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Shetland independence supporter reports PM to police for election fraud
25 Jul 2017 at 11:38am
He is best known as Captain Calamity, the hapless wannabe round-the-world navigator who only made it 100 miles from home before being rescued at huge public expense.

'They call me fat, useless and a dykey lesbian': Ruth Davidson speaks out at ...
25 Jul 2017 at 7:17pm
RUTH Davidson has spoken out about the need to hit back at the ?vile? homophobic abuse she often gets on social media.

Brexit squeeze begins to bite as consumers tighten belts and economic growth ...
25 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
BRITAIN is in the grip of a ?Brexit squeeze? as gloomier economic forecasts undermine consumer confidence and families begin to tighten their purse strings on the High Street.

Labour leadership challenged to clear up its "confusing" stance on Brexit
25 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
LABOUR high command has been challenged over its "confusing" stance on Brexit after leading figures appeared at loggerheads over the party?s official position.

No 10 brushes off IMF growth downgrade, insisting UK economy is in "strong po...
24 Jul 2017 at 1:04pm
DOWNING Street has brushed aside the latest economic snapshot from the International Monetary Fund after it downgraded its growth forecast for the UK but upgraded those for many EU countries.

Frustrated Ruth Davidson challenges May Government to lead or lose
24 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
RUTH Davidson is leading a Scottish Conservative power surge at Westminster after warning Theresa May's lieutenants that the Prime Minister owes her position in Downing Street to the party's resurgence in Scotland and is urging her to "lead or lose".

SNP urges Scottish Labour to clarify position on single-market membership
24 Jul 2017 at 4:59pm
The SNP has called on Scottish Labour to confirm their position on the single market after the Welsh First Minister appeared to contradict comments made by UK party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Heseltine: May Government will be "torn apart" over leadership speculation an...
24 Jul 2017 at 12:47pm
THERESA May?s Government will be ?torn apart? by speculation over her leadership and by Britain?s weakness in the Brexit talks, Lord Heseltine has predicted.

One in five Scots MPs has little work experience outside politics
24 Jul 2017 at 12:07am
AROUND one in five of Scotland?s new MPs has little or no work experience outside politics.

Wings Over Scotland increases defamation claim against Kezia Dugdale to £25,000
23 Jul 2017 at 12:08am
A PRO-INDEPENDENCE blogger is suing Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale for £25,000 after she accused him of homophobia.

Corbyn insists May's £1.5bn deal with DUP "unsustainable" and he is ready for...
23 Jul 2017 at 4:13pm
JEREMY Corbyn has branded the Conservatives? £1.5 billion deal with the Democratic Unionists to prop up Theresa May?s Government ?unsustainable? and that he is ready to fight another general election in the coming months.

Paul Hutcheon: Kezia Dugdale is unloved by both wings of her fractious party
23 Jul 2017 at 12:09am
JUNE's General Election result contained many surprises, but the shock on the faces of senior Scottish Labour figures was symbolic of the party?s low expectations.

Fox softens on Brexit transitional period, saying one could last until 2022
23 Jul 2017 at 12:41pm
LIAM Fox, the International Trade Secretary, has signalled that a transitional deal following Britain's departure from the European Union could last three years until 2022.

Davidson might have her sights on Bute House but one day they could be turned...
24 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
IT?S a subject that simply refuses to go away; the prospect of Ruth Davidson becoming leader of the UK Conservative Party and, potentially, Prime Minister.

Labour left says Scottish party held back Corbyn at general election
22 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
One of Labour's main leftist factions has accused the Scottish wing of the party of holding back the UK wide effort to put Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10.

 

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Tories accuse Nicola Sturgeon of ?not getting on with the day job?
25 Jul 2017 at 3:38pm
The First Minister’s decision to meet with a cross-party independence group has been criticised by the Tories as proof the Scottish Government was pursuing constitutional objectives instead of “getting on with the day job”.

Liam Fox challenged to eat ?Chlorination Chicken? on TV
25 Jul 2017 at 3:00pm
Liam Fox has been challenged to eat chlorine-washed chicken live on TV.

Alex Salmond rules out joining House of Lords
25 Jul 2017 at 11:37am
Alex Salmond has confirmed he has no intention of joining the House of Lords after losing his seat at last month’s General Election.

Darren McGarvey: Gender neutral toilets are proxy for wider battle
25 Jul 2017 at 7:25am
The issue of gender does throw up complex conundrums, but we shouldn’t let these difficulties obstruct social progress, writes Darren McGarvey.

Leader comment: Hospital closures must not increase risk to the vulnerable
25 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The closure of a public service facility is almost always a matter of controversy and regret, particularly if the cause of loss is a lack of sufficient resource to maintain viability.

Police report finds ?significant weaknesses? in finances
25 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
An internal audit of the Scottish Police Authority has found “significant weaknesses” in the organisation’s financial controls.

Hospitals and NHS Scotland facilities ?may need to be axed?
25 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Senior medical leaders in Scotland have warned that hospitals and services may have to go if the NHS is to make the best use of scarce resources.

Scottish schools in poorest areas to get £45m
24 Jul 2017 at 9:16pm
More than £45 million is to go to schools in Scotland’s most deprived areas to help close the gap in attainment with more affluent neighbourhoods.

Lord Heseltine predicts general election ?by 2019?
24 Jul 2017 at 5:01pm
The Conservative Government will face a general election in about two years’ time, former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine has predicted.

Michael Fallon: aircraft carrier critics ?need to shut up?
24 Jul 2017 at 4:48pm
Armchair critics of Britain’s most powerful warship need to “shut up for a while”, said the Defence Secretary as he hailed the return of “big decks and fast jets”.

