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Nigel Farage hands Boris Johnson election boost as Brexit Party concentrates ...
12 Nov 2019 at 12:02am
BORIS Johnson has been handed an unexpected General Election boost after Nigel Farage announced the Brexit Party would not contest 317 Tory-held seats but concentrate its fire on Labour.


Scottish Tories prepared to report Nicola Sturgeon over notes destruction
11 Nov 2019 at 9:32am
The Scottish Conservatives have reported the First Minister to the national records watchdog after it emerged her office destroys handwritten notes.


Nicola Sturgeon hits back at Tories' 'lack of transparency' claims over destr...
11 Nov 2019 at 5:40pm
Nicola Sturgeon has defended making handwritten notes for government policy which are then destroyed, saying there is ?absolutely no substance? to claims it is to avoid scrutiny.


This election is not about independence says Labour's Paul Sweeney
11 Nov 2019 at 3:50pm
Labour's Paul Sweeney has said Scottish independence is not an issue for the General Election.


Boris Johnson given major boost as Nigel Farage says Brexit Party won't conte...
11 Nov 2019 at 12:31pm
BORIS Johnson has received a massive boost in his bid for power after Nigel Farage said the Brexit Party would not contest Tory-held seats after the Prime Minister?s promises on Brexit but concentrate its ?total effort? on Labour-held ones.


The Conservative Party is now the Brexit Party - Leaders hit out at Tory-Fara...
11 Nov 2019 at 12:56pm
Opposition politicians have reacted in fury after Nigel Farage said the Brexit Party won't contest the 317 seats won by the Conservatives at the last general election.


Brexit Party will not contest 317 seats won by Conservatives at general election
11 Nov 2019 at 12:23pm
Nigel Farage has said the Brexit Party will not contest the 317 seats won by the Conservatives at the last general election.


Blackford signals scrapping Trident could be part of SNP 'wish-list' for supp...
10 Nov 2019 at 12:51pm
SCRAPPING Trident could be part of a ?wish-list? the SNP will set out for co-operating with a minority Labour Government, Ian Blackford has signalled.


Analysis: settling the Trident controversy could take a generation to resolve
11 Nov 2019 at 8:01pm
CONSTRUCTIVE ambiguity plays a crucial role when it comes to nuclear weapons and how the political parties approach the subject of Britain?s own ultimate deterrent.


Pollokshields fire: Nicola Sturgeon visits constituency after overnight blaze
11 Nov 2019 at 11:22am
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has visited her constituency after a major fire overnight in a tenement.


Greens branches break with party strategy and will not field candidates
11 Nov 2019 at 3:09pm
Green Party associations have decided not to stand candidates in a break with the rest of the Scottish party.


Leave.EU to unveil tactical voting app ahead of general election
11 Nov 2019 at 12:05pm
Millionaire and former Nigel Farage ally Arron Banks is set to advise voters in hundreds of seats to vote for Boris Johnson over the Brexit Party.


Twitter vows action to block misleading information in run up to general elec...
11 Nov 2019 at 4:36pm
Twitter has said information about voting will face tougher scrutiny on its platform in the lead-up to the General Election.


Labour rubbishes Tory claim it will spend £1.2 trillion as 'absolute work of ...
10 Nov 2019 at 9:01pm
LABOUR has dismissed as an ?absolute work of fiction? Conservative claims that it is planning to spend £1.2 trillion of taxpayers? money over five years if it won the General Election.

 

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British army officer and founder of Syria volunteers found dead
11 Nov 2019 at 8:56pm
A former British army officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer organisation in Syria has been found dead in Istanbul, Turkish officials said.


Edinburgh Greens criticised for campaigning during Remembrance Day services
11 Nov 2019 at 7:46pm
Party activists were urged to meet at 11am to "take our message to voters"


Senior Liberal Democrat says having zero university fees a 'fantasy'
11 Nov 2019 at 7:38pm
A senior Liberal Democrat has dismissed the idea of zero university tuition fees as a "fantasy".


Edinburgh one of only two Scottish locations in UK?s Top 10 Cities
11 Nov 2019 at 6:57pm
Those that live here have long known it, but now it is official: Edinburgh is one of the UK’s best cities.


Teenager found dead at top Scottish private school
11 Nov 2019 at 6:28pm
Police have launched an investigation after a teenager was found dead at one of Scotland’s leading private schools.


General election 2019: Scotland's future being decided by Nigel Farage, warns...
11 Nov 2019 at 6:24pm
Scotland's future is at risk of being decided by Nigel Farage after he announced the Brexit Party would not stand candidates in Conservative-held seats, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.


Bo?ness buildings part of council?s property review
11 Nov 2019 at 6:08pm
Making more use of schools could be the key to Falkirk Council transforming its property portfolio from a large number of decaying buildings to fewer modern facilities.


General election 2019: SNP accuse Lib Dems of 'hypocrisy' over election debat...
11 Nov 2019 at 5:42pm
The SNP has accused the Lib Dems of "utter hypocrisy" after the Liberals launched a legal challenge against ITV over a decision to exclude Jo Swinson from a televised election debate.


Scotland ?lacks data? on properties with flood protection
11 Nov 2019 at 5:33pm
Scotland lacks up-to-date information on the number of properties with flood protection measures, according to a new action plan from the Scottish Government which highlights the need for a “better evidence base”.


Thistle give you a thrill on a cold night
11 Nov 2019 at 5:20pm
Tweedbank Thistle Football Club held its last Bonfire and Fireworks night on Saturday and it has been hailed as a huge success.


Climate change: Deadly viruses are being released from melting ice ? Dr Richa...
11 Nov 2019 at 5:00pm
Climate change can cause deaths as a result of wildfires and droughts but also through the release of viruses and bacteria held in the ice. And if we carry on increasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, it could even affect our intelligence, writes Dr Richard Dixon.


Scottish independent schools appeal three times as many exam results
11 Nov 2019 at 4:55pm
Labour is demanding fees for exam appeals be scrapped after "worrying" figures showed independent schools challenging almost three times as many results, compared to their state-run counterparts.


Police probe illegal excavation at Iron Age structure on Scottish island
11 Nov 2019 at 4:55pm
Police are investigating after unauthorised excavation was reported at an Iron Age structure in the Outer Hebrides.


