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The Herald

The Herald | Politics

What if Gordon Brown never apologised for bigot remark?
21 May 2024 at 2:50pm
If you want to point to a sliding doors moment in British politics, there?s a fairly good case to be made that it happened on April 28, 2010 on a street in Rochdale.

Blood infection scandal victim from Perthshire speaks out
21 May 2024 at 10:02am
Gill Fyffe, from Perthshire, was infected with Hepatitis C in 1988 after receiving a blood transfusion during the birth of her daughter.

New funding to tackle drug death crisis in Scotland
21 May 2024 at 7:48am
Residential rehabilitation projects are among the initiatives to tackle Scotland?s drug death crisis which will receive a share of £3.6 million from the Scottish Government

'Weaponising' of hate crime bill stretching police resources
21 May 2024 at 7:24am
A top cop will warn today the 'weaponising' of the public debate around hate crime is diverting already stretched police resources from those who actually need them

Literary star and the family secret of gran who killed his grandfather
21 May 2024 at 4:00pm
It turns out that guns haunt Auster?s family. His paternal grandmother shot and killed Auster?s grandfather in the Wisconsin town Kenosha, long before his birth. Auster doesn?t uncover the truth of this family secret until well into his adulthood.

Creative Scotland knew Rein involved sex scene with genital contact
21 May 2024 at 5:59pm
Scotland?s Culture minister has demanded an urgent meeting with Creative Scotland?s Chief Executive after he was accused of misleading MSPs over the sexual content of a controversial show.

Scottish Government condemns Celtic fan party misconduct
21 May 2024 at 3:08pm
Residents in Trongate were too scared to leave their own homes during the raucous title party held by Celtic fans on Saturday, the club?s local MSPs has said.

'Significant' reductions needed to balance budget
21 May 2024 at 2:20pm
John Swinney will need to make ?significant spending reductions? to balance the books, the Scottish Government?s most senior civil servant has warned.

SNP spindoctor Kevin Pringle leaves government
21 May 2024 at 1:36pm
Kevin Pringle, the veteran SNP spin-doctor who worked for both Alex Salmond and Humza Yousaf will not be returning to government, a spokesperson for John Swinney has confirmed. 

Rein application mentioned 'sex scene with genital contact'
21 May 2024 at 12:18pm
Creative Scotland was told that Rein would involve a "sex scene with genital contact? before they awarded the show more than £86,000 of taxpayers? cash.

Scotland could do with a portal like Dublin and NYC
20 May 2024 at 5:19pm
Probably my favourite news story of the year so far is the ill-fated Portal between Dublin and New York.

GB News facing Ofcom sanction for Rishi Sunak programme
20 May 2024 at 10:58am
GB News could face sanction from regulator Ofcom, after it was decided a programme with Rishi Sunak facing questions broke broadcasting due impartiality rules

Sunak issues ?unequivocal? apology to infected blood victims
20 May 2024 at 5:48pm
Tens of thousands of people were given infected blood and blood products between the 1970s and 1990s.

'Urgent alignment across political spectrum' needed for oil transition
21 May 2024 at 12:00am
Scotland will need to install one new offshore turbine every day to stop jobs being lost in the Just Transition, a new report has found.


The Scotsman

The Scotsman Politics

Post Office Horizon scandal: How does Scottish law differ to England? How wil...
21 May 2024 at 4:06pm

The Scottish Parliament may need to be recalled in the summer recess to finalise legislation to exonerate sub-postmasters convicted of crimes in relation to the Horizon IT system

Creative Scotland were told about ?real sex? acts in hardcore sex art project...
21 May 2024 at 3:13pm
Creative Scotland previously handed more than £100,000 of public money to Rein

SNP spin doctor Kevin Pringle not returning to Scottish Government under John...
21 May 2024 at 2:53pm
Kevin Pringle will not return to the Scottish Government as a special adviser under John Swinney?s leadership.

Everyone is talking about infected blood scandal now, but calls for compensat...
21 May 2024 at 5:00pm
The scandal of contaminated blood products is a particularly appalling example of the powerful protecting themselves over the powerless

XL bully dogs: What are the rules in Scotland? How do they differ in England?
21 May 2024 at 1:42pm

A woman has died in London after being attacked by her two XL bully dogs - but what exactly are the new rules around this breed?

Infected Blood scandal: What compensation will be available for Scottish vict...
21 May 2024 at 1:33pm
Details of compensation for Infected Blood scandal victims follows the report finally being published on Monday.

Why SNP Government has been accused of 'abject failure' to hit own waste targets
21 May 2024 at 1:23pm
The SNP Government?s key waste targets are off track as MSPs mull a key piece of legislation to improve recycling ? and have refused to embed a key aim in that law.

