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The Herald

The Herald | Politics

New rail link in Scotland would provide 'economic boom' in North East
13 Jun 2024 at 10:11am
A study has suggested a new railway line connecting Fraserburgh and Peterhead with Aberdeen would provide an 'economic boom' in the North.

Farage: 'I will become leader of merged Tory-Reform party'
13 Jun 2024 at 10:47am
Nigel Farage wants to lead a ?merged? Conservative and Reform party after the general election.

Labour accused the SNP of scaremongering and telling lies
13 Jun 2024 at 6:30am
Anas Sarwar has insisted the NHS ?will never be sold off to private firms? by a Labour government.

Labour vow to strengthen Sewell and give MSPs parliamentary privilege
13 Jun 2024 at 12:00am
Labour will prioritise ?co-operation over conflict to deliver for Scotland? the party?s Shadow Scottish Secretary has said.

MSPs to hold final vote on abortion clinic buffer zones
12 Jun 2024 at 7:43am
The MSP responsible for buffer zone proposals outside abortion clinics has hailed the ?historic moment? as it enters its final stage in Holyrood.

Labour and the SNP neck and neck, finds new Ipsos Scotland poll
12 Jun 2024 at 3:25pm
Our most recent Ipsos Scotland poll has Labour and the SNP neck and neck, each with the support of 36% of likely voters. The Conservatives are trailing on 13%, with the Liberal Democrats on 5% and Reform on 4% (in contrast with recent UK-wide polls that estimate support for Reform at between 9% and 17%).

Sky Leader's Debate: Sunak looked like a man who has already given up
12 Jun 2024 at 9:18pm
It was probably Sir Keir Starmer?s toughest interview yet. Sky?s Beth Rigby properly gutted his tax plans, and pushed him on his support for Jeremy Corbyn.

Swinney denies independence would mean austerity despite IFS warning
12 Jun 2024 at 7:40pm
John Swinney has denied that Scottish independence would require austerity, despite warnings from the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

MSPs back plan to free hundreds of prisoners early amid overcrowding
12 Jun 2024 at 7:03pm
MSPs have backed Scottish Government plans to release prisoners early to ease pressures on the system.

Sunak aide placed bet on date of election days before announcement
12 Jun 2024 at 7:02pm
One of Rishi Sunak?s closest parliamentary aides is facing a Gambling Commission probe after he ?put a flutter? on when the General Election would take place.

MSPs vote to bring in buffer zones around Scotland's abortion clinics
12 Jun 2024 at 5:50pm
BUFFER zone legislation has passed the Scottish Parliament in a historic moment.

'Scottish Greens are not bad when they stick to real issues'
12 Jun 2024 at 5:30pm
In the quadrangle beneath Gilbert Scott?s Gothic Tower in Glasgow University, two photographers have set up their tripods. It?s an hour before the Scottish party leaders? election debate and I?d expected to see more snappers than these two. A chipped piping call overhead though, reveals all.

Swinney says there 'should be' a referendum within five years
12 Jun 2024 at 4:33pm
John Swinney has said there should be a referendum on Scottish independence in the next five years as he denied the SNP are downplaying the issue in its General Election campaign.

Sarwar confronted by angry activist over NHS privatisation
12 Jun 2024 at 4:13pm
Anas Sarwar has insisted the NHS ?will never be sold off to private firms? by a Labour government.


The Scotsman

The Scotsman Politics

MSPs back government?s emergency prisoner release plans
12 Jun 2024 at 6:02pm
Move will see around 550 inmates eligible for being freed early

Sky TV leaders' election event live: Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer to face gri...
12 Jun 2024 at 6:01pm

The two leaders will face questions from the public on Wednesday evening

Could Labour use private facilities to clear waiting lists in Scotland if Ana...
12 Jun 2024 at 5:16pm
Anas Sarwar was confronted by a party member over privatisation plans.

John Swinney: Independence referendum within five years is ?realistic? if SNP...
12 Jun 2024 at 1:58pm
The First Minister said a second referendum is ?absolutely what should happen?

Shocking poll result for Scottish Tories as SNP and Labour neck and neck in g...
12 Jun 2024 at 3:14pm

The Tories are set to be wiped out in Scotland, a new poll has suggested.

Who performed and who didn't on BBC Debate Night debate? John Swinney and Ana...
11 Jun 2024 at 9:11pm
The SNP and Scottish Labour leaders clashed over austerity.




Wings over Scotland

As far as they can take it
9 Jun 2024 at 2:19pm
Particularly alert readers may recall this from a few months ago: An SNP pledge? About independence? Bound to be kept, then, right? We jest, of course. But more pertinently, this specific one hasn’t been either – despite being passed by conference, which is still officially the SNP’s decision-making body. Councils across Scotland have been posting …

Fossil Free Books Fix The World
8 Jun 2024 at 10:11am
Holiday Boy has of course chosen the general election campaign to spend the next three weeks feeding stray cats somewhere sunny, so here’s a cartoon by the brilliant webcomicname that summarises the Baillie Gifford story for anyone joining us late. Because, y’know, idiots.

