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Fears that school inspection shake-up will give parents less information on t...
11 Dec 2016 at 12:09am
SCOTLAND'S schools inspectorate is under attack over plans that may see parents given less information on educational standards.

Rogue Culture Wars: how the latest Star Wars inflamed the alt-right
11 Dec 2016 at 12:13am
So what is this Rogue One? It doesn?t seem to follow on from Force Awakens. What happened to super-cool, kick-ass heroine Rey?

One third of Glasgow Labour councillors expected to stand down at next election
11 Dec 2016 at 12:10am
A THIRD of Labour councillors in Glasgow are expected to stand down at next year?s local authority election, prompting claims of an ?exodus? from the city chambers.

Fewer than 60 Scottish Labour members took part in pro-Kez survey
11 Dec 2016 at 12:09am
An academic study showing support for Kezia Dugdale staying on as Scottish Labour leader was based on focus groups and interviews involving just 53 people.

Obama orders probe into Russian email hacking claims
11 Dec 2016 at 12:11am
PRESIDENT OBAMA has ordered a review of the email hacking that affected the US presidential campaign, according to a White House official.

Anti-tax avoidance trade union has investment in tax haven firm
11 Dec 2016 at 12:08am
A TRADE union in the vanguard of the campaign to expose tax avoidance has an investment in a firm based in the Channel Islands tax haven of Jersey.

Former Labour rebels plan to stand against party next May
10 Dec 2016 at 12:11am
A GROUP of former Labour councillors are planning to stand against their old colleagues in North Lanarkshire, in a move which could help the SNP gain the council.

Ruth Davidson piles pressure on May to crackdown on tax-haven firm loophole
10 Dec 2016 at 12:10am
Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Theresa May to launch a crackdown against a legal loophole that has seen Scotland advertised as a tax haven across Eastern Europe after an intervention by all five party leaders north of the border.

Gove concedes that his name is now synonymous with treachery
10 Dec 2016 at 12:10am
One of the key architects of the Brexit campaign has conceded that his name is now synonymous with stabbing a close ally in the back.

SNP ministers push ahead with transport police merger
10 Dec 2016 at 12:11am
CONTROVERSIAL plans to merge British Transport Police with Police Scotland have taken a significant step forward, with publication of the underlying legislation.

Nicola Sturgeon has first talks with Donald Trump
9 Dec 2016 at 7:52pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has had her first conversation with Donald Trump.

Michael Gove reveals regret over bid for Conservative Party leadership
9 Dec 2016 at 10:50pm
Michael Gove has spoken of his regrets about his bid for the Conservative Party leadership, admitting he made "mistakes" in the way he declared he was withdrawing his support from Boris Johnson.

MP Michelle Thomson contacts police after Commons rape speech
9 Dec 2016 at 3:24pm
Michelle Thomson MP has made contact with police after revealing she was raped as a 14-year-old girl.

Labour struggles as voters cast their ballots along Brexit lines in echo of i...
9 Dec 2016 at 6:15pm
Labour MPs have warned that their party risks "electoral disaster" in 2020 amid signs the electorate is increasingly voting along the faultlines of the Brexit referendum.

Boris Johnson absolutely right on 'proxy wars' comment, says Ruth Davidson
9 Dec 2016 at 6:32pm
Boris Johnson has emphasised the strength of British relations with Gulf nations as he gave a public speech to Arab leaders just days after it emerged he had criticised ally Saudi Arabia.

 

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Derek Mackay faces ambush over Scots? first ?wealth tax?
10 Dec 2016 at 11:59pm
Derek Mackay faces a bitter battle over taxation policy as he prepares to deliver the first budget that will set Scottish income tax at a higher level than elsewhere in the UK.

Greens seek £5 a week increase in child benefit
10 Dec 2016 at 11:59pm
The Scottish Government is being urged to increase child benefit payments by £5 a week when Holyrood gets new welfare powers.

Euan McColm: Repeated failure to stand up and be counted
10 Dec 2016 at 11:47pm
Events of the past two years make the notion preposterous but, for a brief moment in 2014, members of Scottish Labour believed victory for the No campaign in the independence referendum would spark the revival of their party’s fortunes.

Dani Garavelli: Clock ticking to restore spirit of Excellence
10 Dec 2016 at 11:46pm
Scotland’s poor performance in the triennial Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey of standards in reading, maths and science across 72 developed countries would have come as no surprise to anyone who has watched our education system struggle to cope with the upheaval caused by the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Alison Thewliss: Mum takes fight to Mother of Parliaments
10 Dec 2016 at 11:25pm
On the stairs of a terraced house in the south of Glasgow sits three-year-old Kirsty Wright; she is munching a slice of toast and Nutella, much of which has been smeared across her face, as her brother Alexander, six, digs into a pile of footwear and pulls out his school shoes. It is 8.28am and the hall bristles with barely suppressed panic. But it’s 1 December, so before the children can be bundled out of the door, there is one more important job to do: the ceremonial opening of the Advent calendars. As if from nowhere, the calendars appear; the windows are located, the chocolates scoffed and it’s a wrap: the walk to nursery and school can begin.

Leader: Don?t squander valuable patient-doctor bond
10 Dec 2016 at 11:24pm
There are many frustrating experiences to endure at visiting time in a busy hospital ward. Getting someone to answer the intercom to let you in is usually the first one, an exasperating experience after what might have been a long and stressful journey to see a loved one who is by that stage only yards away. The next is the reluctance of staff to make eye contact with a visitor who is clearly looking for information. But the worst is the long wait to speak to a doctor, who should arrive “soon” to cast light on a worrying condition about which nurses can’t offer guidance.

