It’s a show of two halves beginning with a review of PMQs and FMQs including updates on stricter Covid lockdown restrictions in Scotland….
The second half (from 24 mins approx) gets angry as we tear lumps out of each other reviewing the latest Salmond affair revelations… We watched the Independence Live show by Twa Auld Heids, the ‘Skullduggery’ episode featuring Denise Findlay and Mark Hirst. (link below)
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.
The Sunday morning political TV shows get reviewed. Linsey Bews hosted BBC’s Politics Scotland with guests Professor Steve Reicher and DFM John Swinney. We also cover Ridge and Marr as usual.
We have a serious debate following the publication of evidence prepared by Alex Salmond for the James Hamilton inquiry. Hamilton is responding to FM Nicola Sturgeon after she ‘reported’ herself about whether she misled Parliament over meetings with Salmond in 2018.
Possible delays to the Holyrood 2021 General Election come up and also Council elections in England.
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.
We begin with the Holyrood Brexit vote to refuse consent for Scotland. Mike Russell made a barnstorming speech winding up for the Scottish Government. There’s a clip at the end.
The rest of the show takes a familiar route linking topical issues/people as follows:-..
FT article offering advice to serious Unionists. Occupied Scotland, Trojan horse, transport infrastructure, Borders Railway to Carlisle, direct European transport links, North Sea electricity inter-connector, Scottish water, Lesley Riddoch wins award, Stewart voted Tory, Sicilian Mafia think London is more corrupt, new gangster Lords, Joanna Cherry, wheesht for Nicola, drive for democracy, 100% Scot V 8% Brit.. you figure?, no UK election for 8 years, English foot on the throat of Scotland, taxi full of weapons, Holyrood campaign.. Nicola Sturgeon has no big idea, Welsh Labour shame SNP Government.
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.