The Two Kirstys
7 Jun 2024 at 12:39pm
January 2018, with no general election due for four and a half years: “I very rarely talk about Scottish independence in the chamber, because I talk about things that matter” June 2024, with an election in four weeks and a £91,346 salary, expenses and pension at stake: “ROBERT THE BRUCE! BANNOCKBURN! DECLARATION OF ARBROATH! FLOWER …

The Elite And Me
5 Jun 2024 at 1:10pm
If you wanted to hear me yakking on about Scottish and UK politics for 45 minutes, an excellent way to achieve it would be clicking this image. If not, it’s probably best if you don’t.

Agents Of Change
4 Jun 2024 at 2:38pm
We’re going to be really, REALLY generous and not quibble about the “us”. Because it’s not even nearly the funniest thing here. Wings readers know all too well that paedo-bearded Ulster-born Herald columnist Neil Mackay only finds a tiny fraction of independence supporters acceptable, but he takes a moment anyway to remind us in his …

Outside the fence
3 Jun 2024 at 4:15pm
We were a little perplexed by this story. Because, for startlingly obvious reasons, even the SNP hasn’t had the brass neck to do a general fundraiser for this election, with the police’s inquiries still going on into the whereabouts of the cash from their last big appeals. But in fact the party has managed to …

Bottle Rockets
1 Jun 2024 at 6:59am

The Chef?s Kiss
30 May 2024 at 12:44pm
The Scottish public were just given a surprising answer to the question “Is it possible to be TOO much of a creepy misogynist pornsick nutcase for even the Scottish Greens?” But goodness gracious, that last line is a stone-cold mic-drop. The SNP is now the refuge of last resort for Scottish Greens rejects. Let that …

The forgotten women
28 May 2024 at 3:37pm
Last week’s controversy around the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre put the spotlight on the need for single-sex services to protect vulnerable women, but it’s very far from the only example of how Scottish women are being let down in this regard by both the Scottish Government and civic organisations. The homelessness system in Scotland has …

Virtual Reality
25 May 2024 at 6:59am

Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Craig Murray?s Extraordinary Election Campaign
13 Jun 2024 at 11:49am

This is pretty candid with Crispin Flintoff of Not the Andrew Marr Show

Craig Murray’s Extraordinary Election Campaign

Ten Facts About Craig Murray Part 2
12 Jun 2024 at 6:58pm

In the second instalment of 10 facts about Craig Murray, I talk about tuition fees.

Ten Facts About Craig Murray Part 2

Ten Facts About Craig Murray Part 1
11 Jun 2024 at 9:28pm

I have been told that many people in Blackburn know nothing of me, so I have made ten short videos giving ten facts about Craig Murray. I am posting one a day to be followed by ten equally short videos giving key policies for the future. So here is number one: Our campaign HQ is …

Ten Facts About Craig Murray Part 1

Our Current Campaign Leaflet
9 Jun 2024 at 11:29am

This is what we are currently putting through doors. In 50 years of political campaigning I have never before known a leaflet which in itself changes people’s attitudes towards you immediately. This one really does, in the most positive way possible. Do come and help me campaign. It is enjoyable to be on the side …

Our Current Campaign Leaflet

Campaign Speech on Gaza
7 Jun 2024 at 4:16pm

I am very busy on the stump in Blackburn. I hope you enjoy this one.

Campaign Speech on Gaza

George Galloway and Me: Stop the Genocide
29 May 2024 at 8:02pm

Now updated with Campaign Launch Video below. In December 1980 I stood alongside George Galloway in Caird Square as the flag of Palestine was hoisted above Dundee City Chambers to mark the twinning of Dundee with Nablus in the West Bank. I was 22 years old. George had led the campaign for the twinning, against …

George Galloway and Me: Stop the Genocide

BBC Scotland

BBC News

Keir Starmer launches Labour manifesto with wealth creation 'number one prior...
12 Jun 2024 at 5:04am
The Labour leader calls the manifesto "a total rejection... of the idea that we can't do any better" - but accepts there is no "magic wand".

How could global turmoil affect the election in Scotland?
13 Jun 2024 at 6:06am
A lot has happened in the five years since the United Kingdom last went to the polls in a general election.

Where does SNP claim of £18bn cuts under Labour come from?
13 Jun 2024 at 6:13am
The SNP insist Labour's tax and spending plans will mean £18bn in cuts, but Anas Sarwar says no to austerity.

UK should follow Scotland on higher tax - Swinney
12 Jun 2024 at 7:29pm
The SNP leader tells the BBC's Nick Robinson that taxing higher earners could avoid spending cuts

Early release of prisoners to ease overcrowding backed by MSPs
12 Jun 2024 at 7:18pm
The Scottish Prison Service said the move was necessary to protect the safety and welfare of inmates and staff.

MSPs approve buffer zones at abortion clinics
12 Jun 2024 at 5:25pm
The legislation would prevent any protests taking place within 200m of clinics offering abortion services.

Scottish party leaders clash on cost-of-living and NHS
11 Jun 2024 at 11:30pm
John Swinney, Anas Sarwar, Douglas Ross, Alex Cole-Hamilton and Lorna Slater took part in BBC Scotland's debate.

