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SNP Government's income tax shake-up to get the go-ahead today
20 Feb 2018 at 4:00am
MORE than one million Scots will pay higher income tax than those earning the same elsewhere in the UK under plans set to get the go-ahead today.

Union condemns 'abject failures' in fire service after no confidence vote
20 Feb 2018 at 5:08am
THE Fire Brigades Union has condemned ?abject failures? in Scotland?s single fire service as it passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the chief officer and his senior leadership team.

Rudd refuses to be drawn on fate of ?Beatles? terror suspects
20 Feb 2018 at 7:07am
Londoners Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured in Syria in January.

Corbyn threatens legal action over claim he ?sold secrets to Communist spies?
20 Feb 2018 at 4:04am
The Labour leader?s spokesman said a tweet by a Tory MP was libellous.

ScotRail's record £3 million fines dubbed 'simply unacceptable'
19 Feb 2018 at 4:30pm
CRITICS have branded news ScotRail has received record fines of £3 million ?simply unacceptable?.

Theresa May says she feels secure in her job
19 Feb 2018 at 1:37pm
Theresa May has insisted that she feels secure in her position as Prime Minister, despite reports of colleagues weighing up the possibility of a challenge for the top job.

Pete Wishart MP rules himself out of SNP deputy leadership race
19 Feb 2018 at 1:10pm
PETE Wishart has ruled himself out of the SNP?s deputy leadership race, admitting he does not think he has sufficient support to win the role.

Video: New political party aims to stop Brexit
19 Feb 2018 at 11:08am
Renew also wants to introduce a universal basic income, build two million homes and relieve pressure on the NHS.

Oxfam sex scandal must not be ?cover? for foreign aid cuts, says Sturgeon
19 Feb 2018 at 1:49pm
The Scottish First Minister spoke out as the charity officially released the findings of its investigation into the Haiti sex scandal.

Probe launched into Scottish LibDems' election spending
19 Feb 2018 at 4:00am
WATCHDOGS have launched a formal investigation into spending by the Scottish Liberal Democrats at the last Holyrood election, after a complaint about possible irregularities.

First Minister sees work of equity fund on school visit
19 Feb 2018 at 1:40pm
Nicola Sturgeon met with pupils and staff at Levenvale Primary School in West Dunbartonshire.

Boris Johnson attacks ?lowlife? traders in illegal wildlife products
19 Feb 2018 at 1:35pm
The Foreign Secretary saw a haul presented by the Met?s Wildlife Crime Unit including stuffed big cats.

Warning after Assange fans targeted MP for retweets by Wikileaks
19 Feb 2018 at 4:00am
POLITICIANS have been urged to show more caution on social media after evidence emerged that Wikileaks supporters were encouraged to use an SNP MP to spread their message on Twitter.

Boris Johnson compares dead monkey head to Labour backbencher
19 Feb 2018 at 1:52pm
The Foreign Secretary made the comment while visiting the Metropolitan Police?s Wildlife Crime Unit.

One in eight Scots oppose their own human rights
19 Feb 2018 at 5:17am
MORE than one in eight Scots oppose their own human rights, a new poll has found.



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Donald Anderson: Why Scotland?s pothole problem is here to stay
20 Feb 2018 at 7:00am
Donald Anderson, a former Edinburgh City Council leader, confesses he ended up swearing like Gordon Ramsay as he tried to improve the state of the Capital’s roads.

Scottish food industry to be ?devastated? by hard Brexit
20 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Scotland’s flagship food industry is facing a “devastating” impact from a hard Brexit with the prospect of a 90 per cent fall in sales across mainland Europe under a “no deal” scenario.

Holyrood to back higher taxes for middle-earning Scots
20 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The Scottish Parliament will today formally back a radical overhaul of the tax system which will leave Scots middle-earners facing higher levies than their counterparts south of the Border.

Call for Scots student charges to be considered in UK funding review
20 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The prospect of Scottish students being charged to go to university north of the Border should be examined as part of a review into the funding system for English institutions unveiled by Theresa May, according to the Scottish Tories.

Childcare system ?not working? for Scots parents
20 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Scotland’s childcare system is “not set up for working parents”, according to campaigners who have revealed just one in ten council-run facilities stay open to cover regular office hours.

Leader comment: Scottish fishermen?s message for Boris on Brexit
20 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
It might seem slightly odd to compare the views of Boris Johnson and those of the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation. But, as far as Brexit is concerned, it is absolutely vital.

Darren McGarvey: Personal responsibility is a left-wing issue too
20 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Last week, I was invited to a community venue in York to speak and perform on the theme of poverty. After reading a little, I decided to engage with some of the criticisms I have received of late, in relation to my writing on the topic.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: Ruth vs Jacob is battle for Tory soul
20 Feb 2018 at 12:01am
How the two most popular Tories – Ruth Davidson and Jacob Rees-Mogg – settle big differences will define Conservative party, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis.

BBC dismisses SNP MSP?s claims over Question Time representation
19 Feb 2018 at 2:14pm
The BBC has defended its decision to invite a former UKIP leader on its flagship current affairs programme after a senior SNP MSP described it as “ridiculous”.

Nicola Sturgeon: Morrissey should stick to music
19 Feb 2018 at 1:24pm
Nicola Sturgeon believes fans go to Morrissey gigs for his music rather than to hear his political views after the singer appeared to criticise Scotland’s First Minister at a gig.

Pete Wishart rules himself out of SNP deputy race
19 Feb 2018 at 1:17pm
Pete Wishart will not contest the depute leadership of his party, the SNP MP has announced as he called for other candidates to take forward his message of caution on indyref2.