Wings Over Scotland begins fundraiser in Labour defamation action
24 Jul 2017 at 4:00pm
A pro-independence blogger has launched an online fundraising campaign to help pay for a defamation action brought against Kezia Dugdale.

Fox pressed on chlorinated chicken amid US trade deal talks
24 Jul 2017 at 2:53pm
Decisions on whether to allow chlorine-washed chicken to be sold to British consumers would be taken at the “very end stage” of a potential US-UK free trade deal, Liam Fox said as he condemned media “obsession” with the subject.

Mhairi Black: Progressive Labour supporters should work with SNP
24 Jul 2017 at 12:50pm
A leading SNP MP has called for Labour to work with the Nationalists “to keep Scotland in the single market and to protect working people”.

IMF downgrades UK?s growth forecast as economy weakens
24 Jul 2017 at 12:28pm
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has downgraded its growth forecast for the UK after weaker-than-expected economic performance.

Boris Johnson compares Maori greeting to ?Glasgow kiss?
24 Jul 2017 at 10:53am
Boris Johnson has joked a traditional Maori welcome he received in New Zealand could start a fight if the gesture was attempted in Glasgow.

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Seeing it from here
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jul 2017 at 5:58pm
I went to “Dunkirk” at the cinema today. If you want to know what it’s like, just watch this trailer 40 times in a row and save yourself the £12. It’s a poor movie, disjointed and aimless and curiously lacking in tension or narrative given the real-life subject matter. (It’s remarkably short on dialogue, which is …

Taking a stand
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2017 at 8:54am
Click pic to go to the Indiegogo fundraiser page, or click here to use PayPal. All-sources total as of 9am, Tuesday 25 July: £11,640. . Most of you have probably seen this by now: And most of you probably already know what it’s about. For the last six years, the supporters of independence have been relentlessly …

The delusion of hubris
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2017 at 12:51pm
Today’s Daily Record covers the story we mentioned yesterday about a report from a Scottish Labour campaign group making the pretty factually-uncontestable point that the branch office’s dismal strategy in last month’s election held the UK party back. And it made the Record really angry. Because the paper’s editorial leader is a furious rant against the authors …

Happy holidays
by Chris Cairns
22 Jul 2017 at 6:55am

Picking up the gauntlet
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2017 at 6:06pm
We’ll be honest with you here, readers – even though it’s only July, when it comes to sheer ham-fisted, tin-eared, clown-shoed, foot-shooting idiocy we didn’t think anything in Scottish politics in 2017 could possibly top the SNP’s decision that the surefire way to win back voters after a poor election result was literally mutilating puppies. After …

The Pollyanna Problem
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2017 at 12:25pm
Broadly speaking, the psychological phenomenon known as the Pollyanna Principle is a tendency to neurotically see the most positive possible view of a situation. It’s not generally widely found in newspapers – for whom bad news as a rule sells much better than good news – but for some reason the Scottish press makes a uniform …

Friendly Help For Jeremy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Jul 2017 at 9:14am
From today’s Daily Record: Have you spotted Kindly Uncle Jez’s mistake, readers? Let’s try to explain it to him. We’ll use short words and speak slowly. Dear Jeremy, Here’s how many votes you’re currently short of being PM: 28 Here’s how many you’d be short if you took those 18 seats from the SNP: 28 …

The second-class licence fee
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jul 2017 at 11:49am
Today the BBC finally officially revealed what everyone already knew. So now Scottish viewers definitely know where we stand. The Corporation doggedly refuses to publicly reveal what it pays for its entire TV and radio coverage of Scottish football, presumably out of embarrassment, but we already know because the SPFL told us in 2015. 1/60th of …

The proof of the pudden
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jul 2017 at 1:41pm
Here’s Kezia Dugdale in the Daily Record today: If only there was somewhere that Labour DID already run the NHS so that we could judge the truth of that claim, eh readers? (In the latest data, NHS Scotland is treating 95.3% of A&E patients within the four-hour target, compared to just 80.9% in Wales.) (While …

The Victim
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jul 2017 at 11:38am
Deep in the summer news desert, the papers today are struggling for material again. The Sunday Herald has a shock-horror front-page exposé about some photos from an Orange Lodge party that turn out to be from 2010 and 2013, while the Scottish Mail On Sunday reaches all the way back to 1940 to fill a …

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ScotRail passenger satisfaction increases to 90%
25 Jul 2017 at 1:38pm
Transport Focus found 90% of passengers satisfied overall with ScotRail services, up from 83% previously.


Doctors urge 'courageous decisions' in NHS Scotland reform
25 Jul 2017 at 1:10pm
MSPs have been gathering views from health professionals and groups about future budgets.


Scots 'crisis grant' payouts on the rise
25 Jul 2017 at 5:57pm
The number of crisis grants given out to Scots struggling to get by has risen by 14%, totalling more than £9m.


Supreme Court judges retire to consider minimum pricing appeal
25 Jul 2017 at 3:38pm
A two-day hearing was held at the Supreme Court over plans for minimum pricing of alcohol in Scotland.


Rise in child gender distress referrals in Scotland
25 Jul 2017 at 1:44pm
Thirty-four children were referred to the Young People's Gender Service in 2013, rising to 150 last year.


Latest Scots school attainment gap funding set out
24 Jul 2017 at 4:34pm
The Scottish government is to distribute £45m to nine local authorities in the latest bid to tackle the attainment gap.


Ruth Davidson calls for capitalism 'reboot'
23 Jul 2017 at 5:50pm
The Scottish Conservative leader also warns the UK government must show greater leadership.


Blood donation rules ease for gay and bisexual men
23 Jul 2017 at 9:45am
LGBTI campaigners say the regulation changes will allow more gay and bisexual men to donate blood.