Threat to Aberdeen University's existence a damning indictment of SNP and Tor...
21 May 2024 at 4:55am

Independence and immigration are blinding the SNP and Tories, respectively, to a serious funding crisis in universities

Would over-stretched NHS respond any better to modern-day scandal like infect...
21 May 2024 at 4:55am
Being open and honest about difficult problems should be the first response of organisations like the National Health Service

My elderly mother?s treatment by NHS is a grim reminder of the real-world con...
21 May 2024 at 4:55am

After Brexit led to the rise of Boris Johnson and reinvigorated the independence campaign, political rhetoric reached new heights in bitterness. Now there is a chance to drain the poison, but ?fixing our NHS? is easy to put on a political pledge card, harder to actually achieve

Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre CEO?s position ?untenable? after damning tribuna...
21 May 2024 at 12:01am
Edinburgh charity Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre criticised for ?Kafka?-like investigation

I?ve voted SNP for 14 years. Here?s why I?m thinking about returning to Labou...
21 May 2024 at 4:55am

Like many voters, Aidan Smith wants to hear the case for a new way of running the country ? even if he may not become a 'card-carrying? Labour supporter

Scotland?s prisons are a human rights disaster in the making that early relea...
21 May 2024 at 4:55am

A sky-high prison population creates a powder keg, increasing the chances of violence, riots, suicide, drug use, self-harm ? and the risks to staff




Wings over Scotland

Man At Work
20 May 2024 at 1:17pm
The judgement in the case of a support worker constructively dismissed by Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre in 2022 is one of the most excoriating we’ve ever read. Mridul Wadhwa, a man with whom Wings readers have been familiar for some years, was found by the tribunal judge to have been “the invisible hand behind everything …

The Innocent
18 May 2024 at 6:59am

Missing Memory Man
17 May 2024 at 12:30pm
We watched Question Time last night for the first time in about nine years, and this comment from SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn raised an eyebrow. ? Because we couldn’t remember ANY times that Flynn had publicly expressed any problems with the Scottish Greens during their governing alliance. So we checked, as we do, and …

A Better Togetherness
15 May 2024 at 12:34pm
The National have buried this pretty quickly in understandable embarrassment: Because some things are just a little TOO on-the-nose for comfort. Emma Roddick MSP, who holds cherished ambitions of one day becoming a dunce and was until very recently a Scottish Government minister, announced that her vision of Scottish independence was, um, a union with …

Hate Has No Genitalia
14 May 2024 at 5:30pm
We’ve just rather belatedly (the request was sent on 14 March and should have been responded to a month ago) received this: It’s official: the Hate Monster is non-binary. The full response can be read below (click pics to enlarge). The response to question 4 – namely that the police could not give an “opinion” …

You?ve Been Had
13 May 2024 at 12:58pm
The picture editor of The Times must have been delighted with this gift. But it’s a very accurate picture, and fairly used. Partly because it’s scarcely believable that Swinney would have the brass neck to still be punting the same line he was punting TWENTY-FOUR YEARS AGO. But also because at this point if you …

Window Dressing
11 May 2024 at 6:59am

The Circus Of Hate
9 May 2024 at 4:51pm
Well, what a nice statement of unity and tolerance this is: And only slightly undermined by coming from THIS guy: But Smith’s new message of tolerance hasn’t fully penetrated the party ranks. Dovydas Kulie?as used to work for Emma Roddick MSP, who until yesterday was the minister responsible for the grotesque “conversion practices” legislation being …

The Symbolist
9 May 2024 at 12:49pm
Comment seems superfluous, really. So we’ll just make a couple of the obvious points for the sake of it and then we’re off to the park. (1) As we told you yesterday, the Scottish Government/Parliament has, by the express and deliberate nature of its design, basically zero control over the economy. (2) In so far …

Continuity continued
8 May 2024 at 4:29pm
So that was a big waste of everyone’s time. We’re not sure why John Swinney made a big show of dragging all his ministers away from their desks to Bute House today in order to tell them nothing had changed. All he’s done is give Kate Forbes the smallest possible sliver of Shona Robison’s job …

Craig Murray

Craig Murray

The Drive for War
18 May 2024 at 2:22pm

The collective shrug with which the Western media and political class noted the attempted assassination of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico has been telling. Can you imagine the outrage and emotion that would have been expressed by Western powers if not Fico but a pro-Ukraine, anti-Russian leader within the EU had been attacked? The new …

The Drive for War

13 May 2024 at 8:41am

Incredibly the Israeli genocide in Gaza is now reaching new heights of violence. Casualty figures are not coming in, as the attacks are so bad that bodies cannot be recovered, medics cannot travel and there are almost no medical facilities operational now anyway. We now see that the Western injunctions not to attack Rafah were …


The Ignorance of Islamophobia
9 May 2024 at 8:05pm

The deluge of Islamophobia on social media unleashed by supporters of the Gaza genocide has been profoundly shocking. It is one reason I am very sorry that Humza Yousaf was forced out as First Minister of Scotland, as he was a particular target and his ousting will have encouraged the bigots. On Twitter and Facebook …

The Ignorance of Islamophobia

Starmer Smashed in Blackburn
6 May 2024 at 6:30am

The leadership of genocide enthusiast Keir Starmer – who is still supporting arms sales to Israel and the “Israeli right to self-defence”, who still refuses to acknowledge one single Israeli war crime – cost the Labour Party dear in Blackburn in the local elections. The result means I am very likely to win the parliamentary …

Starmer Smashed in Blackburn

The Curious Case of the Freedom Flotilla
28 Apr 2024 at 1:16pm

The departure of the spectacular “Freedom Flotilla” to Gaza carrying 5,500 tonnes of aid has been postponed (again), because the flag state of the major vessels, Guinea Bissau, has withdrawn their registration. The key question is why the organisers were proceeding with such an unreliable flag state in the first place? In the 2010 Freedom …

The Curious Case of the Freedom Flotilla

Worse Than You Can Imagine
26 Apr 2024 at 7:46am

Governments cannot take big decisions extremely quickly except in the most extreme of circumstances. There are mechanisms in all states that consider policy decisions, weigh them up, involve the various departments of the state whose activities are affected by that decision, and arrive at a conclusion, though not necessarily a good one. The decision to …

Worse Than You Can Imagine

BBC Scotland

BBC News

Culture secretary demands answers on explicit art show
21 May 2024 at 5:35pm
Angus Robertson says he is "deeply concerned" about documents obtained by BBC Scotland News.

