Sunday 20th October 2019

Well, we have tried our best in order to provide this free service, but due to lack of page hits and low numbers of commenters, we do not think this service is appreciated sufficiently to make it worthwhile continuing.

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Friday 18th October 2019

COMMENTS

 

 

GOOD MORNING

I have an appointment today which means I won’t be here, so please make use of the comments section and post links there if you see something interesting.

https://www.gov.scot/news/social-security-improvements/


https://www.snp.org/boris-johnsons-brexit-deal-what-you-need-to-know/


Nicola Sturgeon on the new Brexit agreement   video

https://twitter.com/STVNews/status/1184821391662682113


Read this thread!   https://twitter.com/PeatWorrier/status/1133745203062431746


More  Jacob Rees-Mogg @LeaderMHoC seemed rather rattled when I pointed out that under the revised NI protocol   video

https://twitter.com/joannaccherry/status/1184808063733248005


Legal bid at Court of Session to stop MPs debating Brexit deal  http://archive.fo/ScPSV


In 2014 it was claimed that Scotland is an equal partner in UK. Mentions in the revised Withdrawal Agreement, including Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland: see here

https://twitter.com/rosscolquhoun/status/1184841578483015680


https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/10/17/why-is-a-major-gas-discovery-off-the-coast-of-shetland-but-in-yorkshire/


Hearing Tory MPs getting offers of anything to back Boris Johnson’d deal – it is DUP style but for the shires” Tory MP offered almost any wee “bribe” for constituency

https://twitter.com/AngusMacNeilSNP/status/1184886688151154691


https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/2019/10/17/the-road-to-the-moral-high-ground


Earlier today I led for @theSNP at International Trade Questions where I challenged the Secretary of State on the UK’s influence in the WTO after Brexit.   video

https://twitter.com/StewartHosieSNP/status/1184799236136820736


British businesses say new Brexit deal worse than May’s agreement  http://archive.fo/xvSFB


How long has it taken them to figure this out  http://archive.fo/jqILF


https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/james-obrien/journalist-fintan-otoole-brexit-deal-analysis/


https://chrisgreybrexitblog.blogspot.com/2019/10/time-and-motion.html


http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/10/17/news/dup-s-linda-clarke-involved-in-awarding-council-contract-to-convicted-sectarian-pipe-bomber-1740840/


Deal latest – Experts say this doesn’t give the guarantees on a softer brexit as Theresa May’s deal. In May’s deal there were legally binding commitments on level playing field. This kicks that can down the road, and could mean a harder or a softer brexit dependent on PM

https://twitter.com/SamCoatesSky/status/1184780044440350723


So yesterday Trump was saying Boris had asked him to facilitate a meeting and today

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-trump-harry-dunn-romeo-anne-sacoolas-meeting-white-house-diplomat-a9159766.html


https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2019/10/17/i-strongly-suspect-the-proposed-brexit-deal-is-illegal-in-uk-law/


Saturday is the most important day in the entire Brexit saga  http://archive.fo/FVKkU


https://openeurope.org.uk/today/blog/whats-new-about-the-new-brexit-deal-an-explainer/


Starmer says

Excuse the long thread, but I have looked carefully at the #BrexitDeal negotiated by Boris Johnson. Here is my analysis: 1/

https://twitter.com/Keir_Starmer/status/1184838369735577602


Heartbreaking

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/homeless-child-dublin-eat-dinner-on-street-homeless-street-cafe-a9159841.html


https://www.centreonconstitutionalchange.ac.uk/news-and-opinion/boris-makes-great-leap


Here’s a thread on the consent issue, the subject of a lot of controvesy and confusion:

https://twitter.com/tconnellyRTE/status/1184870410741014528


https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/10/17/any-deal-struck-between-britain-and-the-eu-should-be-put-to-voters


Brexit: madder and madder   http://eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=87395


Mike Clancy says:  This morning I met with @michaelgove to discuss the new Brexit Deal.

https://twitter.com/mikeclancy1/status/1184804833754304512


Hitachi set to miss out on Metro deal due to Brexit risks   http://archive.fo/3865s


Boris Johnson wanted Brexit deal ‘at any cost’ to avoid extension, says DUP  http://archive.fo/hYkhS


Johnson’s Brexit deal: far worse than Theresa May’s and infinitely inferior to Remaining

http://archive.is/Sjepq


Boris Johnson leads his weary people to the unpromised land  http://archive.fo/oYein


Where are the EU?  https://twitter.com/CataloniaHelp2/status/1184583368685555713


https://thehill.com/homenews/house/466247-read-eu-ambassador-testifies-as-part-of-house-impeachment-inquiry


 

Thursday 17th October 2019

COMMENTS

 

 

0915 UPDATE

1/ What the hell happens now? @StevePeers talks through the two most likely options – Johnson secures a WA, with the EU, but requests a short technical extension or he fails & is forced into requesting an extension *anyway* up to the 31st Jan 2020.

https://twitter.com/mpc_1968/status/1184588519295074309


Brexit: a Mad Hatter’s tea party

http://eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=87394


EU response to the DUP refusal to accept the draft Brexit agreement as it stands is: this is first and foremost a problem for the UK /1

https://twitter.com/BBCkatyaadler/status/1184715194750164992


 

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/brexit-crisis-new-deal-in-doubt-as-dup-says-no-to-proposals-1.4053682


US Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns UK not to be misled on post-Brexit trade deal

https://twitter.com/rtenews/status/1184725979245305856


 

 

