Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Time to switch out of Scottish Power?

The River Tay on a warm evening.


UK energy company Scottish Power have agreed to an £11.6 billion takeover by the Spanish firm, Iberdrola.

The price of energy could rise and jobs could be lost.

SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon warned: "We remain convinced that this deal is not in Scotland's national interest.

"There are real fears that Scottish employees, Scottish consumers and Scottish taxpayers will be worse off as a result."

Dave Watson, Scottish organiser of Unison said: "The proposed takeover again highlights the nonsense of the so-called liberalised energy market where European companies can acquire successful UK companies whilst their home market is largely protected."

Scottish Power's chief executive, Philip Bowman, is expected to leave Scottish power with a package of between £3.5m and £4m in a mixture of shares, salary and bonus, to add to a £15m pay off received two years ago following the takeover of drinks company Allied Domecq, where he was also chief executive, by Pernod Ricard.

A large part of Iberdrola's investment is coming from the banks. Iberdrola is borrowing almost £8 billion from the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and ABN Amro to finance the move.

If interest rates go up, will Scottish Power customers have to pay?

ScottishPower customers can switch utilities if they are dissatisfied.

Britain has six big energy suppliers. If Iberdrola acquires Scottish Power only two, Centrica and Scottish and Southern Energy, will remain independent. Powergen, npower and EDF Energy are owned by German utility companies Eon and RWE, and France's EDF group respectively.

Stagecoach and Virgin


Friday, November 24, 2006

A Glasgow park on a warm November day.


Glasgow drugs bust - Home Secretary's embarassment...

Malcolm Bruce; Constituency: Gordon, Scotland; Born in Birkenhead; Education: Wrekin College, Shropshire; divorced in 1992, and married Rosemary Vetterlein; Has voted in 53% of votes in parliament - well below average amongst MPs. How have they voted? Military action against Iraq - 17.2.1998: Malcolm Bruce voted to allow UK military action against Iraq if peace bid failed.

Malcolm Bruce
Uniquely unable to manage our own affairs?

SNP has clear lead as Labour slump

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Strange YouGov poll results


First poll:

YouGov poll, The Herald, 23 November 2006:

Constituency candidate vote

SNP (Scottish National Party) 36%

Labour 29%

Liberal Democrats 16%

Conservatives 14%

YouGov poll, Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2006:

Http:// (the poll appears in the print edition in Scotland, but not on the website)

Constituency candidate vote

SNP 32%

Labour 32%

Which poll do you believe?


David Leigh wrote about 'Britain’s security services and journalists: the secret story' in the British Journalism ReviewVol. 11, No. 2, 2000, pages 21-26.

According to Leigh: "British journalists – and British journals – are being manipulated by the secret intelligence agencies."

Leigh gave us an example from 1995 when the Sunday Telegraph published a story about the son of Col Gadafy of Libya and his alleged connection to a currency counterfeiting plan.

According to Leigh: "The story was written by Con Coughlin, the paper’s then chief foreign correspondent, and it was falsely attributed to a 'British banking official'. In fact, it had been given to him by officers of MI6, who, it transpired, had been supplying Coughlin with material for years."

Robin Ramsay, in the late 1990s, wrote: "The Sunday Times was a serious, respectable newspaper until Andrew Neil became its editor in the mid-1980s and turned it into a mouth-piece for MI5 and the MOD to run their rubbish through. The Sunday Telegraph shows all the signs of going down the same dangerous path." aangirfan: MI5 and MI6


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Aberdeen on a good day.


Kiss it if you please

When Pan Am flight 103 came down over Lockerbie, one of those killed was Charles McKee.

"According to Rodney Stich, Robert Hunt, former Navy SEAL commander and deep-cover CIA/ONI operative, described to him a CIA assassination squad called Operation Ringwind. This operation, according to Hunt, was under the control of then-Deputy Director of the CIA Robert Gates.

'''They call it Operation Ringwind, formed in early 1981. It was strictly to take care of all participants in October Surprise until they decide to shut the operation down. And that could be tomorrow morning, or ten years from now. Whoever they think is involved.''' Bush administration’s Trojan Horse gift to America and the ...
Operation "Mount Rushmore" and "Operation Ringwind"

'Corrupt CIA officials, allowed the bombing of Pan Am 103 to proceed, because Charles McKee knew too much about "Operation Ringwind"' Mother Tells All About White House Sex Slave Ring And Son's Kidnapping


Tuesday, November 14, 2006


Where is this Highland Gathering, the second biggest in the world? It's in the world's biggest moslem country.