SNP MSP criticised over response to Scottish soldiers killed by IRA
19 Feb 2018 at 12:24pm
An SNP MSP who described the IRA as “freedom fighters” has been branded “unbelievable” for refusing to sign a motion pressing the Scottish government to support justice for three murdered soldiers.

Fire brigades union passes no confidence vote on Scottish leadership
19 Feb 2018 at 10:04am
Fire Brigades Union members have passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service chief officer and his senior leadership team.

Scotland needs more ethnic minority head teachers, says Sarwar
19 Feb 2018 at 9:03am
A senior Labour MSP has called for action to tackle the lack of ethnic minorities employed in senior education roles in Scotland.

Lib Dems investigated over Holyrood election spending
19 Feb 2018 at 8:05am
The Liberal Democrats are being investigated by Scottish electoral authorities over an allegation the party failed to accurately report its spending during the last Holyrood election.

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Foote replaced by Dick
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Feb 2018 at 10:13am
Last week, just a day after we highlighted the disastrous sales collapse of the Daily Record during almost certainly the most tumultuous and eventful seven-year period in Scotland’s peacetime history, the paper’s editor-in-chief Murray Foote apparently took the Scottish newspaper industry by surprise by suddenly resigning his position. (We’re sure, incidentally, this is entirely unconnected with …

Really smart and very stable
by Chris Cairns
17 Feb 2018 at 6:55am

The seven-year ditch
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Feb 2018 at 4:08pm
Presented without comment, covering a period of THREE major national referendums, EIGHT elections (UK, Scottish, EU, council) and of course the death of Rangers. What we’re saying is, it’s not like there wasn’t any news. (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Power retention
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Feb 2018 at 12:24pm
We still have no reliable internet, just occasional five-minute bursts or a shonky 4G phone connection, but there’s a BT Openreach man in the garden and as soon as he gets hold of a different kind of all-terrain BT Openreach man we’re hopeful that the problem will finally be fixed by the end of today, …

Riding the rollercoaster
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Feb 2018 at 4:36pm
…with the Secretary of State for Scotland. Boo! But wait! Yay! But wait! Boo! But wait! Yay! But wait! Boo! But wait! Yay! But wait! Boo! And so on. We’re not sure what the latest position is, to be honest, but it doesn’t really matter – whatever it is, we’re sure another one will be …

From the archives #6
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Feb 2018 at 3:56pm
Just the one time, though, apparently.

Impact assessment
by Chris Cairns
10 Feb 2018 at 6:56am

Ruth Davidson is available
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Feb 2018 at 7:25pm
Not to discuss the UK government’s Brexit impact report on Scotland, of course. Not a single senior Scottish Tory will face the media about that, having all viciously rubbished the Scottish government’s assessment just last month as “scaremongering”, even though it turned out to be almost identical to the UK government’s version that we’re still …

Any day now
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Feb 2018 at 10:46am
Bear with us just a little longer, folks. We’re hoping to have a man in the garden with a ladder some time this afternoon.

What Adam Didn?t Know
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Feb 2018 at 8:44pm
The Scottish Conservatives have taken us all on quite a ride with regard to the UK government’s Brexit impact analysis on Scotland. In October, David Mundell told us it definitely existed. Then just a week later he told us it definitely didn’t. And this month he finally admitted it did. But his Scottish Tory colleagues knew …

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Plans for new Scots income tax system to be agreed
20 Feb 2018 at 1:07am
MSPs will vote on a new income tax setup which will see lower earners pay less and rates rise for the better-off.

Council nurseries 'not open long enough' for working parents
20 Feb 2018 at 1:08am
Only one in ten nurseries provides hours to allow parents to work full time, say campaigners.

Scottish Borders Council meets to set council tax and budget
20 Feb 2018 at 1:17am
The administration in the Borders wants to increase council tax by 3% and remove 35 full-time posts.

Election Commission probes Scottish Lib Dem spending
19 Feb 2018 at 2:18pm
The electoral watchdog opens a probe into whether the Lib Dems provided "true and accurate" spending returns in 2016.

Councils demand government cash for public pay rises
19 Feb 2018 at 6:17am
The end of the pay cap means councils will have to find cash for salary increases for 75% of staff.

Davidson defends UK government foreign aid commitment
18 Feb 2018 at 1:43pm
The Scottish Conservative leader mounted the defence as she criticised Oxfam's response to the Haiti scandal.

Leonard: Labour owes Glasgow equal pay women an apology
18 Feb 2018 at 9:44am
The Scottish Labour leader says there was "too much resistance" to the council workers' equal pay claims.

Julie Hepburn joins SNP deputy leader contest
17 Feb 2018 at 3:59pm
Party worker Julie Hepburn joins the race to replace Angus Robertson as the party's deputy leader.

Row as 'sexting' MSP gets £7,000 golden goodbye
16 Feb 2018 at 3:43pm
Mark McDonald resigned over sexual misconduct allegations and will receive a quarter of his salary.

Year-round meals plan to tackle 'holiday hunger' of school pupils
16 Feb 2018 at 2:58pm
North Lanarkshire says it could be the first UK local authority to offer meals to school pupils during holidays and weekends.

Anas Sarwar reveals blueprint to combat 'everyday racism'
15 Feb 2018 at 1:14pm
The MSP has written to the first minister with proposals to tackle Islamophobia in Scotland.

Would you work for free to secure a job?
16 Feb 2018 at 12:09am
If you didn't have a job, how far would you go to get one?

