The Peoples Temple

The Peoples Temple

As the Brexit crisis stalks the Conservative Party and this weeks developments make a No Deal settlement seem more and more likely, the full extent of the looming national disaster becomes clear. David Mundell increasingly looks like a latter-day Jim Jones, leading his Peoples Temple to drink the Kool Aid...

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Park Life

Park Life

Much is made of the fact that when you arrive in Edinburgh you arrive in a novel. The monument to Walter Scott in Princes Street Gardens is the largest monument to a writer in the world, which is strange given you’d be pushed to find a single person who has...

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The recycling plant

The recycling plant

The BBC’s Scottish politics website today prominently carries this story: Our famously alert readers may recall as far back as five-and-a-half months ago, which was the last time the Scottish media tried to whip up demented scare stories about baby boxes, which have been given to every new mother in...

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Secret Dreams, Hidden Rage

Secret Dreams, Hidden Rage

What if I told you there was a woman who knew magic? A woman with a restless sea rising inside her, an inner flame so scintillating her bones glow with it, a woman whose words cannot be contained by a book, but ripple through it, up your hand and into...

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Trump: Follow the Money

Trump: Follow the Money

THERE’S a scene in the classic 1976 movie All the President’s Men when Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward (aka Robert Redford) says to his source Deep Throat regarding the Watergate break-in: “The story is dry. All we’ve got are pieces. But we can’t seem to figure out what the puzzle...

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Not totally wired

Not totally wired

Tory MP Kirstene “dumber than a box of” Hair is best known for being the member of the UK Parliament who didn’t vote in the Brexit referendum because it was . But today she’s made a tilt at a different title. And what makes this entry so extra-galactically dim is...

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One more time with feeling

One more time with feeling

A guest post by Samuel Miller On Monday Nicola Sturgeon gave a bit of a keynote address to the RSA, (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), on the current state of play surrounding Brexit. A speech which sets out Scotgov’s latest proposals for Scotland’s place in...

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A rapid improvement

A rapid improvement

The Scottish Daily Mail today has a big headline relaying the seemingly-unambiguous bad news that unemployment in Scotland has apparently risen by 11,000. But cheer up, folks, because better times are ahead. Specifically, in fact, they’re just four paragraphs away:

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Questions for BBC Scotland after Mundell denies ‘resign’ claim

Questions for BBC Scotland after Mundell denies ‘resign’ claim

BBC Scotland chiefs are facing questions after David Mundell denied threatening to resign over a proposed Brexit deal for Northern Ireland. On Sunday, BBC Scotland news claimed to have been told by ‘sources’ close to the Secretary of State that he would resign if Northern Ireland was allowed to have...

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We know this one

We know this one

We’re pretty sure it was “Listen to you about being ‘better together’, so that they ended up with a Tory government they but which was imposed on them by the people in a much larger country, and which has a long track record of imposing welfare policies on the poor...

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No laughing matter… maybe

No laughing matter… maybe

A guest post by Samuel Miller I was looking forward to a nice Sunday with the feet up and maybe watching a box set of Laurel and Hardy’s best screwball slapstick. Had a bit of a hankering for some of the classics of comedy recently. Can’t think why. What I...

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This is It

This is It

This is it: Major fundraising drive to get indy support beyond 50% of Scots voters launches today. The independence movement has today seen the launch of a major fundraising drive on to set up the campaign organisation that aims to take support for independence consistently beyond 50% in the polls....

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Glasgow Council Equal Pay Dispute – The story the media isn’t telling you

Glasgow Council Equal Pay Dispute – The story the media isn’t telling you

A guest post from a reader. There was a brief discussion on the Glasgow Council equal pay dispute this weekend on Radio Scotland. Employment, Discrimination & Healthcare Lawyer Jillian Merchant complained at what she saw was a lack of coverage of the issue in the Sunday newspapers. http://indyref2.scot/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/gcc-equal-pay-14102018.mp3

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Key lessons for winning over voters

Key lessons for winning over voters

Considering where we are on this road to independence, the most difficult task we currently face is not winning a referendum but getting the chance to win one. Theresa May has infamously told us, and continues to tell us, ‘now is not the time’.

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Skye High Tourism

Skye High Tourism

Highland Council estimates that there were over 660,000 visitors to the Isle of Skye in 2017, on an island where there are only 10,000 permanent residents. Airbnb has over 500 listings across the island – where there are only 5000 homes on Skye. Stark figures at the heart of the...

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Moving to Yes

Moving to Yes

Iain Black, researcher for the Scottish Independence Convention, outlines the findings from exclusive new voter research they have commissioned ahead of their re-launch this week. Considering where we are on this road to independence, the most difficult task we currently face is not winning a referendum but getting the chance...

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The Laughter

The Laughter

The macabre spectacle of patriarchy and white power spooling out across the worlds screens from America in the past few weeks seems like a fast-forward distillation of American gender history: veering from glimpses of the frat boy sex romp of Porky’s to the financial violence of the Wolf of Wall...

