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Tory Government 'shambles' over public sector pay cap U-turn as May survives ...
29 Jun 2017 at 12:01am
THERESA May?s fragile government has been branded a ?shambles? after confusion blew up at Westminster over its position on ending the pay cap for millions of public sector workers.

Scotland's economy "precarious" and on edge of recession, warns thinktank
29 Jun 2017 at 12:06am
SCOTLAND may have already entered a recession, the country?s leading economic think-tank has warned ahead of official figures being released.

?Rest in peace Big Al?: Tributes pour in for Labour?s Alistair Watson found d...
29 Jun 2017 at 12:47pm
Figures from across the political and entertainment spectrums have moved to pay tribute to Labour giant Alastair Watson who has been found dead in his Glasgow home.

Scotland's Brexit minister Russell makes clear Holyrood agreeing LCM is "not ...
29 Jun 2017 at 12:01am
HOLYROOD?S consent to Westminster legislating on its behalf on Brexit is ?not a given,? Michael Russell has made clear, raising the possibility of a constitutional battle ahead.

Whitehall dismisses SNP call for Mundell to resign over Con-DUP deal as a "si...
29 Jun 2017 at 12:01am
THE SNP leadership?s call for David Mundell to resign over the Con-DUP deal has been dismissed as a ?silly stunt? by Whitehall insiders, who said it was aimed at distracting attention away from Nicola Sturgeon?s troubles at Holyrood.

PMQs sketch: Jezza pops at Thezza - Grenfell Tower tragedy exposed "disastrou...
28 Jun 2017 at 5:11pm
IT was the first PMQs since you know what and it didn?t take long before the a-word took centre stage.

Government defeats Labour amendment to Queen's Speech
28 Jun 2017 at 7:26pm
Theresa May's minority Government has survived its first test of the new Parliament by defeating a Labour amendment to the Queen's Speech.

Ewing confirms SNP ministers will again miss EU farm payment deadline
28 Jun 2017 at 3:08pm
THE Scottish Government will miss the deadline for paying EU farm subsidies for the second year in a row because of a botched £178 million IT system, it has been confirmed.

Government branded 'shambles' over public sector pay cap confusion
28 Jun 2017 at 8:10pm
Labour has accused the Government of a "shambles" over public sector pay, amid confusion over the future of the 1% cap on annual rises.

MacAskill attacks SNP boss as "cheerleader-in-chief" for his wife, Nicola Stu...
28 Jun 2017 at 11:01am
FORMER Justice Secretary Kenneth MacAskill has made a scathing attack on the SNP?s top official, saying he must be more than ?cheerleader-in-chief for his spouse?, Nicola Sturgeon.

Davidson puts triple-jobbing millionaire MSP in charge of Scottish Tory elect...
28 Jun 2017 at 4:38pm
A MILLIONAIRE MSP who owns a Highland estate and earns £50,000 from two outside jobs has been put in charge of election policy for the Scottish Tories.

Brexit talks approach could undermine devolution, Holyrood minister warns
28 Jun 2017 at 3:58pm
UK ministers will "undermine devolution in a substantial way" if they fail to give Scotland and the other devolved administrations a meaningful voice in Brexit negotiations, Holyrood's External Affairs Secretary has said.

Sturgeon-era cuts blamed for need to ramp up nurse and midwife training
28 Jun 2017 at 5:58pm
MINISTERS have announced plans to train an extra 2600 nurses and midwives to cope with staff shortages linked to cuts Nicola Sturgeon made while health secretary.

Sinn Fein calls for 'leadership and energy' in drive to reach powersharing deal
28 Jun 2017 at 7:23pm
The UK and Irish governments must inject "leadership and energy" into last-ditch talks to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein has said.

Nicola Sturgeon's decision to delay referendum bill was failure dressed up as...
28 Jun 2017 at 12:06am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s referendum fudge didn?t have many takers at Holyrood yesterday.

 

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Northern Ireland parties set to miss power sharing deadline
29 Jun 2017 at 2:25pm
Stormont’s political leaders are set to miss a deadline to restore powersharing in Northern Ireland after a scheduled Assembly sitting to nominate ministers was axed.

Rupert Murdoch?s £11.7bn Sky bid set for further probe
29 Jun 2017 at 1:56pm
Culture secretary Karen Bradley has said she is minded to refer Rupert Murdoch’s £11.7 billion bid to take full control of Sky to a further inquiry due to concerns over media plurality.

FMQs: Sturgeon under fire over education cuts
29 Jun 2017 at 1:04pm
Nicola Sturgeon today faced claims that her Government has cut spending on schools as she was confronted by new Holyrood research which indicates this has plummeted.

UK welfare cuts causing £4 billion fall for benefits in Scotland
29 Jun 2017 at 12:59pm
Women, disabled people and the young in Scotland are being harmed by UK Government welfare cuts, according to a report identifying an almost £4 billion fall in social security spend north of the border.

UK Government accepts abortion funding calls to avoid defeat
29 Jun 2017 at 12:19pm
The government has been forced into a major concession on the funding of abortions for women from Northern Ireland to avoid defeat in a vote on the Queen’s Speech.

