Month: May 2015

VOTES FOR 16 AND 17 YEAR OLDS PASSES STAGE ONE AT HOLYROOD

  The SNP has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s unanimous passing of Stage One of the Reduction of Voting Age Bill, following the debate at the Scottish Parliament today. The progress in Scotland is in stark comparison to Tory plans to…

The EU hokey-cokey begins

As Harold Wilson is oft quoted, “a week is a long time in politics”. This week will mark the starting gun on Scotland’s next referendum. The third in five years. Remind me who usually complain about a neverendum syndrome? Ah…

Glasgow Homeless Service Strike still solid

Many of you may not be aware of the ongoing crisis in the Glasgow Homeless Service. Homelessness is not sexy. It also appears that as 75% of the staff are women there is no need to address this. Time for…

Scotland has woken

On the Thursday after the Election I went into the Scottish Parliament for First Minister’s Questions, and the first person I bumped into was Jean Urquhart, Independent MSP for Highland Region.  “How are you feeling today, Jim?” she enquired. After…

Weekly Round-Up

Dave Thompson, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch Announces Retirement Dave Thompson, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has announced he will be standing down at the next Scottish election. Dave, an MSP since 2007, firstly as a Regional MSP…

NEW PEERS SHOW TORIES INTEND TO ‘CARRY ON REGARDLESS’ AFTER WORST RESULT IN SCOTLAND SINCE 1865

Following the appointment of six senior Tories to the House of Lords the SNP have today criticised David Cameron’s government and called on other parties to back the SNP in condemning the Tories’ Lords appointments. The six peers appointed this…

If Carlsberg did election nights …..

My scientific hero, since I read his biography as a teenager, is physicist Richard Feynman.  His cosmological theory, that the world is a weighted sum of alternative histories, states that when particles interact, reality bifurcates into a set of parallel…

Weekly Round-Up

Scottish Agriculture headlining at European Parliament Alyn Smith MEP has joined Scottish Agriculture expert Brian Pack in calling for reform of the Common Agriculture Policy, focusing less on penalties and providing a more supportive regime. Brian Pack was joined by…