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The perfection of the moment

Posted on April 22, 2023 by

Oily SNP MP John Nicolson – a man who was pompous and condescending even as a teenager presenting Open To Question in the 1980s – this week posted an extended and theatrical Twitter rant at the fine Herald and National columnist Kevin McKenna.

It was quite the performance.

Using all his skills as a broadcaster, for almost two full minutes Nicoloson poured righteous fury down on McKenna for a throwaway line in a recent Herald On Sunday column in which he’d confused Nicolson with another unnamed SNP MP mentioned in a Daily Express piece (itself quoting a story in The National), because the Express had used Nicolson as its main picture.

(We’re not at all clear, incidentally, that it’s been proven that Nicolson WASN’T the MP in question, but the Express had carefully avoided explicitly saying he was.)

Nicolson – a journalist himself, he claimed – ladled on the indignation, issuing all sorts of dire threats towards the paper and fulminating interminably about the poor quality of Kev’s “gutter” journalism and the modern curse of disinformation and how he just wanted to “drive up standards”.

So all things considered, it was more than a little bit unfortunate that the very next day after his epic rant about mistaken identity, Nicolson did this.

Because it was completely untrue.

The man he’d misidentified had been bombarded with abuse and had to spend the day explaining Nicolson’s false accusations to angry clients looking to pull their business.

It’s not even the first time Nicolson has done this sort of thing.

In 2020 he’d in fact made the EXACT same mistake McKenna had, but much more maliciously, as part of a longstanding campaign of antagonism by Nicolson and a bit-part actor called David Paisley against the LGB Alliance charity.

And for good measure he also tarred some SNP NEC members.

But despite Nicolson’s strident demands of the Herald On Sunday:

…he’s refused to issue a public apology to the entirely innocent Mr McNab, and there’s been no talk of donating any money to charities of Mr McNab’s choice. He hasn’t even tweeted to say he’s deleted the false accusation, he just quietly vanished it (but not before it had accumulated tens of thousands of views).

Astonishingly, he’s instead spent his time on hypocritically castigating Dominic Raab’s “bullying”. and demanding, with a straight face, that lessons be learned from it.

All of which would be hilarious if not for the very real damage Nicolson and his team of “sleuths” – hailing mainly from the nasty little witch-hunters of the SNP’s Twitler Youth, accurately described by Kevin McKenna as the party’s “scarecrow wing” – have done to the victims of their bungling smears, and for which the MP shows neither any sign of apparent genuine remorse nor any willingness to learn.

The only thing hurt by McKenna’s mistake was John Nicolson’s ego, which is the size of Jupiter and well able to withstand the occasional accidental pricking. But Nicolson’s amateur-detective buffoonery puts people’s livelihoods and safety at risk, and it’s time someone took him to one side and quietly told him to shut his cavernous pie-hole.

There you go, John. Now maybe keep it that way for a while, eh?

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  1. Marie Clark says:

    “Don’t want politics to be in the gutter, press to be in the gutter”. Bit late there John old boy, it’s where they are now, and deservedly so.

  2. Sue Varley says:

    Wish we could refer to John Nicholson as the “accidental prick” from now on, unfortunately I think he is (usually) doing it deliberately!

  3. robbo says:

    Odious man

  4. Rab Dickson says:

    Fat fucking buffoon

  5. Catherine says:

    Insufferable arsehole.

  6. Jlm says:

    Off topic. I’ve just been informed that my application to become the FM’s speechwriter has been delayed for another two months. Maybe it’s a money problem.

  7. Cuilean says:

    “It’s my happy heart you hear,
    Singing loud and singing clear
    And it’s all because”

    you’ve burst his pretty balloon.

  8. John C says:

    Nicholson is one of those politicians I’ll be so glad to see the back of and hopefully he loses his seat next time round. Even if he does I fear if Yousaf is in charge still he’ll find a place for him. Of course, a lot changes in a short time now in Scottish politics so hopefully ruin and obscurity looms for him in his future.

    As for David Paisley I’m amazed by now he’s not been pulled up for the amount of clearly politically based legal cases he’s brought against people. I also wonder where his funding is coming from as there’s no way his acting ‘career’ is funding what he’s doing.

    Both though see themselves as 21st century versions of Matthew Hopkins taking up the fight against uppity women & uncompliant homosexuals.

  9. Ian Brotherhood says:

    His body language, intonation and braggadocio remind me very much of another Scottish ‘journalist’ who enjoys throwing his weight around and thinks he’s a pure gemmy.

    Andrew Neil.


  10. Den says:

    Never liked this guy always been a prick wi ears.

  11. Georges says:

    Nicolson really is a vain, pompous twit. Well done for exposing his hypocrisy.
    Who selects people like this to stand as an MP? He’s more out of touch with ordinary people than the World Out Of Touch Champion.
    Keep this up, Stu, and I might need to increase my standing order!

  12. Ottomanboi says:

    Samuel Johnson’s dictionary defined the above as «a man of artifice; one of deep contrivance».
    Little has changed.
    «To find yourself, think for yourself»
    (Socrates) still applies.

  13. Charles Hodgson says:

    What are the chances of the SNP engaging another auditor / accountancy firm? The previous lot have to by law warn any interested successor of the state of the party and its practices, a pretty poisoned chalice.
    Was interesting to hear Penny Mordaunt in HoC threaten to withhold their Westminster short money if they do not submit audited accounts by the May deadline.
    They’d be absolutely f*cked (bankrupt) if that life-support is withdrawn.
    Hope Humza is still enjoying “the privelige of his life.”
    Ha Ha Ha.

  14. Dorothy Devine says:

    Oh I do like ‘accidental prick” I may use that again sometime!

    Ian B, bringing up the standards with ‘braggodocio’ – well impressed.

  15. robertkknight says:

    As Father Jack would say…


  16. Ian McCubbin says:

    A much worse MP than his predecessor Luke Graham , a Tory.
    At least Luke had a constituency office in the area with people to help with local issues.
    The closest this jerk has been to Luncarty is Alloa.
    I am sure this unionist will be rejected at next election.

  17. Republicofscotland says:

    Instant karma on the troughing pr*ck that is Nicolson, I hope he gets sued, more importantly we must vote this useless gravy trainer out at the next GE, along with Whitehall’s favourite SNP House Jock, and the SNP’s new National Treasurer Stewart McDonald.

    Vote Alba, Join Alba get this lot out of office.

  18. Alastair Ewen says:

    Well skewered Rev.

  19. Anton Decadent says:

    Whenever I see people in politics and/or journalism gesticulating like that with their hands I immediately distrust them regardless of position. They are salesmen/women using the prompts and tricks of the trade.

  20. Charles Hodgson says:

    This is why “journalists” are held in such high esteem these days.
    Hope they’re all “fully boosted”, they could do with some thinning out.

  21. Derek McGaw says:

    Maybe the wronged party might want to sue for slander?, my dear Wife suggested that he start a crowdfunder towards the costs.

    ‘So difficult being an SNP MP’?

    Try being the poor bastards robbed by you oleagineous bastards sitting on your fat arses on the leather benches at Westminster, Scotland’s Shame!

  22. Antoine Bisset says:

    I cannot follow any of that. I am fairly simple. One thing that is absent from the “bullying” scenario is that the Civil Service (Whitehall) have a reputation for obstructing the follow -through to Brexit. Regardless of whether they do it on general grounds or from having their personal ambitions to get a sinecure in Brussels completely thwarted, they should be following the instructions of their Ministers.
    Why does it take around three or four weeks to send or receive a letter from Holland as a result of “Customs” delays? (Before we joined the EU it took 3 days or less.)

  23. Matt Quinn says:

    I wonder if the dreary-dull-as-ditchwater, parachuted-in, over-privileged little public school Rentier – as a Journalist – has ever read a copy of McNaes? Specifically the section (3, in the 21st edition) on Defamation and related law…

    Hutchie has an awful lot to answer for.

  24. PhilM says:

    This is a bit speculative…
    So Kevin McKenna sloppily made an objective defamatory statement but I would submit m’lud/m’lady that he did not damage JN’s character or ‘lower his reputation in the estimation of ordinary persons’. His reputation at the time of McKenna’s article was objectively…(*avoids using adjective of choice*). If the Herald issue a quick apology and a prominent retraction that should satisfy an elected representative. Seeking damages or ‘extorting’ (used in common parlance not as alleging an offence) charity donations is poor form.
    Anyway reading the recently passed defamation act, it might make a person wonder if JN actually has a case…Kevin McKenna didn’t appear to slight JN in any way as a private person but did so in his role as a political representative using his public platform to advance a conspiracy theory. The 2021 Defamation Act or the Regulations don’t state that MPs/MSPs are not to be treated as ‘public authorities’ (the latter PAs can’t sue for defamation) so his right to redress comes solely from being a private individual.
    However Kevin McKenna didn’t appear to be saying JN was a ‘bad person’ as such but may have been implying some sort of abuse of a public role. It would be for voters to decide his future based on his overall performance in that role, which doesn’t involve his private life at all.
    No doubt this is not how defamation law actually operates in Scotland in practice but the logic of the words used appears to cast some doubt on JN’s ability to sue.
    Just some idle thoughts…

  25. BigG says:

    The number of idiots remaining in the SNP who tell me they can’t stand Salmond because of his smugness, yet are happy to rub shoulders with this absolute bell end is quite astonishing.

    And by quite astonishing I mean not at all astonishing since circa 2019.

  26. Rob says:

    I was going to start with “the white smoke indicates a new SNP Treasurer,” but all the interesting stuff’s long since been shredded and burned. Anyway…

    “MP Stuart McDonald has been appointed as the SNP’s new treasurer – MP Joanna Cherry, who has been a persistent critic of how the SNP has been run in recent years, has welcomed Mr McDonald’s appointment.”

    Opinions? Insights? Anyone?

  27. Beauvais says:

    He must be a right wee pussy man if he’s even bothered that someone pissed on his constituency office door years before? All politicians encounter such stuff and most manage to laugh and shrug it off immediately.

    Then he goes and falsely accuses someone. What an utter berk Nicolson is. And this is what sits for the SNP as a supposedly pro-indy politician.

  28. Merganser says:

    Rob @ 4.39.

    He’ll have to find the books first; then unscramble them; then re-write them; then convince any potential auditors they are all in order; then find a million pounds from somewher; then he will be proclaimed a living saint.

    Alternatively he will either resign or be kicked out by the end of June.

  29. Matt Quinn says:

    PhilM says: 22 April, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    “No doubt this is not how defamation law actually operates in Scotland in practice “…

    Having once taught the HN Media law units… and trained/worked in news media (specifically as an ENG Cameraman and later, in other production roles) for decades, I think I can say the latest iteration of Scots defamation law has made things a little clearer.

    The ‘new’ Defamation and Malicious Publication (Scotland) Act 2021 has tidied up a few loose threads… for example; caused or is likely to cause serious harm to the reputation of another, is now a more clearly-established benchmark that will take many a stairheed rammie between auld fishwives out of scope.

