Monthly Archives: June 2012

SNP is putting self interest before human rights – Rennie #dontpandatoChina

First Minister Alex Salmond loves to meet international dignitaries and world leaders. Every chance he gets, he’s off playing a larger than life role on the international stage. Just last weekend, he was in Los Angeles promoting Scottish business and … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Salmond, dalai lama, dundee city council, Human Rights, Willie Rennie | 5 Comments

Amnesty Scotland disappointed that Scottish Government is not meeting Dalai Lama #dontpandatoChina

I asked on Monday why on earth Alex Salmond wouldn’t meet the Dalai Lama. It now seems worse than I had anticipated as Dundee City Council have gone at best lukewarm over an event they were supposed to be full … Continue reading

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Lest we forget – Argyll and Bute’s communications disaster

Now that the NeverSeconds blog is back up and running, I thought it would be useful to remind you of Argyll and Bute’s disastrous statement last Friday which amounted to throwing petrol on the fire. It’s an example of incompetence … Continue reading

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Making paying for sex illegal won’t end the abuse of women

Rhoda Grant MSP today gives evidence to Holyrood’s Justice Committee regarding her Private Members’ Bill which aims to make paying for sex illegal. I’ll look at the issue in more depth when I don’t feel completely floored by a nasty … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, Pornography, prostitution, Sex Industry, sweden | 2 Comments

Glasgow Subway photo ban dropped

Great to see that common sense has prevailed and plans to ban photography on Glasgow subway have been dropped. Flash photography won’t be allowed for safety reasons, which is fair enough. Argyll and Bute Council could learn from the way … Continue reading

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Why won’t Scottish Government say if phones were hacked?

Scotland’s top civil servant Sir Peter Housden is unlikely to have Willie Rennie on his Christmas card list, particularly as the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader has complained about him so many times. Even so, Sir Peter’s non committal reply to … Continue reading

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Why will Alex Salmond not meet the Dalai Lama?

We are all used to seeing Alex Salmond jetting off round the world to meet foreign dignitaries. He’s off to California soon, Hollywood no less, among other places, to “promote Scotland’s interests”. He’s at a film premiere tonight, mixing with … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Salmond, China, dalai lama, David Cameron, Human Rights, Nick Clegg, Shabnum Mustapha, Willie Rennie | 3 Comments

Happy 70th Birthday to Sir Paul McCartney

Hard to believe, but my childhood hero, former Beatle Paul McCartney turns 70 today. You wouldn’t think it, given the stamina he showed on stage last December when my niece Laura and I, with a Responsible Adult in tow, went … Continue reading

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Fathers’ Day

If they gave Olympic medals for falling asleep in front of the television, my Dad would have a bucketload. That explains why, completely independently and 150 miles apart, my sister and I both bought him the same Father’s Day card. … Continue reading

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Let’s not miss the point on Trident

Today’s Telegraph reports that a new Government contract for nuclear reactors in submarines brings the renewal of Trident a lot closer and creates a rift with the Liberal Democrats.Well, I’m glad that they recognise our point of view on this, … Continue reading

Posted in Independence, Liberal Democrat Voice, Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, Nick Harvey, nuclear weapons, Scotland, SNP, Theresa May, Trident | 5 Comments