Scot Goes Pop

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The BBC's bizarre attempt to eradicate the word 'Scotland' from the Olympics
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2018 at 3:04am
If you haven't been astounded enough lately, try watching the video in this tweet, because it's extraordinary.  It's from the BBC coverage of the Winter Olympics, and features 2002 curling gold med...

Buoyant SNP bag belter of a by-election win in bloomin' Bonnybridge
by James Kelly
16 Feb 2018 at 1:24am
The SNP have had a frustrating run of local by-elections since the UK general election last year - they've had one or two creditable results in wards they were never going to win, but in wards wher...

Why Pete Wishart is asking the wrong question about an independence referendum
by James Kelly
15 Feb 2018 at 6:09am
As you may have seen, Pete Wishart has an opinion piece in today's issue of The National which effectively functions as his preliminary manifesto for the SNP depute leadership election.  The centra...

James Today, Jam Tomorrow?
by James Kelly
12 Feb 2018 at 4:48pm
The dilemma thrown up by this year's SNP depute leadership contest is the same one we faced in 2014 - do we simply vote for the candidate with the strongest personal qualities, or do we base our vo...

The weasel-worded power grab
by James Kelly
10 Feb 2018 at 10:47pm
I suspect I'm not alone in finding Michael Settle's gossip-fuelled reporting for the Herald over the last 24 hours deeply unsatisfactory from a reader's point of view.  The first of the two article...

The birthplace of valour, the country of worth
by James Kelly
8 Feb 2018 at 6:30pm
Just a quick (and belated) note to let you know that I have an article in the February issue of iScot magazine, which also features contributions from Alyn Smith MEP, Derek Bateman, Paul Kavanagh a...

It's now thirty years and counting since a Scot last represented the UK at Eu...
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2018 at 10:16pm
I was half-thinking of foregoing the Eurovision posts altogether this year, because some people seem to get weirdly irate when I do them.  But as Bill Palmer of the US went out of his way the other...

"Oooh, you little fibbers!" Shock and disbelief as Scotsman newspaper is cau...
by James Kelly
7 Feb 2018 at 5:27am
The days of me religiously following the Scotsman newspaper (at least via its website) have long since passed. But I did vaguely register that at some point last year, an incoming editor announced ...

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Englishman trying to connect to his Scottish heritage
by /u/Threpny_Bit
20 Feb 2018 at 5:21am
My dad is a sweaty sock. I'm 50% tight arse. I'd like to connect with my bloodline as I feel a profound connection to Buckfast and sticking the 'heed' on someone. I don't understand your insistence...

Eilean Donan Castle [OC] [6080x4864]
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20 Feb 2018 at 5:12am
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Scots wizard shop owner caught with owl heads in jam jars
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20 Feb 2018 at 1:29am
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"A summary of the independence movement in 2018 so far: Anas Sarwar is probab...
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20 Feb 2018 at 12:34am
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Where are Scotland's best nudist beaches?
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20 Feb 2018 at 12:03am
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For well intentioned young people trying to help out in their community...
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19 Feb 2018 at 11:20pm
Man, I've seen posts occasionally on Reddit like 'I feel sorry for old lady neighbor down the road living all by herself.' I'm aware there is a stigma to critiscising the elderly in Britain but som...

Scotland's Drug Deaths Crisis
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19 Feb 2018 at 9:37pm
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Edinburgh Waverley railway station [6000x3750][OC]
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19 Feb 2018 at 9:20pm
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Scottish human rights declaration set to be unveiled: GROWING concern over th...
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19 Feb 2018 at 7:53pm
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The Scottish Genocide | Butterfly Rebellion
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19 Feb 2018 at 7:45pm
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Early morning in Scotland
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19 Feb 2018 at 6:52pm
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Councils demand cash for public pay rises
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19 Feb 2018 at 6:46pm
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Omar Afzal: Why Scottish attitudes towards Muslims are not as progressive as ...
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19 Feb 2018 at 6:34pm
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I went to Edinburgh today and took this without a 360 camera or fisheye lens.
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19 Feb 2018 at 5:38pm
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Time's Up in the Weinstein Vs Women battle as there will be only one winner
by Kezia Dugdale
20 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Our columnist Kezia Dugdale says that women now mean business when it comes to tackling sexual harassment.

Nicola Sturgeon responds to Morrissey comments that sparked gig walkout
by Aoife Moore
19 Feb 2018 at 1:57pm
The Smiths front-man apparently asked his audience: "Do any of you actually like Nicola Sturgeon? Those hands will be in anybody's pockets."

Labour were the architects of austerity and continue to let us down over cuts
by dailyrecord
19 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Our columnist Mhairi Black argues that Labour have forgotten their support and acceptance of austerity as they continue to back Tory cuts to the hilt.

'No deal ... no way' Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson would refuse to back har...
by David Clegg
19 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Ruth Davidson said the UK would be reliant on WTO rules, which would mean costly tariffs on imports and exports.

'Scotland is my home ... I'm not going anywhere' Anas Sarwar's defiant respon...
by David Clegg
19 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
The despicable message followed Sarwar setting out plans to tackle “everyday racism and Islamophobia” within Scottish Labour and wider society.

Green MSP under fire after failing to reveal sex case link to top cop Iain Li...
by Mark Aitken
18 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
John Finnie failed to tell MSPs he represented the acting chief constable when he was cleared of sexual misconduct.

SNP plan 'national day of action' to step-up fight against 62 RBS closures ac...
by Mark Aitken
18 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Campaigners will collect signatures from across the country urging RBS bosses to abandon plans to shut down the branches.

