Author Archives: Derek Healey

Willie Rennie makes a pig’s ear of things

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie has proved the old adage true that you should never work with children or animals after a farm visit on the campaign trail went awry. The real talking point of Mr Rennie’s visit to Gorgie City Farm – far from the expected promotion of vocational education and work experience opportunities – […]

Will economic migrants make or break Europe?

With waves of refugees continuing to arrive on the shores of European nations, a debate has raged about what kind of impact this mass-migration might have on Europe’s economies – and perhaps even more controversially, what kind of effect it might have on its cultures. Of course, some Europeans – most notably, those in Sweden, Iceland […]

Kezia Dugdale: I could vote for Scottish independence

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says it is ‘not inconceivable’ that she could vote for Scottish independence if Britain votes to leave the EU. Ms Dugdale said she would do “whatever I could to preserve and promote” Scotland’s place in the EU, even if meant breaking away from the UK. In a revealing interview with […]

Has the SNP’s Westminster group failed to live up to it Holyrood counterpart?

A common affliction of long-serving governments is that the party in power, no matter how popular at the polling booth or party conference, will eventually find itself rocked with squalls, in-fighting and accusations of political stagnation. Undoubtedly, the SNP’s strength of position with Scottish voters has done little to protect them from this curse in […]

David Cameron’s mum campaigns against Tory cuts – Twitter reacts

David Cameron’s mother has signed a petition against spending cuts that would see the loss of every children’s centre in his constituency. In typical fashion, Twitter users were quick to respond to the news and poke fun at the Prime Minister, calling him “a naughty boy”. That moment where your Mum wades in… “David Cameron’s […]

Cybernats plan Act of Union legal challenge following indycamp eviction

A pro-independence blogger has claimed that nationalists could be about to issue a legal challenge to the 1707 Act of Union. ‘The Last Jacobite’, a well-known figure among nationalist campaign groups, posted the claim online saying that the eviction notice served to indycamp protesters had opened the door to a legal challenge. In the post, he writes: […]

Former SNP MP accuses J.K Rowling of supporting misogyny in Twitter spat

MP and former SNP representative Natalie McGarry got into hot water last night after engaging in a Twitter battle with Harry Potter author J.K Rowling. The Glasgow East MP tweeted accusing Rowling of “vanity” and ‘defending misogynist trolls”. It appears McGarry was making reference to a twitter user by the name of Brian Spanner, who […]

MPs need protection against “violent public”, report claims

The government have been warned that more needs to be done to protect MPs from the public after a report has found that four out of five have been victims of aggressive or intrusive behaviour. According the report many had been concerned for their safety when dealing with the public and as many as 36 […]

Tories dominate spending on Facebook election campaign

The Conservatives spent more than £1.2 million on Facebook advertising during the general election campaign, records have revealed. Tory spending on the social networking site massively outstripped Labour, which spent just £16,454, documents released by the Electoral Commission show. A series of invoices set out details of what the Conservatives received for their cash, with […]

Tory MP admits using poppers during Commons debate

A Tory MP has confessed to using poppers during a plea to stop them being made illegal. Former prisons minster Crispin Blunt admitted using the substance as part of a warning to parliament that gay men would likely ignore any ban on alkyl nitrites. Mr Blunt, who came out as gay and left his wife […]

Better Together and BNP fined by Electoral Commission

The Better Together campaign against Scottish independence and the British National Party (BNP) have been fined thousands of pounds for failing to submit financial information to the Electoral Commission on time. The commission has fined Better Together 2012 Limited £2,000 for failing to deliver a complete campaign expenditure report for the Scottish independence referendum in […]

Video: Scottish Tory ad accidentally shows man searching in a bin for food

Scottish Tories faced embarrassment today after a promotional video posted to their Youtube channel appeared to involuntarily show a homeless man searching for food in a Glasgow bin. In the edited version of the video above, a man can clearly be seen to stand up and look into the bin on Buchanan Street, Glasgow, before […]

Scottish Resistance stage Tunnock’s protest over teacake row

Pro-independence activists staged a brief protest outside the Tunnock’s factory a week after the firm advertised its best-selling biscuit as the Great British Tea Cake. Tunnock’s has been accused of severing its Scottish roots with the launch of its latest marketing campaign in England. Three people from the Scottish Resistance group, led by activist Sean […]

Scottish Secretary David Mundell comes out as gay

Scottish Secretary David Mundell has come out as gay today, describing the decision as “one of the most important of my life”. Mr Mundell wrote on his personal website that it was time to “acknowledge in public as well as in private, who I am”. The 53-year-old said he hoped that coming out would not change […]

Labour MP Keith Vaz deletes Twitter account amid scandal rumours

Labour MP Keith Vaz has deleted his Twitter account tonight without explanation prompting rumours that some kind of scandal may be about to break. The MP for Leicester East, 59, previously suffered a torrent of online abuse from social media users after publicly defending Greville Janner against child sex abuse allegations -although prosecutors now say Janner should […]

Storm in a teacake: Nationalists threaten Tunnock’s boycott over teacake snub

Scottish nationalists have called for a boycott of Tunnock’s after the biscuit company scrapped the image of the lion rampant from the packaging of its iconic teacake in a bid to rebrand the snack as British. The image of the Scottish lion is missing from a new advertising campaign that appears on the London underground. […]

UK National Front leader elected to local Scottish council

The new leader of the UK wing of the National Front has been elected to a local community council after securing just 18 votes. Dave MacDonald, who has been described as a ‘holocaust-denying neo-nazi’, beat three other candidates to win a seat on Aberdeen’s Garthdee Community Council in October, despite a leafleting campaign from anti-fascist […]

Donald Trump spokeswoman wears bullet necklace, threatens ‘fetus necklace’ next

Donald Trump’s National Spokeswoman Katrina Pierson has faced online criticism for appearing on live television wearing a necklace made of bullets. In response to the outcry over her jewelry selection, Pierson said she could wear something even more controversial on her next television hit; a necklace made of fetuses. The incredible statement came after criticism from […]