The SNP is in the money. As someone once said money is the mothers milk of politics.In 2010, significant donations included £50,000 from businessman Angus Tulloch, £16,000 from Gilbert Wilson, and £15,000 from firm Hydracat Ltd.It was also left almost a Million pounds by the Scottish poet Edwin Morgan in his will.And the party also recieved a donation of £500,000 from Brian Souter the owner of Stagecoach.Membership fees are up to £408,000 as membership has increased from 8,500 to over 18,000 since Alex Salmond took over the party leadership.
Martin Morgan, chief executive of the publisher of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday, said: "Our titles have not published stories based on hacked messages. We have not carried out an investigation. We don't deem it necessary at the moment. We are not in the same position as some other [newspapers]."
The Chancellor, meanwhile, met senior News Corporation executives including Mr Murdoch and Mrs Brooks on 16 occasions for talks and social events after taking office. It has emerged that over the same period Labour leader Ed Miliband met News Corp executives 14 times. And Michael Gove the Education Secretary has met more News Corporation executives than any other Cabinet Minister.Including 6 meetings in the weeks following the General Election. Mr Gove is a former employee of the Murdoch owned Times newspaper and his wife still works there.
Hugh Orde has spoken out against Rupert Murdoch.He said: 'You saw the chief officer of the police service of this country, Sir Paul Stephenson, saying, "Look this happened on my watch. I am responsible. I am therefore... It's on my watch. I am resigning". He went on to accuse Rupert Murdoch of shirking responsibility for his actions.
The Chancellor, George Osborne, flew to New York and had dinner with Rupert Murdoch two weeks before the media regulator was due to decide on whether to approve his takeover of BSkyB. This is according to the Daily Telegraph newspaper. This Hackgate scandal isn't going away you know anytime soon no matter how much those in power may wish it to do so.
Scottish political leaders have sent their condolences to the people of Norway after at least 85 died in a gun massacre at a youth camp and another seven died in an explosion in Oslo.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: "On behalf of the Scottish Government and the people of Scotland, I extend our deepest condolences to the people of Norway in the wake of this truly horrific and appalling tragedy.
"We have already offered the Norwegian government any assistance they may require in the coming days, and we stand ready to help in any way we possibly can.
"Scotland and Norway enjoy very strong bonds of friendship stretching back over many years, and our thoughts and sympathies are today with the Norwegian people, particularly the families of all those affected by these terrible incidents."
James Murdoch and his father Rupert gave evidence to a Westminster Select Committee last Tuesday.During the grilling, Mr Murdoch Jnr told a select committee he was not aware of a crucial email, dubbed the “for Neville” message, before he signed off a payout to Gordon Taylor from the Professional Footballers Association. But Colin Myler, who edited the last edition of the paper two weeks ago, and Tom Crone, the paper’s long time lawyer, said he had been aware of the email, allegedly a transcript of hacked voicemail messages.
Alec Baldwin has called for David Cameron to resign. The star of 30 Rock and The Hunt For Red October is correct. David Cameron should resign as he hired Andy Coulson after listening to advise from George Osborne. Maybe George Osborne should join him as well. Mr Alec Baldwin is correct also in pointing out that anybody in England could do the job better than David Cameron.
In a further extraordinary development, Labour MP Chris Bryant today hinted that the Queen may have told Mr Cameron not to hire Mr Coulson.
Mr Bryant told the BBC: 'Very senior people at Buckingham Palace were very troubled by the appointment of Andy Coulson and tried to make it absolutely clear to the Prime Minister.
'I am not sure whether this information ever got directly to the Prime Minister, but it certainly got to senior figures at Downing Street.
'The Queen's grandchildren had their phones hacked. And quite probably other members of the Royal Household ... I think it would be perfectly natural for very senior members of the Royal Family to be very troubled about the appointment.
'After all, Andy Coulson was the editor of the News of the World when the royal princes' phones were hacked. That is not in dispute.
'And Andy Coulson resigned from the News of the World expressly because of the hacking of the royal princes' phones.'