    “recklessly indifferent to the truth” and made maliciously are other points of sharpened focus.

    Mindful of those benchmarks …accusing someone of the disgusting act of pissing up against your door, and actually harming their business would, in my view, certainly merit a call to a suitably qualified and experienced legal professional.

    …Not so sure of the situation with respect to Kev’s any finer and it would snap Journalism; but I suspect if you did ask the lawyer/legal advice line anybody working in the media keeps the number of on their Rolodex; ye’d be ‘telt’ that a simple retraction, clarification and apology will be sufficient. – As any fule (or at least any fule who has had the basic training) knowe.

  30. Geoff Anderson says:

    I’m surprised at how mild the comments are on here for Mrs Doubtfire!

  31. Cynicus says:

    “…. Whitehall’s favourite SNP House Jock, and the SNP’s new National Treasurer Stewart McDonald.”
    Another continuity appointee.

  32. Liz says:

    Nicolson is one of the most arrogant tossers in politics.
    He adores himself

  33. Neil M says:

    I have the “pleasure” of this man as my mp. At a Husting prior to the election he mistook Clackmannanshire for North Lanarkshire and still got voted in….

  34. Stephen O'Brien says:

    If Nicolson was chocolate, he’d lick his own arse. He’s in the right profession, betrayal and back biting, comes naturally to him.

  35. Alastair Naughton says:

    What a completely insufferable t0sser! And all his toadying sycophants! Thank GOD for Wings, who put the record straight for us!!!

  36. Jontoscot21 says:

    Isn’t it an act if defamation against the acting profession to call someone who appears in River City an actor?

  37. Ian Brotherhood says:

    @Liz (5.39) –

    He’s a popinjay.

    You can easily imagine him strutting around in an episode of Blackadder e.g. the one with Robbie Coltrane as Samuel Johnson.

  38. Corrado Mella says:

    Once a pompous prick, forever a pompous prick.

    It’s the narcissism that irks.
    “You don’t know who you’re speaking to”.

    Remember: while not all narcissists are psychopaths, all psychopaths are narcissists.

    Whenever you see narcissistic affectation, always assume sociopathy/psychopathy unless there’s proof of the contrary.

    Sociopaths and psychopaths are *VERY* good at hiding the worst of their character – until they’ve got you tangled in their web – but will always expose narcissistic traits.

  39. Tinto Chiel says:

    Given Nicolson’s private school/American scholarship/BBC background it’s hardly a surprise to conclude he’s an arrogant, self-serving stumer who has no interest in representing the people who employ him, i.e. us.

    Just another bloated flea/grifter on the independence body politic.

    The SS Scottish Independence needs a good pull-through with a tarred rope to rid itself of these klingons.

    And I’m not forgetting you, Alyn Smyth…….

  40. Andouilette says:

    Such a repulsive little man. One of the few people who causes an utterly visceral spasm of disgust in me when I clap eyes on him. Friends in Perth tell me he is the most useless MP they’ve ever had.
    Also, isn’t David Paisley the slimy fungus who is trying to sue Glinner for God knows what?

  41. twathater says:

    The buffoons buffoon who definitely could give bozo Johnston a run in the self opinionated narcissist stakes, how is Useless gonna find aw these fake jobs for these blowhards when they are TURFED by the real electorate instead of the snp sycophants

  42. Garrion says:

    An odious public schoolboy house jock. Of course he’s in the SNP.

  43. Jock Mc Travish says:

    Simply, all that is wrong with the essnpee!

  44. John says:

    “Angus Robertson was given £33,000 wages top-up while SNP’s Westminster leader”

  45. ronald anderson says:

    Mumsy dearest would have approved in her darling boys statement .

    I hope CompcoFire & Mr McNab sue the arse of the arsehole.

  46. Merganser says:


    Can’t read the article (paywall), but can imagine what this was for.

  47. Ian Brotherhood says:

    @ronald anderson (8.04) –

    ‘I hope CompcoFire & Mr McNab sue the arse of the arsehole.’

    If they do then he’ll just be a hole.

    Then the cops can have a look into him.


  48. Stuart MacKay says:

    Ian Brotherhood

    He’s a thingy shaped like a turnip.

  49. JB says:

    I’m not sure what (if anything) to make of this, but The Times in the following article states:

    “Four long-serving partners had left Johnston Carmichael in the months before it ditched the SNP as a client. They included John Todd, whose wife, Maree, is an SNP minister.”

  50. Ian Brotherhood says:

    Now the new stuff about Robertson, as mentioned by John at 7.40.


    Have we reached the point where it’s reasonable to ask if there is *anyone* in a senior SNP position who isn’t on the fiddle?

    If there is (let’s say for argument’s sake, Angus Brendan MacNeil, fingers crossed he is) and they know others who are 100% straight, this would be a great time for them to get together, organise a peaceful coup and kick the grifters to fuck. Overnight. I don’t know the practicalities of how such a thing would be done. But there must be plenty of folk who will know and they’ll know how to do it properly, peacefully.

    Is there anyone here (or even over at WGD?) who wouldn’t welcome such a cleansing?

    The current situation is as embarrassing as it is intolerable. We’re the laughing stock of the world.


  51. Ian Brotherhood says:

    @Stuart MacKay (8.14) –

    A tumshie-heid?

  52. ronald anderson says:

    Ian Brotherhood .

    Third witticism in the one thread , your on fire today MR lol.

  53. Angus Files says:

    Good reading on the twitter below..and the faithful are still donating to the SNP.

  54. Dave Llewellyn says:

    In an interesting aside I beligeone 9f the original good guys maybe standing against Nicholson in the Westminster election. May the better guy win.

  55. Ian Brotherhood says:

    @ronnie anderson –

    Thanks, but it’s not ‘wit’ as such, I’m just a bit hyper because I ate some of the cat’s Dreamies by mistake this morning. I was a bit hungover and thought they were roasted peanuts.


  56. fran says:

    Ian Brotherhood says:
    22 April, 2023 at 8:40 pm
    Now the new stuff about Robertson, as mentioned by John at 7.40.


    Have we reached the point where it’s reasonable to ask if there is *anyone* in a senior SNP position who isn’t on the fiddle?

    While he was lining his own pocket, he was telling his colleagues to donate their pay rises to charity, 2 faced rat.

  57. Brenzhnev's Eyebrows says:

    John Nicolson was GoH at an Eastwood SNP Night in the Redhurst. Turned up with his boyfriend – and why not?
    Said boyfriend was a very handsome Portuguese chap who looked 24-25 tops. Our bold BBC employee took great delight in announcing that tonight was their 10th anniversary expecting us all to cheer or something. At which point some of us started to do the math….
    His speech spent a lot of time extolling the EU but his favourite aspect of it was the free movement of young folk around Europe. If independence was mentioned, it was merely in the passing, EU this, EU that, Erasmus, working together blah, blah and sod-all to do with any Immortal Memory but plenty to do with John Nicolson.
    The evening wore on until it was time for the main event at every SNP do I ever attended – the raffle.
    Local heid bummmer – cant mind if he was actually the provost then – comes up on stage with a glass bowl of tickets. Nicolson takes the bowl from him and proceeds to stuff all the tickets into the boyfriends sporran along with some remark about it not just being the winners who were going to get lucky tonight. He then proceeds to spend at least a full minute furtling in the boyfriends sporran for every single prize all the while treating us to incredibly unfunny and predictable double entendres. Meanwhile Miguel gazed into sugar-daddies eyes…

    I left thinking that perhaps Mr Nicolson was not one of the people I trusted to lead us to Independence.

  58. Ian Brotherhood says:

    This is OT but important.

    Tomorrow, at 3pm, your mobile will sound an emergency alarm. It will be very loud.

    This is being flogged by the UK govt as a ‘test’. Most folk don’t seem to be aware of it, so it could create real problems e.g. if a victim of domestic abuse has a ‘secret’ phone stashed in their house ‘just in case’ or the thing goes off when you’re driving etc.

    Go to Twitter and search ’emergency alert’ – plenty of vids showing how to disable the alarm on whatever phone you have.

    If you have an i-phone, go to Settings, then Notifications, scroll to the very bottom and you’ll see two buttons which are currently switched ‘on’. (You weren’t aware of them, eh? Neither was I until five minutes ago.)

    Turn them off, then get your family and friends to do likewise.

    Fuck their ‘test’.

    What they’re testing is compliance.

    Don’t comply.

  59. Tinto Chiel says:

    @Ian B: it’s also to trigger The Fear. Fear of The Next Variant/The Mad Man from The East/Catastrophic Climate Change/ und so weiter.

    It’ll be the Two Minute Hate next.

    Pick your target.

  60. Ian Brotherhood says:

    @TC (10.47) –

    And now the Sundays are on about ‘burner phones’.

    How much more tawdry is this going to become?

    It is so utterly shameful.

    What have these bastards done to our country?

    I despair.


  61. Stoker says:

    SNP MP John Nicolson = Obnoxious arrogant pseudo-intellectual.

  62. Tinto Chiel says:

    In fact, to misquote Timothy Leary: “Turn off, tune out, drop out.”

    We should all leave Plato’s cave if we can summon up the courage so to do.

  63. Sheepshagger says:

    Diddy thinks his grooming and posturing induces us into believing him.
    Truth is, Nicolson is a product of the self fellating media bubble and Malcolm Tucker is his nightmare.

  64. Iano says:

    He really is a noxious person

  65. christy m says:

    I love this website. Promise not to to lose your sense o humour.

  66. David Hannah says:

    He’ll not get elected again after 2024/25.

    Best ignored. His party will no longer exist in a mere matter of weeks too.

    He helped the demise of the SNP under Nicola Sturgeon.

    The Indy Swindler.

  67. David Hannah says:

    Hopefully Sturgeon is nicked tomorrow. Before the Coronation. She’ll be the talk of the steamie.

    There’s Agent Sturgeon. She’s at the window again. Close the curtains.

  68. Ron Clark says:

    First Minister of Scotland and so called leader of the indy movement.

    Telling us what will be happening in Scotland on Saturday May 6th:-

    Individuals and organisations have also been invited to take part in street parties, community lunches or charity events during the coronation weekend. Mr Yousaf said: “I will be attending the coronation on May 6, and there will be ample opportunities for people across Scotland who wish to mark this historic occasion, to do so.

    “These include watching the ceremony on big screens in communities, hosting street parties or taking part in charity and local events. Scotland will welcome the new monarch later in the year with a service of dedication and thanksgiving.

    Like Sturgeon, Yousaf totally ignoring the Scottishindependence “Get it Right fuckin up ye Charlie” Rally, which is being held in Glasgow on Saturday 6th May.

  69. paulk says:

    That’s one of the most cringe-inducing videos I’ve ever had the displeasure to watch. No self-awareness whatsoever. Bit grim that the Herald editor folded so easily. McKenna deserves better.