How did the infected blood scandal affect Scotland?
20 May 2024 at 6:14am
Thousands of people were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C after being given NHS blood products.

Swinney warned 'significant' spending cuts may be needed
21 May 2024 at 4:21pm
Scotland's top civil servant says the "right choices" will have to be made to balance the budget.

Lib Dems promise new housing for key workers
19 May 2024 at 5:57pm
Alex Cole-Hamilton's conference speech focused on housing, the NHS, and the need to win more seats.

Hundreds of abusive social media posts sent to MSPs
17 May 2024 at 5:45pm
Just over 8,000 comments were deemed to be abusive, with 461 determined to rise above the criminal threshold.

Third union to ballot council staff on strike over pay
16 May 2024 at 5:52pm
Unison joins the GMB and Unite in a decision to ballot thousands workers after a pay rise delay.

Swinney says emergency care on Skye 'not good enough'
16 May 2024 at 2:35pm
It follows two medical emergencies in Portree at the weekend where a woman died and another was unable to access a hospital.

Blood transfusion boss apologises over scandal
17 May 2024 at 6:12am
Thousands of victims in Scotland were infected by HIV or Hepatitis C through NHS blood products.

MP writes to Netflix over Baby Reindeer evidence
17 May 2024 at 1:48pm
John Nicolson wants Netflix to substantiate what it told a committee about Baby Reindeer portrayal.

'Time running out' plea over shipyard's future
16 May 2024 at 5:26pm
Union representatives at Ferguson's warn the yard desperately needs new work as it tries to move on from the ferries controversy.

Scottish prisoners to be released early to ease overcrowding
16 May 2024 at 3:34pm
The country had 8,365 people behind bars earlier this week - the highest number since 2012.

Scot Goes Pop

Why I stay in Alba
21 May 2024 at 1:38pm
On last night's thread, I was asked by an anonymous commenter why I stay in Alba when I have concerns about the scale of the party's intervention in a first-past-the-post general election.  Which b...

Keir Starmer openly supported one of the crimes against humanity that the Isr...
21 May 2024 at 12:05pm
The reason the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has jurisidiction to apply for arrest warrants against leaders of both Hamas and Israel is that the State of Palestine is a sovereign s...

It has to be all hands to the pumps as YouGov poll shows the SNP have a 10-po...
20 May 2024 at 10:51pm
Unfortunately, YouGov have confirmed the trend shown by the recent Redfield & Wilton poll, and indeed are showing a slightly bigger deficit for the SNP.Scottish voting intentions for the next UK ge...

A plea to Alba: look before you leap
17 May 2024 at 11:39pm
I was contacted today by a Scot Goes Pop reader who is very concerned that Alba have just selected a candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, which was very narrowly won by the Liberal ...

A major polling silver lining for the SNP: their leader has a positive net ra...
15 May 2024 at 5:32pm
As you'll probably have seen, the Redfield & Wilton poll over the weekend was poor for the SNP, but there were two notable silver linings.  Firstly, support for independence continues to hold up as...

In a first-past-the-post election, the way to further the cause of independen...
14 May 2024 at 2:26pm
And as with any new political party, Alba attracted its share of misfits and opportunists. But three years on, the organisation has shaken down and a team of dedicated local activists and organiser...

Scot Goes Popcast: Eurovision 2024
11 May 2024 at 6:03pm
For those of you planning to watch the Eurovision tonight, I've recorded a short podcast with some scene-setting thoughts, which you can listen to below. James Kelly · Scot Goes Popcast Episode 22:...

Does 2 become 1?
10 May 2024 at 11:00pm
First of all, a quick note to let you know that I'm quoted in Alasdair Soussi's profile of John Swinney on the Al Jazeera website, which you can read HERE.  I'm both critical of Swinney and complim...

STV Politics News

Latest Politics News | STV News

Emergency Post Office Horizon legislation to exonerate subpostmasters in Scot...
21 May 2024 at 6:11pm
MSPs in the Scottish Parliament unanimously agreed the general principles of the Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill.

John Swinney apologises ?unreservedly? for ?unimaginable suffering? of NHS in...
21 May 2024 at 3:10pm
The First Minister said lessons will be learned to ensure such a disaster never happens in Scotland again.

Nicola Sturgeon says abuse from trans debate pushed her to resign as First Mi...
21 May 2024 at 10:13am
Nicola Sturgeon said she received more abuse for her gender reform plans than any other issue.

Deputy First Minister Kate Forbes to unveil package for start-ups as Scottish...
20 May 2024 at 6:53am
New First Minister John Swinney has put focus on the improvement of the economy since taking over the Government.

Alex Cole-Hamilton: Why you will seldom hear me mention Scottish independence
18 May 2024 at 10:10am
People across Scotland want a focus on the cost of living crisis and the issues in the NHS, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats told STV News.

