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MP Swinson under fire over 'vanishing' election costs
17 Aug 2017 at 12:07am
JO Swinson, the deputy UK leader of the Liberal Democrats, is facing ?serious questions? over her election expenses after thousands of pounds were left off her official declaration.

Fracking?s best opportunities killed off along with the dinosaurs, expert says
17 Aug 2017 at 12:10am
BRITAIN is 55 million years too late to have a fracking boom, one of the country?s leading geologists has warned.

Tough questions after fracking debate proves moot
17 Aug 2017 at 12:01am

UK post-Brexit plan for seamless border with Ireland will be "smugglers' char...
17 Aug 2017 at 12:01am
BRITAIN?s plan for a seamless, check-free border with Ireland following Brexit has been branded a ?smugglers? charter? as EU citizens will be able to enter the UK by simply crossing the Irish border.

SNP urges UK Government to come clean on analysis that supposedly suggests Sc...
17 Aug 2017 at 12:01am
THE SNP has called on the Brexit Department to publish its analysis on the impact of EU withdrawal after a former aide to David Davis claimed it suggested Scotland would be worst hit by the UK's departure from the Brussels bloc.

Champion quits Shadow Cabinet over "extremely poor choice of words" in newspa...
17 Aug 2017 at 12:01am
SARAH Champion has resigned from the Shadow Cabinet, apologising for her "extremely poor choice of words" in a newspaper article about child abuse.

Environment warning over Brexit Bill
17 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
THE Scottish and Welsh governments will today warn an attempted ?power grab? by Westminster could harm the environment in both countries.

Scottish Parliament cyber attack ongoing but defences not breached
16 Aug 2017 at 4:48pm
A cyber-attack on IT systems at the Scottish Parliament remains ongoing and could last several days, officials have said.

Sturgeon urges May to scrap Trump's state visit, saying it is currently "unth...
16 Aug 2017 at 5:23pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has called on Theresa May to scrap the planned state visit to Britain by Donald Trump, saying it was currently ?unthinkable? in light of his controversial response to the deadly violence in Virginia.

May hits out at Trump over his remarks following Charlottesville violence
16 Aug 2017 at 2:26pm
THERESA May has joined other leading politicians in criticising Donald Trump for not singling out white supremacists and neo-Nazis for criticism following deadly unrest in Virginia, insisting there was "no equivalence" between fascists and their opponents.

Fresh blow for Davidson as MEP selection delayed in "stitch-up" row
16 Aug 2017 at 12:05am
THE decision on who becomes Scotland?s next MEP has been delayed amid claims of a ?stitch up? by Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Conservative leadership.

Sarah Champion resigns from shadow cabinet role over newspaper column
16 Aug 2017 at 5:12pm
Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow women and equalities secretary and apologised for her ?extremely poor choice of words? in a newspaper article about child abuse.

Lib Dems dismiss claims Cable supporting creation of new political party
16 Aug 2017 at 6:12pm
The Liberal Democrats have dismissed claims Sir Vince Cable is supporting the creation of a new political party by an ex-aide to David Davis.

Dublin warns May Northern Ireland peace process should not become "bargaining...
16 Aug 2017 at 12:01am
THERESA May?s plan for the UK to have no solid border with the Irish Republic post Brexit still threatens to severely disrupt trade, critics claimed today, as Dublin insisted the Northern Ireland peace process should not become a ?bargaining chip? in the negotiations with Brussels.

Sir Vince Cable: 'More than possibility' Brexit will not happen
16 Aug 2017 at 9:22pm
Sir Vince Cable has said he still believes there is a "significant possibility" that Brexit will not happen.

 

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Terrorism tip-offs up 600% after UK attacks
16 Aug 2017 at 9:29pm
Counter-terror agencies have registered a dramatic surge in tip-offs after Britain was hit by an unprecedented wave of attacks, new figures reveal.

Labour demands abolition of exam appeal fees in Scotland
16 Aug 2017 at 8:56pm
Calls to scrap the charging system for exam appeals in Scotland have been stepped up amid fears that state pupils are losing out to their private school counterparts.

Scots firms ?named and shamed? for not paying minimum wage
16 Aug 2017 at 8:47pm
Nineteen Scottish firms have been “named and shamed” for failing to pay the minimum wage and ordered to pay more than £35,000 to workers who found themselves short-changed.

Cyber attack on Scottish Parliament ?could last many days?
16 Aug 2017 at 7:29pm
A cyber-attack on IT systems at the Scottish Parliament remains ongoing and could last several days, officials have said.

Sarah Champion quits Labour front bench over abuse article
16 Aug 2017 at 6:24pm
Labour MP Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow women and equalities secretary and apologised for her “extremely poor choice of words” in a newspaper article about child abuse.

BBC ?discrediting SNP? over Charlottesville ?nationalists?
16 Aug 2017 at 5:49pm
Supporters of Scottish independence have accused the BBC of seeking to discredit the SNP by calling far-right demonstrators who provoked the Charlottesville unrest “white nationalists.”

Brexit: UK ministers propose ?unmonitored? Irish border post
16 Aug 2017 at 5:31pm
The UK Government has set out its vision of a free-flowing and unmonitored Irish border post-Brexit, with the majority of local businesses avoiding customs tariffs.

