Wednesday Scottish Blogs


Gordon McIntyre Kemp makes the case for a Scottish national investment bank to encourage entrepreneurs.

Holyrood chronicles touches on the Panama papers and Margaret Hodge’s call for the Chancellor to do something about tax avoidance.

Munguin’s Republic has a heart warming video followed by a piece on the nonsense about wearing a kilt to the Cenotaph with several pictures pointing out if you can go to war in a kilt you can pay your respects to the fallen in a kilt.

James Kelly at Scott goes pop has the latest phantom power journey to yes video and suggests we need to talk about the monarchy as part of independence.

Wings over Scotland has published a video entitled the only game in town and covers the shenanigans surrounding PFI contracts in north Ayrshire. This 40 minute video is well worth a watch as it looks at every level of the contract including the police enquiry.

Wee Ginger dug gets very annoyed about misleading headlines in the Herald but still manages to be as entertaining as ever.

Craig Murray’s no been weel.

Gerry Hassan writes a review of Gordon Brown’s latest tome with a special emphasis on Mr Brown’s lack of self-awareness.

Iain MacWhirter looks at universal credit and suggest that anyone supporting it including the SNP could find that support even if partially critical could find it comes back to bite them.

Scotto voice has two contributions today one from David I Steel a new name to me in the blogging sphere asking the question is it okay to appear on Russian TV.

Peter A Bell goes with the reasons democracy needs many voices to work, regardless of where those voices originate.

Common Space has four new pieces up today the first from Liam Stevenson on male attitudes towards women.

Another piece on rent controls from Caitlin Logan.

Again Caitlin Logan writes on the call from the SNP for a reset should Westminster reject any Brexit deal. The reset would in effect keep the present terms of EU membership in place.

Finally there is a policy document from Common Weal on the problem with the private rented sector which looks For answers including more social housing.

Ever wondered what would make MPs audibly gas in the House of Commons? Mike small tells us in this piece about meaningless votes in the Brexit mess.

In Mike’s second piece of the day we travel to Faslane where Rob Edwards has been questioning why Trident safety reports have suddenly become classified as secret. There is also a link here to donate to the Faslane peace camp.

Next up is a video supporting the stop funding hate campaign and antidote to the John Lewis Christmas advert.

Finally Bella gives a platform to Nicholas Wilson who you may know better from Twitter as Mr ethical. He lists All the misdeeds of HSBC and points out the web of advertising connections that allows HSBC to stay under the radar of scrutiny from our major news outlets. The Panama papers have a lot to answer for.

Prof Robertson has four new articles up today kicking off with the news Scotland is to host the next Arctic circle forum, this coming weekend, and also lists many of the pluses in green energy recently achieved in our ain wee country.

The second article covers the possibility that the Scottish government will tax private schools as businesses, this is mostly based on an article in The Times and as such may be a load of nonsense.

More good news follows with information that a new GP contract has been negotiated by the Scottish government in an attempt to maintain the quality of our Scottish GPs working lives. Some interesting stats showing the difference between Scotland and the rUK when it comes to the quality-of-life for Scottish GPs.

Next up did you know that Scotland had the U.K.’s largest hydrogen powered bus fleet? Well it does and here John Robertson outlines some of the other hydrogen-based improvements in the world of power.

Thought control Scotland as other blogs have, also goes with the newly released video from Phantom Power ‘The Only Game in Town’ no commentary on this just the video.

Tuesdays Scottish Blogs




Wilderness of peace writes about how he remembers the victims of war and decides that it should really be each to his own when it comes to our thoughts around poppies and cenotaphs.

Indy ref two has its regular weekly report on BBC’s reporting Scotland.

Derek Bateman dissects the Unionist objections to Alex Salmon’s upcoming Thursday chat show on Russia today. And he doesn’t miss a single target.

Hollywood is goes with David Davies is confused assurance that Parliament will have a meaningful vote on any Brexit agreement.

Stuart Campbell takes the daily record to task for its inaccuracies and in a post yesterday continues a Twitter spat on to his blog with David Torrance.

Peter Curran over at Moridraalt chases down the Alex Salmon story with some thoughts on whether or not Russia today is the best place to be for the new chat show.

Wee Ginger Dug goes with a new BBC series about the love life of Betty from Windsor always good for a laugh.

Peter A bell at Scotto voce has been reading Richard Murphy’s blog and while agreeing with a lot of what Richard Murphy has said doesn’t think his solution,  a government of national unity, will work.

Eric Joyce’s from yes to no has an update on a previous piece about Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe the British/Iranian national being held on spying charges in Iran. He still thinks Boris Johnson can broker a deal to see her released shortly.

Common Space has a report from the Liberal Democrats’s Scottish conference, yes they had a conference.

Followed by a guidance document for responding to the consultation on the Scottish national investment bank from Common Weal.

They also have the details for the Ian Bell new writing award deadline for that is 30 November.

