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Swinney: claims Scottish Government will drain £2.2bn from public services ar...
10 Feb 2016 at 9:05am
The Scottish Government has denied claims that £2.2bn will be drained from public services as a result of their budget decisions.

Cameron talks to Sturgeon on tax powers but fails to break deadlock
10 Feb 2016 at 7:38am
DAVID Cameron has spoken personally to Nicola Sturgeon in a bid to break the deadlock over tax powers as Labour today urges both leaders to ?get round the table? and seal the deal.

Scottish Greens pledge to ban fracking as party launches campaign
8 Feb 2016 at 10:00pm
The Scottish Greens have launched their Holyrood election campaign with a pledge to ban fracking.

Contaminated blood scandal financial moves needed urgently, committee told
9 Feb 2016 at 1:42pm
Improvements to the financial support given to those affected by the contaminated blood scandal must be made as a matter of urgency, MSPs have been told.

MSPs: pavement parking ban would be a positive step
8 Feb 2016 at 10:37am
MSPs have welcomed a Bill that would ban parking on pavements as a "positive step" that would help disabled people and young families.

Labour: Scotland deserves better than 'back and forth' blame game over new po...
8 Feb 2016 at 8:52am
Scotland deserves better than the ?back and forth blame game? over Holyrood?s new tax powers, Labour says today as the ninth intergovernmental meeting takes place in Edinburgh to break the deadlock.

Nicola Sturgeon unveils £4m funding for precision medicine research
8 Feb 2016 at 12:57pm
Research into diseases such as pancreatic cancer and multiple sclerosis will be boosted by a £4 million government investment in precision medicine.

Ruth Davidson: I'm ready to serve as Leader of the Opposition
8 Feb 2016 at 8:48am
Ruth Davidson has insisted that the Scottish Conservatives are set for their best ever Holyrood performance and she ?stands ready to serve? as the Leader of the Opposition in the Scottish Parliament.

New obstacle emerges to fiscal framework deal
7 Feb 2016 at 12:13am
THE ability of a future Scottish Government to borrow billions to cope with a recession has emerged as a second major obstacle in the row over new powers for Holyrood.

UKip MEP still employing assistant facing sex charges
7 Feb 2016 at 12:13am
SCOTLAND?S only Ukip politician is continuing to employ the party?s former chairman despite his recent appearance in court on sex charges.

Councils back down in budget feud with Swinney
7 Feb 2016 at 12:13am
COUNCILS are set to back down in their stand-off with John Swinney over budget cuts, after a bitter row that has left relations between central and local government in tatters.

Labour bids to block devolution of abortion laws to Scotland
6 Feb 2016 at 12:12am
LABOUR is mounting a major challenge to block controversial plans that would see abortion laws devolved to Scotland.

Swinney: public-sector job losses regrettable but cuts should not be plugged ...
5 Feb 2016 at 10:39pm
The reduction in public-sector jobs is regrettable but council cuts should not be plugged by raising income tax, according to Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Poll: Labour and Conservatives neck and neck ahead of Holyrood election
5 Feb 2016 at 10:39pm
Labour are neck and neck with the Conservatives ahead of the Scottish elections, according to a new opinion poll.

Bickering MSPs told to take 'a long hard look at themselves' by Presiding Off...
4 Feb 2016 at 1:28pm
MSPS have been told to have a long hard look at themselves and their behaviour by the Parliament?s Presiding Officer.



The Scotsman - Politics Feed

House of Lords cuts costs by no longer printing acts on goat skin
10 Feb 2016 at 2:14pm
The ancient tradition of printing laws on vellum will come to an end in March after 1,000 years, the House of Lords has confirmed.

Poll: 54% of Scots would back independence following Brexit
10 Feb 2016 at 1:03pm
Scotland would vote for independence if Britain left the EU against the wishes of a majority of Scots, a new poll has suggested.

Stirling Council defends buying new Audi despite cutbacks
10 Feb 2016 at 12:50pm
A LOCAL authority which warned 150 staff they face redundancy has defended spending £31,000 on a new official car.

Pro-EU campaign boss backs June referendum
10 Feb 2016 at 12:22pm
The leadership of the pro-EU Scotland Stronger in Europe group has said an in/out referendum in June would be enough time for it to mount a case to remain in Europe as it launched its campaign in Edinburgh today.

SNP pledge 500 more nurses and £27m health funding boost
10 Feb 2016 at 9:22am
Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £27m funding boost for the NHS workforce in Scotland including 500 extra specialist nurses and a pledge to widen access to medical schools for disadvantaged students.

Donald Trump wins New Hampshire primary
10 Feb 2016 at 7:31am
Bernie Sanders has won a commanding victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire US presidential primary, with Donald Trump also scoring a big win.

Leaders: Short is not sweet when it comes to prison sentences
10 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
NEITHER society nor offenders gain from jail terms that offer no time for rehabilitation or even for meaningful punishment

Schools to lose £2.2bn in ?forced? council cuts, warn Labour
10 Feb 2016 at 12:00am
Education faces hundreds of millions of pounds worth of cuts in the coming years after councils caved in to swingeing reductions to their budgets, Labour will today warn.

Experts join calls to scrap jail terms less than 12 months
9 Feb 2016 at 10:24pm
Prison sentences of up to one year should be scrapped in favour of community-based alternatives, claim experts.

Chris Marshall: Only one chance for child abuse inquiry
9 Feb 2016 at 8:53pm
There’s a part in the Oscar-nominated Spotlight where a journalist assures an abuse survivor that previous failures to listen to his story will not be repeated this time around.

Martyn McLaughlin: Time to update Victorian electoral laws
9 Feb 2016 at 8:49pm
CARMICHAEL case highlights just why our antiquated electoral legislation needs change, writes Martyn McLaughlin

Andrew Whitaker: Kezia Dugdale can lose war but win campaign
9 Feb 2016 at 8:32pm
EXAMPLE of 1987 offers hope Scottish Labour can prove itself an effective opposition, says Andrew Whitaker

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump hope for New Hampshire victory
9 Feb 2016 at 6:42pm
Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hope to emerge from New Hampshire’s primary with their first wins of the 2016 presidential campaign, victories that would lend needed credibility to the unexpected contenders’ pursuit of their parties’ nomination.

Emma Flood: Bedroom tax ruling could free up welfare cash in Scotland
9 Feb 2016 at 5:03pm
A January court ruling declared the UK government’s controversial bedroom tax was disciminatory, but what will this mean for Scotland, asks Emma Flood.

Scottish council leaders forced to accept £350m cuts
9 Feb 2016 at 4:30pm
The leaders of Scotland’s biggest cities have launched a stinging attack on John Swinney’s “pistol to the head” tactics after being forced to accept cuts of £350 million to their budgets.