Morrisons to ban black plastic in bid to improve recycling
11 Nov 2019 at 4:55pm
Morrisons has become the first major retailer to commit to ending the use of black plastic packaging in its own-brand food and drink products to boost its green credentials.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

And they?re off
9 Nov 2019 at 6:59am

An all-time low
8 Nov 2019 at 3:39pm
Try to ignore the “regional”, and the fact that it’s framed as the Tories vs Labour. This is a new full-sample (1060) poll from YouGov today, and wow. (The left-hand bar in each pair is 2017, the right-hand one is 2019.) And you thought Kezia Dugdale’s nadir of 14% would never be beaten. That’s quite …

We are lost for words
6 Nov 2019 at 11:59am
It doesn’t happen often, but it has today. Because Nick Robinson said this: You know, Nick Robinson. It was Nick Robinson who just complained about someone misleadingly editing an interview to make it look as though someone hadn’t answered a question. Seriously, the actual Nick Robinson. We’ve got nothing, folks.

Green ink and chloroform
4 Nov 2019 at 11:29am
This is a tweet today from Allan Sutherland, a prominent No activist (he’s currently co-ordinating an attempt to unseat Ian Blackford in Ross, Skye and Lochaber via Unionist tactical voting) and regular fixture of the letters pages of all Scottish newspapers. The tweet literally incites – indeed, implores – not one but two very serious criminal …

A letter to the Jo Cox Foundation
1 Nov 2019 at 3:50pm
Dear Catherine, You probably haven’t heard of me. I’m a notoriously “vile” political blogger who’s said a few pretty mean things on social media about politicians in the last eight years. But perhaps that’s partly because I’m a grumpy old white guy who hasn’t had the benefit of your commendable programme aimed at “building the fairer, …

At the margins
1 Nov 2019 at 12:04pm
Alert readers will recall that among the many tirades of abuse this site has recently been subjected to for suggesting the idea of a 2021 Holyrood list party to compete for seats currently won by Unionists, one of the main themes was “We already have a reliable pro-indy alternative to the SNP in the form …

The Missing Priorities Round
31 Oct 2019 at 1:09pm
The election campaign is one day old and already we want to kill everyone. Alert readers may have spotted a rather conspicuous absence there. (And here.) That’s some pretty bad news for Lesley Riddoch, and all other sane people. Although “the SNP must on no account actually campaign for independence!” seems to be a view …

Nigel?s Nightmare
30 Oct 2019 at 11:26am
As we steel ourselves for the wretched purgatorial misery of (at least) the next six weeks, we’ve been sitting up late trying to think of a positive aspect of the coming election campaign, and the best we’ve come up with is this: if it’s awful for most human beings in the country, just imagine how …

The Birds And The Bs
29 Oct 2019 at 10:05am
Wings Over Scotland celebrates its 8th birthday this Thursday. And it looks as though we just might be in for a genuinely unexpected surprise party. Because very suddenly, through sheer dumb luck, and for the first time in over three years, we can actually see a tantalisingly almost-viable route by which the SNP could, almost entirely …

Three days in politics
27 Oct 2019 at 11:44am
It’s a long time, apparently. Because while a general election on 12 December would be a “barking mad” idea according to the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford on Thursday, having one on 9 December instead is genius. So in a month in which this site has been extensively screamed at by SNP diehards as the work …

BBC Scotland

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Deposit return scheme 'could increase plastic waste'
12 Nov 2019 at 12:38am
An aluminium recycling body warns a flat rate levy could lead to shoppers switching to plastic containers instead.

Week ahead at Holyrood: Deposit return scheme to be discussed
11 Nov 2019 at 12:08pm
MSPs begin examining the deposit return scheme proposals amid concerns about its complexities.

First minister leads Remembrance events in Scotland
10 Nov 2019 at 5:01pm
Nicola Sturgeon gave a reading at a service in Edinburgh for those killed in armed conflict.

Scottish independence: Tories urge Labour voters to switch sides
10 Nov 2019 at 12:16am
In an open letter, Tory MSP Annie Wells asks Labour supporters to help stop another independence referendum.

Election 2019: Campaign focus turns to wages and and poverty
9 Nov 2019 at 5:21pm
The weekend's campaigning looks at the "discriminatory" minimum wage and a plan to tackle poverty.

Scottish Greens say climate 'most pressing' election issue
8 Nov 2019 at 12:53pm
The party highlights that the next parliament will run over a crucial period for combating climate change.

Scottish Lib Dems target 'moderate' Labour voters
7 Nov 2019 at 8:16pm
Willie Rennie predicts his party will win over people with its "clear" message of stopping both Brexit and indyref2.

General election 2019: Nicola Sturgeon's SNP launch speech fact-checked
8 Nov 2019 at 2:25pm
Nicola Sturgeon launched the Scottish National Party's election campaign with claims about the NHS and Brexit.

General election 2019: Will this be a Brexit election?
7 Nov 2019 at 1:09am
The issues which will be at the forefront of voters' minds when they cast their ballots.

Election 2019: Key questions facing Scotland's parties
30 Oct 2019 at 9:39am
With a general election looming in December, what are the key questions facing Scotland's parties?

Can Scotland's councils handle a poll in December?
30 Oct 2019 at 4:41pm
Councils have to find polling places, count venues and staff - but how much will the festive season affect this?

Scot Goes Pop

What effect will Farage's big decision have on the election in Scotland?
11 Nov 2019 at 2:36pm
Nigel Farage's decision today not to stand candidates in the seats won by the Tories in 2017 doesn't entirely remove the Brexit Party-shaped obstacle to Boris Johnson winning a majority, because of...

A question for the BBC and Sky
10 Nov 2019 at 2:38pm
It's a very simple question: what will happen if, as seems highly likely, one of the "candidates" (sic) in your "Prime Ministerial Debates" (sic) uses the platform you have given them to make an at...

Red faces for the Lib Dems as Panelbase poll finds Nicola Sturgeon is more po...
9 Nov 2019 at 7:29pm
Just a quick one, because I was amused by a little detail from the latest Britain-wide Panelbase poll, which is bang up to date because it was conducted between Wednesday and yesterday.  Respondent...

It's official: the BBC have done a shameful deal with Boris Johnson - they ge...
8 Nov 2019 at 7:15pm
Watching Question Time from Glasgow last night, I thought it was striking that there was no question about the attempts by ITV and Sky to rig the leaders' election debates by excluding the SNP (and...

ITV dig their own grave even deeper with a comically Anglocentric justificati...
8 Nov 2019 at 2:36am
A few hours ago, a reader of this blog alerted me to the standard reply ITV have been sending out in response to the avalanche of complaints they've been receiving about their proposal for a rigged...

A handy list of SNP election crowdfunders
6 Nov 2019 at 6:28pm
One thing that has become painfully obvious over the last few days is that the London establishment, including ITV, Sky News and quite possibly the BBC as well, are hellbent on crushing the SNP at ...

Sky News makes brazen attempt to rig the general election by inviting the fou...
4 Nov 2019 at 5:32pm
I pointed out the other day that just about the only thing that might be more outrageous than ITV's decision to hold a two-party election debate in a multi-party democracy would be for Jo Swinson t...