Concern over Dubs resettlement scheme
23 Jul 2017 at 12:45am
Scottish and Welsh ministers criticise the way the Dubs resettlement scheme has operated.


Jeremy Corbyn to tour SNP-held constituencies
21 Jul 2017 at 2:19pm
The Labour leader will spend five days speaking to Scottish voters in marginal seats.


Scots NFU backs post-Brexit farm deal
21 Jul 2017 at 5:22pm
Farmers' leaders say approach signalled by UK environment secretary "chimes" with their thinking.


Three senior officials to leave Aberdeen City Council
21 Jul 2017 at 7:37am
Opposition councillors in Aberdeen voice concerns about the authority's ability to hold on to senior staff.

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Has Colonel Ruth FALLEN OFF HER TANK? Another day, another third place for t...
by James Kelly
25 Jul 2017 at 4:27pm
In the continued absence of any full-scale Scottish polling, arguably the most meaningful guide to the state of play is the Scottish subsamples of YouGov's GB-wide polls - the reason being that You...

Logic problems
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2017 at 11:53pm
I'm confused, and I'm wondering if you can help me out. We've been repeatedly told over the last few days that people are "damaging the Yes movement" by criticising Cat Boyd for voting Labour. Impl...

Is saving the universe a girl job or a boy job?
by James Kelly
22 Jul 2017 at 3:45am
As long-term readers may recall, I'm a lifelong Doctor Who fan.  I'm basically a fan of what has become known as the 'classic series' (ie. the period between 1963 and 1989), but I've watched and en...

Ipsos-Mori subsample adds to the weight of evidence suggesting the SNP are st...
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2017 at 7:18pm
Ipsos-Mori's subsamples (just like Survation's) tend to be very small and produce extremely volatile results.  However, for what it's worth, the subsample from the firm's first post-election poll i...

The crumbling of Colonel Calamity : evidence begins to mount that the Scottis...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2017 at 1:29am
Just as a slight corrective to the recent string of good polling results for the SNP, there's a new ICM poll which has the SNP a little behind Labour in the Scottish subsample: Labour 35%, SNP 33%,...

But we can still RISE now, and vote for a unionist party again...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2017 at 9:25pm
So is there anything to be said for Cat Boyd of RISE "proudly" voting Labour at the general election?  Well, there's certainly something positive to be taken from the fact that she's admitted doing...

More good polling news for the SNP - this time from YouGov
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2017 at 4:15pm
YouGov are the only firm I'm aware of that claim to weight the Scottish subsamples of their GB-wide polls separately.  Given the small size of those subsamples, a huge margin of error still applies...

SNP buoyed by two new polls
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2017 at 1:29am
I'm not sure if it was Wimbledon or the Doctor Who announcement that distracted me, but I completely forgot to check on Saturday night whether there were any new opinion polls.  As it turns out the...

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Edinburgh Police Division - National Barrier Asset [deployed] - Edinburgh Cit...
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25 Jul 2017 at 9:18pm
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[Music] The Xcerts - Feels Like Falling In Love
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Shetland independence supporter reports PM to police for election fraud (From...
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Wifi sign on a Loch Ness boat cruise
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Roman Roads of Britain
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Beach in Scotland. July 2017
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Glasgow Book Shopping
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Hackers trade 100,000 items of online ID from Edinburgh
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Going next week to Scotland! Very excited but got some questions for you guys
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I /r/Scotland, me and my gf are spending a week in beautiful Scotland. Our plan was to spend a few days (2 or 3) in Edinburgh and Glasgow (2), however we would also love to check out some countrysi...

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Haunted Harries near Kirkintilloch
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In defence of the Green Brigade
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Passenger satisfaction with ScotRail ?reaches record high?
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Theresa May's holiday photos break new ground in dull politician getaway snaps
by Mikey Smith
25 Jul 2017 at 3:23pm
Here's a peek at the Prime Minister's chillaxing trip to Lake Garda - and a look back at how other leaders spent their hols


Chicken washed in chlorine could be sold in Scotland as part of post-Brexit t...
by David Clegg
25 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The product is banned in Europe but could be allowed to be sold in Britain after we leave the European Union.


Stale SNP press the panic button after election result - and no wonder with t...
by Kezia Dugdale
25 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Our columnists argues that while nationalists talk a good left-wing game in Westminster, their record at Holyrood isn't exactly what you'd call 'progressive'.


Brexit chickens home to roost amid fears Liam Fox could let banned toxic poul...
by Record View
25 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Chlorine-washed chicken is just one of the products that could be heading to a supermarket near you if arch-Brexiteer Liam Fox gets his way.


Watch as Boris Johnson jokes Maori greeting could be mistaken for 'Glasgow kiss'
by Record Reporter
24 Jul 2017 at 9:31am

 The serial bungler, who rugby tackled a German in a charity football match and who got stuck on a zip-wire at the Olympics, avoided 'putting the nut' on his host for real as they touched nose...


Liam Fox?s chaos theory is typical of Tory tactics on Europe
by Record View
24 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Record View says the Tory view on Brexit is summed up by the laidback approach of Liam Fox.


Progressive Labour supporters should work with SNP in united front against ri...
by dailyrecord
24 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
The SNP MP argues in her column that Scottish Labour's 'obsession' with the SNP allowed the Tories to win crucial votes while they faltered down south.


With UK in crisis and government in chaos arrogant Tory toff thinks a few yea...
by Andy Philip
24 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Government minister Liam Fox has been blasted after dismissing fears of uncertainty even as his government stumbles towards cliff edge.


Seven million people to lose whopping £10k each after 'disgraceful' Tory pens...
by dailyrecord
24 Jul 2017 at 12:01am
Labour accused the Government of making workers carry the can for their failing austerity policies.


