Thursdays Scottish Blogs



Holyrood chronicles gives us a wee clip from the Guardian just to brighten up our day and perhaps make us think on the pitfalls of holidaying abroad.

Munguin’s new Republic does a compare and contrast piece on our political class. Depending on where in the country you are you could read this and weep or cry for joy.

Wee Ginger dug goes bat shit crazy today, after having told us yesterday he wouldn’t be blogging as much what does he go and do, gives us two articles today. One on the class distinction of’s wary words and another on the Tories latest cluster F, they told us about their broad shoulders but not about their wonderful holiday adventures.

Common space covers Priti Patel’s journey to oblivion, from Jade Saab an article on Britain’s relationship with Israel, Ben Simmons asks could a basic income be the answer to the future pension problems.

Were going to broadcast a piece today that covers a discussion in Canada between the various political parties about basic income. Canada are running a pilot scheme at the moment.

A big piece from common weal about what the Scottish government could do to crack down on tax avoidance.

Sean Bell has an article covering new figures just released about the benefits EU citizens bring to Scotland.

Sean also has a piece about Nicholas Sturgeon signing a pledge in support of a nuclear weapons ban and gives us the detail of that pledge.

Jonathon Shafi gives us a list of the crumbling edifice of neoliberalism no reasons to be cheerful in this list.

Alistair Stewart writes about the strange rise of Moggmentum, and asks why would we want a return to the 1800s under the stewardship of Jacob Rees Mogg. He also mentions an interview Mogg did with Ali G so we thought we’d tag the audio onto the end of our blog report today just to give Mr Mogg the chance to fly his true colours.

Yesterdays broadcast content The Scottish Independence Convention

Ian Black


Audrey Birt


Jim Stamper


Marsha Scott


Liam Stevenson


Jeane Freeman

Todays Scottish Blog round up


Common space leads the field today with five articles up in the last 24 hours. They cover energy policy in Scotland, apiece from Alistair Clark decrying the drowning out of women’s voices, Joseph Stiglitz argues for Scotland’s place in Europe, and a piece on the harm property developers have done to social housing and the final piece on the Scottish government’s announcement regarding the creation of our Scottish national investment bank. The last being an area covered by a policy document from commonweal so I think perhaps they can take some credit for the creation of this policy.

Bella has two new pieces up today one continuing their support for the outlawing of smacking children titled the little republic of rulemaking the second piece I think it’s fair to say is a tirade against the Tories as ever quality writing.

GA Ponsonby writes on the Indy ref two blog of broken promises and backs it up with the actual words spoken by the Westminster and Scottish Tories. Excellent ammunition to point out to any unionists that think perhaps they were not lied to.

Holyrood Chronicles has two short pieces one on Angela Merkel’s reaction to a leak and a critique on the BBC’s ability to shock their audience.

Munguins Republic discovers accidental art in the countryside.

James Kelly over at Scott goes pop rips up any hope for the Ruth Davidson for PM brigade, and continues his spat with Mike Smithson handing him his derrière in the process.

Wee Ginger dug re-publishes an article he did for the national a call to arms for the yes movement. Can’t say I disagree with him.

The Catalan situation described in a nutshell by ‘late but in earnest’. From a Scot living in Catalonia.

The ferret has a piece on incinerators to be sited all over Scotland with a discussion of the possible effects of this move.

New blog posts this weekend.



Gordon McIntyre Kemp argues for a distinction between equality and fairness in this new piece for business for Scotland.


GA Ponsonby highlights the Catalonian situation by describing a Scotland under the same extreme reactions from Westminster.

Peter A Bell questions the accuracy in this piece of accusations laid against police Scotland regarding institutional racism.

Munguins New Republic gives you a collection of photographs to make you smile and go ahhhh.

Wings over Scotland has a new cairnstooon cartoon, ticking the boxes.

Wee Ginger dug pulls no punches with a critique of what’s happening in Catalonia.

Craig Murray’s new blog piece stays with the Catalan emergency, providing figures to support the case for a new and legally binding referendum.

the ferret fact checks Ian Blackford the SNP leader in Westminster’s claim that it’s been 200 years since wage growth was so stagnant.

Lesley Riddoch’s feisty productions latest podcast with mentions for universal credit the Artic circle assembly and the mood music from the SNP conference.

Scotto voce has a look at the EU’s lack of action regarding the Catalan debacle with arguments for and against EU involvement.

Bella Caledonia has four pieces from Friday covering alternative media Catalonia John Finnies new law on smacking and a piece on the German political right. It has one piece from Saturday covering opposition to the smacking law.