Anas Sarwar vows to save NHS 'broken by the SNP'
12 Jun 2024 at 6:13pm
The Scottish Labour leader says his party would cut waiting times and increase access to GPs.

Why are Scottish party leaders arguing about the NHS?
12 Jun 2024 at 12:56am
The future of the NHS and health was fiercely debated by party leaders in Scotland in  Tuesday night's BBC Scotland debate.

Party leaders asked how they will help struggling families
11 Jun 2024 at 11:36pm
The leaders of five of Scotland's political parties clashed on the economy in a special live BBC Scotland debate.

Douglas Ross denies MSP role is 'job insurance'
11 Jun 2024 at 12:44pm
He is stepping down as Scottish Conservative leader and will only remain an MSP if he fails to get elected to Westminster.

Former Scottish Greens leader Robin Harper joins Labour
11 Jun 2024 at 1:04pm
The UK's first Green parliamentarian writes to voters in Edinburgh asking them to support Labour.

Scot Goes Pop

SNP *level* with Labour in crucial Ipsos telephone poll
12 Jun 2024 at 1:19pm
SNP 36%Labour 36%Conservatives 13% Liberal Democrats 5%  Reform UK 4% Greens 3%More details and analysis to follow...

Multi-talented Douglas Ross in line for leading industry award for "most inve...
10 Jun 2024 at 3:22pm
I can only assume the announcement of Douglas Ross' pre-resignation as leader is intended to shore up the Tory vote, but I'm not sure it will have that effect - or at least not in Aberdeenshire Nor...

If Alba are serious about "mobilising the independence vote", it would help i...
9 Jun 2024 at 6:02pm
Nominations for the general election have closed, so the die is now cast.  I was hoping Alba wouldn't stand as many as nineteen candidates in a first-past-the-post election, but on the other hand I...

A plea for some tech advice, or for practical advice on where to get tech help
9 Jun 2024 at 2:57am
I apologise for doing this, but I've got myself into a right old technological pickle, and it's important enough that I don't want to muck around and make matters worse, particularly in the middle ...

The SNP's Stephen Flynn was the overwhelming winner of last night's seven-way...
8 Jun 2024 at 11:14am
More in Common carried out a snap poll on last night's BBC debate.  On the question of who won, Stephen Flynn was only fourth among viewers across Britain, which is perhaps inevitable given that 85...

Photos from Alba's campaign launch
7 Jun 2024 at 8:42pm
I went to the Alba campaign launch this morning.  I was a bit surprised that it was being held in Sloans, where I'd only been twice before (once for one of the "separatist dinners" back in the days...

Ip Ip Ip Ipsos: new telephone poll has the SNP on 5% of the Britain-wide vote...
6 Jun 2024 at 10:02pm
The title of this blogpost is a rather niche nod to the "Ip Ip Ip Ipswich" headline that heralded the Liberal landslide in the 1906 general election.  Actually that's a warning from history for Sta...

Scottish Tories in total disarray as they sack David Duguid so that Douglas R...
6 Jun 2024 at 10:46am
A political party is not in a good place when one of their MPs ends up in intensive care and the first thought of the leader and the people around him is: "aha, an opportunity!"  Actually, it's exa...

STV Politics News

Latest Politics News | STV News

First Minister?s Questions: John Swinney faces MSPs as Labour set to launch m...
13 Jun 2024 at 12:06pm
The First Minister will face MSPs at Holyrood on Thursday.

Election Daily June 13: Labour manifesto launch, debate aftermath, Lib Dems p...
13 Jun 2024 at 10:31am
Labour is set to unveil its manifesto focusing on economic growth and stability.

General Election: Why has Scotland lost two MPs and has my constituency changed?
13 Jun 2024 at 6:57am
Scotland is losing two MPs at the upcoming election following a boundary review that will change all but nine constituencies.

No surprises on tax in Labour manifesto, Keir Starmer says
12 Jun 2024 at 9:37pm
The Labour leader was pressed about whether his party would consider hiking fuel duty or capital gains tax to raise more cash for the public purse.

Rishi Sunak?s close parliamentary aide faces probe after betting on July elec...
12 Jun 2024 at 9:14pm
Craig Williams, who served as the Prime Minister?s parliamentary private secretary and is the Conservative candidate for Montgomeryshire and Glyndwr, admitted to placing a bet on when the poll woul...

John Swinney: Independent Scotland would not resort to austerity
12 Jun 2024 at 8:49pm
The First Minister and SNP leader was speaking on the BBC?s Panorama programme.

Scottish Greens abortion buffer zones bill passed overwhelmingly at Holyrood
12 Jun 2024 at 6:07pm
The Abortion Services Safe Access Zones (Scotland) Bill was agreed by 118 votes to one at its final stage in the Scottish Parliament.

Unite union demands John Swinney reveal plan to save Grangemouth oil refinery...
12 Jun 2024 at 4:07pm
Union says political leaders in Edinburgh and London are 'posted missing' amid attempts to save hundreds of jobs at the site.

