Crowded Out – Scotland’s Over Tourism Problem

Crowded Out – Scotland’s Over Tourism Problem

The crisis of over-tourism has arrived in Edinburgh with vested interests too slow and stupid to respond. Hyper-defensiveness, a succulent lamb arts media and a city council clueless about how to respond other than feeding a Cash Cow are all part of the problem. Inertia and business-as-usual only works if...

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The Time is Now

The Time is Now

At present there are several things happening in the world of Social Care in Scotland. Rightly, there is an enquiry into historical abuse within the children’s care system, long overdue and destined to show Scotland as a place that allowed continued abuse of children with hardly a murmur from society....

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The SNP’s Great  Moving Right Show

The SNP’s Great Moving Right Show

In January 1979, four months before a triumphant Margaret Thatcher was standing on the steps of Downing Street quoting St. Francis of Assisi, the celebrated sociologist Stuart Hall penned an astonishingly prophetic political analysis. Published in Marxism Today – the journal that would go on to capture the Zeitgeist by...

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The not so magnificent seven

The not so magnificent seven

Well it finally happened. There have been rumours of impending splits for weeks, the only uncertainty was whether it was Labour or the Conservatives which would break first. Now we know, Labour broke itself. In the UK we don’t have a political system, we have an ego massage for no...

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While Labour and Tories squabble, we’re getting on with the day job

While Labour and Tories squabble, we’re getting on with the day job

Westminster parties are competing over who is the most divided, and their utter incompetence drives the UK closer to the Brexit cliff edge.
Meanwhile, we are getting on with the day job of being the real opposition to the UK Government and delivering progress in Scotland.
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Westminster parties are incapable of serving Scotland’s interests – and always will be

Westminster parties are incapable of serving Scotland’s interests – and always will be

The UK is on the brink of the Brexit disaster, but shamefully, both Labour and Tories are too busy being at war with themselves.
This shambles makes it ever clearer that Westminster is incapable of serving Scotland’s interests – and always will be.
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The tissue-paper tigers

The tissue-paper tigers

It’s never a good look for a politician to have fewer principles than UKIP. When Tory MPs and defected to Nigel Farage’s party, both stood down from their seats and fought by-elections to establish whether their electoral mandates were personal or owed to the party. Both of them won. (Though...

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BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row

BBC bows to pressure over abortion information after Call The Midwife sparked row

Medical professionals wrote to the BBC with concerns and pro-choice charity British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) claimed the BBC was mistakenly treating abortion as a fraught political matter, stigmatising the medical professionals involved. The Action Line page now refers to the UK’s two largest private abortion providers, with the BBC...

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SNP hit out at Tories over ‘migrant hunting’ in public services and private firms

SNP hit out at Tories over ‘migrant hunting’ in public services and private firms

They also have the power to pass details of undocumented migrants to immigration enforcement officers. SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said: “Manipulating vital services in this way is unacceptable. In the wake of the Windrush scandal, it’s imperative the Tory Government comes clean and offers transparency about the details of this...

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Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy ‘disinformation’

Conservative councillors slammed for workplace parking levy ‘disinformation’

This also comes after the council opted to remove free parking periods in pay and display car parks last month. The leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Jim Gifford, posted pictures on Twitter of a Tory street stall in Inverurie on Saturday where he brandished placards reading “Stop the SNP car park...

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