Government blasted over arms trade fair as weapons dealers invited to Holyroo...
by Billy Briggs
18 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
Campaigners say that 'many companies in attendance have armed human rights abusers and dictatorships'.

Could Nigel Farage be back for more? UKIP sack leader Henry Bolton with forme...
by David Hughes
17 Feb 2018 at 6:11pm
Bolton tried to cling on to the leadership despite a no confidence vote and a revolt by senior party figures in protest at his relationship with race row model Jo Marney.

Sex scandal minister bags £7,000 golden goodbye from Scottish government
by Laura Paterson
16 Feb 2018 at 4:28pm
Mark McDonald quit following reports he had sent a text message to a woman which included a reference to a sex act.

Michael Greenwell

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

Scotland Has A Choice
by michaelgreenwell
6 Feb 2018 at 9:04am
The latest from Phantom Power lays things out quite neatly… Advertisements

Journey To Yes 20 ? Nina & Craig
by michaelgreenwell
23 Jan 2018 at 8:15am
The wonderful Journey To Yes series by Phantom Power is back. Here is episode 20. If you’d like to catch up with all the others you can find them all here too.

Not To Be Forgotten
by michaelgreenwell
21 Jan 2018 at 1:41pm
We are still in the middle of the umpteenth nauseating shitfit thrown by the Unionist media. They usually throw the toys out of the pram in this manner when somone mildy criticises them for the untrue and vicious invective they throw at the independence movement every day. One of the actors in this particular chimpanzee-fling …

Another New Entry To The Insult Trump Competition
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jan 2018 at 10:11pm
In the Fire and Fury book (in which there is much to criticise) there is a quote from Gary Cohn (chief economic adviser to Trump) “Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits.” Partly, this is one is so bad as it comes from someone who is supposed to be on Trump’s …

Not Just Scotland In Union
by michaelgreenwell
14 Jan 2018 at 9:44am
The CRC has no website, publishes no accounts and does not reveal the names of its donors. With Scotland In Union looking like a busted crap hand, rather than a busted flush, it is important to remember that shadowy groups of rich union supporters have other groups and are likely just to move their money …

Media Studies Friday 13 ? The Contortionist
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jan 2018 at 10:17am
Just think of the series of linguistic manoeuvres you have to go through to try to come up with this level of misrepresentation. All done of course, in order to get a “Scotland/SNP bad” type headline.

Scottish Independence Podcast 164 ? Some of the Best
by michaelgreenwell
23 Dec 2017 at 11:35pm
Around this time of year on the Scottish Independence Podcast I usually try to put out something with some of the best bits of the year in a compilation. However, given the early birth of our son Cailean, I haven’t had time to scour through the stuff I have saved to put that exact show …

Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise.

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Curried Yoghurt and Chlorinated Chicken
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Feb 2018 at 7:04pm
The realities of Brexit are beginning to crystallize. Amongst the casualties are EU safety standards around food; devolution in Northern Ireland; the Good Friday Agreement and a new war on “socialism” which looks to be a front for an intelligence war on ?domestic subversion’.  Brexit is essentially an attack on democracy on three fronts. On food …

The Right Stuff
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Feb 2018 at 2:46pm
Anti-communist hysteria? Check. Sectarianism and violent bigotry normalised? Check. Revived notions of social control through reproduction? Check.  Secret police? Check. Weird nationalism wedded to paranoia and inappropriate militarism? Check. Any doubts that we are living through times of reaction and revanchism and an emboldened far-right have to be set aside as Conservative forces snarl in the face …

Northern Neighbours: Scotland and Norway Since 1880
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Feb 2018 at 11:05pm
NORTHERN NEIGHBOURS: SCOTLAND AND NORWAY SINCE 1800 Edited by John Bryden, Ottar Brox and Lesley Riddoch, Edinburgh University Press (2016) This book examines the factors which set Scotland and Norway on very different paths in the period from 1800.  The authors identify the atrophy of the Norwegian aristocracy, greater autonomy following the break from Denmark …

The A List
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Feb 2018 at 10:13pm
Assuming contemporary rather than historical, and in no particular order, here are Scotland’s A List writers: Writerer’s James Robertson James Kelman AL Kennedy Alan Warner Janice Galloway Alasdair Gray Jenni Fagan Andrew O’Hagan Irvine Welsh Ali Smith Poets Kathleen Jamie Roddy Lumsden Journalists/Non-Fiction Neal Ascherson Ian Bell Tom Nairn Playwrights David Harrower

Whose Gender Is It Anyway?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Feb 2018 at 11:28am
Caitlin Logan in the latest of our series on gender, feminism and the GRA. See previous here: Jennie Kermode on ?Gender Recognition ? it?s not what you think?and Indy Leya on Gender, the GRA and Women’s Rights. Since the Scottish Government launched its public consultation on the Gender Recognition Act, and  similar changes have been …

Don Roberto
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Feb 2018 at 8:54pm
There no mony faimlies in Scotland wi sic a pruid history as the Grahams. The faimly can trace theirsels richt back tae the Wallace in the 1200s. They?ve popped up ilka century or so daein either something kenspeckle an historic, or just cutting aboot alangside the great an the guid o the dey. Ane o …

Scotland?s Nostalgic Future
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Feb 2018 at 11:23am
?And the droll thing was, for a? they misca?d Gleska, and gret about Clachnacudden, ye couldna get yin o? them tae gang back to Clachnacudden if ye pyed the train ticket and guaranteed a pension o? a pound a week?. Neil Munro ?Erchie? So, as I was saying before last week?s word count so rudely …

by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 Feb 2018 at 11:43pm
This ‘For the Ermine’ from @tradasro is good on the rank hypocrisy of supposed socialists filling the House of Lords.