Wings over Scotland blog

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

The point of politics
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Feb 2016 at 11:05am
There’s an interesting article in today’s Guardian about the clown-shoed fiasco of a position the Labour Party has contorted itself into over Trident. It correctly identifies the conflict between a party representing its actual membership and being controlled by its Parliamentarians who insist they know better than the people they’re supposed to speak for, but then right …

Running to stand still
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Feb 2016 at 11:44am
A revealing moment from a meeting of the UK parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee last Tuesday, featuring the former Secretary of State for Scotland, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean. Who knew, eh? The PACAC’s hearings aren’t transcribed in Hansard, so we’ll just put that line in writing for ease of future quoting: “My own view …

Why beggars will be losers
by Eric Joyce
6 Feb 2016 at 2:55pm
Scottish Labour?s announcement that it wants to increase tax for everyone earning over £20k (and therefore anyone on under that who fancies making a little bit more, or might do a wee bit of extra overtime), reflects its acceptance both that the far left is in charge now and that this year?s Holyrood race is virtually over …

The cost of everything
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Feb 2016 at 11:25am
From an excellent letter in today’s Herald by Chris McLaughlin of Giffnock: The only fault in Chris’ logic is that he’s a bit too generous to Labour. If the new Trident is to last for its official projected service lifetime of 32 years, and Scotland pays an 8.4% population share of the cost (assuming it …

Clown shoes
by Chris Cairns
6 Feb 2016 at 6:55am
Order ?Welcome To Cairnstoon?, Chris? compilation of Wings cartoons and more, here.

Meet the new blood
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2016 at 9:08pm
STV have leaked the results of Scottish Labour’s list-candidate rankings. Alert readers will recall that Kezia Dugdale promised that her leadership would see an influx of “new talent and fresh faces” to the beleaguered branch office’s ranks. So let’s see how that panned out. We’ll only list the top seven for each region, since there …

How the Daily Mail works
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Feb 2016 at 10:33am
Sometimes it’s the smallest, most trivial things that give you away. Graham Grant is the Home Affairs Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, and earlier this morning he tweeted this snarky dig at prominent independence supporter and pundit Pat Kane, also of the primarily-1980s band Hue And Cry: Ostensibly it’s a throwaway gag aimed at …

The Big Split
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Feb 2016 at 1:45pm
From a Daily Record vox pop today on Scottish Labour’s tax plan. Seems there are some things nearly everyone agrees on.

JK Rowling is a litigious bully
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2016 at 6:01pm
The headline of this article is a personal opinion derived from true facts. The popular associate of a prominent anonymous and abusive internet troll has undertaken more than 50 lawsuits against the press, and has admitted in an interview with The Times that she’s “too thin-skinned” when it comes to people writing critically about her. …

Help, we need somebody
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Feb 2016 at 2:50pm
It’s been a fair few months since we last documented the Daily Record’s increasingly panicky attempts to save its own hide over its infamous eve-of-referendum “Vow”. In its growing desperation, the paper bizarrely turns today to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, demanding that SHE should be the one to fulfil a promise that the Record made specifically …

BBC Scotland

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Cameron 'keen' for Scots fiscal deal
10 Feb 2016 at 2:39pm
Prime Minister David Cameron says "no-one is keener" than he is on an agreement for a fiscal framework for Scottish devolution.

Police chief pledges collaborative era
10 Feb 2016 at 12:50pm
The new Police Scotland Chief Constable Philip Gormley tells MSPs his approach to the job will be about collaboration and trust.

Scotland's councils accept funding deal
10 Feb 2016 at 8:53am
All 32 local authorities in Scotland have accepted the Scottish government's funding deal meaning the council tax freeze will continue for a ninth year.

Minister defends child abuse inquiry
10 Feb 2016 at 11:20am
A Scottish government minister defends its inquiry into child abuse as survivors' groups call for its remit to be extended.

Sturgeon writes to PM on fiscal deal
9 Feb 2016 at 6:33pm
Nicola Sturgeon writes to David Cameron urging a resolution to talks over the fiscal framework underpinning new devolved powers.

SNP suspends racism probe candidate
9 Feb 2016 at 12:37pm
The SNP suspends a Holyrood candidate and bans meetings of a local branch until after the May vote while it investigates allegations of racism.

Organ donation opt-out bill rejected
9 Feb 2016 at 6:24pm
The Scottish government will consider bringing forward its own bill for an "opt-out" organ donation system after MSPs narrowly rejected a Labour bid.

Empty home tax increase considered
9 Feb 2016 at 12:15pm
Owners of Borders homes which have sat empty for a long period of time could see their council tax charges more than doubled.

Not proven verdict 'on borrowed time'
9 Feb 2016 at 12:09am
Scotland's not proven verdict is on "borrowed time" and may not serve any useful purpose, Holyrood's justice committee concludes.

Labour Trident deal 'may be impossible'
9 Feb 2016 at 4:57pm
Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham says it may be "impossible" for Labour to reach an agreed position on Trident.

MSP named in group's Nobel Prize bid
9 Feb 2016 at 12:06pm
A Scottish politician who campaigns against nuclear weapons is named as part of an international group's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

No deal after latest finance talks
8 Feb 2016 at 10:30pm
Crunch talks aimed at ending a dispute over Scottish public spending have broken up without agreement.

Holyrood as it happened: September - December 2015
17 Dec 2015 at 10:25am
Here's a run down of the most important business at the Scottish Parliament in the last term.

Strained relations
9 Feb 2016 at 12:01am
A look at the funding offer being made to Scottish councils

Deadline looms for Scotland tax talks
8 Feb 2016 at 7:21am
A very unromantic deadline looms for fiscal framework talks

Scot Goes Pop

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

Inspirational Ipsos-Mori poll finds majority of Scottish voters still support...
by James Kelly
10 Feb 2016 at 1:03pm
After our little sneak peek at the unfiltered Ipsos-Mori numbers earlier, here are the official headline results filtered by certainty to vote - and they're even better than we expected for the SNP...

Ipsos-Mori look set to report SNP lead of around 30% in new Scottish Parliame...
by James Kelly
10 Feb 2016 at 11:49am
Three different people have given me a steer in this direction, so here goesThe quarterly Ipsos-Mori poll of Scottish voting intentions for STV appears to be on its way.  The headline numbers ha...

Everyone has a first love
by James Kelly
9 Feb 2016 at 10:49pm
In the light of recent events, I thought it might be fun to have a look at a short list of public figures, plus myself, and see which was the very first account we all followed on Twitter.  In most...

A conversation between the usual suspects and a creepy stalker
by James Kelly
9 Feb 2016 at 1:48pm
The Usual Suspects : So, Mr. G, what did you do when you saw these abusive tweets?Mr. G : Well, I scoured the internet for any clues as to the real identities of the people that wrote them.The Usua...

Merci, Monsieur Spanner. De nada, Ardrossan.
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2016 at 10:44pm
Well, I hope the people of Ardrossan are duly grateful for my heroic efforts on their behalf today - my previous blogpost single-handedly got them trending on Twitter across the whole UK.That's Ard...

