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Nicola Sturgeon: Second referendum 'all but inevitable' after May's speech
17 Jan 2017 at 5:39pm
THERESA May?s ?economically catastrophic? Brexit plans have made a second independence referendum ?all but inevitable?, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Theresa May warns EU members 'no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal'
17 Jan 2017 at 12:06pm
Theresa May has warned fellow EU nations that she is ready to walk away from Brexit talks rather than accept a "punitive" deal.

Sketch: Mother Theresa turns to Lady Macbeth to warn Eurocrats not to turn Br...
17 Jan 2017 at 5:43pm
The King?s Speech was filmed here and now Lancaster House, a grand pile by the Mall, became the venue for the Prime Minister?s Speech on Britain?s journey towards a new horizon.

Think-tank expert warns SNP?s post-Brexit plan ?almost impossible?
17 Jan 2017 at 7:58am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s plan for Scotland to stay in both the European single market and customs union after Brexit is ?almost impossible?, a leading expert has warned.

Consumers warned over rising inflation
17 Jan 2017 at 5:31pm
Households have been warned to expect to feel the pinch of price rises on the shelves after inflation hit a two-and-a-half year high.

David Davis: Brexit will happen even if MPs vote down deal
17 Jan 2017 at 5:19pm
David Davis has said Brexit will still go ahead even if MPs voted against an EU withdrawal deal.

In full: Theresa May's Brexit speech
17 Jan 2017 at 1:01pm
Here is the full text of the speech by Prime Minister Theresa May supplied by Downing Street.

Brexit deal threatens 'bargain basement economy' for UK, says Jeremy Corbyn
17 Jan 2017 at 2:13pm
Theresa May is threatening to turn the UK into an offshore "bargain basement" economy, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has warned as he demanded more details on the Prime Minister's Brexit strategy.

SNP MP accuses Theresa May of 'worthless Westminster promises'
17 Jan 2017 at 3:31pm
Theresa May has subjected Scotland to a series of "worthless Westminster promises", an SNP MP has said, amid further hints over independence.

Different future for Scotland 'more likely' as UK quits single market, says N...
17 Jan 2017 at 2:46pm
THERESA May?s ?economically catastrophic? plans for Brexit have increased the likelihood of a second independence referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has warned, after the Prime Minister confirmed the UK would end its membership of the EU single market.

Derek Mackay refuses to discuss cuts at SNP-run council
17 Jan 2017 at 12:08am
THE Finance Secretary has refused to comment on proposed cuts in education and social care being considered by an SNP-run council.

Brexit speech 'will send shockwaves around factories and shopfloors'
17 Jan 2017 at 1:13pm
The Prime Minister's Brexit speech will send "shockwaves" around factories and shopfloors across the country, according to the leader of the UK's biggest trade union.

'Political red lines' prevent UK from staying in single market, says Chancellor
17 Jan 2017 at 12:41pm
The UK cannot stay in the single market following Brexit because EU leaders made it clear they would not allow curbs on the free movement of people, Philip Hammond has said.

Donald Trump 'to visit Scotland when he comes to the UK'
17 Jan 2017 at 12:08am
Whitehall insiders expect Donald Trump to visit Scotland if the controversial tycoon turned President-Elect of the United States comes to the UK later this year.

The Midge: Labour MSP takes swipe at party grandee over term limit call
17 Jan 2017 at 7:14am
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Theresa May?s European Single Market Brexit speech in full
17 Jan 2017 at 4:47pm
A little over six months ago, the British people voted for change.

Sturgeon: Indyref2 now ?more likely? with hard Brexit plans
17 Jan 2017 at 2:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon has warned that a second referendum on Scottish independence is now "more likely" after Theresa May set out plans to leave the EU single market after Brexit.

Brexit: 12 objectives of Theresa May?s negotiations
17 Jan 2017 at 2:40pm
Here are the 12 objectives for Britain’s Brexit negotiations, as set out in Theresa May’s speech at Lancaster House:

May rules out Scottish Brexit deal and calls for UK-wide support
17 Jan 2017 at 1:19pm
Theresa May has dealt a decisive blow to hopes of a compromise with the Scottish Government on Brexit, ruling out any separate deal to maintain its place in the EU.

Theresa May confirms: Britain will leave the single market
17 Jan 2017 at 12:37pm
Britain will leave the European single market when it quits the European Union, Theresa May has said.

Scots children living in temporary accommodation up 17%
17 Jan 2017 at 11:54am
The number of children living in temporary accommodation rose by 17 per cent last year, a figure described as “deeply worrying” by housing campaigners.

Defra ?doesn?t have a clue about post-Brexit world?
17 Jan 2017 at 8:20am
Despite putting more flesh than had been seen before on the bones of a possible future UK farm policy, farm minister George Eustice was yesterday accused of “not having a clue” about what he was going to do after 2020.

Independent Scotland ?should have own currency and central bank?
17 Jan 2017 at 8:16am
A nationalist MP has said an independent Scotland should have its own currency and central bank.

Anti-Trump protest planned for Edinburgh on inauguration day
17 Jan 2017 at 8:12am
HUNDREDS of protesters are to march through the Capital’s streets to campaign against incoming US president Donald Trump.