Election 2019: Early straws in the wind from YouGov are favourable for the SNP
3 Nov 2019 at 6:22pm
There still haven't been any full-scale Scottish polls during the election campaign, and indeed there have only been two full-scale Scottish polls since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister and sinc...

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hi how do i get a job and improve myself and do something productive and cont...
12 Nov 2019 at 2:05am
ima depressed suicidal high school dropout i have no skills or talents and i cant go back to school im 16 i live in glasgow does anyone know what i can do i want to be happy and earn money and stuf...

For 2021 Holyrood election, Greens or SSP?
12 Nov 2019 at 12:49am
For the list vote im unsure of whether to vote Greens or SSP, given the SSP has done fairly poorly over recent years. Anyone think its a wasted vote for SSP? submitted by /u/TheBaikonurKing ...

LF advice on how to follow Scottish politics on radio or podcast or Youtube.
12 Nov 2019 at 12:24am
Hi, I recently moved to Scotland and I'd like to get more plugged in to Scottish politics. What are some good radio/podcast/youtube sources? submitted by /u/Callduron

Walking in Glencoe, Scotland, on Saturday
11 Nov 2019 at 11:44pm
submitted by /u/baz853

Vote smart kids
11 Nov 2019 at 11:42pm
submitted by /u/Lewbomb

Found a painted stone today...
11 Nov 2019 at 10:57pm
submitted by /u/AllricMulled

Beautiful views atop the Pap of Glencoe
11 Nov 2019 at 9:28pm
submitted by /u/bbqfanatic1984

Police investigating unauthorised excavation of Western Isles Iron Age dun | ...
11 Nov 2019 at 6:41pm
submitted by /u/mrfrightful

This Scottish Art Installation Shows the Devastating Effects of Climate Change
11 Nov 2019 at 6:12pm
submitted by /u/ausernameitis

Skye Flag Design Competition
11 Nov 2019 at 4:24pm
submitted by /u/SpaTowner

Prefer Amazon any way.
11 Nov 2019 at 4:15pm
submitted by /u/EwanClimie

Charlestown on a chillie Friday morning
11 Nov 2019 at 3:03pm
submitted by /u/MerylStreepLover

Drew and coloured in this Squirell I saw by the road in Fawkirk. Opinions?
11 Nov 2019 at 2:38pm
submitted by /u/Paperhat1

Unknown Loch above Fort Augustus during the tattie holidays (OC)
11 Nov 2019 at 2:33pm
submitted by /u/JacLaw

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Brexit party in chaos as former MEP says Nigel Farage ignored Scotland
11 Nov 2019 at 4:43pm
Former MEP David Coburn said he's ditched support for the party in a row over support for the union.


Keith Vaz to step down from Parliament after Labour MP caught up in cocaine s...
10 Nov 2019 at 10:31pm
Vaz was facing a six-month suspension from the Commons after it was found he was willing to buy cocaine for others during an encounter with male prostitutes.


Jo Swinson has so much going for her but look closer and you see through facade
10 Nov 2019 at 4:30am
Lesley Roberts says there's lots to admire on the face of it with the Lib Dem leader but under scrutiny what she says just doesn't hold up.


Infowars unit that attacked Jeremy Corbyn faces calls to close after damning ...
10 Nov 2019 at 4:30am
The Foreign Office-funded body based in a dilapidated mill in Fife was exposed by the Sunday Mail leading to a probe by charity chiefs.


Lib Dems target Stephen Gethins of SNP in Scotland's closest general election...
10 Nov 2019 at 4:30am
North East Fife was won by the Gethins by just two votes in 2017 and it is expected to be a bellwether constituency on December 12.


Jacob Rees-Mogg's Grenfell outburst shows he is not just super rich but super...
10 Nov 2019 at 4:30am
John Niven cannot believe the level of delusion required for Jacob Rees-Mogg to make his appalling Grenfell Tower comments.


Glasgow councillor 'offered to join Lib Dems' before jumping ship to SNP
9 Nov 2019 at 4:30am
Anne McTaggart contacted the pro-Union party before declaring her support for independence.


Nicola Sturgeon insists SNP has 'cast-iron' IndyRef2 mandate at election camp...
8 Nov 2019 at 2:13pm
The First Minister warned Boris Johnson has 'no right to block the democratic wishes' ahead of next month's crunch election.


SNP vow to keep Trump's hands off the NHS
8 Nov 2019 at 4:30am
Nicola Sturgeon wants to block any UK Government plan to use the NHS in a trade deal - but is under fire for her handling of the health service.


Boris was north of the border but under the radar
8 Nov 2019 at 4:30am
Boris Johnson?s latest day trip was to a rural distillery miles from Elgin. As with the other outings, the public were excluded.

The National

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Sturgeon defends decision to destroy handwritten notes
11 Nov 2019 at 5:51pm

NICOLA Sturgeon has defended making handwritten notes for government policy which are then destroyed, saying there is "absolutely no substance" to claims it is to avoid scrutiny.

Taxes should be used to help people, not to fund vanity projects
11 Nov 2019 at 6:30pm

I AGREE most heartily with the excellent letter from Mark Harper of Dysart (November 11).

SNP supports Scottish Greens' choice not to field candidates
11 Nov 2019 at 6:30pm

THE SNP has welcomed the decision by the Green Party association in Dundee and Angus not to field a candidate in the area.

Sturgeon warns Scotland's future at risk of being decided by Farage
11 Nov 2019 at 6:11pm

SCOTLAND'S future is at risk of being decided by Nigel Farage after he announced the Brexit Party would not stand candidates in Conservative-held seats, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.

LibDems launch High Court challenge over ITV leaders? debate
11 Nov 2019 at 6:15pm

THE Liberal Democrats have launched a High Court challenge against ITV over the broadcaster?s exclusion of leader Jo Swinson from a televised debate.

Tories to report Sturgeon over destruction of written notes
11 Nov 2019 at 2:00pm

SCOTTISH Tories are prepared to report the First Minister to Scotland's records watchdog after it emerged that her office destroys handwritten notes.

McDonnell says Labour will ?reform? EU freedom of movement rules
11 Nov 2019 at 5:36pm

SHADOW chancellor John McDonnell has said Labour would seek to reform EU freedom of movement rules if it gains power in the General Election on December 12.

SNP hit out at Labour MP who says indyref2 not an election issue
11 Nov 2019 at 2:52pm

THE SNP has hit out at a Labour MP who has said indyref2 is not an issue for the General Election.