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Change taxation to build a better society | Letters
by Letters
18 Feb 2018 at 5:20pm
Readers including Caroline Lucas and Ruth Lister respond to Guardian articles by Owen Jones and Gaby HinsliffOwen Jones?s discussion of tax seeks to put forward a ?radical? agenda but is actually strikingly conservative, especially because of its focus on higher income tax rates (Tax radicals? Mc...

Scottish nationalists are salivating over the Brexit spoils | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
18 Feb 2018 at 12:03am
The only question for the SNP is how long to wait before calling a new vote on independenceLike a drunk man leaving the dance floor, the UK?s slow, anarchic exit from the EU continues and the Scottish nationalists can scarce believe the abundance of fresh opportunities that have landed at their f...

Scottish plan to double free childcare faces risks, says watchdog
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Feb 2018 at 10:22am
Audit Scotland highlights gap between Scottish government?s and councils? estimate of costsThe Scottish government?s ambition to double childcare hours by 2020 is facing ?significant risks?, according to a spending watchdog. Nicola Surgeon made her flagship pledge to increase from 600 to 1,140 th...

Ruth Davidson defends UK aid spending amid calls for cut by Tories
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Feb 2018 at 9:42am
Scottish Conservative leader speaks after visit to Afghanistan and following Oxfam scandalRuth Davidson has mounted a strong defence of UK aid spending after a visit to Afghanistan.The Scottish Conservative leader spent four days in Kabul this week with the Dumfries and Galloway-based Halo Trust,...

Nicola Sturgeon rejects calls to clarify US military Prestwick use
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
8 Feb 2018 at 5:52pm
Scottish Greens have urged first minister to release heavily redacted documents Nicola Sturgeon has rejected calls for the full disclosure of evidence that a publicly owned Scottish airport is being used for frontline military missions by US air forces and marines.The first minister was pressed b...

Scottish government calls for devolution of immigration policy
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Feb 2018 at 5:03pm
Cuts to UK immigration could cost Scottish economy £10bn per year by 2040, paper suggestsThe unique demographic challenges facing Scotland in the coming decades make the overwhelming case for a regional approach to immigration, according to a discussion paper from the Scottish government. Calling...

Scottish government criticised over US military use of airport
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Feb 2018 at 4:14pm
SNP accused of hypocrisy for funding Glasgow Prestwick airport which has links to TrumpA publicly owned Scottish airport is being used by the US military to launch frontline operations and is striking deals with Donald Trump?s golf resort in an effort to stem its heavy financial losses.An investi...

Police Scotland chief quits as misconduct claims are investigated
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
7 Feb 2018 at 1:47pm
Phil Gormley, on leave since July, says it would be impossible for him to resume his dutiesThe head of Police Scotland has resigned with immediate effect, saying it was impossible for him to resume his duties in a meaningful way.Phil Gormley, who was named chief constable of the UK?s second-large...

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The year of the dug
???? Gung hei faat choi! Happy Chinese new year, and we are now in the year of the dug. According to one Chinese astrology site, the year of the dog is the year for fighting the political causes that you believe in passionately, which seems appropriate for this blog. Not that I believe in astrology, …

Party political borecast
Across the road from my flat, there a tree with a plastic bag caught in its branches, blown there in the high wind. The plastic bag is full of nothing but air, which makes it exactly like Richard Leonard delivering the latest party political broadcast for the Scottish branch office of the Labour party, although …

Daein it fur oorsels
It’s coming. You can feel it in your bones. You can smell it in the air. You can almost touch it. Things are changing. Things are developing. The seeds that the British establishment was so convinced it had buried in 2014 are germinating. A tightly coiled bud that has been guarding and maintaining its strength …

Why the indy movement needs to crowdfund
Someone pointed out to me today that someone on social media has been wondering why independence publications, sites, and bloggers like myself, Bella Caledonia, Wings Over Scotland, Scotland Goes Pop, iScot magazine, Indylive etc, do fundraisers and ask for donations whereas the British nationalist representatives on social media generally don’t. Now I should point out …

A country in a filing cabinet
The British Government is going to let members of the Scottish Parliament have a wee squatch at the impact study into the economic effects of Brexit on the various nations and regions of the UK. Isn’t that nice.  This is the study that they’d previously denied existed. David Mundell’s office wrote to the Presiding Officer …

Going over the top
You know how if you tell lies you’re supposed to end up weaving a complex web? The Scotland Office can’t even manage that much. It’s not so much a complex web of lies that they’ve woven as a moist tissue that falls apart with a gentle prodding. The only thing complex about the Scotland Office …

The symbol?s gone, the substance is the same
We’ve got a new BBC weather map! Whoop, and indeed, de doo. Scotland is growing before our very eyes. The new map is a vast improvement on the old one, which showed the distance between Aberdeen and Newcastle as being approximately the same as the much shorter distance between London and Southampton. On the downside …

The real lesson of WW2
It is an accurate assessment of British politics that if the answer is Theresa May, then you must be asking the wrong question. Unless that is the question is, “Who is the British politician least likely to give a straight answer to a straight question?” Or possibly, “Which British prime minister is most likely to …

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PM?s former right-hand man calls for publication of Brexit impact report
THERESA May?s former right-hand man has accused the government of ignoring evidence in their rush towards Brexit.