John Swinney unveils plan for mandatory qualifications for head teachers
10 Dec 2016 at 10:46pm
New regulations will be launched at Holyrood as ministers aim to introduce mandatory qualifications for head teachers.

Sturgeon?s flagship plan for schools ?impossible? to introduce in timescale
10 Dec 2016 at 6:56pm
Flagship Scottish Govern­ment plans to drive down the schooling gap between rich and poor areas, while “transforming” childcare provision will be “impossible” to introduce in the timescale set out by ministers, it has been claimed.

Jeremy Corbyn has speech interrupted by protester
10 Dec 2016 at 11:44am
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has disrupted a speech by Jeremy Corbyn in protest over Labour’s response to Syria.

Gambia leader rejects election result
10 Dec 2016 at 8:51am
Gambia’s ruler of more than 22 years has announced he no longer accepts defeat in the country’s presidential election, reversing course a week after he conceded to his rival.

Jeremy Corbyn pledges more legal support to domestic abuse victims
10 Dec 2016 at 8:47am
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is pledging to give the victims of domestic abuse more legal support.

Leader comment: All victims of abuse must have equal justice
10 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The extent of the abuse in football is now revealed as truly shocking, with 83 potential suspects and 98 clubs involved at the latest count from the National Police Chiefs’ Council, with the investigations spanning all tiers of football. And there can be little doubt that the tally will grow. Police forces across the country are continuing to receive calls.

Leader comment: Railway policing on right track
10 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The Scottish Government’s plans to integrate railway policing currently done by the British Transport Police into Police Scotland is no small step and it should be carefully considered

Train firms warning over railway policing
10 Dec 2016 at 12:00am
Train companies have warned the Scottish Government that plans to integrate railway policing into Police Scotland could increase costs and undermine the response to incidents on the network.

National Galleries set to launch public appeal over The Monarch of the Glen
9 Dec 2016 at 11:50pm
A public appeal is set to be mounted to help secure The Monarch of the Glen painting for the nation.

Wings over Scotland blog

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"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

Red, white and blue
by Chris Cairns
10 Dec 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

At the top of the dial
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2016 at 9:38am
We’ll be honest, there are some bits of this that make us wince, and unfortunately most of them come in the first two minutes where they’ll do the most damage in terms of getting a persuadeable voter to watch the rest of it. But it’s an important piece of work, containing stuff even we didn’t …

Return of the vortex
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Dec 2016 at 3:19pm
Particularly alert readers may recall a phenomenon we haven’t covered much recently, whereby aspects of politics magically transform as they cross the border between Scotland and the rest of the UK. But this week we’ve had a sighting in a new area. Sounds pretty bad for poor old Wales. The results weren’t so great for Scotland …

Just following orders
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Dec 2016 at 9:46am
Reiner Luyken is a 65-year-old German journalist who’s spent more than half of his life in the Highlands, and seems to have a knack for upsetting the neighbours. We’re sure it was just an unfortunate one-off misunderstanding. Oh. Perhaps not. Still, one thing that can be said is that when an instruction from a superior officer comes calling, …

This time they really mean it
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Dec 2016 at 1:05pm
Alert readers may have noticed with barely-concealed disinterest that Scottish Labour have announced their intention to have another really hard think about devolution. With Labour not looking like being in power at either Holyrood or Westminster for at least a decade, and their opinions therefore being about as relevant as our ideas as to who …

The Gambit
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Dec 2016 at 11:11am
Unionists got very excited last week about a YouGov poll for the Times which showed that not only had the post-Brexit bump in support for independence been undone, but that it was now (fractionally) below the level recorded in the indyref for the first time since the September 2014 vote. (It was a slightly curious poll, …

There?s no other way
by Chris Cairns
3 Dec 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 677
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Dec 2016 at 12:49pm
Here’s Kezia Dugdale at FMQs today. Just for fun, let’s do the sums again, shall we? As the FM pointed out, when Labour were last in power 85% of patients were treated within 18 weeks. The figures since the SNP took power are 96% within 12 weeks. But since Kezia Dugdale is apparently unable to …

The passing of sentence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2016 at 12:30pm
The Prime Minister of the UK, whose party has one MP in Scotland, officially tells the Commons that she doesn’t believe people on benefits should be able to survive. Happy St Andrews’ Day, readers.

The patron saint of North Britain
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2016 at 11:03am
St Andrew is of course the patron saint of ALL of Scotland. He doesn’t belong to the SNP, or to nationalists, but to everyone in the country. So it hardly even seems worth pointing this out, really. Obviously there’s famously no political dispute over the monarchy. Nobody in Scotland minded this in the slightest either. …

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Scottish diabetes equipment funding increase
11 Dec 2016 at 1:25am
People with diabetes are to be given improved access to equipment after a £10m funding programme is announced.


Trump phone call to Nicola Sturgeon
9 Dec 2016 at 8:34pm
US President-elect Donald Trump and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have their first phone conversation.


New BBC Scotland director in local funding pledge
10 Dec 2016 at 12:51am
BBC Scotland's new director pledges to spend more licence fee funds collected north of the border on Scottish programming.


Bill tabled to integrate railway policing into Police Scotland
9 Dec 2016 at 3:33pm
A bill is tabled at the Scottish Parliament to allow Police Scotland to take over the policing of railways north of the border.


Civil rights lawyer calls for football abuse inquiry
9 Dec 2016 at 10:49am
A leading civil rights lawyer adds his voice to calls for an inquiry into child abuse in Scottish football.


Tories back Air Passenger Duty tax cut on long-haul flights
9 Dec 2016 at 1:14pm
The Scottish Conservatives back abolishing Air Passenger Duty on long-haul flights, having previously opposed cutting the tax.