Good Morning, pots of coffee/tea required.   Lurkers, please click the comments link above and have your say.  It might take a while to get your post approved but nobody will bite you here.  If they do try we ha**er them not you.

https://www.gov.scot/news/preparing-for-no-deal-brexit/


This statement should be our mantra

https://twitter.com/Feroxbill1/status/1184417153199550467


Broadcasting Scotland were in Aberdeen to bring you our SNP 2019 Conference Special Reports in which we speak with delegates about the conference and events in the news. In this programme, we talk to Stewart Hosie MP, Lorena Lopez De Lacalle, President of EFA and Drew Hendry MP.

https://www.broadcastingscotland.scot/snp-2019-conference-special-report-part-1/


Another depressing/alarming meeting with a diff Trade sector – Petroleum. Gasoline that was freely traded to Amsterdam Rotterdam & Antwerp facing a new 4.7% tariff. Denuding viability of current UK refineries over time. I learn more details about Brexit damage almost daily

https://twitter.com/AngusMacNeilSNP/status/1184502395314655233


Is BBC Scotland’s Disclosure team afraid to expose English ‘County Lines’ drug gangs targeting children despite a government report, two warnings from police and one from a youth charity?

https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/10/16/978/


Brexit affairs committee, Joanna takes on Barclay

https://twitter.com/joannaccherry/status/1184522169923096576


Stephen Barclay, a pointless secretary for a pointless Brexit

http://archive.fo/QlwE1


https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/arguing-from-a-position-of-strength/


This a thousand times   https://twitter.com/PaulWheelhouse/status/1184369358505762816


“No-deal is catastrophic. The deal being proposed is catastrophic. It’s like a choice of being hit by a freight train, or by a bus”

https://twitter.com/Doozy_45/status/1184461630517723136


https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/16/what-possible-brexit-scenarios-could-unfold-before-the-end-of-october


https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/health-and-care/press-release/royal-osteoporosis-society/107302/scotland-becomes-second


If you can bear to watch a man with no morals & no principles, here’s he is

https://twitter.com/itvnews/status/1184424295327502337


Shame there is no comment space

https://www.centreonconstitutionalchange.ac.uk/news-and-opinion/deal-or-no-deal-uk-government-needs-new-strategy-union


https://www.politico.eu/article/leo-varadkar-possibility-of-another-eu-summit-on-brexit-this-month/


Tory DWP chief in furious row as she denies cuts are plunging kids into poverty  http://archive.fo/Q8eYc


UK border risks snarl up in no-deal Brexit – audit officehttp://archive.fo/dqc93


https://scramnews.com/mps-will-not-have-say-post-brexit-trade-deals-liz-truss/


https://ansionnachfionn.com/2019/10/15/dup-allegedly-met-with-loyalists-week-before-brexit-terror-threats/


http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/10/16/news/dup-defends-arlene-foster-s-astonishing-meetings-with-senior-loyalists-1739844/


https://www.channel4.com/news/new-ira-says-border-infrastructure-would-be-legitimate-target-for-attack


https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/104670/one-in-three-uk-automotive-businesses-cutting-jobs-ahead-of-brexit


https://www.supplychaindive.com/news/uk-preps-brexit-as-deadline-approaches/565086/


So what is the rather important VAT issue as it applies to Brexit & Irish border  https://twitter.com/faisalislam/status/1184519452609667072


We believe the Government’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement is contrary to section 55 of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018https://twitter.com/JolyonMaugham/status/1184530270478913538


https://bylinetimes.com/2019/10/16/brexit-chaos-has-cost-uk-science-a-billion-euros-in-funding/


https://www.politico.eu/article/dont-help-boris-johnson-put-lipstick-on-his-brexit-pig/


Sales of whitewash going through the roof

MPs press minister over Jennifer Arcuri investigation 

 http://archive.fo/Mwrw5


 

Meet the top cop who wants to police your pronouns

http://archive.fo/wUhPM


Trump says Johnson asked him to set up meeting with Harry Dunn family

http://archive.fo/ocJJG


 

Wednesday 16th October 2019

COMMENTS

 

 

10:30 UPDATE

This is very infantile & wholly in breach of assurances Johnson gave the Court of Session.

https://twitter.com/joannaccherry/status/1184180609687703553


Blame labour   https://archive.is/Obv6A


https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/dup-says-gaps-remain-on-brexit-deal-after-downing-street-talks-1.4051060


Brexit: still anybody’s guess   http://eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=87393


https://bylinetimes.com/2019/10/15/boris-johnson-backtracks-over-pledges-on-pensions-scandal-and-social-care/


https://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/the-truth-about-immunity-in-the-sacoolas-case-over-harry-dunns-death/


No-deal Brexit could mean freight delays and more fraud, says NAO   http://archive.fo/wxfv3


How come no UK journalists have bothered to dig this out:

https://twitter.com/ThomasPride/status/1184193978947833856


https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/the-rights-new-jerusalem/


https://badboysofbrexit.com/2018/01/16/richard-tice/


 

GOOD MORNING

https://www.gov.scot/news/fewer-deaths-in-winter-2018-19/


https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/the-fundamentals/comment-page-1/#comment-89574


https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/10/15/does-the-snp-need-a-non-binary-leader-as-last-5-indy-polls-now-stuck-on-average-49-6666-for-yes/


