Brexit Negotiations Scoreboard.

19th June 2017 - Day one. Day one of the Brexit negotiations.  David Davis said just yesterday that he would convince the EU to agree to parallel divorce and trade talks.  Today he capitulated completely and agreed to the EU timeline of divorce talks first, future relationship second.  Michel Barnier said "the UK has to … Continue reading Brexit Negotiations Scoreboard.

(Still) on like Donkey Kong

After watching the First Minister's speech yesterday, I came away feeling quite pleased with what she had said.  I decided to give it some thought before commenting though, because I had the nagging feeling that there was a lot to consider in it.  I think I was right. I passed some of that time having … Continue reading (Still) on like Donkey Kong

PM: Scottish Parliament consent may be required for Great Repeal Bill.

Theresa May has conceded in Westminster today that a Legislative Consent Motion (LCM), may have to be passed by the Scottish Parliament, for the Great Repeal Bill to be passed into law. She was responding to a question from SNP MP Stewart McDonald.  The PM said: There is a possibility that a legislative consent motion may … Continue reading PM: Scottish Parliament consent may be required for Great Repeal Bill.

We need independence to kill the austerity zombie.

It's almost as if there wasn't an election last week at all. Theresa May called that election and fought it on the claim that she could provide "strong and stable" leadership.  What did she give us?  Weak minority government, uncertainty, and plummeting business confidence. Now I could blether on here about how the pathetically weak … Continue reading We need independence to kill the austerity zombie.

If the SNP drop ScotRef, it’s game over for me.

OK.  This might be controversial, but I'm just going to come out and say it because it's how I feel. There is a lot of speculation right now, mostly based on Nicola Sturgeon's post-election press conference, that the SNP might be considering dropping the independence referendum.  If they do that, I will be quitting the … Continue reading If the SNP drop ScotRef, it’s game over for me.

Exit Poll Early Thoughts.

Exit Poll first thoughts. 1) The exit poll has been very accurate over the last three elections, so chances are this one is pretty accurate too. 2) Looks like the SNP have lost a substantial number of seats. 3) It should not be assumed that those seats have been lost to the Tories. The "Corbyn … Continue reading Exit Poll Early Thoughts.