Mr Bryant did not name the Queen directly. His claim prompted a furious denial from Downing Street. A No 10 source said the allegation was 'scurrilous' and 'complete
She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to Section1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977 and on suspicion of corruption allegations contrary to Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
May: Rupert Murdoch, general discussion.
June: Rebekah Brooks, Chequers.
June: Dominic Mohan, editor of the Sun, general discussion.
June: News International summer party, social.
June: James Harding, editor of The Times, interview.
June: The Times CEO summit, speech.
July: The Sun Police Bravery Awards, reception and dinner.
July: Dominic Mohan, general discussion.
July: Colin Myler, editor of the News of the World, general discussion.
August: Rebekah Brooks, Chequers.
September: John Witherow, editor of the Sunday Times, general discussion.
October: James Harding, Conservative conference.
October: Rebekah Brooks, Dominic Mohan, Conservative conference.
October: John Witherow, Conservative conference.
October: News International reception, Conservative conference.
November: James Murdoch, Chequers.
December: The Sun Military Awards, reception and dinner.
December: Rebekah Brooks and James Murdoch, social.
December: Rebekah Brooks, social.
March: News of the World Children’s Champions, No 10 reception.
April: James Harding, general discussion.
May: Dominic Mohan, general discussion.
June: James Harding, general discussion.
June: News International summer party, social.
June: The Times CEO summit, speech.
July: The Sun Police Bravery Awards, reception and dinner.
Les Hinton has resigned as CEO of Dow Jones. He was the head of News International during the phone hacking years. He was known as Rupert Murdochs right hand man for many years. He is only the latest of Murdochs minions to resign. I wonder who is next maybe James or Rupert himself? We can all live in hope that we might get the right result in the end.
Rebekah Brooks has resigned at last. The former editor of the Sun and the News Of The World has had her resignation offer as Chief Executive accepted at the third attempt. She will no longer be acting as a human shield for James and Rupert Murdoch. But things are still not looking that good for Rupert and son what with US Senators calling for investigations and the FBI becoming involved over allegations that some of the 9/11 victims had their phones hacked by News International. The Murdoch Media Empire looks to be in big trouble. And it could not happen to nicer people.
BBC News coverage has a English Bias a new report has found. The report from the Audience Council Scotland has found that BBC Radio 4 has a South of England bias. This will come as no suprise to anybody living in the UK who listens to BBC Radio or Television. The SNP has called for broadcasting powers to be devolved to Scotland. And who could argue with that when Scottish people are being asked to pay for English middle class opinion being passed off as World News.
Rupert Murdoch has ended his bid to take full control of BSkyB Television. This follows pressure following what had become known as Hackgate. Mr Murdoch has paid a price for his greed and lust for political power. But it is nothing more than he and his employees deserve. Hacking the phones of murder victims and those killed by terrorists is beyond the pale. And the general public has let Mr Murdoch know how they feel thanks to Social Media such as Twitter. So this is a real victory for people power.
• Scotland Yard has discovered references to both Brown and his wife, Sarah, in paperwork seized from Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who specialised in phone hacking for the News of the World
• Abbey National bank found evidence suggestion that a "blagger" acting for the Sunday Times on six occasions posed as Brown and gained details from his account,
• Brown's London lawyers, Allen & Overy, were tricked into handing over details from his file by a conman working for the Sunday Times
• Details from his infant son's medical records were obtained by the Sun, who published a story about the child's serious illness.
Former Prime Minister John Major in a speech to the transatlantic Ditchley Foundation, has said more powers should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. He said Scotland should run its own affairs apart from Defence, Foreign Affairs and Economic matters. This has been welcomed by the SNP. The question is John Major doing this of his own bat or is he floating these ideas on behalf of someone else?
The small village of Helen's Bay on the North Down coast is under threat from loyalists. A group of whom are threatening to cover the Village with UDA flags unless their demands are met. This is blackmail against a small community of law-abiding people by a bunch of evil murdering thugs who deal in drugs and run brothels. They just want the Government to hand over large sums of money to their pet community projects. I hope people stand firm against this blackmail and tell the UDA where to stick their flags.