Brexit brings ‘catastrophic’ £34m bill for Scotland’s fishing sector http://archive.fo/1Rrsn


http://ruthwishart.scot/blog/london-calling-and-getting-it-wrong


https://www.barrheadboy.com/sick-leave/


https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201910151077050195-what-the-queen-should-have-said-boris-you-are-a-lying-clown/


https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/10/weep-for-catalonia-weep-for-liberalism-in-europe/


https://www.holyrood.com/inside-politics/view,with-a-cherry-on-top-exclusive-interview-with-joanna-cherry_14544.htm


In no particular order, here’s all the ways the Brits have violated the Good Friday Agreement: – refusing to recognise Irish citizenship of Irish citizens in North (as confirmed today) – forming a supply and demand arrangement with DUP, thereby negating duty to remain neutral

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1183732155345756161.html


Conservative Party election leaflets suggest Brexit delay  http://archive.fo/FxJxf


There has been a 10% rise in hate crimes recorded by police in England and Wales.

http://archive.fo/ydIgY


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar just now in Dublin: (is he putting distance between himself and the Thorntan Manor deal?)

https://twitter.com/tconnellyRTE/status/1184129858454151169


https://www.icj.org/spain-conviction-of-catalonian-leaders-violates-human-rights/


Brexit Britain

Family terrified after car is destroyed in despicable racist attack  http://archive.fo/laVjw


Revealed: Cameron and May lobbied Bahrain royals for Tory donor’s oil firm

http://archive.fo/qAAEF


https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2019/10/15/is-the-good-friday-agreement-to-be-updated-by-a-bad-tuesday-deal/


https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/home-affairs/law/house/house-magazine/107288/lord-falconer-%E2%80%9C-rule-law-joke-tory-mps%E2%80%9D


https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/victor-gregg-100-year-old-veteran-on-bbc-breakfast-brexit-1-6323356


https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/politics/hedge-funds-profit-from-disaster-could-their-undue-political-influence-be-helping-to-spread-it/14/10/


https://www.mintpressnews.com/scrubbed-reports-reveal-new-secrets-of-the-prince-andrew-jeffrey-epstein-relationship/262330/


 

Tuesday 15th October 2019

COMMENTS

 

 

GOOD MORNING

https://www.gov.scot/news/settled-status-advice-for-eu-citizens/


https://www.snp.org/queens-speech-what-you-need-to-know/


Disrespectful to Scotland yet again  watch

https://twitter.com/HMRadioUK/status/1183764320955654144


In just one sentence, @joannaccherry exposes and eviscerates the Tory Queen’s Speech for the pure electioneering that it is.

https://twitter.com/theSNP/status/1183711594125103106


Scotland can’t afford independence? Scotland can’t afford to stay in the UK

https://twitter.com/PhantomPower14/status/1183658324404985856


https://newsnet.scot/news-analysis/johnson-set-to-push-uk-and-union-off-the-cliff/


https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/the-murder-of-catalan-democracy/


https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/an-independent-scotland-in-europe-brexit-snp-conference-nicola-sturgeon


https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/10/14/reporting-scotland-down-down-deeper-and-down/


Glasgow equal pay women shocked by legal fees on payouts   http://archive.is/RzdVB


https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/10/the-foreign-office-must-be-challenged-over-sacoolas-immunity/


Well done

https://twitter.com/CatalansForYes/status/1183814256816508929

https://twitter.com/NiemandsKnegt/status/1183821930329264128


Whether or not  Swinson is the slimiest politician,  she is without doubt a Tory.

https://twitter.com/HelenArmet/status/1183697946539364352


https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/brexit-hopes-of-deal-by-deadline-fade-as-dup-opposition-hardens-1.4049357


https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/the-government-owes-more-than-£15bn-to-sick-and-disabled-benefits-claimants-due-to-blunder/


Turkey-Syria offensive: Kurds reach deal with Syrian armyhttp://archive.fo/7kSkh


Benefits system automation could plunge claimants deeper into poverty

http://archive.fo/nkn9l


https://www.businessinsider.in/politics/news/boris-johnsons-relationship-with-the-queen-hits-rock-bottom-as-he-is-accused-of-forcing-her-to-deliver-a-party-political-broadcast-for-the-conservative-party/articleshow/71577366.cms


https://www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/news/brexit-ferries-reboot-government-signs-%C2%A387m-contracts-transport-medicines


https://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/the-key-sticking-points-in-johnson-s-brexit-customs-plan-1.4049803


Emma DeSouza case: Tribunal rules that people born in Northern Ireland are automatically British   http://archive.fo/VGjim


https://www.centreonconstitutionalchange.ac.uk/news-and-opinion/brexit-briefing-changing-succession-clarifying-moments-big-brexit-players


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-deal-boris-johnson-eu-summit-leave-latest-a9155716.html


Government dodges ‘full fibre for all by 2025’ pledgehttp://archive.fo/mVZn1


Irish govt response on outcome of Home Office appeal against @EmmandJDeSouza case says Tanaiste Simon Coveney will raise issue of citizenship and identity provisions with NI Secretary when they next meet   https://twitter.com/BBCJayneMcC/status/1183760580013940736


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/uk-turkey-arms-sales-syria-kurds-germany-france-netherlands-eu-embargo-a9155536.html


Johnson’s launches the first mythical Queen’s Speech   http://archive.fo/i1BQN


Spain’s imprisonment of Catalan leaders is a desperate move that will backfire

http://archive.fo/qwYu0


https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/james-obrien/james-obrien-immediate-reaction-queens-speech/


https://english.vilaweb.cat/noticies/massive-protests-in-catalonia-against-referendum-trial-verdict/


https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/465650-ex-trump-aide-to-tell-congress-she-objected-to-ukrainian-ambassadors


 

Monday 14th October 2019

COMMENTS

 

 

0700

NB my Editor is  away at conference so updates will appear in comments section thru the day. 

