A dull FMQs with Sturgeon, Davidson, Baillie and Rennie arguing about vaccine delivery and Covid testing, suddenly came alive when Patrick Harvie asked the FM if she had regrets about transphobia in the Scottish Government…Nicola passionately defended her government in the manner of her personal video posted yesterday…
Changes to the wording of the Hate Crime Bill appeared to have triggered a social media attack on MP Joanna Cherry by trans-allies…
The timing seems to be a distraction as it coincides with the court appearance of Craig Murray and his publishing of evidence which is damaging to the First Minister…
PM Johnson’s Scottish visit gets supported by Keir Starmer (who knew?); ..roasted and then welcomed by the gang…
Jimmy’s Indy strategy suggestion of deliberately collapsing an SNP government after the May election gets analysed and expect more debate on the idea…
Someone suggested that a media mogul put up Michael Gove to persuade Boris Johnson to visit Scotland where he is despised…We wonder why.
Today we begin with the Brexit votes in Holyrood and Westminster. After that we range across/mention in rough order…
Points of order, Ian Blackford, Ian Duncan Smith, Keir Starmer, Michael Gove, Mark Francois, disruption of Commons business, Kenny MacAskill, Labour leader in Scotland, Richard Leonard, Anas Sarwar, Jackie Baillie, Jenny Marra, drown in a car park, Neil Findlay, The Vow, Daily Record, wobbly nose, Jason Michael, Murray Foote, British spies, Auchtermuchty, 77th. Brigade, Scottish Press subsidy, free press, Leveson inquiry, SNP manifesto, UDI, PARTITION.
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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Today’s fulsome press briefing expanded on the emergency one on Sunday. The senior hacks were back with some awkward questions and we ended up with a lot of important details about the new Covid restrictions.. The FM was supported by the Chief Constable and the Chief Medical Officer.
There’s more disagreement over the strength of the restrictions and police enforcement etc.
In the papers review Jimmy roasts Kevin McKenna and Stewart continues with more on the Keir Starmer planned DEVO speech.
Also mentioned are; Iain Lawson, Jason Leitch, Stuart Cosgrove, George Kerevan, JohnLe Carre and a hairbrush for Boris?
Stewart says ‘close the border’. Norrie says that FM Sturgeon doesn’t have the power. Jimmy says the new rules are a power grab. We have our say on a new Covid lockdown with Norrie mediating.
The Labour Party and Keir Starmer on ‘devolution’ get a roasting. We have a clip to promote an interview that Canon Kenyon Wright made on ‘DEVO’.
Andy Wightman dumped the Greens so we get wired into that.
Our ‘Aye Right Yearly Awards’ make an entrance.
The full Alex Grant interview with Kenyon Wright about devolution from 2014 is posted separately below.
Canon Kenyon Wright on Devolution
Canon Kenyon Wright was interviewed by Alex Grant on Black Diamond Radio in 2014. Kenyon was Chair of the Scottish Constitutional Convention (1989-1999) and he explains the background which led to the return of the Scottish Parliament. The position of Donald Dewar and Malcolm Bruce is clarified. We publish this in light of the Keir Starmer announcement about devolution.