"Jakarta Highland Gathering 2001" a Jakarta Travel Page by ukirsari

"The new US consul in Scotland, questioned the effect of separation on American energy firms and criticised the SNP’s anti-Nato policy."US consul questions wisdom of Scottish independence

Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

Lockerbie Bomb and Ecuador and New Zealand

'The man chose... to parade around the high ceilinged rooms dressed only in a kimono and swigging vodka...The clips come at an awkward time for Mr McConnell, who recently vowed to crack down on “neds” — the yobs bringing mayhem to Scotland’s most deprived areas.' Friends who drank vodka shots and bounced on the First Minister's ...

51 % favour full independence. 39 % against... Vital gains forecast for SNP in swing from Labour

A visual tour, a little history & famous Scots!!!

The people of Fife have had Tony Blair's wars but not Gordon's great economic miracle. They are ready for independence... The upside of the present situation of high oil prices means Scotland can use the weather-window of our North Sea resources to get the technology and training it needs to construct an eco-hi-tech future.Dullness fades

Scotland savour win over France

Sheridan accuses MI5 and Murdoch over 'mother of stitch-ups'

“When the history of this whole episode is written about, I think you'll find that MI5 certainly was involved."SWINGERS TAPE IS A FAKE SAYS SHERIDAN

Sheridan’s former friend defends tape

Lockerbie man.....Mixed reactions to Boyd departure

Boyd resignation: 'No McKie link'

Michael Russell given choice: change book or lose candidacy...Salmond causes rival to change ‘dangerous’ book

SCOTLAND should remain in the UK, says Mike Russell, a leading member of the Scottish National Party. Is Mike Russell secretly working for the oligarchs? Should he be booted out of the Scottish National Party?...Alternative blueprint for SNP future: let’s stick with the union

Russell wants to scrap anti-NATO policy

Have the security services infiltrated the Scottish National Party in order to undermine it?

Attitudes to sex relax as more than half condone adultery

Former Brown Ally Selected to Fight Kirkcaldy Seat

Life expectancy less than 60 in parts of UK

Liberal Democrats R.I.P.

Labour turmoil as Scots back independence

Support doubles for Scottish independence

The spies control the leaders of the political parties?

Salmond unveils 'wise men' plan for Scottish economy

Lockerbie munitions

£1000-a-head oil money goes south, says Salmond

Surge in price of oil fuels SNP claims of £5bn revenue loss

"Tommy Sheridan, a Scottish MP who has openly criticised Israel, became the victim of a "serious campaign to discredit" him, led by a sinister faction within his own party and a tabloid "news" paper. This is a typical example of the "flack" method of suppression, by which key people are prevented from straying too far outside certain boundaries, or punished and discredited if they do, thus discouraging dissent and free-speech, and undermining "democracy". The same tabloid has, over the years, been involved in various fake stories that coincide conveniently with state propaganda requirements, including the infamous "ricin plot" hoax. The tabloid was directly behind the recent phoney "terror" raid on a flat in London, during which police shot a Muslim suspect by "accident", all based on a "source" (anonymous as usual) whose evidence was exposed as false in court.."

Tommy Sheridan The evidence … and how it unravelled

Presbyterian Church publishes 9/11 conspiracy theory

“The country is going ‘Londoncentric’... Looking for work in Hull was never a consideration.” Brown’s cash blitz is hurting poorest areas - Sunday Times - Times ...

Second UK base used to ferry US bombs to Israel

Support for Labour cannot be morally justified

SNP plans business rates 25% lower than England

US open supply of bombs to Israel a grave error

Not sufficiently Israeli-American?

Kick these Friends of Israel out of the UK parliament!

Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) is one of the largest political groups in the UK. Over two thirds of the Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs) are members

Can Labour hold on as SNP emerges victorious from latest poll?

Robin Taudevin

The SNP study found Scotland exports 10 times more oil and about six times more gas than Scots need, 24% more electricity and almost twice as much coal...