  70. Edwin Wine says:

    Isn’t this the guy who denied on BBC Politics Live that he had seen any evidence of inappropriate gender ideology being taught in schools. Then it emerges he had been sent a lot of information and offers of information via twitter but instantly blocked them.

    Hear no Evil See no Evil

  71. PacMan says:

    re: Emergency alert.

    It only works if you have your smartphone on and AFAIK, it doesn’t work on dumbphones.

    In regards to the whole idea of having emergency alerts, for instance Japan this daily at 5 O’Clock which it has become known as the 5 O’Clock Chime:

    It makes sense to have that in that country as it is prone to natural disasters on a regularly basis like earthquakes and hurricanes.

    It makes no sense however to have it here. It is much like these ‘weather warnings’ we get on weather forecasts that gives dire warnings affecting large areas of Scotland yet when you look out the window, the weather if fine.

    It is out of all proportion and just weakens the purpose of alerts to absurdity where it becomes pointless. It will get to the situation where most people see through the BS of it and ignore it.

  72. Lenny Hartley says:

    Iain brotherhood, i cant see how anybody would have use of burner phones in regards to alleged financial irregularities, however Murrell did say under oath during the Sturgeon enquiry at Holyrood that he did not have “whatsapp” on his phone. We know the Vietnam group used Whatsapp to communicate amongst themselves. Perhaps the enquiries are expanding?

  73. John Main says:

    PacMan reckons none of the current concerns over, say, extreme weather events, or The War, are valid.

    So that’s all right then.

    Any Scot still remembering how Storm Arwen cut off their power and communications for the best part of a week can go whistle.

    That didn’t happen in the only part of Scotland that really matters, the M8 corridor, so who cares.

  74. Breastplate says:

    IanB @ 1101pm,
    Agreed, if there is an emergency, I’m pretty sure we will know locally and won’t need central government to tell us.

    We are nothing but cattle to these (lizard) people and herding us is the name of the game.
    Our countries are in the hands of cold blooded psychopaths, sociopaths and their enablers.

    Unfortunately for us, they got a taste of the power we allowed them to wield during lockdown and they liked it. We are the turkeys that voted for Christmas and it’s all our own fault because en masse, we insist on trusting the untrustworthy.
    As a population, we are not too bright.

  75. Bernard de Linton says:

    The French have had the S.A.I.P app since 2016 .and is meant to provide info on floods,natural disasters etc, But it was mostly invented ,so you could run like fuck,when brainwashed followers, of 1400 year old fables were trying to kill you.

  76. Ruby says:

    Though I would share articles I have been reading this morning: All archived some by me some already archived.
    First lot about mobile phones + designer pots & pans? No mention of designer coffee machine yet.

    SNP ‘burner’ phones, luxury pens and even a fridge being probed by cops as crisis deepens

    Police tried to stop man filming SNP motorhome
    Strange! A picture of the motorhome was plastered all over the press.

    Sturgeon ‘threatened to seize phones from senior SNP members questioning party finances’

    Angus Robertson’s pay out will be on 2nd list.

    Anyone know anything about designer pots & pans?

    Are they French the ones banned by Macron?

  77. Holymacmoses says:

    John Nicholson must seem like a failure to himself – the rest of the family having few academic expectations before he arrived on the scene.
    However a man who achieves a Kennedy Scholarship for Harvard alongside being on a Harkness Scholarship there, had every right to expect a glittering political or journalistic career.
    I suggest that Nicholson is a man of seemingness; a man who flatters to deceive.
    But something happened to him or he simply got found out: either way, he has ended up being a bumptious, mediocre, failed hack in a failed Government in a country that needs to find its socks and then start pulling them up.

  78. Shug says:

    Has anyone got and official position as to why the new king will not wear the Scottish crown or swear the Scottish oath.

    When he does come to Edinburgh I presume the MSM will be relying on the tourists to provide a welcoming cheer.

  79. Ruby says:

    OMG I have just used a semi-colon


    The semi-colon rocks. 😉

    If all electricity & communication is cut off as in Storm Arwen how would you get an alert on your mobile phone?

  80. John Main says:

    @Ron Clark 1:24

    You missed the “so called” from in front of the “First Minister of Scotland”.

    Please don’t tell me you don’t actually care that the so called elections of HY as leader of the SNP and as FM were flawed and fraudulent processes, rushed through and mired in gerrymandering by alleged criminals.

    I am mystified that this election travesty is just being shrugged off as “whatever” by most posters on here. I wonder if some long-observed Indy habit of solidarity is in play, perhaps subconsciously. “So what if Yousaf is a fraudulently elected imposter, he’s oor fraudulently elected imposter!”

    If so, I can’t see the rest of us Scots being happy to just let this disgrace settle into uncontroversial normalcy. Every day HY continues to masquerade as FM without challenge, is another day on which Scotland’s inability to do anything right for itself is writ large for all to see.

  81. Breastplate says:

    John Main,
    Regarding the war, there is only one national (global) emergency that would facilitate the general population having time to hide under the bed as the world is burnt to a crisp.

  82. President Xiden says:

    John Main says:
    Any Scot still remembering how Storm Arwen cut off their power and communications for the best part of a week can go whistle.

    So, what difference would this warning message have done here? The weather forecast informed people the storm was coming in advance. Genuinely puzzled how this ‘warning’ would have made any difference. Please enlighten me.

  83. President Xiden says:

    “ The only thing hurt by McKenna’s mistake was John Nicolson’s ego, which is the size of Jupiter”

    By the looks of him, it’s not just his ego which is the size of Jupiter.

  84. Ruby says:

    This lot about money

    ‘Difficult’ for nationalists to find new auditors

    It’s predicted they might have to find their auditors outwith Scotland & pay a premium price.

    Angus Robertson was given ‘secret’ £33,000 wages top-up while SNP’s Westminster leader

  85. Wee Chid says:

    Ian Brotherhood says:
    22 April, 2023 at 10:06 pm
    “This is OT but important.

    Tomorrow, at 3pm, your mobile will sound an emergency alarm. It will be very loud.”

    Mine won’t, and if I had one, I certainly wouldn’t be complying. I’ll keep my PAYG dumbphone and, if it ever gets to the stage where these ‘phones won’t work at all, I’ll do without.
    My next big worry is this cashless society that they are trying to foist upon us. How many bars of chocolate will I be allowed to purchase on my debit card before someone reckons I’m eating too much of it and cuts off my money? And people walk blindly into this interference in their lives.

  86. PacMan says:

    John Main says: 23 April, 2023 at 9:46 am

    PacMan reckons none of the current concerns over, say, extreme weather events, or The War, are valid.

    So that’s all right then.

    Any Scot still remembering how Storm Arwen cut off their power and communications for the best part of a week can go whistle.

    That didn’t happen in the only part of Scotland that really matters, the M8 corridor, so who cares.

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

    Anybody with half a brain and a smidgen of common sense knows that these weather warnings should be localised to areas affected.

  87. David Hannah says:

    I see the middle class animal rights protesters tried to stop the Ayr Races, 25 people arrested.

    The Scottish Parliament was also interrupted again this week.

    The police need to up their game and beat some sense into these people.

  88. Wee Chid says:

    Ron Clark says:
    23 April, 2023 at 1:24 am
    “First Minister of Scotland and so called leader of the indy movement.

    Telling us what will be happening in Scotland on Saturday May 6th:-”

    It will be day two of the annual Moniaive Folk Festival. Plenty of celebrations but none of them for Charlie – although I believe some locals, hangovers from the Raj and their incomer supporters, will be doing something on the Monday. As the festival is by with then I’ll be unkind enough to hope it pishes down.

  89. Ruby says:

    John Main says:
    23 April, 2023 at 10:12 am

    I am mystified that this election travesty is just being shrugged off as “whatever” by most posters on here.

    Mystified again by the ‘Bonnie White Heather Club’?

    There are at least three articles in the Sunday Times today about Yousaf. Why don’t you post links and see if you can get people interested.

    I’m just shrugging them off!

  90. Republicofscotland says:

    “Tomorrow, at 3pm, your mobile will sound an emergency alarm. It will be very loud.”

    It will be a test run for a future three-minute warning when the US and its most obedient minion the UK starts a nuclear war.

  91. John Main says:

    @Breastplate 10:14

    You sure about that?

    If Chernobyl repeats itself (plenty of evidence over the past year about why that may happen), I and other rational Scots will value advance warning.

    There is simple stuff anybody can do to mitigate their exposure to short half-life, wind-borne, radioactive fallout.

    I would list some of them, but WTF, do your own research, if you can stop scoffing for long enough.

  92. Robert Hughes says:

    @ Breastplate

    ” Unfortunately for us, they got a taste of the power we allowed them to wield during lockdown and they liked it. We are the turkeys that voted for Christmas and it’s all our own fault because en masse, we insist on trusting the untrustworthy.
    As a population, we are not too bright.”

    Yip , n * if nothing else * the Covid hysteria demonstrated if the State applies sufficient fear n – in that instance – emotional blackmail ( I wonder exactly how many grannies/grandas were basically murdered by their callous , psychopathic offspring ? I’m guessing aboot 2 n hof , if that ) – the majority of people will gladly abandon whatever critical faculties they possess n submit to this most ludicrous , counter-productive commands .

    ’cause , y’ken ….Big The Science is watching you .

    Nothing at all dodgy about today’s Mass Compliance Exercise , is there ?

    BTW yr man Nicholson is a serious threat to P Wishbone’s hitherto seemingly invincible title of Parliamentary Twat Of The Year

  93. John Main says:

    RoS 10:44

    Whatever happened to you?

    Your posts used to be hoaching with “Satans” references. Ah, the guid old days, “Great Satan”, “Lesser Satan”, “Satan’s accomplices”, etc. Your posts were always a joy to read.

    Hope you get back to your full strength soon.

  94. Ron Clark says:

    John Main

    Regards protesting the electing of Yousaf as leader of the SNP.

    I am at the stage where I have just totally given up all hope of rescuing the SNP.

    So in my opinion, the quickest way to see the demise of them is to keep this dud Yousaf in place.

    And by all accounts, it’s working.

    When you think of the SNP nowadays, that old Scottish saying springs to mind :-

    “Let them lie in thir ain pish”.

    Very apt.

  95. Robert Hughes says:

    fck ! …Nicolson – not Nicholson . Wouldn’t want to cause any undue confusion due to mistaking people with similar names , eh ?

  96. Andrew scott says:

    David hannah
    Re protesters in Hollyrood
    Invade a cricket match £1,000 fine
    So interrupt proceedings in hollyrood -big sign at entrance -£500 fine

  97. Republicofscotland says:

    “If Chernobyl repeats itself (plenty of evidence over the past year about why that may happen), I and other rational Scots will value advance warning.”