There is no heating in jailed Catalan minister's freezing cell
A DEPOSED Catalan minister who has been in jail without trial for four months is spending his days reading in a freezing cell without heat or hot water.

MSPs pledge support for new tax system ahead of Holyrood vote
MSPs are expected to back plans to create a new income tax system for Scotland in a key vote at Holyrood.

Boris Johnson in hot water for jibe about monkey head and Labour MP
BORIS Johnson compared a dead monkey?s head to a Labour backbencher while on a visit to a police unit which confiscates wildlife products.

SNP politician to lead debate on poor treatment for ME patients
THE Government are to be asked to do more to help ME patients who have spent the last seven years suffering as a result of bad science.

Migrants to share experiences of moving to Scotland with MPs
IMMIGRATION is coming back under the spotlight - this time in Fife where MPs will today hear from migrants about their experiences coming to live in Scotland.

Guy Verhofstadt issues new plea for single market after Brexit
A LEADING European politician has made a renewed appeal to Theresa May to keep the UK in the single market insisting it is the best option for future relations.

Ruth Davidson warns Theresa May she will not accept no deal Brexit
RUTH Davidson has warned Theresa May she would not accept the UK crashing out of the EU with no deal and said she would oppose any agreement she considers damaging to Scotland?s interests.

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Tory MP Bill Grant ? The Most Right Wing Unionist Tory in Scotland ? Were the...
          William Grant: MP Miner’s son, William was born 14 August 1951. He was raised in Rankinston in Cumnock and Doon Valley, East Ayrshire, and educated at Littlemill Primary in northern Rankinston and Cumnock Academy. He joined the fire service and served for 31 years before retiring at 55 as a … Continue reading "Tory MP Bill Grant – The Most Right Wing Unionist Tory in Scotland – Were t...

David Duguid MP for Banff & Buchan ? Elected on a Campaign Promise to Fully E...
      David James Duguid Born 1970. Raised on the family farm at Breedless, just North of Turriff. Educated at Banff Academy. Studied Chemistry at Robert Gordon University. Employment Took up a career with BP (10 years) in the oil and gas industry before moving on to project management with Hitachi (15 years). Lives … Continue reading "David Duguid MP for Banff & Buchan – Elected on a Campaign ...

Andrew ?Hound-Dog? Bowie ? Tory MP for Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine ? Cl...
    Andrew Bowie Born Aberdeenshire 1988 1999-2005: Inverurie Academy – high school education. Early career 2007-2010: The Royal Navy – On completion of an 11-month recruit training course at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth he was posted to ships for fleet training with the purpose of qualifying as a junior Warfare Officer … Continue reading "Andrew “Hound-Dog” Bowie – Tory MP fo...

President Trump ? Pilloried by the Press, Lefty Luving Hollywood Elite and P...
                In Defence of President Trump In just about any other circumstance the people of Scotland would praise the achievements of “The  Donald” attributing them in some measure to the Scottish blood coursing through his veins. And they would be right to do so. But credit for his political success … Continue reading "President Trump – Pilloried by the Press, Lefty Luving Hollywood Elit...

Scotland Together ? The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Sco...
        Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the People of Scotland Fed-up with the bare faced lies and biased output of BBC Scotland and commercial television. Need a break from Jacki Bird, Sarah Smith and fat-boy Taylor? Turn to Freeview Channel 989 or (Sky 545, Virgin333 and Freesat 67) … Continue reading "Scotland Together – The Scottish Community Channel Owned by the...

        Colin James Clark Multi-Millionaire Colin James Clark was born 20 May 1969. His father Robbie owned a 1000 acre+ farm and three cottages (rented out) near Auchterless.  In 1990. His early career in agriculture to him to Lincolnshire where he developed an interest in organic farming of products for direct sale. … Continue reading "tory-mp-for-gordon-colin-clark-the-multi-millionaire-elec...

Scottish Tory Unionist MP?s Contrived Attempt to Muddy the Waters on Broadban...
      Development of Broadband in Scotland The subject has been heavily politicised by Tory MP’s recently elected to represent Scottish communities, leading to a huge amount of hot air and misinformation. The purpose of this article is to highlight aspects of a number of debates at Westminster and in the press. References and … Continue reading "Scottish Tory Unionist MP’s Contrived Attempt to ...

Scottish Police Force & VAT ? The Facts Are ? It was Labour That Did It ? And...
      21 November 2007: Top Scottish civil servant ‘knew of VAT bill for the newly formed Scottish Police Services Authority early 2005 The top civil servant at the Scottish Government’s Justice Department was warned in 2005 that the new Scottish Police Services Authority would incur VAT. The revelation came just a day after … Continue reading "Scottish Police Force & VAT – The Facts Are – It w...

