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.


What SNP inaction would that be then?

I am sick of hearing  on social media that the SNP are doing nothing to further the course of independence, that they are comfortable where they are and have lost interest in independence. They are constantly criticised for ‘inaction’. Here#’s a response from a poster on Wings which I thought deserved repeating:


Which “inaction” is that? Is it the inaction of putting the legislation for an independence referendum in place?

Is it the inaction of supplying all our branches and huge membership with leaflets presently in distribution across the country extolling Independence as Scotland’s best bet and Scotland’s choice?

Is it the inaction of the inconvenience of having to govern Scotland well in difficult circumstance in the face of continuous and dishonest attack by all the media?

What of course we do face is the inaction of the fireside critics who never get off their arses and who do nothing but pontificate or batter out negativity online.

And,of course,this “They will never give us a Section 30” is no more than a surrender to our enemy. They just love it when we repeat this negative nonsense.
They will give us a Section 30 (unless of course the Electoral Commission is just indulging in time wasting considering the wording of it and the timing of it as it is presently doing – or the opposition parties are trying to change the wording of a referendum we won’t be getting).

No UK leader has stated that we will be refused a referendum.
No UK leader has stated that we will be refused a referendum.

They have said now is not the time,we will oppose it, we don’t agree with it,we will delay it, it was once in a generation etc.,etc.
But they won’t say “We will refuse.” Because they know they can’t.
It hasn’t even been formally asked for yet and their knickers are in twist.

I wonder what the Supreme Court might say when confronted with a attempt to prevent a referendum with the United Nations Charter on the inalienable right of self determiation of all peoples in front of them, with the Claim of Right (passed in Westminster 4th July last year)and even the Smith Commission whose last paragraph guarantees Scotland’s right to have independence if we choose it.

So instead of continuous negativity we are being subjected to at a point where we have never ever been in a better or stronger position – due to the steady,controlled, sensible and constructive behaviour of the SNP – can some of our armchair pundits get on the road with the the rest of us and carry a positive message to our people. We are getting 70% plus responses at places all across the country.

Thanks Dave, that needed said.

Friday 27th September 2019





1450   I’ve just added a few new links in the comments section



I won’t be here today so no updates. Chat amongst yourselves and have a good weekend.

Immediate impact of minimum unit pricing on alcohol purchases in Scotland

Rest of the UK should follow Scotland’s leaD

Scottish food and drink grows three times as fast as whole economy

Interesting thread

Rachel Johnson says her brother, the prime minister, used “highly reprehensible” language when addressing the Commons last night.  Video

Supreme court litigant advised to buy stab vest after death threats

Suggestions from well placed sources that the Government intends to try and suspend the Benn Act using Part II of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. I’ve had a look at the point, as has a leading public law junior. We both think it’s hopeless.



An answer for those who have asked about John Major’s reference to the use of an Order in Council to obtain a no deal Brexit. Seems to me that it might also run foul of the Miller/Cherry judgment to simply suspend Acts of parliament…


I have asked @Brigid_Fowler of Hansard Society on this – she’s sceptical, while saying Sir John knows his stuff. She told me for @Telegraph /12

“The culture was toxic.” Speaker John Bercow says the atmosphere in parliament is “worse than any of I’ve known in my 22 years in the House”.

Parents complain over pro-BorisJohnson clips played in schools

I’ve talked before about how quickly the Nazis acted when they gained electoral power. One of the first things they did was to introduce their messages to classrooms, rewriting the curriculum, removing ‘subversive’ texts. Watch the schools.