Scottish Government to make it easier for gay men to give blood after timelin...
by Hilary Duncanson
23 Jul 2017 at 6:00am
Men are not allowed to give blood within a year of having sex with another man – but that will be reduced to three months under the plans.

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Journey To Yes ? 17 ? A.C. Grayling
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2017 at 3:29pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

So It?s Like That Is It?
by michaelgreenwell
24 Jun 2017 at 7:00pm
In the interests of full disclosure, and this may shock you, I support Scottish Independence. Over the years I have repeatedly called on the media to be fairer on that issue. More specifically, I would prefer if they didn’t spread the wild stories and accusations of unionists without analysing them at all, whilst at the …

Journey To Yes ? 16
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jun 2017 at 9:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 15
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

Journey To Yes 14
by michaelgreenwell
4 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Journey To Yes 13
by michaelgreenwell
28 May 2017 at 5:23pm
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

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More Moira Monologues
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2017 at 10:22am
All artists ? writers, musicians, actors ? get used to dividing an audience. I?ve long since grown accustomed to the five-star review on Amazon being followed up by a one-star scather, or someone being moved by a play that someone else responds to with a baffled shrug, or a newspaper columnist being outraged by the …

Upping the Action
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2017 at 10:11am
Trident Ploughshares (TP) is a campaign to disarm the UK Trident nuclear weapons system in a nonviolent, peaceful and fully accountable manner. Disarmament camps have been taking place at Coulport since 1998. This year, TP agreed that a camp at Coulport would take place immediately following and welcoming the adoption of the United Nations Nuclear …

Vukovi?s Epic 90s Bella Playlist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jul 2017 at 11:00am
Spotify Bella playlist here. Having been longlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year Award earlier this summer with their long-awaited muscular, colourful debut, Glasgow four-piece Vukovi follow their recent performance at TRNSMT with a set at Belladrum festival near Inverness on August 4. Vukovi frontwoman and recent Kerrang cover star Janine Shilstone makes us …

Beyond Old Empire Fantasies
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Jul 2017 at 10:49am
One of the central arguments put by the global anti-war movement of 2003 was simply this: bombing Iraq will only create more terrorists, and threaten to engulf the entire region in a quagmire of conflict. Back then, of course, we also knew that this being carried out under the guise of the ‘war on terror’ …

Violence and the Hamburg G20
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2017 at 3:48pm
Violence and the Hamburg G20 ? is there any way out? By Richard Henry Holland There were thousands of joyful moments for the tens of thousands participating in the week of peaceful protest and political education precipitated by the G20 in Hamburg. A personal highlight was unexpectedly spotting four members of the Scottish Socialist Party …

The Rough Wooing
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2017 at 10:49am
The Westminster Parliament EU (Withdrawal) Bill provides invaluable illumination of the British problem of Brexit, and is a surprisingly transparent demonstration of Parliament?s limited power over the process. It is clear from the drafting of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, that the United Kingdom does not possess the resources, expertise or capacity to undertake Brexit; save …

Fringe Activity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jul 2017 at 10:36am
Tammas Clark on the wisdom of Bukowski and the value of the festival. Picked up a copy o the Fringe catalogue at Galashiels bus station the ither day. Thocht ah wis gaun tae hiv tae buy it its ain seat on the X95 an aw. S?a muckle thing this year, like, near til five hunner …

Power Grab
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jul 2017 at 9:28pm
The Brexit farce has gone from being a widening of the democratic deficit to an attack on democracy and devolution. Scotland voted against this exercise in economic self-harm and is now having powers stripped by a centralising Conservative government clinging to the wreckage of their own absurd and unpopular rule. Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones …

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When will the SNP tackle Scotland?s shaming poverty? | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
23 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
The party should focus on revolutionising life for the poorest instead of promoting feeble initiatives on gender and climateThe first sparks of social awareness to pierce my comfortable world came early and were delivered in the classrooms of the west of Scotland Catholic primary schools I attend...

Scotland and Wales formally call for funding boost after DUP deal
by Frances Perraudin
19 Jul 2017 at 10:01pm
Holyrood and Cardiff argue they should receive an extra £2.9bn and £1.67bn respectively under Barnett formula rulesThe Scottish and Welsh governments have joined forces to launch a formal dispute process over Theresa May?s deal with the Democratic Unionist party.Following last month?s general ele...

Brexit bill to cause constitutional clash with Scotland and Wales
by Heather Stewart, Ewen MacAskill and Peter Walker
14 Jul 2017 at 5:59am
Great repeal bill rejected by Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones over concerns about human rights and Westminster ?power grab?Theresa May appeared to be heading for an explosive constitutional clash over Brexit after the Scottish and Welsh governments said they could not support the great repeal bi...

Scottish and Welsh governments threaten to refuse repeal bill legislative con...
by Andrew Sparrow
13 Jul 2017 at 5:36pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including publication of the Brexit repeal bill, and Theresa May?s first proper broadcast interview since the general election5 things we?ve learnt from Theresa May?s Radio 5 Live interviewAfternoon summary 5.36pm BST Just talke...

Labour and the Tories still revel in trashing Scotland | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
9 Jul 2017 at 12:05am
There is much good news about the country, so why the endless denigration?In the UK?s political battleground, truth may well be the first casualty but a close second is the ancient and beautiful English language. In the world of politics, our language becomes a shallow and arid medium where meani...

Canadian PM meets the Queen in Edinburgh ? but not Nicola Sturgeon
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Jul 2017 at 7:07pm
Snub to Scotttish first minister by Justin Trudeau in UK en route to G20 summit suggests opposition to independenceJustin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, has praised Scotland?s role in global affairs after receiving an honorary degree for his campaigning on equality and diversity.Trudeau wa...