Savvy students will not be disenfranchised by Johnson?s dirty tricks
11 Nov 2019 at 3:00pm

THE dirty tricks department of the Conservatives has conspired to deny thousands of UK students the opportunity to vote on December 12. They achieved this by choosing an election date just after most students have gone home for the term break. This means they are not at the address from which they had registered to vote, or will be away from that address on election day so cannot vote.

GMB research shows 16% drop in Scottish manufacturing workforce
11 Nov 2019 at 3:00pm

SCOTLAND has lost almost 40,000 manufacturing jobs since the financial crash, new analysis by GMB has shown.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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New Orleans. Heaven or Hell?
11 Nov 2019 at 11:21pm
Maxwell Macleod sends his last report on his month as a story teller in Mississippi State University. There’s not many global warming cynics in New Orleans any more. Imagine a hundred people dying inside Ibrox Stadium after Govan had flooded with thirteen feet of water? Absurd? It almost certainly happened here in New Orleans in […]

From Dublin To Byzantium
11 Nov 2019 at 8:19pm
The starting gun has been fired on a General Election campaign in which the Conservative Party of England is seeking a majority in Westminster to impose a Brexit Deal on Scotland which leaves our country at a greater remove from the European Union than Turkey currently stands, Turkey being in a Customs Union with the […]

Brexit Britain, the Golden Tortoise
10 Nov 2019 at 10:43am
I had begun to think of Brexit Britain as a sort of Weimar Republic, collapsing under it’s own decadence and decay. But maybe it’s more like the La Belle Époque – the period in France at the end of the 19th Century characterised by extravagance and excess. It was said to be “an age of neurotic, […]

Looping the Thread
9 Nov 2019 at 7:08pm
One of the most enduring sounds from my childhood was the drone of my grandmother?s Singer sewing machine. As I sat watching the television, I?d be dimly aware of the comfortable hum of the needle coming from the ?wee? bedroom of her council house, where she sat surrounded by pincushions and thimbles, scissors and safety […]

Glasgow is Named UK?s Top Cultural and Creative City
9 Nov 2019 at 5:51pm
It?s almost 40 years since Alasdair Gray wrote his seminal novel Lanark, set in the dark, sombre, smoke filled streets of 1960?s Glasgow and the dystopian alt-reality town of Unthank. In a belittling tone, reminiscent of a backbench Westminster Tory MP, Glasgow?s cultural relevance at the time is summed up in the line ?Imaginatively Glasgow […]

Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty
9 Nov 2019 at 10:31am
Book Review by Michael Roberts. Cross posted from Brave New Europe. Back in 2014, French economist Thomas Piketty published a blockbuster book, Capital in the 21st century.  Repeating the name of Marx?s Capital, the implication of the title was that it was an updating Marx?s 19th century critique of capitalism for the 21st century.  Piketty […]

Rojava Under Attack: links between Turkish state and Jihadist Groups
8 Nov 2019 at 8:07pm
Bella has been contacted by a whistle-blower in Kurdistan with details of the role of Turkey in arming and supporting proxy-armies and remnants of ISIS. This follows similar allegations from sources on the ground. The Rojava Information Centre has released a new database detailing that: “Over 40 former ISIS members now working in Afrin as […]

Best Scottish Poems 2019
8 Nov 2019 at 12:32pm
Each year the Scottish Poetry Library create an online anthology of the 20 Best Scottish Poems that have appeared in books, pamphlets and literary magazines in the past twelve months. Previous guest editors have included: Roddy Woomble, Roddy Lumsden, Janice Galloway, Zoë Strachan, Louise Welsh. This year it is to be edited by Roseanne Watt, […]

Yoke Mates of Destruction
7 Nov 2019 at 4:15pm
The unelected Prime Minister arrived in the country today and began lying and lying. He first claimed that Labour have done a deal with the SNP  and second that they?d hold a referendum next year. Both of these claims are untrue.  He told reporters in that he would not grant the powers for a second […]

The authoritarian Spanish nationalism of Pedro Sánchez
7 Nov 2019 at 3:47pm
On Tuesday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the immortal words, sure to seal his fate: a vote for Sánchez was a vote for ?strong and stable? government. Sánchez has more than just rhetoric in common with Theresa May. Like the former British prime minister, he called an election in the belief that it would […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scottish independence vote is price for support, SNP warns Labour
8 Nov 2019 at 2:11pm
Nicola Sturgeon confirms her party?s priority is fresh independence referendum Nicola Sturgeon has warned Jeremy Corbyn she would demand a second independence referendum next year as her price to support a minority Labour government at Westminster.She confirmed the Scottish National party?s (SNP?...

PM gives 'cast-iron' pledge to refuse second Scottish independence vote
7 Nov 2019 at 5:03pm
Boris Johnson described Nicola Sturgeon and Jeremy Corbyn as ?yoke-mates of destruction?Boris Johnson has made a ?cast iron? pledge that he will not grant Nicola Sturgeon the powers she needs to hold a second independence referendum, regardless of whether the Scottish National party (SNP) wins a ...

General election: Boris Johnson launches Conservative election campaign ? as ...
6 Nov 2019 at 11:34pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s developments in the 2019 general election campaignCorbyn sets out 10 goals for Labour governmentSturgeon says she wants new Scottish independence referendum in 2020Corbyn says billionaires ?in very strong position to pay lot more in tax?Cairns says he is resigning bu...

Lindsay Hoyle elected new Speaker of the House of Commons ? as it happened
5 Nov 2019 at 12:15am
Rolling coverage of the day?s political events as they happen, including 2019 general election campaigningSinn Féin steps aside for remain candidates in three key seatsJuncker: Boris Johnson told ?so many lies? in EU referendum campaignQ&A: how will MPs elect a new Speaker? 12.15am GMT That?s all...

Tory MP Ross Thomson to quit after denying sexual assault claim
3 Nov 2019 at 4:52pm
Aberdeen South MP has been accused of groping Labour MP in Commons barRoss Thomson, a Scottish Tory MP facing allegations he sexually assaulted a fellow MP, has unexpectedly announced he is quitting Westminster.Thomson said in a statement on Twitter that he was standing down hours after denying a...

If we bar politicians from lining their pockets in office we might trust them...
3 Nov 2019 at 9:15am
Shame made Ruth Davidson turn down a consultancy job, but voters shouldn?t have to rely on thatBritain?s electorate, having been tutored in the ways of open democracy and parliamentary accountability for longer than most, is regarded as sophisticated. We will hear the encomium ?the voters are our...

Nicola Sturgeon: Scots must send 'resounding message' over independence vote
2 Nov 2019 at 6:00pm
First minister tells rally general election is ?most important one Scotland has faced in our lifetimes? Nicola Sturgeon has urged supporters to ?get on with the job? of securing a new independence referendum, as the Conservative and Labour parties harden their stance on granting Holyrood the powe...