Alistair Watson, Glasgow Labour council stalwart, found dead
29 Jun 2017 at 12:08pm
Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has paid tribute to one of the party's local government stalwarts, Alistair Watson, who has been found dead.

Justin Trudeau to visit Scotland in July
29 Jun 2017 at 11:10am
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Scotland next week and will meet with the Queen at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.

1 in 10 people in UK ?are foreign citizens?
29 Jun 2017 at 10:48am
Nearly one in 10 people living in the UK last year were foreign citizens, according to a major international report.

Scotland's top judge hits out at "Register of Interest" for bench
29 Jun 2017 at 10:27am
Scotland's top judge has warned that the prospect of introducing a "register of interests" for the profession  would drive away the country's top legal minds from joining the bench.

MSPs grill Fergus Ewing over missed farm payments fiasco
29 Jun 2017 at 8:40am
While it was admitted that it now looks almost certain that the Scottish Government will fail to complete the required 95.24 per cent of farm support payments by the end of June deadline, this target will only be missed by “a few percentage points”.

Tom Peterkin: SNP pledges on health and schools may be in vain
29 Jun 2017 at 8:12am
Domestic policy should be the priority but it could prove difficult as the constitution dominates, says Tom Peterkin.

Kenny MacAskill: It?s not if, but when indyref2 will be called
29 Jun 2017 at 8:03am
Unless discontent with the union is addressed a second independence referendum will be inevitable in this Disunited Kingdom, writes Kenny MacAskill.

Bill Jamieson: I?m no longer sure our democracy can survive
29 Jun 2017 at 7:34am
Nothing is as it was, nothing is as it seems, and democracy is the biggest victim, argues Bill Jamieson.

Grenfell Tower: Judge appointed to lead public inquiry
29 Jun 2017 at 7:18am
Retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Martin Moore-Bick has been appointed to lead the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster, sources have confirmed.

Scots economy ?facing lost decade? as growth stays weak
29 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Scots are facing the prospect of a “lost decade” of economic gloom with a stark report today warning that growth will continue to flag in the years ahead.

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The unplucky 13
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Jun 2017 at 9:34am
Pictured below are Ruth Davidson and her 13-strong* cohort of Scottish Tory MPs. When they were elected earlier this month, the group rushed to tell anyone who’d listen that they were ready and willing to “defy” the UK leadership and act (ironically) as an independent party, standing up bravely for the people of Scotland. They would …

Contempt undimmed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jun 2017 at 12:59pm
Last week the walking monotone drone that is James Kelly MSP lodged a motion (an inescapably appropriate term for his output, it must be said) at the Scottish Parliament instigating his private members’ bill to repeal the Offensive Behaviour (Football) Act, having announced his intention to do so in February after putting together a ludicrously bogus “consultation” on the …

Slight reprise
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jun 2017 at 10:29am
…on last night’s article. Because the Daily Mail isn’t standing for any of this confusion. It’s absolutely 100% clear that what’s happened is that the First Minister has U-turned and abandoned the prospect of a second independence referendum. And also that she’s absolutely refused to do exactly that. Finally, an end to uncertainty.

Up, down, and turned around
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2017 at 9:07pm
Just so we’re absolutely clear on what happened today: There’s been a U-turn (The Sun): Except that nothing has changed (the Scottish Lib Dems): Let’s see if we can get a rhythm going. There’s been a U-turn (the Telegraph): Except that nothing has changed (Politics.co.uk): There’s been a U-turn (Scottish Labour): Except that nothing has changed (also …

Changes to the SNP?s indyref policy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2017 at 4:27pm
1. No changes. 2. This article is over.

Well advised to go
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2017 at 12:59pm
AC Grayling, historian. Previously: Richard Murphy, political economy professor. Simon Pia, former Scottish Labour spin doctor. Hilary and Carey, farmers. James, pensioner and former soldier. Sophie, philosophy professor. Kathi, language teacher from East Germany. Jackie Kemp, journalist. Mark, from Edinburgh via London. Elizabeth, cosmetic scientist. Erin, school pupil. Christopher, biker. Tom Morton, former BBC broadcaster …

Things can?t only get better
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jun 2017 at 8:12am
The Labour Party’s current state of euphoric hubris about losing another election is at least partly explicable. Jeremy Corbyn increased his party’s 2015 vote in England and Wales by a thumping 40%, took the highest vote share of any Labour leader since 2001 (beating Tony Blair’s 2005 victory by five points), the highest actual vote since Blair’s 1997 landslide, …

The unsurprising twist
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jun 2017 at 1:00pm
This was David Mundell on Sunday, guaranteeing that any extra money produced for Northern Ireland to secure DUP backing for the Tory government would be matched by more funding for Scotland (as much as £4.5bn under normal Barnett Formula rules, because Scotland has nearly three times the population of the province): And here’s the truth 24 hours …

Politicians in uniform
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jun 2017 at 11:34am
…are never anything to worry about. We’re pretty sure that’s right. >>SUB: PLS CHECK THE LAST ONE, THINK WE’VE GOT DAVIDSON TWICE

Come On Arlene
by Chris Cairns
24 Jun 2017 at 6:55am

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Scots economy in 'precarious' position, experts warn
29 Jun 2017 at 12:17am
The Fraser of Allander Institute warns it will be a "close run thing" whether Scotland slips into recession or not.