Rock fragment kept in SNP cupboard is part of Stone of Destiny, say experts
17 May 2024 at 3:53pm
Alex Salmond was given the chip by the son of one of the students who stole the stone in 1950.

Almost 500 abusive posts directed at MSPs passed to Police Scotland, study shows
17 May 2024 at 3:24pm
Some 8,000 messages sent to MSPs were deemed to be abusive.

Scottish Government demands no asylum seekers sent to Rwanda amid detentions
17 May 2024 at 1:53pm
There are reports of at least two people being detained in Glasgow and removed to England by the Home Office.

Grants announced for Fife homes affected by Storm Gerrit flooding
16 May 2024 at 6:11pm
The First Minister said £1,500 for households and £3,000 for businesses would soon be available.

John Swinney condemns Alister Jack?s ?menacing? idea for new nuclear plant in...
16 May 2024 at 5:43pm
The First Minister was clear that the Scottish Government will not back the construction of such a facility north of the border.

Bids submitted for strict firework controls in Scotland?s biggest cities Edin...
16 May 2024 at 4:34pm
If the control zones were enacted, it would make it an offence to let off fireworks in either city at designated times.

Ministers urged to save Fergusons shipyard as Kate Forbes attends summit
16 May 2024 at 4:31pm
The state-owned yard could soon close if no more work comes in, the Scottish Government has been warned.

Scottish Government plans to release prisoners early amid soaring numbers
16 May 2024 at 2:45pm
The justice secretary said she has no choice but to act 'if we are to avoid an unprecedented crisis developing' as prisons reach a 'critical' point.

John Swinney: NHS in Skye ?not good enough? after death of woman at festival
16 May 2024 at 1:28pm
The First Minister was told another woman at the festival went into anaphylactic shock but couldn't access the hospital because it was closed.

Daily Record

Daily Record - Politics

MSPs could be recalled in summer to finalise pardon for Scots victims of Hori...
21 May 2024 at 4:20pm
Angela Constance said a blanket pardon could only be passed in Scotland once final details of a UK Government scheme covering England were known.

John Swinney apologises 'unreservedly' to victims of infected blood scandal
21 May 2024 at 3:09pm
The First Minister said he was "sorry for the hurt, worry and damage" those affected had suffered.

SNP MSP blasts Scottish Government after spending plans delayed by Humza Yous...
21 May 2024 at 1:19pm
Scotland?s top civil servant has warned new First Minister John Swinney of the need for cuts to balance the books.

Former Alex Salmond and Humza Yousaf spin doctor not joining John Swinney Gov...
21 May 2024 at 1:14pm
Kevin Pringle, a veteran of SNP Governments, said he is looking for "fulfilling challenges outside the world of government and politics".

First infected blood victims to receive compensation payments by end of year
21 May 2024 at 1:00pm
Tory Cabinet Office minister John Glen said the UK Government's "expectation is that final payments will start before the end of the year".

'Brexit border checks' could cost Scotland £380m, claims SNP
21 May 2024 at 12:48pm
EXCLUSIVE: A report from the National Audit Office forecasted that more than £4.7 billion of public money will be spent on post-Brexit border controls.

Ambulance waiting times increasing for 'critically ill' patients across Scotland
21 May 2024 at 4:30am
One patient in Glasgow waited two hours and one minute for an ambulance to respond to a critical call in 2023.

Former Police Scotland chief Iain Livingstone joins Gordon Brown charity figh...
21 May 2024 at 4:30am
Iain Livingstone said he had witnessed the "devastating effect of poverty" during his 30-year career in the police.

SNP MSP backs UK-wide conversion therapy ban for gay and trans people
21 May 2024 at 4:30am
Emma Roddick, a strong supporter of a ban, floated the idea that depends on Labour winning the general election.

SNP faces huge general election losses as Labour 10 points ahead, poll finds
20 May 2024 at 4:11pm
Polling guru John Curtice predicted the SNP could be left with just 11 MPs in Scotland compared to 35 for Labour.

The National

The National | Politics

Labour Party won?t change failing UK?s downward trajectory
21 May 2024 at 6:30pm

I LISTENED to a recording of Danny Dorling?s January talk at an Edinburgh book store about his book Shattered Nation, which chronicles the UK?s precipitous decline.

Bill to exonerate Scots Horizon IT scandal victims passes first hurdle
21 May 2024 at 6:33pm

A Bill introducing emergency legislation to exonerate subpostmasters wrongly convicted in the Horizon IT scandal has passed its first stage...

Mhairi Black taunts David Lammy after 'I'm a conservative' admission
21 May 2024 at 5:59pm

THE cat is out of the bag, Mhairi Black has said, after a top Labour frontbencher admitted he could be described as a ?small-c conservative? politician ...

Journalist launches fundraiser to escape from Gaza with family
21 May 2024 at 5:27pm

A JOURNALIST hoping to escape from Gaza with her family has launched an appeal, after their home was destroyed by Israeli occupation forces.

Rishi Sunak urged to listen to critics on graduate visa changes
21 May 2024 at 4:53pm

RISHI Sunak should ?listen to critics from within his own party? and refrain from making changes to graduate visa schemes, the SNP have said...

David Cameron says 'no one has been tougher on Israel than me'
21 May 2024 at 4:19pm

FOREIGN Secretary David Cameron has claimed that ?no one has been tougher on the Israelis than me? ? as he rejected calls to back international arrest warrants for Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leaders ...