EXCLUSIVE : Has J K Rowling's misogynistic friend "Brian Spanner" been traced...
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2016 at 3:39pm
A Scot Goes Pop reader has been doing some detective work into the real identity and whereabouts of J K Rowling's notoriously abusive and misogynistic friend "Brian Spanner".  I'll let her email sp...

The Green party member who wants people to vote tactically in a non-tactical ...
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2016 at 10:11pm
I was more than a little dismayed to see a link on Facebook to a blogpost by Green party member Morag Hannah, which can be roughly summarised as follows : "You should vote for whoever you want on t...

A question for Labour on abortion law
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2016 at 5:27am
If anyone from Labour happens to be passing, you might be able to help with a question that's been nagging away at me.  As I understand it, your party believes that the more abortion rights that wo...

YouGov polling on independence, and Scottish voting intentions for the EU ref...
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2016 at 2:57pm
Although the recent Panelbase poll showed a two-point drop in support for independence, that was simply a reversion to the mean.  The Yes vote was 47%, which is very typical of what Panelbase have ...

Labour slip to third place in Scotland in historic YouGov poll
by James Kelly
5 Feb 2016 at 1:05am
I spoke too soon yesterday afternoon when I pointed out that not a single Scottish Parliament election poll had yet shown the Tories in second place.  Right on cue, here is YouGov's first Scottish ...

SNP hold 36% lead in talebearing TNS poll
by James Kelly
4 Feb 2016 at 12:24pm
The monthly TNS poll is now out, and I'm beginning to think Kezia Dugdale should just go the whole hog and change her party's name to "Labour 21%", because this is the fifth poll in a row from a ra...

Why it's important to have an overall SNP majority, and not just a pro-indepe...
by James Kelly
3 Feb 2016 at 10:51am
I've just noticed that Adam Ramsay penned a response to the "tactical voting on the list" debate a few days ago.  It's a more nuanced piece than we've previously seen from him on the same subject, ...

Poll of Polls on the EU referendum : "Leave" campaign draws level on average ...
by James Kelly
2 Feb 2016 at 6:30am
This is only the third update of this blog's Poll of Polls for the EU referendum - I haven't been able to produce new figures as often as I expected, partly because telephone polling has been surpr...

John Curtice concurs that "tactical voting on the list" is a risk
by James Kelly
1 Feb 2016 at 1:50am
When I noticed a few hours ago that The National were splashing with a John Curtice essay on whether it's a good or a bad idea for independence supporters to vote "tactically" on the Holyrood regio...

Terry Wogan
by James Kelly
31 Jan 2016 at 1:51pm
While watching the tennis this morning (which was a painful enough process anyway), I was absolutely heartbroken to look at my phone and see the news about Terry Wogan.  Of course I'm a Eurovision ...

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Almost six in ten Scots would vote for independence if UK quits EU
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10 Feb 2016 at 12:54pm
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How a small tax rise exposed the SNP's anti-austerity talk for just that
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If cannabis became legal what kind of place would you rather consume it in?
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10 Feb 2016 at 11:46am
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Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland - 10 February 2016
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10 Feb 2016 at 11:40am
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'Swear word' poster cleared by advertising watchdog
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Scotland. A Spirit of its own...
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Scotland squeezed: But Sturgeon pledges to stop Scotland £3 billion short-change
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Daily Record

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Labour urges David Cameron to get involved in Scotland's funding discussions ...
by Richard Wheeler
10 Feb 2016 at 1:57pm
SHADOW Scottish secretary Ian Murray reckons Andy Murray's new daughter could be winning Wimbledon before settlement is agreed.

Tory MP forced to move back into parents' house because he can't afford to bu...
by James Tapsfield
10 Feb 2016 at 1:56pm
WILLIAM WRAGG, MP for Hazel Grove, says he's part of the so-called "boomerang generation" despite having a salary of nearly three times the national average.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon challenges David Cameron over vow on new Holyr...
by David Clegg
10 Feb 2016 at 7:37am
THE First Minister called on David Cameron to keep his word on a fair funding deal for Scotland as both governments struggle to finalise new powers over the so-called stumbling block, fiscal framew...

Alex Salmond quotes Dr Seuss to Commons in bid against holding EU referendum ...
by Torcuil Crichton
10 Feb 2016 at 6:52am
SALMOND attempted to sway Tory Minister Ben Wallace against the June vote with his bizarre choice of quote, drawing amusement from fellow MPs.

MSPs urged to vote with their consciences over an opt-out system for organ do...
by Record Reporter
9 Feb 2016 at 5:05pm
LABOUR'S Anne McTaggart introduced the Bill and told MSPs today that people want the system introduced now, not at some point in the future.

Justice committee fails to back criminal trials Bill that would abolish Scotl...
by Record Reporter
9 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
THE committee heard evidence that there is no legal difference between a not guilty and not proven verdict but a majority failed to back the Bill.

SNP councillor suspended as party probe allegations she wanted to 'get the pa...
by David Clegg
9 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
HOLYROOD candidate Julie McAnulty is alleged to have made the comment to fellow SNP member Sheena McCulloch while campaigning last July.

Storm Osborne set to wreak havoc as new wave of Tory cuts are forecast to bat...
by Torcuil Crichton
9 Feb 2016 at 6:00am
THE Chancellor has a £7billion hole in his budget due to weakening economy and in order to balance books he will force through more spending cuts.

Inside the Tory Black and White Ball: Booze, tycoons and bizarre auctions at ...
by Mikey Smith
9 Feb 2016 at 2:00am
Here's everything David Cameron doesn't want you to know about the Conservatives' top-secret fundraiser

Constituents will not pay MP Alistair Carmichael's legal fees in Nicola Sturg...
by Record Reporter
8 Feb 2016 at 1:38pm

 FOUR constituents brought the rare Election Court action under Section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 - but judges ruled in December that Carmichael did not break electoral ...

Derek Bateman

Things Can Only Get?
by derekbateman1
7 Feb 2016 at 7:32pm
We may be witnessing one of the great myth-creation moments of modern politics as Labour hammers home its tax rise message. Actually, slogans aren?t always fanciful ? they can be pretty truthful too. I suppose Things Can Only Get Better falls into this category because it was destined to be proved correct in the face …

The Russian Doll*
by derekbateman1
2 Feb 2016 at 5:28pm
Unravelling the layers in search of the nugget of Labour?s income tax policy is like the Russian doll. It seems to be impenetrable and then the result is disappointingly insignificant. Starting on the first layer, I suggest Labour has the biggest and most enduring obstacle of all. It?s called credibility. The question for Kezia isn?t: …

Clocking Off
by derekbateman1
2 Feb 2016 at 2:24pm
Workers? rights, eh? Sounds historic, like boilersuits and clocking-on, mass meetings and sit-ins. When researchers investigated Labour?s election failure they found people associated them with that same past. Even the TUC sounds like a committee of boilermakers and wheel-tappers, all white bread sandwiches and bottled beer. The latest round of anti-union legislation will curtail further …