Independent Scotland 'within touching distance', claims Nicola Sturgeon
2 Nov 2019 at 8:01am
First minister and SNP leader to address pro-independence rally in Glasgow on SaturdayAn independent Scotland is ?within touching distance?, Nicola Sturgeon will tell a pro-independence rally in Glasgow on Saturday afternoon.Her promise comes as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn insisted that a new ind...

General election: Farage tells Johnson to 'drop the deal' or face Brexit part...
1 Nov 2019 at 4:39pm
Full coverage of Friday?s developments from the 2019 election campaign, including the Brexit party launchFarage to PM: join forces or Brexit party will contest every seatFarage?s electoral pact offer to Tories - summary and analysisAfternoon summary 4.30pm GMT 4.27pm GMT 4.25pm GMT In his speec...

MSPs cast doubt on timing of Sturgeon?s independence vote
31 Oct 2019 at 1:06pm
Committee says yes/no question must be tested and late 2020 poll is unlikelyA Holyrood committee has cast fresh doubt over Nicola Sturgeon?s plan to hold a second independence referendum based on a simple yes/no question late next year .The finance and constitution committee said it supported req...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Rescuing Scotland from Johnson and Farage?s UK
Nigel Farage is still tired from all that walking he didn’t do earlier this year on his much touted march on London. Only as far as Nigel was concerned it turned out not to be a long hard slog all the way from the north of England, and more of a short stroll to the […]

It?s the Scotland Act, not the Boris Johnson Act
According to a clause buried deep within Boris Johnson’s EU withdrawal bill, the law would be changed following the successful passage of the bill to allow the British Government to make unilateral changes to the devolution settlement by way of regulations, without having to seek the approval of the Westminster Parliament. Ministers could make the […]

Saying Scotland matters
Ugh. British politics is a disgusting sewer. It’s just one sleazy accusation after another. It has only just begun, and already this is the most shambolic and the dirtiest election in living memory. We’ve got another five weeks of this, and it’s only going to get worse. These are the high standards of British democracy […]

Dugcast ? 8 November 2019
In this week’s edition of the dugcast, The National’s Stewart Ward and I chat about the independence rally in Glasgow last Saturday which was organised by The National. We talk about the general election, and how it’s been the most shambolic start to any general election in memory for Labour and the Tories. We also […]

Silence is consent
I was chatting with my neighbour Jane today. She was telling me that some of the women in her work loathe and detest Boris Johnson – don’t we all – but that they’re not motivated to vote because they think that all politicians are crap. Sadly that’s quite a widespread sentiment amongst working class people […]

True colours
The Tories are in a mess. Admittedly that’s not news, but when they’ve finally got the general election that they’ve been begging for and are seeking to pose as the party of competent government, it’s not a good look. It started on Sunday when Ross Thomson was forced to stand down as the Tory candidate […]

Finding ourselves
Since there’s fireworks going off all over the place and I have to stay indoors with the dog to make sure that he doesn’t freak out, I thought I might as well write another blog article. Dog owners don’t get to have a social life on the 5th of November. So Ginger’s misery is your […]

How do you say ?buying influence? in Russian
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson doesn’t want us to see the parliamentary report on Russian meddling in the EU referendum campaign and the security threat that the Kremlin represents to elections in the UK. After an 18 month long investigation the report was due to be published this week, but the government has refused to […]

When democracy becomes a sham
Today The National reports that Nicola Sturgeon is calling on the UK media to challenge the refusal of the anti-independence parties to concede to the will of the Scottish people and agree to another independence referendum. Over the past few months we’ve seen numerous media reports about how the Conservatives or the Labour party or […]

Choosing the future
It’s time. It’s time to stand up. It’s time to say enough is enough. It’s time to seize control of the political agenda from the British press and say loudly and clearly that Scotland will be the mistress of her own destiny. It’s time to say that Boris Johnson and Alister Jack don’t get to […]

Michael Greenwell


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

Union Dividends 28
Another in the series. Thanks to whoever posted it, haven’t been able to find the original post.  

Scottish Independence Podcast 177 ? Everything In The Balance
The 177th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast has quite a varied menu. What is the UK govt spending millions on telling citizens living abroad? Do (Labour) MPs bother to read things before voting for them? There’s also a No to Yes convert, some speeches from the recent march in Edinburgh, a confused person and …

Too Mad Not To Share
“Cooking, with bigots and paedophiles” Lots of other innocuous types in the book, just a bit weird to see those above.

Scottish Independence Podcast 176 ? A Declaration for Independence 2019
The 176th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast has got 3 elements. I thought there should be an audio version of the recent Declaration for Independence 2019, so I made one. We also drop in on Luxembourg and on Murdo Fraser campaign headquarters. Hope you enjoy. You can download the show directly if you click …

Dangerous People

Just Not Trying Very Hard, Or At It?
This is what I found with one google search, including copying and pasting time, it took me 5 minutes… “If the two parts of the United Kingdom are in agreement that it is in accord with their constitutional arrangement, written or unwritten, Spain would have nothing to say. We would simply maintain that it does …

Johnson To Resign, Royal Commission Appointed To Find Retirement Village

?Lips That Speak Knowledge Are A Rare Jewel?
I’m a non-believer, but it is a subject that interests me and I’d say I know a fair bit about what is (and what isn’t) in that book. Watching this however, I am extremely doubtful that he has even the slightest idea…

Gerry Hassan

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

Letter from America: Civil society matters more than who wins elections in th...
Letter from America: Civil society matters more than who wins elections in the UK, US and elsewhere Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 6th 2019 Britain from afar looks very unhappy and divided. This much is obvious from the USA – not exactly a benign, peaceful, harmonious world itself. But in its media coverage, and the …

Letter from America: Let?s Stop Looking to America for the Future
Letter from America: Let?s Stop Looking to America for the Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 30th 2019 ?You don?t know how lucky you are. Never take your democracy for granted. You don?t realise what it?s worth until it?s too late.? Mikola Statkevich, former Belarusian Presidential candidate, 2015 America likes to think of itself as …

The Last UK General Election Ever? Or the Last Bar One?
The Last UK General Election Ever? Or the Last Bar One? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, October 27th 2019 Boris Johnson on Monday makes what is his third attempt to get the votes to call a UK general election ? needing 434 votes to win a two-thirds majority under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. This piece …

Tony Blair and the Road from Baghdad to Boris Johnson?s Brexit
Tony Blair and the Road from Baghdad to Boris Johnson?s Brexit Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, October 26th 2019 Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, Peter Mandelson and others from the New Labour era have of late been on our airwaves talking endlessly of the evils of Brexit and the need for a second referendum on Europe. But …