John Swinney apologises to Scottish victims of infected blood scandal
21 May 2024 at 4:25pm

THE First Minister has formally apologised to the Scottish victims of the infected blood scandal, committing to work with the UK Government on a compensation scheme ...

There is now no excuse for the UK to continue selling arms to Israel
21 May 2024 at 3:30pm

THERE is no excuse now for Rishi Sunak, David Cameron or any of the UK Tory government to continue to allow arms sales to Israel, now that the International Criminal Court has applied for an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Deduct points from Scottish clubs for fan disorder, MSP says
21 May 2024 at 3:30pm

FINES, partial stadium closures, and points deductions should be considered for Scottish clubs after Celtic fans left ?residents afraid to leave their homes? during victory celebrations over the weekend, an MSP has said ...

Lord Walney review recommends sweeping crackdown on protests
21 May 2024 at 3:11pm

Sweeping measures to crack down on protests, including making activists pay to protest and potentially spying on campaign groups have been put forward by the Government?s adviser on political violence.

Holyrood Magazine

Holyrood Website

Global tech companies agree on 'historic' AI safety commitments
21 May 2024 at 3:01pm
16 world-leading AI firms have agreed on the commitments on the opening day of the AI Seoul summit

Automated Vehicles Bill becomes law
21 May 2024 at 12:51pm
Self-driving vehicles will now be?able to appear on UK roads by 2026, as self-driving vehicles bill receives royal assent

Police Scotland officers must remain ?pacifists in the culture war?, says chi...
21 May 2024 at 1:01am
ASPS President Chief Superintendent Rob Hay will say while officers must play an important role in policing genuine hate crime, they must not be drawn into ?petty point scoring? which is filling the public debate

Kate Forbes announces multi-million-pound package for Scottish start-ups
20 May 2024 at 5:59pm
The Deputy First Minister has announced a ?5m package to nurture high-growth start-ups.?

Labour takes strong lead over SNP in latest poll
20 May 2024 at 4:57pm
But First Minister John Swinney is the most popular leader in Scotland

AI chatbots ?highly vulnerable? to dangerous prompts, UK Government finds
20 May 2024 at 1:49pm
Research by the UK AI Safety Institute revealed 'basic jailbreaks' can bypass chatbots security guardrails

Gender-critical employee wins discrimination case against rape crisis centre
20 May 2024 at 1:33pm
Roz Adams was unlawfully discriminated against and unfairly constructively dismissed by Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre

Labour MSP reveals sleep deprivation and anxiety struggle
20 May 2024 at 2:00am
Paul Sweeney admitted he is ?surprised? that more politicians done not suffer from ?severe mental illness?

UK Government ramps up efforts to bridge cybersecurity skills gap
17 May 2024 at 4:02pm
UK technology minister Saqib Bhatti has announced?that the?cybersecurity workforce will follow common standards to 'ensure that employers get the skilled staff they need'

John Swinney pledges to build tech sector during first major speech
17 May 2024 at 2:30pm
During a speech in Glasgow, the first?minister?said?he is?'determined' to ensure Scotland remains a leading start-up?nation.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Scottish politics | The Guardian

Infected blood victims to get interim payments of £210,000 within 90 days ? a...
21 May 2024 at 5:15pm
John Glen, Cabinet Office minister, tells Commons that those infected will be able to claim compensation as well as the estates of those who have died. This live blog has closedInfected blood scandal victims to get compensation payments before end of yearGove claims that the anti-Israel protests ...

Scotland?s vulnerable marine life not properly protected, campaigners warn
20 May 2024 at 6:00am
Scottish government accused of missing deadlines to take action on overfishing and effects of climate breakdownFragile and damaged marine life around Scotland?s coasts is not being properly protected because ministers in Edinburgh have broken their promises, environment campaigners have warned.Pr...

UK politics: I never called for rainbow lanyard ban, claims Esther McVey ? as...
15 May 2024 at 6:20pm
?Common sense minister? denies plan to Channel 4 News despite saying earlier this week that lanyards should be a ?standard design?Labour says the Ministry of Justice?s decision to delay court hearings because of prison overcrowing (see 10.39am) shows that people are ?less safe? under the Tories. ...

Can the civil service survive the chaos and incompetence of Team Sunak? Of co...
15 May 2024 at 10:00am
As this difficult era nears its endgame, we are guided by a belief in good governance ? and buoyed up by public supportThe end-of-season finale is almost here. As the country slides inexorably and eagerly down the greased abattoir chute towards the end of what might be the worst-ever parliamentar...

SNP?s raison d?être is dead in the water | Letter
13 May 2024 at 5:10pm
Until John Swinney and his party can construct a case for their one real policy ? independence ? voters won?t buy it, says Alex GallagherYour editorial is correct to point out that John Swinney is not the new broom that Scotland or the Scottish National party need, and that he faces policy proble...

Palestinian charity CEO to stand for Labour in Fife in boost for Starmer
10 May 2024 at 12:18pm
Melanie Ward?s run for Cowdenbeath and Kirkcaldy likely to delight allies of party leader criticised for Gaza stanceThe chief executive of the aid charity Medical Aid for Palestinians has been chosen as a Labour candidate to fight a key seat in Scotland, after the original candidate was suspended...

