Chris Cairns is on holiday

Chris Cairns is on holiday

Yes, still. Yes, again. But don’t worry, we still have a cartoon joke for you. Ladies and gentlemen, the Scottish Labour Party.

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The Prisoners

The Prisoners

You wouldn’t know it to watch the black-hole-scale mess our politicians are making of it, but the thing about Brexit is that it ISN’T an insoluble problem. That two of the supposed “partners” in the United Kingdom are being forced out of the EU against the will of their people...

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Out of the quagmire

Out of the quagmire

UK politics is stuck fast in the mud, going nowhere, and the casualties are mounting. Whether on Brexit, independence or anything else, we’ve all become so dug-in to our positions that some people – naming no names – have forgotten where the battle lines are or what their political war...

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The Prime Minister is a lying idiot

The Prime Minister is a lying idiot

The extremely sharp and perceptive New Statesman writer Stephen Bush buries some of his political insight in a daily email newsletter (because, we assume, his fax machine doesn’t work, you can’t send telegrams any more and London flats don’t have enough room to keep a lot of messenger pigeons or...

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Meanwhile in the Scottish media

Meanwhile in the Scottish media

Nicola Sturgeon attended a meeting of the SNP NEC yesterday. Or maybe she didn’t. One of these people/publications, inescapably, is flat-out lying to their readers about the event in question. Given the Scottish media’s ingrained habit of lying about pretty much everything almost all of the time, we honestly wouldn’t...

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All change in Moray

All change in Moray

Blimey, that was quick. This was Tory MP Douglas Ross yesterday: Short version: “I don’t care what my constituents want, I will vote loyally for the party I was elected as a member of.” And this is him today: Never let it be said Wings readers don’t get things done.

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The mess we’ve made

The mess we’ve made

Last night the UK government which, while largely symbolic, was designed to hamper its ability to generate its finances in the event of a no-deal Brexit (and therefore to try to incentivise it to avoid a no-deal). A handful of Tory MPs voted for the motion, combining with the opposition...

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Brass neck gleaming

Brass neck gleaming

Wow. That’s Monica Lennon sat directly behind him, by the way. That must have taken some amount of polishing. And yes, if you’re wondering, that last one is THIS Rhoda Grant:

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Facing the wrong way

Facing the wrong way

Scottish Labour mounted another of their infamous stunt “protests” today, as always dutifully assisted and advertised by the Scottish media. STV reported it as an event organised by a small rail union – not the RMT or ASLEF, but the little-known – which would feature “other campaigners”, but in fact...

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Taking back control

Taking back control

We’ve got no words for this, so we’ll let it stand by itself. Because 55% voted No. Welcome to Brexit.

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Gloom-tinted glasses

Gloom-tinted glasses

STV News gets the new year off to a cheery start today: The headline, as alert readers will be accustomed to by now, is a flat-out lie. As far as the article reveals – and there’s nothing on offering any more detail, nor in the longer quotes we found –...

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The one we’ve waited for

The one we’ve waited for

The last two years, particularly 2018, have been a pretty miserable time in the annals of Scottish independence. Not because support has fallen – it , however much Unionists might try to desperately convince themselves otherwise – but because there hasn’t, in essence, been anything we could usefully do. Faced...

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The broken telescope

The broken telescope

An alert reader spotted this today: Because with Scottish Labour, lying is for life, not just Christmas. The bit that particularly caught our spotter’s eye was the claim – attributed to Shelter and accompanied by a blink-and-you’ll miss it graph that’s onscreen for less than a second – that “As...

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Merry Christmas, England

Merry Christmas, England

There’s a digital edition of the Times out today, but the normal Scotland section doesn’t make the cut. (There’s normally an Ireland section too – although it doesn’t get billed on the Contents list – which is also missing today, and there’s never a Wales section for some reason.)

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The stupidest year in history

The stupidest year in history

We can think of no better illustrative metaphor for the brain-withering idiot festival that was 2018 than page 16 of today’s Sunday Mail, which in the space of a single inch of newsprint predicts both SNP gains at any new general election, and then SNP losses to the exact same...

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Embarrassment Of The Year

Embarrassment Of The Year

Okay, it’s only the 19th of December, but we don’t think there’s any chance of this one being beaten by the time it’s 2019. As expected, Labour bottled the chance to call a vote of no confidence in the UK government today, refusing to support a motion tabled by four...

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The alliance of silence

The alliance of silence

It’s fair to say, readers, that Wings Over Scotland is somewhat cynical about the UK and Scottish media. It’s pretty much our thing. Very little about it behaving maliciously, untruthfully or incompetently genuinely shocks us. But today is one of those rare days. Votes of no confidence in a UK...

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Bluffs and calls

Bluffs and calls

This was the Daily Record’s front page on Tuesday: It wasn’t true. Corbyn DIDN’T, in fact, table a vote of no confidence in either the Prime Minister personally (a meaningless and non-binding gesture even if she’d lost it) or the government. But tomorrow he may actively prevent one.

