Month: June 2015

A Busy Weekend

It’s been a very busy weekend in politics in Scotland. Saturday saw thousands gather at George Square, and across the country, to protest against austerity.  The SNP Trade Union Group held its first National Conference in Stirling with over 250 delegates…

Weekly Round-Up

Community Empowerment The Scottish Parliament last week passed the Community Empowerment Bill which will give communities more powers to take on land and buildings and to have a say on how their services are delivered Communities will have more rights…

UK NUCLEAR SUBSIDY IN THE EU DOCK

Scottish Member of the European Parliament Alyn Smith and SNP Westminster Energy Spokesperson Callum McCaig MP have today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement from the Austrian government that it will formally challenge the UK proposed subsidy regime for a new nuclear…

Sketches

Nicola Sturgeon’s appearance on US TV station Comedy Central reminded me of something I occasionally find odd – why Holyrood hasn’t given birth to great satire – yet. Rab McNeil’s sketches for the Scotsman in the early years of our…

EXPERT REPORT CONFIRMS DAMAGE CAUSED BY TORY ENERGY POLICY

The SNP is today highlighting a new expert report showing how Westminster energy policy is disadvantaging Scotland’s renewables industry – and is calling on the UK Government to commit to future onshore wind subsidies and end the uncertainty they are…

CLEAN ENERGY AND OUR DESIRE FOR IT, OR NOT

The G7 summit once again met and rambled rubbish about climate change and what they can do about it. Seems to me they never actually achieve anything at these meetings. Massive expense, fancy dinners but never any agreement. It seems that…

What the BBC didn’t report on climate targets

CLIMATE TARGET ON TRACK AS SNP STEP UP ACTIONAs new figures confirm that Scotland is three quarters of the way to meeting its ambition emissions targets – with a 14 per cent reduction in 2013 – the SNP has welcomed news…

Solidarity, Support and Respect

This week’s political scene has been overshadowed by the untimely death of Charles Kennedy. I didn’t know him so would not presume to comment any further. Any death is a sad time for those connected.   Recently I have taken…

FIRST LIVING WAGE GOVERNMENT WELCOMED

The SNP has today welcomed the Scottish Government receiving a Living Wage accreditation – the first government to receive this accolade. The news was welcomed by Peter Kelly, of the Poverty Alliance, who said: “The Living Wage is an important…

FURTHER ‘HEARTBREAKING’ EVIDENCE ON IMPACT OF TORY SANCTIONS

The SNP is today highlighting further expert evidence on the ‘devastating’ impacts of sanctions on women – amidst further backing for powers over the sanctions regime to be in Scotland’s hands rather than Westminster’s. Ahead of this week’s meeting of…