Frank's Law: Holyrood member's bill seeks law change
29 Jun 2017 at 2:27pm
An MSP is calling for free personal care to be offered to dementia patients aged under 65.


Scottish government to 'fall short' of farm payout deadline
28 Jun 2017 at 2:43pm
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing says the government should make 90% of CAP payments by Friday's deadline.


Theresa May refuses to answer SNP's DUP deal question
28 Jun 2017 at 2:44pm
Theresa May does say she regularly receives representations from Mr Mundell on "matters relating to Scotland".


Opt-out organ donation system in Scotland planned
28 Jun 2017 at 1:09pm
The Scottish government is to legislate for an opt-out as opposed to an opt-in system for organ donation.


Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
27 Jun 2017 at 3:42pm
First minister puts her referendum plans temporarily on hold, but says one is still likely by 2021.


Scots ministers escalate dispute over Tory-DUP deal funds
27 Jun 2017 at 6:32pm
The Scottish government is preparing to trigger formal dispute resolution talks over the £1bn Tory-DUP deal.


MSPs pass Scottish railway policing merger bill
27 Jun 2017 at 6:41pm
MSPs have passed legislation aimed at merging railway policing duties into Police Scotland.


Brexit: Devolved institutions' consent sought on Repeal Bill
26 Jun 2017 at 11:25pm
Brexit Secretary David Davis urges devolved institutions to "come together" and support the new law.


Charity calls for new focus to combat Hep C infections
27 Jun 2017 at 1:24am
The Scottish government aims to eradicate Hepatitis C by 2030 despite 1,800 new infections a year.


'No Barnett formula money for Scotland' through DUP deal
26 Jun 2017 at 5:18pm
Downing Street says there will be no extra funding for Scotland as a result of the £1bn deal with the DUP.


How 1999 Scottish tower block fire led to regulation change
26 Jun 2017 at 5:17pm
A parliamentary inquiry was carried out after a fatal tower block fire in Irvine, North Ayrshire.

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Sturgeon sticks firmly with the policy of an independence referendum at the e...
by James Kelly
27 Jun 2017 at 3:36pm
For those that heard Nicola Sturgeon's speech, the title of this blogpost may seem like a statement of the bleedin' obvious, but I gather from a tweet written by Ipsos-Mori's Mark Diffley that some...

Boost for SNP in massive Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
26 Jun 2017 at 6:42pm
My concern for the SNP over the last couple of weeks has been the risk they might slip to second place in Westminster voting intentions - not behind the Tories, who have probably come pretty close ...

We must fervently hope there is no truth in the Sunday Mail's "U-turn exclusive"
by James Kelly
25 Jun 2017 at 9:37pm
Did I speak too soon last night in saying that any worries about the SNP making the historic error of reversing their referendum policy had receded?  Today's Sunday Mail splashed with an "exclusive...

The option of a consultative referendum on independence
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2017 at 9:04pm
Assuming Nicola Sturgeon isn't about to make the dreadful mistake of substantively changing the SNP's policy on an independence referendum (and, touch wood, that worry has receded somewhat after Ia...

The DUP's "defeat", in numbers
by James Kelly
24 Jun 2017 at 4:39pm
It may be a surprise to you to learn that the DUP lost the general election in Northern Ireland, but as we all know the SNP's "defeat" in Scotland has become the accepted benchmark for electoral "f...

Did some SNP supporters stay at home because the party downplayed independence?
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2017 at 6:18pm
A number of people on social media today raised an eyebrow or two at YouGov findings that show people who voted SNP in 2015 were significantly more likely to simply stay at home in the 2017 electio...

Ruth is reeling after stunning ScotPulse poll finds majority of Scots are ope...
by James Kelly
23 Jun 2017 at 1:39pm
After last week's dodgy poll from the Daily Record with the leading question, we have a more neutrally-worded poll from ScotPulse on an independence referendum, and unsurprisingly it produces a rad...

The Scot Goes Pop Ham-and-Cheese Toastie Fundraiser
by James Kelly
20 Jun 2017 at 3:41am
Click here to go straight to the fundraiser page.As you may remember, I was doing my best in the early months of this year to promote this blog's last fundraiser from 2015, which remained open for ...

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10 Unsolved Mysteries Of Scotland
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The unplucky 13
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Tory turmoil as Theresa May's Government descends into further chaos with two...
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
The confusion began when a Downing Street official spokesman hinted May will buckle under pressure to drop the one per cent cap on pay rises for teachers, health workers and emergency services.


Cruel Tory MPs block bid to give nurses and firefighters a pay rise after day...
by Dan Bloom
28 Jun 2017 at 7:18pm
The Tories and DUP teamed up to kill off Labour's bid to end the 1% public sector pay cap in the first Commons vote since the general election


Theresa May reveals 120 tower blocks have failed fire tests and urges landlor...
by Mikey Smith
28 Jun 2017 at 12:15pm
The failure rate of testing of high-rise cladding remains at 100%


'She has a nice smile on her face' Watch President Donald Trump flirt with re...
by Chris kitching
28 Jun 2017 at 10:15am
Catriona Perry described the incident as "very bizarre" after being called over by Trump in the Oval Office.


