Month: April 2015

Onwards and upwards…………..still!

This past week has been huge. Not that you would have seen that from the traditional media. For those of us who live too far from the central belt to attend things, we have really appreciated social media and those…

150 Business People Declare Support for Full Fiscal Responsibility

An open letter to the people of Scotland from 150 business owners and job creators. Opinion polls consistently show significant majority support for home rule, devo max or full fiscal autonomy. Whichever term is used, the definition of devo max…

Dearie me!

Two weeks till the U.K. elections and we are hearing more about what the S.N.P. are about, on the main British news, than we are hearing about what the U.K. parties are offering us. Labour and Conservative parties have become…

WESTMINSTER SNUBS SCOTLAND IN KEY FISHERIES TALKS

SMITH COMMISSION IGNORED AHEAD OF EU MEETING Scotland has been stopped from having a direct voice at the top table in key EU Fisheries talks tomorrow despite the Smith Commission pledge that Scotland should lead when it has the “predominant…

Deal or No Deal – Labour lose.

Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, has well and truly slipped from shadow of Gordon Brown, his political mentor and protector. Not content with slapping down Scottish Labour Leader, Jim Murphy, over future public service cuts in Scotland by a Labour-led Westminster…

Making the most of town centres

Alex Neil launches new online resource. A new online toolkit will give communities information and advice on how they can make their town centres more attractive, active and accessible. The Town Centre Toolkit has been developed as one of the…

The Leaked Memo

There is a bit missing in this tale set up to smear Nicola Sturgeon. Let me summarise: Nicola and the French Ambassador had a private meeting at which no UK civil servants were present.  A memorandum of what was said…

Food banks and zero hours contracts

“Global inflation in the price of food began in late 2006, and especially after the financial crisis of 2007–08 began to further worsen economic conditions for those on low income. The growth of food banks has been broadly welcomed, most…

Found, hidden and squandered

As some readers might know I joined the SNP in 1966, 49 years ago.   I joined because I was sure that we could run Scotland from up here a lot better that they could from down there.  My view…

Complacency

I am becoming increasingly alarmed at how good the opinion polls are for us.  The have been very good, brilliant indeed, but I have dreadful thoughts  centred on Neil Kinnock in the General Election in 1992.  He had addressed a…