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.
BBC Politics;…Lynsey Bews, Graham Stewart, 70% of infected not self isolating, £500 Gov support?, Welsh FM accuses, lockdown till summer?, extend travel ban, keep schools closed, UKGov in denial, ‘vaccination a distraction’, kids NOT immune…
Covid briefing review;…Covid case rate down to 7%, hospitals and ICU stable, daily deaths 71, FM stresses/details dangers in supermarkets…brushes off police care home deaths inquiry and building work at Bute House…
Main review;…Spectator Royal Commission delay, Colonel Ruth Davidson, Lizzie Hoose, Nissan bribe, Channel Tunnel refilled, Watergate at Holyrood, the Scotsman/Johnston Press, nukes illegal, Holyrood list voting, Greens, ISP, Galloway, Brexit…
Sturgeon scandal;…James Mathews SKY story vanishes, gagging orders, Lord Advocate and £60m loss, Craig Murray trial, Lady Dorian, Gordon Dangerfield, alphabet women, maybe I’m talking p**h…
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.
Keir Starmer’s DEVO speech continues to attract ridicule especially his use of the terms separatist and secessionist. We range through reactions from Welsh Labour, The Canary and Peter A Bell whose article leads us to consider alternative routes to iScotland.
Brexit and the France – UK border closure is also covered.
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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.
It was noisy at the back of the Holyrood chamber during FMQs today but the Presiding Officer was lenient.
The consequences of the legal travel ban and the definition of an ‘essential journey’ were highlights and the FM enjoyed quoting the First Minister of Wales back to Richard Leonard @LabourRichard .
The fall-out from last Saturday’s AUOB Assembly continues with our view of the reactions of @GeorgeKerevan , Mike Small and Peter A Bell @BerthanPete
@RichardJMurphy entertains us with a description of a Scottish ‘Young Fabians’ meeting which he attended with Jackie Ballie @jackiebmsp and Kevin Hague @kevverage
“I then told them that since the quality of political and economic debate on The Bake Off was bound to be of a higher calibre than that in this meeting that was what I was going to watch, and left the meeting.”
“Only a fool rules out anything in a pandemic” FM Sturgeon.
At least half the questions at the press briefing were about the uncertainty surrounding the furlough scheme as we go to publish.
An on-air BBC Radio Scotland News could face an Ofcom inquiry after ambushing the FM while she was broadcasting live and then asking an unanswerable question.
The Holyrood inquiry into the Salmond affair revealed Paul Cackette to be a nervous legal officer every time the Lord Advocate was mentioned. We also discovered that the ‘harassment complaints’ are still not ‘at rest’.
Prof John Curtice has published an annual survey of Scottish voters’ attitudes to the constitution revealing a strong movement towards independence.