Nicola Sturgeon: Trump visit ?unthinkable? after Charlottesville
16 Aug 2017 at 4:55pm
A state visit to Britain by Donald Trump should be “unthinkable” in light of his response to deadly violence in Virginia, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Greens call for bolder climate change approach in Scotland
16 Aug 2017 at 3:48pm
The Scottish Greens have called for a “bold” approach to tackling climate change by introducing a target date of 2040 for zero net carbon emissions north of the Border.

Brexit: Repeal Bill ?puts environment in Scotland at risk?
16 Aug 2017 at 2:55pm
The legislation to formally remove the UK from the European Union risks undermining environmental progress in the devolved nations, Scottish and Welsh ministers have warned.

Letter: Named Person Scheme belongs in the dustbin of history
16 Aug 2017 at 1:39pm
The proud Scottish Government will be the last to concede defeat in any plan they propose – even their most bizarre and ridiculous – so let us do it for them.

Rail fares to increase by 3.6 per cent from January
16 Aug 2017 at 1:22pm
Commuters face a 3.6 per cent hike in rail fares from January, but ScotRail passengers travelling outside rush hours will see a smaller rise.

Thousands welcome HMS Queen Elizabeth to Portsmouth home
16 Aug 2017 at 12:21pm
Tens of thousands of people have lined the walls of Portsmouth Harbour to welcome the UK’s £3 billion aircraft carrier which has berthed at its home port for the first time.

Andrew O'Hagan: Britain 'smashed' by Brexit and Scotland under threat
16 Aug 2017 at 12:12pm
The prospect of Brexit has ?smashed? Britain and left Scotland under threat from a ?belated Little England,? one of the nation?s leading writers has declared.

Number of Scots in work reaches record high
16 Aug 2017 at 11:33am
Scotland's economic recovery enjoyed a fresh boost today as employment reached a record high of 2.65 million, while the jobless total dropped to a near historic low.

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The trouble with Corbyn
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Aug 2017 at 9:27am
(By the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

The truth of the lobbies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Aug 2017 at 12:55pm
To be honest with you, readers, we’re still trying to make some sort of sense of the whole “vote Scottish Labour to get independence” thing. Because try as we might we can’t think of a single way in which having a Scottish Labour MP is better than having an SNP one in terms of either …

The grand sacrifice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Aug 2017 at 11:47am
The mainstream media is now, by our count, up to at least 13 sizeable articles on the Great Yes-Movement Schism Of 2017 – a minor online spat between a tiny handful of people who’ve never liked each other and most of whom the general public has never heard of – and shows no signs of …

More Bad News
by Chris Cairns
12 Aug 2017 at 6:55am

The magic money rigs
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Aug 2017 at 11:13am
A reader sent us an interesting snippet of information today. That seemed a startling fact, so we looked into it. And it’s true. “RTS” is the UK government’s – or more precisely HMRC’s – Regional Trade Statistics accounts, which seek to disaggregate the UK economy to see how much money is generated in which areas. When …

The Vanishings
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Aug 2017 at 8:16pm
The Scottish media this week has started to rather resemble Argentina under General Galtieri’s military junta – everywhere you look are the ghosts of the disappeared. We’ve already documented at length the sudden non-existence of the Herald’s madly inaccurate front-page lead story from Monday (along with the corresponding piece in the Evening Times). And today two more things joined the missing …

Forever bad
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Aug 2017 at 10:57am
Here’s Daniel Sanderson in the Times in January this year, complaining that too few university students come from poor backgrounds and therefore the SNP are bad: So he’d be chuffed if that situation improved, right? But here’s the same author in the same newspaper today, reporting the news that the proportion of university pupils from poorer families …

The King Of Irony World
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Aug 2017 at 8:59am
In case you don’t know, Alan Roden is the former Scottish Daily Mail politics editor who’s now Scottish Labour’s director of communications. We haven’t edited this pic in any way, those genuinely are two consecutive tweets he posted yesterday. So this is almost too beautiful. The Herald’s correction only corrects about half of what it actually …

A series of coincidences
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Aug 2017 at 7:02pm
Earlier today we reported on the mysterious failure of the Herald to notice that its front page lead story about supposedly poor ScotRail punctuality figures made a number of serious errors with regard to the facts, most notably confusing the excellent figures for last month with a 12-month rolling average which was significantly worse. But …

Newspaper misses accuracy targets
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Aug 2017 at 1:52pm
This is the front-page lead on today’s Herald. Let’s fact-check that, shall we? “Half of trains arriving at busiest stations are late” UNTRUE. ScotRail records two sorts of punctuality figures – trains arriving “on time”, meaning within 59 seconds of schedule, and trains meeting the “PPM” figure, standing for Public Performance Measure, which means within five …

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Scots and Welsh environment ministers meet over Brexit
17 Aug 2017 at 12:14am
Scottish and Welsh environment ministers are to meet in Cardiff to co-ordinate opposition to the UK government's Brexit legislation.


Staff shortages force Scots child units to close doors
17 Aug 2017 at 12:28am
Staff shortages repeatedly forced Scottish child and baby units to close to new patients, a new report finds.


Scotland's employment rate hits record high
16 Aug 2017 at 4:43pm
ONS figures also show unemployment fell by 12,000 over the three months to June to stand at 107,000.


Ongoing Holyrood cyber attack fails to breach security
16 Aug 2017 at 4:11pm
A "brute force" cyber attack is ongoing, but has failed to breach security systems at the Scottish Parliament.


