Labour step up calls for oil and gas summit 23 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
LABOUR has insisted the need for an intergovernmental summit on the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry is even more pressing following the remarks of the de facto leader of Opec that the oil producers' cartel will not cut production even if the price falls to $20 a barrel.
Mandelson urges shadow cabinet to raise its game 21 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
One of the architects of New Labour has called on shadow cabinet members to raise their game as all the party leaders, including Nicola Sturgeon, gear up for next year's general election.
Be warned: the General Election campaign begins today. 18 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
JUST when you thought it was safe to tuck into the mince pies confident the political ups and downs of referendum year were over, today is officially the start of the 2015 General Election campaign.
Ukip matched Tory spending in run-up to Euro poll. 17 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
UKIP matched the Conservatives almost pound for pound in this year's European election campaign spending and paid out nearly three times as much as Labour, official records show.
Fall in UK unemployment to below 2m and rising wages are "important moment" f... 17 Dec 2014 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has insisted the fall in UK unemployment to below two million and the return to rising wages above inflation represent "an important moment for our country" as he warned Scottish voters not to vote SNP at the General Election because the Nationalists would do a deal to help Labour into power.
AN 18-year-old black male was shot and killed by police at a gas station late last night in a St Louis suburb near where unarmed teen Michael Brown was killed by a white officer in August, police and local media said.
War, hide yourself by Rev. Stuart Campbell 24 Dec 2014 at 6:01pm
Merry Christmas, readers. Have a good one and we’ll see you soon.
Granny?s at the gin again by Rev. Stuart Campbell 24 Dec 2014 at 6:59am
We missed this on Sunday, because it was 17 minutes into on the short-lived and unlamented “Crossfire” (now binned for a Sunday edition of “Good Morning Scotland”) and therefore pretty much everyone in Scotland missed it. It’s former Labour minister Helen Liddell, or as we should properly address her, Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke. We’ve spared […]
Asymmetric warfare by Rev. Stuart Campbell 24 Dec 2014 at 5:26am
From last night’s actually rather good “2014 – The Rory Review”: BBC Scotland has 1,250 staff and an annual budget of just over £100 million. Yikes. We’re going to need a bigger fundraiser.
God loves an optimist by Rev. Stuart Campbell 23 Dec 2014 at 1:00am
The Independent, 22 December 2014: “Labour?s newly-elected Scottish leader, Jim Murphy, has told his party?s major donors and fundraisers that he needs to find £1m to combat the rising fortunes of the SNP. The call to arms ahead of next year?s general election is Mr Murphy?s first acknowledgement that Labour will struggle to hold on […]
The dangers of skimming by Rev. Stuart Campbell 22 Dec 2014 at 4:11pm
Libby Brooks in today’s Guardian: “The recently elected leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy, faces a daunting challenge to lift his party?s fortunes before next May?s general election as a poll shows support for Labour in Scotland is now half of that for the SNP. A Survation poll for Monday?s Daily Record, the first to […]
The alpha ned by Rev. Stuart Campbell 22 Dec 2014 at 5:59am
Fans of the bewildering in Scottish politics don’t look set to be disappointed in 2015. Jim Murphy’s only been the Scottish Labour “leader” for a week, but already he seems hell-bent on hurling the party’s North British branch into the padded walls of its cell with more vigour than ever before, heroically ignoring the open […]
The Legacy by Rev. Stuart Campbell 21 Dec 2014 at 5:08am
Iain Macwhirter in “Disunited Kingdom” (Cargo Publishing, 8 December 2014): “It seems clear that the newspapers allowed their editorial agendas to get in the way of their communication with their readers. And this has had very serious consequences. There is now a very large body of people in Scotland who are deeply disillusioned with the […]
Behind the magic by Rev. Stuart Campbell 20 Dec 2014 at 6:59am
We thought you might like a wee glimpse into the machinery.
An economy with the truth by Rev. Stuart Campbell 19 Dec 2014 at 10:00am
By now readers will probably be familiar with STV News reporter Stephen Daisley’s superbly withering review of Alan Cochrane’s referendum diaries. One quote from the book aroused particular interest: “There are one or two interesting tidbits. He shares a story that Bank of England governor Mark Carney fired a warning shot at Alex Salmond when […]
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.
