DONOR OVERSIGHT 'UNACCEPTABLY POOR' 28 Jan 2015 at 6:15pm
The Department for International Development has been strongly criticised by MPs for channelling hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money into an overseas investment agency despite fears that the funds were going to projects linked to known fraudsters.
BBC EXPLAINS DUP DEBATES EXCLUSION 28 Jan 2015 at 1:30pm
BBC director general Lord Hall has written to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to explain why they are not being invited to participate in televised leaders' debates.
SHADOW foreign secretary Douglas Alexander appeared to rule out a deal with the SNP that would see a Labour government scrap Trident in exchange for nationalist votes in the Commons, if Ed Miliband fails to win outright in May.
There was a sequel to the incident. The picture of the Rangers-clad Murphy appeared in the papers. A couple of weeks later he was queuing outside the Celtic Park turnstiles where he was harangued by a group of Celtic fans, who were screaming all sorts of abuse.
Too busy for quitting by Rev. Stuart Campbell 1 Feb 2015 at 10:08am
We haven’t done a monthly stats post for a few months, partly because naturally traffic’s been down after the insane spike of last September, partly because we had two weeks off in October (and a semi-break over Christmas and New Year), and partly because we’ve moved to new, more accurate and more detailed figures direct […]
A slow politics day by Rev. Stuart Campbell 1 Feb 2015 at 5:32am
Blah blah Jim Murphy blah blah idiot something. The way this match is going, we’ll see you sometime in April.
The lost art of keeping a secret by Rev. Stuart Campbell 31 Jan 2015 at 6:25am
Kate Devlin of the Herald has been a political journalist as long as we can remember. So it’s quite surprising that she’s apparently never heard of Gordon Brown before. But it’s a phrase a few paragraphs into the article that’s more revealing: “Mr Brown has been credited by some as the man who ‘saved the […]
An unsettling development by Rev. Stuart Campbell 30 Jan 2015 at 2:27pm
Since we’ve been talking about mad letters from Scottish Labour MPs today, we’re sharing this one with you too. We’ve been trying to make sense of it all evening. We haven’t made any progress. It’s not just a simple accidental transposition of words, because if you switch “increased” and “decreased” around it’s still gibberish – why […]
A couple of hours off by Rev. Stuart Campbell 30 Jan 2015 at 6:59am
Because there’s really no satire we can add to this magnificent zoomery: So we might as well pop out to the shops for a bit.
Hubris and nemesis by Rev. Stuart Campbell 30 Jan 2015 at 3:57am
With a knife-edge general election just 90-odd days away, we must confess ourselves surprised at the sudden rash of candour/indiscipline (depending on how generously you want to frame it) that’s broken out in Scottish Labour. It started soon after the referendum, when Edinburgh Labour chairman Trevor Davies felt confident enough, with the vote won, to announce on […]
Gathering speed by Rev. Stuart Campbell 29 Jan 2015 at 6:29am
Ed Miliband, who is apparently the leader of the Labour Party, is in Scotland today to make some promises about his lifelong commitment to “Home Rule”, a policy which his MSPs were flatly denying ever mentioning earlier this month. We’re sure he’ll be as good as his word. After all, less than a year ago Labour […]
Know what you?re voting for by Rev. Stuart Campbell 28 Jan 2015 at 8:38am
There’s been much discussion in the press lately about Jim Murphy’s plan to change the elusive Scottish Labour “constitution”, a document almost nobody has ever seen and which most people didn’t know even existed until a few weeks ago. Naturally we were curious to have a wee look, so when we stumbled across a page […]
The rainbow election by Rev. Stuart Campbell 28 Jan 2015 at 3:00am
Let’s start with the obvious: nobody has a clue who’s going to win the 2015 general election. But almost without exception, commentators are saying that should Labour’s vote collapse in Scotland to the extent that current polling says it will, it will radically alter Ed Miliband’s chances of kicking David Cameron out of 10 Downing […]
Last of 17 axed courts to close 30 Jan 2015 at 4:52am
The last two courts in the final phase of a programme of Scottish court closures will be formally shut later.
Exam appeals 'favour private pupils' 29 Jan 2015 at 11:02am
Changes to Scotland's school exam appeal system favour privately-educated youngsters over state school pupils, Labour claims.
Miliband 'not focusing' on SNP deal 29 Jan 2015 at 9:39am
Labour leader Ed Miliband says he is concentrating on winning a majority at the general election and not focusing on doing a deal with the SNP.