Scots 'don't need nuclear power'

Scottish Energy Review Published

‘Scots give £853 a head to England’

Report Suggests Threat of Lower Scottish Living Standards

3.1 CIA in Lockerbie

Robertson fails in second claim against newspaper

Salmond Defends Scots Spending Whilst Campbell Runs Up White Flag

Police investigate two Nazi war crime suspects living in Scotland

The Scottish drift that is unnerving Brown

Licences for North Sea oil hit 35-year record

Anti-Scottish Attacks Hide Truth About Who Benefits from UK

Portillo: England ‘no longer needs’ Scotland

North Sea applications hit peak

Now Gordon Brown Praises Thatcherism

Professor's Population Warnings Need SNP Solution

Scotland to become independent?

Scotland will be the winner when oil and gas come home

Here's why Maggie didn’t drop this 'subsidy junkie'

Norway's $200 billion oil pension fund bans investments in US ...

Drugs, prostitution and a political party

Scotland will be the winner when oil and gas come home

Braveheart has his say

Scotland's oil :

Commons to debate SNP Bill to Bring Home Scotland's Oil and Gas

London and the South-East has an export deficit; Scotland has a large export surplus.

Brother-in-law of First Minister buys five houses for £1

SNP Ridicule Tory-Labour Embrace

Tories plan pact with Labour to beat SNP

Scotland: Probe into murder suspect holiday

Amnesty nominations for Herald writers

Niall Ferguson, professor of history at Harvard, supports independence for Scotland

History rewritten as Darien project hailed as a success

By far the largest number of hidden unemployed in Scotland were found in Glasgow. Fothergill estimates that some 39,100 incapacity benefit claimants could work, and should therefore be on the official unemployment register. Revealed: grim truth of Scots unemployment

An SNP-Liberal Democrat government in Scotland is 'now a distinct possibility'.

The people in charge in the United Kingdom: drugged, sleazy, corrupt, incompetent?

What might Scotland be like if it was independent, like Norway?

How black gold was hijacked: North sea oil and the betrayal of Scotland

The next election in the UK; will there be some surprises?

The Economist

"I fell into the water when I went to see granny in Dundee. I was with my other daddy and we all fell into the water when we were on the train." DUNDEE

Tory support grows but North-South divide widens

Commenting on comments made by Tory MP Ian Liddell-Grainger regarding the Barnett formula, Mr Salmond said:"The fact that Mr Liddell-Grainger believes that Scots should pay higher taxes shows the if you scratch the Conservative Party then some double-barrelled Tory MP will communicate some anti-Scottish diatribe.It is extraordinary that at a time when Scottish oil revenues are underpinning the entire UK Exchequer, that even a Conservative MP would come out with such twaddle. It shows that under David Cameron the Conservative Party remain anti-Scottish in outlook and approach." SNP Comment on BBC Politics Show

Breakdown of law and order in Scotland? Time for a change.

Salmond Looks to New Era for Scotland in Europe

Polls Show McConnell Even Less Popular Than Blair

John-Reid, Karadzic, Lobbygate, NHS deficits, Commissioner for Standards, drugs

If Cameron cannot win Scotland, then the Conservative Party may indeed be dead.

Greens ready to support SNP government

Britain is sinking

SNP demands oil cash control

UK Defence Secretary, Ronnie Campbell, drugs

Richard Lochhead of the Scottish National Party wins Moray by-election Richard Lochhead (SNP) 12,653 votes (46.15% of the vote, +3.95% increase) Mary Scanlon (Conservative) 6,268 (22.86%, +0.35%) Linda Gorn (Liberal Democrat) 5,310 (19.37%, +7.20%) Sandy Keith (Labour) 2,696 (9.83%, -9.28%) SNP majority 6,385 (23.29%)

SNP sweeps to Moray by-election victory

Rank and file Scottish police want drugs legalised

Where to stay in Scotland if you want peace and quiet

Scottish Business Faces New £33 Million Tax Bill

Revealed: fears over ‘radioactive’ food threat

Moira Anderson; child abuse; senior public figures; Dunblane

Sex, Thais, Bonobos...Foreplay is more important in Austria than in Japan

56% agreed with the statement: "The Labour Party has been in power too long in Scotland, it is time for a change." Only 28 per cent disagreed. Salmond jubilant as poll buoys nationalist election hopes

Carnegie, Gates, Kroc, Omidyar

Swiss cities were found to offer particularly good health services, banking services and low levels of crime. Switzerland also has strong internal stability and excellent relationships with other countries.