Rising workload 'hits patient care', BMA survey finds
9 Dec 2016 at 2:21pm
More than 90% of Scottish GPs say their rising workload has negatively affected patient care, a BMA Scotland survey finds.


Exam results prompt rise in appeals
9 Dec 2016 at 2:25pm
New figures reveal there has been a significant rise in the number of appeals over exam results.


Commission board members meet in private with convener
9 Dec 2016 at 4:16pm
Members of the Crofting Commission's board have been meeting in private amid a controversy over the future of its convener Colin Kennedy.


Western Isles 'betrayed' by wind farm subsidy delay
9 Dec 2016 at 8:37am
Politicians in the Western Isles say they have been "betrayed" by the UK government over wind farm subsidies.


Scottish government school reform rationale 'unclear'
9 Dec 2016 at 1:27am
The Scottish government faces a call to clarify why it wants a shake-up in the way schools are governed.


Jobs warning over apprenticeship levy
9 Dec 2016 at 2:30pm
Subsea industry leaders claim a decision by ministers not to ring-fence funds raised from the new Apprenticeship Levy could cost jobs.

Scot Goes Pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

Heartbreak for Rennie as Carnoustie by-election fails to show much trace of a...
by James Kelly
6 Dec 2016 at 12:53pm
Immediately after the Richmond Park result became clear a few days ago, Professor John Curtice speculated about the possibility of an 'Eastboune effect' - a reference to a by-election gain out of t...

UK government boasts that "The Vow" was a gigantic con-trick
by James Kelly
2 Dec 2016 at 7:32am
As we all remember, a key part of the panic-stricken last-minute "Vow" that helped to secure a narrow No victory in the independence referendum was the promise that the devolved Scottish Parliament...

You've dunnit again, Gov.
by James Kelly
1 Dec 2016 at 5:52pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about yesterday's YouGov poll on independence.  It also rehearses some of the many shortcomings of YouGov's poll...

"Engrossing" YouGov poll finds that Scotland is behind Sturgeon's drive to re...
by James Kelly
30 Nov 2016 at 9:57am
A new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll is out today, and the most significant finding is that there is narrow majority support (albeit within the margin of error) for Scotland seeking to remain in t...

Amazement and astonishment in Arbroath, Angus as buoyant SNP bag a by-electio...
by James Kelly
29 Nov 2016 at 5:28pm
Not entirely sure why a by-election was held on a Monday - it's deeply unnatural, like an accurate John McTernan prediction, or something like that.  Anyway, here is the result...Arbroath East and ...

Scot Goes Pop mourns the passing of Fidel Castro
by James Kelly
28 Nov 2016 at 8:35pm
We interrupt your normal programming with a special message for our resident troll, who had this to say earlier -"Not even a mention of Fidel on this fash right wing Nat si blog."Consider Fidel men...

To state the bleedin' obvious : yes, the US presidential polls were wrong
by James Kelly
20 Nov 2016 at 10:43pm
As GA Ponsonby wittily put it a couple of hours ago -"The social media relationship between James Kelly and Stuart Campbell has broken down. Yet another reason for Humza to resign quite frankly."Ye...

The corner of Scotland that will be forever Trumpton
by James Kelly
18 Nov 2016 at 6:08pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about the terrifying lessons Scotland has learned about Donald Trump from our own ill-fated dalliance with him ...

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BBC News: Agreement signed in Prestwick spaceport bid
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11 Dec 2016 at 12:40am
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AA Gill: Sunday Times critic dies after cancer diagnosis - BBC News
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10 Dec 2016 at 9:37pm
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Scotland's slum children: The photographs that shocked a nation
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10 Dec 2016 at 7:37pm
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Scots awarded Nobel Prize in Physics - BBC News
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Amazon workers sleeping in tents near Dunfermline site
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Question about SAAS funding for part time CPD courses
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10 Dec 2016 at 5:42pm
I'm currently unemployed. Yesterday I was told I could get SAAS funding to pay the fees for a part time course, specifically a Java Certification. This surprised me as I already have an undergradua...

One year on. Let's spread some festive cheer. Let's do something for Britain'...
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10 Dec 2016 at 5:34pm
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Studying in Scotland - A question
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10 Dec 2016 at 4:07pm
Hello there, I'm a 19 year old Spanish student with a British passport who is thinking of dropping out of University and starting over in Scotland. One of my choices was The University of Aberdeen....

New BBC Scotland director in local funding pledge
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10 Dec 2016 at 10:52am
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MSP Andy Wightman vows to fight £750,000 defamation suit 'to the utmost'
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How do the Scottish feel about the Northern Irish?
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10 Dec 2016 at 10:01am
Just the title really. Is there a general view on the Northern Irish as a people? Do you consider us distinctly Northern Irish, or just Irish? Do yous even give a fuck? submitted by /u/scotti...

Former Labour rebels plan to stand against party next May (From HeraldScotland)
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Rape faker jailed for 13 months after falsely accusing taxi driver of sex attack
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Unicode adding Saltire emoji support in 2017!
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9 Dec 2016 at 10:26pm
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Playing cat and mouse around remote Scottish islands aboard hunter killer sub...
by Ali Kefford
10 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Rare insight into the lives of 120-crew about HMS Torbay as she does final training in the Atlantic before winter patrol.


It would do a disservice to brave Michelle Thomson if austerity harmed plight...
by Record View
10 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
THE Edinburgh MP bravely shared the details of her ordeal in a powerful speech in the House of Commons, but has warned charities need urgent financial help.


Donald Trump calls Nicola Sturgeon as previously clashing leaders have discus...
by Record Reporter
9 Dec 2016 at 8:20pm
Sturgeon was a vocal critic of Trump's during the campaign and even told Gary: Tank Commander during an election interview that she would 'dingy him'.