Nicola Sturgeon steers crafty course as she says not never, just not now to I...
by Record View
28 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Record View reacts to First Minister's announcing plans for a second independence referendum have been reset.


Response to Nicola Sturgeon's IndyRef announcement shows opposition can't mat...
by Joan McAlpine
28 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Joan McAlpine gives her reaction to the First Minister's decision to 'reset' a second independence referendum.


Arrogant Theresa May bribes DUP rats to save sinking Tory ship
by Annie Brown
28 Jun 2017 at 6:00am
Annie Brown says Prime Minister has shackled the nation to a motley crew of bigots at a cost of £1bn.


Scottish MP wears his old Parcelforce shirt to Commons and calls for Royal Ma...
by Harriet Line
27 Jun 2017 at 6:00pm
New Labour MP Hugh Gaffney delivered his maiden speech in Parliament and said the postal service should be returned 'back to its rightful owners'.


It's over to Ruth Davidson to help Scotland after DUP deal with Tories
by Record View
27 Jun 2017 at 8:57am
The DUP gained £1billion for Northern Ireland in their deal with Theresa May and now Record View says Scottish Tory leader Davidson must get a deal for Scotland.


9 nasty hidden details of Brexit deal for EU citizens Theresa May didn't want...
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27 Jun 2017 at 8:54am
The Prime Minister claims her offer to let EU citizens stay in Britain is "fair". But not everyone agrees.

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

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

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

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

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

On Being Truly Educated
by michaelgreenwell
25 May 2017 at 11:46am
Chomsky on what being truly educated means. Well worth 3 minutes of your time.

Journey To Yes 12
by michaelgreenwell
22 May 2017 at 8:15am
The excellent Phantom Power has started the next series of Journey To Yes. He is one of the most important assets the yes side have in this debate. If you can help his fundraiser then please do. You can watch all of them on this site or on youtube. (He also had me in one …

Trump Exposes Trump
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2017 at 3:33pm

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Digital Slavery
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2017 at 11:33am
Recently in the news we have learned that the data analytical company Deep Root Analytics has had its database leaked and put on a public server. Deep Root Analytics are a data analysis contractor that work for the Republican National Committee (RNC). They were responsible for holding the data of 198 million Americans. This leak …

Stands Scotland Where She Did? (Part 1)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2017 at 10:53am
Gordon Guthrie on the cocaine politics of First Past the Post. Time to take stock and understand where now we, the SNP, stand. Bad news first. Both the roads to Indyref are blocked off. Whoever the UK PM is can, and will, refuse Section 30 consent. Any attempt to hold a unilateral advisory referendum does …

The Bones of a Nation
by Bella Caledonia Editor
29 Jun 2017 at 10:20am
The skeleton of Scotland? its bens, glens, and lochs???were shaped by the brutal cleaving of the earth by glaciers; the deformities and scars reflecting the ruthless devastation wrought by Earth?s fury. There was no malice in how the world was shaped, it just Was. The flesh atop those bones is an entirely artificial construct, formed …

Gender and Twitter
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2017 at 6:16pm
You may have seen this tweet by Lissted (‘Superhuman Social Listening’) getting shredded for being ALL MEN. It was they said charting the top ranked journalists and media outlets in our #GE2017 Twitter Influencers analysis (based on @PoliticsUKTD data): ‘PoliticsUKTD?s results were based on the tweets of thousands of the top influencers in relation to …

The Clenched Fist of Truth
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2017 at 3:28pm
We have occasionally focused on the sorry task of Charting American Fascism – but it’s a busy old world and too often the term ‘fascist’ is used too liberally. There’s also a problem of fringe nut-jobs, or tiny niche sects getting over-exposure from some internet meme fluffing their actual real-world impact out of all proportion. But …

A Premature Keening for the Independence Movement
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2017 at 2:09pm
Amidst much doom and gloom, the professional mourners of the unionist press are out wailing and keening. David Torrance was on fine form on Radio 4 this morning combining a gloriously gloomy line with some barely concealed glee. He was repeating his line that “…my sense of the atmosphere at Holyrood is one of decay, …

True Divide
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2017 at 11:23am
It’s funny when politicians deride those advocating change in Scotland as stirring up “division”. The true division is a society disfigured by poverty and inequality, a reality becoming more extreme year on year. The Ferret’s Karin Goodwin has this captured in a harrowing report “?Horrifying? numbers of homeless people are dying on Edinburgh?s streets”: “Figures …

Marmalade Tales
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jun 2017 at 10:04am
And then Auntie Nicola picked up the wee jar of whisky marmalade she’d been saving up for those cold Brexit winter nights, and she moved it one shelf up. She thought to herself, “it will be there when I need it, as a wee comfort, when times are hard.” At that very moment a great …

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Scotland?s indyref2 may have been delayed. But expect it by 2021 | Ruth Wishart
by Ruth Wishart
28 Jun 2017 at 6:59pm
Those who think Nicola Sturgeon?s statement this week means the end of the independence movement don?t understand her, or the SNPDoubtless the verb was carefully chosen. Nicola Sturgeon would ?reset? the timetable for a second independence referendum, she told the Scottish parliament in Holyrood ...

