Ex-judge warns of 'real problems' with child abuse inquiry 31 Dec 2014 at 6:10pm
DOUBT has been cast on whether or not the troubled inquiry into historical child abuse will ever make progress by Baroness Butler-Sloss, its former chairwoman, who has warned about the victims running the investigation.
MINISTERS faced calls at Holyrood to ban the use of electric shock dog and cat collars, with MSPs describing the controversial use of the devices as an “abhorrent” and a deliberate infliction of pain on animals.
DAVID Cameron will pledge to create the “critical mass” needed in English cities outside London to make them the UK equivalent of Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Atlanta as he takes the election battle to the north west.
DAVID Cameron has claimed that the NHS in England, for which his government is responsible, is better than the NHS in Scotland amid the worst accident and emergency crisis south of the Border in a decade.
They just can?t help it by Rev. Stuart Campbell 8 Jan 2015 at 2:58pm
“Wait, this story’s entirely true. Do something, Torcuil.” “Sorted, boss.”
The goldfish principle by Rev. Stuart Campbell 8 Jan 2015 at 5:03am
It is, we’ve remarked before, often difficult to satirise Scottish Labour, because it’s hard to think of anything more fatuous, transparently hypocritical or just plain idiotic than the things they actually say for real. The party’s recent demand that the Scottish Government should set up a “resilience fund” to cushion the blow of falls in […]
Drawing a blank by Rev. Stuart Campbell 7 Jan 2015 at 8:53am
We’ve got nothing today, readers. We don’t want to turn into Wings Over Jim Murphy, but otherwise the Scottish political scene is a bit tumbleweedy. Tell us something interesting that we should be covering. Or just a fun fact, or a joke, or anything. In the light of the absolute horror at Charlie Hebdo today, […]
Back-to-work blues by Rev. Stuart Campbell 6 Jan 2015 at 6:04am
It’s always tricky coming back to the office after the holidays. You get a bit ring-rusty and it can take a few days before you’re firing on all cylinders again. So we’re going to be charitable and assume that lack of match fitness was the cause of Scottish Labour’s astonishing multi-track trainwreck yesterday. An extraordinary mess […]
A minor detail by Rev. Stuart Campbell 5 Jan 2015 at 2:00pm
From today’s Telegraph: Actual number of children belonging to Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell: 0. You literally can’t make this stuff up.
One thousand louder by Rev. Stuart Campbell 5 Jan 2015 at 11:36am
We had to extend our festive semi-break for a day to deal with some administrative matters, readers, but it’s just as well, because the thing that happened today would have defied our best attempts at either analysis or satire. That’s a real thing we didn’t make up. Saints preserve us.
Then and now by Rev. Stuart Campbell 4 Jan 2015 at 6:01am
Labour 2014: Labour 2015: The cry, of course, is that privatisation of the English NHS wouldn’t affect Scotland, because health is devolved. (And that somehow there’d be no danger of massive cuts to the Scottish budget under Barnett were it to be privatised.) But Labour’s shadow Health Secretary doesn’t seem too sure he wants that state of affairs to […]
The union of the snakes by Rev. Stuart Campbell 3 Jan 2015 at 6:51am
There’s a new hot topic among the Westminster commentariat. Because desperate times call for desperate measures. The odd thing about the growing discussion of a Labour-Tory coalition is that it goes right across the media’s political spectrum. Not only is the Guardian suggesting it may be “the only way forward” from this year’s general election, […]
UK ministers urged to act on oil 8 Jan 2015 at 10:08am
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tells the UK government to "get its act together" on backing the oil and gas industry, amid falling prices.
UK vote 'not about referendum' 8 Jan 2015 at 8:56am
Former first minister Alex Salmond rules out using the Westminster election to win a second independence referendum.
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".
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...
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...
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...
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...