SNP and Labour neck-and-neck in Scotland ahead of General Election, finds Ips...
12 Jun 2024 at 12:00pm
Scotland's governing party has now lost its lead over Labour, according to STV's first survey since the General Election was called.

Election Daily June 12: STV poll results, debate aftermath, Labour in NHS pledge
12 Jun 2024 at 10:05am
The First Minister is due to raise the issue of public spending as campaigning continues across the country.

Abortion clinic buffer zone new laws face final vote at Holyrood
12 Jun 2024 at 7:58am
If it passes the final vote, anti-abortion protesters will not be able to gather within 200 metres of hospitals and clinics where terminations are carried out.

Austerity dominates clashes between leaders in Scotland in live BBC TV showdown
11 Jun 2024 at 10:05pm
The leaders of the five main parties in Scotland took part in a live General Election television debate.

Rishi Sunak vows to slash immigration and taxes as he battles to keep place i...
11 Jun 2024 at 9:09pm
The Prime Minister acknowledged voters? frustrations with him and his party, but insisted the Conservatives had ?big ideas? for the future.

Douglas Ross apologises to Scottish Tory voters after ?not good enough? few d...
11 Jun 2024 at 7:56pm
The Scottish Tory leader admitted the last few days had been ?very challenging? for his party.

Daily Record

Daily Record - Politics

Five ways Labour's general election manifesto will affect Scots
13 Jun 2024 at 12:57pm
The UK Labour leader announced the measures which his party will put into place if they come to power.

Scotland in line for £470m funding boost if Labour kicks out the Tories from ...
13 Jun 2024 at 12:02pm
Holyrood will receive £320m in extra funding under Labour plans for targeted tax rises.

Keir Starmer pledges to 'change Britain' as Labour unveils general election m...
13 Jun 2024 at 11:50am
The Labour manifesto blamed both the SNP and Conservatives for "shattering trust in politics" over the last 14 years.

Labour Government would give Scotland Office £150m levelling up cash to cut p...
13 Jun 2024 at 4:30am
The Scotland Office will become a proper spending department if Labour forms the Government after the general election.

Keir Starmer says Labour won't scrap two child benefit cap in general electio...
12 Jun 2024 at 8:44pm
The UK Labour leader said he was refusing to commit to "unfunded promises" like Tory Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

John Swinney says he would hike taxes if he was Prime Minister to plug £18bn ...
12 Jun 2024 at 7:14pm
The SNP leader used an interview with the BBC to call on the next UK Government to follow Holyrood's example and make higher earners pay more tax.

Ian Blackford 'has role to play' in SNP as former Westminster leader hints at...
12 Jun 2024 at 6:25pm
EXCLUSIVE: Speaking to the Planet Holyrood podcast, the senior Nationalist said he would take some time "to reflect" on his future but added he was "not done" with the independence cause.

Abortion buffer zones bill to become law after being passed at Holyrood
12 Jun 2024 at 5:14pm
The Safe Access Zones Bill passed stage three at Holyrood today after a majority of MSPs voted in favour of it.

John Swinney pledges to work with Labour to secure 'sustainable' future for G...
12 Jun 2024 at 1:50pm
The SNP leader said "we all know we have a transition to net zero to make" when asked about the future of oil refining at Grangemouth.

John Swinney says Scottish independence referendum within five years is 'real...
12 Jun 2024 at 1:01pm
The SNP leader said the "best and most reliable way" to achieve independence was via a referendum.

The National

The National | Politics

Why France's election may be more worth watching than the UK's
13 Jun 2024 at 1:10pm

SOME say it?s a bold decision and fully respects the French constitution when deadlock prevents the government from fully functioning. Others say it represents a massive political gamble that President Emmanuel Macron could well regret if it puts his credibility and authority on the line for the three years that remain of his second term.

FMQs: Anas Sarwar called out as he's 'contradicted by London bosses'
13 Jun 2024 at 1:00pm

Anas Sarwar was called out for being "contradicted by his London bosses" as he and John Swinney went head-to-head at FMQs ...

Labour manifesto launch: Keir Starmer says austerity fears 'defeatism'
13 Jun 2024 at 12:45pm

KEIR Starmer has said fears Labour would preside over major spending cuts in office are ?defeatist? ? as he insisted his party would go for growth ...

Why not celebrate all the good initiatives that happen in Scotland?
13 Jun 2024 at 12:00pm

I READ Stan Grodynski?s letter (June 10) and so very typical of Stan?s correspondence he is on the money. Brian Lawson?s reply (June 11) merely represents more groaning and carping from a disgruntled ?previous? SNP member and councillor.

It?s fine to criticise the SNP, but make sure it?s constructive
13 Jun 2024 at 12:00pm

LITERALLY it?s relatively easy to kick people when they are down but hard to find a way to pick them up. Unionists are only too keen to demonstrate this with regard to the SNP, as evidenced in the letters pages across all the UK newspapers including, although to a lesser extent, The National.

Protester interrupts Keir Starmer speech at Labour manifesto launch
13 Jun 2024 at 11:44am

KEIR Starmer?s keynote speech was interrupted by a protester at the launch of Labour?s manifesto.

