David Cameron warning on EU migrants deal 26 Jun 2015 at 12:55pm
A European Union deal to relocate 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece could be "counter-productive" by encouraging more people to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in smugglers' boats, David Cameron has warned.
FOR all the grandstanding, hullabaloo and sound-bites, it is sometimes easy to forget that the primary role of an MP is to be a legislator. It is actually something many MPs would rather not remember and, if possible, ignore because the job of being a lawmaker is in reality an extremely tedious and thankless one.
SCOTTISH Labour members were told “there is too much gloom and doom” about the party’s prospects in next year’s Holyrood election as the candidates to succeed Jim Murphy took part in a leadership hustings.
GREECE is today expected to default on the €1.6 billion (£1.14bn) it owes to the International Monetary Fund, causing further shock waves for global financial markets, which fell sharply yesterday as the country’s banks were closed and capital controls began to bite.
Greece isn?t the word by Douglas Daniel 30 Jun 2015 at 7:21am
In today’s Scotsman, Peter Jones makes the case for why an independent Scotland would have been plunged into the same crisis currently affecting Greece (and making the case along the way for why George Osborne’s austerity is inevitable and we should just shut up and accept it). He insists strenuously throughout the article that he’s […]
The fast-moving world of news by Rev. Stuart Campbell 29 Jun 2015 at 5:09am
Here’s the Times (Scotland edition) last Wednesday: A lot has happened since then, of course. Here’s the Scotland News page of the Times website the next day. As you can see at the bottom left, the paper published a piece pointing out that Wednesday’s front-page splash and editorial leader were completely and utterly wrong, although […]
The snoopers at your shoulder by Rev. Stuart Campbell 28 Jun 2015 at 9:43am
The “Clypegate” dossier didn’t bring Scottish Labour the scale of PR triumph they’d hoped for. Few papers bothered picking it up at all, with only a comically error-strewn Tom Peterkin piece in Scotland On Sunday (which amusingly specified the number of alleged offenders named as variously “50”, “almost 50″ and “46”, never quite managing to get to the actual […]
Soapbox: On A Boat by Pete Sinclair 28 Jun 2015 at 3:11am
I was on my way to work in London the other morning when I heard someone talking on his mobile phone. He was a white English man in his thirties, wearing builder’s gear, presumably on his way to work too. We were heading in the same direction, so I listened to his end of the […]
Clypegate, in numbers and pictures by Rev. Stuart Campbell 27 Jun 2015 at 10:55am
By now you should all have had a chance to marvel at the extraordinary madness that is Scottish Labour’s 51-page suicide note of SNP members who’ve said rude words on the internet since 2012. You may even have had time to read a data protection expert (and Labour voter)’s assessment of all the ways in which the dossier […]
A bunch of tw*ts by Tim Turner 27 Jun 2015 at 6:43am
The Englishman who wades into Scottish politics on either side, especially if he lives in England, is probably taking a huge risk of being disagreed with vehemently, no matter what he says. Nevertheless, the explosion of interest into the so-called ?Clypegate? list has a Data Protection angle that I cannot resist. To summarise, it seems that the […]
The Clypegate Files by Rev. Stuart Campbell 27 Jun 2015 at 4:35am
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, the document at the heart of this insanity has been leaked, so you can now see it for yourself. We’ll have more on it later. EDIT 12.55pm: File now deleted, mirror here.
Are you now or have you ever been? by Rev. Stuart Campbell 26 Jun 2015 at 2:51pm
No hiding place. Because no matter how mad it sounds, this is a real thing that’s happening: The dossier everyone’s calling “#Clypegate” is embargoed until Sunday. Mark it in your diaries as the day Scottish Labour finally died.
Money-where-your-mouth-is time by Rev. Stuart Campbell 26 Jun 2015 at 7:36am
STV’s notorious quisling correspondent Stephen “Stevo” Daisley has an interesting piece today about the latest manufactured “cybernat” shock-horror outrage being punted by the Daily Mail (although curiously, the major “CYBERNAT WEB OF HATE!” exposé they promised readers would be published on Thursday is yet to materialise). Daisley’s column makes some valid points about how the SNP could distance […]
Early literacy 'key' to closing gap 29 Jun 2015 at 4:33am
Improving the language skills of young children from deprived backgrounds could be the key to closing Scotland's attainment gap, according to a report.
Ferry workers dispute talks postponed 29 Jun 2015 at 9:06am
Caledonian MacBrayne and two unions postpone a meeting that was due to be held in an effort to resolve a dispute over jobs and pensions.
Rates 'burden' for tourism industry 29 Jun 2015 at 3:17am
The burden of business rates is falling heavily on the tourism industry, with some paying more than a fifth of their surplus earnings on rates bills.
'Bias' objection over abuse inquiry 26 Jun 2015 at 11:05am
Two Catholic charities lodge a legal objection to the choice of chairwoman of Scotland's public inquiry into historical cases of child abuse.
Law reform call on young criminals 27 Jun 2015 at 6:31pm
An MSP launches a bid to increase the age at which children can be held responsible for crimes they have committed.
Being pecked to death by an angry chicken by weegingerdug 29 Jun 2015 at 11:54am
Yesterday the Sunday Herald did something that no other newspaper in the UK has ever done before – it carried an article exposing the online activities of the numerous Unionist Twitter trolls. The ...