Labour MP warns party is heading for 'electoral disaster' after they finish f...
by Andrew Woodcock
9 Dec 2016 at 10:10am
Veteran MP David Winnick, 83, says the latest result shows that the leadership has to ditch its "bunker mentality" and join the real world.


Labour slump to fourth as Tories win English by-election to help retain slend...
by Record Reporter
9 Dec 2016 at 8:22am
New Conservative MP Caroline Johnson vows to bolster Theresa May's position in the UK Parliament to make sure Brexit is pushed through.


Nicola Sturgeon is reacting to a Brexit agenda rather than dictating an indep...
by David Clegg
9 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Our political editor reflects on how that old adage "events, dear boy, events" has the previously teflon First Minister seemingly on the back foot.


Former Chancellor George Osborne's £500K from seven-week speaking tour a disg...
by Record View
8 Dec 2016 at 10:23pm
If you didn't like him before, George Osborne just made around £26K an hour to talk ... more than the average UK salary.


Nicola Sturgeon urged to expand remit of child abuse inquiry to give justice ...
by Laura Paterson
8 Dec 2016 at 4:38pm
Kezia Dugdale encouraged the First Minister to consider extending the inquiry to situations where there was a duty of care.


Video: Scottish MP Michelle Thomson stuns Commons with emotional speech telli...
by Iain Pope
8 Dec 2016 at 1:56pm
Fellow MPs moved to tears as MP bravely recounts how she was attacked.


George Osborne earns more than £500,000 in seven weeks from speeches in America
by Jack Blanchard
8 Dec 2016 at 12:21pm
The top Tory is cashing in on his years as the austerity Chancellor

Michael Greenwell


So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

Jim Rogers on Brexit
by michaelgreenwell
6 Dec 2016 at 5:41pm
Last time around the No side falsely tried to imply that Scotland was too poor to become independent. The next time, I’m starting to think the line of attack will be that we can’t leave England to look after itself…    

Scotland ? The Testing Ground
by michaelgreenwell
1 Dec 2016 at 9:04am

?Stupid People? These People Have Power?.
by michaelgreenwell
30 Nov 2016 at 8:33am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 140 ? Robert Somynne
by michaelgreenwell
23 Nov 2016 at 1:40pm
For the 14oth episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I invited journalist, vlogger and self-confessed foreign policy obsessive Robert Somynne to come on the show. Obviously there isn’t much going on around the world at the moment so we had to talk about that wee thing that happened over in the USA a couple of …
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My Opponent is a Liar
by michaelgreenwell
21 Nov 2016 at 10:56am
There’s something in this (thanks to John Thompson)…

The Little People Shouldn?t Ask Awkward Questions
by michaelgreenwell
5 Nov 2016 at 1:21pm
A very interesting video, more for the attitude of the assistant than the obvious attempts of the politician to avoid answering…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 139 ? Billy Kay
by michaelgreenwell
25 Oct 2016 at 10:39pm
Did you know that it isn’t only Scotland that has “the cringe”? They have it in other places too, it just goes by a different name. For the 139th (sort of) episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Billy Kay, and the above is only one of the subjects we talked about. Billy …
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Frankie Boyle on JK Rowling
by michaelgreenwell
19 Oct 2016 at 11:01am
This was tweeted by someone this morning but has actually been on youtube for over a year. It’s short and to the point…

Bella Caledonia

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Fix the Train, then Get On It
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Dec 2016 at 8:17pm
It seems barely a week goes by without the debate on criticism from within the Independence camp rears its fire-breathing, double-sided head on social media or within comment sections on alternative media articles. The goalposts shift, but both sides fear an own goal, and differ on what might constitute that. Details each day vary, but …

Print Your Own Labels
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Dec 2016 at 2:39pm
Every six months or so I meet my friend?s son for a catch up. He?s twenty-one and has left home in the highlands for uni in Edinburgh. The last time we met he took his new girlfriend and the three of us went for coffee and a wander at the meadows. I asked his girlfriend …

Supporting Bella
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Dec 2016 at 11:22am
Bella is ten years old next year and we’re organising some pretty special events to celebrate (details in January). Over that time have been building an ever-expanding community of writers, critics, journalists and thinkers with a commitment to challenging power and pushing for a Scottish democracy. But we need your help. We can only do …

Bein Yersels
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Dec 2016 at 10:57am
“Tae be yersels an tae make that worth bein, nae harder job tae mortals has been gien.” – Hugh MacDiarmid Author, language activist, playwright, documentary maker and Bella editorial board member Billy Kay has been recognised for his contribution to Scots at Na Trads -2016 Scotland’s Traditional Music Awards 2016, from Dundee. You can watch …

Supreme Brexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Dec 2016 at 12:11pm
The derision that followed Kezia Dugdales IPPR speech yesterday was amplified by its coming on the same day as the Supreme Court ruling on Article 50. Most people will just be bored to tears by the Supreme Court proceedings and its turgid, dire, over-complicated nonsensical legalese. But it’s important. As Iain Macwhirter puts it succinctly: …

Change the Rules
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Dec 2016 at 5:13pm
On Wednesday Dec 21 we’re having a Review of the Year 2016, a year that many of you will be glad to see the back of. But just to be clear this isn’t a Review like others, of backslapping or maudlin remorse, it’s a review with the idea of response. Buy your tickets here. This …

BBC Question Time Cosy Friends Update
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Dec 2016 at 12:51pm
Earlier this week we broke the story of the BBC’s Fake Audiences on Question Time, and received a response from them yesterday – which seemed to simultaneously hide behind and hang out to dry their outsourced production company Mentorn Media – see ‘Fake Audiences Update’. We were pleased to see CommonSpace and The Canary develop the story, …