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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

A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the...
A Warning from the Past: What happened to Scottish Labour could happen to the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 14th 2018 What goes up must come down is a truism worth remembering in relation to politics – as well as to economics and every kind of asset or property bubble. There once was a …

Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland
Time to Put the Culture into Creative Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 7th 2018 Creative Scotland?s latest stramash has again brought arts funding, decision-making and the role of the organisation centrestage. It is a recurring problem. After the good news story before Christmas, of Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announcing – against expectations – a …

The Football Club That Refused to Die: The Tragedy and Beauty of Third Lanark
The Football Club That Refused to Die: The Tragedy and Beauty of Third Lanark Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 31st 2018 Glasgow?s history has long been the stuff of legend ? the stories of Red Clydeside, rent strikes, the power of shipbuilding, the scale of slum clearance – and of course, football. In Scotland we …

The World Has Been Turned Upside Down: The End of the Era of Robber Baron Cap...
The World Has Been Turned Upside Down: The End of the Era of Robber Baron Capitalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 24th 2018 The world has been turned upside down in the last few weeks. Ten years after the banking crash showed that the economic assumptions which shaped most of our lives were bogus, along …

Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions about the SNP and Independence
Time to Wake Up and Ask Some Difficult Questions abut the SNP and Independence Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, January 23rd 2018 ?What Do You Do When A Society Lies to Itself?? So said writer Umair Haque this week in the context of the constitutional standoff in Trump?s America. But it is true of most nations …

Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain?
Winston Churchill: The Man, the Myth, 1940 and Who can speak for Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 16th 2018 Winston Churchill is everywhere at the moment. It is as if there are only two narratives about Britain?s past: the Second World War and dramas about people of privilege, class and money. The Churchill industry …

Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No
Brexit is turning Britain upside down ? and Scotland has a chance to say No Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, January 15th 2018 Brexit has turned British politics and Britain itself upside down. But to the UK Government and Westminster political classes it is business as usual on the home front as far as Brexit …

The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate
The World in 2018: Trump, Brexit, Britain and the Scottish Debate Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 10th 2018 The New Year is always a time for reflection. I spent the Christmas and New Year break in the United States, providing an opportunity for reflection and a different take on the world. Two and a half …

Scotland and Independence

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Morrissey fans 'walk out' after Nicola Sturgeon jibe at Scottish gig sparks b...
Morrissey fans 'walk out' after Nicola Sturgeon jibe at Scottish gig sparks backlash  iNewsDoes anyone like Nicola Sturgeon? Morrissey asks  The TimesMorrissey concert jibe at Sturgeon fires backlash  The NationalMorrissey 'sparks walkout at Glasgow gig after criticising Nicola Sturgeon'  Juice BrightonHe said what? Morrissey's most controversial opinions  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Indyref2: Pete Wishart says it would be 'unthinkable' to lose second independ...
Indyref2: Pete Wishart says it would be 'unthinkable' to lose second independence vote  The ScotsmanFull coverage

James Dornan believes Scottish independence could come in 2019
James Dornan believes Scottish independence could come in 2019  The NationalSNP MSP James Dornan expects Scotland to face IndyRef2 vote as early as next year  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

The case for two votes on independence
The case for two votes on independence  The TimesRuth Davidson: 'there is life after Brexit'  The ScotsmanLetters: Let SNP withdraw referendum threat if it wants a Brexit role  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Bon voyage Britain, bonjour Auld Alliance? Why Scottish independence and Brex...
Bon voyage Britain, bonjour Auld Alliance? Why Scottish independence and Brexit pose big questions for the French  CommonSpaceFull coverage

Why Brexit at all costs really is dispiriting
Why Brexit at all costs really is dispiriting  The TimesFull coverage

Scottish independence campaign group to demonstrate along the M8 motorway
Scottish independence campaign group to demonstrate along the M8 motorway  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

Pete Wishart rules himself out of SNP deputy race
Pete Wishart rules himself out of SNP deputy race  The ScotsmanDavid Torrance: The SNP's independence proposition resembles another Brexit-like leap into the unknown  HeraldScotlandPower Snag  The TimesFull coverage


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Wishart rules himself out of race for SNP depute leader
Wishart rules himself out of race for SNP depute leader  Daily MailScottish Green Party will push through SNP tax changes  The TimesFull coverage

Details of misconduct claims against former SNP minister revealed
Details of misconduct claims against former SNP minister revealed  The ScotsmanSNP minister's resignation sex message revealed  HeraldScotlandSleaze row Nat Mark McDonald has disgraced himself and neglected constituents  The Scottish SunFull coverage

BBC dismisses SNP MSP's claims over Question Time representation
BBC dismisses SNP MSP's claims over Question Time representation  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Julie Hepburn joins SNP deputy leader contest
Julie Hepburn joins SNP deputy leader contest  BBC NewsSecond candidate joins SNP depute race  HeraldScotlandJulie Hepburn in bid to replace Angus Robertson as SNP deputy leader  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP MSP criticised over response to Scottish soldiers killed by IRA
SNP MSP criticised over response to Scottish soldiers killed by IRA  The ScotsmanSNP MSP's 'unbelievable' refusal to back fight for justice for murdered Scottish soldiers  Belfast NewsletterFull coverage

SNP plan 'day of action' to save RBS branches
SNP plan 'day of action' to save RBS branches  The ScotsmanSNP plan 'national day of action' to step-up fight against 62 RBS closures across Scotland  Scottish Daily RecordSNP announce 'national day of action' for under-threat RBS branches  The NationalFull coverage

Parents still struggle to find nursery places: Survey casts fresh doubt on SN...
Parents still struggle to find nursery places: Survey casts fresh doubt on SNP's childcare coverage

SNP councillor suspended after 'party conference fracas'
SNP councillor suspended after 'party conference fracas'  BBC NewsSNP councillor suspended over 'alleged fracas' at party conference  Scottish Daily RecordExclusive: SNP suspends Edinburgh Councillor Lewis Ritchie  HolyroodEdinburgh SNP councillor suspended in the wake of alleged altercation  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