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Coming through the field

Coming through the field

To anyone observing Scottish politics with even half a keen eye, it was obvious from very early on that former athlete Brian Whittle was one of the stupider and nastier elements of the 2016 crop of new Tory MSPs, having been thrashed by in the election but foisted on taxpayers...

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Independence for England

Independence for England

The great frustration of the current Brexit shambles is that we’re being told there are no viable options. But that isn’t true. This site has already put forward one perfectly workable proposal, and here’s another. Before the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, Scotland was told that if they left the...

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The Handmaiden’s Tale

The Handmaiden’s Tale

It should now be abundantly clear to any rational person that time has very nearly run out to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Theresa May has been and told that any further negotiation is out of the question. But she’s insisted that the meaningful vote in the UK parliament on her...

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The man from tomorrow

The man from tomorrow

We must admit we haven’t been keeping fully up to date with our Thickest Politician In Scotland rankings recently, mainly because they’ve been so deluged with submissions that we can barely scratch the backlog. This month alone, for example, we’ve seen Murdo Fraser try to , millionaire Tory landowner Sir...

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Return Of The Magic Abacus

Return Of The Magic Abacus

Q: Why did Scottish Labour refuse to propose a costed alternative budget yesterday? A: Oh yeah, we remember: Which is a bit embarrassing when you’re also tweeting this: This was the tweet in question, incidentally:

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Not out

Not out

This is the 5,000th post since Wings Over Scotland began in November 2011, which is just shy of two a day, every single day, since then. We wanted such a landmark post to be something serious and significant, but in light of the utter brain-melting futility of trying to write...

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Return Of The Terror

Return Of The Terror

On one level you have to feel a bit sorry for Scottish Unionists. Having believed until very late in the day that they’d win a crushing victory in the 2014 indyref and put the matter to bed for a century, they’ve never been able to relax since. And this week...

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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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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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In England’s Dreaming

In England’s Dreaming

We now have the verdicts on Brexit from three of the UK’s four nations. The Scottish Parliament, speaking for the Scottish nation, voted overwhelmingly this afternoon to reject both Theresa May’s draft agreement and leaving the EU without a deal. And it wasn’t alone. Because just hours earlier, the Welsh...

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An excellent question

An excellent question

Posed by Kezia Dugdale in the Holyrood chamber today: “I’m interested in ’s views, she therefore thinks democracy is just an act of one cross in a box every four years, or does she genuinely believe that when the facts change people should be entitled to change their mind...

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In different times

In different times

If there’s one thing you can say for the Tories, it’s that right or wrong, they always stick to their principles. Oh, not YOU, Scotland.

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Taking the strain

Taking the strain

We’re on about Day 79 of NoScottishPoliticsNewsGate (today’s big in the Herald is something , and was also an “exclusive” in yesterday’s Scottish Sun), so we found ourselves getting diverted by something else in the papers this morning. The Scottish Daily Mail had a piece on the cost of train...

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Articles without faith

Articles without faith

At a time of unprecedented political chaos and uncertainty, just about the only thing you can still count on is that for any given situation, senior Labour figures will issue proclamations both firmly in favour of it and stoutly opposed to it, usually the same day. So the stories below,...

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Quick context check

Quick context check

The front page lead of today’s Scottish Daily Mail: As alert readers of this site will know, the Mail has a particular fondness for presenting statistics bereft of any context so that people have no idea how big or small they really are. So is 1,600 passengers a week receiving...

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Something smells fishy

Something smells fishy

From today’s Daily Mail: The headline is, of course, a lie. The Herald and Scotsman were barely any less dishonest. Because what the Prime Minister actually “vowed” to do was literally nothing.

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Pretending to be stupid

Pretending to be stupid

All political discourse is plagued with genuine imbeciles, of course. But what’s far more depressing is when educated and normally perceptive people merely act like imbeciles for money, such as the case of Alex Massie in the Sunday Times today. Because for the last two years, commentators who ought to...

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Helping out Murdo

Helping out Murdo

Because we know the poor lad’s not very bright. Yes, Murdo. Yes it has. Still, it’s only good for 40 years or so. What will we do THEN, eh?

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A surprising convert

A surprising convert

It’s always the ones you least suspect, isn’t it? Of course, there are differences between the UK and Norway: At some point they had to put two and two together, we suppose.

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A different kind of beat

A different kind of beat

So this was in the Times football section today: And you find yourself thinking, “Well gee, why might THAT be, Alex?” Everyone’s entitled to take their own position on constitutional politics. But there’s something really dismaying about people who represent Scotland in international sport coming out and declaring that they...

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Britain really is this stupid

Britain really is this stupid

And we’re sure these guys are at least partly to blame.

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The dust of the sawdust

The dust of the sawdust

We’re so far beyond mere “scraping the barrel” now. Unhappy with polls based on asking the simple and clear question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, and which have been stubbornly refusing to show any movement against independence, our dear old pals at Scotland In Union recently commissioned one of...

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