Friday 11th October 2019






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.,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 :

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

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

Brexit: a pathway to a possible deal?

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

Johnson fails spectacularly to sneak in and out of Merseyside

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



Bidder announced for broadband roll out.

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

and re the bbc article Angus McNeil says

Standard Life Aberdeen to axe hundreds of Scottish jobs just days before Christmas

UK Brexit plan not shown to Scottish Govt

Backlash as BBC announces Julia Hartley-Brewer on Question Time panel

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

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

“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.

Brexit deal possible by October 31 deadline following meeting with Johnson – Taoiseach

Ex-MI6 chief criticises threat to withdraw security cooperation with EU

Nissan Europe ‘unsustainable’ in no-deal Brexit

MOD Denies British Personnel Will Be ‘Forced’ Into Joining EU Army

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


Thursday 10th October 2019





England be ashamed!

Fiasco: the inside story of the Brexit talks

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

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

Brexit: marching inexorably to a no-deal

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.

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)




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

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.

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

Brexit: Special sitting for MPs to decide UK’s future. Or more likely England will decide for everyone

Candidates battle it out to replace Commons Speaker Bercow

StevenPeers responds to decision by the Court of Session

No-deal Brexit: Julian Smith among ministers on ‘resignation watch’

Boris tells lies

Is there about to be a breakthrough in the Brexit talks?

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

Scroll down for archived article   Is Brexit making Britain a bargain for foreign investors?

Boris Johnson asks for his ‘insufficient’ reply to Jennifer Arcuri claims to be kept secret


Wednesday 9th October 2019



1000  UPDATE

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

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.

Pound slumps against euro and dollar as Brexit chaos bites

Can the Queen sack Johnson?

Brexit: the day the deal died

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

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





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

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

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”

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”

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.


UK fishing exports could be halted within 48 hours of no deal

Trump firm ‘refusing to pay’ legal bill for windfarm case


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…

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”.

Prescribed Zantac heartburn medicine recall in UK

“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”


No 10 memo threatening EU states over Brexit extension ‘is shaming’

Here’s a quick take on the Johnson-Merkel call:

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


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

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

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.


For goodness sake!

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

A grown up speaks and owns the frothing faragist and far right lick spittle Michael Gove.

Before the shit hits the fan, better get stockpiling!

The Latest: EU Parliament’s Brexit chief slams no-deal aim

The Irish border is a matter of life and death, not technology   Fintan O’Toole

“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”


Tuesday 8th October 2019





It’s #NobOff day!

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

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

How Number 10 view the state of the negotiations

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

Brexit, a study in politics v law

Brexit: confusion

Pat Finucane: Security service wiped hard drives

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.



0700 Good Morning

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


Expert quits Home Office drug panel over ‘political vetting’

She is a Tory

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

@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

The Go Home Office: how the department of Windrush could harm EU nationals next

Northern Ireland Remain parties sign joint letter rejecting Johnson’s Brexit proposals

The #DUP‘s Jeffrey Donaldson being taken to task on BBC’s The View

Revealed: the EU’s point-by-point rejection of Johnson’s Brexit plan

AP sources: Trump allies sought changes at Ukraine utility


Monday 7th October 2019






Joanna Cherry speech on Saturday

A new monster from the deep

Steve Peers and others discuss the supreme court judgement

Brexit: the myth of seamless borders

‘It’s like a death sentence’: retired Britons in EU face loss of healthcare




Please sign

Excellent thread on media coverage of Saturday’s Indy march

On the Full Scottish this week, presenter Maggie Lennon is joined by guests Kirstein Rummery from the Women’s Equality Party and Scotland@7 presenter Kenny McBride.

Please sign

Official observers from OSCE ODIHR to monitor the next Scottish referendum.  

Queensferry Crossing named UK’s best infrastructure project

We need to do this

For an extension, two things must happen. First, the PM must request one (and he has said he will). Second, he must accept one if offered. We also (already) have contingency plans in place, which we will now develop, to enable an illegitimate, squatting Prime Minister to be removed from Number 10. No further detail will be provided at this stage. Be you ever so high, the law is above you.