In an excellent piece from Ben Wrey the Edinburgh housing market is exposed in relation to the cap on Social Security being experienced mostly by single mothers and large families, a very informative piece.

Bella kicks off today with a look at the problems Brexit has created for the Irish.

Mike small gives us an in-depth report on the real Russia and how it uses the platform Russia today, if you’re going to watch the Alex Salmon show read this first so you understand exactly what the platform he has chosen to use is. After all fore warned is fore armed.

Next up an appeal for help in researching the alternative press history of Scotland.

Finally Mike small again with a piece about Trump’s apparent ease when it comes to police violence and those other leaders scattered round the world who don’t even try and hide their support for the murder of opponents.

A new addition to the blogs today, from Prof John Robertson who many will remember from his research into the mainstream media during the independence referendum in 2014. Thought control Scotland attempts to bring us the good news, and in today’s good news.

Peak oil 20 or 30 years in the future.

Aberdeen’s National hyperbaric Centre to double its income with £1 million of investment from the Scottish government thrown into help.

Scotland’s economy continues to show signs of good health and growth.

And October’s results for Scottish accident and emergency departments waiting times with a comparison with the English NHS.

This is a great wee blog with links to all the sources and I would recommend it to any one with an interest in the Scottish economy.




Salmond goes rouge?




Alex Salmond wha’s like him. First the Scotsman and now Russia today how many column inches has he gifted to an ungrateful Unionist press in just two weeks?

Mr Torrance of the Herald and Guardian should be especially grateful, his chosen subject and I would venture his only specialty comes to the rescue allowing him to once again to bask in the shadow cast by Mr Salmond.

Mr Massie of the Spectator also claws his way onto the bandwagon as they all trundled down the hill to once again attempt to light the bonfire under our ex-first Minister, past failures to ignite Mr Salmond’s demise notwithstanding, every opportunity has to be taken in case it is indeed the final deathknell of oor Eck, all of them terrified in case they cannot claim they foretold his doom.

Each and everyone studiously ignoring the obvious question.

If not Russia today, where would Alex Salmon’s production company have been welcome.

Certainly not the BBC who would have drowned under the flood of letters and emails decrying their employment of the traitorous Mr Salmond, can you even begin to imagine the outcry. Pitchforks at Pacific Quay.

Questions in every Parliament in the land and threats of the BBC becoming pay to view as Murdoch smirked in some dark corner.

The media game is rigged, we know it’s rigged and our intrepid journalists know it’s rigged.

If either Mr Massie or Mr Torrance were supporters of independence where exactly do they think they would find themselves employed.

Okay Mr Massie would probably get a job as the pet independista employed to stave off accusations of bias, he writes well.

But Mr Torrance whose whole  career seems to be dependent on the rise of the SNP and especially Mr Salmond and Nicholas Sturgeon would no doubt be reduced to the blogger status he has such disdain for.

So I pose the question for a second time, if not Russian TV, where would Alex Salmon’s show have been given a home?

That is the crux of the matter, it would have no home and that is what in fact the Unionist press really would prefer. Alex Salmond with no voice no way to fight back. That is what the political opposition, the press opposition and the back in your box elite really crave. A silent Alex Salmon.

With the possible exception of course, of Mr Torrance’s bank manager.

As to Russia today if they really wanted to capture the attention of the Scottish public all they have to do is start to show Scottish football games live.

Now that really would be controversial.

Fridays Broadcast Content


Alex Salmond’s keynote speech speech SIC.


Journey to yes number 19.


Heather Brooke Ted talk battle to expose government corruption.



Fridays Scottish blogs.




Holyrood chronicles asks if the Brexit negotiations are making progress you may be able to guess his conclusion.

Munguin’s Republic touches on Alex Salmonds recent announcement that he will be having a show on RT and points out both those that have already been on the station and Nicola Sturgeon’s comments.

James Kelly at Scott goes pop has delved into the 19 poll subsamples taken in Scotland in recent months and discovers the SNP are still in the lead. In the second piece he touches on the Alex Salmond TV show and highlights a Twitter correspondence with Nick, my truth is the truthiest truth Robinson.

Lesley Riddoch in this week’s podcast covers Priti Patel and the luck of the Mays, that’s Theresa May’s luck, the murky influence of some Tories in the Israel fiasco. She also discusses foot-and-mouth or at least Boris Johnson’s foot in Boris Johnson’s mouth and the consequences for ordinary folk. And Lesley finds time to touch on the Scottish independence convention or build conference as she prefers.

Peter a bell at Scotto voce pleads for more boring politics if only to shut up the mainstream media.

Loki has a piece in common space today, about his new book.

Sean Bell covers the first ministers upcoming address to the United Nations climate change conference.

Sean also covers the DWP response to the rape clause and tells us that the various charities involved are less than satisfied with the DWP’s response to their concerns.

Bella has only one piece up today by Antonia Uri about menstruation and the government’s trial in Aberdeen. It’s in Scots and well worth reading nice to see something good about the SNP’s policies on this issue in print.