Scottish cabinet Topping the list for the chop, obviously, is Peter Peacock...Next out the door is Patricia Ferguson,,2090-2136737.html

SNP leader Salmond tops poll of public's choice for First Minister

Police 158 police officers have a criminal recordAT LEAST 158 serving police officers in Scotland have convictions for offences ranging from assault and drink-driving to attempting to pervert the course of justice, The Scotsman can reveal.

UK performance for the past six years has been the weakest in the G7 of industrialised nations. While Germany, the US, Canada, Japan, France and Italy have all been growing their manufacturing base, the UK's is fast diminishing...Selling off what little is left of British manufacturing

Peerage for Lockerbie lawyer : Storm grows as Scots law chief is made a peer News - Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked


Do you support or oppose Scotland becoming a country independent from the rest of the United Kingdom?


Don’t know
YouGov poll April 2006

100 landings on Scots soil by US jets with torture links

Scottish National Party set to win many more seats in Scottish Parliament

100 landings on Scots soil by US jets with torture links

Bird flu and the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews

Bird Flu And Social Darwinism

Bird Flu Outbreak Coincided With Drill

Are you afraid of bird flu? NO - 77%. Yes - 23%...

True price of UK's nuclear legacy: £160bn

Scotland, the source of all things erotic

In the UK wealth is being transferred from the poor to the rich.

Pollution plagues Scotland’s water

At the 2005 UK General Election Russell Brown became the Labour MP for the Dumfries and Galloway Constituency. Pro-war Labour candidate Russell Brown won the seat with his vote increasing 8.7%. Britain has tested DU shells in the Dumfries and Galloway area. Radiation reports showed serious contamination near Kirkcudbright, in Dumfries and Galloway. "Well above acceptable limits," the Ministry of Defence was to acknowledge later. (Robert Fisk The Independent 4 October 1999.) Russell Brown seems to be in favour of nuclear energy. It was the Dumfries and Galloway police who investigated the Lockerbie explosion. Here are some pictures of Dumfries:

The scandal surrounding McKie has affected investigations including the Madrid train bombing, the blowing up of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie and the Michael Jackson trial, according to investigators in the U.S. and U.K. Scotland Appoints Fingerprinting Experts After Policewoman Case

UK : "Each week, a murder or rape is committed by offenders supposedly under supervision. Yet, even knee-deep in evidence of its own failure, the National Probation Service cannot acknowledge its inability to reform these criminals. It is all a deadly con trick, writes David Fraser, who spent years working in the service." Telegraph News Crime and capitulation

The Bosses' Pension Vision

They have sex BEFORE they have supper... they enjoy rubbing their behinds together...Bonobos shed an exciting new light... on "the role of sex in human society and overthrow established theories of the biological inevitability of human aggressiveness and the drive for power."

Top heroin gang; UK politicians; UK customs.

True price of UK's nuclear legacy: £160bn

Nuclear clean-up costs soar

"We won 11 gold, seven silver and 11 bronze and are sixth in the medal table" Scotland hails her Golden wonders

The answer to the problem of drugs and crime

Police Investigation launched after McKie lawyers’ computer files stolen

Scotland Forgotten as Brown Goes British

Budget small print forecasts £74 billion oil revenues

Sir John Crofton, now 93, is credited with helping to save the lives of 10 million people worldwide, yet remains unknown.

Depleted Uranium In India, Spreading Worldwide

Fake terror planned for Scotland? Terror team draws up plans.

Scotland and Norway

Fake fingerprint claim in McKie case

The Plot Against Harold Wilson - what they missed out.

Britain: Tessa Jowell and the politics of kleptocracy

Salmond Comments on Sean Connery

The Oscar Slater case reminds us of the Lockerbie bomb case and many others.

Salmond says Brown can undo oil damage

Salmond Launches Plan to Extend North Sea's Working Life

What really happened to Yugoslavia.

The disgraceful silence of the Liberal Democrats

The cover-up of the biggest act of terrorism in the UK

UK policemen telling lies? A senior policeman committing rape?

