: SNP dialling down on independence would be a mistake
11 Jul 2024 at 1:30pm
All is far from lost, both for party's hopes of remaining in power in Scotland and for cause of independence, says former adviser to Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond.

Perthshire MP Pete Wishart becomes SNP?s Westminster deputy leader
10 Jul 2024 at 6:26pm
The party?s longest-serving MP is now Stephen Flynn?s No2 in the House of Commons.

Talking up Scotland

Talking-up Scotland / Facts on NHS, Crime, ferries and everything else you ca...

County Lines drug gangs from cities in England fuel major surge in violent cr...
21 Jul 2024 at 4:53pm
In the Express yesterday, we read: Knife crime epidemic rising faster in market towns after spread of county lines drug gangs. Knife crime is rising more rapidly in rural counties and market towns than in cities, a study has found. Although most of the police forces in the top 10 included large inner city areas, the study found offences were soaring at an alarming rate outside of urban regions....

Labour government Bill on the ?Lords Spiritual? extends and applies to Scotla...
21 Jul 2024 at 9:04am
By stewartb On the website of the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland we learn that of Labour Government Bills in the Kings Speech, 24 out of 40 are identified as applying in Scotland. Notable among them is this one: ?Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015 (Extension) Bill? concerning representation in the House of Lords. Lords reform It?s hard to resist looking back to 5 December 2022 when...

How the SNP might compensate the WASPI women and win the next election(s)
20 Jul 2024 at 10:28am
By Professor John Robertson I came up with this idea several months ago and sent it to the new FM John Swinney but have had no response. It has been warmly welcomed by most SNP members I’ve spoken to and by leading local WASPI leaders. One or two, understandably, have rejected it on the grounds that the UK Government should pay the bill. I understand that but doing at least something before mor...

How the SNP Government is already years ahead in the eradication of child pov...
20 Jul 2024 at 9:48am
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Total meltdown as new Scilly Islands ferry service launch is delayed for seco...
19 Jul 2024 at 9:28pm
From Cornwall News today: Another delay for new Isles of Scilly ferry service launch as boss quits. It looks like a total meltdown as it’s the second time the start up of the new company’s new crossings have been postponed within only a few hours. A planned new ferry service to the Isles of Scilly has hit choppy waters as its boss quit and it has now postponed its launch by over a week. The fir...

Do statements by leading Labour politicians in Scotland require Talking down ...
19 Jul 2024 at 7:00pm
By stewartb The Herald had this headline on 19 July 2024: ?Scots ?failed? by a lack of planning for a pandemic by SNP or Tories.? Within the article there is this: See . Before commenting further, note the sleekit attempt at casting doubt on ?transparency? and ?honesty?. It?s as if Wales was NOT also judged to be just as il...

418 ?unnatural, unexpected deaths? but Wes Streeting has no worries
19 Jul 2024 at 6:53pm
The day after the Health Service Journal (HSJ) shockingly reports, Review finds 418 ?unnatural, unexpected deaths? linked to troubled trust, BBC Norfolk, above, have no interest. In an extended report, the HSJ does not mention any politician, far less the Health Secretary. Only the Trust is blamed. BBC Health, equally show no interest. Imagine this was in Scotland with even just one, not 418 de...

Knowing the neighbour  ? insights from high profile English patriots
19 Jul 2024 at 3:56pm
By stewartb The profile of English patriotism has been heightened by two notable endorsements recently. Many may recall the open letter – to ?Dear England? – written by the England men?s football team manager, Gareth Southgate before the European Championship in 2021. This gained such a status that in advance of the England team’s appearance in the recent final of the same competition, the flag...

Understanding ?patriotism?  ? insights from the Labour Party
19 Jul 2024 at 3:49pm
By stewartb – a long read In early July this year and following elections to the European Parliament, we learned of the formation of a new alliance of far-right MEPs. The group chose for its name ?Patriots for Europe?. (See ?Patriotism? has become a much favoured characteristic recently. In April this year, Keir Starmer (20 April 2024) wrote a p...

England?s national debt is 885 times Scotland?s borrowing limit
19 Jul 2024 at 11:52am
The Herald today reports: UK public sector borrowing came in higher than expected in June, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Borrowing was £14.5 billion in June, £3.2 billion less than June last year, but well above the £11.6 billion forecast by the Government?s spending watchdog, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). Scotland can borrow a bit, contrary to some claims...

