AYE RIGHT RADIO Grounds for Cautious Optimism. Video 264 Audio 21 S3

Grounds for Cautious Optimism 

  • Maybe the Covid virus has peaked again in Scotland?…The figures have steadied…The hacks story will be that Scotland lags England in the vaccination race though…
  • The BBC SNPbaad intro show had a London BBC reporter comparing with Scotland…apples and oranges…
  • We comment about the SNP National Assembly stitch-up…We bitch about George Kerevan’s SNP leadership race article…there’s a Bella ‘Lefty No to Yes’ story that gets memories going…Iain Lawson takes on the ‘blogger bullies’…Craig Murray says that the Crown Office still won’t reveal the Murrell/Ruddick evidence that the Inquiry demands…and Kenny MacAskill says Indyref2 in 2021 is impossible…
  • There’s no Sturgeon V Salmond stooshie today.
Opinions by Stewart Lochhead, Norrie Stewart, Phil Attridge, Jimmy Hutton

Audio podcast

Grounds for Cautious Optimism

Aye Right Radio videocast 210 podcast 270. Let’s Kill Granny

Let’s Kill Granny

  • “The Vindicationists were no enthusiasts for independence any more than were those who subscribed to build the Wallace monument.” wrote Alex Massie who could be writing a plan for D.Ross
  • We find our way into a long discussion about the prospects for Indy and the SNP in May2021
  • Stewart gets controversial about Xmas but don’t call him the Grinch.
  • And Jimmy gets a fare

Audio podcast 270

Aye Right Radio videocast 206 podcast 266. Is Sturgeon a Devolutionist?

Is Sturgeon a Devolutionist?

  • At today’s press briefing there was some comforting news from Chief Scientific Officer Jason Leitch and FM Nicola Sturgeon about vaccines, the virus management in schools and hospitals and also the limited places where transmission takes place.   
  • Norry and Stewart then discuss further fall-out from Johnson’s ‘devolution is a disaster north of the border’ outburst.   
  • Gordon Brown plus the London commentariat have their go at it and it turns out that Nicola Sturgeon supports the ‘devolusionist’ Andrew Wilson.  Who knew?

Audio podcast 266

Fridays Scottish Blogs

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http://indyref2.scot/

Indy ref two brings us to pieces today the first by Alan Knight a video with written comment comment on the subject of Ruth Davidson or as I like to think of the elusive Ruth Davidson. Unless of course it’s something that bigs her up.

The second piece is also a video this time of Alex Salmon’s new talk show.

http://holyroodchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/

Holyrood chronicles has two concise pieces today one on the times description of a modern day Conservative, the second piece concerning David Davidson’s idea that politics should not trump prosperity or something.

https://munguin.wordpress.com/

Munguin’s Republic also goes with the News Watch Scotland video covering the BBC’s protective embrace of Ruth Davidson.

http://scotgoespop.blogspot.co.uk/

James Kelly at Scot goes pop references a Twitter spat between Leask of the Herald and it seems everyone who supports independence. I doubt Mr Leask will lower himself to read this but I think Mr Kelly gives good advice.

https://www.arcofprosperity.org/

Arc of prosperity looks at the nuts and bolts of minimum pricing how will the shops who sell the alcohol will react with their pricing policy.

https://iainmacwhirter.wordpress.com/

Iain McWhirter wonders if the Brexiteers are actually anarchists in this article remoulded from the Herald

https://www.commonspace.scot/

Caitlin Logan goes with the suspension from the party of SNP SMP Mark McDonald who resigned recently from the frontbench.

Robin McAlpine goes with hypocrisy and how difficult some people find it to toe the right and accepted line.

John Paul Clark has a piece on the homeless and what is unconditional love.

Caitlin Logan pops up again with a piece on bullying at North Lanarkshire Council.

And again Miss Logan has a piece on bullying in an Edinburgh private school.

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/

Mike small takes a wee look at the Herald’s prize-giving day and notes that you can get a prize for criticising another prizewinner.

Mike again has a video up covering mountains and mountains of plastic generated by our Christmas excesses.

George Monbiot has a video about why the present government hates you.

The final piece is a review of photographer Martin Parr’s work on the clichés of Scotland.

https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/

The good news blog, Talking up Scotland, has a piece on Scotland being the most productive part of the UK outside of, yes you guessed it, London and the south.

A link to a landmark study which suggests Tory austerity is responsible for 120,000 deaths.

The third piece is a rather interesting look at how street names may affect how you view yourself. For instance anyone living in Union Square, how did you vote in the 2014 referendum?

Talking up Scotland final piece for today asks whether the Scottish Tories will try to steal the credit for overturning the ridiculous situation where the police and fire brigade in Scotland are the only ones in the UK expected to pay VAT.

Thursdays Scottish Blogs

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http://www.businessforscotland.com/

Business for Scotland has its regular weekly Scottish business buzz covering a new competition launched by virgin start-up for new start-up businesses.

News about ultrafast broadband arriving in Sunderland.

