This is incredible. George Foulkes was one of the most powerful politicians in Scotland until he and his Labour Party colleagues became unelectable as Scottish voters switched from Labour to the SNP. No problem for George in our "democratic" United Kingdom, though. There's always a nice, warm seat in the House of Lords for pro-Westminster unionist politicians who become too toxic to get themselves elected. Since this happened to George, he is now more powerful in Scotland than he ever was as an elected politician. For Scottish politicians, losing elections need not be a problem because it opens up so many better opportunities....as long as you're prepared to betray your fellow Scots, of course!
Then shouldn’t England pick up all the costs for Brexit?
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Labour is in bed with the Tories and hence they are a minority party in Scotland. Labour’s grassroots was set up from the men that came back from the world wars and helped the working class.
Because his party made themselves irrelevant in Scotland?
Why should the Green/SNP be allowed to use taxpayers’ money for their own agenda. All their policies have already lost millions due to incompetence, money that could be helping fellow Scots in various ways.
A lord in a supposed party of the working class! Says it all.
That's good, as long as Scotland can claw back years of taxation to Westminster for Scottish-based companies that should be registered in Scotland not Westminster.
Why would they even think of ending our partial rebate? Answer they can’t. It’s already cut to the bone.
An unelected lord! How about we just shut the House of Lords and save over £100m a year?
Thank you George for making the case for independence so strongly.
Cut him some slack, he had possibly had a few sherbets. That’s the only reason I can think of, apart from the fact if Scotland chooses to be independent, he gets booted off the gravy train in the House of Lods. Talk about saving money? I think it would be a place to start down there. A bit of advise for George, keep yer heed doon man and hope nobody noticed you asleep on the red benches.
Yup, puts his hand up to make the Scottish nation poorer. well done sir.
It's called democracy in action, George but what would you know about that being a Lord? It would be a neglect of responsibility and duty not to allocate monies to carrying out the mandated will of the Scottish electorate rising from the polices, actions and instruction detailed in the party manifestos of the politicians the elected to represent them now in two general elections. Which part of this example of democracy in action do you not understand?
Fringe ticket sales
Venue operators are concerned the recovery of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is under threat from slower than normal ticket sales
Maybe they should have created an app!
Perhaps the ticket prices are too high? I remember not so long ago the average price was £6 for a show; now it’s treble that.
Claire A A Eadie
Not as much disposable income at the moment.
Perhaps people have been viewing the Edinburgh Covid stats going up and up and deciding that the risk of moving between small, sweaty, airless venues with a lot of other people doing the same is just not worth the hassle and expense.
Cheaper to fly to the States and catch a show on Broadway.
Drop the ticket prices – simple. People face a high cost of living before festival tickets can be purchased but some shows are £20 a pop - forget it.
A lot of tourists were unimpressed at the Edinburgh's Hogmanay failure to make any decision until two days before the event. It left many overseas would-be visitors out of pocket with no time to make alternative arrangements, and a bad taste in their mouths at the cavalier attitude.
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