Scotland to introduce soft opt-out system for organ donation
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Jun 2017 at 12:55pm
Policy where patients are assumed to have agreed consent aimed at reducing the number of people waiting for transplantsScottish ministers are to introduce a new system of organ donations based on presumed consent in an effort to increase life-saving organ transplants.Ministers in Edinburgh announ...

The Guardian view on Scotland?s indyref2: Sturgeon has faced reality | Editorial
by Editorial
27 Jun 2017 at 7:43pm
The SNP exists to lead Scotland out of the United Kingdom. But the tide is not running the nationalists? way and may even have turned against themNicola Sturgeon has announced a delay in any attempt to hold a second Scottish independence referendum. This is no more than a recognition of new polit...

Nicola Sturgeon shelves second Scottish independence referendum
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jun 2017 at 7:02pm
First minister accepts there is no popular support for another vote and will not introduce bill until autumn 2018 at earliestNicola Sturgeon has abandoned her demands for a new independence referendum before the Brexit deal is signed, after her party lost a string of seats to pro-union parties in...

St Nicola turns off satnav for more scenic route towards independence | John ...
by John Crace
27 Jun 2017 at 6:10pm
Putting second referendum on hold was a huge concession Scotland?s first minister was making in making no real concession at allWhen a party loses more than a third of its seats at a general election, it tends to concentrate the mind. And Nicola Sturgeon was keen to let the Scottish parliament kn...

Vince Cable now overwhelming favourite to be next Lib Dem leader after Davey ...
by Andrew Sparrow
27 Jun 2017 at 5:32pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenLunchtime summary 5.32pm BST Very much admire & respect what my friend & colleague @EdwardJDavey has said today on Lib Dem Voice about the importance of family.Hammond also strongly hints that he wants UK to stay in the single mar...

Moray: 'We are fed up with the SNP. It's as simple as that'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jun 2017 at 2:04pm
After the most stunning election in recent history, Guardian reporters are writing from four key constituencies to make sense of the results. In Moray, Severin Carrell and photographer Murdo MacLeod find palpable antipathy towards the SNP and little appetite for a second Scottish independence vot...

Grenfell fire: 100% failure rate after cladding tested on 75 blocks - as it h...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
26 Jun 2017 at 7:25pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenTories and DUP sign £1bn ?confidence and supply? deal Tory/DUP deal - Summary and analysisAfternoon summary 7.25pm BST That draws our live coverage to a close for the day. To read more on the day?s developments on the Grenfell Tow...

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A few bits and pieces
I’m off to Thurso tomorrow as part of The National’s Roadshow events, and will be speaking at the Weigh Inn, Burnside, Thurso KW14 7UG from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The event is free, so if you’re at the top end of the mainland, please come along and meet the National’s editor, me, and of …

The U-turn that wasn?t
Today Nicola Sturgeon spoke to the Scottish Parliament about her plans for another independence referendum. There had been rumours that she was going to shelve the referendum, even that it would be taken off the table like a plate of salmonella. What happened was that she clarified what she’d originally said when a second independence …

The Colonel Boakie March
Over the weekend, Ruth Davidson crossed the thin red line between jolly photo opportunities, and dangerously narcissistic attention seeking. She appeared for her adoring public, or at least for her adoring pals in the press, dressed in army uniform as Colonel Ruth of the 32nd Signal Regiment. She was signalling that Scotland is now in …

The false flag patriotism of the Tories
This blog isn’t patriotic enough. It needs to be published with a red white and blue background and a rousing chorus of Rule Britannia ought to start automatically whenever you load the page. Andrea Leadsom said so. Asking questions about the negative consequences of Brexit means that you’re in cahoots with Brussels and are a …

The fireball in the sky
There’s a fireball in the sky, it’s getting closer and closer. The dinosaurs aren’t, for the most part, worried about it. It shines in the sky, it brightens up the day, why be concerned? That’s a good thing, isn’t it? Even if it does hit the Earth, it won’t be so bad. Things are never …

The bendiness of bananas
When I was a wean people used to scoff about banana republics where the establishment had no respect for democracy, no respect for the rule of law, no respect for the checks and balances that ensure that the people get a hearing in the corridors of power. They’d laugh at the inflated balloons in their …

The ship of fools in the ship of state
Theresa May is supposed to be conducting what are widely agreed to be some of the most difficult and important negotiations that the UK has faced in recent history, and she can’t even negotiate a deal to keep her own government in office. Mind you, it’s not like anyone should have had high expectations of …

Journey to Yes, 16 : The Economy
The latest in Phantom Power’s Journey to Yes series.  This is the 16th in the series and the second of the Sector episodes, this time dealing with the vital issue of the economy and taxation. This episode is perhaps one of the most important and raises crucial issues for the independence movement. Richard Murphy is …

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Lesley Riddoch: The SNP can?t fight on every front ... that?s why us Yessers ...
NICOLA Sturgeon does calm defiance very well.