    Maybe not now, the IAEA has warned 404 to stop shelling the biggest nuclear reactor in Europe the ZNPP.

  98. Colin Alexander says:

    Wee Chid

    Rather than celebrating the English coronation of an English king, maybe it would be more fitting to commemorate the martyrdom of the Rev. James Renwick of Moniaive, and the other Covenanters of Scotland, who were imprisoned and martyred by order of the United Kingdom royalty.

    The oath by KCIII to uphold the independence of the Presbyterian church is because the Covenanters eventually prevailed in the civil war caused by the tyrant royals.

  99. John Main says:

    @President Xiden

    Maybes not everybody catches the weather forecast?

    Just a wild idea I’m putting out there.

    Tell you what though, if you do grant the idea as having some superficial plausibility, it opens up a whole new can of worms.

    Maybes not everybody catches the news, the fitba results or the Top Twenty.

    Corrie, GoT, or Strictly, the list is endless.

    So maybes some means of infrequent, emergency, near-universal notification could be considered a Good Thing. For those who selectively tune out the stuff they are not interested in.

    Who knows, maybes the Chinese will engineer Covid 24 for immediate, contagious lethality. I will defo want to know about that.

  100. Republicofscotland says:

    The extent to which Scotland is being robbed of its energy in financial terms in breathtaking.

  101. Ottomanboi says:

    Constitutional monarchs do not have «sacral» coronations compare Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain.
    The confected «religious» ceremonies of the Church of England involved in this affair are suggestive of a monarchy that sits ill with such a notion.
    The world is changing, power tectonics are shifting. The anglo-saxons are looking quite quaint. Scotland has no need of this retro costume drama association.
    The British state seems to be developing a «shinto» like cult of monarchy.

  102. Ron Clark says:

    Regarding this 3pm Alert.

    For those not wishing to hear this Alert.

    Set alarm on phone for 2.55pm telling you to switch OFF phone.

    Set second alarm for 3.05pm telling you to switch ON phone.


  103. John Main says:

    Ron Clark

    I understand your argument. If Yousaf was just SNP leader I would agree fully.

    But he is more than that, he is FM of Scotland. That office just has to mean something to every Scot, whether Indy or Yoon or don’t care. Just as it means something to every non-Scot, everywhere in the world.

    Right now, I believe Scotland is represented by a fraudulently elected imposter. Historians will write this down as one of the lowest points in our long history.

    The frauds by which Yousaf was put in place are well documented and easy to understand. They make the allegations surrounding the elections of Trump and Biden look trivial in comparison.

    Yet, while these US allegations continue to play out across the world, our Scottish example is ignored. Just think how that must look to any impartial observer.

    The Scots eh? Strong, the cringe is, in that lot.

  104. Willie says:

    Latest story to emerge about Angus Robertson is that unbeknown and undeclared Short Money provided to all opposition parties was diverted to Angus Robertson to top up his salary when he was in Westminster.

    Seems that he was given and extra £33,000 to tide him over. Now secretly weighing Angus in to glad hand him a bit of dosh might not be a crime but it is indicative of roughing and for which the SNP have become notorious.

    Be interesting to find out what the forthcoming Progress Scotland account filings reveal.

  105. Matt Quinn says:

    Ron Clark says: 23 April, 2023 at 11:36 am


    …Until you switch the phone back on (or bring it into area) when it will pick up the alert anyway. – It’s a pity Patrick Allen is no longer with us; I’m sure he could brings some much needed comedy to ‘the event’.

    We’re going full Scarfolk again methinks.

  106. John Main says:


    Best leave religion out.

    As somebody up-thread already pointed out, one use of the Emergency Notification is to advise peeps to run like fuck when an outbreak of “religious zeal” occurs.

    Not something that used to bother us Scots a few decades ago, but onwards and upwards and a that.

  107. Breastplate says:

    John Main,
    I think you missed my point about emergency notification, if you are relying on central government to inform you, it’s already too late but you certainly are quite entitled to wait for an official decree to allow yourself some concern.

  108. Anton Decadent says:

    I never thought I would say this but he’s like George Foulkes except worse, isn’t he.

  109. Breastplate says:

    Robert Hughes,
    Yes, agreed.

  110. Liz says:

    @pac-man couldn’t agree more.
    They have this in the US for hurricane and tornado warnings.

    What possible warning would cover the whole UK unless its the 3 minute warning where we’re all doomed anyway.

    Just more BS to keep the public stressed.
    I’ve switched mine off, not sure if it will be overridden

  111. Wee Chid says:

    Colin Alexander says:
    23 April, 2023 at 11:12 am

    I might, if I wasn’t an atheist whose hackles rise every time the local church of Scotland plays their own version of “Hail the Conquering Hero” from Handel’s Judas Macabeus. The protestant church celebrating the vicotry of the Butcher of Cumberland doesn’t ring well with me.

  112. Wee Chid says:

    John Main says:
    23 April, 2023 at 11:24 am

    And maybes not everyone has a smart ‘phone – or even wants one or can even get a decent signal to warrant one.

  113. John Main says:

    @Liz 12:47

    We’ve already covered this.

    A radioactive cloud, covering the entire country (continent?) with fallout.

    Detection of a new, rapidly spreading infectious disease.

    It’s not that hard to comprehend, particularly as both have already happened before; Chernobyl and Covid.

  114. Ottomanboi says:

    A Scottish presenter on a London based radio channel has referred to France as the old enemy of this country. The man, by no means young, proclaims the appropriation by England of the history of these north west Atlantic islands.
    The auld enemie as far as Scotland, and legions of other countries too, is concerned is England. No amount of appopriation can change that.

  115. Matt Quinn says:

    I saw this and a little ditty came into my head;

    ‘Truly Trumptious, he’s truly truly Trumptious…
    Crazy as a box of rubber frogs!’

    Perhaps you might imagine the tune for yourselves?

  116. Holymacmoses says:

    Robert Hughes says:
    23 April, 2023 at 11:05 am
    fck ! …Nicolson – not Nicholson . Wouldn’t want to cause any undue confusion due to mistaking people with similar names , eh ?

    Me too Robert

    Easy to mix the name up with a Hollywood superstar though , isn’t it:-)

  117. President Xiden says:

    You still haven’t answered the question of how these messages would have prevented any of the power outages resulting from this storm. You seem to be completely dependent on the State to tell you what to do and when to do it. But, hey each to his own.

  118. Merganser says:

    Edinburgh man wins world marmalade award.

    No, it’s not Angus

  119. President Xiden says:

    John Main said :
    Detection of a new, rapidly spreading infectious disease.

    Ah, now we see what they will use it for . They will probably throw in a few ‘climate’ alerts such as ‘expect hot temperatures today, advised to stay indoors’ or ‘ is that journey really necessary today. Leave the car at home”. You can just see the over reach .

  120. Republicofscotland says:

    “A Scottish presenter on a London based radio channel has referred to France as the old enemy of this country”


    The mentality of some of those House Jocks is staggering, I recall Brillo, aka Andrew Neil once on the Politics show doing down Scotland, and a Tory MP saying to Brillo, you’re a Scot Andrew, to which Brillo replied, I’ve not lived in Scotland for decades, a close as reply to not being a Scot as you can get, the reply was almost Boswellian in nature.

    Never try to reason with a House Jock its pointless.

  121. Lenny Hartley says:

    John Main , re Alarm They had plenty of advance warning of the Chernobyl radioactive rain coming our way, radiation alarms in all the Platforms and rigs in the North Sea were going off, but they never bothered their arses to tell folk to stay indoors, a day after the Alarms on Arran an inter village football match was taking place , it was raining heavily with black soot in the rain, three of my friends who were playing that night and another who was a spectator died in their late 40’s early 50’s , all bar one of Cancer and that one , i dont know what he died off as he left the Island.

    They did not tell us then, why do you expect them to tell us now?

  122. Geoff Anderson says:

    Did this perjury investigation ever come to anything?

  123. Chris Darroch says:

    Just excellent work…

  124. Tinto Chiel says:

    Wee Chid 10.27: “How many bars of chocolate will I be allowed to purchase on my debit card before someone reckons I’m eating too much of it and cuts off my money? And people walk blindly into this interference in their lives.”

    Wait till the Greens try to restrict you to 20-Minute Neighbourhoods and 15-Minute Cities for the good of the planet.

    @Matt Quinn 1.32: but surely Keith “Rebuttal Unit” Brown is correct about SNP transparency? After all, we can see right through them now 🙂 .

  125. Stephen O'Brien says:

    Many folk are now put off Indy marches, simply by their association to SNP. That’s the reality of the situation.

    With no sign of any opportunity for the electorate to decide. SNP continues to undermine the entire movement. Marching while SNP sits on its arse, is a difficult proposition!

    The sooner SNP gets out of the way, the better for everybody.

  126. Ian Brotherhood says:

    @Lenny Hartley (2.05) –

    That’s shocking. Never heard that before.

    I knew about some Ayrshire herds being declared unfit for consumption but nothing like that. Horrible.

  127. Ottomanboi says:

    UK gov. Alarm test.
    American female voice says do not be alarmed etc.
    BritSec. In safe US hands?

  128. Lenny Hartley says:

    Ian Brotherhood, I worked in the Oil Industry , colleagues who were offshore at the time told me and I heard from others in other companies that their colleagues had reported that the Alarms were going off on other Platforms as well. Nobody would know about the cancer deaths except those close to the families or friends from Arran. It was one of the players who told me about the soot in the rain, they could not figure out where it was coming from, i was not st the game being in the pub , however it was a wild night inside and out and a crowd of us did the “Grand National” that is a race jumping the hedges through all the gardens in the Brodick Seafront between the Islander Hotel as was and the RBS Branch, outside the RBS branch there was flooding and a couple of us were kidding on we were swimming in the huge puddle, surprise, surprise when I was 48 they found two tumours on my appendix , lucky for me they got them early enough. Whether it was related I dont know but makes you think after what subsequently happened to my friends!

  129. Chris Darroch says:

    You’ve probably noticed that the Telegraph has picked up on one of your recent stories.

  130. Al-Stuart says:

    This article is an excellent rejoinder Stuart,

    The narcissistic oily prick Sir John Nicolson needed a dose of home-truth.

    I wonder where Sir John Nae Fruit Nicolson, O.B.E., M.P., is going to find a lawyer after he obnoxiously pissed-off the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates…

    Maybe Sir John should stop whining and spend more time with his cunning linguist Juliano in their self-declared love of skip-diving.

    C’mon John, any second-rate politician or even a washed-up kids TV presenter can see that the “poor me, poor me, poor me another whisky” video you polutted the Internet and twatosphere with ain’t gonnae win you any browny points frim your constituents (do you remember where your constituency is my dear old boy?).

    Probably best to that you consider Tweeting about the cost of living crisis. You know: starving families and pensioners freezing to death in this, our supposed first-world country, instead of your constant whining that the Mexican fandango avocados have been missed off of your (taxpayer funded) grocery delivery of messages, than threatening to squander £600,000 of SNP funds for paying politicians vexatious legal fees.