Ruth Davidson mystifies Twitter with Gillian Anderson stocking post
by Jamie Grierson
1 Jul 2017 at 12:44pm
Scottish Tory leader signs off on holiday with picture of X-Files star in stockings and stilettos, prompting a mixed responseThe Scottish Conservatives leader, Ruth Davidson, has raised eyebrows by posting a picture of the actor Gillian Anderson in lingerie on social media.Davidson, 38, posted th...

Scottish government abandons 1% pay cap on public sector workers
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2017 at 7:40pm
Holyrood?s finance minister says time is up for controversial policy after Westminster MPs voted down Labour motion to scrap it nationallyThe Scottish government has promised to unilaterally lift the cap on public sector pay in the face of threats by nurses to go on strike. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotl...

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Wee Ginger Thank You
It’s been only a few days since the launch of the Wee Ginger Fundraiser, and the wonderful readers of this blog have truly blown me away with your generosity and support. The fundraiser hasn’t just reached its target within a few days, the target has been utterly smashed. Although the target had been set at …

Throwing some light on throwing shade
Wings Over Scotland has started a fundraiser in order to pay legal costs for Stu Campbell’s defamation case against Labour in Scotland’s leader Kezia Dugdale.  The case was brought after Kezia called Stu a homophobe after he insulted Conservative MSP Oliver Mundell by saying that Oliver’s public speaking skills were so risible that it was …

And then we will win
I have a long standing policy of refraining from attacking other people in the Yes movement. If we are to win Scotland’s independence, we can only do that with a broad based movement which encompasses a wide range of opinions, and a diversity of viewpoints. We need to attract those who disagree with us, and …

Meeting with the tea boy
The Daily SiegHeil is the favourite newspaper of the frothy tendency of the British right. The British press is renowned around the world for its extremism, its bile, and a dedication to the truth that makes Walter Mitty seem like the editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but the Daily Mail is the worst of a …

Waiting for the alarm clock
There is a theory that there is an infinite number of universes, that this universe we live in is just one reality in a countless myriad of realities which stretch out forever in the vastness of the possible, as limitless and unending as Ruth Davidson’s estimation of her own ability. If that’s true, then it …

Wee Ginger Fundraiser
I don’t usually do crowdfunding, having always preferred to sell books and rely on the donate button which is at the end of every blog article on this site – or at least at the end of every article I write myself. It wouldn’t be fair to attempt to raise donations on the back of …

The row of the summer
Well that went well. After loudly proclaiming that it’s time to get down to business with the EU, David Davis, the Secretary of State for Thick Vain Lazy Toads, spent less than 15 minutes with Michel Barnier in Brussels followed by a cursory meeting involving senior officials lasting an hour before heading back to London …

Reaching for the stars
On Saturday, the National published a front page article about the development of the space related industries in Scotland. Already, Scotland generates some £134 million annually in space-related industries, primarily in building small satellites, and Scotland’s contribution makes up a disproportionately large part of the UK space industry. 7000 of the total 38,500 UK jobs …

The National

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Nicola Sturgeon to meet with Scottish Independence Convention to discuss how ...
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is due to meet the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) early next month, as part of her plans to engage with the ?wider independence movement?.

Ash Denham: By refusing to engage with the First Minister, May is looking dow...
REPORTS surfaced this past weekend that Theresa May is now ?too important? to meet with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and that the First Minister will only be ?allowed? to meet with Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell.

Kezia Dugdale challenged to clarify her single market stance as Jeremy Corbyn...
LABOUR splits over Brexit, the single market and the customs union have left opponents and supporters scratching their heads over exactly what the party?s position is.

Cat Boyd: Justin Trudeau may be charming the world, but he can be just as dan...
DONALD Trump?s main trick is doing nothing to conceal his motives. While his rivals use high moral rhetoric to cover up shabby and vulgar realities, he revels in vulgarity. All the dark and dirty habits, all the power fantasies of a flawed human being are right on the surface, from money-grubbing to pussy-grabbing. That?s why many otherwise intelligent people trust him despite all his lies, and...

Michael Fry: Despite all the talk, most of our inequality is impossible to fix
IT was gratifying for me to find, after last week?s column, how many readers agreed with my observation that inequality is built into our wage structures, so that large numbers of the workers themselves in effect endorse and support the kind of inequality which is based on age, qualification and experience. In everyday terms, we accept that the time-served welder deserves to earn more than his ...

Boris Johnson in Glasgow kiss gaffe with Maori
BORIS Johnson offended his hosts during a trip to New Zealand yesterday, after comparing the traditional Maori to getting a headbutt in Glasgow.

John Swinney announces £45m funding boost for schools to close attainment gap
JOHN Swinney announced plans to spend £45 million of government cash on helping 72 Scottish schools shrink the attainment gap next year.

George Kerevan: Why aren?t we talking about the ticking time bomb of rising i...
NEW data published on Friday shows that the UK budget is deteriorating fast. Somehow this never made it to the front pages of most of the Unionist press. In fact, the deficit for June ? what the Chancellor has to borrow to cover the shortfall in tax income ? rocketed by 43 per cent compared with the same month last year. The reason? Rising inflation has pushed up the Treasury?s interest payment...

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Scottish and Uk Politics

David Mundell Promoted Yet Again ? He is Now the Official Guardian of Scotla...
      David Mundell Officially the Guardian of Scotland – and that’s Youse telt The recent release of important information from Downing Street to the press (through an unnamed Westminster political source) was seized upon with hearty gusto and hit the front pages of just about every major newspaper in the UK. The headline; … Continue reading "David Mundell Promoted Yet Again – He is Now the O...

