On the campaign trail 16 – council tax

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement on council tax puts the isssue centre stage during the campaign for the Holyrood election on May 5. After nearly a decade the SNP will end its council tax freeze from next year if they are re-elected. Scotland’s 32 local authorities will be able to increase the tax by 3… Continue reading On the campaign trail 16 – council tax

Eala said – Cameron’s European crusade is an embarrasment

Off went our Prime Minister this week to discuss with other European leaders why Britain is so special that it must be able to behave exactly how it wants in the European Union. This arrogance is something Britain has been good at since time immemorial when it ruled the waves and saught to ‘civilise’ anyone… Continue reading Eala said – Cameron’s European crusade is an embarrasment

On the campaign trail 16 – The fiscal framework

Let’s be honest, despite it being cited as the area that can win or lose an election working out economics can be difficult and dry. Especially for someone like me who never was the best at numbers and maths. All this fiscal framework business has been making my head spin. It’s all part of the… Continue reading On the campaign trail 16 – The fiscal framework

The relentless pace of Scottish politics

Remember the days when we had an election every four years and that was pretty much it? The pace of Scottish and British politics has increased and these days seem well and truly gone. In 2014 we had a European election and the independence referendum which dominated everything in Scotland particularly during the summer. We… Continue reading The relentless pace of Scottish politics

Eala said – Politicians should work together

I recently went to my first full Argyll and Bute council meeting for work and it was definitely a bit of an eye opener. It was due to be a big one since one of the main things being discussed was whether or not to put out to consultation proposals for cuts or  ‘service choices’… Continue reading Eala said – Politicians should work together

Corbyn, the first two (and a bit) weeks.

Jeremy Corbyn has now done his first Prime Minister’s Questions, made his first leader’s speech to conference and, after one false start, even made his first appearance on the Andrew Marr show. It’s not been an easy ride but no one thought it would be. During his leadership campaign most of the press took against… Continue reading Corbyn, the first two (and a bit) weeks.

Youngsters may be Westminster bound.

For last year’s independence referendum young people aged 16 and 17 were given the vote for the first time. A huge number of them took this on with great enthusiasm and relished the opportunity to be part of the democratic process. The intelligence, good humour and enthusiasm of the likes of Saffron Dixon and Liam… Continue reading Youngsters may be Westminster bound.

I always wanted a paper round.

Yesterday there was a debate in the Westminster parliament on Scotland’s place in the UK. It was predictably based on fear and very one sided, contributions by Messrs Wishart and MacNeil excepted. When they were allowed to speak they were shouted down by MPs who refused to listen to another side. Then this morning we… Continue reading I always wanted a paper round.