Martin Flanagan: Edinburgh rides out Brexit apprehension
17 Jan 2017 at 7:24am
If there is distinct political and commercial uncertainty in the UK air in the slipstream of the Brexit vote then somebody has been remiss in failing to tell the Edinburgh property market, which seems firmly on the front foot.

Leader comment: No talking in class ? it?s time to listen to teachers
17 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
More than six years on from its introduction, Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) has unequivocally failed to rejuvenate the Scottish education system.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Migrant pressure based on a myth
17 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Response to NHS crisis shows the danger of failing to challenge flawed immigration rhetoric, says Paris Gourtsoyannis

Leader comment: Volunteer to help us all out
17 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
History is unlikely to judge David Cameron altogether favourably, but in his championing of the “big society” the former prime minister hit on an idea potentially years ahead of its time.

Theresa May promises hard Brexit to build ?global Britain?
17 Jan 2017 at 12:00am
The UK will not be “half in, half out” of the EU after Brexit, the Prime Minister will say today in a speech promising “certainty and clarity” during two years of negotiations ahead.

Teacher and Scottish exam board relations ?near breaking point?
16 Jan 2017 at 10:12pm
Relations between teachers and Scotland’s national exams body are near breaking point, a report by MSPs has found.

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A useful reminder
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Jan 2017 at 1:07pm
Every day from now until indyref 2.

The flexibility of figures
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jan 2017 at 12:55pm
It’s a well-known fact, of course, that 87% of all statistics are made up. But as this site regularly observes, if you’re the Scottish opposition and media there’s no need to invent fake ones when you can twist the real ones to present an image completely at odds with the reality. The Sunday Times today has …

It?s not always the headline
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Jan 2017 at 10:27am
While normally the Unionist media deploys the ever-reliable blunt sledgehammer in its tireless war against Scotland controlling its own affairs, it’s also occasionally capable of more subtlety, slipping in a sneaky stiletto of a lie in passing. Take this piece from today’s Mail On Sunday: The thing is, that’s not how currency reserves work. There …

An Act Of Union
by Chris Cairns
14 Jan 2017 at 6:55am

The quiet times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Jan 2017 at 12:17pm
Anybody got any news?

The Great Urging
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Jan 2017 at 4:01pm
As we’ve always understood it, readers, the definition of “news” is supposed to be “a new thing which has happened that people didn’t previously know about”. Evidently the rules have changed since we were young cub reporters. 21 January 2015 (Ruth Davidson) 27 April 2016 (Kezia Dugdale) 6 May 2016 (Ruth Davidson) 17 May 2016 …

If I?m right and you are sinful
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Jan 2017 at 1:21pm
We’ve never been all that convinced by the political strategy of parties angrily pointing out their rivals have supposedly broken their manifesto promises once in government. After all, since by definition the complaining party was very probably opposed to the policies in question, shouldn’t they be delighted if they haven’t been enacted? (It’s different, of course, in …

Data without information
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Jan 2017 at 12:18pm
This week a Scottish journalist told us ruefully that over the festive holidays, all parties send the newspapers “Christmas boxes” comprising a load of ready-made and pre-chewed garbage stories, each embargoed to specific days, for them to run in the news desert between Boxing Day and January 3rd with no further effort required. (This year’s crop had …

The only explanation
by Chris Cairns
7 Jan 2017 at 6:55am

The dreams of the walking dead
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
5 Jan 2017 at 4:06pm
There’s no sign of Scottish Labour’s great voyage to the bottom of the polls hitting the sea-bed yet. Currently sitting at around 15% – a startling 10 points down on the abysmal performance that saw the party lose 40 of 41 Westminster MPs in 2015 – the North Britain Branch Office is now haemorrhaging voters …

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May's Brexit speech: Sturgeon says second referendum 'undoubtedly' closer
17 Jan 2017 at 6:08pm
Nicola Sturgeon says Theresa May's plan to take the UK out of the EU's single market brings a second Scottish independence referendum "undoubtedly" closer.


Scotland sees A&E target miss in first week of 2017
17 Jan 2017 at 12:13pm
Just under 88% of patients attending A&E departments in Scotland in the first week of 2017 were seen within the four hour target, new figures show.


Criminal convictions in Scotland fall to record low
17 Jan 2017 at 12:20pm
The number of criminal convictions in Scotland falls to the lowest level on record, according to a report.


SQA 'urgently needs to build trust'
17 Jan 2017 at 1:44am
Urgent work is needed to rebuild the relationship between Scotland's teachers and the country's exam body, according to MSPs.


Lord Advocate wants 'significant reform' of Scots justice system
17 Jan 2017 at 12:06pm
The Lord Advocate says "significant reform" is ongoing in Scotland's justice system after MSPs raise "serious concerns".


'Regular talks' on Scotland-US nuclear material flights
17 Jan 2017 at 11:00am
The Scottish government says it has "on-going regular dialogue" with the UK government on the transfer of nuclear material from Scotland to the US.


Glasgow council tax to rise by 3%
16 Jan 2017 at 4:38pm
Scotland's largest council confirms it is planning to put up the council tax by 3% this year.


Derek Mackay insists council budget settlement is 'fair'
16 Jan 2017 at 6:37pm
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay insists his draft budget settlement for Scottish councils is "very fair".