Call for mobile phone ban in Scottish primary schools
16 Aug 2017 at 1:06am
Mobile phones should be banned in primary schools according to the Scottish Conservatives.


Drug deaths in Scotland rose by 23% in 2016
15 Aug 2017 at 12:36pm
The total number of fatal overdoses was recorded at 867 in 2016 - nearly a quarter higher than 2015.


Sturgeon: UK's Brexit customs union plan 'daft'
15 Aug 2017 at 12:46pm
Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit plans "increasingly make the UK government look like a bit of a laughing stock".


Baby box scheme rolled out across Scotland
15 Aug 2017 at 7:25am
The Scottish government hopes the initiative will help give every baby the best possible start in life.


Scots councillors owe more than £140,000 in local tax debts
15 Aug 2017 at 1:53pm
More than 30 councillors across Scotland have historic council tax debts adding up to more than £140,000.


Nicola Sturgeon: 'Alex Salmond is not sexist' after 'Benny Hill' joke
15 Aug 2017 at 12:21pm
Nicola Sturgeon says Alex Salmond is not sexist in response to a joke the former first minister made about female politicians.


Scottish ministers urged to lead fight against 'period poverty'
14 Aug 2017 at 10:47am
A Labour MSP says access to sanitary products should be a basic right for anyone who needs them.


Salmond's show: Good natured and pleasant but hardly unleashed
14 Aug 2017 at 6:37pm
BBC Scotland's arts correspondent Pauline McLean takes in former first minister Alex Salmond's sold-out fringe show.

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BMG subsample turns anxiety into despair for embattled Davidson
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2017 at 11:01pm
After a delay of a few days, the datasets for the new GB-wide BMG poll have finally appeared.  In spite of the Conservatives holding a narrow lead across Britain (unusual in polls since June 8th), ...

So what *is* a mid-spectrum blogger?
by James Kelly
16 Aug 2017 at 1:36am
The world hasn't seen a debate as fierce as this since the fateful day Donald Trump first uttered the word "covfefe".  Up and down the land, co-workers have been arguing, marriages have become stra...

Will "The Democrats" respect the Scottish democratic process?
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2017 at 6:51pm
James Chapman, the former political editor of the Daily Mail, seems to think he's the British Emmanuel Macron.  That's questionable enough, but in fact he thinks he's more than a Macron, because ap...


Pop Goes Global
by James Kelly
14 Aug 2017 at 3:30pm
Spotted this on Waverley Bridge when I was on my way to a Fringe show on Thursday night. I was going to sue, but then I remembered that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ("Imitation" i...

Greer makes a sectarian attack - will the self-appointed Civility Police inte...
by James Kelly
8 Aug 2017 at 3:48pm
Above is the Green MSP Ross Greer, in a cosy chat with the notorious James McEnaney of RISE, using sectarian anti-Irish language to attack Jason Michael of Butterfly Rebellion (who is not Irish him...

Westminster bubble yet to catch up with the Scottish Tories' slippage
by James Kelly
6 Aug 2017 at 5:15pm
James Forsyth had a very silly article in the Sun yesterday portraying Ruth Davidson as the kingmaker in any potential Tory leadership contest.  No-one would deny that Davidson is currently enjoyin...

SNP by-election fundraiser
by James Kelly
5 Aug 2017 at 4:43pm
Just thought I'd give a quick plug to a particularly important SNP campaign fundraiser.  There's a local government by-election taking place in early September in the Cardonald ward - and it's one ...

Lament for the Colonel as Scottish Tories remain in third place in YouGov sub...
by James Kelly
4 Aug 2017 at 12:47pm
There's been such a drought of polling recently that I was beginning to think we weren't going to get anything more until the end of the English school holidays.  However, a Britain-wide YouGov pol...

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Scotland and a drone
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17 Aug 2017 at 3:53am
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UK fracking not viable, claims Edinburgh geologist - BBC News
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Sturgeon urges May to scrap Trump's state visit, saying it is currently "unth...
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THE GAELIC KING - Official Trailer
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Does Ben Nevis rain everyday or what?
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16 Aug 2017 at 6:38pm
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Scottish flag being burned by Derry republicans?
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Scotland's largest solar farm gets approval
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Scottish unemployment total down by 12,000 - BBC News
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Theresa May finally criticises Donald Trump's white supremacism meltdown - bu...
by Dan Bloom
16 Aug 2017 at 11:51am
The Prime Minister said all those in power must condemn far right views and there was no "equivalence" between fascists and anti-fascists


Alex Salmond's sleazy sex jokes are little more than 'oafish smut' says the R...
by Annie Brown
16 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
The former First Minister's Fringe show has sparked controversy over his quip about making female politicians "come".


9 truly unhinged moments from Donald Trump's bizarre, white supremacist march...
by Mikey Smith
15 Aug 2017 at 11:26pm
The President wasn't supposed to take questions. But he "went rogue".


'Make America hate again': Watch as Hillary Clinton's speech last year predic...
by Tony Clerkson
15 Aug 2017 at 1:24pm
Hillary Clinton , when standing for the Presidency, warned the world of Donald Trump and the extreme right wing voters he courted.