Mr James Murdoch said in a statement: "Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper. This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World."
Tom Watson MP called for James Murdoch to be suspended because he 'personally and without board approval' authorised money to be paid to silence people who said they had been hacked and called it ‘nothing short of an attempt to pervert the course of justice'.
Among his accusations, Watson said Brooks and James Murdoch should be questioned about the destruction of information at the HCL storage facility in Chennai, India.
'They now have to accept their culpability and face the full force of the law,' he said.
He further accused them of 'lawbreaking', of having 'links to the criminal underworld' and of 'paying people for their silence'.
He added: 'They are not fit and proper persons to control any part of the media in this country.'
The Ford Motor Company, Lloyds Banking Group and Virgin Holidays have suspended advertising in the News Of The World after the fresh wave of allegations over phone-hacking. And other Companies are considering if they still want advertise in a newspaper which is accused of hacking the mobile phone of Milly Dowler a teenage murder victim. The way to hurt people like Rupert Murdoch is in the pocket. A Boycott of all his media interests would achieve this. The following are all Part of the Murdoch Media Empire:
The Sun Newspaper
The Times Newspaper
The Sunday Times Newspaper
The News Of The World Newspaper
MySpace Social Networking Website
20th Century Fox
The allegations in the Guardian newspaper that reporters from the News Of The World listened to and deleted voicemail on the mobile phone of teenage murder victim Milly Dowler is disgusting. According to the BBC Newsnight programme, executives at News Corporation who call themselves the Princes Of Darkness authorise the hacking of other peoples mobile phones voicemail. But don't expect the Con/Dem Government to do anything about it. After all these are David Cameron's friends Mr Coulson and Mrs Brooks. Mr Cameron after all went to Eton with Mrs Brooks husband and he employed Mr Andy Coulson as his spin doctor until recently. And he cannot afford to upset Mr Murdoch it might be more than his jobs worth.
The Scottish Labour Party is seeking to rebrand itself. It hopes that a political makeover can somehow help it fight off the rising Scottish Nationalist tide. But the Scottish electorate are not stupid and it will take more than some cheap marketing gimmicks to rebuild the party. I doubt the SNP are worried about any labour party threat nor should they for people know when they are being sold a pup.
A leaked letter to the Observer newspaper shows that the London Government's Welfare Reforms will make 40,000 families homeless.The letter came from the office of Eric Pickles a Cabinet Minister. The heart-less Tory/Liberal alliance is now starting to show its true colours. The Millionaires Club David Cameron calls a cabinet don't give a fig for people at the lower end of the economic ladder. The sooner this Government falls the better for the decent people in this Country.
Alex Salmond is to target Liberal Democrat voters who are upset by the course the party has taken. By getting into bed with the English Tory party. He said: "Many former Lib Dem voters across Scotland supported us for the first time in May, and many more did so in Inverclyde, because they are far more in tune with the policies and aspirations of the Scottish National Party than with a Lib Dem leadership in Scotland that is increasingly indistinguishable from the Tories.
"There is a rich and radical Scottish liberal tradition, whose supporters no longer recognise their party, and do not understand why the leadership in Scotland takes the side of the Tories on every single issue.
"Former Lib Dem supporters are finding a very welcome home in the SNP, and we hope they will be joined by many more in our work to build a fairer, more successful Scotland."
Ireland’s population is now at record levels since the Famine – and the country now boasts the highest birth rate in the European Union.
Preliminary results from the 2011 Census record an Irish population of 4,581,269 – up 341,421 from the last count five years ago.
The 2006 Census returned an Irish population of 4.2 million people, the first time the figure had risen above the 4 million mark since 1871.
Alex Salmond has told the Queen Of England that Scotland should become a Independent Country. In a speech to the Holyrood Parliament Mr Salmond quoted James Joyce and Edwin Morgan. He also quoted from a speech the Queen Of England gave in Dublin Castle recently about Ireland and the United Kingdom becoming firm friends and equal partners. Is it not time for Scotland to become a free Country running all of its own affairs and not to be bound to its neighbour?