Author! Author!
by derekbateman1
1 Feb 2016 at 7:46pm
My fondest story about JK Rowling was when I asked the barman in my local some years ago what else he was doing to earn a living. He was a huge muscleman who couldn?t care tuppence ? about anything or anyone. He said he was labouring ? building a wall at a house in Edinburgh …

From Our Own Correspondent
by derekbateman1
31 Jan 2016 at 10:58am
Good afternoon. You join me here in the blasted wastes of the remote Northern territory of Unthink, a place so doggedly one-dimensional that it is being studied by research teams and think tanks from twenty countries. The people of Unthink have lost the power of individual thought and can only act collectively, following each other …

Bella Caledonia

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The DWP?s plan to place staff in foodbanks is class warfare
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Feb 2016 at 2:55pm
I once attended a talk by a DWP employee on Universal Credit. There was a power point presentation that looked like it had been made by someone who had never seen one before. The term ?benefits assessment unit? was used where ?family? would have been more appropriate. But best of all there was this gem: …

Why you need to care about the Arctic, and care now!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Feb 2016 at 1:37pm
On the evening of the 24th of January 2016 Johanne Jerijærvi of Kirkenes, Norway presented the remarkable 2015 she had had. At the age of only 13 she, and 3 other children from Norway, had skied to the North Pole for Norwegian news channel NRK. The purpose of the expedition was to highlight to other …

Ireland and Iceland ? when cosiness kills
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Feb 2016 at 10:29am
The fate of the Irish and the Icelandic banks are intertwined in time: as the Irish government decided on a blanket guarantee for the Irish banks, the Icelandic government was trying, in vain, to save the Icelandic banks. In spite of the guarantee six Irish banks failed in the coming months; the government bailed them …

Hating the Gaelic
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Feb 2016 at 9:39am
Following a brief period of relative quiet the haters of Scottish Gaelic are back in full-swing, attacking new education legislation in Scotland which includes provisions to allow Gaelic-speaking parents to request Gaelic-medium schooling for their Gaelic-speaking children. The horror! From the Deadline News Agency, a press organisation with a certain reputation when it comes to …

On Makars Movers and Bankers
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Feb 2016 at 6:25pm
Bella Postcards: a new series of micro blogs, a random ?best of the web? in under 250 words. Greg Palast, ex of Lobster, and renowned for Hanging Chads fame, asks ‘Who Hatched Rubio?’ “The smart money has been on Rubio since October 31–despite the fact that Rubio was polling at just 9%. Paul Krishnamurty, politics odds …

Big Changes to Falkirk Women?s Aid
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Feb 2016 at 5:26pm
Should Women’s Aid projects focus solely on women? Today Michael Matheson Cabinet Secretary for Justice was at the launch of a brand new organisation, Committed to Ending Abuse (CEA), formerly Falkirk and District Women?s Aid. The new project aims to broaden the scope of work in this field and may prove controversial within the Women’s …

Pictures of a Mass Exodus
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Feb 2016 at 1:13pm
Photographer Harry Chun traveled to Istanbul, where he joined a group of Syrian and Iraqi refugees on their quest to reach Germany, by raft. The images he captured are a rare glimpse into the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. It’s a motivation for us to do much more in the UK. We should …

The Ellie Effect: What I learned from meeting the world?s most trolled artist
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Feb 2016 at 12:06pm
On Wednesday night I took part in a panel discussion at the Glad Café in Glasgow about the controversial project The Glasgow Effect undertaken by artist and provocateur, Ellie Harrison. It was a polite and, at times, frank affair and reminded me of the importance of face to face discussion when attempting to establish the …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Nicola Sturgeon tells Cameron to stop Treasury sabotaging Scottish deal
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
9 Feb 2016 at 9:55pm
First minister says Scotland would lose about £2.7bn over the next decade in plans being promoted by UK governmentNicola Sturgeon has urged David Cameron to overrule the Treasury after talks to agree a new financial deal for Scotland became deadlocked. In a letter to the prime minister, Scotland?...

Alistair Carmichael faces £150,000 bill after attempt to oust him
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Feb 2016 at 2:15pm
Court rejects former Scotland secretary?s bid to have legal costs awarded against constituents who challenged election winAlistair Carmichael, the former Scotland secretary, is facing a legal bill of about £150,000 after narrowly surviving a bid to have him ousted as MP for Orkney and Shetland.Tw...

Scottish Greens target record number of MSPs in Scottish elections
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Feb 2016 at 2:11pm
Party says it can overtake previous best of seven MSPs by claiming second votes of radical SNP supportersScottish Green party leaders expect to quadruple their number of MSPs in May?s Holyrood elections in a campaign designed to appeal to Scottish National party voters and activists.The Greens ho...

Treasury officials arrive in Scotland to finalise funding deal
by Severin Carrell
4 Feb 2016 at 6:28pm
Talks to focus on how Holyrood will be funded by UK tax payers after it gains£18bn worth of new tax and welfare powers, and VAT income, in 2017Senior Treasury officials have arrived in Edinburgh in an effort to thrash out a final deal on restructuring funding for Scotland before crunch talks betw...

Tories and SNP 'miles apart' over future of UK grant for Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Feb 2016 at 7:05pm
UK Treasury minister says he backs funding formula already firmly rejected by Scottish government as deadline loomsA rift has emerged between Conservative and Scottish National party ministers in their secretive talks over the future of the Treasury grant that funds the Scottish parliament.As the...

The Guardian view on Labour?s Scottish tax pledge: a big, bold move | Editorial
by Editorial
2 Feb 2016 at 7:30pm
Kezia Dugdale is right to challenge the SNP?s claim to be Scotland?s party of the left. But what?s good for politics may not turn out to be good for LabourRepeatedly wounded in recent elections, the Scottish Labour party is a shadow of its former self. Labour has a sole Scottish MP. It stands on ...

Labour pushes 1p tax rise in Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Feb 2016 at 12:01am
Party leader Kezia Dugdale wants to raise income tax while introducing system of rebates for low earnersThe Scottish government is coming under greater pressure to use Scotland?s new income tax powers after Labour proposed a 1p increase and combined with a system to give a rebate for low earners....