The Guardian view on John Swinney?s Scotland: a new start but also more of th...
9 May 2024 at 6:39pm
The new first minister gets it that the public want better government, but he has not got much time to deliverScotland?s new first minister is an experienced and unflashy politician who can read the public mood. Almost everything that John Swinney has said and done since replacing Humza Yousaf th...

Kate Forbes elected Scotland deputy first minister despite Green opposition
9 May 2024 at 5:57pm
Fresh row erupts over Forbes?s conservative views on equality ? but appointment is approved by narrow majorityThe Scottish Greens have voted against Kate Forbes becoming Scotland?s new deputy first minister in a fresh row over her conservative views on equality.Ross Greer, a Scottish Green MSP, s...

UK politics: Tory defector Natalie Elphicke apologises for comments about wom...
9 May 2024 at 4:50pm
Comments made after Charlie Elphicke jailed for two years criticised by new colleagues in Labour partyHaving seen a fuller version of what Ben Houchen, the Conservative Tees Valley mayor, said on BBC Radio Tees this morning, I have beefed up the post at 10.16am and changed the headline. Houchen d...

John Swinney scraps post of minister for independence to focus on economy
9 May 2024 at 2:27pm
New first minister says case for Scottish independence best made by creating ?vibrant economy?John Swinney has axed the post of minister for independence, in a clear signal to Scottish voters that his government is focused on their immediate cost of living concerns before the general election.The...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug

Blog break
20 May 2024 at 11:41am
Just a quick note to let everyone know that we have an old friend staying with us this week so I won’t be updating the blog for a few days. Normal ranting service will be resumed on Monday. In the meantime there will no doubt be plenty to keep you all occupied in the comments …

Going through the motions
14 May 2024 at 12:07pm
Rishi Sunak gave a landmark speech on Monday. That’s landmark in the sense of an abandoned ruin by the side of the road to nowhere. The Prime Minister was attempting yet another relaunch, but he was really swimming in the sea offshore from an English beach – just going through the motions. All he has …

Many thanks to everyone ? fundraiser update
9 May 2024 at 4:31pm
I just wanted to thank everyone who contributed to or supported this year’s Wee Ginger Dug fundraiser. I was even more apprehensive about it this year than I have been in years past. There is a cost of living crisis which has had a severe impact on the budgets of many households, and it’s fair …

How right wing do you need to be not to be welcome in the Labour party?
9 May 2024 at 2:44am
On Wednesday in the House of Commons, just as Prime Minister’s Questions was about to begin, the Conservative MP for Dover, Natalie Elphicke, crossed the floor of the chamber and sat on the opposition benches , becoming the latest Tory MP to rebel against Rishi Sunak and his hapless leadership of the cruel and chaotic …

Starmer, leader of the City of London party, and a new first minister for Sco...
7 May 2024 at 5:46pm
The Labour party loves to claim that it speaks for the ordinary working people of Scotland. Like so much that issues from the centre-right British nationalist flag fetishising party of Keir Starmer that claim is a shameful barefaced lie. Under Starmer the Labour party is interested only in articulating policies which will appeal to the …

Starmer?s vacuous platitudes
5 May 2024 at 4:08pm
Keir Starmer published a piece in The Observer this sunday entitled “It’s time to end the UK’s divisions: Labour is for everyone.” The piece is an intelligence insulting and utterly vacuous content free word salad with a room temperature IQ. Absolutely nowhere in its 625 self regarding words does Starmer tell us exactly how he …

News you may have missed on BBC Scotland
4 May 2024 at 11:16am
While we’ve been preoccupied with the drama of Humza Yousaf’s resignation, the votes of no confidence in Holyrood and an SNP leadership contest which turned out not to be that dramatic after all, elsewhere politics was continuing as usual, the Tories were torying in their normal chaotic and nasty way while Keir Starmer’s Labour party …

An outbreak of calm
2 May 2024 at 4:05pm
The SNP leadership contest was over even before it had begun, no doubt much to the disappointment of BBC Scotland management who will now have to bin all the ‘SNP divided’ stories they were going to regale us with over the coming weeks as a distraction from the meltdown of the Conservatives and Keir Starmer’s …

The big loser of today?s no confidence vote
1 May 2024 at 7:37pm
As expected the Scottish Government has survived the Labour vote of no-confidence brought forward by Anas Sarwar seeking to opportunistically capitalise on the collapse of the Bute House Agreement between the SNP with the Greens. The Greens had already signalled that their beef was with Humza Yousaf and had been mollified by his resignation on …

Annual fundraiser, a quick update
30 Apr 2024 at 3:17pm
It has been just over a week since the blog’s annual fundraiser was launched and I thought readers might like a quick update since it’s not clear from the Go Fund Me page alone how the fundraiser is going. The total received from all sources, PayPal, Go Fund Me, and direct deposits now stands at …

The Courier

Scottish Politics News From Holyrood and Westminster | The Courier

Perthshire SNP minister Jim Fairlie opens up on suffering heart attack in par...
21 May 2024 at 6:00am
The farmer-turned-MSP spoke to The Courier about his renewed fitness drive after the major health scare.

Couple who feared for son?s life at Carseview mental health unit blast progre...
19 May 2024 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon pledged to intervene in Ryan Caswell's case two years ago - but he remains "trapped" in the same Dundee facility.

Montrose dad of ?murdered? man vows to continue fight for justice at Holyrood
19 May 2024 at 6:00am
Davy Cornock, whose son died in suspicious circumstances in Thailand, is seeking protections for Scots abroad.

