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.
Seasons greetings and thanks to all our viewers and listeners, wherever you are.
It was the last FMQs at Holyrood before Xmas but apart from the obligatory thanks and best wishes there was little to cheer. Covid infections are still around 1000 a day. Care homes are still a ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t’ issue and Willie Rennie almost starred in a low firmament.
Norrie and Stewart have another ‘debate’ about making progress towards an iScotland in the face of an anticipated refusal to negotiate from London.
Fresh light on the new Covid variant comes from a New York Times article.. Who knew?
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.
We learnt more about the Covid jab logistics than UK media have provided.
Schools Xmas holidays, exams under Covid, taxi drivers and grouse shooting featured.
We then went on to discuss the reaction to the petulant article by Alyn Smith MP and other implications of the SNP NEC changes (don’t call it a revolution) especially a very good article by Lesley Riddoch.
And finally we view a BBC rebuttal of the Tory claim that only a Brexit UK could deliver the Pfizer vaccine so fast.
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.”
It’s a big magazine show today with Jimmy , Stewart and Norry…..
The care homes report dominated FMQs…The new Covid management system of levels announced by the FM gets analysed/roasted….Then the gormless Oliver Mundell asked the radge question from the cheap seats about the Salmond Inquiry (or is that the Sturgeon Inquiry now?) and lies to the inquiry by senior civil servants get covered….
Gordon Brewers’s last BBC show gained personal tributes and an exclusive reveal by James Cusick about chaos in No.10 about the SNPBaad ‘attack dog’ civil servants hired by Gove….
The suspension of Jeremy Corbyn by Starmer gets Jimmy annoyed and Labour gets roasted….
Then sewage comes up..We close with the news that the UK Government knows a lot more about us than it likes to admit by testing our waste water which does at least supply early indicators of the presence of Covid
A virtual FMQs because it’s ‘recess’ at Holyrood began badly for Ruth.. Her virtual link was faulty.. None of the party leaders seriously challenged the FM who began with a lot of detail of what to expect about the pandemic over the next months..
Our other topics today included:- Covid travel bans.. Union Jackery.. ‘Wet pubs’ and what a Level4 might include.. The impact of the 58% YES poll in England.. BBC running an SNPBaad Blackpool story undermining the public health messages.. Free Old Firm TV match..
And finally we discuss the Dani Garavelli article about the Salmond Inquiry.