 

Repeating some of the links from the comments section posted on Friday for anyone who missed them.  

https://www.gov.scot/news/strengthening-scotlands-creative-industries/


https://www.barrheadboy.com/cutting-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face/


 

Brexit Countdown?  https://www.scer.scot/database/ident-11902


https://macalbasite.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/gers-exposed-you-really-should-read-this/


https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/10/13/nell-magoo-why-edinburghs-councillor-lezley-cameron-shames-the-city-the-tories-and-the-no-movement/


Readout following this weekend’s #Brexit technical talks:

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/statement_19_6073


Chris Giles is the economic editor for the FT  says
if we’re moving towards a fudged NI backstop Brexit deal with a standard UK free trade agreement, thread on the economic effects

tl:dr Johnson’s is a much HARDER Brexit than May’s

– UK government thinks this will end up making us ALL £2,250 A YEAR POORER
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1182595006382645249.html


Here’s the latest on the Brexit negotiations:

https://twitter.com/tconnellyRTE/status/1183450493248364545


EU sources downplay prospects of breakthrough in Brexit talks

https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/1013/1083091-brexit-ireland/


https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/boris-johnson-warns-city-hall-against-questioning-relationship-with-jennifer-arcuri_uk_5da04097e4b02c9da048550c


https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/brexit/brexit-advertising-campaign-chris-leslie-boris-johnson-637553


1/ A few clips from this week’s @CommonsHomeAffs with Dr Anna Jerzewska & Sam Lowe. ‘On customs *Johnson’s proposals* we are accepting there is going to be a border *between NI-IRE* and there are going to be checks.’ @SamLowe muses on the appropriateness of this approach.

https://twitter.com/mpc_1968/status/1183464590623023104


https://web.archive.org/web/20191013213441/https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/brexit-loyalists-plan-action-if-boris-johnson-shafts-northern-ireland-38589092.html


As we wait for white smoke to rise in Brussels, there’s lots in the Sunday papers to mull over…starting with this nugget from @ShippersUnbound about how Northern Irish security fears pushed @BorisJohnson into pinning his ears back and going for a deal…

Thread https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1183274674584772613.html


https://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2019/10/12/news/dup_s_nigel_dodds_rejects_double_customs_brexit_solution_it_cannot_work_-238366257/


The economic impact of Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposals: UK out of customs union, plus at most a minimal “Canada-minus” FTA, means GDP hit of up to 7%, and fiscal cost of up to £50 billion. Our new report, out now:

https://ukandeu.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/The-economic-impact-of-Boris-Johnsons-Brexit-proposals.pdf


If the House of Commons were to approve a withdrawal agreement on 19 October, and there was no extension, we would have No Deal on 31 October. Here’s why. THREAD.

https://twitter.com/JolyonMaugham/status/1183269547308179456


https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/revealed-farages-brexit-party-chairman-facing-questions-over-offshore-tax-haven-links/


https://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/another-brexit-blow-as-britains-global-data-hub-is-exposed/


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-torture-cover-up-international-law-us-rendition-a9139671.html


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/13/world/middleeast/syria-turkey-invasion-isis.html


 

https://pressgazette.co.uk/media-experts-dub-british-journalists-useful-idiots-who-are-being-played-on-brexit/


https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2019-10-11/conflict-of-interest-questions-over-dominic-cummings-job-at-health-tech-firm-babylon


https://chrisgreybrexitblog.blogspot.com/2019/10/if-theres-pathway-it-leads-to-dead-end.html


Dr Jennifer Cassidy confronts Richard Tice

https://twitter.com/OxfordDiplomat/status/1182601437928443904


Article from July   In British PM Race, a Former Russian Tycoon Quietly Wields Influence

http://archive.fo/630Ct


https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexwickham/downing-street-is-split-as-senior-boris-johnsons-allies


The second ERG amendment made it unlawful for Northern Ireland to enter a separate customs territory from UK. Boris Johnson will have to find a Commons majority to repeal/amend the trade bill if his new Brexit plan is going to fly.

https://twitter.com/SebastianEPayne/status/1182654816507564032


https://voxpoliticalonline.com/2019/10/11/dying-man-told-get-a-job-as-dwp-denies-him-any-benefits/


From ‘Help!’ to Imagine in the Brexit process.

https://www.rte.ie/news/brexit/2019/1011/1082687-from-help-to-imagine-in-the-brexit-process/


Week in Review: Govt’s Oct 31st campaign the pinnacle of Brexit weirdness

http://archive.fo/iNyfE


“The idea that Brexit is an anti-elite project is a nonsense.”

