Category Archives: scottish politics

Glasgow East by-election

I’ve tried to avoid posting on the Glasgow East by-election having found many of the yah-boo entries in the Scottish blogosphere a little depressing, despite the best endeavours of Jeff to persuade me otherwise. However, I couldn’t let one post … Continue reading

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How not to run a by election campaign if you are an opposition party.

The SNP have been doing well in Scottish politics with the longest honeymoon in political history. I have been slightly bemused by their tactics – pushing populist policies early on (when a “We can’t do it.  Look at the state … Continue reading

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Asbestos and Scottish government legislation

 My post yesterday on the above has elicited a powerful response from Mr Bill Scott, whose father died from an asbestos related disease.  I have replied to Mr Scott’s comment acknowledging an error in the original post (pointed out by Mr … Continue reading

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The art of the meaningless political gesture – a Scottish example

Politicians like to be seen to be doing things. When there is a popular outcry that something must be done then whatever the rights and wrongs the politicians will act.  It all reminds me of Jim Hacker as Prime Minister … Continue reading

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The official Scottish government response on the use and discovery of drugs within Scottish prison

 Blah PS – apparently this was only the response sent to journos but a tad incompetent nonetheless  

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Scottish satirical blog

I have this weekend come across the spoof blog of Alasdair Allan MSP – the SNP member for the Western Isles.  Although some of the issues raised in this blog seem wholly local, there are a number of witty (often … Continue reading

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“I’m a Scottish minister. I don’t do things that are legal” – Common Fisheries Policy

Blinky Dick on Newsnight Scotland. Interview from about 9 mins 20 seconds in and his comment “I’m a Scottish minister, I don’t do things that are legal” is at 11 mins 10 seconds (roughly) in answer to a question asked from … Continue reading

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Well that explains a lot – “I’m a Scottish minister I don’t do things that are legal”

Previously in this blog I made reference to Blinky Dick – the startled rabbit in the headlights that is Richard Lochhead, Scottish government environment minister.  Promoted for reasons not obvious to any neutral observer (with Mike Russell in a junior … Continue reading

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Tough on golf clubs, tough on the causes of golf clubs

The leader of the SNP group on Dumfries and Galloway Council,  the current convener of the divisional licensing board for Wigtown and chairman of the council’s governance and audit committee, Councillor Robert Higgins is in a car on the A75 following his … Continue reading

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Legal news

 The justice committee of the Scottish Parliament – and its avuncular Captain Mainwaring like host Bill Aitken – has today backed the idea of compulsory training for judges.  At the moment many judges do go on training courses arranged through … Continue reading

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MSPs working too hard

the minute for yesterday’s Scottish parliament Local government committee meeting in the Scottish parliament is up.  On Trumpton the vote was 5 – 1 in favour of a debate in the chamber, 2 abstentions.   However, I was taken with the … Continue reading

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Trumpton again (again)

Further to my post on the material released in relation to the Menie estate in the Trumpton planning application I note that the local government committee split on party lines yesterday to recommend that the report be debated before the Parliament … Continue reading

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Trumpton again

When the government release material under freedom of information they usually provide it in a fairly user-friendly manner.  The controversial Aviemore development (which will bubble along for a while with the potential for some damage to the government) saw a … Continue reading

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Trumpton again

The Scottish government is today revealing yet more on the Trumpton development at Menie.  The main page for the release is here, but this links through to nothing (as at 11.50).  I’m sure it’s accidental, but webmasters for freedom of … Continue reading

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With friends like these…

I see that Iain Dale is single-handedly attempting to boost Labour party fortunes in Scotland by suggesting that a COnservative-SNP coalition or informal voting pact at Westminster is a distinct possibility after the next election. With all of the damage … Continue reading

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Breaking news – Wendygate

A press release from the Crown Office in relation to Wendy Alexander 6 March 2008 ELECTION DONATIONS – INVESTIGATION BY SCOTTISH PARLIAMENTARY STANDARDS COMMISSIONER  A spokesperson for the Crown Office said: “After very full and careful consideration of the report … Continue reading

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Question Time – an apology

On behalf of the people of Scotland I would like to apologise to my regular reader for Cathy Jamieson.  I would like to assure you that Cathy Jamieson is merely representative of a particular section of a particular party in Scottish … Continue reading

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Cyber Nats

Lord (George) Foulkes occasionally lets loose a broadside at what he refers to as cyber Nats – which I take to mean SNP supporters with computers who post comments on websites and news stories, who write blogs supporting the SNP … Continue reading

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How government messages work

An aboslutely fascinating FoI publication today from the Scottish government with all of the background correspondence relating to the First MInister’s Christmas and New Year messages. Was there a hint of a BBC snub over the Christmas message (see Karen McNally’s … Continue reading

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A thought on Trumpton

This is how the planning system usually operates in Scotland when a Council rejects an application. Step 1: developer appliesStep 2: Council considers applicationStep 3: Council rejects applicationStep 4:  Developer appealsStep 5: A reporter is appointed to hear the appealStep … Continue reading

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