Thick skin in a leather factory

Thick skin in a leather factory

Theresa May appeared before the House of Commons Liaison Committee this morning to speak about her Brexit plans. Committee members were keen to ask her what her Plan B was in the likely event that her deal would not attract the support of sufficient MPs in order to pass through...

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Wightman blasts SNP & Tory MSPs for voting down his call for a review to protect private tenants

Wightman blasts SNP & Tory MSPs for voting down his call for a review to protect private tenants

The law, as it currently stands, allows tenants to be evicted on eighteen statutory grounds, which include landlords selling up at short notice, going bust, or converting a residential tenancy to a short-term let. Andy Wightman MSP The Scottish Government risks undermining its own new homelessness action plan unless it...

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Accounts Commission report on local council funding is wake-up call for Scot Gov ahead of budget, says Wightman

Accounts Commission report on local council funding is wake-up call for Scot Gov ahead of budget, says Wightman

This report confirms what we’ve been telling Derek Mackay for years now – local government funding needs a complete overhaul if councils are going to meet rising demand for vital public services and pay the staff who deliver them fairly. Andy Wightman MSP A damning report from Council watchdog the...

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Harvie says pressure will be on Tory MSPs & May’s deputy at Holyrood grilling

Harvie says pressure will be on Tory MSPs & May’s deputy at Holyrood grilling

It will be extraordinary if the Tory MSPs, who are freer to say what they really think, all simply toe the party line. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP says pressure will be on Tory MSPs during this afternoon’s quizzing at Holyrood of Theresa May’s deputy, Cabinet...

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Grouse. Blood Sports. Land

Grouse. Blood Sports. Land

Almost a fifth of Scotland is managed for grouse shooting. The true extent of grouse moors in Scotland is unclear but they are estimated to cover somewhere between 1 million and 1.5 million hectares, between 12-18% of our country’s landmass. The very fact that we don’t know for sure shows...

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Are Hi Tech FANGS Losing Their Bite?

Are Hi Tech FANGS Losing Their Bite?

THE Brits have been so self-absorbed with Brexit over the last week that they haven’t noticed what’s happening beyond the media fog in the Channel. For the world in general, the ongoing wobble in US high tech stocks may yet prove more dangerous than anything that happens to the UK...

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Something smells fishy

Something smells fishy

From today’s Daily Mail: The headline is, of course, a lie. The Herald and Scotsman were barely any less dishonest. Because what the Prime Minister actually “vowed” to do was literally nothing.

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The Magical Kingdom

The Magical Kingdom

As the Prime Minister tours her United Kingdom the level of estrangement, disaffection and political bad feeling is unparalleled. In banning a newspaper they didn’t like, the No 10’s press team is operating like a Sarah Huckabee Sanders tribute act. It provoked statements of solidarity from journalists including Paul Mason,...

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Is this evidence of a pro-Brexit conspiracy within BBC Scotland?

Is this evidence of a pro-Brexit conspiracy within BBC Scotland?

Yesterday this site published a response from the BBC after a number of Brexit related complaints were submitted. The response is quite breathtaking in its defiance and in its fantasy justification for dismissing the complaints. It is so at odds with reality that whoever drafted it must have been under...

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Locals had no idea Theresa May was there during her visit to Scotland

Locals had no idea Theresa May was there during her visit to Scotland

READ MORE:Theresa May visits Scotland… here’s our coverage The PM could hardly be accused of crashing into Bridge of Weir yesterday as she continued a tour which had already taken her to Northern Ireland and Wales. The PM’s arrival in the Renfrewshire community may have been trailed to the media...

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Locals during Theresa May’s Scotland visit had no idea she was there

Locals during Theresa May’s Scotland visit had no idea she was there

READ MORE:Theresa May visits Scotland… here’s our coverage The PM could hardly be accused of crashing into Bridge of Weir yesterday as she continued a tour which had already taken her to Northern Ireland and Wales. The PM’s arrival in the Renfrewshire community may have been trailed to the media...

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Labour’s John McDonnell says People’s Vote may now be ‘inevitable’

Labour’s John McDonnell says People’s Vote may now be ‘inevitable’

He added: “If we can’t achieve that, if the Government can’t achieve that, we think we can, if the Government can’t achieve that, we should have a General Election… “You know as well as I do it is very difficult to do because of the nature of the legislation that...

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PM bans The National from her press event

PM bans The National from her press event

READ MORE: Theresa May visits Scotland… here’s our coverage But when this paper asked to come along, the press office at Downing Street told us no, saying “limited capacity” meant they were unable to extend an invite. It’s not clear why, on this occasion, The National was unwelcome. The paper...

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Locals in Theresa May’s Scotland visit had no idea she was there

Locals in Theresa May’s Scotland visit had no idea she was there

READ MORE:Theresa May visits Scotland… here’s our coverage The PM could hardly be accused of crashing into Bridge of Weir yesterday as she continued a tour which had already taken her to Northern Ireland and Wales. The PM’s arrival in the Renfrewshire community may have been trailed to the media...

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