Video   https://twitter.com/cirian75/status/1182719401042337793


Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal would make people worse off than Theresa May’s

http://archive.fo/Ja0L6


https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2019/10/11/hmrc-plan-to-suspend-the-rule-of-law-in-the-event-of-brexit/


On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to former alleged MI6 spy in Al-Qaeda Aimen Dean about the Turkish invasion of Northern Syria controlled by Kurdish groups………….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il9z1cctTaI&t=1s


Boris Johnson accused of using Queen’s Speech to rig result of next electionhttp://archive.fo/XzbOB


 

https://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/campaigns/upgrading-our-democracy/voter-id/


https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/uk-government-under-fire-electoral-commission-democracy-failings


Not for publication: A letter from the Rt Horrible Boris Johnson MP:

https://twitter.com/ciabaudo/status/1182663228402405377


GIULIANI’S UKRAINE GOONS, LEV PARNAS AND IGOR FRUMAN, ARRESTED TRYING TO FLEE THE U.S.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/rudy-giuliani-lev-parnas-igor-fruman


https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/10/10/kurds-syrian-democratic-forces-us-donald-trump/


Warning – distressing to watch  

https://twitter.com/RobertDeNiroUS/status/1183062814308687882


EXCLUSIVE: TURKEY ATTACKS US SPECIAL FORCES IN SYRIA, APPARENTLY BY MISTAKE

https://www.newsweek.com/us-troops-syria-turkey-1464727

 

Friday 11th October 2019

COMMENTS

 

 

 

1010 UPDATE

According to the Telegraph Northern Ireland costs the UK taxpayer more than being in the EU (forget that being in the EU is a big earner for business & tax revenue) BUT v interesting development.   https://twitter.com/AngusMacNeilSNP/status/1182446131760058368


https://www.holyrood.com/news/view,boris-johnson-plans-to-send-second-letter-to-eu-cancelling-request-for-brex_14533.htm


R/T Feorlean: . michaelgove is desperately trying to deflect attention from this :   https://twitter.com/GovanSnp/status/1182552025399222273


https://ukandeu.ac.uk/brexit-and-mental-health


https://fedtrust.co.uk/johnson-and-corbyn-two-peas-from-the-same-pod/


Pensions tax relief set to cost government almost £40bn. HMRC statistics show rising cost of subsidies, with higher-rate taxpayers claiming most.

http://archive.fo/dHb7h


https://skwawkbox.org/2019/10/10/breaking-absolute-mayhem-at-barking-agm-member-threatens-to-call-police-on-hodge/


So quick thoughts on @BorisJohnson @LeoVaradkar pow-wow and what we know/don’t know. /1 Thread

https://twitter.com/pmdfoster/status/1182410953918427137


Brexit: a pathway to a possible deal?    http://eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=87389


NEW: Key manufacturers warn “serious risk” in new Johnson Brexit deal plan, after Govt fails to reassure still seeks participation in EU agencies EASA, ECHA, EMA…Thread https://twitter.com/faisalislam/status/1182542548696477696


Johnson fails spectacularly to sneak in and out of Merseyside  http://archive.fo/TcYtj


https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/brexit/brexit-news-latest-stephen-barclay-set-for-crunch-talks-in-brussels-after-hopes-of-securing-deal-revived/


Here’s video of Trump attending the grand opening of Trump Tower in Turkey. Ivanka even thanked Erdogan on Twitter for this deal. Gonna say it loud and cleaR

 

0700  GOOD MORNING 

Bidder announced for broadband roll out.  https://www.gov.scot/news/r100-progress/


Apologies for direct link but there is a video   Nicola Sturgeon: ‘No shortcut route to Scottish independence’

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-50002776


and re the bbc article Angus McNeil says

https://twitter.com/AngusMacNeilSNP/status/1182347451434508289


Standard Life Aberdeen to axe hundreds of Scottish jobs just days before Christmas  http://archive.fo/lRv6z


UK Brexit plan not shown to Scottish Govthttp://archive.fo/qxfvn


https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/10/10/should-scotland-follow-nigeria-to-recover-billions-in-lost-oil-revenues/


https://peterabell.scot/2019/10/09/jackal-journalism/


https://randompublicjournal.com/2019/10/09/a-woman-with-good-shoes/


Backlash as BBC announces Julia Hartley-Brewer on Question Time panel   http://archive.fo/hFNGp


https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/the-clean-break/comment-page-1/#comment-89311


The PM has granted the opposition access talks with the civil service. This is significant. They only happen when an election is looming – an indication No.10 think next two weeks will bring them the election they are pushing for?

Explanation here

https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/access-talks-civil-service


https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/james-obrien/james-obrien-corrects-brexiters-claims-one-by-one/


Disgusted by this, will we in Scotland stand by and watch while our friends and neighbours are thrown out of Scotland by a foreign government.

EU nationals lacking settled status could be deported, minister says   http://archive.fo/RHWZM


“The feeling we all got was that he didn’t know his arse from his elbow…it was a catastrophically bad meeting.” Raad Seiger, the lawyer acting as an advisor to Harry Dunn’s family commenting on their meeting with @DominicRaab yesterday.

https://twitter.com/VictoriaLIVE/status/1182229403540967426


Brexit deal possible by October 31 deadline following meeting with Johnson – Taoiseach  https://www.rte.ie/news/brexit-countdown/2019/1010/1082249-varadkar-johnson/


https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/brexit-varadkar-sees-pathway-to-an-agreement-in-coming-weeks-1.4046312


https://www.thearticle.com/the-backstop-is-good-for-britain-and-northern-ireland-it-should-be-celebrated


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-10/u-k-economy-set-to-avoid-imminent-recession-despite-poor-august


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-immigration-migration-uk-economy-risk-ippr-report-a9150941.html


https://davidhencke.com/2019/10/10/on-byline-times-backto60-group-to-seek-permission-to-appeal-judicial-review-blocking-compensation-for-50swomen-pensions/


Ex-MI6 chief criticises threat to withdraw security cooperation with EU    http://archive.fo/3ngA3


https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-would-food-be-cheaper-in-a-no-deal-brexit