State Pension Qualifying Age Increased ? Yet Again Scots Get Hammered by the ...
          State Pension Qualifying Age Increased. Yet Again Scots are Hammered by the Little Englander Chancellor Those who have paid their national insurance contributions throughout their working life build an entitlement to a state pension and politicians should not seek to find ways to deny them it. But the UK government … Continue reading "State Pension Qualifying Age Increased – Yet Again...

UK Financial Austerity ? Massive Debt Incurred By The Minority ? But Loans an...
              UK Budget Deficits & Loans In the UK there is no written constitution with result that there are no legal safeguards ensuring the maintenance of government budget deficits within specific limits. e.g. A % proportion of GDP. There is also no legislation preventing governments from gaining electoral advantage … Continue reading "UK Financial Austerity – Massive Debt Incurred By The ...

2017 General Election ? Out Gunned by the Tory and Unionist Party ? The SNP C...
            Devolved Government in Scotland The 1999 introduction of a Scottish parliament, with devolved powers (forced on the UK government by the EC) should have been a game changer. For the first time in 300 years Scots had a forum allowing discussion of matters local to Scotland over which their … Continue reading "2017 General Election – Out Gunned by the Tory and Unionist Party – The SNP...

Theresa May Forging Ahead with her Totalitarian State ? All Private Informati...
          Spying on all of the Queen’s subjects is OK – But Not Westminster MP’s and the Lords The only amendment to the government?s sweeping new spying bill so far made by politicians is to stop them from being spied on. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/snoopers-charter-only-amendment-politicians-have-submitted-to-controversial-bill-is-to-stop-mps-a6948211.html   ...

Afghanistan ? Thousands of Young Soldiers Killed and Maimed at Four Times the...
                Westminster Governments Sent Scottish Troops Into Afghanistan, Helmand Province on a Wing and a Prayer In April 2006 the UK deployed over 3,000 military personnel, (the bulk of the teeth armed units being Scottish) tasked with creating a safe base and active participation (as part of a … Continue reading "Afghanistan – Thousands of Young Soldiers Killed and Maimed at Four Times ...

The Unionist Parties of Scotland and Many of Their Favoured Farmers Make Clai...
          The Farmers Case for Financial Support The Scottish farming community is apparently on its knees, the bulk of farmers having barely two coins to rub together. It is surely unacceptable that Scottish society is unable to provide adequate financial support to these poor individuals who struggle to survive in the … Continue reading "The Unionist Parties of Scotland and Many of Their Favo...

Television Broadcasting in Scotland ? The Opportunity For Policy and Content ...
          BBC- Alba (Gaelic name for Scotland) Finance Responsibility for the financial support of the public television broadcasting service BBC-Alba is remitted to the BBC and Scottish government in 2015. Annual operational running costs are approximately £25m. The BBC provides about £10m in the form of broadcasting , technical support and … Continue reading "Television Broadcasting in Scotla...

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan ? writing, research, policy and ideas
writing, research, policy and ideas

Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee
Living the High Life and Post-War Dream in Dundee Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 28th 2017 In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy tower blocks and social housing are everywhere in the news. Much of it has been ill-informed, instant commentary. People asserting that tower blocks aren?t suited to modern living or making sweeping …

The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show
The Limits of the Ruth Davidson Show Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 21st 2017 These are times of change. An election that shocked. Parties in crisis. And a world which never seems to stop in terms of news, surprises and tragedy. Scotland isn?t immune to this. But one take as we come up for two …

We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch t...
We have reached a watershed for UK politics: Time for independence to catch the wave of change Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 20th 2017 These are bewildering and often disorientating times to live in. In recent weeks and months it has felt at times difficult to keep up with the speed of events ? as …

A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted?
A new era of Scottish politics has begun: The Forward March of the SNP Halted? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 14th 2017 There was a UK election last week. We have the semblance of a UK Government, but underneath all this there remains little that could be called British politics. This was a four nations …

Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election
Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2017 The 2017 election marks the end of an era of Scottish politics. The immediate shadow of the 2014 indyref dominating everything is over. As is the age of the Big Tent, omnipotent SNP carrying all before …

Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland
Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 7th 2017 Cultures and nations live by myths. This has been so since the dawn of civilisation and has never been more apparent in recent weeks, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that have so dominated the first half …

A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods
A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 31st 2017 Much of modern life is shaped by the chasm between the official narratives of institutions, authority and experts and how most of us experience everyday life. This is obvious in the bizarre experience of Britain and …

The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party o...
The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party of government. The latter the party of protest Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, May 31st 2017 It is a topsy-turvy time in Scottish politics. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon now regularly challenges Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for going on about …

Scotland and Independence

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Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans - iNews

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Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans
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Ministers spent tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money running the public consultation for a second referendum on Scottish independence, internal figures have revealed. A total of £22,593 was spent preparing the consultation and analysing ...
Scottish independence is BACK as scheming Sturgeon breaks promise to drop ref...

Scotland's papers: Hospital closures 'essential' - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: Hospital closures 'essential'
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is due to meet the Scottish Independence Convention early next month, as part of her plans to engage with the "wider independence movement", reports The National. The Daily Star of Scotland claims that Moors murderer Ian ...

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
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Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
Scottish government shelves plans for second independence referendumCNN...

Shetland independence supporter reports PM to police for election fraud - Her...

Herald Scotland
Shetland independence supporter reports PM to police for election fraud
Herald Scotland
Some unionist politicians mooted that the islands - where voters backed both both the British and European unions in successive referendums - may chose to leave Scotland in the event of independence. Support for Orkney and Shetland independence, ...



The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go - National Review

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go
National Review
When the Scottish National Party set the date of Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, it did so with a careful sense of history. 2014 was, after all, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which Robert the Bruce's Scottish army ...
'Force is slipping' Sturgeon's biographer says she's lost ...