Commentary: Blogger Russell Bruce responds to Her Majesty's Christmas broadcast...
Speeches are funny things and it is easy to get things wrong - just as I am not sure how to address you. I will be honest. I am a bit of a soft republican. So for me you are not the most important issue.
I hope that provides some little assurance, rather than offence of which none intended. Monarchy just seems out of place in the modern world, but then Scotland has been a monarchy in full and in part for 1,000 years. That sort of track record is good for tourism so probably explains a wee bit of my ambivalence on the subject.
The former diplomat Craig Murray has claimed the SNP is authoritarian after being rejected as a prospective candidate.
The Yes blogger, who was interviewed on Bateman Broadcasting two weeks ago, was rejected from the approved list of candidates after taking part in hustings for the Falkirk seat where he was seen as a frontrunner. He has been approached by other constituencies to stand for the SNP.
Oil is important to the global, UK and Scottish economies, driving the system, traded across the world and also a prime cause of climate change.
It should be no surprise therefore that prices and production are influenced by more than simple forces of supply and demand.
Not for the first time since 1970, the current manipulation of the world market is clearly evident with significant exploitation of shale deposits, the political consequences of the troubles in Ukraine and several other factors being identified as the causes of the recent falls in oil prices.
How The BBC Stole The Referendum is a book currently being written by GA Ponsonby, founder of Newsnet Scotland.
Ponsonby, a fierce and consistent critic of the BBC's role during the referendum campaign, has pulled together his critique of the corporation, and the influence he believes it had on the final vote. It is a view shared by many Yes campaigners.
Here Newsnet Scotland reproduces a late draft of the second chapter [Click here to read chapter 1]. Its author is raising funds to publish the book by April 2015: in time of the UK general election, where the BBC's coverage will be under intense scrutiny once again. Details are at the bottom of the page.
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's conversion to consensus politics appears to be stuck in first gear after just a week in charge.
The performance of his deputy, Kezia Dugdale MSP, in trying to pin responsiblity for the woes of the oil sector on the SNP at First Minister's Questions last week, suggested that Labour cannot shake itself out of the position of "opposition for opposition's sake" at Holyrood.
The row over the highly-charged role of the Treasury's specially created referendum unit - first revealed by Newsnet Scotland - has deepened following the revelation that the chairman of a House of Commons Select Committee may probe comments attributed to a leading team member.
Mario Pisani was quoted by the leading trade journal Civil Service World as welcoming his team's involvement in a political campaign, namely the independence referendum.
The deputy director of the Treasury, and a former speech writer to ex-Chancellor and Better Together campaign figurehead Alistair Darling MP, Pisani made several controversial remarks at a ceremony where he and the rest of the department's "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" received the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.
BBC Radio Scotland has revealed a significant programming reshuffle, supposedly in response to the independence referendum, during which its news and current affairs department faced severe criticism.
Radio Scotland head Jeff Zycinski has unveiled a three-hour daily morning show, to be presented by broadcasting stalwart Kaye Adams four days a week with the fifth day to be chaired by ex rugby player John Beattie.
To be launched in March, The new Adams show will supposedly have a strong "news and current affairs" angle, including phone-ins, debates and interviews. It is not known which BBC department will produce the programme.
Crunch European Union fishing talks ended in Brussels last night with a couple of key wins for the Scottish lobby which had pressed for measures to take some pressure off the industry.
Scottish Fishing Secretary Richard Lochhead MSP said the outcome would bring relief as the industry prepares to cope with the implications of ongoing measures to cut "discards", the controversial practice of returning the "wrong" catch dead into the sea.
The civil service team behind the UK government's anti-Yes campaign in the Scottish referendum have been patted on the back for a splendid job by their peers.
The Treasury's "Scotland Analysis Programme Team" - little known during the referendum campaign - has been given the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award in the annual Civil Service Awards.
According to a glowing review in the magazine, Civil Service World, the senior team "was tasked with producing analysis in the lead-up to the Scottish referendum of how both, Scotland and the rest of the UK, benefit from being part of one country".
A rash prediction by James 30 Dec 2014 at 7:12am
There aren’t many certainties around the UK General Election due in May, so everyone says. As the proportion of voters backing Labour or the Tories, even under First Past The Post, dwindles, the ma...
