Power grab over fisheries

To catch a mackerel© Jenny Downing By Russell Bruce The government of Jersey is up in arms over a proposed UK power grab as it seeks to obtain control over all the waters in these islands with the exception of the those of the Irish Republic. Jersey as a Crown Dependency has control over everything … Read more

Come to Edinburgh Michel Barnier

Tout seul au monde By Russell Bruce The permafrost surrounding UK /EU talks needs more than a little warming, even just moving to a shade warmer. Newsnet has a proposal to break the impasse. We think the Scottish Government could be an intermediary to break the current deadlock. Scotland may not be neutral but for … Read more

Startling polls

By Russell Bruce These are startling figures from polling by YouGov carried out for The Times I have so far been unable to find a poll for any party in Scotland that ever actually polled higher than 57%. In an actual election the Tories achieved around 54% in the General election of 1955 and swept … Read more

UK ‘Single [wee] Market’ threat to Scotland

Ideological vandalism By Equality Nation and Russell Bruce The proposed UK Govt Internal Market Bill will create a “level playing field” across the UK for trade negotiations with the EU which will be imposed on Scotland, Wales & N Ireland. Is this the end of the road for Scotland’s high quality food and drink industry? … Read more

Polls and donkeys

Greenock, Scotland news and updates. This post was provided by Newsnet.scot. By Russell Bruce Boris’s star is falling in line with any regard for his governmental competence. Failing stars burn out and that might just be Boris Johnson’s fate even though he does little to over-exert himself in his part time role as PM. Donkeys … Read more

Time for a rant

Greenock, Scotland news and updates. This post was provided by Newsnet.scot. Rick Walthew -thoughtful rant Rick Walthew lets off a bit of steam. It is often good to let it out and move on with what matters in your daily life. Daily life has changed for everybody and ten years of austerity have impacted on … Read more

Passport controls and watchtowers?

Greenock, Scotland news and updates. This post was provided by Newsnet.scot. Photograph by Krists Luhaers – Unsplash Equality Nation looks at the Common Travel Area between an independent Ireland, the nations of the UK and the three crown dependencies of Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. We can all remember the gnashing of teeth, … Read more

Of the people, by the people, for the people

Greenock, Scotland news and updates. This post was provided by Newsnet.scot. We are going to take a look at democracy – British style – to see how it shapes up with other European countries. This is part 1 by Equality Nation In the recent SCOT goes POP Panelbase Poll the following question was asked about … Read more

Scotland’s land and marine resource base

Greenock, Scotland news and updates. This post was provided by Newsnet.scot. By Russell Bruce I was intrigued by the Business for Scotland calculations on Scotland’s land mass and maritime area. Somebody suggested in a video the combined mass could be 50% of the UK total. I thought this worth exploring, tracked down the sources and … Read more

Slaughter of the lambs

Greenock, Scotland news and updates. This post was provided by Newsnet.scot. Questions over future of lamb. Photograph Russell Bruce for Newsnet By Russell Bruce Farmers want to know how they can survive when crashing out of the EU means sales of lamb to EU markets will dry up because of 40% tariffs. The question has … Read more

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