Donald Trump just retweeted a man who accused him of supporting fascism
by Dan Bloom
15 Aug 2017 at 12:31pm
"He's a fascist, so not unusual," a Twitter user said. And Trump retweeted it


Scottish Labour will make sure SNP keeps promise to our kids and insist educa...
by Kezia Dugdale
15 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon promised Scots she was going to put education top of her list and Kezia Dugdale is holding her to it.


More Brits moving to Europe early in bid to beat Brexit block on free movemen...
by Ben Glaze
15 Aug 2017 at 6:00am
Financial advisers say they have been busy as more people bring forward plans to emigrate.


Alex Salmond urged to apologise for 'degrading' joke about female politicians
by Torcuil Crichton
14 Aug 2017 at 9:16pm
The former SNP leader cracked the joke, which was also aimed at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, at his show at the Edinburgh Fringe.


'Racism is evil': Donald Trump FINALLY condemns neo-Nazis and white supremaci...
by Mikey Smith
14 Aug 2017 at 5:35pm
The President made an unscheduled statement, branding the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists 'criminals and thugs' after facing criticism over deaths at a racist rally


Lots of people thought Theresa May was back to work but she's actually still ...
by Dan Bloom
14 Aug 2017 at 12:27pm
It's understood the Prime Minister is expected back in 10 Downing Street on Thursday

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

A Basic Level
by michaelgreenwell
7 Aug 2017 at 11:06pm
I may be about to make the first  statement that won’t be taken as controversial on the internet in the last 5 years…. Whoever or wherever it is, and even if you disagree with them on many things, I think everyone in the world would like the leader of their country to be an intelligent …

Journey To Yes ? 18 ? Chris Wilson
by michaelgreenwell
27 Jul 2017 at 7:32pm
The excellent Phantom Power has been publishing the next second series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one of his films, along with the Wee …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambrosia and Nectar No More: FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Aug 2017 at 4:45pm
As the brilliant carnival of the Edinburgh Festival parades the streets of our ancient capital once again, now is a good time to look at just what is being celebrated, by who and for whom? Carnival, originally, was a reversal procession and the ritual was that social roles were turned upside down; masters playing servants, …

Scotland?s Fight for Democracy, then and Now
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Aug 2017 at 1:14pm
The obelisk on Calton Hill forms a familiar part of our iconic Edinburgh skyline. Many residents will pass it daily. But I would reckon only a very few will be aware of what it commemorates. Erected in 1844 the monument is to five men whose actions back in the late 18th century radically changed the …

Scotland Your Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Aug 2017 at 12:32pm
“The Union hasn’t been saved, it’s over” argues Andrew O’Hagan in his Scotland Your Scotland keynote lecture to the Edinburgh Book Festival. “Scotland is a place in which to live and breath and vote and argue, but it is also a place in the mind, a moveable feast, and self-improvement will be our greatest export” …

Media Wars
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Aug 2017 at 10:59am
As part of a new series looking at deeper problems of media and political control beyond just ‘SNPBad’ here ARTIST TAXI DRIVER Chunky Mark interviews Caroline Molloy indy journalist with Open Democracy on media bias and political influence at the very top of the BBC, and the British crisis… Andrew Neil apologist for brutal Saudi …

Fash
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Aug 2017 at 7:59pm
Stuart Paterson is ane o the maist vital, vocal an virrsome poets oan the Scottish scene. He screives baith in English an Scots, anent a braid sweep o subjects. At the enn o July he wis makit the official makar fir BBC Scotland. He wis mibbie no the loon ye?d hae thocht wid get sic …
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Flip Flop Economics
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Aug 2017 at 8:11pm
Remember when it was the jam? Early stages of Brexit the Fantasy (Season 1) we had Andrea Leadsom argue that ‘British jam, tea and biscuits will be at the heart of Britain’s Brexit trade negotiations’ – (because if there’s anything foreigners admire about Britain it’s our food). Now it’s flip-flops. Liam Fox – still apparently …

Nagasaki
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Aug 2017 at 6:09pm
This week Scottish CND group assembled at the Peace Tree beside the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow to remember the civilian men women and children who were killed 72 years ago by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On 9th August 1945 the US dropped its second atomic bomb on the Japan. We remember …

Rock Against Racism Remembered and Revived in Govanhill
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Aug 2017 at 9:56am
We all know that nostalgia can play tricks with us, the music of our youth was better than todays, the culture we associate with the years when we are actively involved in it will always better the decades when you are less involved or not involved at all. But I don’t think that its an …

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Clarence House should release Prince Charles?s Scottish spider memos | David ...
by David McClure
16 Aug 2017 at 2:46pm
What the heir to the throne has to say about teacher training may well be of less import than the issue of secrecy surrounding his correspondencePrince Charles?s black spider memos are now crawling into the realm of Scottish politics. After penning these in his scratchy hand on everything from fo...

Publish Prince Charles lobbying letters, Scottish government urged
by Severin Carrell and James McEnaney
15 Aug 2017 at 7:27pm
Pressure comes after the Guardian revealed ministers withheld or redacted documents from prince?s office on behalf of Teach FirstOpposition leaders have called on Scottish ministers to publish secret correspondence about lobbying by the Prince of Wales to reform Scotland?s teacher training system...

