Former SNP MP Jailed for 18 Months for Embezzlement

Natalie McGarry, former SNP MP elected in 2015, but booted out of the party shortly later after she was charged with a number of fraud offences. She was found to have embezzled more than £25,600 from pro-independence organisations in Scotland, and has been jailed for 18 months. Shame there was an election in 2017, otherwise we could have been looking forward to another fun by-election…

Tice Suing SNP MEP For Libel

Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice has issued a legal letter to SNP MEP Alyn Smith, for calling the party “a money laundering front” on live television. They demand that by midday tomorrow Smith must issue the following (surprisingly reserved) statement otherwise High Court proceedings will be brought “for appropriate relief”:

“On 27 May 2019 I was interviewed by Sky News. In that interview I stated that the Brexit Party and by implication its Chairman, Richard Tice, were involved in money laundering. Having reflected upon this, I am happy to state that in fact I do not have any evidence to support this allegation. I spoke in the heat of the moment and did not give proper consideration to the implications of what I was saying. Neither the Brexit Party nor Mr Tice are involved in money laundering. I am happy to set the record straight “

Big oops from the SNP. Other mouthy FBPErs would do well to take note…

 

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Sturgeon Will Still Push For IndyRef If Brexit is Stopped

A Second Referendum doesn’t neuter the SNP, it just legitimises the idea of having second referendums…

Scottish Remain Voter: I Accept Democracy, SNP Does Not Speak For Me

Last night’s Question Time served as a good reminder that plenty of Remain voters do accept the results of referendums, despite the SNP pretending they don’t. Remainy unionists should think carefully about the precedent of forcing down second referendums…

Ian Blackford’s Sex Confusion

The SNP Westminster leader mixed up his sexes during Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, congratulating the Duke of Wessex, who doesn’t exist, instead of the Duke of Sussex (whose wife has just had a baby). Funniest he’s been in months…

Sturgeon Introduces Minimum Alcohol Price, Scots Defiantly Drink More

This time last year, Scotland introduced minimum unit pricing for alcohol. The logic behind the policy rested on a study by Sheffield University that claimed a minimum price of 50p per unit, as was legislated for in Scotland, would “reduce alcohol consumption in Scotland by 3.5% or 26.3 units per drinker per year.” Expenditure on alcohol was only predicted to rise by the negligible amount of 0.7%. How did the expert predictions fare..?

Actually expenditure on alcohol has risen by more than fifteen times their prediction – 10.7%. As for the number of units consumed, the thing they were trying to lower… units consumed increased by 1%. Now in whatever the opposite of evidence based policy is, the Welsh Government is looking to implement the same failed policy. Governments should leave people to drink their mojitos in peace…

Blackford’s SNP Schools Pitch Backfires Massively

Ian Blackford’s attempts to spin that the Scottish people “like what we’ve delivered on education” backfired massively as Sophy Ridge had to remind him that Scottish schools have scored their worst ever performance under an SNP Government. Blackford just blusters on…

SNP Brexit Stance Destroyed By Question Time Audience

Last night on Question Time from North Lanarkshire, an audience member took apart the SNP’s hypocritical stance on Brexit and a second Scottish independence referendum.

“You just don’t listen, you’re losers, you need to get voted out”

Clearly the best Question Time audience contribution since 2014’s passionate highlander

Sturgeon’s Brexit Showboating Slammed by Supreme Court

Nicola Sturgeon’s showboating over Brexit has been slapped down in the courts, with the UK Supreme Court ruling that parts of Scottish Parliament’s Continuity Bill were outside the legislative competence of the devolved legislature. Sturgeon’s Bill attempted to claim powers over 24 areas of competency returning from Brussels, claiming them as devolved matters rather than powers reserved for the UK Government. The SNP is well aware of this, the whole exercise was simply an attempt to stir up anti-Westminster sentiment in Scotland. Given that SNP party policy is to continue having EU rules imposed on the whole UK, you’d have thought they’d be happy with not having those powers back anyway…