Moray SNP minister Richard Lochhead in intensive care after major surgery
16 May 2024 at 10:10am
The veteran nationalist is in a stable condition following the procedure in Aberdeen and is making good progress as he recovers.

Work on Mossmorran net zero transition plan to begin in coming months
16 May 2024 at 6:00am
Work on a new plan on the future of the gas plant in Fife will begin in January next year.

Fife MP tells Rishi Sunak to do more to stop bank ?deserts? after Leven TSB c...
15 May 2024 at 3:52pm
Wendy Chamberlain quizzed the prime minister on what he would do to prevent communities being left with no local branch.

How Fifers have avoided multimillion-pound council budget misery
15 May 2024 at 6:00am
Financial planning and finding extra cash reserves has helped the council avoid huge cuts being made elsewhere in Scotland.

Dundee University chief fears immigration rule changes could risk funding chaos
14 May 2024 at 5:05pm
A new report has found no evidence of widespread abuse of the system of post study work visas for graduates.

EXCLUSIVE: NHS Tayside told to make £16.5 million more cuts
14 May 2024 at 6:00am
Government-imposed cuts created a situation where staff feel like they are "trying to fill a bucket with a hole in the bottom", insiders claim.

Scotland?s largest men?s mental health charity faces collapse in months after...
12 May 2024 at 6:00am
Men's Sheds tackle social isolation and aim to improve quality of life for a community of 10,000 members.

Talking up Scotland

Talking-up Scotland / Scottish media fact checking is like shooting fish in a...

How YouGov make sure they get a NO lead and stronger opposition to the SNP
21 May 2024 at 10:51am
In their most recent poll, in January 2024, Ipsos Scotland got: Yesterday and being trumpeted as bad news for John Swinney, YouGov got: YouGov had this sample ratio weighted according to the 2014 referendum, 10 years ago: Ipsos had this sample ratio weighted according to the 2014 referendum, 10 years ago: Ipsos is a multinational market research company based in France with no ‘horse in the rac...

Blood Scandal Factcheck ? As media collude in blaming medics and civil servan...
21 May 2024 at 8:25am
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?The thing Labour and the Conservatives don?t want you to know? by the Herald...
20 May 2024 at 8:11pm
I’ve mentioned Ian McConnell before. I suspect he helps the Herald owners pretend they’re fair to both sides. Today, behind their pay wall unfortunately but perhaps not after a day or two, he writes, in part:

Another ?big? Labour election promise worth titchy amount as Scotland?s share...
20 May 2024 at 11:03am
By Professor John Robertson They did something comparably thick when they promised to increase GP appointments and, when you worked out Scotland’s 8% share, it was a less than a half of 1% increase. Here it’s a whopping £1.8 billion ‘Scotland’s facilities will benefit from‘ so, 8% for us, £144 million. The new Stornoway harbour alone, just completed and paid for by the Scottish Government, cost...

Scottish Labour and the Glasgow Yorkhill infected blood scandal
20 May 2024 at 8:32am
According to the Guardian in April 2024, cheap infected blood products based on blood from Arkansas prisoners began to be used across the UK after the Labour Government, in 1976, signed the deal, despite warnings from experts. Today, BBC Scotland repeats: One area where Scotland differed from the rest of the UK is that the vast majority of infections came from its own blood donations. In the 19...

Blood scandal ? SNP inquiry in 2007, first in UK, led to better support syste...
20 May 2024 at 8:01am
By Professor John Robertson The broadcasts today don’t mention this and you have to read down to the bottom of this BBC Scotland report to find this: Scotland was the first part of the UK to commission a public inquiry into infected blood. It had been a key election pledge of the SNP government when it came to power in 2007, and was carried out by Scottish judge Lord Penrose. But the Penrose in...

Isle of Wight engine failure cancellations after year of massive profits and ...
19 May 2024 at 10:17pm
From the Southern Daily Echo yesterday: More cross-Solent ferry sailings have been cancelled today (Sunday), due to ongoing work on Red Funnel’s Red Eagle vehicle ferry. The vessel has engine problems, which have forced cancellations since last night. From the Island Echo in August 2023: Prior to this the accounts from 2017-2019 showed WL made net profits of over £50 million. So why would a com...

Oz taxpayers pay for new wharves but must wait years for ferries in latest fi...
19 May 2024 at 10:03pm
From the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday: Taxpayers have spent $78 million for two soon-to-be-opened ferry wharves near the entrance to Sydney’s Botany Bay, but the public faces a years-long wait for services between La Perouse and Kurnell because of state government indecision. and from the Leader: Transport Minister Jo Haylen and Coordinator General, Transport for NSW, Howard Collins were gri...

Edinburgh?s loss making trams project was forced on the SNP minority governme...
19 May 2024 at 7:40pm
In the Scotsman, last week: The Edinburgh Trams have made a net loss of more than £44 million since opening ten years ago, figures have revealed, mainly due to borrowing costs associated with building the original line. Coming in at over £400m over budget and three years late, the capital?s trams have not run a profit since 2017. Sue Webber, Conservative MSP for the Lothian region, said: ?These...