Brussels bets on UK general election to resolve Brexit impasse

Dense. Thick. Ignorant.

There is, so far as I can see, still one, and only one, way through for the Government to 31 October. If they can cause an r27 to veto the extension the statements to the court are fine and the PM gets to deliver his promise. THREAD

Bonnie Greer on QT

and here’s an article by Ms Greer from February

When are people going to wake up and see what is going on? The US agriculture sector is one of the most powerful lobby groups in US and agriculture is highly subsidised. Farming will be the first episode of the Great British Sell-Off. Second episode: NHS.

Iink to independent article here

Hungary makes clear its overwhelming interest in Brexit is protecting the citizens’ rights package. As for a veto: “Mr. Szijjártó declared that he had read the rumours about this, but no such request has been made to the Hungarian government.”

US diplomat’s wife suspected of involvement in fatal road crash left UK

BREAKING: Attorney representing whistleblower who sounded the alarm on Pres. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine tells @ABC News he is now representing a second whistleblower who has first-hand knowledge of events.

Article from ABCnews here


Friday 4th October 2019





Here’s a primer on the Benn Act litigation which kicks off this morning with proceedings in the Outer House of the Court of Session in Edinburgh. You should read all the way to the last paragraph

So here’s @michaelgove standing next to Luftwaffe band on Day of German Unity, telling German audience that decision to leave EU on par with fall of Berlin Wall and East Germans’ quest for freedom. Shouts from audience: “Nonsense”

Boris Johnson asked for Jennifer Arcuri to be included on Tel Aviv trade trip, says former aide

‘Ireland owes this country nothing’ @Bonn1eGreer says Britain cannot ‘shaft’ Ireland if they want a post Brexit trade agreement with the US


Conservatives know Boris Johnson is a fraud. But he’s their fraud

Trump hails ‘nice victory’ on trade as EU whisky, wine makers left reeling



Jackson Carlaw’s hypocrisy being exposed at #FMQS

Labour ‘plans to hand powers over railway to Westminster’

Make sure you are registered to vote!!

HUNDREDS of thousands of Scots could miss out in a vote in the coming general election, according to an official report on gaps in the polling register.–lol/

Tanaiste @simoncoveney tells the Dáil that if this is the final Brexit proposal from Britain then there will be no deal.

Boulton actually being a reporter for once

Demagogues thrive by whipping up our fury. Here’s how to thwart them

Brexit: PSNI ‘won’t police custom checkpoints’, says chief constable

Can BJ’s plan produce a deal on Brexit? A thread. Summary: there won’t be a deal by 19.10 because the plan doesn’t work for the EU. And domestic politics won’t allow BJ to modify the plan in ways that would work for the EU. /1

Cute little grenade lobbed by Varadkar, on the possibility of the UK reversing its decision to exit the EU: “All the polls since Mr Johnson became PM suggest that’s what the British people actually want, but their political system is not able to give them that choice.”

Statement by the European Commission following President Jean-Claude Juncker’s phone call with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Brexit latest: Michel Barnier has told EU27 ambassadors it is “difficult” to see a deal emerging in the next ten days unless the British “fundamentally amend their position”.


Facebook can be ordered to remove posts worldwide

Tory activist kills herself after timing tweets to accuse Conservatives of sex assaults

Each single border crossing point mapped and, if you click on any one, it will tell its story during the troubles.


Thursday 3rd October 2019





FM says

Single malt Scotch whisky targeted by United States tariffs

Brexit minister @JamesDuddridge was supposed to give evidence about Article 50 Negotiations to the Scottish Parliament’s Europe Committee tomorrow. He pulled out giving less than 24 hours notice

The British government has gone rogue. By pulling out of EU-level meetings since September, @BorisJohnson is breaking the law and leaving the British people voiceless on important issues. I have requested that the #EU ask the UK government to resume these talks immediately.

Trump’s plans for major expansion of Turnberry resort rejected

A Leaked Tory Memo Ordered MPs To Call The EU “Crazy” If It Rejects Boris Johnson’s Brexit Proposals.

