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).
The Scottish government Minister in charge of Brexit, Mike Russell, will this afternoon address the Scottish Parliament to announce the introduction of the Continuity Bill. The Bill will lay out Scotland’s plans to keep current EU law in place after the UK leaves the European Union and give Ministers the powers to amend these law’s as required.
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
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
Yesterday saw the Westminster Scottish Affairs Select Committee take to the road and head to Kirkcaldy as part of their Immigration and Scotland inquiry.
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
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
Kirstene Hair, the Tory MP for Angus, took to Twitter at the weekend to post an SNP bad type of tweet.
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
Stewart McDonald, the SNP MP for Glasgow South, has today published his Private Members Bill that he hopes will see the end of exploitative unpaid work trials.
The bill which has attracted cross party support had its first reading in Parliament on July 19th 2017 and will have its second reading on March 16th 2018. Read more
Despite a disappointingly low turn out the SNP’s Niall Coleman has retained the seat of Bonnybridge and Larbert for the party in yesterday’s Falkirk council by-election.
The turnout of just 26.5% was considerably down on the 45.1% who voted in the original election last May. In total 3,355 votes were cast with 30 ballot papers being rejected with the following results:
|Candidate||Party||Number of First Preference Votes||% Share of Votes||Change in % Share of Votes Since May 2017 Election
|Niall Coleman||Scottish National Party (SNP)||1295||38.6%||+ 4.9%
|George Stevenson||Scottish Conservative and Unionist||1088||32.4%||+ 8.1%
|Linda Gow||Labour and Co-operative Party||813||24.2%||+ 8.5%
|David Robertson||Scottish Greens||124||3.7%||- 0.1%
|Stuart Martin||UKIP||35||1.0%||+ 1.0%
As you’ll notice the SNP, Labour and the Conservatives all increased their share of the vote. Read more
A leading business publication has named Scotland as the third best large region in Europe for its foreign direct investment (FDI) strategy.
The report, published by fDi magazine, entitled fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19 placed Scotland only below Catalonia and Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia regions. Read more