Ask Angry: It's nice to see Nicola Sturgeon come round to my 2020 vision
Was Nicola Sturgeon right to reset the timescale for indyref2? ? Scott, Glasgow

Rab Wilson: Mair fowks should be oot thair gettin on thair bikes
OAN Setterday ah loadit up a couple o ma auld Flying Scot racin bikes an heidit doun the Ayrshire coast tae Girvan. This wis tae tak pairt in a day?s cyclin ongauns unner the auspices o the Big Bike Revival an a new local cyclin initiative The Girvan Wheelers.

Wee Ginger Dug: Nicola Sturgeon has just issued a call to arms for the Yes mo...
NICOLA Sturgeon is going to take the proposal for another independence referendum off the table, crowed the Unionist press. She?ll bow to the inevitable and won?t be serving up something Scotland doesn?t want, said the Conservative supporters who?ve managed to turn the normal processes of democracy on their head. Only that?s not what?s happened; however much the Unionists would like the proposa...

Analysis: So when will indyref2 be held then?
DO you remember those early summer days of the General Election campaign of 2017?

Our readers react: It?s up to us now to prove Yes is the best way forward
HAVING read the First Minister ?s statement, I believe she has chosen the best way forward for Scotland. It was a measured reflection on what has been and a firm, clear statement on the way ahead for us in light of the unravelling shambles of Brexit and Westminster. Now it?s up to those of us who believe that independence is the best way for Scotland. It?s not up to the SNP, this is for all of ...

Kevin McKenna: May?s bribe to the DUP makes the case for indy better than any...
IN the four years that have elapsed since Alex Salmond fired the starting gun on the first independence referendum nothing else has defined so starkly the case for self-determination than the events of the last three weeks. Set against this Nicola Sturgeon?s modest re-calibration of the timetable for a second referendum was almost insignificant. At Holyrood yesterday she could have rammed home ...

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: It?s time to futureproof our case for Scotland?s indy f...
LIKE each of the hundred thousand plus members of the Scottish National Party, it was my personal support for Independence which brought me to join the SNP almost two decades ago.

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Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal ? th...
  Neils Holck.       17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup. He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with Tory, Richard Cook and the late, 83yo, … Continue reading "Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betraya...

Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal ? an...
    Some of the main characters     17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup. He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with Tory, Richard Cook and … Continue reading "Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal...

Illegal Sale of Arms ? A Complex Tale of ? Greed ? Intrigue and Betrayal ? an...
    2,500 assault rifles & 1.5 million bullets supplied       17 December 1995: Illegal Arms Supply to India The Purilia Arms Drop was an illegal transfer of arms to an unknown group in West Bengal, India. Central characters in the deal included Peter Haestrup. He surfaced again in 2013 when, together with … Continue reading "Illegal Sale of Arms – A Complex Tale of – Greed – Intrigue and Betra...

Conservative Future Scotland ? Davidson?s 2017 Blitzkrieg on the Scottish Ele...
            20 May 2010: Richard Cook The Man Behind the Rebirth of the Conservative Party in Scotland The former Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party said ?I believe deeply in our party, its membership and in the need for a centre right party to represent the hundreds … Continue reading "Conservative Future Scotland – Davidson’s 2017 Blitzkrieg on the Scottish Electora...

tory-party-in-scotland-and-growing-links-with-the-dup-will-it-all-end-badly-r...
Ian Donnell behind Ruth and members of the St Andrews University Conservative Future Tory Club     Ian Donnell – Strabane – Northern Ireland Ian is a descendent of one of four Donnell brothers, all of whom were first members of the Tullywhisker Border Guards before serving with the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR. One brother, … Continue reading "tory-party-in-scotland-and-growing-links-with-the-d...

Six Months After Voting ?No? in the 2014 Independence Referendum Scots Were P...
            The 2015 General Election The General Election in Scotland in May 2015 was completed only 6 short months after the 2014 referendum. The election provided a unique opportunity for Scots to confirm the results of the 2014 referendum and there appeared to be no definitive reason why this should … Continue reading "Six Months After Voting “No” in the 2014 Independence Referendum Scots W...

2017 General Election ? The Seats the SNP Should have Won and the Reasons Why...
            The 2017 General Election I first posted this forecast 6 weeks before the GE and am following up with this before and after report which makes interesting reading. The General Election in Scotland will be a re-run of the 2014 referendum and the landslide victory achieved by the SNP … Continue reading "2017 General Election – The Seats the SNP Should have Won and the Reasons Why They...

Unionist Parties in Scotland Made Their Move and Blew It ? Scottish Independe...
          The 2017 General Election The freak landslide victory achieved by the SNP in the 2015 GE was a one off. In view of this and the downward adjustment that would surely follow at the next GE I completed a voting analysis of the Scottish electorate and published it around 6 … Continue reading "Unionist Parties in Scotland Made Their Move and Blew It – Scottish Independence is Firmly on th...

