"The least worst option for the UK is to remain within the customs union and the single market." Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister, says the UK could risk a "no deal outcome" if it doesn't clarify its position in the Brexit negotiations. pic.twitter.com/yg96ABuMMu
— ScottishPoliticsNews (@ScoPoliticsNews) May 28, 2018
(Thanks to BJS Alba for the two cartoons.)
And thanks to Gerry and his ever growing family of pro-independence Pandas… erm and the little fella too. All good friends of Munguin!
To paraphrase Mr Dickens, “It was the best of leaders”:
Oh, and again: “It was the worst of leaders”:
AH YES, THEN THERE’S RUTH…
Still, this bloke called her out for her lies.
If you have to make up stuff to criticise the government in Scotland, that sort of suggests to me that you can’t actually find anything that you can truthfully call them out on.
The other day there was a small demonstration on London’s river, the Thames. It involved a few middle-aged men and some dead fish. It seemed to get quite a bit of coverage in the media (including our own humble pages). Possibly because it involved Jacob Rees Mogg (the next UK prime minister, they say), Nigel Farage, the arch publicist, and much more interesting, the aforementioned dead fish.
Today there was a massive demonstration in Edinburgh involving thousands of protesters who joined arms around our parliament in a symbolic gesture telling the UK parliament to keep its hands off our powers.
I mean, we can be pretty certain that Westminster’s objectives in repatriating powers to THEIR parliament instead of OURS is NOT IN ANY WAY destined to be for the good of the Scottish people.
So thousands of people turned up and they joined hands and encircled our parliament, as you can see from photographs to be found all over the net.
As far as I can make out, however, the BBC didn’t bother mentioning it on the grown-up national news, and even BBC Shortbread had it so far down the pecking order it went almost unnoticed.
Indeed, according to the BBC… “news” under Scotland, a library book returned after 36 years, was considered to be more important. now Munguin’s Republic encourages people to return Library books timeously… or even late… (and we’re sure that will get Conan’s backing too) but come on… Thousands of people protesting at parliament in the capital and one library book!
So, if you aren’t internet savvy and you don’t live in fairly close proximity to parliament in the capital, you ain’t gonna know that it happened.
Well, of course, unless you live abroad… because the Chinese were there
The BBC seems determined not to report any news that is good for Scotland and in particular the independence movement, but you can bet that if only 4 people had turned up, Misreporting Scotland would have been over it like a particularly nasty rash.
I don’t know if they think they are doing Westminster a favour; I don’t know if they think there is a collection of Damehoods, Knighthoods and Peerages to be gained if they manage to keep news from us, but I tell you this, as a long-term strategy, this kinda thing rarely works.
You’ll be rumbled, BBC.
Anyway, Munguin wishes he’d been there (if only to take tea with Nicola afterwards) but to all the great folk who WERE there (and I know some Munguinites were), we say thank you for going and playing your part in telling London where to get off.
Let’s make “so called” Reporting Scotland an essential epithet.
Laura Kuenssberg has just tweeted this illustration of the economic impact assessments that MPs have been allowed to see. Important to note forecasts are for a fifteen year period – and predict how much more slowly the economy would grow, not how much it would shrink, so they still expect growth, just a good bit less of it.
So, if you voted for Brexit, this is how much worse the pro-Brexit “Department for Exiting the EU predicts your future will be.
Scotland, were we to stay in the single market, which May has ruled out (on pain of the disgraced Liam Fox resigning… Yeah yeah, I know, anyone else would see that as a massive bonus, but what the hell???) would lose 2.5% of our growth. With some sort of Free Trade Deal, a very dubious possibility, we’d lose 6%, and if we work on WTO figures, the most likely scenario, 9%.
This is broadly in line with the conclusions of the Scottish government’s impact assessment which found that Scotland’s GDP would be 8.5% lower by 2030 than it would be if it stayed in the EU if Brexit resulted in the UK trading with Europe on WTO terms. It would be 6.1% lower with a free trade agreement, but only 2.7% lower if the UK stayed in the single market.
That’s in a country that voted 62-38 to REMAIN.
But, with the broad shoulders of Britain, and the strong and stable hands and legs and arms and possibly other bits of the Maybot… what chance does Barnier have?
Aye right… whatever.
One might equally have asked the Member for Lothian Region if she could have come back from the Australian Jungle and got on with the day job.
Or maybe they might have asked her why, when she was leader of the Scottish Labour Party, she thought that it was a good idea to visit America to campaign for Hillary Clinton.
See, by now Kez, I’d have thought that you might have learned that people who live in glass houses should probably buy VERY big curtains.
Of all the train companies in this Benighted Kingdom, ScotRail has the best performance.
In fairness, Kezia may not have noticed that there is a howling gale across Scotland and that there has been torrential rain. An unfortunate outcome of this is that outdoor things tend not to work at 100% capacity… and I might say, wouldn’t do even if she, or her daft new boss, were the first minister.
As we have said before, reasoned and reasonable criticism is the job of opposition. Criticism for the sake of criticism is not.
Powerful and dynamic though the first minister may be, the winds and the waves do not obey her, no more does the rain.
Grow up, Kez.
Of course, it’s the Daily Mail, so it’s unadulterated rubbish.
In 2009, in private audience with the Queen at Balmoral (something not granted to the Daily Mail “journalists”), Alex Salmond and HM discussed flag flying after which he ordered that the Royal Standard be flown on “royal occasions”, rather than the union flag.
“I remember the occasion very well,” Salmond said in a post on his website.
“Her Majesty asked me if the Lion Rampant was a popular flag in Scotland.
“I was able to assure her that it was and indeed much beloved of Scottish football and rugby fans. Thus I brought the new policy into effect and left the union flag flying, as appropriate, at armed forces day and Remembrance Sunday.”
And that makes sense. Flying a royal standard is a great deal more respectful to the Queen personally than flying any other flag.
Happy to correct if wrong, but which part of the Telegraph front page article is wrong. They quote advice issued by your government that only the Satire should be flown on all occasions apart from Remembrance Sunday. Does that document not exist?
1/2 It has been practice to fly Lion Rampant on Royal occasions since 2010. I have not ordered, instructed, authorized any change – indeed there has been no change. Civil servants recently updated published guidance to reflect the long standing practice…
Needless to say the ever moronic Murdo Fraser made a fool of himself by comparing Nicola’s tweets to those of Donald Trump’s. UH? Get back on the meds, Murdo.
Fraser said: “This is a desperate attempt by Nicola Sturgeon to spin her way out of trouble.
“The SNP is more interested in lowering Union Flags than raising standards in schools and hospitals.
“The First Minister’s Trump-style Twitter denial by candlelight last night does nothing to change the facts.”
Well, in that respect, of course, he is right. The fact is that there has been no change.
Mr Fraser must have been going around with his head under his arm because this has been the policy since 2010. Does he not notice anything around him?
As we said, Murdo, it was agreed with the Queen 9 years ago!
Have you ever had a private audience of the Queen, Murdo? Awe well never mind. Maybe when whatever Rangers are called now win the Cup, huh?
Anyway, we look forward to the Mail’s apology in 5pt type on page 42.