Pensions firm backs youngest MP's committee job 2 Jul 2015 at 1:55pm
A PENSIONS firm has backed the decision to appoint Britain's youngest MP on a committee dealing with the issue - claiming it would help provide a better understanding of why young people are not saving more towards retirement.
Evel vote could test Cameron's Commons majority 1 Jul 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron risks the first major test of his Government's slender majority as the Conservatives set out proposals to restrict the voting rights of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs today.
DEFENCE Secretary Michael Fallon has warned that the UK government needs a veto over the use of Crown Estates land to prevent the SNP “playing political games” with the future of Britain’s nuclear deterrent and other key military sites.
NEXT year our MPs will vote on the future of Trident, and whether to replace it at a cost of £100 billion. The debate is sure to be passionate and divisive, particularly because Scotland has just returned 56 SNP members to Westminster, representing a party that would like to banish nuclear weapons which are sited in this country. Unfortunately for those MPs who might have once believed they would yield significant influence on this matter, the numbers don’t add up. The Conservatives’ overall majority all but guarantees the outcome already.
The third voice by Rev. Stuart Campbell 4 Jul 2015 at 8:59am
We’re not due a traffic post this month, so we’ll just leave this here. (From a new Panelbase poll. More findings coming soon.) Among people who voted Yes in the independence referendum, incidentally, Wings is now the joint-top source for online political content: 1= The BBC (22%) 1= Wings Over Scotland (22%) 3. The National (18%) […]
The macaroni marriage by Wattie Grieve 4 Jul 2015 at 5:59am
As the petition to save them is dismissed as a ?social media experiment? and as Greggs announces it will persist in removing the macaroni pie from its line, I find that my hackles have reached hitherto unrealised heights. Just who do these people – quislings and traitors to the cause of quality baked goods – think they are? […]
Stop or we?ll say stop again by Rev. Stuart Campbell 3 Jul 2015 at 4:01am
We’ll never tire of documenting the Daily Record’s increasingly panicked attempts to get David Cameron to enact the Record’s dodgy promise of last September and save it from having to answer for the pup it sold Scotland. That one’s 30 September 2014, just 12 days after the vote. And again the next day. The following […]
Scotland?s Embarrassment by Rev. Stuart Campbell 2 Jul 2015 at 4:14pm
The Daily Record has a major editorial in today’s edition bleating piteously about the way David Mundell and the Conservative government have – to everyone’s complete and utter astonishment, except not so much – ignored the wishes of almost all the MPs elected by the Scottish people just two months ago and blocked every single amendment to the Scotland Bill. The […]
The member for The Vow by Rev. Stuart Campbell 2 Jul 2015 at 6:54am
The Sunday Post’s lobby reporter James Millar noticed today that all the parties have submitted their nominations to sit on the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster. As has already been noted, the majority of the committee – seven from 11 – are MPs for English seats (list below). But one name in particular caught our attention. Alert readers […]
Why is this okay again? by Rev. Stuart Campbell 1 Jul 2015 at 2:39pm
Two nights of political debate on the BBC: Six unionists, two nationalists. What’s that all about, then? Because by pretty much any sort of rational measure, that’s not a fair or proportionate line-up. Those six Unionists are representing parties with just three MPs in Scotland, whereas the two nationalists are representing 56 MPs. Now of course, […]
Equal Partnership For Dummies by Rev. Stuart Campbell 1 Jul 2015 at 3:51am
How the UK’s constitution now works, in brief: - English votes for English laws - English votes for Scottish laws - No Scottish votes for English laws Any questions?
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 […]
Funds for schools in deprived areas 2 Jul 2015 at 8:46am
A group of Scottish councils receive £11m from the Scottish government to help pupils from deprived areas perform better in school.
Action plan after hospital criticism 2 Jul 2015 at 8:02am
An action plan to improve cleanliness and hygiene techniques is put in place at operating theatres at Borders General Hospital.
Abuse inquiry challenge dismissed 1 Jul 2015 at 1:10pm
A judge dismisses a legal bid by two Catholic charities to overturn the appointment of a top QC as chairwoman into historic child abuse in Scotland.
PM denies 'second class MPs' claim 1 Jul 2015 at 10:10am
The Prime Minister dismisses SNP claims that plans for English votes for English laws would create "second class" MPs.
A9 hairpin bend 'being ignored' 1 Jul 2015 at 6:06pm
The Scottish government is accused of "dragging its heels" sorting out the A9's Berriedale Braes hairpin bend.
The hangover from a 300 year binge by weegingerdug 4 Jul 2015 at 3:03pm
Oh god. Ma heid. Ma second class representation in the Westminster Parliament. Is there such as thing as syrup of figs for a blocked devolution settlement? Being Scottish in the UK feels like wakin...
Bow down before your Imperial masters by weegingerdug 2 Jul 2015 at 1:01pm
The House of Commons has a committee which scrutinises Scottish legislation – yeah! Scottish scrutiny for Scottish laws – yeah! And it’s even chaired by thon guy that used to be in RunRig – yeah! M...
English Votes for Everyone?s Laws by weegingerdug 1 Jul 2015 at 12:17pm
The Tories have decided to rush through a measure which they claim is dedicated to ensuring fairness and equality between the constituent parts of this greatest Union of nations the multiverse has ...
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...
Now that is has become obvious that the Smith Commission recommendations are being watered down even further and the Lab/Tory alliance in Westminster is determined to vote down every single amendment tabled by the SNP I can only see one option left open.
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...
interesting article about 17 of the 45 Councillors rebelling against the current leader.........the sack is tightening and the ferrets don't like it.........
Broadband 4 Jul 2015 at 11:05am
OK folks bowing to the wisdom of the tamb.
My BT infinity contract is coming to an end and want to switch to a cheaper deal. If we could get it we would already be with virgin but as we don't have cable we can't get. Looked at sky as we have there TV but its not in the area so its down to staying...
Inheritance Tax 4 Jul 2015 at 4:48am
Gideon wooing the Mail, Telegraph and Express by raising level before paying inheritance tax to £1 million. Not exactly the most progressive of taxes but hey it will benefit the wealthiest 5% so that's all that matters.