A piece about UK consumer price inflation and another about Edinburgh and Glasgow airports breaking records.

https://munguin.wordpress.com/

Munguin’s republic asks how it’s all going and decides it’s maybe not going quite so well as Theresa May would hope. As an added bonus he has a piece about Petula Clark who has a birthday, he is a big fan by all accounts.

http://scotgoespop.blogspot.co.uk/

James Kelly at Scott goes pop delves into a new ICM poll to discover nothing but bad news for Labour and good news for the SNP.

https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/

Wee Ginger dug asks what happened to the sovereignty the Brexiters were so desperate to return to Westminster.

https://scottovoce.wordpress.com/

Peter a bell at Scotto voce has two pieces up one bemoaning the fact that too many people don’t read the small print especially when it comes to the new minimum alcohol pricing which hopefully will be on the statute books soon.

In a good place his second piece argues that Nicholas Sturgeon has many options at her disposal when it comes to the second independence referendum.

https://www.commonspace.scot/

First article of three today from common space is by Linda Pearson who has a deep look into nuclear weapons.

Caitlin Logan writes about the recent UK Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Scottish government to go ahead after a five year battle with minimum alcohol pricing.

Caitlin second piece covers Labour’s investigation into Alex Rowley the interim leader of the Labour Party who has had to stand down amid allegations made by a former partner.

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/

Bella has a piece by Kevin Williamson who in a previous life was an integral part of the team at Bella. This piece is an interview with Kurdish poet and activist be Bejan Matur.

This is followed by a piece on food boycotts.

A good piece from an Irishman Phil Mac Giolla Bhain on the Irish situation and that border the Westminster seems to think doesn’t exist.

A season in the new North covers all the events for your diary over the next wee while if you have an interest in what is happening in your country.

https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/

Our final blog for today is thought control Scotland hosted by Prof John Robertson an covers four topics today.

Scotland’s airports and their record-breaking throughput.

Scotland unemployment beating the rest of the UK.

The Scottish government’s victory over the Scottish Whisky Association and the fight for minimum alcohol pricing.

Finally a piece about the drop in the number of shops closing albeit the closures are still ahead of the new starts.

Take the time to follow the links in these pieces as you can find some interesting publications that are not mainstream but contain a lot of good information.

Wednesday Scottish Blogs

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http://www.businessforscotland.com/

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

http://holyroodchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/

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

https://munguin.wordpress.com/

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.

http://scotgoespop.blogspot.co.uk/

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.

https://wingsoverscotland.com/

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.

https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/

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

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/

Craig Murray’s no been weel.

http://www.gerryhassan.com/

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

https://iainmacwhirter.wordpress.com/

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.

https://scottovoce.wordpress.com/

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.

https://www.commonspace.scot/

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.

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/

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.

https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/

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

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https://wildernessofpeace.wordpress.com/

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.

http://indyref2.scot/

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

http://derekbateman.scot/

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.

http://holyroodchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/

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

https://wingsoverscotland.com/

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.

https://moriduraalt.blogspot.com/

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.

https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/

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

https://scottovoce.wordpress.com/

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.

http://www.ericjoyce.co.uk/blog/

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.

https://www.commonspace.scot/

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.

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/

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.

https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/

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.

 

 

 

Fridays Scottish blogs.

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http://holyroodchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/

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

https://munguin.wordpress.com/

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.

http://scotgoespop.blogspot.co.uk/

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.

http://www.lesleyriddoch.com/

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.

https://scottovoce.wordpress.com/

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

https://www.commonspace.scot/

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.

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/

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.

Fridays Scottish Blogs

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https://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/

Michael Greenwell at Scottish independent podcast has a short piece up with a hashtag insult royalty day. That could be fun. He also has the latest video from phantom power in the series of journeys to yes. Number 19 no less.

https://munguin.wordpress.com/

Munguin’s new Republic manages to have a pop at tax avoiders bricks it tears and empower Westminster governments all in 12 lines.

https://wingsoverscotland.com/

Wings over Scotland also has the latest journey to yes video up but he also has a video from Tom Holland who seems to think Scotland as part of his birthright.

http://www.gerryhassan.com/

Gerry Hassan has written a piece on the culture at Westminster are let you fight your way through it if you’re so inclined.

https://scottovoce.wordpress.com/

Scotto voce has Peter a bell’s piece chaos and corruption covering all the recent , chaos and corruption, and suggest that it’s a structural problem of the British state.

https://www.commonspace.scot/

Common space has five pieces up today Robin McAlpine on the idea of a clean economy.

Sean Bell covers Andy Whiteman’s recent debate on short-term lets and the damage this form of housing rental can cause.

Patrick Harvey is call for the Scottish government to sideline companies who avoid tax is covered by yes you guessed it Sean Bell.

Caitlin Logan is an article detailing the reason Gordon McDonald will stand down from the corporate body to make room for a female MSP. Not before time you might think.

Caitlin also has a piece on the Scottish governments launch of a consultation to change the legislation presently in place to make it easier for trans people to change their documentation. At present it can be very difficult for trans people to get all the documentation gender aligned.

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/

Mike small thanks the over 500 readers for supporting their crowdfunding effort.

John Warren covers the Priti Patel debacle from historic point of view, and how the Conservatives seem to have a habit of throwing up these rogue operators.

Mike finishes today’s Bella offerings with a review of wind resistance presently showing at the Lyceum Theatre.

Thursdays Scottish Blogs

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http://holyroodchronicles.blogspot.co.uk/

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.

https://munguin.wordpress.com/

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.

https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/

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.

https://www.commonspace.scot/

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.

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/

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.