Former first ministers call for 'radical' change at Holyrood
16 Jan 2017 at 5:19pm
Former first ministers Jack McConnell and Henry McLeish call for "radical" changes to the Scottish Parliament.


Response due on flying of nuclear material from Wick
16 Jan 2017 at 5:32pm
The Scottish government is expected to respond this week to concerns about the transportation of radioactive material from a Highlands airport.


Billboards and van adverts accuse BBC Scotland of bias
16 Jan 2017 at 1:13pm
A pro-independence group unveils billboard and mobile adverts accusing BBC Scotland of bias in its political reporting.


Taxing times
17 Jan 2017 at 1:53am
BBC Scotland looks at the idea of a tax on parking spaces at workplaces ahead of Scottish ministers unveiling plans to tackle climate change.

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Labour's wizard plan for avoiding Hard Brexit is to call it something else
by James Kelly
17 Jan 2017 at 4:48pm
In her speech today, Theresa May announced the following -* The UK will leave the Single Market.* The UK will leave the Customs Union (giving us a lesser status than Turkey).* The jurisdiction of t...

Scottish Government don't blink on single market membership : independence re...
by James Kelly
16 Jan 2017 at 4:05am
When the news broke on Saturday night that Theresa May was preparing to pull the UK out of the single market and the customs union, I suggested that this was the moment of truth for an independence...

It's post-truth, it's cultish...yup, it's Massie
by James Kelly
15 Jan 2017 at 6:04am
Scotland, eh?  The SNP.  Nicola Sturgeon.  Cybernats.  Jock-speak.  Streuth.  I mean...crikey.  Now, don't get me wrong, it's totally normal that all of these things exist.  Understandable.  Utterl...

Moment of truth for Indyref 2 as Sturgeon's red line is crossed : reports sug...
by James Kelly
14 Jan 2017 at 10:21pm
Several newspapers have reported in the last few minutes that Theresa May is now confirming that she will be prepared to withdraw the UK (and by extension Scotland) from the single market if the fr...

Let's not rewrite history on the "tactical voting" stunt
by James Kelly
14 Jan 2017 at 5:49pm
Via Twitter, I've learned that Richard Walker said this at the Scottish Independence Convention earlier today -"The National, the Sunday Herald, Bella Caledonia and CommonSpace all came under fire ...

YouGov poll reveals the chasm between Scottish and British public opinion on ...
by James Kelly
13 Jan 2017 at 7:03am
I think if I was a Liberal Democrat, I'd be distinctly underwhelmed by the findings of the first two Britain-wide voting intention polls of 2017.  Both YouGov and ICM have Tim Farron's party traili...

Co-belligerents rather than loved-up allies : a realistic view of how differe...
by James Kelly
12 Jan 2017 at 12:39am
So Bella Caledonia's future seems secure after all, without even needing to take up Craig Murray's offer to work as editor for free (although, after the overwhelming result of our poll the other ni...

How to do the Herald Hokey and the BMG Boogie
by James Kelly
10 Jan 2017 at 6:59am
OK, here are the rules of the dance.  They're pretty straightforward.Starting position : Britain's decision to leave the EU has made an early Scottish independence referendum very likely, with the ...

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Donald Trump's inauguration poem describes Barack Obama as a 'tyrant' and pay...
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17 Jan 2017 at 6:43pm
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ELI5, what are the odds of Scotland gaining independence and joining the EU? ...
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17 Jan 2017 at 5:50pm
Would really be great if you lads could join us. I know there's a risk Catalonia might use it to further their independence movement, of course. EDIT: I'll probably post it over there, too, but the...

If you could fight any Scot, past or present, who would it be?
by /u/HailSatanLoveHaggis
17 Jan 2017 at 5:41pm
Is there somedy aff the telly who gets right oan yer tits, or have ye got a historical hard-on for ripping some cunts jaw? Is there a certain politician who you'd love tae lamp? Have ye ever wanted...

Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter- "Scottish Parliament has just voted - by a clear ...
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17 Jan 2017 at 5:35pm
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MSPs debate Brexit following Theresa May's statement - BBC News
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17 Jan 2017 at 5:02pm
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Robert Carlyle kept away from family in Glasgow while filming T2 Trainspottin...
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17 Jan 2017 at 4:34pm
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Jamie Ross on Twitter: "IndyRef2 was "highly likely" in June. Sturgeon says i...
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17 Jan 2017 at 3:26pm
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"Downing Street sources confirm May's speech constitutes the "plan" promised ...
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17 Jan 2017 at 2:34pm
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FM on PM's Speech.
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17 Jan 2017 at 2:29pm
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So with May confirming we're going for a "Hard Brexit" does this just confirm...
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17 Jan 2017 at 2:18pm
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May spoke to Sturgeon before Brexit speech - BBC News
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Court of Session rules that footballers Goodwillie and Robertson are rapists
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17 Jan 2017 at 1:22pm
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"A Powerhouse Parliament"
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17 Jan 2017 at 1:16pm
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Free movement "across islands" between UK and Ireland to continue... would th...
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17 Jan 2017 at 12:35pm
Theresa May announced that there will be free movement between the UK and Ireland after Brexit. The words were something along the lines of "free movement between islands". Seems to me that this i...