The American tea of politics by weegingerdug 28 Jun 2015 at 7:31am
Well that’s me home now. Big thanks to Macart and all the people who published guest posts during my absence and kept the shop open. I appreciate it immensely. I forgot my phone charger so decided ...
Chaplain to the Fairy Queen by macart763 27 Jun 2015 at 5:07am
Creative journalism by Elizabeth Angus It?s a sunny spring Saturday, and I?m headed up a Fairy Hill. The way is not long, but the path in places is steep. I?m recovering from illness, and the exert...
A little insight into autism by macart763 26 Jun 2015 at 2:21am
A Guest post by Paul Larsen (Written by my wife Christina) Life with John and autism is such a roller coaster of emotions and can make you cry sad tears and happy tears almost at the same time. Ye...
Patience is a virtue (probably) by macart763 24 Jun 2015 at 9:41am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) I?m seeing a recurring theme across the interwebby and the meeja these days and it boils down to ?there?s only 56 of them, they can?t do anything, they don?t ...
Send in the clowns by macart763 23 Jun 2015 at 2:08am
A guest post by Ally Farquhar Whilst the wee dug is off being spoilt in the Lanarkshire countryside and the Wordmeister is recovering from a bout of well earned Boston Baked Beans I thought it woul...
The Fingers of One Hand by macart763 21 Jun 2015 at 1:01am
A guest post by Eric Rice Of the thirty-two Local Authorities in Scotland, there are only five remaining where the Labour Party now commands an overall majority. True, there are a number of additio...
Sorry seems to be the hardest word by macart763 19 Jun 2015 at 6:09am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) Yeah, so the circus that is memogate rumbles on in the form of a possible slap on the wrist for the Telegraph. This is expected to be delivered by the Indepe...
What?s in a name? by macart763 18 Jun 2015 at 2:15am
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Macart) You know that veto, that’s not a veto? It seems that Mr Mundell couldn’t even wait for the new bill, debates, amendments, ratifications and/or ink to dry befo...
It?s only a game by weegingerdug 16 Jun 2015 at 8:55pm
A short story, guest blog by Elizabeth Angus So there we ur at the gemme, Denny an me, and it?s bloody great. Ma furst Old Firm game ? it took me ages tae get ma maw tae let me go. But ahm no a daf...
Do they just want us to get independence over and done with now?
Greek referendum 26 Jun 2015 at 5:22pm
Following several days of negotiations with the ECB, the IMF and other creditors the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said there will be a referendum on the bailout terms. The vote will take place a week on Sunday. Tsipras has said that the ultimatum is "un-European" and a "humiliation".
On Tuesday presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke about the first meeting between himself and his future foreign bride, Columba. " It was love at first sight. I spoke little Spanish and she spoke little English, but when you are in love you can overcome those barriers pretty quick. There's another...
H_Bon the SNP winning in the region of 20 seats at the General Election:
Which is of course an absolute fantasy land figure in the first place.
The SNP are a complete irrelevance in General Election terms, and will remain so.
H_Bon the SNP winni...
Let's talk politics - an unsolvable problem? 17 Jun 2015 at 5:26pm
There are third and fourth generations of families who are contributing little to the economy and are a drain on resources. Kids growing up in families who know nothing more than claiming benefits and for whom the idea of working is totally alien. It is genuinely a 'cultural problem' that has d...
I saw an interesting article on NMA which raises some good points and asks the existing Government to consider key reforms for the benefit of the UK, what does P&B think bearing in mind this was written for a website that probably has views markedly different to the norm on this forum:
I see some think tank has suggested a change of the way benefits are paid. The idea is that instead of just handing out the £58 per week to those seeking a job, it would be done in the same way as the government loans that help students with the cost of living.
This is a line I've heard trotted out amongst mainly Conservatives, but from most if not all Unionist parties in justification of a weak Scotland Bill. It's certainly been used by pretty much all of the Conservative front bench in relation to Holyrood.
Unlocking A Mobile 28 Jun 2015 at 3:09pm
Any tips on how to unlock a tesco/O2 mobile for free. It's my old phone I've given to someone else who is on a good vodaphone sim deal. Thanks.
Sky Tv Help 28 Jun 2015 at 3:04pm
I am living in Dublin and 2 months into a 12 month tv and broadband deal. The wife is very homesick and we need to return.
My question is, is there a way to keep the package i have without incurring penalties for breaking contract? I phoned sky ireland they said sky uk and ireland are separate ...
a BIG shout out to the William Wallace Society and Ted Christopher for organising the 701st anniversay march from Stirling Bridge to Bannockburn. Great weather, company and well stewarded by the police and volunteers. A family freindly event that I would highly recommend.
Eu Refernedum - Project Fear Part 2 27 Jun 2015 at 10:09am
David Cameron's "firm aim" is to ensure the UK remains in the EU and he will warn of the risks of exit in a future referendum.
Mr Cameron is planning to focus his EU referendum campaign on the "risky" consequences of a British exit.- "people will ultimately vote for the status quo if the alte...
Calmac 27 Jun 2015 at 3:58am
Very disappointed in the SNP on this. For.a party fiercely opposed to privatising the Royal Mail to look at privatising the ferries is bad news.