Scotland? What Scotland? – Peter A Bell

Theresa May has ignored Scotland throughout the whole Brexit process, and excluding The National in this way simply underlines how she is running scared of answering tough questions. The stuff about Theresa May “running scared” of difficult questions makes for great political rhetoric. But, as I’m sure the First Minister is well aware, it doesn’t…

Why No One Does Winter Like Scotland

Loch Morlich, Cairngorms National Park It’s perhaps a bold claim to make that there’s nowhere quite like Scotland in winter, but we are sticking to our guns on this one! With a unique combination of events, festivals, landscapes, natural wonders, food, drink and more, Scotland makes a pretty special package during the winter months. Want…

Make Scotland a Shelter

Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IRISH POLITICS HAVE TAKEN a turn for the better in the last couple of years. England’s decision to leave the European Union and its rapid descent into social, political, and economic madness have effected a change in the Irish government that almost a hundred years of independence from England…

Scotland mustn’t kid itself abour racism – Kezia Dugdale – Edinburgh Evening News

The alleged racial abuse of Hearts player Clevid Dikamona during the Edinburgh derby was sickening. TV pictures showing a Hibs fan apparently shouting at the footballer were beamed into living rooms and pubs across the country. I’m pleased that both the club and the police have taken the incident very seriously. Whether the allegation is…

Health visitors in Scotland to be paid Band 7

Health visitors in Scotland will be paid more than their counterparts in England and Wales. Health visitors in Scotland will now start on Band 7, with a starting salary of £33,222. In contrast, health visitor in England, Wales and Northern Ireland usually start at band 6, with starting salaries of around £28,050. Unions claim the…

Should BBC Scotland’s Graham Stewart resign as state broadcaster misses 100% success in critical NHS target performance? – Talking-up Scotland

Should I be flattered? In a rare communication since his former boss tried to have me sacked, a BBC Reporting Scotland reporter has had a go at responding to my recent piece on how a BMA study undermines their agenda on NHS targets. Here’s the TuS report: Here’s one of Stewart’s three tweets in response:…

NATO and an Independent Scotland – Bella Caledonia

​The issue of nuclear weapons and an independent Scotland is one of the most hotly contested questions concerning independence. The Scottish National Party has made its opposition to nuclear weapons a primary point in arguing the case for an independent state. The argument has usually been made in terms of SNP opposition to the renewal…