Counting With James Kelly MSP

Counting With James Kelly MSP

Alex Cole-Hamilton’s reign was the shortest on record.

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The master of detail

The master of detail

Unionists have been in a in the last couple of weeks that the First Minister has dared to leave the country not once but twice in order to try to improve relations and trade links with Scotland’s business partners. Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton – a man who still thinks...

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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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The Harvesters

The Harvesters

We saw a tweet from some Tory MP or MSP this morning urging voters to sign some fake “petition” or other bashing the SNP, and it rang a bell in our minds, so we popped over to the Conservative Party website where we found this: Despite referring to “a new...

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Counting With Scottish Labour

Counting With Scottish Labour

A little snippet caught our eye earlier. As alert readers may recall from our numerous investigations into the enduring enigma that is Scottish Labour’s membership figures, at the end of 2014 the branch office was claiming to have either or 20,000 members. And even in a world where 38% is...

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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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Counting With The Scottish Media #2

Counting With The Scottish Media #2

In today’s Daily Record: Half, you say? What the YouGov poll actually predicted was Labour losing FIVE of their current SEVEN seats to the SNP, holding onto only Edinburgh South and East Lothian. And, y’know, call us sticklers but we’re pretty sure five is quite a bit more than half...

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An uncertain future

An uncertain future

Another slow news day, so here’s one from the archives: Don’t worry, we’re not going to make you try to read it that size. In 2019, six weeks from a no-deal Brexit, suddenly “insignificance in Europe” and “an uncertain future in the EU” for Scotland don’t sound quite so bad,...

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The outstanding balance

The outstanding balance

We had an interesting exchange with Scottish Labour MP Paul Sweeney this week on the deathless lie that is the “fiscal transfer” – the £10bn or so that Unionists rather startlingly insist the rest of the UK generously donates to Scotland every year out of the goodness of its heart,...

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Counting with the Scottish media

Counting with the Scottish media

What does two plus two make? Let’s all do it together, shall we? One! Two! Three! Er, three again! Kudos to the Scottish Sun for getting there in the end, though. Stick with Wings, lads, we’ll keep you right.

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Auntie’s Favourite

Auntie’s Favourite

Last night we observed the considerable statistical difficulty involved in getting to speak on the BBC’s flagship political debate show Question Time not just once, or even twice, but THREE times, and the remarkable ease with which shouty sectarian bigot Billy Mitchell has achieved it. But readers, we’re afraid we...

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We see you

We see you

This tweet, from a little over a year ago, remarks on the second consecutive speaking appearance on the BBC’s flagship Question Time of Billy Mitchell, a flute-band Loyalist and former UKIP candidate whose standard contribution to the national debate is an incoherent shouted rant against the SNP and all they...

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Standard Wales Check

Standard Wales Check

Alert readers will recall that earlier today we conducted one of our regular context checks for statistics misleadingly-incompletely reported in the Scottish press. But while those are like shooting fish in a barrel, there’s one thing that’s an even more reliable open goal for the website editor looking for content...

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Context in numbers

Context in numbers

From the Scottish Daily Mail today: As readers will have come to expect, the article is entirely free of any figures by which readers could gauge whether 1000 was a high number or not. So as usual, we’ll have to do it for them. ScotRail runs close to 760,000 trains...

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Doing walking away

Doing walking away

This is Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald on today’s Andrew Marr show: While she doesn’t say so explicitly, McDonald appears to strongly imply that the SNP’s MPs would be as well to boycott the UK Parliament, as . And that’s an interesting idea. This site has no position. We...

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Another unfortunate oversight

Another unfortunate oversight

Earlier on today we reported on a case of a Scottish Labour MP being inadvertently unacquainted with some pertinent facts regarding a public pronouncement they’d made. While we’d assumed this to be an isolated incident, it’s in fact our sad duty to report another example within the Northern Branch Office.

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An innocent misunderstanding

An innocent misunderstanding

We had a brief exchange with Scottish Labour MP Paul Sweeney last night. But the thing is, he’s exactly, diametrically wrong about that. Because voters in Scotland have already been asked this exact question, in a poll by Panelbase last summer. And to be fair to Sweeney, the result surprised...

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A Pyrrhic Suicide

A Pyrrhic Suicide

One thing that pretty much everyone agrees on is that an independent Scotland, like almost every nation on Earth, would face financial challenges. Like almost every nation on Earth, it would probably have to run a deficit. And the main reason for that is the decades of stupendous mismanagement of...

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Sharpen your pencils, readers

Sharpen your pencils, readers

Because it looks like you’re going to need them. If the Scottish Government can’t pass a budget it’ll fall, and with no majority for any alternative administration that’ll leave no option but to hold a general election. Meanwhile, at Westminster, the UK government is running out of time to get...

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When wishes father fantasies

When wishes father fantasies

Obviously this site will be making no comment on the criminal allegations now facing Alex Salmond for legal reasons. But amidst a frenzy of gleefully lascivious coverage in the Scottish media (the Daily Record in particular can barely contain its delight), there’s another thread of punditry that does need addressed.

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A Portugese Laddie

A Portugese Laddie

Last month the Tory government published its white paper on EU migration post-Brexit. As a result, I spent my day arguing positively for immigration on social media, sharing fact-based articles showing that EU migration has had a very positive impact on the UK’s economy in the last decade. However, one...

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A Portuguese Laddie

A Portuguese Laddie

Last month the Tory government published its white paper on EU migration post-Brexit. As a result, I spent my day arguing positively for immigration on social media, sharing fact-based articles showing that EU migration has had a very positive impact on the UK’s economy in the last decade. However, one...

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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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