Anas Sarwar red faced as Labour undermines 'no austerity' pledge
13 Jun 2024 at 11:09am

ANAS Sarwar has been urged to apologise for ?misleading voters? after he told a BBC debate that Labour would not bring in austerity ? two days before the party?s manifesto suggested that?s exactly what they will do ...

Labour warned over new Scotland Office spending plans
13 Jun 2024 at 10:38am

LABOUR have been warned against a ?partisan? approach to funding deprived areas if they win the next election ? after promising to continue devolution-busting spending arrangements pioneered by the Tories.

European Court: Hungary fined 200m euros for failed asylum rules
13 Jun 2024 at 9:35am

THE European Court of Justice has ordered Hungary to pay a fine of 200 million euros (£168.7 million) and a further one million euros (£843,500) per day of delay for failing to comply with the bloc?s asylum rules ...

Labour set to announce major spending cuts if party gains power
13 Jun 2024 at 9:01am

KEIR Starmer is set to announce major spending cuts if Labour gain power at the General Election after repeatedly ruling out major tax rises ...

Holyrood Magazine

Holyrood Website

Hundreds of elderly patients wait more than half a day in hospital, Douglas R...
13 Jun 2024 at 1:58pm
John Swinney said at FMQs his government were working to reduce delayed discharge to bring down "congestion" in hospitals

General election poll: Labour closes in on the SNP
12 Jun 2024 at 3:57pm
Ipsos poll puts the parties neck-and-neck on voter intention

Anas Sarwar to set out NHS plans as John Swinney pledges to oppose spending cuts
12 Jun 2024 at 6:00am
The Tories will highlight support for the whisky sector,?the Greens focus on sustainability and the Lib Dems will promote green job plans

UK AI sector most valuable in Europe, new report reveals
11 Jun 2024 at 5:35pm
The UK?s AI sector has been valued at ?70bn, making it the number one in Europe.

Rishi Sunak pledges tax cuts at Conservative manifesto launch
11 Jun 2024 at 5:07pm
Here's what we learned from the Tory manifesto launch

SNP calls on watchdogs to investigate Douglas Ross expenses claims
11 Jun 2024 at 12:34pm
'It is in the public interest for these allegations to be investigated immediately'

CodeClan relaunches to meet "high demand" for skilled workers
11 Jun 2024 at 11:15am
Technology incubator CodeBase plans to relaunch CodeClan this summer, following ?high levels? of demand for skilled workers

AI-powered system could transform cancer care
11 Jun 2024 at 11:00am
The tool could accelerate cancer diagnosis and help predict patient outcomes

Former Scottish Green leader Robin Harper joins Labour
11 Jun 2024 at 10:54am
The UK's first ever Green parliamentarian says Labour is the "only party" with a plan to tackle climate change

Douglas Ross questioned over reasoning for leadership resignation
11 Jun 2024 at 1:34am
Ross was asked whether the decision was made due to claims he used his MP expenses to fund travel for his football work

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian

Chaotic resignation of Scottish Tory leader may hasten split from UK Conserva...
13 Jun 2024 at 11:41am
Idea of Scottish Tories reforming as new centre-right party more attuned to region?s political landscape gaining forceUK general election live ? latest updatesWhat began as one man?s unforced error could result in an overdue reckoning about the future of the centre right in Scotland, according to...

?Fresh start?: undecided Edinburgh voters agree Tories haven?t delivered for ...
13 Jun 2024 at 8:00am
Unenthused and uninspired focus group wavers between Labour and ?fatigued? SNP in push to vote out ConservativesChaotic resignation of Scottish Tory leader may hasten split from UK ConservativesUK general election live ? latest updates?Nicola Sturgeon was the be-all and end-all for the SNP? was h...

UK politics: Anas Sarwar says election is about ?getting rid of Tories?, not ...
11 Jun 2024 at 9:17pm
This live blog is now closed, you can find Wednesday?s blog hereMomentum, the leftwing Labour group set up when Jeremy Corbyn was leader, is not happy about Keir Starmer?s jibe about Corbyn?s manifesto.Labour?s 2019 manifesto was fully costed. Keir should know, he stood on it as a member of the ...

Harder to own your first home under the Tories, Rishi Sunak admits ? UK polit...
10 Jun 2024 at 8:58pm
PM acknowledges in BBC Panorama interview to air tonight that it is a challenge for people to buy their first homeSign up for Election Edition, our UK general election newsletterDavey sums up the Lib Dems? plans on health and social careAnd he says he wants to mention one other policy he is parti...

Douglas Ross to resign as Scottish Tory leader after election
10 Jun 2024 at 11:02am
Surprise announcement comes amid internal party pressure and fresh allegations over expenses claimsDouglas Ross has announced he will stand down as leader of the Scottish Conservatives on 4 July amid growing internal pressure over his multiple roles in the party and fresh allegations about improp...

How will seven parties hope to make their mark in BBC election debate?
7 Jun 2024 at 1:20pm
With Penny Mordaunt, Angela Rayner, Daisy Cooper, Nigel Farage and more, expect sparky and chaotic exchangesUK general election live ? latest updatesFriday evening?s seven-way debate could be sparky and chaotic, not to mention eye-opening given the range of representatives on show ? two leaders, ...