Scotland and Independence

"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News

Is the dream of Scottish independence over? - POLITICO Europe
1 May 2024 at 8:00am
Is the dream of Scottish independence over?  POLITICO Europe

Hundreds take part in march for Scottish independence -
4 May 2024 at 8:00am
Hundreds take part in march for Scottish independence

Scottish independence is dead? and good riddance - The Independent
8 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish independence is dead? and good riddance  The Independent

Scottish independence is dead in the water - The Telegraph
4 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish independence is dead in the water  The Telegraph

Scotland?s leader Humza Yousaf resigns after a year in power, throwing his pr...
29 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Scotland?s leader Humza Yousaf resigns after a year in power, throwing his pro-independence party into chaos  CNN

Scottish first minister John Swinney axes minister for independence role afte...
9 May 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish first minister John Swinney axes minister for independence role after appointing new cabinet  Sky News

Clive Lewis on a future UK republic and the right of Scots to choose independ...
21 Jul 2024 at 5:08am
Clive Lewis on a future UK republic and the right of Scots to choose independence  The National

UK Election Results: As SNP suffers a rout, Scotland's independence movement ...
5 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
UK Election Results: As SNP suffers a rout, Scotland's independence movement dealt a generational setback  Firstpost

Scotland?s independence warriors smashed in UK general election - POLITICO Eu...
5 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
Scotland?s independence warriors smashed in UK general election  POLITICO Europe

The fight to save the fractured Union - The New Statesman
15 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
The fight to save the fractured Union  The New Statesman


"SNP" - Google News

SNP consider breaking Erasmus manifesto vow due to £27m cost showing 'hollow'...
22 Jul 2024 at 12:01am
SNP consider breaking Erasmus manifesto vow due to £27m cost showing 'hollow' European Union boasts  Scottish Daily Express

SNP left in dark over Raac as own quango failed to warn them about Aberdeen -...
21 Jul 2024 at 8:00pm
SNP left in dark over Raac as own quango failed to warn them about Aberdeen  Scottish Daily Express

SNP faces £1m Westminster funding cut -
11 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
SNP faces £1m Westminster funding cut

Ex-SNP equalities officer Cameron Downing who wanted to 'beat up terfs' jaile...
16 Jul 2024 at 5:10pm
Ex-SNP equalities officer Cameron Downing who wanted to 'beat up terfs' jailed for sexual and physical assaults  Sky News

SNP?s humiliation in Scotland shows independence is no longer a priority - Th...
5 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
SNP?s humiliation in Scotland shows independence is no longer a priority  The Guardian

Labour v SNP: the general election is a closer race in Scotland - The Convers...
27 Jun 2024 at 8:00am
Labour v SNP: the general election is a closer race in Scotland  The Conversation

Scottish National Party's poor UK election showing derails independence push ...
5 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish National Party's poor UK election showing derails independence push  Reuters UK

Punishing SNP losses fuel speculation over the party?s purpose - Financial Times
5 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
Punishing SNP losses fuel speculation over the party?s purpose  Financial Times

SNP set for election humiliation leaving nationalists with just TEN seats - f...
4 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
SNP set for election humiliation leaving nationalists with just TEN seats - fewer than even the Tories - leavi  Daily Mail

Independence is ?a hard sell? after huge election losses, SNP admits - The In...
5 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
Independence is ?a hard sell? after huge election losses, SNP admits  The Independent

Referendum (Google News)

"Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph" - Google News

Is the dream of Scottish independence over? - POLITICO Europe
1 May 2024 at 8:00am
Is the dream of Scottish independence over?  POLITICO Europe

Voting intention in a referendum on Scottish independence 2018-2024 - Statista
4 Jul 2024 at 8:00am
Voting intention in a referendum on Scottish independence 2018-2024  Statista

Swinney says no change in SNP independence referendum strategy -
9 May 2024 at 8:00am
Swinney says no change in SNP independence referendum strategy

Election 2024: Scotland headed for huge change with SNP set to lose dozens of...
31 May 2024 at 8:00am
Election 2024: Scotland headed for huge change with SNP set to lose dozens of seats to Labour  The Conversation

Scotland?s leader Humza Yousaf resigns after a year in power, throwing his pr...
29 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Scotland?s leader Humza Yousaf resigns after a year in power, throwing his pro-independence party into chaos  CNN

Labour ahead of SNP in Scotland for first time since independence referendum ...
10 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Labour ahead of SNP in Scotland for first time since independence referendum  YouGov

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

Why SNP, my party, must finally move on from 2014 independence referendum - T...
20 Jul 2024 at 6:00am
Why SNP, my party, must finally move on from 2014 independence referendum  The Scotsman

Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (26-27 June 2...
27 Jun 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (26-27 June 2024)  Redfield & Wilton Strategies

Scotland's leader faces knife-edge no-confidence vote after collapsing coalit...
25 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Scotland's leader faces knife-edge no-confidence vote after collapsing coalition  Reuters UK