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

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

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

SNP Hold Bonnybridge and Larbert

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:

CandidatePartyNumber of First Preference Votes% Share of VotesChange in % Share of Votes Since May 2017 Election
Niall ColemanScottish National Party (SNP)129538.6%+ 4.9%
George StevensonScottish Conservative and Unionist108832.4%+ 8.1%
Linda GowLabour and Co-operative Party81324.2%+ 8.5%
David RobertsonScottish Greens1243.7%- 0.1%
Stuart MartinUKIP351.0%+ 1.0%

As you’ll notice the SNP, Labour and the Conservatives all increased their share of the vote.  Read more

Poll: Who Would You Like To See As The New SNP Depute Leader?

Please take a moment and vote for your choice as the new SNP Depute Leader below. If you vote for “Other” please leave a comment below to let us know your choice.

Who Would You Like To See As The New SNP Depute Leader?

  • Tommy Sheppard (35%, 27 Votes)
  • Joanna Cherry (27%, 21 Votes)
  • Dr Philippa Whiteford (10%, 8 Votes)
  • Other (8%, 6 Votes)
  • James Dornan (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Hannah Bardell (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Kirsty Blackman (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Pete Wishart (4%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 77

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Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Despite the UK government recently announcing a crackdown on unpaid internships it seems that the housing minister, Dominic Rabb, failed to read the memo:

Copy of the advert seeking an unpaid intern issued by Dominic Rabb.

Rabb last week issued the above advert seeking an unpaid intern for his Esher and Walton constituency which would only offer the successful candidate travel expenses to Westminster. Recent research by the Sutton Trust says that an unpaid intern would need to find a minimum of £1,019 a month to live in the capital.  Read more