SNP Walking 500 Miles From Budget Vote

Government whips will be breathing easy this evening – any potential for the SNP to play games with Budget votes will be severely limited as Guido is reliably informed that half their group are skipping out early from Parliament… in order to see The Proclaimers at the London Palladium tonight. Not like the SNP to play up to stereotypes…

Sturgeon: SNP Would Back Second EU Referendum

Nicola Sturgeon says she would “expect” SNP MPs to vote in favour of a second EU referendum if given the chance. At least they’re consistent about wanting to reverse referendum results…

SNP Has More Members Than Tories

If Guido were the Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis he would be happily signing up all the former ‘kippers being sent his way by Arron Banks and Andy Wigmore that he can. According to the latest research from the Commons Library the SNP has more members than the Conservative Party. Making the Tories the third largest party in Britain…

Alex Salmond Reported To Police Over Alleged Sexual Assault

Alex Salmond had been reported to police over allegations he sexually assaulted two staff members whilst First Minister, with one incident allegedly occurring inside the First Minister’s official residence.

In a statement posted on twitter, the Russia Today presenter and former First Minister of the Scottish Government alleged that that he was “unlawfully” being subject to a complaints procedure that had been introduced “more than three years after I left office”. Consequently he is suing the Scottish Government conveniently meaning he is “bound to say nothing which would impinge on the Court proceedings”. He has rejected all the complaints against him, calling some “patently ridiculous”. His legal strategy seeks to to avoid the actual allegations being tested in open court…

Developing…

‘SNP Plot’ Could Ruin England Match for MPs

It’s Estimates Day in the Commons, a dull procedure by which MPs formally consider estimates of future spending by government departments. This isn’t particularly controversial and most estimates are ‘rolled-up’ to minimise the number of votes – often there aren’t any votes at all. Tory MPs have been warned to expect multiple divisions tonight and there are rumours of an “SNP plot” to force votes which would mean MPs spend the match in the division lobbies rather than the bar. The SNP would not be so petty as to spoil England fans enjoyment of the game tonight, would they?

Mhairi Black Digs Deep

Mhairi Black is always one to get stuck in – and here she is digging deep on College Green after the SNP walked out of PMQs. Euuughhh…

SNP Leader Kicked Out of Commons

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford deliberately gets himself suspended from the Commons with a naff stunt at PMQs. The rest of the Nats then walked out in protest as Bercow floundered and completely lost control. Oh well. Bye!

SNP Overriding Devolution Settlement to Impose Westminster Policy

It isn’t just the hypocrisy of Margaret Hodge that has been exposed by her attempt to force public ownership registers on UK overseas territories. The SNP are backing her amendment to override the devolution settlement of another territory and impose this “colonialist” policy from Westminster. At the same time as opposing the EU Withdrawal Bill on the grounds that Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit. Seems the Nats’ commitment to devolution stops at the coast of the UK…

Ofcom Probing Salmond For Peddling Fake News

Ofcom has launched a probe into Alex Salmond’s new Russia Today show. The regulator will look into a series of tweets Salmond read out on his programme which were presented as comments from the public but turned out to be from fabricated or planted sources, as Guido reported at the time. One was sent from an account owned by an RT producer. An Ofcom spokeswoman said:

“We are investigating whether this programme breached our rules on due accuracy.”

Inevitable…

Putin: Trust Me, Alex Salmond Isn’t a Russian Propagandist

Who has come to Alex Salmond’s aid in the row over his new Russia Today show? Vladimir Putin, no less. Putin’s spokesman was asked about Salmond’s RT programme yesterday and denied it would promote Russian government propaganda:

“We have no connection to it… There are many foreign anchors with different points of view.”

Asked whether the Russian government backed Salmond on Scottish independence, Putin’s spokesman replied:

“This is an internal issue of Great Britain and we have no idea.”

With friends like these…

Teething Problems for Alex Salmond’s RT Show

Alex Salmond’s new RT show is suffering teething problems after it emerged that tweets read out on the programme were posted by a variety of dubious accounts, at least one of which is controlled by the show’s producers. Salmond said he had received an “avalanche” of tweets, but:

  • A tweet asking “so why RT?” was first up, which the show claimed was sent in by @ellalorenR.
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