Nissan Europe ‘unsustainable’ in no-deal Brexithttp://archive.fo/AaKhD


https://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2019/10/10/govt-no-deal-announcement-cuts-vital-services-for-refugees


https://www.buzzfeed.com/albertonardelli/amber-rudd-philip-hammond-david-gauke-new-party


MOD Denies British Personnel Will Be ‘Forced’ Into Joining EU Army    https://www.forces.net/news/mod-denies-british-personnel-will-be-forced-joining-eu-army


https://villagemagazine.ie/index.php/2019/09/the-prince-the-pauper-and-the-paedophile-peer/


https://thehill.com/policy/defense/465143-us-soldier-in-syria-i-am-ashamed-for-the-first-time-in-my-career


‘Our enemies are not in the poorest countries on the planet, but right here in the richest one’

https://twitter.com/IntheNow_tweet/status/1176143899120865280


 

Thursday 10th October 2019

COMMENTS

 

 

10:0 UPDATE 

https://nyebevannews.co.uk/german-state-pension-26000-french-state-pension-15811-british-state-pension-7488/


England be ashamed!

https://twitter.com/mattuthompson/status/1181927672030679040

https://twitter.com/5_News/status/1181572815381843975


Fiasco: the inside story of the Brexit talks

http://archive.fo/922GK


Brexit backstop showdown as Johnson and Varadkar set for ‘last chance’ summit

http://archive.fo/uvr20


Brexit’s legacy for England will be politics as sectarian as Northern Ireland’s

http://archive.fo/s93XX


https://www.farminguk.com/news/egg-industry-slams-government-plans-to-remove-tariffs_54105.html


Brexit: marching inexorably to a no-deal


http://eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=87388


Here’s the Government’s Brexit “No deal readiness report”. It runs to 155 pages. It is a peculiar mix of jolly pro-Brexit cheerleading and hair-raising warnings about everything that’s about to hit us with the force of a charging rhino.

https://twitter.com/uk_domain_names/status/1182195037037322240


http://theconversation.com/british-people-hardly-ever-thought-about-the-eu-before-brexit-now-it-dominates-their-lives-123784


https://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2019/10/09/jeff-king-the-prime-ministers-constitutional-options-after-the-benn-act-part-i/


Hunt has sent this letter to EU foreign minister (ht @bbclaurak). First, am sure it wasn’t the intention, but it comes across as the ‘dear Europeans, let me explain things to you because Britain knows best’ that so annoys many member states (beyond Brexit)

https://twitter.com/AlbertoNardelli/status/1182193024371179520


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-harry-dunn-anne-sacoolas-car-crash-us-diplomat-uk-a9149746.html


 

 

0700 GOOD MORNING

https://www.gov.scot/news/no-deal-brexit-preparations-published/


Scotland’s future must be in Scotland’s hands and not Boris Johnson’s. Deidre Brock speaks with people across Edinburgh on why it’s clear that only with an independent Scotland in Europe can we secure a more prosperous future, video

https://twitter.com/theSNP/status/1181948450587467776


Find out how communities across Scotland may be affected by #Brexit with Scotgov’s interactive map. The map can be used to help local authorities and other organisations prepare for Brexit.

http://scotgov.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/35590be803944353a244cccd0d8f78e0


https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/10/09/scotlands-pumped-storage-hydro-capacity-ready-for-export-to-rump-uk/


Richard Murphy Tax Research UK joins Norrie Hunter  in the IndyLive Radio Studio to talk GERS, UK Spending in Scotland and the potential of Scotland to be the ‘New Saudi Arabia’ and A Green New Deal

https://indylive.radio/podcast/richard-murphy-gers-and-a-green-new-deal/


https://www.barrheadboy.com/pants-and-patriots/


https://goodlawproject.org/nobile-officium-cases-way-forward/


https://bylinetimes.com/2019/10/08/court-asked-to-take-eu-brexit-extension-into-its-own-hands-to-keep-in-check-boris-johnsons-trumpian-tactics/


Brexit: Special sitting for MPs to decide UK’s future. Or more likely England will decide for everyone  http://archive.fo/FXxPX


Candidates battle it out to replace Commons Speaker Bercow   http://archive.fo/3aokA


http://supplychainnews.ie/international-logistics-expert-says-prime-ministers-backstop-package-was-never-likely-to-be-agreed-by-eu/


StevenPeers responds to decision by the Court of Session   https://twitter.com/EssexLawSchool/status/1181964418483183619


https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/james-obrien/caller-portugal-wants-brexit-stop-freedom-movement/


No-deal Brexit: Julian Smith among ministers on ‘resignation watch’  http://archive.fo/KYaNI


https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/brexit/john-bercow-takes-aim-at-brexiteers-in-bias-row-its-bad-form-to-blame-the-referee/


Boris tells lies   https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/boris-johnson-vows-election-manifesto-will-not-be-explicitly-no-deal-1.4045172


https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2019/10/08/as-he-plunges-the-country-into-chaos-boris-johnson-thinks-the-royals-need-a-new-yacht/


Is there about to be a breakthrough in the Brexit talks?   https://twitter.com/tconnellyRTE/status/1181900590290554880


https://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/leaked-govt-paper-warns-of-the-dangers-of-a-us-uk-trade-deal-as-ttip-in-eu-re-emerges/


“Disgusted and let down”   Harry Dunn’s mother describes her meeting with the foreign secretary as “a publicity stunt”.

