Holyrood Brexit vote described as “meaningless” by BBC Scotland reporter

Holyrood Brexit vote described as “meaningless” by BBC Scotland reporter

A BBC Scotland reporter has provoked anger after dismissing a key Brexit vote in the Scottish parliament as “meaningless”. Andrew Kerr made the comment on the Politics Scotland programme where he was describing the anticipated coming together of the SNP, Labour, Greens and Lib Dems against Theresa May’s Brexit plan.

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Why Scotland needs a climate emergency bill

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite The First Minister was in Katowice this week at the latest round of international climate talks, where she warned against climate complacency and spoke of increasing Scotland’s ambition in response to the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

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Our campaign for the Scottish Parliament to back a Climate Emergency Bill

Our climate crisis demands visionary leadership and the Greens are determined to lead the way. Patrick Harvie MSP Greens have today (6 December 2018) launched a campaign for the Scottish Parliament to back a Climate Emergency Bill. Following the First Minister’s appearance at the international climate talks in Poland this...

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The fart of the deal

The fart of the deal

Today, Thursday, there was a cabinet meeting that the cabinet office assured Sky News wasn’t a cabinet meeting. There was the usual carcrash of Conservatives pitching up at Number 10. Liam Fox was there, looming like bit player actor auditioning for the part of Lurch in the Addams Family. Andrea...

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RBS Not Off the Hook Over GRG Scandal

RBS Not Off the Hook Over GRG Scandal

LAST July the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the main UK regulator of the lending industry, announced it would take no disciplinary action against RBS over the outrageous activities of the bank’s Global Restructuring Group (GRG), the internal unit that was supposed to turn around “struggling” businesses. In reality, after the...

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The Great British Bin Fire

The Great British Bin Fire

Brexit isn’t really this site’s remit, which is why we’ve been relatively quiet in recent weeks as the UK’s shambolic exit from the EU hogs all the news and Scottish politics has been relegated to a largely-dormant backwater in the press. Yes supporters don’t speak with one voice on the...

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Contempt and Humiliation

Contempt and Humiliation

Sarah Vine tells us in the Daily Mail that she and Michael Gove have a new dog. It’s a puppy called Brussels Griffon. If that factoid doesn’t distract you from the unfolding shitfest then I don’t know what will. Just when you thought the Brexit debacle couldn’t get any worse...

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The internationalist brigade

The internationalist brigade

We all knew this already, of course. Last year we commissioned a poll from Panelbase which found an enormous 41-point gap between Yes and No voters on immigration. But it was still nice to have it both and laid out so clearly by Sir John Curtice on Good Morning Scotland...

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Tory MSP left red-faced over old Unionist blog

Tory MSP left red-faced over old Unionist blog

The vote clearly went in favour of rejecting a no-deal Brexit and Theresa May’s draft proposals – Russell had them on the ropes enough on that front. Then he pulled out a quote from Tory MSP Tomkins’s own blog post, and it speaks volumes. Back in 2014, on the Notes...

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Universal Credit claimants could face Christmas without cash

Universal Credit claimants could face Christmas without cash

Delivered in arrears, it provides monthly payments of income support, housing benefit, child tax credit and more in one lump sum. But those moving onto the payments face a minimum five week delay for funds – meaning anyone making a claim this week will have to wait until January to...

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Why the SNP are the real oppostition to Tory Brexit chaos

Why the SNP are the real oppostition to Tory Brexit chaos

The SNP have been doing that in every conceivable political arena this week – in Europe, Holyrood and Westminster. Can the Labour Party say the same? The SNP started to score points for extra effort last week, when SNP MP Philippa Whitford called on the Prime Minister to apologise for...

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Holyrood rejects ‘clusterbourach’ of Tory Brexit deal

Holyrood rejects ‘clusterbourach’ of Tory Brexit deal

no-deal Brexit and calling for a “better alternative”. In an at times heated debate, Michael Russell, the Scottish Brexit Minister, hit out at his opposite number Adam Tomkins, saying it was clear the Tory was voting for the deal, despite knowing “how harmful this is, that this is a disaster...

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