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Generalist Lee

Generalist Lee

Poet Iona Lee is next up in our Creative Scotland series (see previous Lorna Miller and Shaun Milne). Lee is a poet, visual artist and performer who stormed the spoken word scene when she was seventeen and, in 2016, won the title of Scottish Slam Champion. Lyrical svengali Michael Pedersen...

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Sauce for the goose

Sauce for the goose

A guest post by Samuel Miller Been a hectic few weeks out there for political anoraks. Not to mention fairly enlightening for those of us who believe that self determination is the normal state of affairs for countries and individuals. A Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (badly) dances onto...

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The good, the bad and the other one

The good, the bad and the other one

(We apologise for the late arrival of this week’s toon, due to MI5 on the line, probably.)

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The End of the Myth of Green Capitalism

The End of the Myth of Green Capitalism

The IPCC report landed in public consciousness on Monday. By Tuesday it was forgotten. On the day the most comprehensive and chilling prospectus on climate breakdown was published most newspapers in Britain led with Strictly Come Dancing. In the evening the BBC’s flagship Newsnight invited a Trump-supporting climate denier on...

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Using ‘SNP govt’ instead of ‘Scottish govt’ for controversial stories is “impartial and accurate” claims BBC watchdog

Using ‘SNP govt’ instead of ‘Scottish govt’ for controversial stories is “impartial and accurate” claims BBC watchdog

Ddescribing the Scottish government as the ‘SNP government’ on controversial news stories is not politically biased, the BBC’s own watchdog has ruled. The ruling follows a complaint by a licence payer who believed the SNP administration was being singled out unfairly by the corporation with a reporter’s use of the...

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Dear BBC Scotland … About your political interviews …

Dear BBC Scotland … About your political interviews …

Dear BBC Scotland, I’m writing to ask for clarification on your policy regarding political interviews, specifically the six interviews broadcast by Reporting Scotland on 13th September with Vince Cable, 20th September with Jeremy Corbyn, 27th September with Theresa May, 30th September with Ruth Davidson, 5th October with Keith Brown, and...

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Correcting the corrections

Correcting the corrections

We’re blacklisted by the press regulator , but fortunately when we raise issues with especially blatant inaccuracies in UK newspapers alert readers sometimes take up the cudgel and file complaints with them because we can’t. One such case was when the Daily Express published a story this summer with the...

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The Man With No Brains

The Man With No Brains

When indoor-hat-wearing uberYoon nutter George Galloway appeared in some of the madder of the gutter press this week after appearing on RT to attack last weekend’s indy marchers, we didn’t bother talking about it because who cares what that irrelevant old zoomer thinks, right? But when an alert reader drew...

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The HSBC Cabal

The HSBC Cabal

In June 2017 I stood against Home Secretary Amber Rudd for election to parliament, fighting corruption. During a hustings in Rye, Amber Rudd had the chairman of the meeting shut me up when I started talking about HSBC and its links to Saudi Arabia. In an effort to keep talking...

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Cock-Up versus Conspiracy

Cock-Up versus Conspiracy

I’m assured by Lynn Henderson, president of the Scottish Trades Union Congress and a Labour Yes supporter, that the STUC was not approached by the SNP’s Sustainable Growth Commission for discussion and input, before the publication of the Commission’s report last May. Equally, I’ve been assured by Keith Brown, the...

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Reporting Scotland editor forced to apologise after programme misled viewers

Reporting Scotland editor forced to apologise after programme misled viewers

The editor of Reporting Scotland has been forced to apologise after the programme misled viewers on an issue relating to autism and school exclusions. A complaint was lodged after the flagship news programme claimed that 37% of children with autism were being unlawfully expelled from school. The claim, which was...

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SIC letter to the independence movement

SIC letter to the independence movement

In this letter to the independence movement, the newly elected Executive Committee of the Scottish Independence Convention explain why the move to create a national campaign organisation can get independence consistently beyond 50% in the polls and give Nicola Sturgeon the backing of the majority of the Scottish people when...

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Albion’s Call: Brexit, Democracy and England

Albion’s Call: Brexit, Democracy and England

Anthony Barnett talks about “powerlessness, the renter or rip-off state, massive inequality, identity politics, the Irish example, why the Scots are different, what it means to be English, identity politics, the need to reimagine ourselves …”

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Going Forward

Going Forward

In this letter to the independence movement, the newly elected Executive Committee of the Scottish Independence Convention explain why the move to create a national campaign organisation can get independence consistently beyond 50% in the polls and give Nicola Sturgeon the backing of the majority of the Scottish people when...

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Option Zero is not an Option

Option Zero is not an Option

Much discussion has been had lately if the Scottish independence movement should treat anything other than a mutually agreed and consented referendum as a valid mandate for independence, given how certain unionist politicians in the Conservative and Labour parties have explicitly spoken out against even the prospect of another referendum...

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The end of everything

The end of everything

We knew this would be a fast-moving phenomenon when we created it, but we’re only just beginning to realise the magnitude of the rod we’ve made for our own backs. Because the supply of rock-headed clownshows sucking up taxpayers’ money on the opposition benches at Holyrood appear to be effectively...