    On topic, but slightly digressive, can any Winger give me the word or phrase used when somebody needs to wash their hands or have a shower when making contact with an oily, greasy, repugnant politician who oozes slime and makes you just want to have a shower (and not in a good way)? Even my retinas need a good scrub with vinegar and soap after watching that creepy blokes video.

    Vote Nicolson. No food to feed your kids? Johntwanette says: “Let them eat grapefruit.”

  131. Dan says:

    @ Ottomanboi

    I’m was minded of this sketch.

    Burnistoun – 11

  132. Ruby says:

    That quote from Alex Bell is in this article.

    In part he is a victim of circumstances, but not entirely. He chose to run despite knowing of two police investigations — one for the SNP’s missing money, one for possible perjury at the Alex Salmond trial. Due diligence before applying for any big job demands some curiosity about this unusual state of affairs. It underscores the impression that he is Scotland’s first ChatGPT politician, a creation lacking authority.

    Alex Salmond sex assault trial perjury claims being investigated

    and there’s this:

    Cops probe claims of Scottish Government information leak during Alex Salmond inquiry

    I think there might be some other police investigations going on but they take so long it’s easy to forget about them.

  133. Lenny Hartley says:

    And this, things are moving apace. Conspiracy to defeat the ends of justice anybody?

  134. sarah says:

    O/T but very good news re-tweeted y the Rev on twitter – Alex Salmond’s solicitors have written to the police about perjury in his trial, per Daily Record. See Ruby’s link at 3.28.

  135. JGedd says:

    Lenny Hartley @ 2.05pm

    I remember the rainclouds that came from Chernobyl in 1986. There was a heavy rainstorm over us in the south of Scotland at the beginning of the weekend. Rain was almost apocalyptic in its intensity and we were not informed until the following week that the rainclouds had come from Chernobyl but that ‘we were not to be concerned.’ Since it had passed over Scandinavia before reaching us, it was implied that if the clouds were carrying radio activity, it would have been dispersed over a wide area before reaching us.

    Later, some government investigators turned up at a nearby school to take readings on pupils’ thyroids. Adults were offered the opportunity of being tested, too, if they wished. Hardly anyone took advantage of the offer but my husband did. His readings surprised the tester who remarked that his readings were considerably lower than the tests they had already taken from the school population and asked if he had done anything out of the usual during that period.

    Since I was pregnant with our second child, we had been deeply worried despite the government assurances and it had been my husband’s idea to use long life milk to try and avoid milk that might have come from cows grazing on grass after the recent downpour. The tester said that only one other person tested had similar low readings and they had also taken the same precaution.

    The tester’s advice was to discontinue long life milk then, since that milk would now belatedly be carrying milk from cows that had grazed on pastures during the torrential rain after Chernobyl. We were told that since I was taking the same precaution as my husband, that my thyroid readings would
    be the same.

    Later we heard that two workers at Hunterston Power Station had been out on a fishing trip during the weekend of the cloudburst and had gone straight back on shift without going home. When they entered the facility however, every siren and alarm went off and there was frantic search for what they thought was a major leak within the plant but realised it had been set off by the wet rainwear of the fishermen.

    There were pastures in the south of Scotland and Cumbria that could not be grazed on for years after Chernobyl since the animals would not have been accepted into the food chain.

    My son, however, is now a healthy adult. I have to say I haven’t encountered anyone who unfortunately succumbed to cancer during the years since, who attributed it to that rainstorm and Chernobyl radio activity. It’s almost as if people have just forgotten about it.

    However, remembering that investigation undertaken by government scientists, data will have been gathered which might tell us more but is unlikely to be released.

  136. Iain mhor says:

    @Shug 10:06am

    Who says the Scottish Oath has been abandoned, or wasn’t taken?
    In case my memory was mistaken, I just went and watched it again on YouTube (it was televised)
    The law required it, and he took it.
    To have altered the Accession Oaths would require (at minimum) the Bill of Rights to be amended – a major constitutional change.

    Thr Scottish Oath isn’t (currently) part of any public coronation ceremony, It was taken during the Accession Council Proclamations last year; and as far as I’m aware, formally signed during his first Privy Council meeting over Tea & Tunnocks.

    As for wearing crowns, that’s usually only on state occasions; he can cut about in a crombie and Panama hat if he wants. He might wear The Scots Crown at an opening session of Holyrood, if it takes his fancy (or the Chooky Hamilton lets him) usually it’s just carried before him.

    I don’t know what crown Chairlie will wear at his Coronation, His Maw wore Eddie’s bunnet first, and the Scots Crown last (well, in her kist)
    Just checked – he’ll wear Eddie’s bunnet.

    Do you have to have the official ‘Crown of the Realm’ it represents stuck on your nut to actually be the ‘Monarch of that Realm’ – no.
    Various crowns have been used, so you could stick a Killie bunnet on a Monarch; just because Eddie’s Crown is going to be used doesn’t mean he’s only being crowned King of England.

    Sure, the symbolism is suggestive of it, but he isn’t. He’s been proclaimed King of the various realms, and taken the oaths – here’s a bunnet representing that – get on with it.

    Arguably Eddie’s crown is no longer the ‘Crown of England’ and hasn’t been for a long time. I’ll not argue that on the Kent Road, but I’ll chance it here.

    He is King of Scots, as well as of England ,
    and his other realms and territories, by the grace of God etc. until someone decides otherwise.

  137. Breastplate says:

    Let’s hope those people get what they deserve, whatever that is.
    It put me in mind of something Billy Connolly once said in a joke “hanging’s too good for the like of him, it’s a good boot up the arse he needs”.

    Anyway, it would be only fair for perjurers to lose the protective cloak of anonymity, we can but hope.
    As a German might say, they’re a bunch of kuntz.

  138. Veritas says:

    Main problem for Bawjaws Nicolspin is that there is nothing defamatory in McKenna’s article.
    Would the fact that he had suggested that UKGov was in some way involved in the prosecution of SNP figures lower the public’s estimation of him?
    On what planet would that be possible? This ridiculous threat from a guy who more than half the public despise already, up for cyber bullying at Westminster and this evisceration?
    If the Herald has capitulated that’s the last time I’m buying it.

  139. robertkknight says:

    Iain Mhor…

    The last individual to “wear” (be crowned) using the Crown of Scotland was Charles IIat Scone in 1651.

    No subsequent monarch of the Kingdom of Scotland, Kingdom of Great Britain or United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland/Northern Ireland has “worn” it.

    Since being “rediscovered” by Sir Walter Scott in 1818, following its effective retirement post-1707, it has appeared at State occasions in Scotland, but has never been “worn” not will likely ever be.

  140. Anton Decadent says:

    I wonder if Angus Robertson will sue the Herald for using a photo of what appears to be Harvey Weinstein in an article about him.

  141. John Main says:

    That’s a good article by Alex Bell. He nails just why Yousaf is comprehensively unfit to lead Scotland (well “duh”, as our American cousins like to say).

    Sadly though, Bell ignores the fraudulent nature of the scandalous “election process” that put Yousaf where he is.

    Looks as if nobody from the Scottish MSM is prepared to run with that story, despite it being an open goal for those on the “defenestrate Yousaf” team.

    If Scots won’t grasp this nettle we shouldn’t be surprised if WM steps up to the plate and does it for us. I really thought the SNP might have learnt by now not to gift ammunition and opportunity to their (and Scotland’s) opponents.

    But naw.

  142. sarah says:

    Re my comment at 3.41: Sorry, folks, that story about the perjury action is a year old – April 2022.

    I was getting excited for a moment.

  143. SteepBrae says:

    Lenny Hartley 2.05pm & JGedd 4.04pm

    I clearly remember that heavy rain immediately after the Chernobyl disaster of ’86 and regretted being caught in it during a walk with a friend along the seafront in Largs.

    We immediately stopped buying milk and avoided home-grown lamb which I think was withdrawn from sale in any case because of the caesium-137 in the rain deposited on the Galloway hills where the sheep grazed. Apparently each spring the new grass took up the radioactivity.

    From memory, the official line was that milk was ok. However, lots of folk stopped buying it including some medics we knew.

    Our friend developed a rare and fatal cancer 25 years later and always wondered about that heavy rain and wished we had been aware at the time of any possible danger.

    Rule number one seems to be not to panic the people. Who can forget the image of Tory MP Gummer feeding his wee daughter a hamburger in front of the cameras during the BSE crisis a few years later?

  144. Red says:

    *Curb Your Enthusiasm Theme Plays*

    Seriously though, how do we know we’re not living in Larry David’s nightmare?

    Tinto Chiel – Klingons?

    We would be lucky to have an MSP as brave, loyal and honourable as Mr. Worf.

    They’re aw wee sneaky Wesley Crushers.

  145. John Main says:


    Naw, rule #1 has changed, now it is DO panic the people.

    That’s why so many people will still write about “deadly Covid”, despite the year-on-year excess deaths figures for all countries now proving that Covid was a little less deadly than seasonal flu.

  146. Dan says:

    Republicofscotland says: at 11:27 am

    The extent to which Scotland is being robbed of its energy in financial terms in breathtaking.

    Good on Kenny for continuing to highlight this situation where Scotland is getting exploited.
    It’s worth pointing out that it isn’t just wind generated renewable power that is being exported.
    The dashboard for the GB Grid shows that currently 35% of power demand is being met by Combined Cycle Gas Turbines in England.

    Which will burning gas from Scotland’s geographic area as can be seen by this live data.

    So Kenny’s figures for Scottish produced energy sent down south would actually be significantly higher if the gas generated power was also factored in.

  147. Stoker says:

    The SNP’s Deputy Leader Keith Brown being quoted by the BBC in Scotland saying “The SNP is the most transparent party in Scotland” and…wait for it…”SNP membership has grown right across the country”. Delusional doesn’t even begin to cut it.

    As the Scottish Tory puppeteer put it, “Keith Brown must be living in a parallel universe”. I never thought i’d see the day when i agreed wholeheartedly with a manky Unionist.

  148. Den says:

    This could end up costing Johnny boy a small fortune (and I hope it does). He should familiarise himself with Monroe V Hopkins , we’re falseallegationshad been made on social media.

  149. Stoker says:

    Ruby says: “I think there might be some other police investigations going on but they take so long it’s easy to forget about them.”

    Indeed! Those links you supplied are ancient history but the point you make is a good one. What is, *exactly*, the state of play with his perjury case? Does anyone know?

    I really need Salmond to go after those who corruptly tried to nail him for something so very serious which a Court of law found him not guilty of.

    I’ve been a supporter of Salmond all my adult life and defended him and his name countless times throughout that period, not just during the establishments attempts to lock him up and soil his very being.

    But there is a very strong part of me that cannot accept being Mr Nice Guy in a situation as serious as being falsely accused of rape. Every male i know would be gunning for the scum behind it, not just the lying rat who claimed to be raped.

