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…
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.