How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 15 of T...

Press and Journal
How would you vote in a second Scottish independence referendum? Week 15 of The P&J rolling poll
Press and Journal
Tell us how you would vote in a second Scottish independence referendum in week 15 of our rolling poll. Every week, in The Press and Journal's rolling opinion poll, we will seek your views on indyref2 and on the performance of each of the Scottish ...



Labour should be working with us to hold the Tories to account - SNP (press r...

SNP (press release)
Labour should be working with us to hold the Tories to account
SNP (press release)
A damning new report by the Scottish Labour Campaign for Socialism has hit out at Labour Party chiefs for wasting the entire election campaign attacking the SNP, and opposing Scottish independence, when they should have been focused on holding the ...

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'Sturgeon made a rare mistake and boxed herself in on Scottish independence' ...

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'Sturgeon made a rare mistake and boxed herself in on Scottish independence' - Chopper's Brexit Podcast Episode 16
Telegraph.co.uk
This week on Chopper's Brexit Podcast, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Tommy Sheppard debate Nicola Sturgeon's independence climbdown, Michael Deacon calls for a more brutal, honest politics and MP Sheryll Murray reveals the extent of public abuse she gets.



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A Look at these Riveting Stocks: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE...

A Look at these Riveting Stocks: China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) and Honeywell International ...
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In recent trading action China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) stock moved -0.48% landing at $76.03. This stock has garnered attention of analysts and investors over the past few weeks as the stock has come into mainstream focus.

Analyzing China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) & Clean Energy Fuels C...

Analyzing China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) & Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE)
Chaffey Breeze
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE: SNP) and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings ...

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. - Receive News & Ratings Daily - The Cerbat Gem

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. - Receive News & Ratings Daily
The Cerbat Gem
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, ...

EPS for China Petroleum & Chemical (ADR) (SNP) Expected At $-0.29, Champlain ...

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EPS for China Petroleum & Chemical (ADR) (SNP) Expected At $-0.29, Champlain Investment Partners Upped By ...
Bibeypost.com
Analysts expect China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNP) to report $-0.29 EPS on August, 28.They anticipate $1.82 EPS change or 118.95% from last quarter's $1.53 EPS. After having $1.98 EPS previously, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp ...

Genetic Predisposition to High Blood Calcium Linked to Increased Heart Diseas...

Genetic Predisposition to High Blood Calcium Linked to Increased Heart Disease Risk
GenomeWeb
The researchers drew upon publicly available data from a genome-wide association study of 39,400 people that linked seven SNPs to serum calcium levels. Those SNPs were replicated in a further 21,679 individuals and in a combined meta-analysis of the ...

Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans - iNews

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Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans
iNews
?Many Scots will quite rightly be angered that more taxpayers money has been wasted pursuing the SNP's plans for a second referendum,? said Scottish Conservative chief whip Maurice Golden. ?This is tens of thousands of pounds that could have been ...

Scottish independence is BACK as scheming Sturgeon breaks promise to drop ref...

Express.co.uk
Scottish independence is BACK as scheming Sturgeon breaks promise to drop referendum
Express.co.uk
Scotland's First Minister will hold a summit early next month with the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC), the cross-party group which promotes splitting away from the rest of the UK, the SNP confirmed. The meeting is part of her plans to engage ...

Analyzing Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporat...

Analyzing Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP)
Transcript Daily
Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, institutional ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans - iNews

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Revealed: the taxpayer bill for Scottish independence plans
iNews
Ministers spent tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money running the public consultation for a second referendum on Scottish independence, internal figures have revealed. A total of £22,593 was spent preparing the consultation and analysing ...
Scottish independence is BACK as scheming Sturgeon breaks promise to drop ref...

Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
BBC News
Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
Scottish government puts second independence referendum plans on hold u...

Morton Fraser links revenue rise to Brexit referendum - BBC News

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Morton Fraser links revenue rise to Brexit referendum
BBC News
Scottish law firm Morton Fraser has linked a rise in annual revenues to the Brexit referendum. The company said "Brexit positives" had led to "a notable increase" in corporate and property transactions. It also benefited from overseas investors looking ...
Morton Fraser's revenues rise 2.5% thanks to 'Brexit positives'insider.c...

Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum - Wall Street Journal...

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Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum
Wall Street Journal (subscription)
LONDON?Scotland's chief minister reversed her earlier plans to push for a second independence referendum before Britain departs the European Union, saying instead she would revisit the issue once Brexit negotiations are completed, likely toward the ...



Scotland Puts Plans For Second Independence Referendum On Hold - HuffPost

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Scotland Puts Plans For Second Independence Referendum On Hold
HuffPost
EDINBURGH, June 27 (Reuters) - Scotland's devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain's exit from the United Kingdom are clear, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on ...
The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence GoNational Rev...

Life of a Scottish nationalist: Gordon Wilson on the indy left, economics and...

CommonSpace
Life of a Scottish nationalist: Gordon Wilson on the indy left, economics and #indyref2
CommonSpace
But I never thought we would win because the gap was too great and I knew from experience the ferocity of the counter attack, the establishment, which are now seeing repeated for the European Referendum. They learned a lot of lessons in fact. But there ...



Tory election guru wanted May to call Scottish referendum - The Times (subscr...

The Times (subscription)
Tory election guru wanted May to call Scottish referendum
The Times (subscription)
Theresa May was urged by Sir Lynton Crosby to call a second referendum on Scottish independence before Brexit is completed, The Times has learnt. As Nicola Sturgeon prepares to drop her two-year timetable for a new poll, a leaked memo prepared by the ...
Poll: Majority of Scots want second EU...