Brownhog Day
by Bella Caledonia Editor
7 Dec 2016 at 11:58am
  Today Kezia Dugdale tries (again) to carve out a niche in the world for her herself and her dying tribe. Yet more powers? Again? In her speech at the IPPR think tank, Miss Dugdale said: ?The time has come for the rest of the UK to follow where Scotland led in the 1980s and 1990s …

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Donald Trump calls Nicola Sturgeon for 'brief introductory' talk
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
9 Dec 2016 at 8:38pm
Scotland?s first minister and US president-elect said to have discussed their nations? longstanding relationshipDonald Trump and Nicola Sturgeon have spoken for the first time since the US election. The president-elect called Scotland?s first minister on Friday for what aides described as ?a brie...

Brexit and the new devolution crisis: what are the issues?
by Dan Roberts Brexit policy editor
9 Dec 2016 at 1:10pm
Why should Brexit (or Ukexit) affect the UK?s internal arrangements, and what is Westminster?s response?The last week has seen a flurry of interventions by Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland arguing for a greater say in how the UK government conducts negotiations to leave the European Union. Re...

The UK needs a new Act of Union to prevent it breaking once and for all | Kez...
by Kezia Dugdale
7 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
The Tories? reckless Brexit gamble threatens to end our historic union. My proposals would meet the demands of the Scottish people and benefit all the UKThe historic union between the nations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is at risk once again.Little over two years since Scots voted decis...

Scottish Labour calls for new federal state to unite UK after Brexit
by Severin Carrell and Peter Walker
7 Dec 2016 at 6:00am
Kezia Dugdale says UK needs ?new political settlement? to prevent a post-Brexit splitKezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has called for a radical reshaping of the UK into a federal state with Scotland taking control over fisheries, farming and social rights now covered by EU laws.In a spee...

Government 'to lose foreign policy controls' if article 50 ruling upheld
by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
6 Dec 2016 at 1:26pm
James Eadie tells supreme court Commons would gain new powers that could have ?serious implications? for foreign affairsParliament will gain new and extensive controls over the conduct of foreign policy if the supreme court rejects ministers? right to use the royal prerogative to trigger Brexit, ...

Scotland to raise age of criminal responsibility to 12 years
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
1 Dec 2016 at 6:40pm
Legislation will end ?national embarrassment? of having lowest age of responsibility in Europe, eight years of ageScotland?s minimum age of criminal responsibility will be raised to 12 years, in line with UN standards, after the current minimum age of eight, the lowest in Europe, was labelled a ?...

UK government lawyers dismiss Scotland and Wales's article 50 fears
by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent
1 Dec 2016 at 6:15pm
Row erupts before supreme court case over claims by devolved administrations that they should have say on triggering BrexitA constitutional row over devolution has erupted ahead of next week?s article 50 case in the supreme court, setting the attorney generals in London and Belfast at odds with t...

Scotland will not get Brexit concessions, says Philip Hammond
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
1 Dec 2016 at 6:00pm
Chancellor dismisses Nicola Sturgeon?s attempt to secure favourable deal after Scotland?s emphatic rejection of leaving EUThe chancellor, Philip Hammond, has ruled out any prospect of Scotland winning special concessions on trade or immigration in the Brexit deal, despite its strong vote in June ...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A big boy did it? a cautionary tale.
A guest post by Samuel Miller You’d think they’d learn by this point wouldn’t you? Politics by sound bite and policy by media forum has worked out so wonderfully well for the peoples of the UK. Manipulating and driving the opinion of the masses using dog whistle, short termist strategies and the politics of expediency. …

This is the week
A guest post by Samuel Miller This is the week where Government, political class, nations and their electorates divided in a court room. This is the week where Scotland found out the true meaning of devolution, better togetherness, pooling and sharing and the nature of political union under the ?Mother of Parliaments?. This is the …

Enough gilding the red white and blue turd
I wasn’t going to blog again before leaving for my holidays, but today’s events in the Supreme Court can’t pass unremarked. Let’s be perfectly blunt here, Fluffy Mundell is a liar. He stood before the people of Scotland and he brazenly and openly lied to us. He’s a disgrace to Scotland. He’s the voice of …

The voice of the somersault-right
Over the weekend we had a welcome bit of offensiveness from the Scottish government. Usually it’s the Tories who are offensive, but then being offensive is a synonym for Tory in much the same way that populist is a synonym for fascist and alt-right is a synonym for white supremacist with body odour who blames …

The rights and wrongs of apathy
I’m an atheist. Well no, that’s not strictly true. Some atheists can be a bit shouty and Richard Dawkinsish. I used to be an atheist when I was young, mainly because I enjoyed winding up the priest and the RE teacher when I was at Catholic school. I’ve mellowed a lot now and converted to …

The sour Tory milk of human unkindness
Can Scotland get a special Brexit deal? Can Boris Johnson survive the Brexit process without pissing off a major European country? Can the adolescent supporters of the alt-right ever actually get laid, and will they ever realise that masturbating in front of internet photos of Pepe the Frog doesn’t really count as a sexual encounter? …

British Mortification
At long last we finally know what the hitherto meaningless phrase Brexit means Brexit means. Thanks to some Tory aide who wandered out into Downing Street clutching some briefing notes which were accidentally, or possibly accidentally on purpose, on show, the world has discovered that what we all thought all along is actually true. Brexit …

Westminster occupation therapy
The Unionist parties have been having a rough week. Admittedly that’s a bit like saying that Nicholas Witchell has a brown stain on his nose, or that Donald Trump has contradicted himself again, so it’s not exactly news. This week it’s become clearer than ever that there’s no positive case for the Union, all there …

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The Tory Cornerstone Group and David Mundell ? Can anyone Spot the Incompatib...
          The Cornerstone Group is a highly principled (right wing) conservative group of MP’s working from within the Conservative Party. It is opposed to gay marriage and is generally fairly homophobic, global warming is a hoax, ban abortion, teach sexual abstinence in schools, hostility to contraceptives, more restrictions on immigration and … Continue reading The Tory Cornerstone Group and ...