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Stronger than fear

Stronger than fear

A guest post by Samuel Miller I’m guessing that over the next few days there’s going to be an awful lot of hot takes on what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in her keynote speech yesterday. There’s going to be what she said. What she might have said. What others...

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Reporting Scotland fails to lead with FM speech as evidence of anti-SNP bias mounts

Reporting Scotland fails to lead with FM speech as evidence of anti-SNP bias mounts

Reporting Scotland has failed to give Nicola Sturgeon’s conference speech the same high-profile as that of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. Instead of leading BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme, the SNP leader’s keynote speech was relegated to second spot, behind a story about attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

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Union and Centre Collapse

Union and Centre Collapse

A Union – by definition – needs at least two willing partners. Research from Edinburgh University’s Centre for Research shows 49% of English Tory voters do not think Scottish MPs should even sit in the UK Cabinet, and incredibly, 24% of Scottish Tory voters agree. As the virulent tone of...

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A One-Off Event?

A One-Off Event?

A guest post by Samuel Miller It appears some folk aren’t happy with them essenpee and their completely unhealthy obsession with that whole silly independence thing. A subject pro Westminster elements of the political class and meeja keep bringing up near every day, but y’know, fair enough. It seems they’ve...

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Scottish Tory candidate deletes ’round up Jewish families’ tweet after it causes outrage

Scottish Tory candidate deletes ’round up Jewish families’ tweet after it causes outrage

A Scottish Conservative candidate has deleted a tweet in which he suggested the SNP would endorse the rounding up of Jewish families in return for a second independence referendum. In his tweet, Paul Penman said: “The SNP would prop up an Anti-Semite PM in exchange for Indyref2 and no Trident.

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The challenger responds

The challenger responds

We felt sure that our awarding of the inaugural Thickest Politician In Scotland title this morning would be taken as the throwing down of a gauntlet, and we weren’t wrong. Because within just hours, the Prince Regent had staked his claim to the crown. Greene – who was by almost...

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On Indigenous Language, Culture, Education

On Indigenous Language, Culture, Education

The latest in a series of anti-Gaelic attacks from the great uninformed has reared it’s grisly head and this time it doesn’t come from our traditional detractors – it has come from an individual belonging to Glasgow’s muslim community. In a short badly written article published yesterday in the Times,...

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The definition of insanity

The definition of insanity

A famous quote commonly attributed to Albert Einstein (and hotly disputed, as always, by point-missing Quote Nazis), runs that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. It’s been bouncing around our heads for the last couple of days, because with the...

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The Unofficial Idiot World Championships

The Unofficial Idiot World Championships

Alert readers will be aware that while the absolutely mind-numbing empirical stupidity of Scotland’s latest batch of Unionist MPs and MSPs is a recurring theme on Wings, we’ve never attempted to place it on any sort of formal footing. And to be honest, that sort of laziness on our part...

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Look Who’s Coming to the Festival of Politics

Look Who’s Coming to the Festival of Politics

The Festival of Politics has been infiltrated and we should talk about it. I was sadly not surprised to see the Battle of Ideas 2018 as one of the Festival of Politics named supporters. For years they ‘sponsored’ the Edinburgh Book Festival and bought platforms to fill-up with their chums....

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All Under One Banner marches are being misrepresented by BBC Scotland reporters

All Under One Banner marches are being misrepresented by BBC Scotland reporters

One of the most successful series of marches and rallies Scotland has ever seen is the ‘All Under One Banner’ group. An estimated one hundred thousand people attended the latest march in Edinburgh on Saturday. These marches have a very specific aim, to demonstrate the strength of support for independence.

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Kid Gloves for Ruth Davidson … Boxing Gloves for Ian Blackford

Kid Gloves for Ruth Davidson … Boxing Gloves for Ian Blackford

Below are two clips of pre-conference interviews broadcast on Sunday Politics Scotland. The first is Gordon Brewer’s interview with Ruth Davidson on September 30th. The second is Gordon Brewer’s interview with Ian Blackford on October 7th. It is clear that the BBC Scotland presenter gives the Scottish Tory leader a...

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Clap along if you feel like you’re in a land with unlimited potential

Clap along if you feel like you’re in a land with unlimited potential

A couple of years ago, an annoyingly chirpy song called Happy was never off the radio. One of its lyrics irked me, “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.” But I get it now. It means that your potential is no longer being capped. It means...

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Deadly Racism in our Justice System

Deadly Racism in our Justice System

On May 3 2015, Sheku Bayoh died in police custody. Three-and-a-half years later, his family and friends learned that none of the nine officers involved in his death will face prosecution. Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh, was a 31 year old Sierra Leonean man who worked for British Gas and had...

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The Slide

The Slide

Especially alert readers may have noticed that we’ve had a new page on Wings for a while, maintaining a current list of Scottish newspaper circulations. We were just checking it today and noticed that – seemingly unreported anywhere – the Scottish “regionals” had had their biannual figures published, so we...

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