Does Boris Johnson?s ?deal? pose the end of the Union?
Does Boris Johnson?s ?deal? pose the end of the Union? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, October 20th 2019 It has been another tumultuous Brexit week. But this is not the end of Brexit, or even the beginning of the end, but just another staging post in this drawn-out process. Fundamental to the Johnson deal is what …

Scotland needs fundamental change. A nationalist project is not enough
Scotland needs fundamental change. A nationalist project is not enough Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 16th 2019 Five years after the indyref and three years after the Brexit vote Scottish politics feels like it is in a holding pattern, full of pent up pressures, but stuck in a vortex of powerful forces beyond its control. …

Politics and People Power is changing Scotland and beyond
Politics and People Power is changing Scotland and beyond Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 9th 2019 Demos and marches are part of the ritual of politics – from today?s pro- and anti-Brexit gatherings, to the direct action and interventions of Extinction Rebellion, and the spate of pro-Scottish independence rallies criss-crossing the nation. They are often …

Deal or No Deal? Brexit Endgame or the End of Britain?
Deal or No Deal? Brexit Endgame or the End of Britain? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, October 6th 2019 Boris Johnson has finally revealed his Brexit plan with less than one month to his intended exit date from the EU. Constantly presented as a ?deal? by insular British political discussion and media who have contributed so …

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

The UK?s Macabre Final Election
This is the final general election of the United Kingdom. The SNP has put Independence at the heart of its campaign, eschewing the dreadful error of the “don’t mention Independence” campaign of 2017 that led half a million potential supporters to sit on their hands on voting day. The SNP is going to win a … The post The UK’s Macabre Final Election appeared first on Craig Murray.

World Exclusive: Post Testimony Interview with Randy Credico
Following his appearance as the main witness for the prosecution against former Trump aide Roger Stone, my good friend Randy Credico has had the entire American mainstream media chasing him for an interview. He has however decided to give only this single interview to me, which is put out here and which is free for … The post World Exclusive: Post Testimony Interview with Randy Credico appear...

Mainstream Media Pro-Johnson Propaganda Gets Into Full Swing
We are now under election broadcasting rules. Ian Austin left the Labour Party nine months ago. He was then appointed by the Tories as Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Israel. As of yesterday, he is neither a MP nor a candidate for election. He is a minor politician who achieved only the most junior ministerial … The post Mainstream Media Pro-Johnson Propaganda Gets Into Full Swing appeared f...

Rustam Aliev
UPDATE Nadira has decided, with great sadness, not to travel to Uzbekistan, having received information that it is not safe to do so. Not being able to attend your own parent’s funeral is heartrending. She has however been to the mosque and discussed charitable work she might undertake in her father’s name. I also received … The post Rustam Aliev appeared first on Craig Murray.

The Incredible Disappearing Farage, and Other Electoral Oddities
For a decade Nigel Farage has been flung into our living rooms continually by the BBC. Even when UKIP barely registered a blip in the opinion polls, he was a regular on Question Time and the other news, current affairs and politics programme. Farage’s celebrity was a BBC creation. He served an important purpose. At … The post The Incredible Disappearing Farage, and Other Electoral Oddities ap...

Grenfell Report Phase 1 Seeks to Blame the Firefighters
One simple fact cannot be hidden. The firefighters did not cause the fire. Phase 1 of Judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s report of the public inquiry into the Grenfell disaster has been released to relatives prior to publication tomorrow. According to the Guardian, it concentrates blame on the firefighters in charge of tackling the blaze. This … The post Grenfell Report Phase 1 Seeks to Blame the ...

Assange in Court
UPDATE I have received scores of requests to republish and/or translate this article. It is absolutely free to use and reproduce and I should be delighted if everybody does; the world should know what is being done to Julian. So far, over 200,000 people have read it on this blogsite alone and it has already … The post Assange in Court appeared first on Craig Murray.

Assange Case
I am trying to write a report of what I saw in Westminster Magistrate’s Court today, but my hands keep shaking with rage, frustration and sadness to the point I can’t type, and my heart keeps going into atrial fibrillation. I have got myself a cheese sandwich and bottle of Irn Bru and still hope … The post Assange Case appeared first on Craig Murray.

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Police will not face prosecution over Sheku Bayoh's death
Mr Bayoh died in 2015 after being restrained by officers responding to a call in Fife.

Teenager found dead at boarding school in Perthshire
An investigation has been launched into the 'unexplained' death at Strathallan School.

Tenement building collapses after fire in ground-floor shop
Firefighters worked through the night to tackle the flames in Glasgow's Albert Drive.

Truck ploughs into traffic lights after colliding with bus
The two-vehicle crash took place in Edinburgh at around 2.30pm on Monday.

Arts group severs links with BP over 'climate emergency'
The National Galleries of Scotland has become the latest organisation to cut ties with oil giants.

Damage to ancient Iron Age monument investigated by police
Officers are liaising with Historic Environment Scotland over the incident in North Uist.

CCTV images released of man missing for four days 
Calum Mackenzie, 41, was last see in Alness, Ross & Cromarty and concern is growing for his safety.

Breast and kidney cancer drugs approved for NHS use
The medicines are among five new drugs which can now be used across Scotland.

Greens will not field candidates in key SNP-held marginals
Local branches have decided not to run in the two most marginal seats in the country.

Hannah Miley helps design medals for Glasgow 2019 
Scotland's most successful ever female swimmer has unveiled the championship medals.

Scotland and Independence

"scotland independence -guardian" - Google News

Boris Johnson threatened with court if he blocks Scottish independence refere...
Boris Johnson threatened with court if he blocks Scottish independence referendum  The TimesScottish independence: Tories urge Labour voters to switch sides  BBC NewsLabour MP Paul Sweeney says Scottish independence not a general election issue  Scotland on SundayIndependence not an issue for this election, Labour MP claims  Aberdeen Evening ExpressThis election is not about independence says L...

