A group of pro-Scottish independence protestors have told people from England to “stay the f*ck away” during a protest at the border between Scotland and England.The squad made the statement in a video that has since gone viral after it was shared by a unionist Twitter account. Scottish nationalists on the...
SNP MSPs, when compared to other major Scottish Parties, charge the taxpayer more on average by nearly £5,000 in expenses, The Backbencher's data team can exclusively reveal. Data collated from 2018/19 shows that on average SNP politicians in Scotland billed the taxpayer £4,867.01 in expenses (per head) more than Scottish...
Angus MacDonald, the SNP MSP for Falkirk East, has racked up an eye-watering bill of £77,038.86 over a seven-and-a-half year period on expensive Edinburgh hotels and meal expenses, figures from the Scottish Parliament show. The updated figure means that the politician is fast approaching £100,000 in accommodation and overnight stay...
The three MPs with the highest expenses claims are all SNP politicians, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority shows. In the 2018-19 fiscal year, Chris Law, Ian Blackford and Brendan O’Hara all claimed a combined total of over £760,000 in expenses from the UK Parliament. Chris Law, a staunch critic of the...
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The year is 2024 and a man with great hair is about to address the nation. The papers are already awash with pieces comparing the remarkable turn of events to that of the last time a barrister turned Labour leader stood here on the steps of 10 Downing Street....
An NUS leader has been at it again on Twitter, this time declaring ‘f*ck men’. This comes after a number of similar tweets stating ‘f*ck the police’ and the ‘economy’, which you can view here. Becky Ricketts, the newly elected President of NUS Wales, made the ‘f*ck men’ remark in response...
Recent tweets from three elected representatives at the NUS have ranged from ‘f*ck the police’ and ‘f*ck the economy’ to supporting children who want to ‘f*ck sh*t up’. Claire Sosienski Smith, the NUS’s Vice President for higher education, tweeted ‘stay indoors, f*ck the police’ shortly after lockdown measures were introduced...
The famous line, ‘every one percent unemployment goes up, 40,000 people die’ comes from the mouth of Brad Pitt in 'The Big Short', a film based on the true story of a group of investors who short (bet against) the US housing market. This is interesting, because right now governments...
True to their manifesto pledge, the SNP have steered through legislation that would grant voting rights to prisoners in Scottish prisons. This is a mistake. In a liberal society the imprisonment of heretofore free citizens serves three purposes. The first is eminently practical; to remove dangerous individuals from the population and...

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