Scottish Education is in Crisis ? If You Believe the BBC ? But Study the Fac...
                Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – The 2015 Report Judging one country’s performance against another, blindly utilising information contained in a PISA report is unsafe since there are so many conflicting characteristics to consider. It is only really useful to compare a country’s previous performance and … Continue reading Scottish Education is in Crisis – ...

Signs of a Westminster Civil Service Rebellion Against the Rule of Sir Jeremy...
              Sir Jeremy Heywood, Downing Street Cabinet Secretary Issues Warning letter About Information Leaks – letter is Leaked to the press the Day After Prime Minister, Theresa May instructed her Cabinet Secretary to take urgent action preventing government officials from leaking information to journalists. He acted immediately, issuing a … Continue reading Signs of a Westminster Civil Se...

Glasgow Rangers Fans ? Westminster Unionists or Scottish Patriots? If You Kno...
                Glasgow Rangers Scottish Fan-base and Scottish Independence The total number of fans, family dependents and associates of voting age in Scotland is estimated to be between 250,000-350,000. Of these guestimates are that around 30% voted Yes in the 2014 referendum. Allocating the remainder to the “no” vote … Continue reading Glasgow Rangers Fans – Westminster Unionists or Scottish...

Westminster?s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland ? Slash Their Budgets an...
              23 November 2016: Scotland to receive an £800m Boost to its Capital Budget (spread-over 5 years) The money will be allocated to the Scottish Government over the five years through to 2020-21, as a result of increased infrastructure spending announced in the Autumn Statement. But the money comes … Continue reading Westminster’s Capital Investment Policy and Scotland – Slash Their B...

Scottish Pensioners Need to Waken Up and Smell the Coffee ? Remaining With th...
        The vast majority of pensioners rely on the State pension for survival         Pension Payments are Unsustainable and Invite Radical Change The cost of pension support to the UK exceeds £110bn annually. Expenditure will automatically uplift by at least 2.5% each year (up to 2020) meeting the Tory … Continue reading Scottish Pensioners Need to Waken Up and Smell the Coffee – Remaining Wi...

The Stanley and Ollie of Scottish Politics ? But Stupid and Dangerous ? Not a...
      The Mundell political Dynasty           25 October 2016: Mundell’s son (the MSP) says that the SNP’s pursuit of a ‘Norway-style’ deal with the EU could force a Scottish English Border He said: “This is yet more evidence that the SNP are only interested in breaking up our United … Continue reading The Stanley and Ollie of Scottish Politics – But Stupid and Dangerous – Not at All Funny – Th...

Lucy Frazer ? Tory MP ? Destined for Greatness ? Jewess ? Strangely Seemingly...
                Lucy Frazer (1972), is a Conservative Party politician. Born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire. She is the descendant of Russian Jewish immigrants. (Frazer is a common Jewish surname) Her paternal Great Grandfather was Jewish immigrant: Barnet Frazer. ( A tailor to trade, Russian born (1880-1933) settled in … Continue reading Lucy Frazer – Tory MP – Destined for Greatness – Jewess ...

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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

As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and ...
As Britain crashes and burns can Scottish politics embrace more humanity and substance? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 8th 2016 Britain is falling apart by the day. ?British politics? no longer exist in any form outside the House of Commons; ?Brexit Britain? is an inaccurate term considering the divided vote and kingdom; while the UK …

Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence
Time for a Bolder Scotland: The Seven Stories of Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan The National, November 30th 2016 We are living through unprecedented times of change and uncertainty. The words and phrases we use can barely keep up – ?post-truth politics?, ‘fake news’, ?alt-right?, the vacuity of ?Brexit means Brexit?, and the debate on whether …

Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever
Tom Nairn?s Break-up of Britain turns 40 and is as relevant as ever Gerry Hassan The National, November 24th 2016 Few books about politics stand the test of time like Tom Nairn?s The Break-up of Britain. Next year will see its 40th anniversary. Originally published during the Queen?s Jubilee of 1977, the book offered a …

Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid?
Scotland the Bold or Scotland the Timid? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2016 Is Scotland really special? Are we a land that has bucked the retreat of the centre-left and social democracy, and proven itself immune to the right-wing populism sweeping the West from Brexit to Trump? Significant parts of Scottish opinion are always …

The UK as we know it can?t survive Brexit and Trump
The UK as we know it can’t survive Brexit and Trump Gerry Hassan The Guardian, November 17th 2016 The United Kingdom?s sense of itself and place in the world is more in question now than it was before Donald Trump?s election. It was already facing the precarious process of Brexit that has destabilised the nature …

How Trump Shook America and the World: My Letter from America
How Trump Shook America and the World: My Letter from America Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 10th 2016 America has shaken itself and the world. Something seismic has happened which has compounded experts, the political classes, and observers all round the world. But in this year of revolt and surprises – from Leicester City and …

What does the US Presidential Election Mean? Twelve Thoughts on US Politics
What does the US Presidential Election Mean? Twelve Thoughts on US Politics Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, November 8th 2016 This has been a fascinating election; a true rollercoaster of emotions – of hope and fear, the spectre of bigotry and violence, and the flames of intolerance, and even insurrection, raised in some right-wing circles. Here …

Scotland the Bold: Making the Case for a Radical Scotland
Scotland the Bold: Making the Case for a Radical Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, November 6th 2016 This weekend I attended a Donald Trump campaign rally in New Hampshire. It was a surreal experience – of a Presidential candidate who isn?t a professional politician, who has a limited conventional manifesto, and is running on what …

Scotland and Independence

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Will Trump Support Scottish Independence? - Newsmax

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Will Trump Support Scottish Independence?
Newsmax
President-elect Donald Trump Friday had a "short congratulatory call" with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon ? and transition staff said that the leaders looked "forward to strengthening the relationship between Scotland and the United States.".
EU SHUTS OUT STURGEON - Commission says it WON'T negotiate separate Brexit deal for Scot...

Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling - Th...

The Independent
Scottish independence: New poll finds support for Yes campaign dwindling
The Independent
Support for Scottish independence has fallen below the 45 per cent achieved in the 2014 referendum, a new poll has found. The YouGov poll for The Times newspaper found backing for a Yes vote in a second ballot on the country's constitutional future ...
Support for Scottish independence 'lowest s...

A leading pollster told us why Brexit is killing the chances of Scottish inde...

A leading pollster told us why Brexit is killing the chances of Scottish independence
Business Insider
A new YouGov poll put support for Scottish independence at 44% ? its lowest level since the September 2014 referendum, when 45% voted to remain part of the UK. In an August YouGov poll, support for the "Yes" vote was 46%, 2 points higher than ...

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A leading pollster says the Scottish independence question is 'shredding' sup...

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A leading pollster says the Scottish independence question is 'shredding' support for Scottish Labour
Business Insider
So what's happening? The question of Scottish independence is back on the table since the UK voted to leave the EU. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon argues that a "material change in circumstances" gives her the mandate to call a second independence ...

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Robert the Bruce had leprosy: 3D scanning reveals diseased face of 700-year-o...

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Robert the Bruce had leprosy: 3D scanning reveals diseased face of 700-year-old father of Scottish independence
Daily Mail
The face of a heroic Scottish King has emerged from the shadows for the first time in 700 years. Scientists used 3D scans of Robert the Bruce's skull to create remarkable images of what he would have looked like during his reign of Scotland in the 14th ...
The...

Scottish independence is a real gone bid ? for now, anyway - The Times (subsc...

Scottish independence is a real gone bid ? for now, anyway
The Times (subscription)
It is early on a Monday, and Ricky Ross sits in Cafe Gandolfi in Glasgow's Merchant City, enjoying a couple of poached eggs on sourdough toast and pondering the meaning of Dignity. While it may be almost 30 years since Deacon Blue's anthem was first ...



Corbyn pledges that UK Labour's election manifesto will be driven by needs of...

Herald Scotland
Corbyn pledges that UK Labour's election manifesto will be driven by needs of Scotland
Herald Scotland
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10: Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster on December 10, 2016 in London, England. Mr Corbyn was joined by Labour politicians as he made a speech to mark ...

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Will Brexit's impact on currency strengthen the case for Scottish independenc...

Herald Scotland
Will Brexit's impact on currency strengthen the case for Scottish independence?
Herald Scotland
The impact of the Brexit vote on Scottish consumers has been well documented, with the plummeting pound sending the cost of everything from Walkers Crisps to Birds Eye fish fingers on an upward trend. But while the inevitable inflationary pressures a ...

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Labour faces councillor 'exodus' in Glasgow - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Labour faces councillor 'exodus' in Glasgow
Herald Scotland
... rather than trying to find volunteers. A spokesperson for Scottish Labour said: "Next May Labour will put forward the strongest possible group of candidates who will stand up for their local communities against cuts from the SNP government in ...



Tories plan to scrap unpopular airport tax on long-haul flights - Express.co.uk

Express.co.uk
Tories plan to scrap unpopular airport tax on long-haul flights
Express.co.uk
Conservatives also want to halve the tax charged on business class tickets in a move to boost Scotland's ailing economy. SNP ministers want to cut APD on both long and short-haul flights by 50 per cent by 2021, with the first reduction coming in 2018 ...

Greens call on SNP to increase child benefit by £5 a week - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
Greens call on SNP to increase child benefit by £5 a week
Herald Scotland
THE GREENS are calling on the SNP Government to use Holyrood's new welfare powers to increase child benefit payments by £5 a week when its unveils its draft budget this week. Green social security spokeswoman Alison Johnstone said the change ...

Justice Secretary to think again over SNP opposition to miners' strike inquir...

Herald Scotland
Justice Secretary to think again over SNP opposition to miners' strike inquiry
Herald Scotland
JUSTICE Secretary Michael Matheson has called for ?national recognition? of injustice to miners convicted during the 1984-85 strike, signalling that he will also reconsider the SNP's opposition to a Hillsborough-style inquiry. The minister signalled a ...

Scottish Government could overrule councillors refusing to accept social care...

The Sunday Post
Scottish Government could overrule councillors refusing to accept social care cutbacks
The Sunday Post
The only other IJB to vote on next year's budget so far is West Dunbartonshire's, where an SNP councillor thwarted a similar attempt by Labour to defy the Government. Scottish Labour's social care spokesman, Colin Smyth, said a full-scale revolt was on ...



SNP donors in tax avoidance ruses - The Times (subscription)

SNP donors in tax avoidance ruses
The Times (subscription)
As the SNP prepares to announce tax rises for the rich, it has emerged that two of its wealthiest supporters were involved in ploys to avoid tax. Tony Banks, founder and owner of the care home chain Balhousie Care, operated a shell subsidiary for the ...