Scottish parliament hit by cyber-attack similar to Westminster assault
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Aug 2017 at 7:07pm
MSPs and Holyrood staff warned hackers trying to access numerous email accounts in ongoing ?brute force cyber-attack?Hackers have mounted a ?brute force? cyber-attack on the Scottish parliament?s computer systems, weeks after a similar attack on email accounts at Westminster.MSPs and Holyrood sta...

Drug-related deaths in Scotland more than double in 10 years
by Damien Gayle
15 Aug 2017 at 6:35pm
Calls for Holyrood to go it alone and reform law after data shows rate of death two and half times that of UK as a whole More than twice as many people are dying from drug use in Scotland than a decade ago, according to figures that show the country?s rate of drug-related deaths is two and a half...

Instead of strengthening Scottish politics, Alex Salmond plays the funny man ...
by Gerry Hassan
15 Aug 2017 at 2:03pm
The SNP and the independence movement both need major reappraisals in these unsure times. But is their former leader becoming a problem?Alex Salmond is one of the big beasts not just of Scottish, but British politics, and the defining figure of modern Scottish nationalism and the SNP. He has been...

Scottish ministers refuse to release Prince Charles lobbying letters
by Severin Carrell and James McEnaney
14 Aug 2017 at 6:07pm
Prince?s office supported proposals from charity that could financially benefit from changes to Scotland?s teacher training rulesThe Scottish government is refusing to release correspondence showing the Prince of Wales lobbied ministers to loosen up strict rules on teacher training for a charity ...

Baby boxes to be sent to new mothers in Scotland from this week
by Severin Carrell Scotland correspondent
14 Aug 2017 at 5:00pm
Cardboard boxes include fitted mattress and bedding to turn them into temporary cribs as part of safe sleeping schemeAll new mothers in Scotland are being offered free baby boxes including clothes, thermometers and books in an effort to improve their children?s life chances.The boxes, worth about...

I voted for Corbyn. And I still want Scottish independence | Cat Boyd
by Cat Boyd
11 Aug 2017 at 11:30am
My decision to back Labour in the general election caused outrage. But I?m a socialist, not a nationalist ? like thousands of others in ScotlandRoughly five years ago I co-founded the Radical Independence Campaign in Scotland. I knocked on thousands of doors, spoke at hundreds of meetings, and wr...

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Charlottesville is an event that is based in a tragic American history of racism and discrimination against minorities which has long blighted the Land of the Free. For too long Free meant male, middle class and white, and there are still powerful and violent groups in the USA who are determined to ensure that the …

The unbearable triteness of Deerin
I wrote yesterday’s blog article about the importance of not allowing British nationalists to pose as non-nationalists or anti-nationalists before Chris Deerin’s piece was published in Tuesday’s Daily Herald newspaper. And there it was, in all its self-righteous and self-deluding glory, a proponent of British nationalism staking out the moral high ground and linking the …

Calling things what they really are
Language is important. It makes a difference what words we use to describe things. When we accede to the Conservative inspired move to rebrand social security as welfare, we’re acknowledging and giving justification to their ideologically inspired attempts to destroy a universal system which everyone pays into and which everyone benefits from and to replace …

The brittle fragility of Scottish Unionism
Over the past couple of weeks the issue of trolling within the independence campaign has been done to death. Articles have been written, including on this blog, letters have been published, fingers have been pointed, and allegations and counter-allegations have been lobbed about like diarrhoea filled balloons. Which is a trollish way to describe some …

The trouble with Corbyn
Playwright and writer Alan Bisset exclusively speaks to Phantom Power about his issues with the Corbyn phenomenon. As UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn states his intention to target SNP seats in the next general election, acclaimed writer Alan Bissett considers the implications for Scottish independence and particularly those on the left who also support self-determination …

If the dictator?s cap fits
Wonder of wonders, let the band play. There was actually a news story about Scottish politics in the Unionist media that managed to get from beginning to end without asserting how terrible the SNP are, how screwed the independence movement is, or how Alex Salmond has never read anything apart from the Ladybird Book of …

Scottish democracy would be a good idea
There are many reasons for Scottish independence. We each have our own individual reasons for wanting to see Scotland regain its place amongst the independent states of this world. One of my reasons is to remove the obscenity of weapons of mass destruction from the Clyde. I’ve wanted to see the back of them ever …

A substandard democracy
What exactly is the point of a newspaper if all it does is to regurgitate press releases? It ceases to become a newspaper, it becomes a propaganda sheet. There’s a place for opinion, polemic, and bias in newspapers, that place is in the opinion columns. That’s why they’re called the opinion columns, the clue is …

The National

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Lesley Riddoch: Change at the top is an opportunity for BBC Scotland to do mu...
IF a week is a long time in politics, a month is an era for troubled bosses at BBC Scotland.

Ask Angry: My son went to Glasto and lost his mind to Corbynism
DEAR Angry, I?m extremely concerned by the youth of today. Now, this may just sound like the systematic whining of a middle-aged man, but I firmly believe that there?s more to it than that. You see, my teenage son and his pals are, quite honestly, ruining my life with their obsession with Jeremy Corbyn. Exactly how they have come to find themselves so besotted with an elderly man who enjoys gar...

Europe set to dominate SNP annual conference with motion recognising Scotland...
SCOTLAND?s future relationship with Europe is expected to dominate this year?s annual SNP conference, according to a draft agenda obtained by The National.