UK politics: IFS attacks Tory pledge not to reform ?absurd? council tax syste...
6 Jun 2024 at 5:47pm
Thinktank says at least half of houses are in the ?wrong band? with those in the north of England and Midlands paying too muchAnneliese Dodds, the Labour party chair, has said the revelation that the Tories are still taking money from Frank Hester shows Rishi Sunak has ?no integrity?. In a statem...

Scottish Tory leader says he plans to stand in key SNP target seat
6 Jun 2024 at 11:21am
Douglas Ross says he will ?lead from the front? after David Duguid not selected in Aberdeenshire North and Moray EastUK general election live ? latest updatesThe Scottish Conservative leader, Douglas Ross, has announced he plans to stand again for Westminster in a key Scottish National party targ...

Will Labour or the SNP serve Scots and their families better? | Letters
4 Jun 2024 at 6:14pm
The SNP?s child payment policy covers all children, whereas Labour can?t even commit to abolishing the two-child benefit cap, writes Sue Hawthorne. However, Alex Gallagher and Mark Openshaw are less enthused about the SNP?s recordDani Garavelli says the Scottish National party has not eradicated ...

SNP says Scottish Labour is rewriting party?s spending plans in TV debate
3 Jun 2024 at 11:51pm
John Swinney claims Anas Sarwar not keeping to Rachel Reeves?s constraints on NHS, schools and renewables funding as leaders clashThe SNP has accused Scottish Labour of ?completely rewriting? Rachel Reeves?s spending plans, as the party leaders took part in the first televised debate of the elect...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug

Mappa Kernow ? a Cornish language map of Cornwall
11 Jun 2024 at 2:38pm
It has been over ten years in the making, but at long last my Cornish language map of Cornwall is back from the printer. This map has been produced jointly by myself and the place name panel of the Cornish language umbrella body Akademi Kernewek and its predecessor, the place name and signage panel of …

Goodbye and good riddance, Douglas Ross
10 Jun 2024 at 3:21pm
Goodbye and good riddance Douglas Ross, you won’t be missed. Scotland’s leading political hypocrite and back stabber has announced that he is standing down as the leader of the Scottish Conservatives. He also announced, in a shameless instance of hedging his bets, that he will also stand down as an MSP, but only if he …

Nasty Tories in a panic
7 Jun 2024 at 5:39pm
The Tories have a well deserved reputation as the Nasty Party and during this general election campaign as they stare at electoral devastation in the face, the Tories appear to have decided that the reason they are so unpopular is because they are not being unpleasant and out of touch enough. The Conservatives are the …

Farage?s emergency announcement, an emergency for whom?
3 Jun 2024 at 6:57pm
Nigel Farage is the herpes of British politics, annoying, nasty, and impossible to get rid of. After saying for weeks that he wouldn’t be contesting the general election for his Reform party vanity vehicle, and that Reform would not be doing any deals with the Tories, Farage announced on Monday morning that he and his …

The SNP?s target should be Starmer?s right wing policies and many lies
31 May 2024 at 12:33pm
We’re only just over a week into the Westminster general election campaign and it is already unfolding in a drearily predictable way with the SNP being marginalised, Labour spouting hollow promises of ‘change’ that it has no intention of realising and the Tories losing what little plot they once possessed. The Scottish Tories are being …

The Meh-neral election
26 May 2024 at 2:00pm
You may have noticed that we are going to have a Westminster general election on 4 July. Yet despite the fact that after fourteen miserable years we are finally poised to get rid of the most right wing, mendacious, corrupt, cruel, and chaotic government in living memory, there’s no real widespread excitement and anticipation. That …

Make the fourth of July Scotland?s independence day
22 May 2024 at 6:17pm
Isn’t it bloody typical. It seems like every time I decide to take a few days off for the good of my mental and emotional well being, some big political story breaks. And here we go again. After a day of increasingly fevered speculation, Rishi Sunak has announced that there will be a Westminster general …

Blog break
20 May 2024 at 11:41am
Just a quick note to let everyone know that we have an old friend staying with us this week so I won’t be updating the blog for a few days. Normal ranting service will be resumed on Monday. In the meantime there will no doubt be plenty to keep you all occupied in the comments …

Going through the motions
14 May 2024 at 12:07pm
Rishi Sunak gave a landmark speech on Monday. That’s landmark in the sense of an abandoned ruin by the side of the road to nowhere. The Prime Minister was attempting yet another relaunch, but he was really swimming in the sea offshore from an English beach – just going through the motions. All he has …

Many thanks to everyone ? fundraiser update
9 May 2024 at 4:31pm
I just wanted to thank everyone who contributed to or supported this year’s Wee Ginger Dug fundraiser. I was even more apprehensive about it this year than I have been in years past. There is a cost of living crisis which has had a severe impact on the budgets of many households, and it’s fair …

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Is Dundee woman standing for election under YouTube star?s name?
13 Jun 2024 at 11:39am
Niko Omilana's name is registered in 11 constituencies across the UK, including Dundee Central.

