THANKS TO 1ST DUMBARTON BEAVERS, CUBS AND SCOUTS FROM MARIE CURIE

This event was very successful despite the appalling weather on Saturday morning. I took a table myself to raise funds for the Marie Curie Nurses. Ably assisted by my wife, Bernie, I signed copies of my latest book, Two Minutes Silence, which we gave away FREE in exchange for a donation to Marie Curie being placed in the big yellow bucket. We would like to thank the 1st Dumbarton Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, who gave us the table free of charge as a donation from them. … More THANKS TO 1ST DUMBARTON BEAVERS, CUBS AND SCOUTS FROM MARIE CURIE

FIRST MINISTER LIED ABOUT CRIME FIGURES

After host Nicky Campbell read out a series of statistics about Scotland’s murder rate, prompting the First Minister to mount a defence of the Scottish Government, stating that violent crime was now at a “40-year plus” low. Recorded crime statistics are published each year by the Scottish Government. This refers to crimes which are reported and recorded by police and does not equate to convictions, nor does it include all crimes committed as not all crime is reported. The statistics separate out different types of crime with non-sexual crimes of violence and sexual crimes in two distinct categories. … More FIRST MINISTER LIED ABOUT CRIME FIGURES

SCANDAL OF YOUNG SCOTS CARE LEAVERS REVEALED

Ten days after her 16th birthday Amy-Beth Miah decided she’d had enough of a care system that seemed designed to do anything but care. She signed the lease on a flat, filled her then-boyfriend’s car with all her belongings and left it for good.She first went into foster care when she was seven years old. When a subsequent foster arrangement broke down, she says it felt like she was passed round every children’s unit in her local authority area. … More SCANDAL OF YOUNG SCOTS CARE LEAVERS REVEALED

SNP RECORD OF VOTING WITH SCOTTISH TORIES

In hock to corporate lobbyists and with a record of voting with the Scottish Tories on everything from progressive taxation, outsourcing and against public ownership of rail, the SNP nonetheless appears to have convinced many London-based progressives that the politics of national identity have somehow alchemised north of the border into a vision they can connect with. … More SNP RECORD OF VOTING WITH SCOTTISH TORIES