Test to check head teachers up to the mark - The Times (subscription)

Test to check head teachers up to the mark
The Times (subscription)
Head teachers will be required to have leadership qualifications to secure a job at Scottish state schools under new rules as the SNP seeks to restore confidence in Scotland's education system. Education Secretary John Swinney said such a change would ...

Holyrood to demand more powers - The Times (subscription)

Holyrood to demand more powers
The Times (subscription)
Scottish ministers are to demand that Holyrood gains a wide range of post-Brexit powers after responsibility is relinquished by Brussels. The SNP administration will call for more control in a long-awaited paper due out the week before Christmas. It ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland to be offered second independence referendum - Business ... - Busine...

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Scotland to be offered second independence referendum - Business ...
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Scotland could be offered a second referendum on independence from the UK, but only after Brexit has completed, according to a report by The Times on ...
Scotland deal would offer vote on independence after BrexitThe Times (subscription)
Sturgeon's Brexit point man attacks Leave campaigners for pro...

Never letting go: why Scotland is at constitutional stalemate over Brexit - E...

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
Never letting go: why Scotland is at constitutional stalemate over Brexit
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
Northern Ireland could secede from the UK, if its people agreed to do so. But Scotland cannot ? and consequently it will be forced to join the rest of the UK in Brexit, unless Westminster agrees to let it hold another referendum on inde...

Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum' - Scotsman

The Scottish Sun
Support for Scottish independence 'lowest since 2014 referendum'
Scotsman
Support for Scottish independence has plummeted in the past two years - according to a national survey. The newest findings from YouGov put support for separation at 44 per cent - one point lower than the independence referendum in 2014. Backing for ...
Nicola Sturgeon is warned the SNP's bid for a second ......

EU SHUTS OUT STURGEON - Commission says it WON'T negotiate separate Brexit de...

Express.co.uk
EU SHUTS OUT STURGEON - Commission says it WON'T negotiate separate Brexit deal for Scots
Express.co.uk
The Scottish First Minister has been spearheading a relentless campaign to keep Scotland in the European single market since the shock referendum result in June, which she claims is taking the majority of Scots out of the EU against their will. But in ...
Holyrood to demand more pow...

Scottish voice 'must be heard' on Brexit - BBC News

Reuters UK
Scottish voice 'must be heard' on Brexit
BBC News
But the UK government believes that the EU referendum result means it can make the decision to trigger Article 50 without votes in any parliament, and says the devolved Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish administrations have no powers over foreign affairs.
UK Supreme Court to decide Brexit trigger case as quickly as possibleReuters UK
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Who speaks in a referendum? Scotland's Indyref TV news coverage - EUROPP - Eu...

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
Who speaks in a referendum? Scotland's Indyref TV news coverage
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
The 2014 Scottish independence referendum saw unprecedented political engagement on a scale rarely seen of late in the UK. But, ask Alenka Jelen-Sanchez and Marina Dekavalla, was this broad engagement replicated in mainstream television coverage?...

Minister who piloted legislation for the EU referendum through Parliament adm...

Herald Scotland
Minister who piloted legislation for the EU referendum through Parliament admitted it was "advisory"
Herald Scotland
"The referendum is advisory, as was the case for both the 1975 referendum on Europe and the Scottish independence vote last year." Joanna Cherry, the SNP the SNP's justice and home affairs spokeswoman in the House of Commons said Mr Lidington's ...
Top UK judges grill...

Euan McColm: Repeated failure to stand up and be counted - Scotsman

Herald Scotland
Euan McColm: Repeated failure to stand up and be counted
Scotsman
Events of the past two years make the notion preposterous but, for a brief moment in 2014, members of Scottish Labour believed victory for the No campaign in the independence referendum would spark the revival of their party's fortunes. Defeat was ...
Fewer than 60 Scottish Labour members took part in pro-Kez surveyHe...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics
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Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

Tremendous Article
This is how we are being perceived and received abroad,  which you won't hear of in the British press.  Typical disgusting bigoted regressive interjection from murdo fraser for added comedy value.   He really is seething lol.    https://archive.is/dCc90

Scottish school performance the worst ever.
Shocking state of affairs. Let's hear the defence of the indefensible....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-38207729

Why do some people hate the SNP?
I for one am a member as I'm Scottish and it's the only party I trust for Scotland Opposing views?

Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

Nigel Farage has played a blinder!
THE GO BETWEEN! Like him or Loath him it's another 2 fingers to the rotten Westminster establishment http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37946420



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

"Fake News"
There has been a push since the US election to name and shame alleged 'fake news' sources, with some mainstream media outlets and commentators publishing lists of the culprits. The charge is that such misinformation may have influenced the result of the election, and thus is a danger to democracy...

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

Architects and engineers 9/11
This isn't something I've spent a great deal of time looking into but came across this the other night.  Worth a watch and they present a convincing alternative to what happened to the buildings. 

London Calling
 

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

Genial Harry Grout
...goes over the wall at 93. Thoughts with the family who no doubt read the TAMB.

AA Gill
Pan breid.

Education In Scotland
Declining further. Stats are poor. Postcode and family income big determination on future success.  John Swinney has no answers in interviews today.  At least kids from private school get free uni and don't need to worry about end of grants.

WestWorld
Thoughts? I think that I think I know what the hell is going on. Could turn out to be a good TV series and I'll rewatch the original movie soon as well.

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Scottish Tories call for APD to be abolished on all long-haul flights

'Lack of progress' in recruitment and retention of NHS and social care staff,...

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Where next for Scottish energy policy?

Overwhelming support for Theresa May's bid to trigger Article 50 by end of March

Justice secretary to be questioned on resourcing of police in Scotland

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Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...