ALASDAIR CLARK: Wheels have come off bungled Tory election campaign
13 Jun 2024 at 6:00am
Voters seem likely to pass a harsh judgement on the Conservatives after such a disrespectful campaign.

General Election 2024: Who are my local candidates in Dundee, Perth and Kinro...
10 Jun 2024 at 5:27pm
Find out who is standing in your constituency in our interactive map and list here.

5 Tories in the frame to replace Douglas Ross as Scottish Tory leader
10 Jun 2024 at 3:00pm
The race is on to replace the outgoing boss who announced he's stepping down after the July 4 general election.

Douglas Ross to quit as Scottish Tory leader after July 4 Westminster election
10 Jun 2024 at 10:04am
The Conservative leader made the shock announcement as he revealed his intention to stand down from Holyrood if he wins on July 4.

Perth and Kinross-shire Reform candidate slammed after ?out of touch? TV inte...
9 Jun 2024 at 4:36pm
Helen McDade was grilled by the BBC on her party's stance around immigration, net zero and private healthcare. 

Falkland-based former FM Henry McLeish calls for ?trust and tolerance? to rev...
8 Jun 2024 at 6:00am
In a Courier interview ahead of the General Election, the Fife-born-and-bred former Labour first minister urges Sir Keir Starmer to ?put a premium on developing devolution? as an alternative to independence.

Dundee ?in play? for Labour in general election, Anas Sarwar says
6 Jun 2024 at 5:56pm
The Scottish Labour leader was campaigning in the city which deserted his party for the SNP in recent elections.

Fife councillor dramatically quits Labour in anger over Kirkcaldy candidate row
6 Jun 2024 at 12:10pm
Julie MacDougall was blocked from standing last year and is angry at a candidate from outside Fife being chosen to run.

Can Tories shock SNP in John Swinney?s Perthshire heartlands?
6 Jun 2024 at 5:00am
The Conservatives hope to deal the first minister a symbolic blow at the July 4 general election.

Talking up Scotland

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

Deadly cancer treatment delays significantly less common in NHS Scotland
13 Jun 2024 at 9:03am
By Professor John Robertson Thanks to Dottie for alerting me to this: In the Guardian, today: The first report, by Cancer Research UK, found that 382,000 cancer patients in England were not treated on time since 2015. The charity investigated how many patients had begun treatment 62 days or longer after being urgently referred for suspected cancer. The national NHS target ? under which at least...

New research shows that building ferries overseas means getting ?the more exp...
13 Jun 2024 at 8:34am
The troubled BC Ferries, operating in the less windy and more affluent conditions of British Columbia has an appalling record of unreliability, high prices and elderly vessels, set against record dividends for shareholders. Scotland’s islanders really need to do a bit of reading on them. Late in the day, the owners have put out a global competitive call for builders of 7 new vessels. B.C. shipb...

?I?ll save the NHS. Sir Keir will let me have a go? Another liar ? the apple ...
13 Jun 2024 at 7:11am
From the Guardian in 1999: Mohammed Sarwar Father of Anas, above, the suspended Labour MP, was yesterday accused of telling ‘a hundred lies’ over the events which led to his arrest. As he gave evidence for a second day at the High Court in Edinburgh, he admitted he had lied to his lawyer and a Labour Party investigation after a newspaper published an article that he believed would destroy his...

As BBC Reporting Scotland campaign on cancer care, the facts about the best a...
13 Jun 2024 at 6:44am
Read the facts, fully sourced, at: Read the facts, fully sourced, at: Read the facts, fully sourced, at:

Once more, global pollsters with no ties to London find Yes ahead again
12 Jun 2024 at 1:15pm
In a sea of angry red NOs going back for the last year and beyond, one pollster repeatedly fails to find the evidence that folk are abandoning the Yes movement despite a series of politically orchestrated ‘scandals’. Ipsos – Institut Public de Sondage d’Opinion Secteur) is a multinational market research and consulting firm with headquarters in Paris, France. The company was founded in 1975 by ...

Those with a disability more confident about reporting hate crime as other fo...
12 Jun 2024 at 8:40am
By Professor John Robertson As the Herald pounce on a total 1.5%, statistically insignificant, increase in hate crime, the facts that a decent report would offer: The above increase is due entirely to an increase in the reporting of hate crime based on disability. This may be a good thing, revealing only that those with a disability are now more confident about reporting such abuse and that pol...

Before they begin to rejoice that ?suspected? drug deaths are up, real drug d...
11 Jun 2024 at 1:58pm
‘Suspected’ drug deaths based on police reports from crime scenes, with no blood tests, are up 7% on the previous quarter. Expect a joyous media flutter on this and the SNP to be accused of betrayal. The actual, real, drug deaths figures for 2023 will not be published until August 2024 but the trend is abundantly clear, above. Why are they falling? Westminster is ultimately responsible for Scot...

An exposé of the UK?s failings is all the more compelling when the source is ...
11 Jun 2024 at 11:06am
When an independent, London-based, Anglo-centric, establishment-endorsed, centrist think tank concludes the UK state is failing, those in Scotland not yet convinced about ending the Union should take heed! By stewartb – a long read Views I came across recently, expressed in two quite different places, triggered the writing of what follows. The first was an article by Martin Wolf in the FT (10 J...