The Guardian view on social care and the NHS: can?t pay, won?t pay | Editorial
by Editorial
31 Jan 2016 at 7:27pm
Politicians in Whitehall and the town hall are heading for conflict over the costs of looking after the elderlyFor the NHS, 2016 is regarded as a ?year of opportunity?. That is because it is the start of the five-year electoral cycle, a time for the kind of difficult choices that will only be san...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Asking a flea how to cure the bubonic plague
by weegingerdug
9 Feb 2016 at 9:17pm
Earlier this week Ruthie Davidson got down off her tank long enough to stand up on a podium and give a talk to the Rowntree Foundation on how to combat poverty. The invite to the Tory leaderene followed the successful speech about blood donation given to the same foundation recently by Dracula. To be fair, …

The slinkie of Scottish politics
by weegingerdug
8 Feb 2016 at 8:03pm
Poor Alistair Carmichael, it wasn’t enough for him that he got away on a technicality with lying through his teeth to the voters during last years General Election, he wanted vengeance on the little people who had the temerity to challenge his right to lie his way into office. On Monday the judges ruled against …

Labour?s abortion of devolution
by weegingerdug
6 Feb 2016 at 8:32pm
The Labour party, that would be the same party that promised Scotland home rule and the nearest thing to federalism possible this side of the black hole at the centre of the galaxy, has decided that it doesn’t want Scotland to have much in the way of home rule at all. Their commitment to devolution …

The upside down world of the people?s party
by weegingerdug
5 Feb 2016 at 4:16pm
The world has turned upside down. The sun rises in the west. Unionist hate trolls really are just bantering satirically. And the Tories are ahead of Labour in a Scottish opinion poll. The last time that happened rationing was still in force, the Scotsman was still a respected newspaper, and people thought that the BBC …

The cancer of the British body politic
by weegingerdug
4 Feb 2016 at 2:21pm
The Daily Mail wants to know “who will speak for England”. Its front page editorial was a ranting demand that the Brexit campaign gets its act together and ensures that the United Kingdom is taken out of the European Union and into a mid-Atlantic neo-conservative dystopia even more nightmarish than the one we’re currently trapped …

The Better Together Tax
by weegingerdug
2 Feb 2016 at 11:10pm
Kezia’s got a brand new plan. On the day that Jackie Baillie publishes an article for a Labour blog saying that we need more honesty in Scottish politics, you might think that we’d had our quota of irony for the week, but then Kezia goes and meets her irony and raises her some parody with …

Death by banter
by weegingerdug
1 Feb 2016 at 8:47pm
I go away for a couple of days and all hell breaks loose on Scottish social media. On Thursday evening, a well known author and pal of yoon journos got into a Twitter spat with a Scottish MP. The occasion of the harrumphment was that the female MP took offence at what appeared to be …

Stick it where the EVEL doesn?t shine
by weegingerdug
28 Jan 2016 at 7:53pm
Time is running out for an agreement between the Scottish Government and the UK Treasury on a financial settlement for Scotland. Now Labour has accused the SNP of creating an artificial deadline, because Labour are taking the side of the UK Treasury in this process. The discussions relate to the much hyped new tax responsibilities …

The National

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Call for NHS infected blood victims to get cash urgently
10 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
SCOTTISH victims of the NHS infected blood scandal told MSPs that improvements to financial support must be made as a matter of urgency.

Scots to get knobbly veg from Asda
10 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
SUPERMARKET giant Asda is to bring its ?wonky veg? scheme to Scotland after appeals by shoppers.

Vale of Leven Polaroid Eyewear plant to go with the loss of 100 jobs
10 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
MORE than 100 jobs are to go in West Dunbartonshire with the closure of Polaroid Eyewear.

Scotland squeezed: But Sturgeon pledges to stop Scotland £3 billion short-change
10 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
NICOLA Sturgeon yesterday vowed to prevent the Treasury from ?short-changing? Scotland by £3 billion as talks over the country?s future funding ground to a halt.

Bid for unique EU protected status for North Ronaldsay wool and mutton
10 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
MUTTON and wool from sheep on a Scottish island could join the likes of Stornoway Black Pudding and Arbroath Smokies if an application to grant them protected status is successful.

Call of the pipes crosses the Atlantic with gift to help children
10 Feb 2016 at 12:30am
A UNIQUE Scottish charity campaign aimed at giving budding young bagpipe players a better chance of achieving their ambition has received its farthest-flung donation to date ? from 4,000 miles away in the mid-western US state of Kansas.

Congratulations flood in for Andy Murray and Kim Sear's newborn baby
10 Feb 2016 at 12:28am
ANDY Murray?s newborn baby daughter is said to be ?doing well? after he and wife Kim Sears became parents for the first time.

Sun-glare linked to four crashes on same road
10 Feb 2016 at 12:28am
IN just two days, 18 cars have crashed in four separate accidents on the A9 near Allangrange.

Calton Jock

Scottish and Uk Politics

Unconscious Bias ? How the BBC Use the Dark Arts to Bludgeon Scots with misin...
by caltonjock
9 Feb 2016 at 8:50pm
Referendum: Scots protest outside BBC Scotland Headquarters     Unconscious Bias – How the BBC Use the Dark Arts to Bludgeon Scots with misinformation BBC Scotland: Politics – BBC text editorial staff are masters of the dark art of using subliminal messages that influence and oft adversely affect the readers mind without their being aware …

Dr Adam (Mohammed) Osborne -Sex Drugs and Rock-n-Roll
by caltonjock
9 Feb 2016 at 12:10pm
  Adam Osborne’s Muslim Wedding       December 6 2009; George Osborne’s Brother Becomes A Muslim To Marry The younger brother of Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has converted to Islam to allow him to marry a beautiful Bangladeshi-born plastic surgeon he met at university. Adam Osborne, 33, who was temporarily banned from working as …

Scotland ? Catalonia ? Corsica ? Northern Ireland ? Flanders ? Wallonia ? Are...
by caltonjock
6 Feb 2016 at 7:56pm
        The Scottish Referendum – Where Do We Go From Here? There is no going back. Scots up to age 60 voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence. It was only the “old guard” that held sway and tipped the balance in favour of remaining with the Union. Europe is the next frontier …

Scottish Independence ? the Referendum ? Germany Say?s Foul
by caltonjock
5 Feb 2016 at 11:40am
    Remember This Statement It Is Relevant to Scotland’s Future As An ndependent Nation 73% of voters aged 65y+ voted against secession whilst 71% of 16-17 year-old’s supported independence.         Strategic Planning and Successful Delivery Of An Attack on the Scottish Independence Referendum “Yes” Campaign The 2014 Scottish referendum showed that …

An Independent Scotland Will Retain Membership of the EC ? President Barosso ...
by caltonjock
4 Feb 2016 at 1:18pm
  EC President Barroso     European Community (EC) President Barroso States – An Independent Scotland Is Not Guaranteed Membership José Manuel Barroso as President of the European Union, not long after the start of the Scottish Referendum campaign, was invited to write to the unelected UK House of Lords extending a political opinion on …

Scotland and Independence ? A View From the European Community ? Austria
by caltonjock
3 Feb 2016 at 5:11pm
      A View From Austria – Four Lessons To Be Learned from the Scottish Referendum 20 September 2014: Government authorities in the UK declared that the ?Yes? campaign for secession had failed by a margin of approximately 55 percent to 45 percent. Yet, even without a majority vote for secession, the campaign for …

Retailers Learn Your Lesson ? Scots Do Not Take Kindly to Blackmailers
by caltonjock
2 Feb 2016 at 11:04pm
    The Scottish Referendum The heavily criticised “fear” campaign was delivered by, (supposedly politically neutral) Civil Servants under the leadership of Sir Jeremy Heywood, his mate McPherson in the Treasury and other senior officers, through the offices of David Cameron. Cameron widened his assault when, less than 2 weeks before the referendum he recruited …

Scottish Devolution Road Map ? A French Perspective
by caltonjock
1 Feb 2016 at 4:24pm
      300 Years of Abuse The act of Union 1707. Ah!! Scottish Utopia!!! But you see we were short changed. The traffic is and always has been, all one way. South to London & the South East of England Westminster politicians gather all the finance from Scotland. then, if minded to do so …

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Carmichael: The Saga Ends
by Lallands Peat Worrier
9 Feb 2016 at 4:55pm
And that, as they say, is that. Barring any unexpected developments, yesterday decision by Lady Paton and Lord Matthews on liabilities for legal expenses brings the Alistair Carmichael election petition saga to its conclusion. In the National this morning, I have a wee reflection on the whole enterprise, and its various twists and turns. An exce...

