Author Archives: Carla Newton

It’s The Hypocrisy Not The Actions – 23 June 2022

  

It was that way for John Major’s Tory Government in the 90s. It wasn’t his affair with Edwina Currie or David Mellor’s sexual escapades in a Chelsea strip that did for them. It had been their pronouncement of ‘back to basics’ and extolling of family values, when many were clearly living and behaving vastly differently. To err is human, and… Read more »

Ukraine Update – 23 June 2022

  

The American Conservative isn’t a website I’d normally be drawn to, quite the opposite. But when a friend sent a link to an article on the situation in Ukraine and seeing the writers credentials my attention was assured. Douglas MacGregor’s not only a senior fellow at the Institute but a retired US Colonel, indeed a decorated combat veteran to boot,… Read more »

Power in Scotland’s Hands – 16 June 2022

  

The Oppositions response to Johnson’s survival, for the time being anyway, was underwhelming to say the least. Starmer for a trained lawyer, and one to be fair of some justifiable note, was particularly woeful at Prime Ministers Questions. Veering from Partygate to the NHS but laying not a glove on Johnson with any issue. Ian Blackford had the better sound bite but still failed to hit home. In Scotland the First Minister’s statement on a referendum was long… Read more »

RMT Strike – 16 June 2022

  

The right to strike’s fundamental in a democratic society. Working people may have the right to vote but when Scotland hasn’t voted Tory since 1955 and opposed Brexit substantially it can be viewed as having limited influence. It’s why the ability to withdraw your labour remains fundamental.  There are jobs such as the military where union organisation’s precluded and other roles such as the police where… Read more »

East Lothian Courier – 16 June 2022

  

Parliament last week was again dominated by the spectre of the Prime Minister. Despite losing the support of over 40% of his Parliamentary group he hangs on shamelessly. He’s been weakened though and it seems just a matter of time before he goes. However, whoever replaces him from the Tory benches will have been complicit in the shambles created by… Read more »

YES MOVEMENT MUST ASSERT SCOTLAND’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE ITS OWN FUTURE

  

Reacting to the launch by the Scottish Government of the first paper in a series of “Building a New Scotland” papers setting out the case for independence ALBA Depute Leader Kenny MacAskill MP said: “ Scotland’s right to decide is the key fundamental principle which must determine the democratic governance of Scotland.  It is for the Scottish people and only the Scottish people… Read more »

MACASKILL DEMANDS CHANCELLOR INCREASE MILEAGE ALLOWANCE TO SUPPORT KEY WORKERS

  

The ALBA Depute Leader and MP for East Lothian Kenny MacAskill is demanding that the Chancellor of the Exchequer act to tackle rising petrol costs at the pump which are impacting disproportionately on rural communities across Scotland and on essential workers such as health visitors, district nurses, care workers, taxi drivers, delivery drivers and the self-employed. He is calling on the Chancellor… Read more »

 MACASKILL CHALLENGES JOHNSON OVER PRE PAYMENT METERS

  

TIME TO END PUNITIVE CHARGES AGAINST THE POOR Speaking 8 JUNE (Wednesday) after his question to Boris Johnson at Prime Ministers Questions ALBA Depute Leader and MP for East Lothian Kenny MacAskill said: “It is estimated that one in four Scots households have a pre payment meter (PPM) which results in them paying the highest energy costs, with higher standing charges than… Read more »

Empire Jingoism – 9 June 2022

  

Celebrating the Queens platinum jubilee’s perfectly proper but some of the empire jingoism that accompanied it was frankly nauseating. It’s a remarkable length of reign but her 70 years have straddled the end of the colonies and seen a re-assessment of what it is to be British, with racism and even the union challenged. Yet the red, white and blue… Read more »

Private Port Ownership – 9 June 2022

  

Born in Leith and with the river visible from my flat, the Firth of Forth matters. So does the Clyde, its beauty never failing to please and its history , whether told through the tears of emigrants or through shipbuilding, is burned in the soul. But the Tory privatisation of ports in the 1990’s threatens the well-being of what are Scotland’s two principal firths,… Read more »