Open verdict on Deepcut soldier

Fingerprint experts boycott conference over McKie affair

The Shirley McKie case Another link between McKie and Lockerbie

The useless Liberal Democrats

Nuclear watchdog alarmed by Faslane danger

240,000 children living in poverty
One in every four children in Scotland lives in poverty, according to government statistics published yesterday.

Blair's Britain: more living below the poverty line; more billionaires.

Cash appeal for McKie case review

US control of UK police and courts? FBI ordered McKie case 'swept under carpet'

US control of UK members of parliament? The McKie case, in Scotland, was about fingerprint evidence. "It was alleged yesterday that the McKie inquiry was closed down as a result of involvement by the FBI who were concerned that question marks... would spread to the Lockerbie case... Members of the Scottish Parliament yesterday rejected by 64 votes to 51 the SNP motion, which claimed the issues in the McKie case went to the heart of public trust in the criminal justice system. Court costs ruling may open new chapter in McKie case

Peter and Gordon

Acts of fake terror to be used to control Scotland's oil?

CJD expert warns of ‘BSE in sheep’

Britain gives the green light to GM terminator technology

Who owns Scotland?

UK radiation jump blamed on Iraq shells. RADIATION detectors in Britain recorded a fourfold increase in uranium levels in the atmosphere after the “shock and awe” bombing campaign against Iraq, according to a report. Environmental scientists who uncovered the figures through freedom of information laws say it is evidence that depleted uranium from the shells was carried by wind currents to Britain.,,2087-2047373,00.html

Glasgow police The UK police and drugs and kidnappings.

Kick out Darling

John Reid and the brutal beating of teenagers


Lockerbie - new forensic tests suggest evidence was planted by the CIA

McKie case linked to Lockerbie; Scottish justice controlled by the CIA? Reputation of Scottish justice in ruins?

Reportedly the CIA is still flying heroin to Europe and America

A document passed to the Sunday Herald shows that the Home Office knows that at least one of the men – Fouad Lasnami – is innocent.
Home Office undermined MI5 claim that freed terror suspects were guilty

"In 1998, Lindauer was making a deposition in the Lockerbie Trial that contradicted the official Libya did it! yarn, corroborating the accounts of others, such as former DIA operative Lester Coleman that it was instead all about Bekka Valley heroin and CIA drug dealing. (Coleman's book, Trail of the Octopus, can be read online with free registration here.)"
Markovian Parallax Denigrate

Lockerbie Trial Document: Susan Lindauer Deposition

Lockerbie: the politics and dirty tricks

SNP secure surprise win in by-election

UK economy in trouble

Why did Blair lose in Dunfermline?

Fingerprint experts told police inquiry six years ago McKie evidence was 'fabricated'

Byelection victory for anti-war Liberal Democrats

From the foreign-owned Herald.

Evidence of bias at The Guardian - Gerard Seenan's report from Dunfermline


Secret papers show oil cash fears


Scotland - 3% of crimes result in convictions

Schools lose £1bn a year to town hall bureaucrats

FBI training course for a top Scottish police officer

By-election bombshell as US firm axes 700 local jobs

The Dunfermline and West Fife by-election

Finger print case
Secret report prompts claims of ‘massive cover-up' in McKie ...

Half of gays believe they'll be discriminated against if they ...

Sleaze probe into nuclear lobbying at Holyrood

In Iraq, life expectancy is 67. Minutes from Glasgow city centre, it's 54

UK New reactors may be fast tracked

Nuclear 'can't help climate'

Secret radioactive waste dumps

Nuclear link as cancer toll doubles in parts of Scotland

The seven-year-old took lollipops to his mother's grave.

3,300 rise in staff who run Scotland's quangos

Class disruption rises as autistic pupils brought in

Manufactured exports continue fall

Glasgow one of the top ten best holiday places in the world
Experts rate city as trendy hotspot for holidaymakers

Top Scots Tories caught up in US corruption probe

Brainwashing, the CIA and an unsuspecting Scots researcher

Salmond opens talks with Greens

The Niall Ferguson mini-controversy

Ignorance of Scotland on a vast scale

Government offensive on incapacity benefit reform

What the English are not being told:

Head of the central policy review staff said Scotland could "go it alone"

SNP warning of fuel poverty rise

Scotland towns register highest house price rise

Nights at city's blue Danube St

BP reviews North Sea investment following tax increase

No Guarantee from Blair on Scotland's Lost Euro Funding

Have the security services infiltrated the Scottish National Party in order to undermine it?