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Nicola Sturgeon says Indyref2 'more likely' as UK quits single market
by Record Reporter
17 Jan 2017 at 2:55pm
The First Minster says Theresa May's hard Brexit announcement increases the likelihood of Scotland choosing a 'different future'.


Watch Theresa May's speech live as she prepares to announce hard Brexit
by Record Reporter
17 Jan 2017 at 11:49am
In a speech today May will signal the UK will leave the single market and the EU Customs Union and seek a custom-made trade deal over two years of talks.


Trump will benefit from our Brexit chaos
by Record View
17 Jan 2017 at 7:23am
It's rich men like Trump who can use the confusion over Brexit and its effects as an advantage.


SNP and Tories must not allow divisions to multiply
by Kezia Dugdale
17 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Kezia believes the parties are casting about for a convenient political position rather than working in the national interest.


PM Theresa May confirms hard Brexit plan by revealing UK will leave single ma...
by Torcuil Crichton
17 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
In a speech today May will signal the UK will leave the single market and the EU Customs Union and seek a custom-made trade deal over two years of talks


New elections called in Northern Ireland after Sinn Fein and Unionists fail t...
by Record Reporter
16 Jan 2017 at 6:36pm
The UK government has been forced to call fresh elections after the collapse of the powersharing executive caused by £490m heat saving scheme.


Nicola Sturgeon on why she thinks Tories' Brexit plans threaten workers' rights
by Nicola Sturgeon
16 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
In her first column for the Daily Record Nicola Sturgeon sets out why she thinks the Tories' Brexit plans are a 'race to the bottom'.


Psst, Mr Trump, sir.. that stuff you say about the wall, immigrants and Russi...
by John Niven
15 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
John Niven looks back in horror at the 'really bad amateur theatre production' that passed as Donald Trump's press conference.


Melania Trump as the new First Lady? That's the last thing we all need
by Lesley Roberts
15 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
Nothing we’ve seen of Melania in the run-up to this extraordinary career switch, could lead us to the conclusion she’s up to the task, says Lesley Roberts.


Music boss Alan McGee reveals brush with death led to him considering rejoini...
by Mark Aitken
15 Jan 2017 at 6:00am
The change of heart by Alan follows his ­emergency admission to hospital last month with a hernia and an inflamed colon.

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ScotIndyPod 141 ? The New Old Year
by michaelgreenwell
13 Jan 2017 at 12:13pm
The Scottish Independence Podcast is checking back in for 2017 and episode 141 is our way of starting it off by giving some time to our opponents (explicit content).. Hope you enjoy? You can download here if you right click THIS LINK and ?save as? You can listen online at the show?s spreaker web page, …
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London Calling
by michaelgreenwell
13 Dec 2016 at 9:10am
Watch, share, try not to get too angry…  

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

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

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

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

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

Bella Caledonia

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Theresa?s Euro Gymn
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jan 2017 at 1:41pm
I’m a member of a fitness club. It was pretty good for a while, it’s only small, under 30 members. But I’m going to give it up because it costs too much (and frankly it’s full of foreign-types). I’ve told the club that I’m stopping paying my membership fees immediately but I still fancy coming …

Buckfast means Buckfast
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Jan 2017 at 10:00am
Just as we thought ‘thanks Christ 2016 is over’ and things can only get better (wait a minute, not that), 2017 emerges out of the glaur in all its glory. This week two momentously dire events loom large. Today, after months of shambling vacuous nothingness, our Prime Minister will announce our True Path. It will …

10 Ideas to Save Your Week
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Jan 2017 at 6:01pm
Postcard: an occasional series of micro blogs. It’s mid-January and it’s all gone tits-up. Your Dry January has turned into Intravenous Malbec and your new Yoga class has turned ugly. Your healthy eating plan has been replaced by a 24 Hour Kebab habit and your arteries are shutting down faster than your chakras. Let Bella help …

The Trouble with Wilderness
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Jan 2017 at 3:57pm
The ?The Artist Traveller? exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy includes a series of pen and ink and digital pigment prints by artist Murray Robertson on the theme of wild land and wilderness. The centre-piece is a digital pigment print map of Scotland showing the Core Areas of Wild Land identified by Scottish Natural Heritage …

Build Yes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Jan 2017 at 9:18pm
Maggie Chapman’s speech from the Scottish Independence Convention’s Build Yes conference. We do, indeed, need to build for independence. Everyday, all around us, we see the consequences of the broken British state, crushing people?s spirits, destroying their lives. We see the stirring up of racism and anti-immigrant feeling by people determined to blame those not …

Border Crossing
by Bella Caledonia Editor
13 Jan 2017 at 12:47pm
For Britain ‘taking back control’ from Brussels must mean exerting control over Edinburgh and Belfast argues Mike Small. As Tristram jogs on to the V&A and Amber Rudd has her speeches registered as Hate, it’s been a bad week for Labour and the Tories. But it just got much worse. Since Sir Ivan Rodger’s resignation the …

Bella Futures
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Jan 2017 at 2:59pm
The Advisory Board of Bella Caledonia voted unanimously to keep the online magazine going at an emergency meeting in Edinburgh on Tuesday night. We agreed that Bella still has a vital part to play in Scotland?s future; creating space for debate, an arena for new writers, and a focus on culture, language and politics which …

Statement from the Bella Caledonia Board
by Daibhidh Rothach
8 Jan 2017 at 7:40pm
The Advisory Board of Bella Caledonia confirms we are going to have to make the decision to close, unless an urgent fundraising appeal can be met. Mike Small has advised that despite his commitment to Bella, he will have to step down as editor as the position is too financially precarious and he is actively …

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Independence vote more likely after single market move, Sturgeon signals
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
17 Jan 2017 at 5:14pm
Scotland?s first minister says Theresa May?s plan to take UK entirely out of EU single market could be economically catastrophicNicola Sturgeon has signalled that Theresa May?s decision to take the UK entirely out of the EU single market makes a second Scottish independence vote very likely.Accus...