Lazy Boris Johnson shows he is the man for the small occasion

A Brexit and a ‘New Ireland’ – how safe is the Union?  – By Brian Rowan

Inside the Welsh NHS stockpile set up for no-deal Brexit




Thanks to @PasseyNick & @greeneking our adverts are being pulled from 15 pubs across Scotland. Apparently facts about Scotland are deemed “political”. We were very careful to ensure the adverts were informative & NOT political. I for one won’t be visiting a Greene King pub again

MINDLESS with ScotTories boss and best buddy of Boris Johnson – Jackson Carlaw OBE

It was Labour who blocked a public sector bid for our railways

Libdem Tory mp says  I would rather no-deal Brexit than Jeremy Corbyn as PM

Full clip of the Tory libdem

Johnson’s Brexit plan: No viability, no decency, no hope

Annotated/rebutted piece on Boris Johnson’s conference speech, highlighting lies, misrepresentation and unpleasant rhetoric.

Boris Johnson offered no assurances, only bluster and playing to the gallery. We are clear; the DUP will not have a veto over Brexit.

Brexit plan ‘disastrous betrayal’ of pledge to avoid hard Irish border–and-the-reaction-from-dublin-and-brussels-954540.html

PM’s Border Plan is unworkable and unpalatable.

A reminder of what Boris had to say before the referendum

Michael Dougan professor of European law says

First read through Johnson’s proposals for a “New Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland”. Here is a short thread with some initial reactions / thoughts…

The #Brexit Steering group at the @Europarl_EN is absolutely not postive about PM Johnson’s proposals. It doesn’t provide the necessary safeguards for Ireland. Full written statement tomorrow.


It’s not true to say a Brexit extension would cost 1 billion


Wednesday 2nd October 2019




0850  UPDATE

Today I asked the Chancellor a perfectly reasonable question about the severe economic damage that a no deal #Brexit would do to Scotland. Rather than answer, he accused me of scaremongering. Let’s factcheck his claims..

Theme of this event was ‘How can we strengthen the Union after Brexit

Fintan O’Toole reporting on Boris’s ministry for the union. Scotland is a territory!

England rules, the other nations are mere territories!!!  Ramifications for territorial politics

BRIEFING PAPER Will a no deal Brexit lead to the break-up of the UK?

Police Scotland has been denied access to sensitive Brexit preparations to prevent civil disruption by UK ministers who are inflaming local tensions with irresponsible language, according to damning testimony by @DCCWillKerr, deputy chief constable.

Swinson the Tory with a massive ego

Helen McEntee, Minister for European Affairs & Lisa Chambers, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit discuss a Daily Telegraph report that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing an alternative proposal to the backstop.

PR gone wrong

EXC: Full readout of @BorisJohnson #Brexit deal that was briefed to EU capitals today – it’s extraordinary – tl;dr “Two borders, for four years.”

Boris Johnson at DUP reception mentions Jeremy Corbyn, starts a sentence saying “we’ll invite him to enter…” Shout from the crowd: “Traitors’ gate!” Another: “a noose!” Grim.  video

Oh my!! @krishgm the Master of the introduction hands Jacob Rees Mogg his Lying to the Queen arse

Have just discovered that the lovely Polish family who live around the corner from me are leaving the country in 3 weeks. They’ve been here for 18 years and have a carpentry business, and now they are off to Spain to start over. 4 more jobs gone locally. Brexit forced their hand.

A thread




Anti-Brexiters in legal bid to force Boris Johnson to ask EU for delay

Welcome to the Scottish Reserve Bank

Scottish Tories “brought into line”

And here they are plotting against Scots

What Scotland has to look forward to

The cringe so strong

Astonishing exchange from Newsnight where Emily M confronts Nicky Morgan “What has happened to you? What has happened to you?”


Tory policies killing people

Boris Johnson makes yet another false claim in bid to shift blame over model row

Yes this is a tragedy and one that Scotland will suffer for. We did not vote for the Tory criminal’s Brexit.

Stopping no-deal: can parliament fortify the legal position?