Nuclear link as cancer toll doubles in parts of Scotland

Shell in North Sea cuts after tax hike

Thousands of pupils failing on the basics

How black gold was hijacked: North sea oil and the betrayal of Scotland

Robbing Scotland to pay for wars

Severe poverty in the UK - no improvement in recent years.

Rewriting the home rule book

Over 200 ‘abnormal events' at nuclear plants since 2000

Scotland's Black Gold Must Not Fill Brown's Black Hole

Academic reveals election ambitions

Global warming scuppers Blair’s nuclear power plans

Da Vinci, Buccleuch, Hess, Oscar Wilde


Nightmare of Kid Hookers

Boy Band

Thousands of children are failing to achieve basic levels of numeracy and literacy

House prices

Drinks laws

Lockerbie - what sort of people were involved?
Security services reportedly involved in carrying out bombings in Turkey

Scotland has 25% of Europe's wind and tide resources, 10% of its wave resources.
Scotland has two-thirds of the oil reserves held within the European Union. SNP demands devolved energy policy.

We must save our greatest contribution to civilisation

Scottish Power must be saved

How MPs voted on Terror Bill; spot the fascists?

He is renowned for being anti-vice.

Scottish farms still contaminated by Chernobyl fallout

Lord Fraser: my Lockerbie trial doubts

How the SNP had Labour running scared on the oil issue


UK government spends less in Scotland than it claims?

The good news on the economy

Young boy trapped in flat with dead mum for up to 6 weeks; how uncaring are the people of Edinburgh?

31% to pass maths?

Storm of deals in the North Sea

Former UK Labour Party leader John Smith was linked to the security services? Was Mandelson spying on the Communist Party?

David Cameron and MI5 and MI6

Shayler: 'Blair was an MI5 agent'.
Bristol Evening Post report on David Shayler's claims that 9 11 was the work of elements of the US government and that Blair worked for MI5

Worst in Scotland for drugs - Dumfries and Galloway?

Look at Lochside - The Conservatives got 0.7% of the vote.

Tony Blair worked for the security services? And Straw, Mandelson, Hain...?

The murder by the military of Scottish journalist Malcolm Rennie:
Western journalists murdered by Indonesian military; key Balibo witness dies; UK and Australian cover-up

Secret plan for Lockerbie bomber; Megrahi to leave Britain.

London is the problem for Scottish business


Scotland worse than Belarus? Proportionally more people in the public sector in Scotland than in the former Soviet Union.

Tax powers for Scotland

Forensic mix-up casts fresh Lockerbie doubt.
Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked
Lockerbie Bomb and Ecuador and New Zealand
Lockerbie bomb verdict thrown into doubt

Scotland's true oil wealth was hidden to stop independence.

Scotland: average earnings would stand at £11,779 higher per person


Murder capital of Europe.

Labour secretly attack Lib Dems in Scotland; problems over nuclear plants.

Scottish fishing and Scottish oil.

Livingston and Cathcart vote to remain poor, downtrodden and fascist.

British nuclear plants to be sold to Halliburton?

UK: the myth of Labour’s economic success
The Germany is the world's single biggest exporter; UK could be Europe's sick man; Scottish Power.

Kiss it if you please

George Buchanan. portrait by Arnold Bronckorst, 1581. National Gallery of Scotland.


George Buchanan was born in Killearn, Scotland, in 1506. He became a scholar, famous throughout Europe.

In the 1530s, Buchanan had the job of educating the illegitimate children of James V of Scotland.

Buchanan lived at a time when 'Christians' were often mad and violent fundamentalists, who went in for a variety of sneaky conspiracies.

In 1538, Buchanan was accused of heresy and narrowly escaped being burned. He fled to Portugal.

In Portugal, Buchanan was accused of heresy. He was imprisoned by the inquisition, but managed to escape.

When the young James VI (who later became James I of England) came to the throne, Buchanan became his teacher.

On one occasion, Buchanan gave the young king a beating.

Reportedly, the Countess of Mar wished to rescue the lad, but Buchanan called out: "Madam, I have whipped his arse - you may kiss it if you please!"

Buchanan died in 1582.