    Rape is about as serious as it gets, and women like that should be given stiff sentences to reflect on the damage they have caused to all those women who have been genuinely raped. I had a niece who was raped as a young teenager, she hanged herself rather than go through it all. I despise women who cry wolf.

    I cannot fathom why a guy would let something like that go without legal redress, no matter how nice a person he is. He has to pursue it, at least for himself and Moira. I really hope the case/investigation is still a live one. Sturgeon will not get away with the poor memory defence if he does pursue it.

    A very serious crime was committed, and it wasn’t Salmond who committed it. There should be no hiding place for the architects.

  150. Ruby says:

    When I saw this picture I thought it said
    ‘Out camping for YES’

    It was maybe the tent in the background and the spuds on the table (ready for the campfire) that confused me.

    Could it be there was the same confusion at SNP HQ and that is why they ended up with a campervan.

    Campaining and camping are easily confused.

    That UK warning alert was a bit of a disappointment I thought it would be more like this:


    According to this article

    SNP finances whistleblower calls for inquiry into police response

    The complaint was first made in March 21 so maybe early days yet for the perjury enquiry.

  151. sarah says:

    Ruby – thanks for the further detail. The person who made the complaint and is persisting with questions about the police response deserves the thanks of all of us who think the truth and justice should be the standard in public life.

  152. Dan says:

    @ Ruby

    Ach, I was waiting for a huge bass line to drop on that siren vid. Something similar to when techno DJ Steve Bicknell played a set in the upstairs room of a Forfar pub back in the day… The farmers and their collie dugs in the downstairs bar must have wondered what the hell was going on upstairs!

    This is more musical, if you hear a Public Service Broadcast best get your skates on. (lycra optional)
    Public Service Broadcasting – People, Let’s Dance

  153. George Ferguson says:

    @John Main 5:31pm
    I turned off the alert in my settings beforehand. When we have a Tsunami, Earthquakes, Tornadoes or an imminent asteroid I will switch it back on. The biggest hazard I have in my life is the SNP Scottish Government. Keep them away from me. They have caused thousands of lives with their decisions.

  154. Iain mhor says:

    @Robert McKnight 4:35pm

    Aye, this I know, I never said is was worn, or was going to be?
    Elizabeth I & II ‘wore’ it on her kist at St Giles, that’s about it all I said about it.

  155. Ruby says:

    sarah says:
    23 April, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    Ruby – thanks for the further detail. The person who made the complaint and is persisting with questions about the police response deserves the thanks of all of us who think the truth and justice should be the standard in public life.

    Is it Sean Clerkin

  156. Alf Baird says:

    Dan @ 5:39 pm

    “So Kenny’s figures for Scottish produced energy sent down south would actually be significantly higher if the gas generated power was also factored in.”

    At current prices the theft of Scotland’s surplus energy (oil, gas and renewable) is likely to be worth in excess of £100bn annually once the offshore windfarms are operational.

  157. Aquarius says:

    Regarding a couple of things:

    Firstly, I was educated in a fee paying school in Edinburgh. I did not choose to be sent there, my parents did. I mentioned this a few months ago in a jocular way and was shot down in flames at the time. It is neither reasonable nor fair to criticise someone for having the education they received. I have always been in favour of restoration of our Sovereignty and voted for it every time from 1978 onwards. True, we were taught very little Scottish History, but at least we knew what a woman was. I have decided to take a step back from contributing to the semicolon debate!

    Secondly with regard to Chernobyl, I thought I might mention that one of the effects of radioactivity is to induce an underactive thyroid, a condition with which I was diagnosed in 2011. I see from reading the Public Health Scotland website, that the numbers per 1000 have been rising since about 2008.

  158. Big Jock says:

    It’s nice that the Royal Family and Britain respect opposing views.

    I still listen to Bowie, even though he couldn’t pronounce his Scottish Surname and tekt us to vote no.

  159. TheSNPLeftMe says:

    How about a Monday morning arrest to cheer everyone up.

  160. George Ferguson says:

    @TheSNPLeftMe 9:04pm
    If it is going to happen then it will be at 7 30am. This allows for the 12 hour rule. We all know that MSPs have to get home for their Tea. With the notable exception of GRR where they stayed up past midnight, thus revealing their real priorities.

  161. Ron Clark says:

    Big Jock

    In reply to your 8.51pm post.

    The “Get it Right Fuckin Up ye Charlie ” Rally takes place in the city of Glasgow on 6th May.

    Let’s hope every Scot and their dug can make an appearance.

    If not, at least be there in heart.

  162. David Hannah says:

    The Proclaimers can join the All Under One Banner march in Glasgow instead.

    And they can sing along all the way to Independence with the respect and adulation of sovereign Scots.

    Nicola Sturgeon is invited. She might be attending with a tag around her leg.

  163. Breastplate says:

    David Hannah,
    Let’s hope the fuckwits who carried the Tory scum banner in the AUOB march understand what the acronym actually means.

    It’s quite depressing when imbeciles damage the cause we’re all fighting for.

  164. Al-Stuart says:

    News just in…

    Albeit from a very sarcastic Penny Maudant MP in the House of Condoms…

    “If the SNP do not submit a set of AUDITED accounts by 31st May 2023, the SNP will lose their SHORT MONEY.”

    Currently that is £1,177,842.

    Ouch. That will hurt Humza Yousaf. Yon smug grin he had on his napper when the results were declared and he tried to hug Ash Reagan is long gone. Though all of this crap-fest does explain why Kate Forbes looked so HAPPY at LOSING to Humza.

    Can Humza’s “bad days”get my worse?

    Yes. There are now 3 SNP MSPs looking to join Alba so that the Alba Party will have a voice in the Scottish Parliament (AKA Holyrood Regional Council and Provost Humza Yousaf).

  165. Breeks says:

    TheSNPLeftMe says:
    23 April, 2023 at 9:04 pm
    How about a Monday morning arrest to cheer everyone up.

    All good things to those who wait…

    Personally, I’d rather see clarification of what, specifically, is actually being investigated.

    In particular, I want to know whether burner phones and SIM cards feature in an investigation relating to possible embezzlement charges, or possible charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

    Frankly, sticky fingers with the books is corruption-lite in my opinion. Given the enormity of what some people suspect was going on, this is just a misdemeanour in the scheme of things.

    For the whole Establishment to be colluding to smear innocent people as sex offenders and send them to jail on trumped up charges and active conspiracy? Now that’s corruption on an altogether different level. That’s seismic.

    What I’d really like most of all, though I fear it will never see the light of day, is a straight up, no-bullshit confession and detailed explanation of what the fk Sturgeon was playing at all these years, and who was the brains behind it all… and whether the scorched earth destruction of the SNP was her intention all along. “IF” the UK Security forces had a hand in all this, or not, then just let it be known.

    Don’t get me wrong. I couldn’t give a shit about her meaningless and phoney contrition. I wouldn’t believe a word of it for one thing, but it might help the pennies drop for the deluded fools and embittered WGD types who are still trapped in a Jonestown mindset, waiting for final instructions from the “big mammy” to go ahead and drink their SNP Kool-Aid.

    The SNP will never deliver Independence, not in a million years. Sturgeon hasn’t just betrayed us, but several generations of “us”. But too many people don’t want to face the enormity of the betrayal.

    My big fear is that Scottish Independence will remain tethered to the jetty until the drama of the SNP’s self-immolation has played out it’s final scenes, and that may require the sorry and humiliating spectacle of the SNP to be utterly destroyed at the polls.

    Nobody wants to witness that, we should save ourselves the pain, but if the SNP won’t change it’s trajectory, it seems inevitable that it will come to pass, and it will damage Independence too.

    May you burn in Hell Sturgeon, but with a few years of purgatory served in Cornton Vale first.

  166. SteepBrae says:

    Breeks 5.26 am
    Aye, there must be glee in the establishment just now at the drama being played out. But will Scottish independence remain tethered to the jetty? Not if the polls are correct. The wider independence movement looks buoyant and many worthy sea captains and sailors still have their hands to the wheel.

    While the drama unfolds and folk keep jumping ship, the reasons why we need independence are getting more and more publicity. The slumbering media are suddenly quoting Wings all over the place!

    A wise and seasoned activist said last night that investigations of this sort are never fast and you never know how much the establishment will let see the light of day.

    Steady as we go though. The speed and detail of what comes out might be something else but whatever the outcome of these investigations, independence is in good hands.

    The mills of the gods grind slowly but how small – that is the question.

  167. Sharney Dubs says:

    Breeks @5:26
    Do you honestly need to have all the gory detail out in the open?
    After the ignominious embarrassment of watching the establishment scramble like plebs to bend (past breaking) every rule in the book in 14’ to ensure a no vote, do you think they were ever going to let us get that close again?
    Sturgeon is a light weight, easy to manipulate with greed and power dangled like the proverbial. The fact that she trashed the Scottish establishment along the way, judiciary, police etc was just icing. Anything to add weight to the “see they can’t rule themselves” narrative and justify to themselves any “necessary” action to save us from ourselves in the future.
    Our only hope is the likes of Alba and an independence movement free from any one political party, we need to clean house and start again.
    The dream shall never die

  168. Luigi says:

    Devolution is destroying Scotland.

    It’s high time people realised this. A useless, halfway house that helps nobody and has effectively finished off a weakened, compromised SNP as a fighting unit. The country is next. We now have to move forward or back, but staying put ain’t an option. What’s it going to be, Scotland?

  169. ex Sandancer says:

    “The wider independence movement looks buoyant and many worthy sea captains and sailors still have their hands to the wheel.”

    How apt and to develop that maritime theme: it is a pity that SNP / Scotland has toiled for 7 years and spaffed hundreds of £millions and is still incapable of producing even one sea going vessel. How the good folk of the Isles must be waiting for the day when their ship comes in.

  170. Tom says:

    an interesting article from Margaret Taylor in Holyrood Magazine:,the-snp-inside-a-party-in-crisis?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Morning%20Roundup%20Monday%20April%2024&utm_content=Morning%20Roundup%20Monday%20April%2024+CID_dcbb575a86e11ef70bdda29bcbfd94b1&utm_source=Email%20newsletters&utm_term=The%20SNP%20Inside%20a%20party%20in%20crisis

    In particular, I noted this: “The Electoral Commission has no … rules (that donations raised for a particular purpose must be used for that purpose). Members of a political party might give cash in response to a particular campaign, but, unless its own rulebook states otherwise – and the SNP’s does not – if a party decides to use the money for other things, that’s its business.”

    Unless, presumably, the party has said donations are specifically ‘ring-fenced’ for a particular purpose (like a referendum campaign); in effect, creating a new rule for its rulebook.

    If not, why are the polis investigating £600k of ‘missing’ referendum funds?