Do Scotland?s Labour candidates support their leader?s laughing at child pove...
11 Jun 2024 at 10:47am
Here’s Sir Keir, tin-eared and clearly complacent about poverty, laughing at a wee girl talking about her family’s fuel poverty: What kind of people are the Labour candidates in Scotland, if they can keep going behind this horrible man? And, do the Labour candidates in Scotland accept his views on the two child benefit cap? See this from the Canary, today: The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) ...

Will Central Ayrshire Labour candidate condemn his leader?s hypocritical use ...
10 Jun 2024 at 7:00pm
From the Irvine Times, today: Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Jonathan Reynolds joined his party’s candidate for Central Ayrshire on a visit to Prestwick’s GE Caledonian site at the weekend. Mr Reynolds and candidate Alan Gemmell OBE were exploring the potential for future investment and jobs in Prestwick’s aerospace sector. From the Guardian on 31st May:: Keir Starmer has admitted travell...

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

Labour strengthens position in Scotland as Ipsos poll shows a close race - Ip...
11 Jun 2024 at 5:00pm
Labour strengthens position in Scotland as Ipsos poll shows a close race  Ipsos in Canada

Scottish independence poll 2024 - Statista
23 May 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish independence poll 2024  Statista

John Swinney rows back on SNP's 'independence negotiations' pledge in BBC int...
12 Jun 2024 at 7:16pm
John Swinney rows back on SNP's 'independence negotiations' pledge in BBC interview  The National

Scottish parties leaders clash on cost-of-livng and NHS in BBC debate -
11 Jun 2024 at 10:54pm
Scottish parties leaders clash on cost-of-livng and NHS in BBC debate

Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (1-2 June 202...
2 Jun 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (1-2 June 2024)  Redfield & Wilton Strategies

Swinney denies independence would mean austerity despite IFS warning - Herald...
12 Jun 2024 at 7:40pm
Swinney denies independence would mean austerity despite IFS warning  HeraldScotland

Scottish leaders debate: Party bosses clash on cost of living, the NHS and in...
11 Jun 2024 at 1:00am
Scottish leaders debate: Party bosses clash on cost of living, the NHS and independence  BBC

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 now holds 10pt lead over SNP in Scotland - YouGov
20 May 2024 at 8:00am
Labour now holds 10pt lead over SNP in Scotland  YouGov


"SNP" - Google News

It's over for the SNP, and voters have finally realised - The Telegraph
12 Jun 2024 at 6:01pm
It's over for the SNP, and voters have finally realised  The Telegraph

SNP leader John Swinney says UK should follow Scotland's lead on higher tax -...
13 Jun 2024 at 6:52am
SNP leader John Swinney says UK should follow Scotland's lead on higher tax

SNP deletes TikTok election campaign video featuring sexually explicit song -...
30 May 2024 at 8:00am
SNP deletes TikTok election campaign video featuring sexually explicit song  The Guardian

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

Police Scotland's chief constable: SNP finance probe heading to prosecutors '...
13 May 2024 at 8:00am
Police Scotland's chief constable: SNP finance probe heading to prosecutors 'within weeks'  Sky News

Nigel Farage to stand in election and become leader of Reform UK - BBC
2 Jun 2024 at 8:00am
Nigel Farage to stand in election and become leader of Reform UK  BBC

Who is John Swinney, Scotland?s new first minister after Humza Yousaf quit? -...
10 May 2024 at 8:00am
Who is John Swinney, Scotland?s new first minister after Humza Yousaf quit?  Al Jazeera English

SNP says Scottish Labour is rewriting party?s spending plans in TV debate - T...
3 Jun 2024 at 8:00am
SNP says Scottish Labour is rewriting party?s spending plans in TV debate  The Guardian

Only SNP offering route back to EU - McAllan -
30 May 2024 at 8:00am
Only SNP offering route back to EU - McAllan

UK politics: SNP?s Swinney warns general election will be ?the biggest challe...
2 Jun 2024 at 8:00am
UK politics: SNP?s Swinney warns general election will be ?the biggest challenge for years? ? as it happened  The Guardian

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

John Swinney says there 'should be' an independence vote within five years - ...
12 Jun 2024 at 4:43pm
John Swinney says there 'should be' an independence vote within five years  HeraldScotland

John Swinney rows back on SNP's 'independence negotiations' pledge in BBC int...
12 Jun 2024 at 7:16pm
John Swinney rows back on SNP's 'independence negotiations' pledge in BBC interview  The National

The SNP feels the heat in Scotland's election campaign - The Economist
6 Jun 2024 at 1:55pm
The SNP feels the heat in Scotland's election campaign  The Economist

Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (1-2 June 202...
2 Jun 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (1-2 June 2024)  Redfield & Wilton Strategies

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

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

Humza Yousaf sets out Scottish independence plan -
14 Sep 2023 at 8:00am
Humza Yousaf sets out Scottish independence plan

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

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