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.
We focus on the Andrew Marr show followed by two articles in the Sunday Times by Alex Massie.
In interview by Marr, Northern Ireland FM Arlene Foster avoided the word ‘border’, reminding us that it’s 100 years since the current United Kingdom union began and that the Brexit NI protocol can be ended by a Stormont vote in four years.
Then in interview, PM Johnson failed to affect Stewart’s blood pressure and revealed little for a Monday tabloid headline though Marr challenged him over what democratic tools were left for a pro Scottish independence voter if a fresh indyref was refused.
Alex Massie returns to assist us in dissecting topical independence issues.
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.
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.
Drug deaths dominated FMQs. Ruth Davidson, Richard Leonard and Willie Rennie pressed FM Sturgeon about her responsibility for the scandal. The three of us had a proper barney about it.
Patrick Harvie raised the Supreme Court decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow and challenged the FM on her support for it. We also discovered that a Climate Change Plan was published yesterday. We will have to try harder.
A new Comres poll has support for independence at 58% again, meaning there’s now 17 polls in a row proving that ‘freedom’ is now the settled will of the Scottish electorate.