  171. Ian Smith says:

    Tom says:
    24 April, 2023 at 9:29 am
    If not, why are the polis investigating £600k of ‘missing’ referendum funds?

    Political parties have to obey the law as well as electoral commission rules.

    If you ask the public for money and very specifically outline or clarify what it will be used for, then you run the risk of breaking wider fraud, misappropriation and money laundering rules.

    Similarly in US Steve Bannon was convicted for raising ‘build the wall’ money that was spent on general wall building activism rather than actual ironmongery and installation contracts.

  172. Stephen O'Brien says:

    SNP as we know it, is finished!

    The next configuration of Holyrood parliament will be a conglomerate of independence politicians.

    No single party should be allowed to distort democracy, the way IndyRef2 was fraudulently used for self-aggrandizement.

    No more held to ransom by carpetbaggers!

    Every future election, opportunity to test a manifesto to end the Union. As should have been the case since 2014!

    Gold standard!

  173. Ruby says:

    The victim’s grandmother added: “Whilst we appreciate the lord advocate’s apology, it is too little and too late.

    “It makes me think, ‘why did I even bother reporting the rape in the first place?’ Many girls will see what’s happened to me and think ‘why bother reporting rape, nothing will happen anyway’. Is this the message we want to send out to girls, to children and women who are sexually assaulted and raped

    It makes you wonder why they want ‘trials without jury’

    This is an absolute scandal the young women is afraid to leave the house.

    But a letter confirms that bail conditions that prevented Hogg, now 21, from approaching her in the run-up to his trial earlier this month no longer apply.

  174. Holymacmoses says:

    The more I look at John Nicolson’s first thirty years, the less I understand how he landed up where he is today

  175. Breeks says:

    Gordon says:
    24 April, 2023 at 9:29 am
    I just saw this on Twatter:

    There’s hope for us yet!

    Aye… but the article is a year old. 2022.

    But there is hope because it’s apparently on-going. Not exactly blue lights and sirens mind…

  176. Ruby says:

    Gordon says:
    24 April, 2023 at 9:29 am

    I just saw this on Twatter:

    There’s hope for us yet!

    Check the date on that article Gordon.

  177. Shug says:

    Iain mhor
    So why is a coronation at scone and recitation of his lineage not conducted.

    Why are we subjected to this church of England charade

  178. robertkknight says:


    Does 01/05/1707 not ring any bells?

  179. Ottomanboi says:
    The above wiki is instructive.
    Scotland, please go away, nothing that concerns you here.
    A tedious, tiresome tale.

  180. Ian Brotherhood says:

    There’s now a ‘list’ of twitter users considered ‘TERFS’.

    Just checked and I’m on it, number 16526.

    A lot of folk are complaining that they’re *not* on the list (!), so if you want to check, here’s a link.

    (Just control F and enter your twitter address, the bit after the @ )


  181. Ottomanboi says:

    BritState «abandoning» its citizens in Sudan.
    Has form in that regard.
    Sudan, another testimony to Brit colonialism.
    Who would want to be tarred with that brush?

  182. Shug says:

    Robert knight
    1707 does not ring any bells here

  183. Iain mhor says:

    @Shug 10:30am

    i don’t know Shug. I could suggest it’s because that would be the coronation of a King of Scots. If you’re going to have a coronation of King of Scots, you need one for England; then he’d have to hop on a plane, and travel around his overseas territories, and do it all over again.

    Remember that Charles is independently ‘King in Right’ of Realms other than Scotland, and England – they’d demand their own ceremonies too. As is, he will still probably visit all his ‘Territories’ and say “Hello chaps, I’m your new King, thought I’d drop by and accept your honours”

    As to why the predominantly English pageantry, what can I say, they won maybe?
    Effectively so, I mean the old Longshanks saw about England’s suzerainty over Scotland (and all other territories for that matter) is still held to be the case in some quarters, but I think it’s simpler than that.

    The ceremony of the coronation of a Monarch of the UK of GB etc. could have been revamped; there could have been a new crown commissioned, and many other things, but for hundreds of years, no-one has demanded it, so it stayed an English traditional theme.
    Recall James VI did try that, he failed because his idea would have abolished both England and Scotland – an eminently sensible thing – but since when have these Isles been sensible about anything.

    Since the ‘Union’, the Scottish Oath remaines law, and some other niceties recognising ‘other territories’ have been included – it is what it is.
    Perhaps, if the next Monarch is Scots, or Canadian, or Jamaican, we might see a new Crown commisioned, and new pageantry to reflect that – until then, they’ve all been English, and it’s their party hats, and ballons.

  184. Red Squirrel says:

    It’s way too quiet around here…it’s making me nervous. I know we can’t have the adrenaline fuelled action all the time but something has to happen soon!

  185. Tinto Chiel says:

    @Ruby: this change to the sentencing guidelines is really suspicious and worrying, like Lady Dorrian and the SG’s enthusiasm for “bench trials” i.e. no jury of your peers. I’m not clear what really lies behind it but something really stinks. I heard one legal commentator describe the new guidelines’ change as “Get your first rape free”. What kind of country are we becoming?

    So you’re not an adult until you’re 26? Coincidentally, I was looking at my uncle’s RAF service record recently. The six other members of his Lancaster crew were, 20,21 or 22 but perhaps their brains weren’t sufficiently developed to perform bombing operations? Incidentally, my uncle was known as The Old Man because he was 30.

    The Law in this country is at a very low ebb indeed.

  186. Gordon says:

    I did check the date on the article folks, but the “hope” is that it’s been held in abeyance until a more fortuitous time – like now….

  187. James Che says:

    Great Britain exists because Westminster self declared it does as a new name,

    Other than that there was no union of parliament as the tender of the union, the ” pre- nupt” extinguished the 1707 Scottish parliament from being in the union as a Great Britain parliament,
    In reality no member of the old Scottish parliament has been sent from the extinguished Scottish parliament as a representative of Scotland since 1707,
    The GB parliament of Westminster is solely a english westminster parliament to this day with no Scottish members.

  188. Graf Midgehunter says:

    Ian Brotherhood says: at 11:08 am

    “There’s now a ‘list’ of twitter users considered ‘TERFS’.

    Just checked and I’m on it, number 16526.

    A lot of folk are complaining that they’re *not* on the list (!), so if you want to check, here’s a link.”
    I don’t do Twitter, only read.

    Do you think “Barmy Beth” might do an “open” list for us poor mortals who aspire to fame but only do blogs? 🙂

  189. James Che says:

    It is debatable wether king Charles would be king of Scotland with no parliamentary union having taking place due to the pre tender of the union agreement, which was ratified by both England and Scotlands parliaments seperately,

    Both agreed that Scotlands parliament would be extinguished from being a Scottish parliament in the treaty of the union,
    Having ratified the position that there would be no Scottish parliament in the union one questions the position of Charley as king in Scotland.

  190. Ottomanboi says:

    «It’s so much easier to shock people these days. I find it extremely provocative and therefore inspiring to find myself in a society that is so prudish when it thinks it’s being liberal. It’s ridiculous»

    Barry Humphries.

  191. ABruce says:

    Ian Brotherhood

    Like the Graf, I don’t do twitter but am tempted to join to get on that list.
    O.T The Proclaimers are now in the Guardian with the story of them being ejected from the royal play list. How good would it be to see them appear on May the 6th in Glasgow, to give us a wee Republican song.

  192. Ian Brotherhood says:

    @Graf & A Bruce –


    It’ll be interesting to see whether or not this list ends up having to become broader due to popular demand.

    Methinks the silly wee sausage didn’t really think it through.


  193. sarah says:

    WGD excelling himself “Only the SNP can permanently protect Scotland from the Tories.”

    I don’t know where to begin the explanation of how ludicrous this assertion is. On the other hand, why bother – he’s not worth the attention.

  194. James Che says:

    Further more what extinguished Scottish parliament from the 1707 treaty of the union can now be held responsible for breaching a non existent entry into the union?

  195. Lenny hartley says:

    Ib, disappointingly i didn’t make the list, must try harder 🙂
    Btw im passing through Kilwinning this Friday onroute to the Girvan Folk Fest if you fancy meeting for a Coffee.

  196. Ian Brotherhood says:

    @sarah (12.45) –

    Have just blocked him on the Twitter.

    Wasn’t ‘following’ him but even the appearance of such pishery in my timeline is no longer tolerable. At least TRAs have the ‘excuse’ that they’re hysterical and/or mentally disturbed and their bilge does occasionally have grim entertainment value.

    He is, as Friends of Wings account just described him ‘an irrelevant grifter’.


  197. James Che says:

    UK parliament says that the Scottish parliament extinguished itself by agreeing to the treaty of the union.

    I agree with that statement by the parliament of Westminster.

    The 1707 Scottish parliament extinguished itself from the treaty of union. From the treaty of union With the Westminster parliament of England in 1707.

    Although it could be debated that it extinguished itself also in Scotland as as Scottish parliament as it Sine die’d the parliament of Scotland.

  198. Mac says:

    Craig Murray saying the people who conspired to stitch-up Salmond are the same ones now under heavy police investigation for financial irregularities.

    Maybe it was not just about stopping Salmond coming back to take her job. Maybe the Murrells were also worried Salmond’s return would likely uncover their sordid little financial ‘dealings’.

    The Murrells are going to down as one of the most despicable couples in Scottish history. Pair of low life chiselers and schemers. The Robertsons can’t be far behind them in those stakes.

    If we finally get the truth and justice here about what they did to Salmond I will be stunned. I can’t believe really what I am seeing unfold here after so many dark years. Hopefully it is not a false dawn.

  199. James Che says:

    Hoping Eva MacKay picks up on these anomalies in the tender of the union pre-nupt agreement that was ratified by both parliaments in 1706/1707.

  200. James Che says:

    Hoping Eva MacKay picks up on these anomalies in the treaty of union tender and pre-nupt that wad ratified by both the Scottish parliament and the English parliament in 1706/1707.

  201. Confused says:

    thinking about the SNP right now, I am getting a Maggie Smith/Jean Brodie image in my head and an exasperated

    “What-evver NEXTTT?!”

    Time for a round of SNP CLUEDO

    – my turn

    Peter Murrell

    with an SD/sim card

    up his own arse


    with a travel iron

    at the Balmoral

    Angus Robertson

    with a fake website

    and a representative of the Abacha regime and $20M in a bank account

    Adam Graham

    with a real penis

    in his yoga pants

    Kelly Given

    with a tiktok account

    and 1M likes on instagram

    Rev Stuart Campbell

    with an old laptop

    and only the truth

  202. robertkknight says:


    Sturgeon’s rancid SNP troughers and bench-warmers at Westmonster might lose out on more of the tax payer’s hard-earned if they don’t get their shit together by next Monday.

    The heart simply bleeds…

  203. Xaracen says:

    “In reality no member of the old Scottish parliament has been sent from the extinguished Scottish parliament as a representative of Scotland since 1707,
    The GB parliament of Westminster is solely an English Westminster parliament to this day with no Scottish members.”

