Budget deal makes millions available to councils & paves way for bold reforms

Andy Wightman MSP Lothian Local Government, Communities, Housing & Land Reform TwitterFacebookWebsite Since being elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2016, I have sought to work constructively with all MSPs from all parties to effect legislative, budgetary and policy changes that will benefit Scotland and my constituents. There is no...

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The Wee Ginger Dugcast : with James Dornan

The Wee Ginger Dugcast : with James Dornan

This week’s special guest on the dugcast is Glasgow MSP James Dornan. We chat about Brexit, the week in Holyrood and the Scottish budget, and of course the broken union and a future indy ref. You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation.

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This Week in Westminster: Tories still clueless on Brexit

This Week in Westminster: Tories still clueless on Brexit

Another packed week in Westminster comes to an end.
This is your brief roundup of the key events and highlights from your SNP MPs, as they stand up for Scotland and their communities.
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The Scottish budget: what it means for older people

The Scottish budget: what it means for older people

The Scottish Government has set out its budget plans for the year ahead. Find out how the Scottish budget means older people in Scotland get the best deal anywhere in the UK.
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Martial Law

Martial Law

So previously the British Army had played with the idea of “Belonging”, in its latest advertising campaign it has shifted to the idea of “Resilience” again playing on the idea of disaffected alienated young people, and, hilariously, suggesting that the army would be some kind of shelter from an economically...

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Defending Essential Nursery School Provision

Defending Essential Nursery School Provision

Scotland has a proud history of kindergarten and nursery education. It is in danger of throwing that away. Edinburgh’s nursery provision is under direct threat from proposed Council cutbacks. This is an open letter from the Child’s Curriculum Group opposing the moves. We of The Child’s Curriculum Group read with...

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What We Might Find in Making  Ourselves at Home

What We Might Find in Making Ourselves at Home

In everyday economics, there is no such thing as enough, or too much, growth. Yet in the world’s most developed countries, growth has already brought unrivaled prosperity: we have ‘arrived’. More than that, through debt, inequality, climate change and fractured politics, the fruits of growth may rot before everyone has...

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Top Tory minister admits Brexit could be postponed

Top Tory minister admits Brexit could be postponed

Hunts comments were shot down by Downing Street, who insisted Theresa May remained “determined” to ensure that all the necessary arrangements would be in place for the UK to leave on March 29. “The Prime Minister’s position on this is unchanged. We will be leaving on March 29,” the Prime...

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MSPs reject LibDem bid to raise criminal age of responsibility further

MSPs reject LibDem bid to raise criminal age of responsibility further

The current age is one of the lowest in the world, and below the rest of the UK at 10. During a debate on the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill at stage two at Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, Cole-Hamilton said the United Nations will increase the baseline...

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First Minister to reconsider Government support for Raytheon

First Minister to reconsider Government support for Raytheon

During First Minister’s Questions, Harvie raised research revealing Scottish Enterprise help given to Raytheon, a multinational firm with a factory in Glenrothes. Last year Human Rights Watch claimed the Paveway IV missiles – used by the Saudi forces throughout the bombing of Yemen – were made in the Scottish plant....

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This aint’ pretty woman and the welfare of millions of people isn’t Julia Roberts!

This aint’ pretty woman and the welfare of millions of people isn’t Julia Roberts!

Labour for Sale! This isn’t pretty woman! The Tories aint’ no Richard Gere, the political and financial wellbeing of millions of people isn’t Julia Roberts, you aren’t going to see Theresa May riding in with her head sticking through the sunroof of a limo blaring opera music with a flower in hand and there isn’t going to be a fairy tale ending!

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