Boris Johnson Has Handed £100,000 Of Taxpayers’ Cash To One Of His Main Donors


Tuesday 1st October 2019




10:00  UPDATE

Brexit: a very bad sign

Lib Dems block cross-party plan to install Corbyn as PM if Johnson defeated over no-deal




WATCH First minister @NicolaSturgeon opens the brand-new Scottish Oceans Institute research facility at the University of St Andrews

Spivs and speculators brought the economies of the UK to their knees in 2008 and now we have history repeating itself with the PM being backed & funded by hedge fund managers who want to short the pound. Have the Conservatives learned nothing? My contribution earlier today

Deputy First Minister @JohnSwinney has launched a new digital map, the first of its kind in Scotland.

Scotland is rejoining the international community! @RobertJSomynne says new ‘Scottish trade-hubs’ are part of a crucial strategy to develop diplomatic links & lay the economic ground work for independence. We can do this!


Journalists used to do this sort of thing, investigating and looking for connections.  Do all lines of investigation lead to Jeffrey Epstein? Here are a few facts about Boris de Pfeffel of Spaffwaffle’s pole dancer Jennifer Arcuri …

Taking back control: The third director of http://Hacker.House  was Gary Mieliefsky, founding Member of the US Department of Homeland Security and the National Information Security Group, who worked as an advisor to Clinton.

Brexit: Northern Ireland political parties reject DUP’s time-limited backstop idea

The UK has proposed the creation of a string of customs posts along both sides of the Irish border as part of its effort to replace the #brexit backstop, RTÉ News understands. @tconnellyRTE reports

Because I understand court staff are briefing press, there will be a directions hearing in the case brought by @DaleVince and me against the PM tomorrow morning and, as matters stand, a substantive hearing on Thursday morning in the Outer House of the Court of Session.


Chris Williamson MP, talking against Assange’s imprisonment and for the Human Rights of whistleblowers who denounce crimes against humanity.   video

Dominic Grieve spells out the situation Johnson is in. The Vote Leave faction repeatedly break the law, they’re going to do it again as their backers have too much riding on the delivery of a hallowe’en Brexit – best get them out asap via a VONC.

Snouts in troughs

315 billion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica.

Posting this list again


Monday 30th September 2018





Take a deep breath and read this:

Taking our fate into our own hands



Jackson Carlaw and @ScotTories now back No Deal. Here’s Jackson stating No Deal would justify #indyref2

‘Prime Minister, when was the last time you told a lie?’

British electoral system unprepared to resist foreign interference, officials say

Ex-top civil servant: Hammond was right to query no-deal backers

Brexit: into a very difficult space

Backstop cannot be time-limited – O’Neill



Brexit: Scottish Tories reverse Ruth Davidson’s opposition to no-deal

Kenny McBride presents this week’s Full Scottish and he is joined by guests, Andrew Wilson from AUOB by Chris McCusker from the SNP Socialist Group.

Know nothing Carlaw

This discussion shows the very best of legal-political-Brexit Twitter And gets to the heart of the point raised by @NicolaSturgeon earlier – opposition parties have to settle on a means to oust Johnson

Johnson’s obscene behaviour this week confirms the arrival of Trumpian Britain

UK minister ‘may have breached’ rules over second job

Boris Johnson’s sister warns PM’s ‘reprehensible behaviour’ may be due to bets on pound plummeting in no-deal crash for UK

Brexit crisis pushes UK business expectations to weakest since 2011: CBI

Spitting image making a comeback.  Well there is plenty material for them for sure

Boris Johnson’s ’40 new hospitals’ is actually just six and they’re not all new

Calls for inquiry into claims Johnson backers benefit from no-deal Brexit

Germany Will Not Agree To Delay Brexit “Just For The Sake Of It”

Jennifer Arcuri’s mystery £700,000 loan adds to pressure on Johnson

Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson are enmeshed in the new network politics of the Right

NEW: POTUS told Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting that he was unconcerned about Moscow’s interference in the election because the US did the same in other countries, an assertion that prompted alarmed officials to limit access to the remarks.