Wee Ginger Dug: Rees-Mogg?s posh front hides unpleasant political beliefs
IT must be the silly season, because politics doesn?t get much sillier than Jacob Rees-Mogg being touted as the next leader of the Conservatives.

VIDEO INTERVIEW: How can Scotland come to terms with its role in the British ...
Stephen Paton is joined by Jude Barber from the Empire Cafe and artist Graham Fagen to talk about Scotland's involvement in the British Empire, and how through art and culture we are beginning to address its legacy.

Kevin McKenna: The indywars aren't a bad thing ? bring on the disagreements
TWO of Holyrood?s most excruciating moments occurred in May last year on swearing-in day for the newly elected MSPs. Only with great difficulty could you determine which was most cringe-worthy. Ken Macintosh, the new Presiding Officer, had barely had time to decide what to do with his £45k-a-year pay rise before announcing solemnly: ?I want to take some of the hostility and sting and theatrics ...

Dr Craig Dalzell: Scotland has an opportunity to end the callous and punitive...
THERE is perhaps no more important role for a modern government than its duty of care to its citizens. We have created a welfare state and we rightly look upon achievements such as the NHS and the social security system with pride.

Alex Salmond tells Elaine C Smith the Scottish Independence Convention should...
ALEX Salmond has suggested the SNP should help fund the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC), the non-party body committed to making Scotland an independent country.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Duke of Buccleuch Gets £1Million Farming Subsidy From the Taxpayer Each Year ...
    Dalkeith Estate     Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Aims and Rewards of the Scheme The scheme rewards landowners simply for owning title to land, as opposed to encouraging farmers to invest in improving product output to the public good. In terms of share the top 20% of claimants get 70%. The bottom 40% … Continue reading "Duke of Buccleuch Gets £1Million Farming Subsidy From the Taxpayer ...

Agricultural Policy ? Tory Landlords & Farmers Intend Retaining Their Annual ...
          The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will provide around £4 billion in subsidies within the UK by 2021 accounting for nearly 50% of all receipts from the EU budget to the UK. Scotland’s share should be around £850 million. EU regulations require the full financial allocation … Continue reading "Agricultural Policy – Tory Landlords & Farmers Intend ...

Abuse of a Nation ? Nobody in Westminster Gave a Toss About the Scots ? Manuf...
            Freedom of Information For many years the public were denied information by successive governments on the grounds of national security. Despite delaying tactics by the Scottish Executive, The Freedom of Information Act of 2005 forced politicians, on written request, to provide information opening files previously hidden away. Information in … Continue reading "Abuse of a Nation – No...

First Labour Coalition Executive Filled Their Pockets at the Expense of the S...
          Scottish Executive costs hit £150m The Scottish Executive has spent almost £150 million on travel, hospitality and office costs in the 6 years since devolution. The figures, show that nearly £34m has been spent by ministers, special advisers and civil servants on travel, and more than £3m on hospitality since … Continue reading "First Labour Coalition Executive Filled Their Pockets at...

Ruth Davidson Introduces Intellect Testing of Tory Candidates With the Aim of...
          Rooth the Mooth Is Determined to Improve the Quality of Tory MP and MSP’s and Introduces Intellect Testing of Potential Candidates Just before the last election potential candidates were gathered and put to the test. Davidson briefed those gathered: “As you know I am about to be promoted by her … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson Introduces Intellect Testing of Tory Candidates With the ...

Saudi Arabia ? A Nation On Its Last legs and in Deep Trouble ? Things You Sho...
              The Ottoman Empire and the Growth of Wahhabism The Ottoman Empire held sway over much of Arabia up to 1800, but due to perpetual unrest within the country they were forced to concentrate their forces in fortified towns and the city of Mecca. Around 1730, Muhammad ibn Abd … Continue reading "Saudi Arabia – A Nation On Its Last legs and in Deep Trouble – Things You Should Know But D...

Sacrificed on the Altar of Tory Deceit ? The Rise and Fall of a Nice Wee lass...
  Timothy – May – Hill         Special Advisers – SPAD’s SPAD’s were created by “New labour” at the start of their period in government in 1997. There was a great furore at the time. The press and public believed the new posts to be entirely political and that apart from that … Continue reading "Sacrificed on the Altar of Tory Deceit – The Rise and Fall of a Nice Wee lassie From Greenock – A Wa...

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

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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

A Summer of Discontent in Scotland?s Independence Movement
A Summer of Discontent in Scotland?s Independence Movement Gerry Hassan Sceptical Scot, August 9th 2017 It isn?t a happy time for the Scottish independence movement. To some it seems like the silly season; to others a summer of discontent. But clearly something is going on which matters for the state of Scottish politics and the …

A Tale of Two City Centres: Edinburgh and Glasgow
A Tale of Two City Centres: Edinburgh and Glasgow Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 9th 2017 Summer, Scotland 2017. Edinburgh comes alive and Glasgow has the start of the football season to look forward too. A tale of two cities and two very different experiences. Edinburgh Festival Time. In the immediate weeks before hundreds of …

The High Road and the Low Road of Scottish debate and politics
The High Road and the Low Road of Scottish debate and politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 2nd 2017 These are serious and dangerous times across the globe. There is the instability and gangland nature of the Trump administration, its ?America First? isolationism, disparaging of traditional allies, and open admiration for autocrats such as Putin …

Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain Where the Past Shapes the Future
Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain Where the Past Shapes the Future Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, July 26th 2017 The past is always around us in what passes for modern Britain. In recent years, particularly in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, it seems more omnipotent and increasingly problematic. From politics to culture and most aspects …

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

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

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

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

Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
Google News

Fisheries revival 'could scupper Scottish independence dream' - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Fisheries revival 'could scupper Scottish independence dream'
Telegraph.co.uk
Far from revivifying the independence dream there is now the very real prospect that Britain's withdrawal from the EU, and consequently from the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), could actually trigger its demise.