National tensions exposed within Brexit Britain | Letters
by Letters
16 Jan 2017 at 6:47pm
As David Marquand points out, the UK is a multinational state and two parts of it, Scotland and Northern Ireland, voted to remain in the European UnionDavid Marquand asserts that ?there is no such place as Britain? (How can Britain exit the EU? Britain doesn?t really exist, 13 January). If Britai...

Scottish housing benefit reforms to offer tenants greater flexibility
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Jan 2017 at 4:52pm
Changes to universal credit system mark first use of welfare powers introduced after independence referendum in 2014Housing benefits in Scotland will be paid out more frequently and more flexibly than the rest of the UK in the first phase of welfare reforms implemented by ministers in Edinburgh.T...

Sturgeon rules out second Scottish independence referendum this year
by Jessica Elgot Political reporter
9 Jan 2017 at 7:02pm
First minister says the direction of Brexit negotiations will influence whether second vote is held but No 10 says whole of UK should work togetherNicola Sturgeon has ruled out holding a second Scottish independence referendum this year but said another ballot remained ?highly likely?.The first m...

May's hints at single market exit leave Scotland sidelined
by Andrew Sparrow and Severin Carrell
9 Jan 2017 at 12:01am
PM says UK will not keep ?bits of EU membership? despite threat of second independence referendumTheresa May has given her clearest signal yet that Britain will leave the single market when it leaves the European Union, despite a renewed vow from Nicola Sturgeon that a so-called hard Brexit would...

Sturgeon reiterates hard Brexit threat of Scottish independence vote
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Jan 2017 at 1:01pm
First minister says UK government would be making huge mistake if it thought she was bluffing about staging referendumNicola Sturgeon has again insisted she is not bluffing about her threat to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in the event of a hard Brexit.The UK government ?would...

The Scottish pioneer whose plan for a basic income could transform Britain
by Kevin McKenna
8 Jan 2017 at 12:05am
Support is growing for an idea that used to be considered eccentricIn the city where Adam Smith developed the free-market theories that inspired Thatcherism nearly 300 years later, a young Labour politician is pursuing an economic vision that takes a drastically different approach to ?the wealth ...

Sturgeon offers to shelve independence vote in return for soft Brexit
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Jan 2017 at 1:53pm
Scotland?s first minister would take quick referendum off table if UK wins favourable deal with EU and access to single marketNicola Sturgeon has said she would take a quick Scottish independence referendum off the table if the UK wins a favourable, soft Brexit deal with the EU.In an apparent ret...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Keeping granny on the bus
Over the weekend Theresa May hinted that she’s going to go full out for a hard Brexit, and prioritises controlling immigration over retaining British membership of the single market. This is despite the fact that prominent Leave campaigners during the EU referendum insisted that leaving the EU didn’t mean leaving the single market. We’re facing …

Putting the con in confederal
Kezia Dugdale isn’t at all like Theresa May. Theresa offers nothing but tautologies, Kezia on the other hand has an actual plan. We need a new Act of Union, said Kezia the other week, a new relationship between Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to secure the future of the UK because otherwise it risks …

Down the toilet in 2017
With the Tories being clueless on Brexit and making sitting in a dark basement with a bag over your head seem like an exercise in illumination, you might have thought that Labour would seize the opportunity to provide some clarity and leadership. The Government is in such a state of headless chickenry that it wouldn’t …

Quantum squirrels
Theresa Maybe gave an interview for Sky News on Sunday, during which she showed off the incredible political skill which has characterised her premiership – speaking at length while saying absolutely nothing at all and never, ever, giving a direct answer to a direct question. And you know that when she says she wants to …

Independence means independence
I’m not about to give a running commentary on what independence will mean, but let me be absolutely clear, independence means independence. We’re going to achieve an independence that will be a bespoke deal for the people of Scotland, not an off the shelf independence which might suit some nations which are not as great …

Dumb, dumber, and dumbest
Oh dear God I’m bored. Fed up. Pissed off. And simultaneously angry and seething with contemptuous indignation at the sheer mind-numbing moronity of British politics and its media cheerleaders. It’s like we’re all being drowned in a big vat of stupid that’s being stirred with the silver spoons that the rich and powerful have in …

Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls
A New Year, a fresh start, but the same auld mince from the usual suspects in Scotland’s not-so-merry band of grip losing Unionists for whom hysteria is a substitute for reason. The Unionists in Scotland are exactly like the Brexiteers. Both won their referendums, and both have reacted to their victories with ill-grace, bad tempers, …

The people?s party that chose to stand against the people
Well now we know. The only thing that Labour in Scotland stands for is defending the Union, and they’re even prepared to go into coalition with the Tories in order to do so. Mind you, we knew that already, but this week we had confirmation that Labour doesn’t exist in order to protect working people …

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John McHarg: Unsung heroes are leading Yes at the grassroots level
I?M still buzzing from the energy and optimism of Saturday?s Scottish Independence Convention event.