https://twitter.com/SkyNews/status/1182015373446565889


Scroll down for archived article   Is Brexit making Britain a bargain for foreign investors?     http://archive.fo/MU2Li


Boris Johnson asks for his ‘insufficient’ reply to Jennifer Arcuri claims to be kept secret  http://archive.fo/icS56


https://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2019/10/09/a-liberal-approach-to-extremism-is-taking-shape-but-will-the


https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/trump-s-betrayal-of-kurds-fits-long-history-of-western-duplicity-1.4045344


 

Wednesday 9th October 2019

COMMENTS

 

1000  UPDATE

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/10/jonathan-sacoolas-is-not-and-has-never-been-a-diplomat/


You may have your own opinion on how much Eva Bolander, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, spent on clothes but the guidance for Councillors’ Remuneration, Allowances & Expenses thinks £5,000 pa is reasonable for a Lord Provost of Glasgow. She spent £4,000 pa

https://twitter.com/Innealadair/status/1181684723829084165


Lord Provost spends £8000 over 2 years (spending only 80% of her pre-set and approved budget) @MonicaLennon7 spaffs £25,000 in ONE year on dining experiences, fancy hotels (she lives 30 mins away from Holyrood) and trips to opulent bars.

https://twitter.com/IndependenceFo2/status/1181722616698195968

https://www.businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-access-to-state-secrets-was-restricted-when-he-was-foreign-secretary-2019-7


Pound slumps against euro and dollar as Brexit chaos bites

http://archive.fo/UTV9b


Can the Queen sack Johnson?

https://twitter.com/davidallengreen/status/1181698275134595072


Brexit: the day the deal died

http://eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=87387


Johnson faces fresh Tory rebellion over prospect of no-deal Brexit

https://www.rte.ie/news/brexit/2019/1009/1082001-brexit/


https://betweenthelinesnews.co.uk/2019/10/09/coming-home-to-roost/


Brexit is a necessary crisis – it reveals Britain’s true place in the world

http://archive.fo/QGvJz


 

 

 

0700 GOOD MORNING

Starting with a crowdfunder link this morning. The folks at Phantom power do a great job, donate if you are able to.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/future-scotland


https://www.gov.scot/news/japanese-firm-sets-sights-on-scotland/


First Minister @NicolaSturgeon officially opened the £14.7 million Inverurie Health and Care Hub today.

https://twitter.com/scotgov/status/1181200478706835456


Speaking outside of the Court of Session in Edinburgh, @JolyonMaugham says that if Boris Johnson does not comply with the law, the UK faces a “genuine constitutional crisis”

https://twitter.com/LewisMcKenzie94/status/1181571317130289152


Tommy Sheppard confronts Gove

“I don’t know why we keep getting documents on preparing for a no deal #Brexit when to do so without the support of the House will be illegal”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ag2U3zj0WI&feature=youtu.be


https://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/uk-government-in-refugee-funding-u-turn


https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/10/08/all-of-scotlands-population-growth-is-projected-to-come-from-migration/


Peter Grant raises a point of order about Michael Gove’s description of SNP as “sectarian” for a second time from the dispatch box. “I wasn’t here, so I dunno mate”, responds Lindsay Hoyle.

video

https://twitter.com/RobDunsmore/status/1181600787316838405


UK fishing exports could be halted within 48 hours of no deal   http://archive.fo/A1OfZ


Trump firm ‘refusing to pay’ legal bill for windfarm case   http://archive.fo/Vneii


 

Dierdre Brock says  “Just out of a committee where the Tory Minister said that the Tory manifesto commitment to continue financial support to farmers and fishing fleets only lasts until the next general election…   https://twitter.com/DeidreBrock/status/1181572479569072128


European Parliament president David Sassoli is briefing reporters after meeting Boris Johnson. He says talks were so frank he “felt like I was in a TV talk show”. Don’t think that’s entirely good.

Sassoli says Johnson told him the UK will leave on 31 Oct and will not seek an extension. Sassoli says Johnson’s plans as they stand “are not an actual proposal”. Nothing is definite, “everything is left to the future”.

https://twitter.com/peterwalker99/status/1181629866535538689


Prescribed Zantac heartburn medicine recall in UK   http://archive.fo/a6tBO


“Issuing threats to member states isn’t the way a responsible govt should be acting at a time when we need to be stopping a no-deal”

video

https://twitter.com/Doozy_45/status/1181492805811802112


No 10 memo threatening EU states over Brexit extension ‘is shaming’      http://archive.fo/SzmvZ


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/uk-economy-brexit-boris-johnson-institute-fiscal-studies-growth-exports-a9146386.html


Here’s a quick take on the Johnson-Merkel call:   https://twitter.com/tconnellyRTE/status/1181516491981803520


https://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2019/10/08/following-the-game-plan-merkel-call-latest-am-dram-pantomime


https://www.thejournal.ie/uk-parliament-prorogued-4843031-Oct2019/


Keir Starmer spells out the reality of what Johnson is up to – everyone knows Vote Leave conned the country – they’re doing it again…

video

https://twitter.com/brexit_sham/status/1181539468362342402


Top scientists accuse Boris Johnson of sacrificing the UK’s research reputation – and billions of pounds in EU grants

http://archive.fo/5Gpfa


It’s significant that the phone call happened particularly after such a dark day when it comes to #Brexit negotiations says @RTENewsPaulC of this evening’s conversation between @LeoVaradkar and @BorisJohnson

Video and link to article here   https://twitter.com/rtenews/status/1181628852931571714