Online feuding clouds outlook for Scottish independence - Financial Times

Financial Times
Online feuding clouds outlook for Scottish independence
Financial Times
An enthusiastic army of online supporters was seen as a major strength for the Scottish independence movement in the run-up to the failed referendum three years ago. Now many of the same campaigners are turning their ire on each other as a furious ...



Special report: Brexit will lead to Scotland's independence in four years, Sa...

Herald Scotland
Special report: Brexit will lead to Scotland's independence in four years, Salmond claims
Herald Scotland
He insisted the people of Scotland will vote Yes and said Brexit will determine the timing of another independence referendum. His comments came as Scotland's leading historian Tom Devine suggested there is a ?slowly opening window? of opportunity to ...
Alex Salmond: Scots will...

Common Weal outlines a new social security system for an independent Scotland...

CommonSpace
Common Weal outlines a new social security system for an independent Scotland
CommonSpace
Stating that the ?mistakes of the UK's welfare system cannot be allowed to be replicated in Scotland?, the paper further argues that independence would provide Scotland with an opportunity to fashion a new system fitted for the modern world, which ...
New report: How an independent Scotland could b...

Glasgow Diary: Charlotte Mendelson on Scottish independence - Financial Times

Financial Times
Glasgow Diary: Charlotte Mendelson on Scottish independence
Financial Times
I was, unusually, lost for words. Over toast, my Glaswegian hosts and I were discussing Scottish independence. Young, Green, and angry, they were furious with Nicola Sturgeon for delaying plans to hold another referendum. I said that in their place I'd ...



Alex Salmond calls for second Scottish independence referendum once the 'humi...

The Independent
Alex Salmond calls for second Scottish independence referendum once the 'humiliation' of Brexit is realised
The Independent
Former SNP leader Alex Salmond has said that Scotland should have a second independence referendum ? but only after what he predicts will be the 'humiliation' of Brexit becomes apparent. The former Scottish First Minister was speaking with his SNP ...



The battle for Scottish independence is far from over - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Spectator.co.uk (blog)
The battle for Scottish independence is far from over
Spectator.co.uk (blog)
Which suggests that it might be imprudent to write off the notion that Scotland might one day demand a vote on independence and then vote for it. The circumstances that led to the 2014 referendum were in many ways some gorgeous accident but that hardly ...



Brexit 'HUMILIATION' will spark second Scottish independence vote, claims Sal...

Express.co.uk
Brexit 'HUMILIATION' will spark second Scottish independence vote, claims Salmond
Express.co.uk
The former Scottish first minister, who failed in his own attempt to break Scotland out of the United Kingdom, says Nicola Sturgeon's plans for another vote will be revisited after Brexit. Ms Sturgeon was forced to shelve plans for another independence ...
Britain Must Keep Paying EU until ...

SNP

SNP - Google News
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China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Shares Dip Below Balance Step - Melvill...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Shares Dip Below Balance Step
Melville Review
The recent price of 73.17 for shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) has put the price level below the Balance Step, indicating a near-term bearish pattern developing. Calculated from the last five balance points, the Balance Step indicator ...

BBC roasted by SNP voters for labelling Charlottesville protesters 'white nat...

Express.co.uk
BBC roasted by SNP voters for labelling Charlottesville protesters 'white nationalists'
Express.co.uk
Mr Cook, who now works as the BBC's North America correspondent, said: ?US readers may be startled to learn that some Scottish nationalists say our use of 'white nationalist' is designed to discredit the SNP. ?Should we stop using 'white nationalists ...



SNP activists urge party to bring in regional organisers - The National

The National
SNP activists urge party to bring in regional organisers
The National
SNP activists are demanding the party sets up a network of paid regional organisers in a bid to boost election success. The Leith branch has put down a resolution for consideration arguing the move would help increase the participation of members in ...



First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set to open this year's Pride Glasgow festival...

The Scottish Sun
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set to open this year's Pride Glasgow festival
The Scottish Sun
The SNP leader will be the first serving First Minister to speak at the event which kicks off this weekend. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to open this year's Pride Glasgow festival. Getty - Contributor. 4. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set ...



FY2018 EPS Estimates for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Reduced...

FY2018 EPS Estimates for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Reduced by Analyst
Stock Observer
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) ? Equities research analysts at Jefferies Group decreased their FY2018 EPS estimates for shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation in a research note issued on Friday. Jefferies Group analyst ...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation - Receive News & Ratings Daily - Marke...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation - Receive News & Ratings Daily
Markets Daily
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) ? Analysts at Jefferies Group lowered their FY2018 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation in a research report issued to clients and investors on ...

