Wings Over Scotland Arrested

If you have ever criticised the SNP on social media you are likely to have come across Wings Over Scotland, a shouty crackers blogger known for his grumpy Cybernat tweets. Wings, real name Stuart Campbell, has been arrested at his home in Somerset (yes, he runs his pro-Scottish independence website from Somerset) after a woman accused him of a two year campaign of harassment and malicious communications. He tweets:

Naturally news of his arrest has been met with hundreds of abusive tweets from fellow Cybernats. No chance of the angry Jocks learning a lesson from this. 

mdi-timer 22 August 2017 @ 07:29 22 Aug 2017 @ 07:29 mdi-comment Comments
Sturgeon Bottles IndyRef2

 

U-turn from Sturgeon. Win for Theresa and Ruth…

mdi-timer 27 June 2017 @ 14:49 27 Jun 2017 @ 14:49 mdi-comment Comments
Minister: My “Gut Feeling” is Scotland Could Leave UK

Is Tory minister Guto Bebb trying to get sacked? Fresh from infuriating Downing Street by demanding they apologise for the Budget, Bebb has written a column in his local paper arguing that Scotland is “clearly another country” and that his “gut feeling” is Scottish voters no longer see themselves as British. Fair to say these comments from a serving government minister are not in line with Theresa May’s position that “at heart we are one people”. Bebb said:

“We have a huge amount in common with citizens of the Irish Republic, as we do Scotland. Similar TV programmes, popular music and in many ways a shared literature… But, and it’s a real but, read their papers, listen to talk shows and watch the news and it’s clearly another country

“My brief visit to Edinburgh left me somewhat despondent because I felt the same way as I do when I leave Dublin. For me Dublin is somewhere which is recognisable but very different. That is fine in the context of the capital of an independent country but it should be a warning when visiting a city which is a crucial part of the UK. The sense of nationhood in Edinburgh is palpable. For a long time it has been satisfied within the UK. Even in 2014 a majority saw themselves as British and Scottish. Is that changing though? My gut feeling is yes and that should be a cause for regret to all of us.”

Bebb, a former pro-Welsh independence Plaid Cymru activist, was due to speak at the Tory spring forum in Cardiff yesterday but didn’t show…

mdi-timer 18 March 2017 @ 13:50 18 Mar 2017 @ 13:50 mdi-comment Comments
SNP Ring Around Played Down Referendum Chances

Scottish government ministers spent yesterday afternoon ringing around companies and trade bodies to discuss Sturgeon’s announcement on IndyRef2. One recipient of such a phone call reports that the SNP minister they spoke to was keen to allay business fears. The minister conceded that a Scottish referendum before Brexit is unlikely – despite Sturgeon’s demand for a vote by Spring 2019 – but they privately hope for one “shortly afterwards”. There are obviously significant obstacles to another Scottish referendum before Brexit is sorted, one being that Theresa May is hardly going to want one before, say, 2021. Almost as if the Nats aren’t being entirely honest with the public…

mdi-timer 14 March 2017 @ 10:38 14 Mar 2017 @ 10:38 mdi-comment Comments
May Says No

Theresa May pretty clear the government opposes a second Scottish referendum:

“Only a little over two years ago people in Scotland voted decisively to remain part of our United Kingdom in a referendum which the Scottish Government defined as a ‘once in a generation’ vote. The evidence clearly shows that a majority of people in Scotland do not want a second independence referendum. Another referendum would be divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time.”

One whopping problem for the Nats if they get their referendum in 2018/19 and the Scots vote for independence. The whole point is that they want to stay in the EU, but an independent Scotland would not be allowed to, it would have to reapply. Which means years outside the EU and adopting the Euro. Almost as if the Nats know the Tories won’t let them have a referendum during the Brexit negotiations and are just using this to shore up the Yes vote…

mdi-timer 13 March 2017 @ 15:10 13 Mar 2017 @ 15:10 mdi-comment Comments
Sturgeon Calls For #IndyRef2

“It is clear that our voice and our interests can be ignored at any time and at any issue. This is where we stand today… I cannot pretend to the Scottish people that a compromise agreement looks remotely likely… I will now take the steps necessary to make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process. A choice of whether to follow the UK to a hard Brexit or to become an independent country… The Scottish government’s mandate for offering this choice is beyond doubt.”

She will next week seek a Section 30 order from the UK government to give Holyrood the power to hold a referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019…

mdi-timer 13 March 2017 @ 11:42 13 Mar 2017 @ 11:42 mdi-comment Comments
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