    James, the first statement above is silly, because even in 1707, the MPs sent from Scotland represented Scotland. Whether or not they used to be MPs of the old Scottish parliament is irrelevant, since even if they had been, as they all died off they would eventually have to be replaced by newbies who could never have been part of the old Scottish parliament. There was no requirement in the Treaty that Scotland be represented in the new UK parliament by then-existing MPs of the old Scottish parliament, just that Scotland be represented by MPs that Scotland would elect, to sit alongside England’s MPs.

    And the second statement above is a straightforward falsehood. Every MP of a Scottish constituency is elected directly by their sovereign constituents.

    The real problem is the lack of any recognition of and respect for the sovereignty of the Kingdom of Scotland that our MPs represent, and which the sovereign Kingdom of Scotland is fully entitled to demand and receive from English MPs and from the UK Parliament itself. Westminster is full of its own English-based sovereignty but has no regard at all for anyone else’s sovereignty, let alone Scotland’s. That arrogant disrespect is rampant across the English establishment, and is actually unlawful, unconstitutional, and a breach of the Treaty of Union.

    Fact 1 Both kingdoms of the UK are equally sovereign. Thus;

    Fact 2 Neither kingdom has any legitimate authority over the other, so neither is subservient to the other.

    Fact 3 Neither kingdom via its MP representatives can represent the Union on its (or their) own.

    These facts have consequences.

    Each kingdom is represented in the joint Parliament of the United Kingdom by its own body of MPs. Fact 2 means that a majority vote by one partner’s MPs has no authority to deny a contrary majority vote by the other partner’s MPs; such a vote would be a unilateral one, and it can have no standing because of both Fact 2 and Fact 3, and thus no unilateral vote can carry the authority of the Union itself, because the Union (being two kingdoms) didn’t pass it.

    What that leaves us with is that no decision made in the UK’s Parliament can be a legitimate decision of the Union unless it has the majority approval of each of the two partner-bodies of MPs. Both kingdoms, via their MPs, must vote in favour or the matter voted on fails, and there can be no exceptions bar one; a unilateral declaration of withdrawal from the Union by either kingdom must be accepted by the other.

    It means neither England’s nor Scotland’s MPs can pass any legislation on their own in the Union’s parliament, and the Westminster establishment should not be letting England’s MPs do so. Scotland’s MPs never even get the chance.

  204. Matt Quinn says:

    Graf Midgehunter says: 24 April, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    “I don’t do Twitter, only read.”

    Personally I don’t even do that… Twitter being one of the most infantile weapons of mass idiocracy out there. – I only ever look at it when given a link that needs to be reviewed.

    What I find equally fascinating and depressing is the extent to which this particularly-childish slur is given traction, for example here;

    “2.1.2 Motivations

    The ultimate intentions of this study are to better understand the
    transphobic hate group of TERFs on Twitter, but also alleviate their impact on
    the trans community on the site. In order to do so, we build a classifier to detect
    whether a Twitter user is a TERF or not.”

    Intellectually ‘right up there’ with the question of whether the Telletubbies are actually Space Aliens; dealing as does with matters and language which better-fit a 1960s primary-school playground than anything of serious concern.

    Given how easily the label is routinely applied to anyone and everyone who does not kautau to a particular militant paraphiliac mindset – even where they are supportive of the rights of genuine trans people it’s intellectually weak (actually indefensible) to describe those so labelled as any kind of “group” let alone a “transphobic hate group”, since that implies interconnection and accord between members of the alleged group.

    The ‘T-word’ is a crude term of abuse; one I personally group with the ‘N’ word (as applied to black people) the ‘P’ word as used against people of South-Asian descent – and a whole raft of others used by ingroup bigots to target whatever outgroup they seek to demonise. That this gets ‘traction’ in an alleged place of learning and teaching is (sigh!) – quite simply as appalling as it is ridiculous. – That is to say, worthy of ridicule

    I wonder if the Twitter list is also available in .pdf form? – Scanned from the original torn-out-of-a-jotter pages and written in school pencil/crayon.

  205. Brian Doonthetoon says:

    Hi Tinto Chiel at 1:43 pm

    You typed,


    Ooft! indeed.

    The actual appeal stuff is easier read at the link below. Here’s a quote from it:-
    “Consequently, the public were denied and are stil denied those details and is not aware – and may not be made aware – that there are concrete facts indicating that there was (or at the very least may well have been) most serious misconduct against a leading Scottish politician by a close circle of fellow Scottish politicians,aimed at “destroying” the former’s political career.”

    Methinks Rev Stu will be sharpening his teeth on this…

  206. ABruce says:


    To all of us on here at Wings, let’s help Craig Murray over the line, and get at least 30,000 pounds donated to take his case to the UNHCR. I am up for it anyway ; let’s do it for Alex Salmond, Craig Murray, Mark Hirst and ultimately for all of us who have been treated as mugs by those crooked bastards.

  207. Ruby says:

    This is a Google list of articles about The Alex Salmond perjury investigation.

    Further down on the list there are articles about Peter Murrell & claims of perjury.

    Is that two pending perjury investigations?

    It’s really hard to keep up.

    I wonder if Stu could contact his ‘friend’ John Thomas at police HQ to find out about all these investigations. 🙂

    I understand that investigations into crimes committed by politicians go through a different process to those committed by non politicians.

    Could it be that is why Mr Murrell has been arrested and Mrs Murrell hasn’t as yet?

    Anyone heard anything about Gordon Dangerfield? He’s been very quiet lately.

  208. Ruby says:

    I should have pointed out in my previous post just in case of any confusion/excitment that all the articles about ‘The Alex Salmond perjury investigation’ are dated April 2022 the ones about the ‘Peter Murrell perjury investigation’ are dated Jan 2021.

  209. Gordon says:

    I was just about to bring up Craig’s blog post. Donation made.

    Here’s hoping he gets the funding and it’s not hanging around like the investigation into perjury I mentioned earlier

  210. London Scott says:

    auld highlander says:
    24 April, 2023 at 11:26 am

    Yup – I immediately thought Buchannan Street and the Finniston Crane. It even has Clydeport written on it! Could not recognise the flats, but was sure the rugged hills in the background were the Campsies (the view from my childhood bedroom window when I lived as a kid in Humza’s Pollok constituency.

    But to paraphrase one of GF’s commentators – “what do you expect from 24 year old Labour intern Henry Woke who has never left north London except for Swiss skiing trips, weekends in Ibiza and his gap year spent in Thailand and South America.”

    Incidentally, no mention of St George’s Day in the press down south (also the birth and death day of England’s greatest writer William Shakespeare). Not even in the DM which covers St David’s Day, St Patrick’s Day and St Andrews Day. Was more focussed on Eidd celebrations yesterday.

    As a distant cousin of the bard I am miffed (my one GGGF who is English was descended from a niece of Shakespeare, one Isabel Shakespeare – I am 1/32 English. Funnily enough this English ancestor lived in Surrey just a few miles from where a cousin of mine lives).

    Another ancient ancestor was John Whitelaw the Monklands Martyr. a Covenanter who was hanged in the Grassmarket in 1688 for his pains. I have been enjoying the Wings correspondence about these times…. an erudite lot you are, but then till recent times Scotland was better educated than England. I have read a lot of history on Scotland from 1000 to 1600 AD, and 1800 onwards. Need to read up about the 17th century now.

  211. James Che says:


    Fact, both parliamentare not in the treaty of union, because the treaty extinguished the Scottish parliament in 1707, as it states on the Uk parliament site.

    The same parliament does not claim that the 1706 english parliament was also extinguished.

    Fact. There could only be a selection of representative from the Scottish parliament On one single occasion, that was before the Scottish parliament Sine die’d its parliament in 1707.

    Fact. The EU stated Westminster should provide a representation for Scotland when we joined the EU. Up to that point there had been no representatives of a Scottish parliament since 1707.
    There was no Scottish parliament existing in the treaty of union, The tender of the union that was ratified extinguished legally Scottish representation of a Scottish parliament. It was the ratifying act that excluded the Scottish parliament from continuing to enter the treaty as a Scottish parliament in the Great Britain parliament.
    This is what the UK parliament claims.

  212. sarah says:

    @ Tinto, BDTT and others: Craig Murray taking his case to the UN.

    Excellent news. Will put a mite into the crowdfunder and hope to earn a place on a list at some point…[see next article].

  213. Ruby says:

    Ian Brotherhood says:
    24 April, 2023 at 11:08 am

    There’s now a ‘list’ of twitter users considered ‘TERFS’.

    I’ve heard enough of what these crazy men have to say so I’ve been switching off to all these stories lately however I couldn’t resisting reading this one:

    There is quite a lot of video footage of this ’42 year old primary schoolgirl’ having to have police protection from irate mothers.

    I don’t know if parents in Scotland would act this way or not but I always wonder why men think they are safer in women’s spaces.

  214. Ian Smith says:

    If police have not been able to discover if the SNP’s accounts are kosher or not in over two years with the power to raid documents and question under arrest, it is pretty hopeful to think a team of accountants and auditors will make it manage a crack at it in four weeks.

    I hope they do try, just for the comedy value of how they come to describe and depreciate the no miles on the clock battle bus.

  215. Ruby says:

    This STV article about the ’42year old schoolgirl’ isn’t very good.

    It states
    It was unclear how the man entered the premises of the educational institution or what he was doing in one of the bathroom stalls of Rosa De America School.

    Video footage shows him entering the school and looking just like all the other schoolgirls.

    It turned out he had multiple different primary school uniforms.

    You would need to be quite small to get away with this.

    The 6’5″ Trans paedo Katie Dolatowski the big fan of Nicola Sturgeon wouldn’t get away with this.

    Of course he could dress as a ‘furry’ a drag queen or even just a woman if he wanted access to children.

  216. Xaracen says:

    @James Che

    The only sense in which the two Parliaments joined was that their MPs now met in the same building. The new Parliament was to carry out governance of both kingdoms as a single unit, with each kingdom being represented by their own elected MPs, who would negotiate that governance between them. The joining did not require that two whole Parliaments exist inside Westminster, it just required their MPs.

    That joining of the two sets of MPs in one Parliament is the essence of the Union, all the rest is just political fluff and flannel and a lot of extremely dodgy paperwork to hide or justify Westminster’s gross and abusive perfidy, and the biggest lie was to pretend that Scotland had no sovereignty or constitution of its own, but England’s was owned by Westminster and the Treaty lets it cover Scotland too.

    “This is what the UK parliament claims.”

    Well, all that dodgy paperwork is exactly why you should never take the UK Parliament’s claims as honest and accurate in any circumstance.

  217. London Scott says:

    John Nicolson MP gave evidence for Stonewall against the LGB Alliance (when Stonewall asked the Charity Commission to remove their charity status. I don’t think the judges ahs published their findings yet).

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