BBC 'discrediting SNP' by over Charlottesville 'nationalists' - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
BBC 'discrediting SNP' by over Charlottesville 'nationalists'
The Scotsman
Supporters of Scottish independence have accused the BBC of seeking to discredit the SNP by calling far-right demonstrators who provoked the Charlottesville unrest ?white nationalists.? James Cook, the BBC's North America Correspondent, was forced to ...

How geological reality ends 'polarised and misinformed' fracking debate - Her...

Herald Scotland
How geological reality ends 'polarised and misinformed' fracking debate
Herald Scotland
Ireland banned the technique earlier this summer and the SNP has imposed a moratorium and is expected to make a final announcement later this year. Companies say they are still exploring so it is too soon to say if Prof Underhill is right ...

Referendum (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

EU Nationals In Scotland 'Could Tip Balance In Second Independence Referendum...

HuffPost UK
EU Nationals In Scotland 'Could Tip Balance In Second Independence Referendum'
HuffPost UK
?If a second referendum is held before Brexit, EU voters could tip the balance towards independence. If it happens after the UK, and Scotland, leaves the EU, then this would reduce the likelihood of independence by excluding the cohort of non-UK EU ...

Alex Salmond calls Donald Trump 'a complete nincompoop' over Scottish referen...

The Independent
Alex Salmond calls Donald Trump 'a complete nincompoop' over Scottish referendum comments
The Independent
Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has described Donald Trump as ?a complete and utter nincompoop? after the US President said a second referendum on Scottish independence would be ?terrible? for the country. ?The Grand Canyon is a minor ...
Donald Trump: Scottish in...

Alex Salmond calls for second Scottish independence referendum once the 'humi...

The Independent
Alex Salmond calls for second Scottish independence referendum once the 'humiliation' of Brexit is realised
The Independent
Former SNP leader Alex Salmond has said that Scotland should have a second independence referendum ? but only after what he predicts will be the 'humiliation' of Brexit becomes apparent. The former Scottish First Minister was speaking with his SNP ...



RBS takes steps to prepare for new independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
RBS takes steps to prepare for new independence referendum
The Scotsman
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had initially hinted at a second referendum being held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. But following the SNP's loss of 21 seats in June's general election, the timeframe was pushed back to 2021. RBS chief Ross McEwan ...
RBS share price: Group takes precautions against potential ...

Andrew O'Hagan: Britain ?smashed? by Brexit and Scotland under threat - The S...

The Scotsman
Andrew O'Hagan: Britain ?smashed? by Brexit and Scotland under threat
The Scotsman
Delivering a keynote lecture on the future of Scotland, the writer said he felt it was ?a different country? in the immediate wake of the 2014 poll, when he said: ?The major parties won the referendum but lost the future.? He added: ?The fight over ...

Lesley Riddoch: Change at the top is an opportunity for BBC Scotland to do mu...

The National
Lesley Riddoch: Change at the top is an opportunity for BBC Scotland to do much better
The National
He's been in charge of TV commissioning and scheduling at BBC Scotland for the past 20 years, bringing us Still Game, The Scheme, River City, Limmy's Show and (let's not be huffy) A History of Scotland. ... renaissance man or woman -- versed in Scots ...

Alex Salmond says Scotland should hold second referendum after Brexit 'humili...

talkRADIO (press release)
Alex Salmond says Scotland should hold second referendum after Brexit 'humiliation'
talkRADIO (press release)
Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has said Scotland needs a new independence referendum - but it shouldn't be called until the Brexit "humiliation" is apparent. Salmond spoke to his Scottish National Party colleague John Nicolson on talkRADIO ...
Britain ...

How constitutional referendums 'transformed' Scottish politics - BBC News

BBC News
How constitutional referendums 'transformed' Scottish politics
BBC News
The referendums on independence and Brexit have "completely transformed" the party political system in Scotland, a new analysis has concluded. The British Election Study charted how the party order has switched over the three general elections since ...

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

The Official President Trump thread

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

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

The DUP
What's the craic? I believe they love the union and are fairly religious, that's about all I know. Fill me in.

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

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

The Petty Arguments Thread
For Baxter Parp and Strichener to have their stupid wee squabbles - without the rest of us reading their shite.

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Tamb - where did it all go wrong?
Worst day I have ever seen on the board. Seems to be spiraling.  So few threads dominating and they are toxic ones. Grim.

Game of Thrones
What a season that was...

Boozer Tales
Yesterday I was rubbered and had to lift the barmaid from the floor twice, take over the till and pretend all was cool when the police came in. It got me thinking, there must be some braw tales from you lot with funny events in boozers over the years.....

Team GB Football - Again
English FA are going to put forward a womans team for the next Olympics and will as usual ride 'rough shod' over any objections so it will happen this time. (followed by a men's team soon after without a doubt.  The online article on BBC had a comments page and this one just about summed it al...

Perseid
Perseid peak tonight, hopefully the clouds will disperse.

Thoughts and Questions About God
Attempting to keep the 'Rangers In Crisis' thread on topic...

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Scotland's biggest solar farm planned for Moray

Drug death figures show it is time for harm reduction

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The personal consequences of Brexit. Danish Lene moves back home after 33 years.
I’m desperately sad to see my long term Danish friend Lene Kruhoffer reluctantly abandon her adopted Scotland after 33 years. Essentially Lene has been forced out of her defacto home by the uncertain future of the Brexit shambles . I have known Lene for about half of that time and attended Napier University in Edinburgh…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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