"On HM Advocate v Charles Green, Craig Whyte et al..."
by Lallands Peat Worrier
5 Feb 2016 at 5:44pm
I'm not a football man. I have no team. I have never been to a football match. I have no intention of extending the frontiers of my experience in this regard. But I am interested in law, and in free speech, online media, and fair trials. In the life of this blog, legal issues and football have seemed increasingly to converge. From the Offensive ...

Schrödinger's womb
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 4:35pm
I've been traipsing after Michael Gove in his various - sometimes curious - parliamentary appearances on the proposed abolition of the Human Rights Act. The Tories are in a bit of bother. Mopping up after the majestically incompetent predecessor Chris Grayling, the new Lord Chancellor has the thankless task of marshalling the Conservatives' jury...

Questions, questions
by Lallands Peat Worrier
2 Feb 2016 at 2:59pm
It is a finnicky detail, but an important one. Today, Kezia Dugdale has announced that Scottish Labour wants to increase income tax by 1 pence in the pound across all tax bands. Under the scheme, anyone earning over £10,600 or so will find themselves making a greater contribution to the Scottish exchequer. Wealthier folk considerably more. From ...

Harry Clarke: "insufficient evidence in law to prove a crime committed"
by Lallands Peat Worrier
27 Jan 2016 at 5:15pm
I've written a greal deal about the legal fallout from the tragic crash in Glasgow on the 22nd of December 2014, which claimed six lives. Regular readers may feel I've exhausted my arguments. I probably have.But I wanted to add a brief word or two here about today's tidings: that the Lord Advocate has declined to extend his concurrence to the tw...

Scottish Times
by Lallands Peat Worrier
22 Jan 2016 at 7:47pm
In the interests of shabby self-promotion -- as some of you may have noticed from recent punts on social media, the Scottish edition of the Times has been carrying a few bits and pieces from me of late, most recently a fairly critical, godless look at the emergence of the new anti-abortion group, Don't Stop a Human Heart, and the ailing and somt...

Harry Clarke: in the dock?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
21 Jan 2016 at 3:36pm
News this morning that the families of Erin McQuade, and her grandparents Jack and Lorraine Sweeney, have submitted a bill of criminal letters to the Crown Office. The long-promised private prosecution of Harry Clarke has begun. Various outlets have the story, though the precise charge sheet remains a little hazy. The Times "understands that Mr ...

Justice, divided?
by Lallands Peat Worrier
19 Jan 2016 at 3:17pm
A niche interest, perhaps, but let's talk about Holyrood's Justice Committee. Christine Grahame's committee often pops up on the pages of this blog, sometimes favourably, and sometimes taking a bit of a shellacking.  Today, Holyrood's sexy Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee reported, making recommendations about how the Scot...

Gerry Hassan

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

Labour?s Taxing Problems: The Party is fighting for its very existence
by Gerry
8 Feb 2016 at 8:28am
Labour?s Taxing Problems: The Party is fighting for its very existence Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, February 7th 2016 This week Scottish Labour made a move on tax. Is it a daring or desperate move? It broke with the party?s position since the Scottish Parliament was set up in 1999 not to propose any tax increases. ...

The Herald and Rangers FC: Noise annoys and listening for the Sounds of Silence
by Gerry
4 Feb 2016 at 10:15am
The Herald and Rangers FC: Noise annoys and listening for the Sounds of Silence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 3rd 2016 A series of illuminating conflicts in the last week – the Graham Spiers sacking from ?The Herald? and the J.K. Rowling/Natalie McGarry argument on twitter – show something revealing about modern Scotland. Spiers sacking ...

The Great British Economic Miracle is an Illusion
by Gerry
1 Feb 2016 at 7:00am
The Great British Economic Miracle is an Illusion Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 31st 2016 Something is wrong with the British economy. George Osborne seems to be experiencing his own ?Boom and Bust?. Just before Christmas he was singing the joys of the British economy on the mend.  Yet a few weeks later he changed ...

Is Culture really what makes Britain GREAT? And does Dominic Sandbrook unders...
by Gerry
28 Jan 2016 at 9:16am
Is Culture really what makes Britain GREAT? And does Dominic Sandbrook understand it? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 27th 2016 Everything is culture these days. It is what supposedly brings about real, lasting change, shifts attitudes, is everywhere and yet often intangible, and has spawned a plethora of ?cultural studies? from academics and writers eager ...

The Europe Debate will tell us much about the state of Britain
by Gerry
24 Jan 2016 at 11:00am
The Europe Debate will tell us much about the state of Britain Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 24th 2016 2016 will be a turbulent year for Britain and the world. One issue will dominate the UK political classes beyond economic and financial worries or anxieties about immigration and security, and that is Europe. Europe will ...

The Last Days of the Old BBC Scotland
by Gerry
21 Jan 2016 at 8:25am
The Last Days of the Old BBC Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 20th 2016 These are turbulent times for the BBC. The patrician age of benign liberal paternalism and enlightened elites knowing what is best for us, unquestioned and unchallenged, have long since passed. We have now swung to the other end of the ...

Putting the Scotland into BBC Scotland
by Gerry
18 Jan 2016 at 6:45am
Putting the Scotland into BBC Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, January 17th 2016 It has been a tough few years for the BBC ? with challenges from every direction, and potshots and criticism from every quarter. This week Tony Hall, BBC?s head, gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament alongside BBC Scotland boss Ken MacQuarrie. Hall ...

Whatever happened to the Scottish Tut?
by Gerry
14 Jan 2016 at 4:46pm
Whatever happened to the Scottish Tut? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 13th 2016 Once upon a time there was a thing called the Scottish Tut. It defined many of our exchanges, stalked our land and policed the boundaries of permissible behaviour. It gave and took away acceptance; and once it was seemingly everywhere and now ...

Scotland and Independence

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Could the Conservatives take Labour's place as Scotland's second party? - Spe...
8 Feb 2016 at 4:30pm (blog)
Could the Conservatives take Labour's place as Scotland's second party? (blog)
The SNP are hemmed in by the fact their politics is only partly about governing Scotland. Ask yourself this: would the SNP take a decision they believed would be in the national interest if doing so also significantly diminished enthusiasm for ...
Gary Elliot: Why the SNP is right t...

