Politics

  • Oops! Telegraph ‘forgets’ to mention spy boss criticising Corbyn was responsible for dodgy Iraq War dossier heavily criticised by Corbyn February 24, 2018 The latest silly attempt by right-wing media barons to discredit Jeremy Corbyn as a Cold War spy, comes from the ever more ridiculous Telegraph’s Gordon Rayner. Rayner has persuaded former MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove (no, I assure you that’s NOT a made-up name taken from a 1970s James Bond film) as the latest establishment figure to try to persuade the country that electing Corbyn as PM would be tantamount to electing Blofeld to Number 10:   The only problem is, in his bizarre article Rayner ‘forgets’ to mention that Dearlove is now an oil executive in a company with offshore funds under threat from a Corbyn government, an adviser to a neo-liberal right-wing thinktank  and most interestingly of all, according to the ... Read More
  • TIMING IS EVERYTHING February 23, 2018 I know it’s a crudely constructed piece of history more designed for Hollywood than Holyrood but I love Braveheart. My favourite part is when the Scots are assembled at Stirling Bridge itching to get into battle and William ‘Mel’ Wallace instructs them to ‘hold…hold….hold…’ before unleashing the weaponry that would lead to victory. Our approach to a second referendum has to be a bit like that and we must be patient and like ‘Mel’ strike at the optimum time for success.   There is only one consideration that concerns and interests me when it comes to the timing of another independence and that is – is now the right time, and if we hold it are we certain of victory? It would ... Read More
  • Police Scotland, world experts on violence reduction, are now to advise The Met after helping the NYPD and Canada Police. Scotland’s media ignore the story in favour of anything negative they can find. February 23, 2018 Back in October, I was able to report on Police Scotland officers demonstrating how to defuse dangerous situations with a knife-holding person. I was impressed. It was clear the NYPD officers would have shot the offender in every case. I felt relieved and proud of these Scottish officers. See this for more: First New York Police and now Canada’s police come to learn from Scotland’s successes in tackling violence Our mainstream media missed the story with only Sky TV news reporting it. Now, I read that the London Metropolitan chief is to visit Scotland in the wake of a series of stabbings and murders in the city over the last year or so in the hope of learning how we have managed to reduce ... Read More
  • At last….. February 23, 2018 At long last the Scottish Press has realised the impact of a Hard Brexit on Scotland….https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scottish-food-industry-to-be-devastated-by-hard-brexit-1-4692221/amp?__twitter_impression=true …..and have finally found the guts to publish! Add to that this damming headline The time is near for Nicola to press the red start button. One of the PMs former right hand men has accused the Cabinet of ” Rushing” towards Brexit, well I suppose rushing towards anything will only bring about mistakes but then time is running out for them…..they are playing catch-up, the horse is already out of the stable. I suppose the ideology is, well we can correct our mistakes later, true, but at what cost to business and the rest of us? I was always brought up to believe if a jobs worth doing it’s ... Read More
  • Scottish Tories fail our emergency services February 23, 2018 I feel this needs a wider audience than a post under my starter might get so I’ve made it a ‘special’. See this from  Ludo Thierry (former French board-game champion) ‘Did people notice the Westminster vote last night regarding Clause 10 ‘Review of retrospective VAT refunds for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Police Authority’? This provided an opportunity for Scotland’s vital Emergency Services to recoup the VAT money that has been stolen by the UK Treasury since the Scotland-wide Services were established – which represents a very considerable sum (if my memory serves I’m recalling a cumulative figure of approx. £140M). At the last Budget the Tories made great play of abandoning these absurd VAT charges and implementing ... Read More
  • Friends or Allies: Scotland’s Cyber Independence February 22, 2018 Doing Scottish politics online can be stressful enough without the added stress of personal fall outs. It might be worth our whiles making some decisions about our social media accounts ahead of the next independence referendum. People are always going to have disagreements. In spite of the British nationalists’ attempts to paint the independence movement in Scotland as a cult, supporting a one-party state, and incapable of disagreement with a single word that falls from the mouth of Nicola Sturgeon, the reality – as we all know – is something far different. Independentistas on social media fall out with one another at least as regularly as British nationalists, and I suspect this has something to do with us all being human. It’s ... Read More
  • The Corbyn Spy Smears Are More Dangerous Than Meets The Eye February 22, 2018 Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week you will have undoubtedly been subject to the barrage of smears coming from the right wing media that Corbyn or should I say “Agent COB” was an asset of the Stb. That he was affiliated with a Labour group called Labour Action for Peace, which had Stasi assets in its ranks, and then by this association Corbyn is somehow also mixed up in all this. At face value these smears are dangerous because they are a new level of lies within our political sphere, the kind of journalism you would expect from newspapers like The S*N are now dominating the news cycle for days. With these non-stories being supported ... Read More
  • Irrigating the Data Desert February 22, 2018 “Why speculate when you can calculate?” – John Baez, American mathematical physicist Last week saw the release of Common Weal’s latest policy paper, Scotland’s Data Desert, which examined the gaps in statistical data for Scotland and called for a Scottish Statistics Agency to help fill them. We weren’t the only ones studying the problem of the dearth of data in Scotland. As part of a year-long program of research into this topic, we got involved with the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee who had launched their own public consultation looking specifically at the state of economic data in Scotland. Our response to that consultation led to us being invited to present evidence directly to the committee in September 2017. The final ... Read More
  • Scottish government to invest over £5 million in cutting-edge research February 8, 2018 ‘An investment of over £5million will bolster the work of one of Europe’s most cutting-edge research and innovation facilities. The funding from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise will support the second phase of work of the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (FhCAP) in Glasgow. The non-profit centre specialises in photonics, or laser technology, and FhCAP is the innovation catalyst at the core of Scotland’s £740m-a-year photonics community.’ https://news.gov.scot/news/innovation-investment This is another in a series of Scottish Government initiatives to promote and support the Scottish economy. Much of this goes un-reported by our media. Here are some earlier examples reported here in the last year or so: Scottish Government pledges £60 million to maintain its confirmed UK and European lead in low-carbon innovation ... Read More
  • RANDOM THOUGHTS February 8, 2018 Once out of the EU Customs Union the UK could unilaterally cut all tariffs on products we don’t grow for ourselves or could offer to do so in return for some free trade response from those who would benefit. Inside, we can’t do this as the others don’t agree with this strategy. Yes, that would all be fine, Mr Redwood, but it would involve leaving the World Trade Organisation too. You did know that, didn’t you? ++++++++++ It appears that Fluffy Muddle wasn’t available for an interview this morning on Radio Scotland to talk about the EU withdrawal economic impact assessments from the British government, y’know, the ones that they had and didn’t have and then had again (or something). I suspect he must have ... Read More