Glasgow University principal Anton Muscatelli urges UK Government to listen t...
FAILURE by the UK Government to listen to experts on Brexit would be an act of ?economic self-sabotage?, according to a leading academic.

March date set for Northern Ireland Assembly election in wake of power-sharin...
NORTHERN Ireland will go to the polls in less than two months following the collapse of its power-sharing executive, it has been confirmed.

Scottish Independence Convention: The start of a new chapter focusing on stra...
MORE than 800 supporters of Scottish independence gathered in Glasgow on Saturday for the first conference meeting of the Yes movement since 2014.

Campaign relaunches to sway English Scots to vote Yes
ONE of Scotland?s biggest Yes groups has relaunched in a bid to encourage thousands of English Scots to join the army of independence supporters in preparation for a second referendum.

Westminster slammed for failing to give its support to renewables sector
THE SNP has accused the Westminster Government of failing to support Scotland?s renewables industry and plunging the UK renewables market into ?further uncertainty?.

Wee Ginger Dug: Don?t wait for permission ... Scotland's future is in our hands
THERE?S no desire for another independence referendum, or so we keep being told. Scotland is perfectly content to be led down paths its people haven?t chosen. We?re happy to get the opposite to what we voted for. We don?t mind that during the independence referendum we were offered a choice between door A behind which was independence or door B behind which was safer faster better change, job s...

Indy Scotland should have its own currency and Central Bank, says Tommy Sheppard
A LEADING figure in the SNP has backed an independent Scotland establishing its own currency and Central Bank.

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Potentially More Oil Than Saudi Arabia ? Scottish Continental Shelf Gives Up ...
                    Oil Finds In the Scottish Continental Shelf –  Billions of Barrels to be Recovered From Fields Off the Shetlands Only with independence will Scotland benefit from the abundance of oil yet to be recovered from the Scottish Continental Shelf. Delays will only benefit the UK … Continue reading Potentially More Oil Than Saudi Arabia – Scottish Continental Shelf Gives Up Its Secr...

Obama and the Democrats Beat their Chests In Anguish Claiming- Without Suppor...
                  Donald Trump Under Fire From the Democratic Party, Actors and Other Bleeding Hearts  Congressman John Lewis, a Democrat, said on Friday he would not attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America on the grounds that he did not see … Continue reading Obama and the Democrats Beat their Chests In Anguish Claiming- Without Supporting Evidence ...

Israeli Missile Attack on Syria ? Another Twist in the On-Going Battles Resha...
                  Monday 16th January, 2017: Russia to Upgrade Its naval Air bases in Syria Russia plans to improve and expand its naval and air bases in Syria, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing an unnamed source, as Moscow cements its presence in the Middle Eastern country, … Continue reading Israeli Missile Attack on Syria – Another Twist in the On-Going Battles Reshaping the Mi...

Scotland Denied Independence in 2014 by the Gaslighters ? Now Donald Trump Is...
  Stare at the black dot in the centre and in a few moments the grey area surrounding the dot will disappear.   “Gaslighting” is an evil form of trickery introduced to the world of espionage by the CIA just after the end of WW2. It gained its name and notoriety from the 1944 film … Continue reading Scotland Denied Independence in 2014 by the Gaslighters – Now Donald Trump Is Under Attack by the...

Serverin Carrell of the Guardian ? Attacks the Scottish Government with a cat...
                Scotland’s Debt Mountain: Holyrood’s Borrowing Could Hit £50bn by 2020 The article is complex covering almost the entire spectrum of government activity in Scotland with the emphasis remaining fixated on unfounded allegations of financial mismanagement by the Scottish government. The author is a vastly experienced journalist and … Continue reading Serverin Carrell of the Guardia...

Article Published in the Sunday Post ? Same Info Presented Without the Anti ?...
            2014 Scottish Independence Referendum Campaign – Scottish Press Shows Its Hand Towards the end of April, (less than 6 months before the September referendum) the BBC and Scottish press relentlessly bombarded Scotland with distrorted information designed to ensure the Scottish electorate would turn away from the “Yes” campaign in … Continue reading Article Published in the Sunday Pos...

Urban Regeneration ? New Labour ? Billions Frittered away ? The Tories ? Bill...
                Natural Selection Almost all of the towns and cities in the UK evolved meeting the challenges of the nineteenth century industrial revolution. But whilst the intensity and types of industry has changed markedly, in recent years the location and size of the vast bulk of UK towns … Continue reading Urban Regeneration – New Labour – Billions Frittered away – The Tories – Billions T...

