May suffers yet another Commons defeat over her Brexit strategy as ERG abstains

May suffers yet another Commons defeat over her Brexit strategy as ERG abstains

The defeat came after the pro-Brexit Tory European Research Group (ERG) announced they had taken a “collective decision” to abstain. Furious members of the group said supporting the motion would have amounted to an endorsement of efforts to rule out a no-deal Brexit. Business Minister Richard Harrington accused members of...

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Brexit farce gets more farcical: 5 takeaways from latest UK Government defeat

Brexit farce gets more farcical: 5 takeaways from latest UK Government defeat

Tonight, the UK Government suffered yet another humiliating defeat, while Labour MPs shamefully abstained on the SNP proposals to delay the Brexit cliff edge.
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Scottish Labour has no Medicine for Healthcare in Scotland

Scottish Labour has no Medicine for Healthcare in Scotland

There are few things worse than watching badly scripted parodies of real hospital life, but this week Scottish Labour managed to create one. Aside from the dodgy mood lighting, the broadcast took serious issues within healthcare and over-simplified the solutions. In it, Labour’s health team (real stories, not real doctors,...

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Replying to Andrew Wilson: a Scottish Currency is not Symbolism, its Power

Replying to Andrew Wilson: a Scottish Currency is not Symbolism, its Power

Andrew Wilson, author of the Growth Commission report, writes a new column in The National. This he does with great eloquence and passion. In his latest offering he attempts a defence of the Commission’s controversial proposal that independent Scotland keeps using the pound sterling for the foreseeable future. Regular readers...

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Counting With Jamie Greene

Counting With Jamie Greene

In this site’s view, the proposed new which the 2019 budget will enable local authorities to implement if they choose to – but which is in no sense being imposed on anyone by the SNP, who – is a pretty rotten idea, which will do nothing to combat climate change...

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Unstaining the Edinburgh Science Festival

Unstaining the Edinburgh Science Festival

Taking the kids to the Science Festival this year? Make sure to explain to them that the sponsors are destroying their future. The science is clear – the activities of fossil fuel companies are incompatible with preventing catastrophic climate change. Fossil fuel companies, including many past and present Edinburgh International...

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Revealed: Question Time secretly edited SNP answer to Unionist plant

Revealed: Question Time secretly edited SNP answer to Unionist plant

But her response to him appeared to be just seven seconds long – with some in the Yes movement suggesting in the days that followed that her rebuttal should have been much more thorough. However, The National can now reveal that her full response WAS in fact significantly longer, but...

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Scotland’s chief economist warns of major no-deal Brexit threat

Scotland’s chief economist warns of major no-deal Brexit threat

He a says no-deal Brexit would disrupt logistics, supply, trade, investment, migration and market confidence. Any economic shock “would likely have disproportionate sectoral and regional impacts and, if prolonged, would lead to significant structural change” – a shift in the ways a market or economy functions. The report says growing...

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Revealed: 16 Scots councillors began year behind on council tax

Revealed: 16 Scots councillors began year behind on council tax

In Glasgow, five councillors had debts. From the SNP group, Elaine McSporran owed £12,272.80, Alexander Bellic owed £1316.92 while Michelle Ferns was due £320.35 – all three have now paid in full. Their colleague in the SNP, Elspeth Kerr, whose initial debt was £12,236.94 now owes £7.128.43, while Labour councillor...

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