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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

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

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

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

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

Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election
Build It and They Will Come: Scotland and Independence after the election Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2017 The 2017 election marks the end of an era of Scottish politics. The immediate shadow of the 2014 indyref dominating everything is over. As is the age of the Big Tent, omnipotent SNP carrying all before …

Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland
Scotching the Myths of Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 7th 2017 Cultures and nations live by myths. This has been so since the dawn of civilisation and has never been more apparent in recent weeks, in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London that have so dominated the first half …

A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods
A World of Borders, Space and Culture: A Tribute to Roanne Dods Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 31st 2017 Much of modern life is shaped by the chasm between the official narratives of institutions, authority and experts and how most of us experience everyday life. This is obvious in the bizarre experience of Britain and …

The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party o...
The SNP and Tories have swapped places in Scotland: The former is the party of government. The latter the party of protest Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, May 31st 2017 It is a topsy-turvy time in Scottish politics. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon now regularly challenges Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson for going on about …

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
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Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go - National Review

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go
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When the Scottish National Party set the date of Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, it did so with a careful sense of history. 2014 was, after all, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which Robert the Bruce's Scottish army ...
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is ready to dump 2019 Scottish independence refere...

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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is ready to dump 2019 Scottish independence referendum plan
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Scottish Conservative Deputy Leader Jackson Carlaw said: ?Nicola Sturgeon needs to takes the threat of a second independence referendum off the table altogether. ?If this month's election results showed anything it was that Scots are sick and tired of ...
Build it and they will come: Scotland and ...

Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum - Wall Street Journal...

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Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum
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LONDON?Scotland's chief minister reversed her earlier plans to push for a second independence referendum before Britain departs the European Union, saying instead she would revisit the issue once Brexit negotiations are completed, likely toward the ...



Scottish independence vote postponed, Nicola Sturgeon tells MSPs - the Irish ...

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Scottish independence vote postponed, Nicola Sturgeon tells MSPs
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Nicola Sturgeon confirmed a second vote on Scottish independence is being postponed as she announced a "reset" of the timetable set out for another referendum. The First Minister had said in March she wanted to give Scots a second chance to vote on ...



Nationalist battering takes Scottish independence off the table - POLITICO.eu

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Nationalist battering takes Scottish independence off the table
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The Scottish National Party suffered its worst election in over a decade Thursday, losing 21 seats and more than a quarter of its vote share. The result pushes the prospect of a second referendum on independence from the U.K. ? central to the party's ...
Colorful Conservative Davidson Blunts Drive for Scottish I...

Brexit changes Scottish independence context, says games firm ... - AOL UK

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Brexit changes Scottish independence context, says games firm ...
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The co-founder of the UK's biggest independent mobile games firm says his Dundee-based business is better off in the EU and would welcome Scottish ...

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Brexit Backlash: U.K. Election May Tee Off Scottish Independence ... - NBCNew...

Brexit Backlash: U.K. Election May Tee Off Scottish Independence ...
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Over the horizon of President Donald Trump's oldest Scottish golf resort, a constitutional storm is brewing, fanned by the fallout from Brexit.

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Davidson accuses Sturgeon of 'not telling the truth'
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In response, the SNP leader had said her administration was speaking to the EU about "contingency arrangements we consider are required" around farm payments. Following the exchanges in the chamber, the First Minister's spokesman confirmed an official ...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Downgraded to Sell at BidaskClub...

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP) Downgraded to Sell at BidaskClub
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A number of other equities analysts have also recently commented on SNP. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation from a ?buy? rating to a ?hold? rating in a research report on Monday, March 20th. TheStreet raised ...

SNP demands LGBTI equality assurances after Conservatives sign deal with homo...

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SNP demands LGBTI equality assurances after Conservatives sign deal with homophobic DUP
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The MP concluded: ?The SNP will continue to champion LGBTI equality in government at Holyrood, and SNP MPs will hold the Tory government to account at Westminster so that LGBTI equality does not fall off the agenda.? SNP's Nicola Sturgeon at her ...

Tories force pay cut on public servants while Queen gets cash bonanza - Commo...

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Tories force pay cut on public servants while Queen gets cash bonanza
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SNP MP Kirsty Blackman condemned the Tories for considering a review, but keeping workers in limbo as to the outcome: ?Another day, another shambles from the Tory government ? it is totally unacceptable for millions of public sector workers across the ...

Nicola Sturgeon Rinsed A Tory MSP Who Asked Her To Protect Men From The Gende...

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Nicola Sturgeon Rinsed A Tory MSP Who Asked Her To Protect Men From The Gender Pay Gap
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"While this may be less of a problem than that affecting women, what steps is the Scottish government taking to ensure a balanced approach which addresses the issue where it does affect men?" The SNP MSPs behind Sturgeon shouted that Lindhurst's ...

'Accurate and truthful?' Davidson calls out Sturgeon over Holyrood conduct in...

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'Accurate and truthful?' Davidson calls out Sturgeon over Holyrood conduct in fiery clash
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The SNP leader told the chamber they had been making payments to the EU over the previous two weeks and had nearly fulfilled their commitment. Her statement prompted a furious rant from Ms Davidson about the First Minister's conduct in Holyrood.

FMQs: Sturgeon under fire over education cuts - The Scotsman

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FMQs: Sturgeon under fire over education cuts
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Nicola Sturgeon today faced claims that her Government has cut spending on schools as she was confronted by new Holyrood research which indicates this has plummeted. Labour leader Kezia Dugdale revealed the findings at First Ministers Questions ...

