Jimmy delivers the Covid briefing report which featured vaccination figures again…supplies, jag centres, delivery and a ScotGov row with the UKGov about secrecy…At the podium steady Jeane Freeman delivered steady Covid figures including an infection/test rate of 5.8% where the W.H.O. target is 5%…
The former First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has challenged the orthodoxy of the sovereignty of the Westminster parliament…He claims that that sovereignty breaches the conditions in the Treaty of Union between Scotland and England…His case names A V Dicey, Joanna Cherry MP and Lady Hale (prorogation of parliament) …We discuss the relevance in Scotland today…
We roast Prime Minister Johnson’s visit to Scotland while still speculating about the real reason he came…Channel4 News gets roasted for metrocentric coverage of it with Scottish expat Tory MP Alberto Costa interviewed…Is Scotland a colony or an equal partner?…
Jimmy is seeking a Ghandi type leader for Scotland while still maintaining that most politicians are vain, venal creatures.
The Andrew Marr show featured UK Health Minister Hancock and Scotland’s FM Sturgeon with Glenn Campbell opining…Then the Politics Scotland show anchored by Andrew Kerr which featured DFM John Swinney and had Glenn Campbell – again…Finally The Big Question presented by Nicky Campbell worried about social media…
We then review Iain MacWhirter’s piece in the Herald exposing corruption at the Crown Office (prosecution service) led by Lord Advocate James Wolfe which Iain links to the Salmond V Sturgeon scandal…which we then discuss in depth…
Also mentioned are;…Anas Sarwar, Rape Crisis Scotland, NHS health boards, Gordon Dangerfield and SKY’s James Mathews disappearing reports, Peter A Bell, the Real McKay seafood and the Red Hand Commando.
Correction and apology. Lord Advocate James Wolffe apologised on behalf of Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland. “Having previously defended the case, the Lord Advocate has now admitted that the Crown, under his predecessor Frank Mulholland QC, acted unlawfully during a substantial part of the proceedings. Documents recovered by the pursuers’ advisers show senior Crown Office lawyers speaking about the “need to nail the Duff & Phelps people” – referring to the pursuers’ firm at the time of their appointment as administrators. The court heard that no minutes appeared to exist of meetings chaired by Mr Mulholland to discuss strategy in the case.”
The Covid briefing report is upbeat. Current figures for Scotland have plateaued. Future lockdown rules could include closing food take-aways plus click and collect. ‘Stay at Home and don’t go out to socialise’ is the message from the FM. People are also going out to ‘promenade’ says Stewart.
FM Sturgeon continues to receive support in the latest surveys. The food replacement for a £30 voucher gets roasted as does MSP Michelle Ballantyne who has abandoned the Tories for Nigel Farage’s latest fascist party.
Our latest opinions about the Salmond affair come at the end of the show.
It was a busy Friday press briefing. In our review we cover the disturbing numbers in hospital and the high death rate. We discover that it’s anti-virus anti-bodies that matter and not who makes the vaccination. Teachers and police officers will not jump the vaccination queue. The FM is in total command as per usual.
We discuss another ill-informed piece in the New Statesman about Gordon Brown and DEVO, this time by Chris Deerin
Joanna Cherry reminds us of historical precedent as the SNP head to a National Assembly that will discuss “the tactics and strategy on the route from here to Independence Day”.
Mark Hirst has been acquitted of the politically inspired charge in relation to the Alex Salmond affair.
Today we begin with the Brexit votes in Holyrood and Westminster. After that we range across/mention in rough order…
Points of order, Ian Blackford, Ian Duncan Smith, Keir Starmer, Michael Gove, Mark Francois, disruption of Commons business, Kenny MacAskill, Labour leader in Scotland, Richard Leonard, Anas Sarwar, Jackie Baillie, Jenny Marra, drown in a car park, Neil Findlay, The Vow, Daily Record, wobbly nose, Jason Michael, Murray Foote, British spies, Auchtermuchty, 77th. Brigade, Scottish Press subsidy, free press, Leveson inquiry, SNP manifesto, UDI, PARTITION.
We begin with Jimmy’s report of last night’s Zoom Meeting on Plan B. MP Angus Brendan MacNeil and Councillor Chris McEleny were in attendance. Suzanne Blackley and Neil Mackay of AUOB hosted the evening.
MP Pete Wishart blots his copybook with a rude reply to a letter from Dr. Timothy Rideout of the SNP Policy Development Committee. We get excited over that.
Paul Goodman of Conservative Home gets roasted for his London Times opinion piece.
Jimmy coins some wonderful turns of phrase. Norrie is on his own not wearing socialist red. Stewart apologises (again) for a mix-up over assemblies and letters.
Seasons greetings and thanks to all our viewers and listeners, wherever you are.
It was the last FMQs at Holyrood before Xmas but apart from the obligatory thanks and best wishes there was little to cheer. Covid infections are still around 1000 a day. Care homes are still a ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’ issue and Willie Rennie almost starred in a low firmament.
Norrie and Stewart have another ‘debate’ about making progress towards an iScotland in the face of an anticipated refusal to negotiate from London.
Fresh light on the new Covid variant comes from a New York Times article.. Who knew?