Mostly Scottish politics
Mostly opinions by Norrie Stewart, Jimmy Hutton, Stewart Lochhead, Phil Attridge
Aye Right Podcast # 26 S3 What Branch Manager?
What Branch Manager?
Jimmy and Stewart review the Sunday TV politics shows, Ridge on SKY, Marr on BBC1 and Politics Scotland presented by Gary Robertson on BBC...Liz Truss, the Irish protocol, AstraZeneca, Alister Jack, Anas Sawar and Monica Lennon all feature…
We read Roddy McLeod on the problems of SNP leadership facing FM Nicola Sturgeon and predict…
We hear that Ken MacQuarrie has ‘left’ the BBC to get hired by the BBC at £325,000 a year to monitor/whitewash bias in the BBC...You figure?
Aye Right Podcast # 24 S3 Gove-Go to Scotland Boris
Gove-’Go to Scotland Boris’
A dull FMQs with Sturgeon, Davidson, Baillie and Rennie arguing about vaccine delivery and Covid testing, suddenly came alive when Patrick Harvie asked the FM if she had regrets about transphobia in the Scottish Government…Nicola passionately defended her government in the manner of her personal video posted yesterday…Changes to the wording of the Hate Crime Bill appeared to have triggered a social media attack on MP Joanna Cherry by trans-allies...The timing seems to be a distraction as it coincides with the court appearance of Craig Murray and his publishing of evidence which is damaging to the First Minister...PM Johnson’s Scottish visit gets supported by Keir Starmer (who knew?); ..roasted and then welcomed by the gang…Jimmy’s Indy strategy suggestion of deliberately collapsing an SNP government after the May election gets analysed and expect more debate on the idea…Someone suggested that a media mogul put up Michael Gove to persuade Boris Johnson to visit Scotland where he is despised...We wonder why.
Aye Right Podcast # 25 S3 Colony Scotland or Equal Partner?
Colony Scotland or Equal Partner?
Jimmy delivers the Covid briefing report which featured vaccination figures again...supplies, jag centres, delivery and a ScotGov row with the UKGov about secrecy…At the podium steady Jeane Freeman delivered steady Covid figures including an infection/test rate of 5.8% where the W.H.O. target is 5%...The former First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has challenged the orthodoxy of the sovereignty of the Westminster parliament...He claims that that sovereignty breaches the conditions in the Treaty of Union between Scotland and England...His case names A V Dicey, Joanna Cherry MP and Lady Hale (prorogation of parliament) ...We discuss the relevance in Scotland today…We roast Prime Minister Johnson’s visit to Scotland while still speculating about the real reason he came...Channel4 News gets roasted for metrocentric coverage of it with Scottish expat Tory MP Alberto Costa interviewed...Is Scotland a colony or an equal partner?...Jimmy is seeking a Ghandi type leader for Scotland while still maintaining that most politicians are vain, venal creatures.
Aye Right Podcast # 23 S3 Would the SNP Collapse Parliament?
Would the SNP Collapse Parliament?
Wee PMQs report…SGov Covid briefing on travel controls/quarantine hotels...Impact on tourism…Prof Curtice on polls...Backlash from England?...We’re the new Irish...Effectively causing a civil war...Surrounded by the EU…Twitter attack on Jo Cherry.
Aye Right Podcast # 22 S3 Son of the Manse
Son of the Manse
The news that the German government and the EU is in dispute with AstraZeneca about supplies of the Covid vaccine is our first topic...this issue has legs so expect more on it…
We roast the UKGov’s invisible Scottish Secretary for his article in the Irish Times…
We disagree with a well written London Times piece by Hugo Rifkind...and recall the friendly and excited atmosphere of Indyref1 and the AUOB marches…
The new owners of the Scotsman and Evening News may have abandoned the previous strong unionist support...we ruminate…
We offer our support to Craig Murray who faces political charges in an Edinburgh court this week…
We recommend an article ( England’s Scotland Panic – What is to be done & why a mature UK debate on the union & on Scottish independence is not on the horizon ) by Kirsty Hughes of the Scottish Centre on European Relations...more to follow. (link below).
Aye Right Podcast # 21 S3 Grounds for Cautious Optimism
Grounds for Cautious Optimism
Maybe the Covid virus has peaked again in Scotland?...The figures have steadied...The hacks story will be that Scotland lags England in the vaccination race though…The BBC SNPbaad intro show had a London BBC reporter comparing with Scotland...apples and oranges…We comment about the SNP National Assembly stitch-up...We bitch about George Kerevan’s SNP leadership race...there’s a Bella ‘Lefty No to Yes’ story that gets memories going...Iain Lawson takes on the ‘blogger bullies’...Craig Murray says that the Crown Office still won't reveal the Murrell/Ruddick evidence that the Inquiry demands...and Kenny McAskill says Indyref2 in 2021 is impossible...There’s no Sturgeon V Salmond stooshie today.