Nicola Sturgeon kicks off new Scottish independence campaign - Al Jazeera Eng...
Nicola Sturgeon kicks off new Scottish independence campaign  Al Jazeera English

Scottish independence: SNP needs another bill to push through IndyRef2 approv...
Scottish independence: SNP needs another bill to push through IndyRef2 approval  The Scotsman

Jo Swinson says ?absolutely not? to idea of second Scottish independence vote...
Jo Swinson says ?absolutely not? to idea of second Scottish independence vote  Metro.co.uk

Scottish independence: Labour 'will grant indyref2' - under one condition - T...
Scottish independence: Labour 'will grant indyref2' - under one condition  The Scotsman

Question Time audience member says she voted no to Scottish independence, but...
Question Time audience member says she voted no to Scottish independence, but would vote yes to stay in the EU  inews

Richard Leonard: "There will be no independence referendum for years. Scotlan...
Richard Leonard: "There will be no independence referendum for years. Scotland won't want one if we win an election"  The Sunday Post

General election 2019: Spending and Scottish independence to be day two's bat...
General election 2019: Spending and Scottish independence to be day two's battlegrounds  Sky News

Scottish independence: SNP 'winning the economic argument' - BBC News
Scottish independence: SNP 'winning the economic argument'  BBC News

Neil Mackay: A new vision for Scottish independence: how we can change our br...
Neil Mackay: A new vision for Scottish independence: how we can change our broken politics  HeraldScotland

Scottish independence: SNP's referendum plans suffer blow in Holyrood report ...
Scottish independence: SNP's referendum plans suffer blow in Holyrood report  Scotland on Sunday

Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to speak at Glasgow rally - BBC News
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to speak at Glasgow rally  BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon to demand powers for new Scottish independence vote by end of...
Nicola Sturgeon to demand powers for new Scottish independence vote by end of 2019  Sky News

New poll reveals support for the SNP and Scottish independence - HeraldScotland
New poll reveals support for the SNP and Scottish independence  HeraldScotland

SNP

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Scottish Greens will not contest three marginal SNP seats - The Times
Scottish Greens will not contest three marginal SNP seats  The TimesGeneral election 2019: SNP calls for oil revenues to be used to fight climate change  inewsGeneral election 2019: SNP welcomes decision by Greens not to contest key marginal seats  Scotland on SundayGeneral election 2019: SNP welcomes decision by Greens to stand aside in key marginal seats  The ScotsmanSNP grateful as Tories sl...

SNP U-turn: How former deputy leader claimed ?joining EU strengthened indepen...
SNP U-turn: How former deputy leader claimed ?joining EU strengthened independence calls?  Express

General election 2019: SNP accuse Lib Dems of 'hypocrisy' over election debat...
General election 2019: SNP accuse Lib Dems of 'hypocrisy' over election debate legal challenge  The Scotsman

SNP plan 'wish list' of demands for potential post-election talks with Labour...
SNP plan 'wish list' of demands for potential post-election talks with Labour  Daily Mail

Scottish independence vote is price for support, SNP warns Labour - The Guardian
Scottish independence vote is price for support, SNP warns Labour  The Guardian

Block indyref2 and you'll face court action, SNP warns Johnson - The Times
Block indyref2 and you'll face court action, SNP warns Johnson  The Times

Lesley Riddoch: Will SNP success depend on party?s ability to inspire foot so...
Lesley Riddoch: Will SNP success depend on party?s ability to inspire foot soldiers?  Scotland on Sunday

SNP candidate calls out Jo Swinson after Lib Dem leader spells own constituen...
SNP candidate calls out Jo Swinson after Lib Dem leader spells own constituency wrong on leaflet  The Scottish Sun

SNP focuses on independence over Brexit as it targets Scotland landslide - Fi...
SNP focuses on independence over Brexit as it targets Scotland landslide  Financial Times

Force sales to free up empty homes, SNP urged - The Times
Force sales to free up empty homes, SNP urged  The Times

SNP council leader accused of 'nepotism' after husband's company given £1 ren...
SNP council leader accused of 'nepotism' after husband's company given £1 rent deal  Scotland on Sunday

SNP Women's Pledge 'disingenuous' - HeraldScotland
SNP Women's Pledge 'disingenuous'  HeraldScotland

SNP wants £1bn of oil cash to help with transition to greener economy - Isle ...
SNP wants £1bn of oil cash to help with transition to greener economy  Isle of Wight County Press

SNP wants £1 billion oil cash to help fund 'just transition' to green economy...
SNP wants £1 billion oil cash to help fund 'just transition' to green economy  The National

Referendum (Google News)

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Boris Johnson threatened with court if he blocks Scottish independence refere...
Boris Johnson threatened with court if he blocks Scottish independence referendum  The TimesScottish independence: Tories urge Labour voters to switch sides  BBC NewsLabour MP Paul Sweeney says Scottish independence not a general election issue  Scotland on SundayThis election is not about independence says Labour's Paul Sweeney  HeraldScotlandIndyref 2 inevitably rivalling Brexit as hot topic ...

Nicola Sturgeon to back Jeremy Corbyn if he agrees to Scottish referendum - M...
Nicola Sturgeon to back Jeremy Corbyn if he agrees to Scottish referendum  Metro.co.ukNicola Sturgeon vows to drive hard bargain over independence  Financial TimesScotland's future slap bang in the middle of campaign  BBC NewsUK election boosts hopes of pro-independence Scottish party  WDIV ClickOnDetroitScotland Seeks Another Independence Referendum in 2020 to Oppose Brexit - Trade Minister  U...

Whatever the result in Scotland there is no reason for another independence r...
Whatever the result in Scotland there is no reason for another independence referendum  Prospect

Boris Johnson rules out independence referendum deal - BBC News
Boris Johnson rules out independence referendum deal  BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon kicks off new Scottish independence campaign - Al Jazeera Eng...
Nicola Sturgeon kicks off new Scottish independence campaign  Al Jazeera English

Johnson rules out second Scottish referendum - Financial Times
Johnson rules out second Scottish referendum  Financial Times

Jo Swinson says ?absolutely not? to idea of second Scottish independence vote...
Jo Swinson says ?absolutely not? to idea of second Scottish independence vote  Metro.co.uk

Nicola Sturgeon calls for second independence vote in 2020 - Financial Times
Nicola Sturgeon calls for second independence vote in 2020  Financial Times

BBC Question Time: Audience member shocks SNP in brilliant independence point...
BBC Question Time: Audience member shocks SNP in brilliant independence point - 'We voted'  Express.co.uk

Scottish independence: SNP 'winning the economic argument' - BBC News
Scottish independence: SNP 'winning the economic argument'  BBC News

Threat of legal action over Scottish referendum request - RTE.ie
Threat of legal action over Scottish referendum request  RTE.ie

Nicola Sturgeon eyes court battle to get second independence poll - The Times
Nicola Sturgeon eyes court battle to get second independence poll  The Times

MSPs on course to back laws for quickfire Scottish independence vote - Scotla...
MSPs on course to back laws for quickfire Scottish independence vote  Scotland on Sunday

Westminster 'must allow Scottish independence referendum if voters want it' -...
Westminster 'must allow Scottish independence referendum if voters want it'  The Times

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What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

Hong Kong Riots
Bit disappointing tbh. I thought it would be like a million Jackie Chans strutting their stuff. Still... at least they're not sitting on their arses while their countries sovergnty is being trampled over.

