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


20 thoughts on “Wednesday 2nd October 2019

  • 2nd October 2019 at 8:52 am

    Updates posted at top of page

  • 2nd October 2019 at 9:52 am

    Somehow I find today’s links particularly worrying, Nana. This may be the last month before we lose our rights to so many things we have taken for granted for over forty years, as an emboldened and crazed Tory government takes an axe to our democratic institutions. The thought of Police Scotland casting around for premises to hold rioters post-Brexit and seeing Priti Patel smirking her way through her speech about ending free movement for ever is pretty grim.

    In that context, Peter A Bell’s open letter is even more relevant and I do hope the SNP can find a sense of urgency because once we’re out, I don’t think democracy will be in fashion in Boris’s Ukania. Alister Jack for Gauleiter of North Britain?

    These lines (ironically written by an English Tory) came to mind about people on the edge of a catastrophe and completely oblivious to the nightmare just around the corner:

    *Awaits hammers*

  • 2nd October 2019 at 10:12 am

    Morning Peter,
    I share your misgivings, We are being driven to despair by criminals disguised as politicians. promising a fantastical future whilst throwing us to the wolves.

    On the llatest nonsensical proposals, Jonathan Powell has this to say

    “It is not a serious proposal and presumably what they’re doing is simply trying to avoid a deal to get to no-deal.”
    Former Northern Ireland negotiator Jonathan Powell says the PM’s Brexit offer is a political strategy to enable a no-deal Brexit

    • 2nd October 2019 at 10:43 am

      Don’t worry, they were probably just the wrong kind of voters anyway, like the ones RISE got on to the register for 2014.

      Seriously, between this and possible postal votes scams we face an uphill task. I hope the referendum paving legislation going through Holyrood will address the rotten PV “system” at least.

      • 2nd October 2019 at 6:19 pm

        If it is an uphill task then no time to waste – get started on a voter registration drive. There is something for people to get their teeth into and, in the process, make a positive contribution to the preparation for indyref2.

        People could start with their own street. Remind your neighbours about registering to vote then work out from there.

  • 2nd October 2019 at 11:46 am

    Something I posted on WGD, but given the direction of travel today… Seems fairly appropriate Nana.

    “A small point for people to consider, but probably worth their while.

    We’re over three years into this shambles and there is still no viable solution offered by UK gov to the RoI/NI border issue. THAT really should be a heads up moment for anyone with two neurons to rub together. A glimpse into the mindset of both the Westminster political class and the Tory brexiter right there.

    There was no consideration for outcomes going into that vote. No care for the effects on the populations of these islands. No consideration for the effects on standing national and international agreements. No planning or provision at all for any ‘winning’ stance apparently. Why was that d’you think? I mean, just why weren’t probable winning outcomes clearly outlined for the populations of the UK? Curious?… At all?

    A fairly reasonable conclusion to reach would be that they simply didn’t care about those effects, those agreements or about those populations.

    Worth a thought.”

    So, yeah. Worth thinking about when considering the actions of most of the Westminster political class and in particular the current Conservative government.

    They really couldn’t give a wossiname about populations in their care (merely demographics within those populations). The rule of law and the principle of democracy is what they say it is, or what they require it to be, at any given time and only so long as it suits their purpose.

    THAT is the reality of politics as it is practised.

    Trusting the Westminster political class and system is a lottery at the best of times. Trusting a Tory? Well. How’s that bestofbothworldsbitternothegitherness working out about now for people?

    • 2nd October 2019 at 11:53 am

      Ain’t that the truth Macart.
      They really don’t give a damn for anyone but themselves, we have always known it, just takes a while for some folks to catch up.

      • 2nd October 2019 at 12:10 pm

        Sadly, the reality of politics is that it’s about leverage and opportunity. You need both of those to get things done. One without the other? Not so much.

        It’s not enough to simply be ‘in the right’ of an argument and certainly not with the current crop in the howf. Fairly certain that the type of beastie we’re talking about, doesn’t believe those things apply to them.

  • 2nd October 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Their sense of entitlement is on show for all to see but they may be in for a wee shock on Friday when and if Scots law kicks them in the.

    I live in hope as there ain’t much else we can do right now.

    • 2nd October 2019 at 3:35 pm

      Oh Dear Nana, I can’t see the EU going for this at all.I think they will be told to FOFF in the most diplomatic of manner.

      Oh well, it’s looks as if it’s no deal then, and Boris breaking the law to get what he wants. Where the hell it leaves Scotland who knows.

      • 2nd October 2019 at 3:40 pm

        Nope Marie, neither can I.

        I think that no deal has always been the tory aim and they’ve just been waiting to blame the EU, Scots, Irish and everyman and his dog but never themselves.

        Let’s hope the Scottish court reins them in, mind you the way they are going about things it won’t worry them to break the law.

  • 2nd October 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Worth following Peter foster as he goes through the governments proposal

    Right. The UK discussion document is out – but this, I’m afraid, is a pretty wild mischaracterisation of what it means in practice for Northern Ireland business.

    Text of paper here. Some key points to follow: 1/thread

  • 2nd October 2019 at 4:19 pm

    FM says

    Hard to see how the UK government Brexit ‘proposals’ fly. And hard to escape conclusion that they’re designed to fail. For Scotland, the fundamental point remains – these proposals would take us out of the EU, single market and customs union against our will. That’s unacceptable.


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