The threatened member

The threatened member

Ah, remember these simpler times, readers? Thank goodness for etc etc.

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The question begged

The question begged

Only an idiot would try to write anything today about the epic mess currently unfolding in British politics. You’d barely get to the end of typing a sentence before events had rendered it obsolete. But there’s one thing we’d really like to know, which bewilderingly nobody is mentioning.

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Theresa May’s Crack Team

Theresa May’s Crack Team

…is what they’re calling Jack and James now, we hear. Draw your own conclusions about the word “crack” there.

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Serving the nations

Serving the nations

Ever aware of its need to deliver informed enlightenment to the populace, the state broadcaster has recently put up a page on its website. We’re not sure it was meant to be quite this candid. Apparently Brexit isn’t happening to us.

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The whistleblower

The whistleblower

Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly uneasy by what he witnessed. The Belgrano affair was the final...

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When they think we’re not listening

When they think we’re not listening

This piece ran in the Telegraph – a newspaper with no Scottish edition and almost no Scottish sales – on Friday. Click to enlarge. Our favourite line is: “Think of what the UK would be like without the vast wealth generated by the 44bn barrels of oil pumped from British...

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The worst-laid plans

The worst-laid plans

Your occasional reminder about who’s been governing us since we refused to take the responsibility for it ourselves. To be quite honest, readers, if we’re going to leave our future in the hands of a Fox, we’d probably be better off with Basil Brush.

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The seven-year itch

The seven-year itch

Wings Over Scotland is seven years old today (the period of time as a “generation” in terms of referendums), and it doesn’t feel like a day over 25. Can we hurry up and have another indy vote before the entire country burns to the ground around our ears, please? After...

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A quick morality check

A quick morality check

There was a certain uncomfortable 2018 inevitability this morning over the fact that where people were offended, arrests would follow. And the burning of a cardboard model of the Grenfell Tower last night was certainly right up near the top in the pantheon of cretinously offensive things. Many victims of...

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What we could be

What we could be

…if only we could find the courage among ourselves.

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The sleepy watchmen

The sleepy watchmen

We’ve been through all the papers and there’s still absolutely no Scottish politics news, so we’re going to take a moment out for one of our brief but always-popular tangential forays into the world of football. All the usual disclaimers apply. Because the parlous state of current Scottish journalism can’t...

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It’s the same old songs

It’s the same old songs

“…but with a different meaning since you’ve been.” Labour have now been promising to abolish the Lords for , including as the UK government. But wait! They’ve got more promises for you! In fairness, the Lords one isn’t THAT ancient by Labour standards. After all, by their it took them...

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Ifs and buts and maybes

Ifs and buts and maybes

Alert readers may have noticed that for a non-holiday period, Scottish politics is a deathly quiet place at the moment. Papers are struggling to find anything to write about at all, and were beside themselves with joy this week when presented with the chance to fabricate a ridiculous “anti-Semitism” story...

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Now featuring Scotland

Now featuring Scotland

Or so they say, at any rate. Near the end, we think.

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Another disaster for Scotland

Another disaster for Scotland

As if it wasn’t enough that one small country had to cope with the terrible burden of hundreds of billions of pounds of volatile oil revenues, now we have to face the grim prospect that with fossil fuels being phased out across the world to protect the climate, Scotland also...

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Another crushing defeat

Another crushing defeat

From today’s Scottish Mail On Sunday: Blimey, a “hammering”? Well, we suppose after 14 years in power they’ll have had a good run, so who’s going to replace them as the next Scottish Government?

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The apex of the U

The apex of the U

There’s a remarkable in today’s Times about Stefan Cross, the lawyer working for the women in the Glasgow City Council equal-pay dispute. (For example it’s over 1500 words long but the word “Labour” doesn’t appear a single time, despite the party having controlled the council for the entire 20 years...

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Gremlins in the machine

Gremlins in the machine

Apologies for the shortage of content in the last couple of days, folks. The 10-year-old Wings PC has been wheezing and groaning and emitting smoke for a few weeks, but it’s now reached a point where we can barely keep it from crashing for five minutes at a time, and...

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The rank outsider

The rank outsider

And we do mean rank. It’s been quite a week already for super-hapless Labour MP Hugh Gaffney, but he excelled himself today when joining in with Scottish Labour’s to resist building a new hospital in Gartcosh (which is the recommendation of an independent NHS panel), rather than on the site...

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The Last Days Of Pompeii

The Last Days Of Pompeii

In many ways the Glasgow equal-pay dispute feels like the impotent final fury of the dinosaurs after the dust of a prehistoric asteroid impact blacked out the sun and condemned them all to death. What we’re seeing now is a futile rage against irrelevance by the shady cabal of Labour...

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Just enough rope

Just enough rope

We don’t know whether Sky News’ senior Scotland correspondent James Matthews recognised Labour MP and councillor on today’s strike march in Glasgow or not. (We suspect he did, but as Gaffney’s only been an MP for a year and a half we can’t be sure.) What’s certain is that he...

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We must just be idiots

We must just be idiots

On the face of it, this stuff is like shooting fish in a barrel. But let’s treat it with more dignity than it deserves and hear her out. Indeed. We completely agree that democracy doesn’t end after any single vote, and that people have the right to change their minds...

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The unwelcoming committee

The unwelcoming committee

The indyref sometimes caused feelings to run rather high, and people on both sides made themselves very unpopular with those on the other side. But four years of water has flowed under the bridge since then, and not everyone is still in the same trenches. Some high-profile names have switched...

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You know how it works by now

You know how it works by now

Today: But that’s only fair, because after all – oh: Etc.

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The rules where you are

The rules where you are

Well well, look who suddenly believes in second referendums. It’s fascinating to note how you can completely reverse Kezia Dugdale’s position on the subject simply by substituting the word “Scotland” for the words “the UK” in that second tweet, and imagine she was talking about the independence march in heavily-Remain-voting...

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Grapes are the sourest fruit

Grapes are the sourest fruit

of had a party in Edinburgh today. They caused no trouble, , and everyone involved had a ball. And for some reason that really, really upset Unionists.

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The Ungrateful Nation

The Ungrateful Nation

The plugin which normally embeds our Twitter feed on the Wings front page still isn’t working (doubtless because Twitter have made yet more spiteful and idiotic changes to their API), so those of you who don’t use the social media platform may have missed out on a gem this morning...

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The fine art of self-delusion

The fine art of self-delusion

When the news is slow, we sometimes steel ourselves and go for a little paddle in the Yoonstream – a private collection of the most unhinged hardcore-Unionist accounts on Twitter – and see what they’re getting themselves all worked up about. For a good few months now, they’ve all been...

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Anatomy Of A Thicko

Anatomy Of A Thicko

For our money – and by an admittely wafer-thin margin over the likes of Annie Wells, Miles Briggs, Alex Cole-Hamilton and James Kelly – Tory list MSP Jamie Greene is still the lowest-watt bulb in the Scottish Parliament’s festival of lights. (Our alerter readers may have spotted that that’s an...

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Half the news fit to print

Half the news fit to print

It’s probably time we started collecting all the media articles from the last couple of weeks about our ongoing legal battle with former Scottish Labour branch manager Kezia Dugdale, because it’s getting increasingly hard to plough through them all. The story that Labour were pulling Dugdale’s legal funding was first...

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One tired eyebrow

One tired eyebrow

We honestly don’t think they even see it, folks. We truly don’t.

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