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Morrissey fans 'walk out' after Nicola Sturgeon jibe at Scottish gig sparks b...
Morrissey fans 'walk out' after Nicola Sturgeon jibe at Scottish gig sparks backlash  iNewsDoes anyone like Nicola Sturgeon? Morrissey asks  The TimesNicola Sturgeon responds to concert attack by 'huge talent' Morrissey  The NationalHe said what? Morrissey's most controversial opinions  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Rates of change: Holyrood and income tax
Rates of change: Holyrood and income tax  BBC NewsPete Wishart MP rules himself out of SNP deputy leadership race  HeraldScotlandPete Wishart will not be standing to be next SNP depute leader  The NationalFull coverage

SNP MP calls for "Braveheart" approach to second referendum
SNP MP calls for "Braveheart" approach to second referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP deputy leadership hopeful: Scotland could vote for independence next year
SNP deputy leadership hopeful: Scotland could vote for independence next year  HeraldScotlandSNP MSP James Dornan expects Scotland to face IndyRef2 vote as early as next year  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

On Brexit, do the Tories think they can simply ignore Scotland?
On Brexit, do the Tories think they can simply ignore Scotland?  ProspectFull coverage

Scottish Affairs Committee to hear accounts of migrants in Fife
Scottish Affairs Committee to hear accounts of migrants in Fife  The NationalFull coverage

Election Commission probes Scottish Lib Dem spending
Election Commission probes Scottish Lib Dem spending  BBC NewsFull coverage

I could not support a no-deal Brexit, says Tory leader
I could not support a no-deal Brexit, says Tory leader  The TimesScottish Tory Leader Challenges UK PM's Brexit Stance  Sputnik InternationalFull coverage

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The Life in the UK Test
I didn?t know whether this belong in the General Politics forum (for people interested in Immigration policy) or General Nonsense (for people who like pub quizzes I was recently helping my brother in law practice for the test you need to pass if you want to apply for UK citizenship or permanent r...

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 ...

Jo Cox MP
Her office confirm she has been stabbed and shot at her surgery in west Yorkshire.

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...

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

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!

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

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Well done Iceland.
Taking steps to stop the mutilation of male babies with the added bonus of criminalising several religions, nice work.

Tim Hortons in Glasgow..
Just curious to see what everyone thinks of Tim Hortons coffee shops in Glasgow, or anywhere else in Scotland. Tim Hortons is massive here in Canada. In Ottawa they are all over the city. I go every morning on ma way to work. Do they have the Drive-thru in Scotland as they do here?   Cheers. ?

Best Scottish Tv Programs
looking after jojobest scottish program ever made, ken

Wanky Phrases
Stolen from the fitba thread, in general life what annoys you. Just had forward thinking and last in a meeting. Just fck off.

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

Forth Road Bridge Closed
From midnight until its fixed, at least 24 hours. Good luck traveling in the east tomorrow!!

Apologies for sticking this in here, but I cannot seem to find or if there is a 'General Travel' forum these days. Was hoping someone could advise me on a good place to stay? The city centre seems very small anyway from Google maps and walking distances, but also, is it better to stay nearer ...

Police Scotland (Chief Constable Sir Stephen House)
2nd of OctoberSir Stephen House made a pledge to the public that "that armed officers will only be deployed when "firearms offences are taking place, or where there is a threat to life".However after watching yesterdays hearing in which the Chief constable was not in attendance it seems this was ...

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All by myself: tackling loneliness and social isolation in Scotland

Neil Kinnock urges Jeremy Corbyn to stop Brexit

Parliament should vote on boundary review as soon as possible, say MPs

Boris Johnson's love-bomb fell as flat as a corked prosecco

Thousands of Labour members email demanding to be given a say on Brexit policy

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service announces launch of online case tracker

North Lanarkshire to consider 365-day school meals

Getting to know you: Colin Smyth MSP

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Showcasing the videos of Hector Suñol
Hector Suñol is a Catalan film-maker who publishes his films on Vimeo. Yesterday he published a moving video for Gerry Mulvenna’s song #DearCatalonia (see below), but we wanted to showcase some of his other work relating to the referendum on 1 October 2017. 1 October 2017 contains descriptions and scenes of police violence and music…

North East sees launch of new pro Scottish Independence umbrella organisation, the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM). The group aims to bring together groups such as Common Weal, Business for Scotland, Women for Independence, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, Radical Independence Campaign, Independence Live, and more to host informative and educational events on the benefits…

Prototype Written Constitution for a Scottish Secular Republic
Constitution of the Scottish Republic Preamble We, the people of the sovereign, free and democratic Republic of Scotland, for the love of our fair nation and proud countrymen and women, do hereby express and enact our collective will through this Scottish Constitution, the supreme and fundamental law of Scotland; which holds that the founding principles…

Party Leaders Reaction to Catalan Election Result
JxCat?s Puigdemont calls for return of ?legitimate government? while Cs Arrimadas claims ?no future? for independence SHARE 22 December 2017 01:28 AM byACN | Barcelona Once the results of Thursday?s Catalan election were in, it didn?t take long for the main political players to react. Despite it being an unprecedented victory for the unionist Ciutadans…

Junqueras Strengthened by Prison
The president and leading candidate for left-wing pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana (ERC) said that if he wins the election, there?s no reason to think that he won?t be able to be sworn in as president, since he has the right to attend the investiture session. In an interview with Catalan radio station Rac1, the main…

Oriol Junqueras? Letter from Estremera Prison
Translated by Mark McNaught The following is a translation of a letter sent by Oriol Junqueras to the Catalan people. Original Catalan here. Junqueras is the legitimately elected Vice-President of Catalonia who is now a political prisoner in a Spanish jail, for the ?crime? of fullfilling an electoral mandate to establish an Independent Catalan Republic.…

Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…