Scotland Office’s Mysterious Multi-Million Pound Payment For “Candidates Mailings”

Update 18:34 on 25/04/18: The Electoral Commission allows each candidate standing in an election to send one piece of campaign mail to every registered household free of charge, so I imagine that this spend would be the total for all candidates in Scotland.

While doing some research into spending by The Scotland Office into their spending on Social Media I stumbled across this rather interesting payment to the Royal Mail.

Image Showing £3 Million Payment for "Candidates Mailings"

The Payment of £3,001,316.17 was included in a breakdown of the Government Department’s spending for August 2017. Read more

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A Personal Message From Marky

I thought I should post this to explain to anyone that hasn’t seen my tweets on the matter why the site hasn’t been updated for a wee while.

March turned out to be a very traumatic month for me personally which has left me pretty broken, down and dispirited. Read more

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Revealed: Who’s Behind The Red Robin

The Red Robin, a new Labour focused news site, has caused quite a stooshie on Twitter over the last few days following a promotional piece for it on CommonSpace. While I have no intention to use this article to enter that particular debate I earlier came across a Tweet I found rather interesting…..

This particular Tweet raised concerns about the lack of transparency about who was behind the site. While it is not unusual for webmasters to keep their private contact info…well…private…indeed I’ve done them same with the registry information for this site, I thought I’d have a look and see if I could dig anything up (I make it absolutely clear in several places on this very site who exactly I am should anyone think about accusing me of double standards).

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View All 111 Devolved Matters At Risk Of Westminster Brexit Power Grab

Today we publish the list of all 111 devolved powers that are at risk of a power grab by Westminster due to the current wording of clause 11 of The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

The bill, currently under discussion and scrutiny in the House of Lords, aims to set all current EU laws into UK law when we exit the European Union on March 31st 2019 but the UK and Scottish governments are at loggerheads over clause 11 of the Bill which concentrates on powers that are not reserved to Westminster but are currently subject to EU regulations.

The clause reads: Read more

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Scottish Government Prepared To Bring In Own Laws To Protect Scotland From Brexit

Mike Russell, the Scottish government’s Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, is tonight expected to tell a meeting of SNP supporters in Glasgow that the Scottish government will do whatever it takes to protect Scotland’s position in Europe even if that means having to draft our own legislation.

The Scottish and UK governments are currently at loggerheads over what will happen in the aftermath of Brexit with areas of policy that are currently devolved to Holyrood but subject to EU law with many senior figures warning of a “power-grabbing” attempt by the Tories at Westminster. Read more

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Who’s Standing Up For Scotland?

Yesterday saw the Westminster Scottish Affairs Select Committee take to the road and head to Kirkcaldy as part of their Immigration and Scotland inquiry.

SNP MPs at the Scottish Affairs Committee meeting in Kirkcaldy

However only three out of the eleven Scottish MPs on the committee bothered to turn up to hear the evidence presented to them. All three who were present are SNP MPs. None of the members representing the Conservatives, Labour or the Lib Dems attended. Read more

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Twitter 101: Don’t Use Your Business Account to be a Unionist Troll

During yesterday’s Andrew Marr show on BBC1 I sent out what I thought was a perfectly innocent tweet about Joanna Cherry’s appearance in the paper review section of the show.

Sadly my tweet so angered Elliot Davis, MD of Ecosse Cables and former manager of 90’s hit group Wet Wet Wet, that he decided to take to his company’s twitter account to launch a tirade against me and fellow Scottish independence supporters. Read more

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Kirstene Hair – Misleading the Good People of Angus?

Kirstene Hair, the Tory MP for Angus, took to Twitter at the weekend to post an SNP bad type of tweet.

Tweet from Kirstene Hair saying "Out visiting consitituents the length and breadth of Angus. The volume of cases around the abysmal broadband speeds in rural areas is incredible. We unfortunately continue to trail behind the Scottish average - the @theSNP desperately need to get a grip of the situation."

The subject of the tweet was the poor broadband speeds in her constituency and was accompanied by a plea for the SNP to “get a grip of the situation”. Unfortunately for Ms Hair communications (including broadband) is a power that is reserved to Westminster. So is she simply unaware of that fact or did she set out to deliberately mislead her constituents? Let’s have a look at the evidence…… Read more

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