Tony Blair: 'Brexit will lead to Scottish independence' - BBC News
26 Jan 2016 at 2:15pm

BBC News
Tony Blair: 'Brexit will lead to Scottish independence'
BBC News
Tony Blair has said he thinks Scotland will leave the Union if the UK votes to break away from the European Union. The ex-PM said he hoped voters in the forthcoming referendum would choose to stay a part of the 28-member bloc. And speaking to French ...
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EU exit would lead to Scottish independence says poll - Scotsman
17 Jan 2016 at 11:15am

EU exit would lead to Scottish independence says poll
She would have the backing of 54% for another referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU, the poll of of 1,053 voters in Scotland and 1,034 adults in England and Wales suggests. And the Yes to independence campaign would win the day by 52% - up seven ...

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Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence...
27 Jan 2016 at 11:59am

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Ex-nationalist leader says might back 'Brexit' to boost Scottish independence hopes
Reuters UK
Scots rejected independence by 55-45 percent in a vote in 2014 but since then the SNP has gained further strength, taking 56 of the 59 seats representing Scotland in the national parliament in London in last May's election. However, the SNP's support ...

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Oil Economists Who Backed Scottish Independence Admit Yes Case ?Heavily Dente...
14 Jan 2016 at 1:59pm

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Oil Economists Who Backed Scottish Independence Admit Yes Case ?Heavily Dented?
BuzzFeed News
Ahead of 2014's referendum, the Scottish government based its case for independence on the price of a barrel of oil remaining at around $113. Since then, the price has plummeted: At one point on Thursday it fell below $30 a barrel for the first time in ...

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Tony Blair: Brexit will lead to Scottish independence -
26 Jan 2016 at 4:38pm
Tony Blair: Brexit will lead to Scottish independence
Scotland will leave the United Kingdom if the U.K. votes to break away from the EU, Tony Blair warned Tuesday. The former British prime minister told France's Europe 1 radio he was ?very worried? about the In/Out referendum on EU membership that David ...

Tories accused of keeping Scottish politics bogged down by independence in el...
19 Jan 2016 at 6:00am

Scottish Daily Record
Tories accused of keeping Scottish politics bogged down by independence in election debate
Scottish Daily Record
THE Tories were last night accused of trying to keep Scottish politics bogged down by the independence fight after the first debate of the Holyrood election campaign. The face-to-face battle between the party leaders vying to take control of the ...

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Mhairi Black reveals her biggest arguments have been about Scottish independe...
31 Jan 2016 at 9:35pm

Scottish Daily Record
Mhairi Black reveals her biggest arguments have been about Scottish independence?and Bono
Scottish Daily Record
Mhairi Black has revealed her biggest arguments have been about Scottish independence?and Bono. While critics accuse the crusading U2 frontman of hypocrisy and hubris, Westminster's youngest MP ? and long-time U2 fan ? counters by simply pointing ...


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Scottish government to pursue own organ transplantation bill after quashing L...
10 Feb 2016 at 2:47pm

Scottish government to pursue own organ transplantation bill after quashing Labour's
SNP MINISTERS will now consider bringing forward their own bill on 'opt-out' organ donation, having scrapped a Labour member's bill at its first hearing. In the first stage of the Transplation Bill yesterday 9 February, MSPs narrowly voted to to back ...

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James McEnaney: How do those who voted down the Organ Donation Bill sleep at ...
10 Feb 2016 at 2:47pm

James McEnaney: How do those who voted down the Organ Donation Bill sleep at night?
Having seemingly attempted to blame Labour's tactics for the failure of Anne McTaggart's Transplantation Bill, the SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston has in fact delivered an extraordinary indictment of the conduct and character of some of his colleagues.

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David Mundell urges Nicola Sturgeon to campaign with him against EU exit - Th...
10 Feb 2016 at 2:32pm

The Courier
David Mundell urges Nicola Sturgeon to campaign with him against EU exit
The Courier
But the Conservative Cabinet minister said his offer to share a platform with senior SNP politicians would emerge if the package of reforms go ahead - and if he backs keeping Scotland and the UK within the EU. Angus Robertson, the SNP's Westminster ...

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Management and budgets at Argyll & Bute Council: The Reform Group - For Argyll
10 Feb 2016 at 2:24pm

Management and budgets at Argyll & Bute Council: The Reform Group
For Argyll
Councillor Breslin was suspended from SNP membership during the infamous period of 2012-13 when the SNP-led coalition administration at Argyll & Bute Council was destroyed by its own party hierarchy through three successive leaderships. Each of these ...

David Mundell urges Nicola Sturgeon to campaign with him against Brexit - Her...
10 Feb 2016 at 2:22pm

Herald Scotland
David Mundell urges Nicola Sturgeon to campaign with him against Brexit
Herald Scotland
Scottish Secretary David Mundell has called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to campaign with him to keep Britain in the EU. But the Conservative Cabinet minister said his offer to share a platform with senior SNP politicians would emerge if the ...

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David Cameron tells PMQs that funding for Scotland must be 'fair and reasonab...
10 Feb 2016 at 2:18pm

The Courier
David Cameron tells PMQs that funding for Scotland must be 'fair and reasonable'
The Courier
The Prime Minister has said new funding arrangements for Scotland must be completed in a "fair and reasonable way", after the SNP asked why the UK Treasury was proposing plans that may cost Scotland £3 billion. David Cameron told MPs during Prime ...

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Twitter row erupts between MSPs in wake of organ donation vote - The Courier
10 Feb 2016 at 2:03pm

The Courier
Twitter row erupts between MSPs in wake of organ donation vote
The Courier
John Mason, the SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, blamed Labour's Jackie Baillie for an overly political speech during the debate, which he said helped prompt ?waverers? from the SNP into voting it down. He tweeted: ?Disappointed that Organ Donation ...

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SIC sets budget after 'galling' 5% funding cut - Shetland News
10 Feb 2016 at 1:55pm

SIC sets budget after 'galling' 5% funding cut
Shetland News
The ?galling? loss of more than five per cent of its funding prompted strong criticism of the SNP government from council leader Gary Robinson and several of his fellow councillors. Having set a draft budget in the autumn, the council's number ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Scotland Stronger in Europe pledges to make positive case in EU referendum - ...
10 Feb 2016 at 11:12am
Scotland Stronger in Europe pledges to make positive case in EU referendum
The Scottish wing of the campaign to keep the UK in the European Union launched today, promising to make the positive case for Europe in the upcoming referendum. The Scotland Stronger in Europe campaign board is made up of five women and five men ...
Pro-EU campaign boss say June referendum okayScot...