LIVE: Office chat with Douglas Gilgallon on Medical Aid for Palestinians (Map...

LIVE: Office chat with Douglas Gilgallon on Medical Aid for Palestinians (Map)
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ON 17 June 2017, Douglas Gilgallon from Glasgow and member of the group SNP Friends of Palestine, climbed to the top of Ben Nevis with the Palestinian flag flying from a pole attatched to his backpack. This act of solidarity was to raise money for the ...



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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold - BBC News

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Nicola Sturgeon puts Scottish independence referendum bill on hold
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Nicola Sturgeon has put her independence referendum plans temporarily on hold after announcing a "reset" of her proposed timetable. The first minister had called for an independence referendum to be held in the autumn of 2018 or spring of 2019.
Scottish leader to postpone new independence referendumFRANCE 24
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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go - National Review

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The SNP Won't Let the Issue of Scottish Independence Go
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When the Scottish National Party set the date of Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, it did so with a careful sense of history. 2014 was, after all, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, in which Robert the Bruce's Scottish army ...
Scotland won't be having another independence referendum any ...

Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum - Wall Street Journal...

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Scotland Delays Plan for Second Independence Referendum
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LONDON?Scotland's chief minister reversed her earlier plans to push for a second independence referendum before Britain departs the European Union, saying instead she would revisit the issue once Brexit negotiations are completed, likely toward the ...



Scotland Puts Plans For Second Independence Referendum On Hold - HuffPost

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Scotland Puts Plans For Second Independence Referendum On Hold
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EDINBURGH, June 27 (Reuters) - Scotland's devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain's exit from the United Kingdom are clear, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on ...



Referendum delayed but threat of a fresh vote looms - The Times (subscription)

Referendum delayed but threat of a fresh vote looms
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Nicola Sturgeon has ditched her timetable for holding another referendum on Scottish independence following the SNP's reversals in the general election. The first minister refused to take the threat of another vote off the table completely yesterday ...



Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in UK vote - CNN

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Scottish referendum in doubt after steep losses for SNP in UK vote
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Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson, euphoric about her party's gains in Scotland, said that IndyRef 2, the colloquial name for a second referendum, was dead in the water. "I think we have seen the country's reaction in the number of SNP ...
Nicola Sturgeon's SNP suffers election night catastrophe with second Sc...

Poll: Majority of Scots want second EU referendum - The Scotsman

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Poll: Majority of Scots want second EU referendum
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10 per cent of Leave voters in Scotland would change their vote if there was another EU referendum, while just 3 per cent of Remain voters would switch sides, the poll found. Holding another referendum on the final terms of Brexit wasn't backed by any ...
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is ready to dump 2019 Scottish independenc...

Sturgeon's dreams of a second Scottish independence referendum shattered by n...

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Sturgeon's dreams of a second Scottish independence referendum shattered by new poll
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LONDON ? Nicola Sturgeon's dreams of holding a second Scottish independence referendum could be at an end after a new poll found a large majority of Scots want her to drop her plans. The Daily Record poll found that 60% of Scots want her to scrap her ...
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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 ...

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

Problem is vast Majority of Population don't give a shite
I enjoy a post on politics as much as anyone... we hear about tory scandals, labour incomptencies and SNP Holyrood failings. But most people take no heed or interest in any of that stuffBottom line is people will just vote yes or no; and that won't change soon..

Where are the Tory hoarded shrieking "lefty scum"?
The Conservative party lost the general election, even if they are still in power (at time of writing). It was a defeat ? as awful and fundamental a defeat for the political right as any I can remember. Brexit is now endangered. And few would doubt that a subsequent election would mean a victory ...

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

Theresa May
Should she stay on or let BoJo be with his friend. (Personally want a Labour-SNP coalition)

The right to vote
Lassie at work thinks people should be IQ tested before they're allowed to vote - what does this make her?

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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...

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...

Tower block on fire in London
Looks really bad, some reported dead already,people still trapped

Oil
Just noticed it a now $32.30 per barrel.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/market_data/commodities/143908/intraday.stmThat's an extraordinary fall in a short time. I wonder how low the cost of petrol/diesel will go

Outer Hebrides
Lads, some help... After being down south for 20 years it belatedly occurred to me a few years ago that I hadn't seen my own country. Did the West Highland Way and Skye last year and now keen to visit the Outer Hebrides. Was thinking of getting the ferry from Oban to Barra and the wor...

Phew!
I think we got away with it... http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/large-asteroid-2014-jo25-close-april-19-2017-how-to-see  

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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The dirty truth about the Labour-Tory West Lothian coalition
For the absence of doubt, West Lothian council now has a Labour/Tory coalition. It?s a dirty deal and the West Lothian voters have been well and truly disregarded to put it politely. Why do I mention doubt? Well, the media, Labour and the Tories are all denying a provable truth. I was there; I saw…

A statement from All Under One Banner
The below statement has been reproduced with the authors permission from a facebook post by the founder of All Under One Banner (AUOB) Neil Mackay. Independencelive.net cannot corroborate the statement and will not give opinion on the detail.  What I can unambiguously say as an individual and as a participant in several of AUOB’s previous marches…

NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily…

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll…

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material…

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to…

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis…

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50…