Labour’s mixed messages over Scotland will not win them any new friends – was that the point?

  Scottish Labour has developed a well-deserved reputation for shooting itself in the foot, occasionally missing and hitting something more vital, so its 2017 conference in Perth, prior to the 2017 Scottish Council elections, was another opportunity to peek over the parapet and see how the latest firearms drills were going. It seems that this …

Universal Jobmatch now automatically records clicking an external link as a job application made

https://twitter.com/RadioJammor/status/829038916774805504 https://twitter.com/RadioJammor/status/829039133288980481 The UK Government's Universal Jobmatch web site, that it forces the Unemployed to register on, is now automatically recording someone clicking on a link taking you to an external site as applying for the job. This is a new feature that has not been publicly announced to its users and means that this …

Fallon backtracks over blocking #Indyref2 by lying about unemployment in Scotland

SNP Manifesto Page 23: "We believe that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum if there is clear and sustained evidence that independence has become the preferred option of a majority of the Scottish people – or if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in …

For those who say a Basic Income would lead to widespread laziness

As a proponent of a Basic Income (AKA Citizen's Income/Universal Income), I have seen a number of people make negative comments about it, but virtually all of them are based on ignorance combined with pessimism. I want to address one of these criticisms: That a Basic Income would mean lots of people would just be lazy …

Beware John McTernan’s pills marked “Poison”; some of them are placebos and others are tranquillizers

I'm kind of loathed to write this, yet feel compelled. I don't really want to spend the time on the subject, but need to get the poison out of my system. This is due to two events, one I witnessed, the other I was involved in, and happened to occur within about a week of …

What The Frack? The Strange Game of Fracking Politics in Scotland

What is going on in Scotland all of a sudden over fracking? For over a year, the Scottish Government has had in place a moratorium on fracking, which is awaiting the outcome of a report being made in order to satisfy its "cautious, evidence-based approach" on the subject. The Scottish Government announced last year that the …