Why the EU referendum should be in the autumn - Herald Scotland
9 Feb 2016 at 8:48am

BBC News
Why the EU referendum should be in the autumn
Herald Scotland
I AGREE with Ronnie Cowan that September would be a better date for the EU referendum, and it would be well within David Cameron's timescale (?To engage the electorate, the EU referendum must be in September?, Agenda, The Herald, February 8). ... long ...
MPs fear Euro 2016 could overshadow UK's EU referendumTen Eyewitness News

David Cameron urged to delay EU referendum by first ministers - BBC News
3 Feb 2016 at 11:53am

BBC News
David Cameron urged to delay EU referendum by first ministers
BBC News
The first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have urged David Cameron not to hold an EU referendum in June, saying it will "distract" from devolved elections taking place in May. Nicola Sturgeon, Carwyn Jones and Arlene Foster have ...
EU referendum: David Cameron dismisses ruling June out for voteThe Ind...

Biafra ? Nigeria should emulate the Scottish referendum - News24 Nigeria
8 Feb 2016 at 12:41pm

News24 Nigeria
Biafra ? Nigeria should emulate the Scottish referendum
News24 Nigeria
The British-Scotland democratic referendum has provided a formidable template and an ample example for everyone to emulate. Rather than engage in needless wars and crisis than will end in the massacre and killing of several innocent citizens like we ...

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Lessons From Scotland - The Long and the Short of the EU Referendum - Huffing...
31 Jan 2016 at 8:59pm

Huffington Post UK
Lessons From Scotland - The Long and the Short of the EU Referendum
Huffington Post UK
The received wisdom du jour in Scotland is that, regardless of the position one may have taken, our 2014 referendum on independence was a "good thing". As someone who participated on panels and in debates across Scotland during that interesting time I ...

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Bring on EU referendum, Eurosceptic ex-minister tells David Cameron - Herald ...
9 Feb 2016 at 3:13pm

Herald Scotland
Bring on EU referendum, Eurosceptic ex-minister tells David Cameron
Herald Scotland
A Conservative former minister has insisted Eurosceptics are confident they can win the EU referendum, telling David Cameron: "Bring it on." Sir Edward Leigh insisted those seeking a British exit from the EU know their arguments and believe the Prime ...

Kristalina Georgieva: UK referendum puts Scotland in bind -
31 Jan 2016 at 4:42pm
Kristalina Georgieva: UK referendum puts Scotland in bind
Scotland should not be made to face a choice between membership of the U.K. and the EU, European Commission vice president Kristalina Georgieva said Sunday. Georgieva said ?every effort? was being made ?for the Scottish people not to have to face a ...

EU Referendum: Poll shows that Scots are still strongly in favour of staying....
4 Feb 2016 at 2:47pm

Scottish Daily Record
EU Referendum: Poll shows that Scots are still strongly in favour of staying.. but the gap is narrowing
Scottish Daily Record
Tom Costley, head of TNS Scotland, said: "With the referendum on membership of the EU looking increasingly likely to take place in 2016, people may be starting to focus on Britain's membership of the European Union despite concerns expressed by the ......

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Scottish journalists
9 Feb 2016 at 5:25am
I'm getting a wee bit sick and tired of their faux-affrontery, double standards, wagon circling, demonisation of nats and all round shoddy journalism.   I don't think anyone would argue that there is an imbalance in the Scottish MSM at present.  Spannergate has simply crystallised what has been g...

Tory Election Fraud
8 Feb 2016 at 7:31pm

Quite extraordinary report of Channel 4 News about systemic fraud in three English by-elections where it is claimed the spent tens of thousands over the legal limit and didn't declare it.

Seems however there...

If UK voted to leave the EU...
5 Feb 2016 at 10:25pm
If the UK as a whole voted to leave the EU but the majority of those in Scotland voted to remain, what % chance do you think there would be in a soon to follow Scottish independence referendum a 'yes' vote

Voting Habits
5 Feb 2016 at 11:22am
We have all met people who vote a certain way because that was the way their family voted.
Areas where a monkey in a red/blue/gold/yellow rosette would be elected despite their ability.
I'd like to think that with the advent of the internet and demise of MSM that people, especially the younger ge...

Euro Referendum
2 Feb 2016 at 5:01pm
I know this has been covered on other threads but given its importance and likely imminence I thought I'd start this.

Early reports and all that, but it looks like this falls well short of what Cameron himself promised. He will have on...

2015 General Election Coverage
29 Jan 2016 at 7:44pm
Is there anywhere that has the full coverage of this available?

YouTube has the BBC and ITV's UK-wide coverage, but that's it.

Sky's, plus both STV and BBC Scotland's coverage is nowhere to be seen, however, which seems strange.

JK Rowling meltdown
29 Jan 2016 at 8:35am
Have been following the spat on Twitter. IMHO Rowling despite her wealth and army of lawyers does not come out of this well. This Spanner guy she obviously fawns over is one nasty piece of work.   I think yon SNP MP should stick by her guns. A court case like this would hurt her more than McGarry...

Malaysian Prime Minister
26 Jan 2016 at 6:29pm
Tremendous news for Najib Razak the Prime Minister of Malaysia, after the country's attorney general cleared him of corruption following the discovering of a piffling $681,000,000 in his personal bank account. The money was paid to Mr Razak by the Saudi royal family.    “There was no reason given...

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I've Had 3 Vodka And Cokes...
9 Feb 2016 at 7:17pm
...And I'm mad wi it

Kendrick Lamar -To Pimp A Butterfly
9 Feb 2016 at 6:17pm
some fuckin album

Andy Murray
9 Feb 2016 at 11:08am
Congratulations to the Murrays on the birth of their daughter.   Father and daughter both well.

New X Files Series ?
9 Feb 2016 at 10:53am
Anyone watch it last night ?   Watched it for old times sake (enjoyed the original back in the 90's) was pretty disappointed TBH, too much CGI for my liking & Scully's had a face lift 

Death By Meteorite
9 Feb 2016 at 12:10am
Now that is unlucky!

Roll And Crisps
8 Feb 2016 at 6:27am

Seen an article covering the fall of crisp sales in the UK which got me thinking how little I eat them nowadays and how often I did when I was younger.

I was particularly fond of a roll and crips, with cheese and onion being my favourite filling closely followed by roast beef!

Anyone else keen o...

Storm Imogen
7 Feb 2016 at 9:14pm
Storm Imogen to hit southern England expect rolling 24hr news on this

Reality! "i'd Pay Less Tax If I Could"
7 Feb 2016 at 9:12pm

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Scottish councils 'targets for foreign national intelligence services'
by Alan.Robertson
10 Feb 2016 at 12:00pm

Scotland Stronger in Europe pledges to make positive case in EU referendum
by Liam.Kirkaldy
10 Feb 2016 at 10:30am

Councils ?reluctantly? accept John Swinney?s funding package
by Tom.Freeman
10 Feb 2016 at 8:53am

Carbon Capture and Storage: UK Government approach in "direct contradiction" ...
by Liam.Kirkaldy
10 Feb 2016 at 1:01pm

SNP MSP Bill Kidd nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
by Alan.Robertson
9 Feb 2016 at 10:49am

Justice Committee refuses to back criminal jury reform bid amid claim not pro...
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