Brian Monteith: Nationalism has become greatest enemy of devolution - The Sco...

The Scotsman
Brian Monteith: Nationalism has become greatest enemy of devolution
The Scotsman
It is 20 years ago today that Donald Dewar, as Secretary of State for Scotland, published his government's White Paper ?Scotland's Parliament? with great fanfare and the heady expectation that it would deliver a successful referendum campaign in September.

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question. 

When will indyref2 happen?
Not when you would like it to happen, but when do you believe indyref2 will happen?

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

Jez and the next General Election
Question for the P&B masses- Jez Corbyn (motivator of the youth) is 68 years old. If the next General Election goes ahead when scheduled, can you see him fighting for PM come that time? Or do you think he is simply a replaceable leader of a movement to remove influence of blairites from within th...

The Official President Trump thread

Sturgeon/Barnier Meeting
Any views on this meeting, in here. What was she up to? What did they have for lunch? My bet's on Haggis and tatties.

RISE - The "Scottish Syriza"
http://m.heraldscotland.com/politics/13620831.Revealed__new_Scottish_left_party_named_as_RISE/ SCOTLAND?S new left-wing electoral alliance is to be called RISE, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The grassroots anti-austerity movement, anchored around the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and the Scottis...

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Hannah Bardell ....Scotland shirt
Don't know if this has already been commented on  but was just watching some news and spotted Hannah Bardell, SNP MP for Livingston, wearing a Scotland football top in the House of Commons!...good for her ???

2017 movie thread
seen "hell or high water" the other day modern cowboy/heist film  excellent throughout  Ben Foster had been good in everything iv ever seen him in very underrated actor

Charlie Gard
Aghast that in the U.K. in 2017 there's a courtroom battle where one party want to kill a wee baby. Granted it's not as straightforward as that, but the money is there and there are willing doctors, surgeons etc. in USA and The Vatican, so I don't see what's to be gained by not giving it a go...

Put your hands on the car... And get ready to die!!
 

Game of Thrones
What a season that was...

'Mane' for men
I sent one of my colleagues in Manchester the link to that video about the Scottish bloke playing Heads Up that Ormond posted. After commenting on the humour he mentioned what a fine head of hair the young bloke had.  My colleague is in his early 50's and told me that when he goes out on the ...

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



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Bridging the North-South divide.....aye ok...   UK Connectivity....?        

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Scottish Government describes Dr Liam Fox?s stance on a UK-US trade deal as ?...

Nine out of ten rail passengers are satisfied with ScotRail

Scottish attainment challenge funding to be £45m in new academic year

Cancer early detection target missed

Jeremy Corbyn?s stance on single market opens up fresh Labour Brexit rift

Attainment funding targeted too late, warns Save the Children

UK Government launches new £246m competition to boost battery technology

One in four Syrian refugees resettled in the UK placed in Scotland since 2015

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More International Figures Sign Up To ?Let Catalans Vote? Manifesto
Some 50 personalities have joined the campaign with recent adherents including Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, singer and activist Yoko Ono and former footballer Eric Cantona. The international campaign ‘Let Catalans vote’ (‘Deixeu votar els catalans’) continues to grow with now more than half a hundred global figures signed up to its manifesto. Since 2014,…

Get Tae, Franco!
Provocative street poster initiative aims to remind public of ?origin of Spanish institutions? on 81st anniversary of fascist dictator?s coup. Several large cities in Catalonia woke up this morning to find their streets filled with posters showing dictator Francisco Franco?s face on a black background, with the following phrase in Spanish: ?Don?t vote. On October…

Prosecuting Catalan Leaders ?Can Only Fuel? Independence
MEP Tremosa tells Catalan News that ?in Brussels it’s very difficult to justify denying not only a referendum but also political dialogue? Prosecuting pro-independence leaders is counter-productive for Spain. At least this is what Catalan Liberal MEP, Ramon Tremosa, who is in favor of independence, argued in an interview with Catalan News. “I don’t see…

?Great? Repeal Bill is Constitutional Vandalism Providing Irrefutable Grounds...
By Dr Mark McNaught In retrospect, the ?Great? Repeal Bill (GRB) for Scots may turn out to be historically analogous to the 2010 Ruling of the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal over the Catalan Statute of Autonomy. Both of these acts constitute a revocation of many hard-won devolved powers. Both shall have dissolved the brittle consensus over…

It?s Not Up To Spain to Decide!
International professors taking part in a seminar on self-determination in Barcelona on Thursday rejected the Spanish government?s attitude towards Catalonia?s demand to decide its political future. Moreover, the academics claimed that self-determination is not only something to be granted to colonies, but is a right for any people who wishes to exercise it. The experts…

Spain Sends Civil Guard to Seize Documents Relating to Independence Announcement
The JxSí pro-independence party is ?outraged? by the order to send the Spanish Civil Guard police into the National Theater of Catalonia (TNC in Catalan) on Thursday to seize documents relating to the event held last week to present the referendum bill. On his Twitter account, party president, Jordi Turull, called the visit by the…

Scotland Pays Tribute to Catalan Film
Edinburgh and Glasgow to screen week of productions in second edition of Homage to Catalonia festival from September 27 to October 5 Scotland will pay its own tribute to Catalonia in September when Edinburgh once again hosts Scotland?s Catalan Film Festival, Homage to Catalonia, from 27 to 30, with the event moving to neighboring Glasgow…

?The Spanish Can?t Stop Us? ? Catalan Vote to Trigger UDI
And so the game is on. The devolved autonomous Catalan Government have announced their intention to hold a vote on independence for Catalunya which will – if successful – be a trigger for a Unilateral Declaration of Independence. A website with full details has also been launched leaving no-one with any excuse for not knowing…