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-k-presses-return-u-s-diplomat-s-wife-after-n1063146


If no deal Brexit is really what Leavers wanted all along, why are they now desperately trying to blame it on the European Union, asks James O’Brien.

video  https://twitter.com/LBC/status/1181569897278648320


https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/08/the-port-of-antwerp-readies-for-a-hard-brexit


For goodness sake!   https://twitter.com/TomWills/status/1181528753400401920


Boris Johnson and the Russian Mountain: a two minute film which sets out why MI6 was worried about a security risk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=023nN-tvADs&feature=youtu.be


A grown up speaks and owns the frothing faragist and far right lick spittle Michael Gove.   https://twitter.com/g_gosden/status/1181575153928560640


https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2019/10/08/as-he-plunges-the-country-into-chaos-boris-johnson-thinks-the-royals-need-a-new-yacht/


Before the shit hits the fan, better get stockpiling!   https://www.thejournal.ie/toilet-paper-no-deal-brexit-4843139-Oct2019/


The Latest: EU Parliament’s Brexit chief slams no-deal aim   https://firenewsfeed.com/finance/75608


The Irish border is a matter of life and death, not technology   Fintan O’Toole  http://archive.fo/VDuNQ


https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/dominic-cummings-memo-reveals-contradictory-brexit-policy-with-demented-overtones-1.4044150


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-no-deal-latest-businesses-customs-forms-hmrc-a9147866.html


“No-deal #Brexit will result in no growth at all in the economy for years. It will hit public finances hard, and see a return to austerity”

https://twitter.com/Doozy_45/status/1181483675533352961


 

Tuesday 8th October 2019

COMMENTS

 

 

1015 UPDATE

It’s #NobOff day!

https://twitter.com/GrayInGlasgow/status/1181488284175863810


Expected agenda for the Inner House hearing today. We begin at 9.30 am with an application for an urgent disposal of our appeal against yesterday’s Outer House decision. Then we will have a hearing of our Nobile Officium petition (our Note of Argument

https://twitter.com/JolyonMaugham/status/1181423314989916160


Boris Johnson urged to stop Donald Trump imposing tariffs on Scotch whisky

http://archive.fo/ToWpt


How Number 10 view the state of the negotiations   http://archive.fo/Gkkvh


https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/few-at-westminster-expect-deal-to-emerge-in-time-for-next-week-s-eu-summit-1.4043112


Boris Johnson faces court challenge over no-deal Brexit from low-paid workers

http://archive.fo/OEBG5


Brexit, a study in politics v law

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1181456550482923520.html


Brexit: confusion

http://eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=87386


Pat Finucane: Security service wiped hard drives  http://archive.fo/2ASLT


https://davidallengreen.com/2019/10/boris-johnson-has-surrendered-to-the-surrender-act/


A short thread on @JGForsyth exlposive(ly) transparent memo from the Cummings wing of Downing Street – and what it reveals about dynamics as we limp to Failure Friday /thread.

https://twitter.com/pmdfoster/status/1181485601511608320


 

 

0700 Good Morning

https://www.gov.scot/news/transforming-healthcare-in-aberdeenshire/


“We’re not happy about accepting the prime minister’s word.”

video

https://twitter.com/SkyNewsPolitics/status/1181237919664746496


https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2019/10/07/bbc-scotlands-sickening-proxy-war-against-the-snp-using-the-vulnerable-as-cannon-fodder/


https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/the-mattress-fire-of-british-politics/


https://bylinetimes.com/2019/10/07/he-must-comply-court-assured-that-boris-johnson-will-ask-eu-for-brexit-extension-if-no-deal-reached/


https://zelo-street.blogspot.com/2019/10/bozo-scottish-court-victory-isnt.html


https://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2019/10/07/the-missing-millions-young-people-and-private-renters-left-o


https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/brexit-eu-no-deal-stockpiling-economy-latest-a9142926.html


Expert quits Home Office drug panel over ‘political vetting’   http://archive.fo/AlgyJ


She is a Tory

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/jon-trickett-jo-swinson-anti-corbyn-stance-designed-win-over-tory-voters-no-deal-brexit-644763


https://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/political-abuse-of-privacy-and-manipulation-of-voter-outcomes-continues-unhindered/


Unable to archive

Quoting mysterious, unnamed senior sources allows Johnson to look statesmanlike while Dominic Cummings engages in dodgier threats and sabre-rattling, writes Jill Rutter.

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dominic-cummings-boris-johnson_uk_5d9a29e0e4b0fc935edbfa0f


https://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/blog/scrutiny-of-statutory-instruments-in-the-spotlight-following-supreme-court


@StevePeers unpacks today’s #Brexit judgment from the @SCTScourtstribs Court of Session and looks at what might follow, in the Inner House hearing tomorrow and beyond

https://twitter.com/EssexLawSchool/status/1181263090140270597


The Go Home Office: how the department of Windrush could harm EU nationals next   http://archive.fo/lFN6W


Northern Ireland Remain parties sign joint letter rejecting Johnson’s Brexit proposals   http://archive.fo/0SPEN


The #DUP‘s Jeffrey Donaldson being taken to task on BBC’s The View  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBfZQIr-mPY&feature=youtu.be


Revealed: the EU’s point-by-point rejection of Johnson’s Brexit plan   http://archive.fo/EsMGO


AP sources: Trump allies sought changes at Ukraine utility   https://apnews.com/d7440cffba4940f5b85cd3dfa3500fb2