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

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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

The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland
The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland Scottish Review, January 10th 2017 Gerry Hassan It has been an unprecedented political year, and 2017 will also be full of high drama – globally, across Europe, in the UK, and nearer to home in Scotland. Politics isn?t everything. Just as important is culture …

My Favourite Books of 2016
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 December 19th 2016 The political upheavals of 2016 will be captured for many years to come through books and publishing. I enjoyed my wide reading over the year, while still feeling that events and crises were racing ahead of publishers and writers. I revelled in researching and writing my own …

My Year in Music 2016
MY YEAR IN MUSIC 2016 December 16th 2016 2016 will be certainly be remembered as a year and for more important things than music. But it was also a year of musical genius and of great losses ? which words are not adequate to describe. Without further to do my musical highs: MY BEST ALBUMS …

Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside?
Scotland?s Radical Tradition is richer and more diverse than ?Red Clydeside? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 14th 2016 The 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution will be in 2017. The seizure of power by Lenin and Trotsky in October 1917 was one of the central events of the twentieth century, took Russia out of the …

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

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

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

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

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May's Brexit speech: Sturgeon says second referendum 'undoubtedly' closer
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Nicola Sturgeon said that plans to take the UK out of the EU's single market brought a second Scottish independence referendum "undoubtedly" closer. The first minister was speaking after Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her government's thinking on ...
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Scots independence conference held in Glasgow - BBC News

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Scots independence conference held in Glasgow
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A conference of independence activists aimed at preparing Scotland for another referendum has been held in Glasgow. The Scottish Independence Convention is hosted the "Build" meeting at the Radisson hotel in the city. MPs and MSPs from the SNP and ...
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Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close
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A consultation on legislation which could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum is to close later on Wednesday. The consultation proposes regulations that would govern any future referendum, largely based on those for the September 2014 ...
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled as Daily Record's ne...

Nicola Sturgeon: I am not bluffing about second Scottish independence referen...

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Nicola Sturgeon: I am not bluffing about second Scottish independence referendum
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Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that she is "not bluffing" about her vow to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence if Britain leaves the Single Market after Brexit. Scotland's First minister told the BBC's Andrew Marr show that she felt that he ...
Soft Brexit would take second S...

Sturgeon rules out Scottish independence vote in 2017 - Financial Times

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Sturgeon rules out Scottish independence vote in 2017
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Voters in Scotland backed staying in the EU in last year's Brexit contest but polls suggest no substantive increase in support for independence since then. Many in Ms Sturgeon's Scottish National party fear a second independence referendum defeat would ...
Nicola Sturgeon ruled out a Scottish independence referend...

Scottish independence movement 'must engage with open mind', says minister - ...

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Scottish independence movement 'must engage with open mind', says minister
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Around 800 people gathered in Glasgow for the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) bringing together a range of pro-Yes groups for the first time since the referendum vote in 2014. Earlier this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon ruled out holding a ...



Scottish Independence Convention: The start of a new chapter focusing on stra...

The National
Scottish Independence Convention: The start of a new chapter focusing on strategy, policy and movement-building
The National
MORE than 800 supporters of Scottish independence gathered in Glasgow on Saturday for the first conference meeting of the Yes movement since 2014. Convener Elaine C Smith said the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) was being held to begin ...



Why Nicola Sturgeon is playing a long game on Scottish independence - New Sta...

New Statesman
Why Nicola Sturgeon is playing a long game on Scottish independence
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She told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme that she was prepared to "put aside" her "preferred option of independence" if a "hard Brexit" could be avoided. "Am I going to stop arguing for independence or believing in independence? Am I going to ...

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Largest Populus SNP Dataset Holds Promise for Biofuels, Materials, Metabolites
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17, 2017?Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well ...

Largest Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolite...

Phys.Org
Largest Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
Phys.Org
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as ...

High stakes as May's Brexit speech brings indyref2 close - ITV News

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High stakes as May's Brexit speech brings indyref2 close
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A special deal for Scotland where the country would in some way be part of the single market while the UK left the EU was a key demand of the SNP Scottish government. Unless there is some extraordinary about-turn, and that's highly unlikely, it's now ...

Nicola Sturgeon: Leaving single market 'undoubtedly' brings Scottish independ...

Evening Standard
Nicola Sturgeon: Leaving single market 'undoubtedly' brings Scottish independence referendum closer
Evening Standard
But Scottish Conservatives and their Labour counterparts have called on Ms Sturgeon to rule out a second independence vote. Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: "Ever since the Brexit vote, the SNP has tried to use the result as an excuse for ...

Single market exit brings Scotland 'undoubtedly' closer to new independence v...

Aberdeen Evening Express
Single market exit brings Scotland 'undoubtedly' closer to new independence vote
Aberdeen Evening Express
Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: ? Ever since the Brexit vote, the SNP has tried to use the result as an excuse for holding a divisive second referendum on independence. ?It has failed to persuade people in Scotland of that case. Now that the UK ...

Labour backs SNP in bid to save Scotland's place in single market after hard ...

The Courier
Labour backs SNP in bid to save Scotland's place in single market after hard Brexit
The Courier
The Prime Minister's Brexit plan will end the UK's role in the EU in the ?hardest and most clear way possible?, MSPs were told. Fiona Hyslop, the External Affairs Secretary, called on Holyrood to back the SNP Government's bid to keep Scotland in the ...

Sturgeon: May's Brexit plans makes indyref2 'even more likely' - STV News

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Sturgeon: May's Brexit plans makes indyref2 'even more likely'
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The SNP leader has already ruled out holding one this year but has previously said one would be held within the Brexit negotiation period. During her speech the Prime Minister said she would put protecting the union between Scotland the rest of the ...