Labour confirm Scotland?s superior NHS figures are despite Westminster
19 May 2024 at 4:09pm
By Professor John Robertson Scottish haggis-eater, thus extremist, Robert Lamb has perceptively tweeted: Wes Streeting had just cut the feet from beneath Anas Sarwar by spiking his daily attacks on the SNP over NHS funding. When asked by Laura Kuenssberg over the state of the NHS in Labour run Wales, he blamed WM. LK asked why Sarwar blamed then the SNP in Scotland. He flou...

Scotland and Independence

"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News

Is the dream of Scottish independence over? - POLITICO Europe
1 May 2024 at 8:00am
Is the dream of Scottish independence over?  POLITICO Europe

Labour now holds 10pt lead over SNP in Scotland - YouGov
20 May 2024 at 3:00pm
Labour now holds 10pt lead over SNP in Scotland  YouGov

Humza Yousaf quits - does this spell end for Scottish independence? - Sky News
29 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Humza Yousaf quits - does this spell end for Scottish independence?  Sky News

Scottish independence poll 2024 - Statista
10 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish independence poll 2024  Statista

Labour is the big beneficiary of Scottish political turmoil - The Economist
2 May 2024 at 8:00am
Labour is the big beneficiary of Scottish political turmoil  The Economist

Scotland?s leader Humza Yousaf resigns after a year in power, throwing his pr...
29 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Scotland?s leader Humza Yousaf resigns after a year in power, throwing his pro-independence party into chaos  CNN

There's an opportunity here to make a real win for the Yes case - The National
17 May 2024 at 2:01pm
There's an opportunity here to make a real win for the Yes case  The National

Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (8-9 May 2024...
9 May 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (8-9 May 2024)  Redfield & Wilton Strategies

Hundreds take part in march for Scottish independence -
4 May 2024 at 8:00am
Hundreds take part in march for Scottish independence

Scotland's independence impasse is not unique - Financial Times
8 Oct 2023 at 8:00am
Scotland's independence impasse is not unique  Financial Times


"SNP" - Google News

Listen to Tory critics and change path on graduate visa changes, Rishi Sunak ...
21 May 2024 at 4:54pm
Listen to Tory critics and change path on graduate visa changes, Rishi Sunak told  The National

'Brexit border checks' could cost Scotland £380m, claims SNP - Daily Record
21 May 2024 at 12:48pm
'Brexit border checks' could cost Scotland £380m, claims SNP  Daily Record

Police Scotland's chief constable: SNP finance probe heading to prosecutors '...
13 May 2024 at 8:00am
Police Scotland's chief constable: SNP finance probe heading to prosecutors 'within weeks'  Sky News

Police report on SNP finances probe due 'within weeks' -
13 May 2024 at 6:18am
Police report on SNP finances probe due 'within weeks'

Humza Yousaf puts SNP on election footing after coalition with Greens collaps...
25 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Humza Yousaf puts SNP on election footing after coalition with Greens collapses  The Guardian

Who is John Swinney, Scotland?s new first minister after Humza Yousaf quit? -...
10 May 2024 at 8:00am
Who is John Swinney, Scotland?s new first minister after Humza Yousaf quit?  Al Jazeera English

Labour scents opportunity in SNP disarray - Scotland - Financial Times
29 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Labour scents opportunity in SNP disarray - Scotland  Financial Times

Is the dream of Scottish independence over? - POLITICO Europe
1 May 2024 at 8:00am
Is the dream of Scottish independence over?  POLITICO Europe

SNP seeks new leader as divisions are exposed - BBC
30 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
SNP seeks new leader as divisions are exposed  BBC

Humza Yousaf facing no confidence vote as Scotland?s SNP-Green coalition coll...
25 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Humza Yousaf facing no confidence vote as Scotland?s SNP-Green coalition collapses  The Independent

Referendum (Google News)

"Scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph" - Google News

Is the dream of Scottish independence over? - POLITICO Europe
1 May 2024 at 8:00am
Is the dream of Scottish independence over?  POLITICO Europe

Labour now holds 10pt lead over SNP in Scotland - YouGov
20 May 2024 at 3:00pm
Labour now holds 10pt lead over SNP in Scotland  YouGov

'Scotland has right to have another indy referendum', EU youth activists say ...
18 May 2024 at 11:35am
'Scotland has right to have another indy referendum', EU youth activists say  The National

?Lame duck leader?: Scotland?s Humza Yousaf quits. What?s next? - Al Jazeera ...
29 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
?Lame duck leader?: Scotland?s Humza Yousaf quits. What?s next?  Al Jazeera English

Scottish independence poll 2024 - Statista
10 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish independence poll 2024  Statista

Swinney says no change in SNP independence referendum strategy -
9 May 2024 at 8:00am
Swinney says no change in SNP independence referendum strategy

Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (8-9 May 2024...
9 May 2024 at 8:00am
Scottish Independence Referendum & Westminster Voting Intention (8-9 May 2024)  Redfield & Wilton Strategies

Humza Yousaf quits - does this spell end for Scottish independence? - Sky News
29 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Humza Yousaf quits - does this spell end for Scottish independence?  Sky News

Scotland?s leader Humza Yousaf resigns after a year in power, throwing his pr...
29 Apr 2024 at 8:00am
Scotland?s leader Humza Yousaf resigns after a year in power, throwing his pro-independence party into chaos  CNN

SNP backs revised plan for Scottish independence referendum - Financial Times
15 Oct 2023 at 8:00am
SNP backs revised plan for Scottish independence referendum  Financial Times