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

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

Daft c**ts on twitter
We all know a Malky or two. This thread is dedicated to all them Malky's out there on social media inflicting their idiocy onto others. I'll get the ball rolling....    

The official Boris pm cluster-fuck thread
Day to day discussions relating to the bumbling, chinless twat.  He's currently giving a trumpesqian speech in Manchester relating to his Northern powerhouse plan - building a railway between Manchester and Leeds. He's went off message a few times, notably guessing when Stephenson's rocket was a ...

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

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 ...

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

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

Stay Classy Sinn Fein
Good to see Barry McElduff representing ALL of his constituents. A hate filled James Hunt of a man. For anyone wondering what the Kingsmill connection is, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsmill_massacre I think the fact that he is claiming he didn't intend any offence is more ins...

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

Movies 2019
Don't think anyone's started this thread yet.  Last Saturday: Stan and Ollie - loved it, great film Yesterday: The Favourite - didn't get the hype, bit bored, bit of a waste of money

Catalonia & the UK media blackout of events
What is this so called free press that we hear about ? It is quite something

General Election 2019
May as well start this now but I expect people will just post in the IndyRef and Brexit threads as per usual. 

Fake News
British journalists have become part of Johnson?s fake news machine "It?s chilling. From the Mail, The Times to the BBC and ITN, everyone is peddling Downing Street?s lies and smears. They?re turning their readers into dupes." Hard hitting article by Peter Oborne. It implies not that jour...

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=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU...

The Mystery of Bonny78/79 - Solved !
On November 9th 1979 at some woods in West Lothian. Bonny, the man the TAMB loves to hate, arrived in Scotland.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-50262655 Wouldn't that make Brexit Party supporter Bonny an illegal immigrant ? 

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

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

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

Tamb - where did it all go wrong Part II?
Closing 20 page threads now because of one post?

Jokes
A Chinese doctor can't find a job in a hospital in the US, so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside that reads "GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100." An American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic. Lawyer: "I have lost my...

Curry - How Hot Can You Handle?
Madras for me, anything hotter is an ordeal. I've eaten a few vindaloos but didn't really enjoy them. I've recently taken up cooking my own as a hobby, dipping into these books - Something called "phal" is mentioned. It uses Scotch bonnet chillis so must be fkin mental! Anyone ever t...

Smoking..
I dont mind sharing that I have been a casual smoker for over 30 years. So 1 month ago today, I stopped. Do not know why. I lit one up having a pint, and just threw it down. Never done that before. So it has been I month now I have not smoked, hopefully I'll never go back. I have been out having ...

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Dangler-23-Part-3-Jo-Swinson ? More Right Wing than Boris the Beast ? East Du...
      6 Nov 2017: Swinson hiding in the corner during a meeting to form a common policy on tackling abuse following allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in British politics. Wonder why Lord Rennard wasn’t invited. Hard necked eh!!!         July 2013: Anger as constituents pay … Continue reading "Dangler-23-Part-3-Jo-Swinson – More Right Wing than Boris the Beast – East Dunbarton...

Dangler-23-Part-2-Jo-Swinson- Minister for Women in the Con/Dem Coalition ? C...
      Oct 2018: Protecting paedophiles in politics – a petition was submitted to Westminster calling for an amendment to the Official Secrets Act preventing its use in cases where child abuse was involved. Swinson and her colleague MP?s voted against a proposed change to the Official Secrets Act so that public … Continue reading "Dangler-23-Part-2-Jo-Swinson- Minister for Women in the Con/D...

Dangler ? 23 ? Part 1 ? Jo Swinson?s naked ambition is to be returned to West...
    Unionist Party scandal  revealed – Tax Haven firms cashing in on East Dunbartonshire PFI contract The charge to Scottish taxpayers for PFI projects driven by  Labour and Lib Dem Party administrations in Westminster and Holyrood will add up to £30billion over the coming decades. The East Dunbartonshire Schools PFI project is … Continue reading "Dangler – 23 – Part 1 – Jo Swinson’s naked ...

Lamont The Tory Dangler for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk ? He?ll do anyth...
      Dangle 21: John Lamont – Tory MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk Lamont has ambitions to lead the United Kingdom government in Edinburgh should the next general election bring about the demise of the Tory party in Scotland, (except for himself) but return yet another right-wing Tory party in … Continue reading "Lamont The Tory Dangler for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk – He’l...

Voters of Ochil and South Perthshire Conned into Electing Luke Graham ? Yet a...
    Ochil & South Perthshire Luke Graham-Dangle 20: A political carpetbagger using the constituency as a stepping stone to glory with the Tory party at Westminster. People of Ochil and South Perthshire you were conned. This is a guddle of a constituency, grouping traditional Labour voters in the old mining communities, farmers … Continue reading "Voters of Ochil and South Perthshire Conned ...

will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-in-scotland-returning-...
      So who was John Smith? The public persona was that he was a genial, whisky-drinking Scots lawyer from the traditional Labour right. Not so. John Smith and his close friend and political ally Denis Healey were senior figures, with others, of the influential right-wing, Bilderberg Group and were members … Continue reading "will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-in-scot...

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         The 2017 General Election and Whitehall Mandarins involvement in Scotland The Unionist Party’s manifestos could have been written on a fag packet since they were almost entirely free of anything meaningful to the electorate in Scotland. It comprised a single battle cry attacking the most progressive and … Continue reading "will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-...

Will-westminster-proscribe-the-snp-forcing-an-election-in-scotland-returning-...
    The British Secret Service (SIS) The security service is comprised of three branches each of which provides graduates, postgraduates, linguists, IT specialists and writers a wide range of career opportunities in intelligence work. MI5:  Staff 4000: It is responsible for protecting the UK against covertly organized threats to national security encompassing … Continue reading "Will-westmi...

Will Westminster Proscribe the SNP Forcing an Election in Scotland ? Returnin...
      2008: Growing support for the SNP in Scotland triggered the activation of a secret MI5 anti-nationalist working group. In 2008 the growth in nationalist support in Scotland alarmed the US and Westminster. The Labour Party was in meltdown and it was entirely possible an SNP government would be in place … Continue reading "Will Westminster Proscribe the SNP Forcing an Election in Scotla...

Will Westminster Proscribe the SNP Forcing an Election in Scotland ? Returnin...
        https://caltonjock.com/2018/10/12/british-spymasters-revealed/   Special Branch “spies” are firmly embedded within the civil service and in the government in Scotland. Their mission being to leak intelligence to Whitehall. There are also political “sleepers” tasked with disrupting the business of the Scottish government. The US has plans in place to … Continue reading "Will West...

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