Largest Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolite...

EurekAlert (press release)
Largest Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
EurekAlert (press release)
17, 2017--Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well ...

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May's Brexit speech: Sturgeon says second referendum 'undoubtedly' closer
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Nicola Sturgeon said that plans to take the UK out of the EU's single market brought a second Scottish independence referendum "undoubtedly" closer. The first minister was speaking after Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her government's thinking on ...
May just made another Scottish referend...

Second referendum now more likely after Theresa May's speech says Nicola Stur...

Herald Scotland
Second referendum now more likely after Theresa May's speech says Nicola Sturgeon
Herald Scotland
SCOTLAND has moved closer to a second independence referendum after Theresa May's Brexit speech, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The Prime Minister ruled out the UK being a member of the single market when it leaves the EU. Nicola Sturgeon, said the ...
Scotland, Brexit and Spain: A special d...

Nicola Sturgeon ditches call for a second referendum to keep Scotland in EU -...

Business Insider
Nicola Sturgeon ditches call for a second referendum to keep Scotland in EU
Business Insider
LONDON ? Nicola Sturgeon today abandoned her hopes of a second independence referendum in order to keep Scotland within the EU, saying that she now accepted the "reality" of Brexit. The Scottish First Minister had previously raised the prospect of ...
Nicola Sturgeon says she isn't bluffing...

Scots independence conference held in Glasgow - BBC News

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Scots independence conference held in Glasgow
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A conference of independence activists aimed at preparing Scotland for another referendum has been held in Glasgow. The Scottish Independence Convention is hosted the "Build" meeting at the Radisson hotel in the city. MPs and MSPs from the SNP and ...
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Scots urged to give final views on second independence ... - Business Insider

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Scots urged to give final views on second independence ...
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The Scottish Government is calling for people to give their views on a draft independence bill before the consultation phase ends next week. The bill would ...

Second referendum now more likely after May's speech says Sturgeon - Glasgow ...

Glasgow Evening Times
Second referendum now more likely after May's speech says Sturgeon
Glasgow Evening Times
SCOTLAND has moved closer to a second independence referendum after Theresa May's Brexit speech, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The Prime Minister ruled out the UK being a member of the single market when it leaves the EU. Nicola Sturgeon, said the ...



Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close - BBC News

Herald Scotland
Scottish independence: Consultation on indyref2 to close
BBC News
A consultation on legislation which could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum is to close later on Wednesday. The consultation proposes regulations that would govern any future referendum, largely based on those for the September 2014 ...
Consultation on legislation that could pave way for second indepen...

Nicola Sturgeon ruled out a Scottish independence referendum this year - Busi...

Business Insider
Nicola Sturgeon ruled out a Scottish independence referendum this year
Business Insider
LONDON ? Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has ruled out holding a second independence referendum in 2017. Sturgeon has argued since the Brexit referendum that a fresh vote is "highly likely" before 2020, as Scotland voted to remain in the EU ...
Sturgeon rules out Scottish independence ...

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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

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

Lewis Macdonald MSP and his confused nationality...
Apparently, Lewis Macdonald (born in Stornoway, I understand) tweeted the following message earlier on this evening. He then deleted it after 10 seconds. I'm guessing he meant to send it from a fake account, then cite it as an example of anti-English sentiment. Can anyone come up with any...

We can?t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/poverty-jobs-johnes/ Let's have a chat about poverty.

Martin McGuinness resigns, Stormont in chaos
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has resigned as Deputy First Minister in protest at the NI Executives handling of a fuel reimbursement scheme. The scheme, begun under now FM Arlene Foster during her time as enterprise minister to encourage renewable energy use, had massive flaws in its ex...

UKIP
Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

Cyprus reunification talks
So this came out of nowhere - talks underway in Geneva with the ultimate aim of a settlement, referenda on both sides and reunification by the end of the year! After decades of apparent stalemate, this would be quite a turnaround. Will be an interesting case study too if the North is to eventuall...

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Dugdale sinks to a new low
Apparently pointing out that Scotland has the best performing NHS is, 'celebrating the English NHS crisis'. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/fmqs-sturgeon-accused-of-celebrating-english-nhs-crisis-1-4337954 What a pathetic accusation. What a pathetic headline and story, actually.  

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

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

Electric Razors
Having wet shaved all my life - anyone any recommendations for the above, looking for a close & non irritable shave, looking for a change, not too fused about cost on this. Thanks in advance !!

Handguns
Out of interest  how accurate are handguns ? wife's cousin got shot in bar few years back, when she was also in the club, by guys who got refused entrance (he was off duty policeman) but guy's had took plenty of shots and only hit him a few times I remember at time discussing with...

So I See The Uk And America Have Pulled Out Of Yemen As It Erupts Into Civil War
A couple of hundred special forces and drone programme personnel have fled Yemen as it goes tits up there too. The Houthi's have taken 9 of the 21 provinces and the President has had to move the Capital to Aden, Special forces fleeing Aden?? Deja Vu indeed.Seems a significant increase in activity...

Jimmy Superfly Snuka
Dead at 73 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38633847/wwe-star-jimmy-superfly-snuka-dies-aged-73       

Best place in Glasgow to buy full kilt outfit?
Just what it says, where would you recommend these days for the complete outfit?    

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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