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".
Be lucky is the most common piece of advice in politics. (Richard Nixon preferred: Never pass up a chance to go to the men?s room). And being lucky in your opponent is the best advice of all. Think of Tony Blair?s adversaries?John Major, William Hague, Michael Howard, Iain Duncan Smith. When the cast changes to Brown versus Cameron, the game changes too.
So with Salmond confronting McConnell, Gray and Lamont. How lucky is that? Well, from today Nicola? Sturgeon?s luck turned. In Jim Murphy she has a full-size problem with the capacity to disconcert and derail, if not handled carefully.
A former top diplomat has told the inside story of how he was hounded out of the British Foreign Office after raising concerns of torture linked to the US led and UK supported "war on terror".
Craig Murray, the UK's former ambassador to Uzbekistan, reported to London that Uzbeki secret police were torturing Al Quaeda suspects in 2002 and 2003 at the chest of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), with the knowledge of its British equivalent, MI6.
In an exclusive interview with Bateman Broadcasting's Derek Bateman, Mr Murray believes that his complaint was communicated directly to the then Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, but ignored.
If America?s torture regime was shameful, as even their allies claim, how much of that shame is shared by the UK?
From the handwringing and teeth-sucking there is a cloud of hypocrisy rising from those who prefer not to interfere in the United States? actions and, if necessary, will participate in it, but then pretend ignorance.
At every level the orchestrated state torture of individuals, illegal and unconstitutional, is massaged by the guilty into self-serving convenience. So the President can shake his head at the anti-American morality of it all while simultaneously offering pardon to the culpable and the CIA can say of its barbarism the ?programme had shortcomings?.
Whatever your opinion of Alex Salmond - and there are few people with no opinion - his every move continues to fascinate supporters and critics alike.
The former First Minister confirmed the worst-kept secret in Scottish politics earlier today when he told supporters at a SNP rally in Ellon that he intends to stand as the SNP candidate for the Westminster seat of Gordon in the UK General Election next May.
An online monologue lasting minutes, an epic historical trilogy and an Ivor Cutler musical are this year?s highlights on and off Scotland?s stages ? Lyn Gardner?s top 10 shows of 2014 ? Michael Billi...
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...
Scoring the Labour candidates by James 2 Nov 2014 at 9:54am
It’s time for a bit of science on the Labour leadership. Or at least an entirely subjective game of Top Trumps. If I’ve missed anything out, do let me know. All scores are out of 10. Issues Sarah B...
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...
Alicsammin?s part in Alan Cochrane?s downfall by weegingerdug 6 Dec 2014 at 9:01pm
How many Alan Cochranes does it take to screw in a lightbulb? He doesn’t have to, he just holds up the bulb and the world revolves around him. Alan has a very high conceit of himself, and indeed ...
Wullie Rennie?s letter to Santa by weegingerdug 4 Dec 2014 at 12:15pm
Just three months after the referendum, and for much of the Scottish political class and their media hingers oan it’s back to business as usual. This consists of finding things to accuse the SNP of...
iScot launches today by weegingerdug 2 Dec 2014 at 9:34am
A new digital magazine and video news platform has launched today, iScot is open for business. iScot is an independent news service which aims to hold the establishment to account and to promote Sc...
Resetting Gordie Broon by weegingerdug 1 Dec 2014 at 6:04am
Gordie Broon doesn’t want Scotland to obsess about constitutional change. In this instance we can be certain that Scotland’s very own political Walter Mitty knows what he’s talking about because if...
Eyewash and plastic spades by weegingerdug 28 Nov 2014 at 7:08am
You’ve been promised something revolutionary and ground-breaking which is going to change the way you look at the world. This very special present has been placed in a huge box wrapped up in pretty...
Back from London by weegingerdug 26 Nov 2014 at 5:58am
So I go away for a few days, and have a great time apart from a rampant allergy to my daughters’ cats, and all sorts of things happen in my absence. Gordon Brown announces that he’s standing down a...
The Scots tung by weegingerdug 21 Nov 2014 at 2:51pm
The Scots tung: how to support it without tying up the Yes movement. A guest post by a Clear Contrair Spirit One of the insinuations heard (admittedly, mostly from English-based media) during the r...