Combination is the key

The following started off as a reply to somebody on Facebook wanting to know what they could do to put pressure on Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Government in order to force them to act on the constitutional issue. I had been meaning to write something about this anyway. This will serve. Other than shrugging … Continue reading Combination is the key

The immaculate innocence of journalists?

A recent piece on the excellent Lallands Peat Worrier blog contained the following less than flattering assessment of mainstream political journalism,Understanding the politics of devolution increasingly demands that we understand the law of devolution. Regrettably, most of our key commentators and opinion formers still haven't the nearest, foggiest clue about how the powers and reservations … Continue reading The immaculate innocence of journalists?

Lib Dems: SNP could gain independence by back door

The SNP could still gain “independence by the back door” through an “ultra extreme” form of devolution in a post-election deal, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will say tonight.Peter A Bell's insight:Willie Rennie is known as someone who is a considerable way short of being the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. But, continuing the … Continue reading Lib Dems: SNP could gain independence by back door

Major city devolution summit to be held in Glasgow

A MAJOR summit on devolution to UK cities will take place in Glasgow next month, it has been announced.Peter A Bell's insight:If we were not already justifiably wary of the new-found enthusiasm for localism among British politicians then Gordon Matheson’s ill-judged remarks should serve as a warning. Unable to conceal his hatred of the Scottish … Continue reading Major city devolution summit to be held in Glasgow

Brian Wilson: SNP government underspend is a waste

THE Scottish Government’s huge £444m underspend is an absurd waste of resource and opportunity, writes Brian Wilson.Peter A Bell's insight:If I repeatedly remark on the eagerness of British nationalist fanatics such as Brian Wilson to make fools of themselves in the name of defending the ruling elites of the British state it is only because … Continue reading Brian Wilson: SNP government underspend is a waste

Oil crisis: SNP under fire over forecasts refusal

THE SCOTTISH Government has come under fire after appearing to rule out the publication of any fresh oil forecasts in the near future as the crisis continues to engulf the industry.Peter A Bell's insight:This is infantile stuff from the British parties. Forecasting oil prices and revenues is fraught with problems at the best of times. … Continue reading Oil crisis: SNP under fire over forecasts refusal

Scottish Government in record £444m underspend

THE Scottish Government ended last year with a record underspend, despite repeated complaints from the SNP administration about Westminster austerity cuts squeezing its budget.Peter A Bell's insight:This article certainly raises questions. Principally, why does The Herald feel the need to take a very trivial piece of information about the Scottish Government’s finances and spin it … Continue reading Scottish Government in record £444m underspend

Salmond as Deputy PM? That scares the bejesus out of me, says Ruth Davidson

RUTH Davidson has said the idea that Alex Salmond might be the UK’s next deputy prime minister “scares the bejesus out of me”.Peter A Bell's insight:The British parties in Scotland really are a disaster zone. Why is Ruth Davidson talking about British Labour forming the next UK Government, with or without SNP support? Why is … Continue reading Salmond as Deputy PM? That scares the bejesus out of me, says Ruth Davidson