The Smith Revolution by Guest Blog 8 Dec 2014 at 7:48am
Another guest post from our pal Duncan Thorp on the Smith Commission report. Thanks Duncan! Lenin, Guevara, Khomeini, Robespierre, Smith. Well not quite, but change of some kind is coming, it trans...
The Black Dog on My Shoulder by Malc 7 Dec 2014 at 8:44am
A fair few people found Malc‘s last blogpost about depression pretty helpful. Here’s a wee followup. Thanks Malc! Five weeks ago I decided to write about my battle with depression in this article. ...
Sweden?s far right a glimpse of UKIP?s potential by Dom 3 Dec 2014 at 12:44am
At half past four yesterday afternoon Mattias Karlsson, the temporary leader of Sweden’s far right Sweden Democrats, caused a political shockwave as he revealed to the press that he and his colleag...
Labour?s Green hunt has been done before, and failed. by Dom 18 Nov 2014 at 12:16pm
The most read article in the sidebar of the Swedish socialist newspaper Flamman is ?Are the Greens a bourgeois party?. The short answer is no, but the eagerness with which Sweden?s socialists are a...
November Holyrood voting intention by James 18 Nov 2014 at 4:03am
The Daily Record‘s latest poll with Survation has Holyrood numbers which, shall we say, may add to the anxiety in Labour that they still haven’t hit bottom yet. Presumably a new leader will hope fo...
Questions for the SNP depute leadership candidates by James 11 Nov 2014 at 7:34am
The SNP may know who their next leader will be, but the polls are open until Wednesday night for the depute role, and there are three contenders. I thought I’d ask them all three awkward questions,...
Faraway, so close! by Dom 8 Nov 2014 at 4:58pm
25 years ago the Berlin Wall came down. The most physical symbol of the division between East and West was pulled apart by the people that feared it. The spectre of a border dividing what was suppo...
Magrit fracks with the truth by weegingerdug 27 Jan 2015 at 8:59pm
Magrit Curran, my lovely MP, has a tangential relationship to truth, reality, and indeed her electorate. On Monday the fragrant one – she reeks of hypocrisy and stinks of the rot of a socialism tha...
A diminishing pile of beans by weegingerdug 23 Jan 2015 at 9:54am
It’s been one of those weeks. I’ve not been very well, but am slowly getting better thanks to some nasty medicine. This is more than can be said for the ailing Labour party in Scotland, which on ...
New edition of iScot now available by weegingerdug 20 Jan 2015 at 9:22pm
The new edition of Scotland’s best current affairs and features magazine has hit the press, or at least hit the interwebbies. The January-February edition is now online, featuring an article by yo...
Whoops there go my neurones by weegingerdug 16 Jan 2015 at 8:19pm
I went to visit a friend last night, who insisted that she had to watch her favourite telly show – Celebrity Big Brother. Katie Hopkins is in it, taking refuge from that part of the Scottish popula...
Vote Dug by weegingerdug 12 Jan 2015 at 8:39pm
Voting is now open in Bella Caledonia’s indyref awards, because we didn’t win the actual indyref, they thought it would be a good idea to cheer us up with an awards ceremony. Thankfully this hasn’t...
Mortuary SLAB by weegingerdug 11 Jan 2015 at 11:01am
I’ve given up – my plans to write about something other than the flustercluck which passes for the Smugurph’s leadership of the Labour party in Scotland have foundered upon the McTernan Rocks, a di...
Skanktimonious sock puppets and the Smugurph bounce by weegingerdug 4 Jan 2015 at 4:30pm
It’s not easy being Saint Dougie the Diminutive, all those party colleagues and Guardian writers looking at you expecting a miracle, and all you’ve got is a box of party tricks that are as transpar...
Giving up bad habits by weegingerdug 26 Dec 2014 at 1:03pm
This article first appeared in the first edition of iScot – Scotland’s new news, politics and features magazine. If you’ve not subscribed yet, do so now! I’ll be writing for them regularly – beca...
Mr Hi Jumpy and the high jump by weegingerdug 22 Dec 2014 at 8:02pm
Jim Murphy has been raising the profile of the Labour party this week, at least according to an interview in the Guardian, a newspaper which sells only a handful of copies in Scotland, most of whic...
Thinking very carefully by weegingerdug 17 Dec 2014 at 9:50pm
I’m plastered in potions and lotions in an attempt to get my psoriasis under control, but I’m not sure which is scabbier, psoriasis or the union. Psoriasis is a chronic condition, but there’s a cur...