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No deal Brexit would plunge UK into 'state of emergency'
23 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
FAILURE to secure a Brexit deal would plunge Britain into a ?state of emergency,? with the the risk of basic public services being thrown into chaos, a senior Conservative has warned.

Raab signals Britain will not pay Brexit settlement without a trade deal
22 Jul 2018 at 11:16am
The UK could refuse to pay its £39 billion divorce bill to Brussels if it does not get a trade deal, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has signalled.

Scots Tory faces renewed scrutiny amid row over £425,000 'dark money' Brexit ...
22 Jul 2018 at 5:08am
A FORMER Scottish Tory candidate linked to a "dark money" donation in the Brexit referendum is facing fresh questions about his ties to the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland.

Scottish Labour leader criticised over 'delayed' probe into allegedly anti-Se...
22 Jul 2018 at 5:09am
SCOTTISH Labour leader Richard Leonard has become embroiled in a damaging row over an internal investigation into a councillor who shared allegedly anti-Semitic material online.

McDonnell tells senior Tories to ?come clean? and quit over voting row
22 Jul 2018 at 3:13pm
The shadow chancellor was commenting on a broken pairing agreement in the Commons.

Police watchdog spent over £60,000 in legal fees to contest whistleblower cas...
22 Jul 2018 at 5:09am
THE Scottish Police Authority has been criticised for spending over £60,000 fighting an unsuccessful tribunal case against a whistleblower.

First Minister's advisers: FOI requests have been "malicious" and used to "br...
22 Jul 2018 at 5:07am
FREEDOM of information legislation has been used to try to ?delegitimise? the SNP Government and ?break? the system, according to ministerial advisers.

SNP hit out at Rees Mogg's prediction of a no deal Brexit
22 Jul 2018 at 5:10am
LEADING Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg claims Britain is heading for a no deal exit from the EU.

It's time for a hand-brake turn on Brexit
22 Jul 2018 at 5:10am
ARE we now roaring flat out towards a cliff-edge Brexit with Jacob Rees-Mogg's foot firmly on the accelerator? It certainly seems so. The Prime Minister's White Paper, the attempt to remain in the EU regulatory framework without actually being a member while somehow conjuring an Irish border solution, was trashed almost before the ink was dry. Not just by Brexit's usual suspects but, solemnly and almost regretfully, by the Brussels negotiators. The EU has not moved one iota over its four freedoms which underpin the single market, and cannot. There has to be free movement of people and goods. To believe otherwise was idiocy. But we've known that since the morning after the referendum. The months since have been a fruitless attempt by Theresa May to keep her party together, with the predictable consequence, chaos.

Scottish Labour calls for free bus pass age eligibility to be enshrined in law
22 Jul 2018 at 5:10am
SCOTTISH LABOUR is calling for free bus travel to be protected by law for people aged over 60.

Paul Hutcheon: David Cameron is the UK's worst post-war Prime Minister
22 Jul 2018 at 12:06am
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Dozens of major Scottish infrastructure projects are delayed or over budget
21 Jul 2018 at 5:00am
MORE than 30 major infrastructure projects across Scotland have faced delays or ballooning budgets in the last few years, new analysis shows.

EU's Barnier picks major holes in May's Brexit Plan
21 Jul 2018 at 12:02am
MICHEL Barnier has unpicked key parts of Theresa May?s Chequers Plan, suggesting it is unfair, could increase fraud across the continent and posed a threat to the European single market.

Analysis: Barnier politely but forensically picks holes in May's Chequers Plan
21 Jul 2018 at 12:02am
BARELY two hours after Theresa May urged the EU27 to ?evolve? its thinking on Brexit, Michel Barnier took to the podium in Brussels to focus on picking holes in her grand plan.

Barnier questions whether May's Brexit plan is 'workable'
20 Jul 2018 at 4:36pm
MICHEL Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, has seriously questioned whether Theresa May's post-Brexit plans for customs arrangements are workable, in his first public response to last week's UK Government White Paper.

 

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Brexit Secretary hits out at ?irresponsible? EU ahead of fresh talks
22 Jul 2018 at 12:06pm
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has accused the EU of “irresponsibly” ramping up pressure in withdrawal negotiations.

Bid for free bus travel for over-60s to be enshrined in law
22 Jul 2018 at 11:20am
Scottish Labour is calling for free bus travel to be protected by law for people aged over 60.

SNP call on Ruth Davidson to reveal if Scots Tories used ?dark money?
22 Jul 2018 at 11:19am
Calls have been made for Ruth Davidson to reveal whether ”dark money” was used to fund Scottish Conservative election campaigns.

Monica Lennon: Follow the tourist tax trail out of austerity
21 Jul 2018 at 11:56pm
To have or not to have a tourist tax in Scotland has become something of a hot political topic this summer. It already exists in many popular destinations across the world. So why are SNP ministers so opposed to it?

Jim Sillars: SNP?s Continuity Bill ?is a tactical package?
21 Jul 2018 at 11:55pm
A leading SNP figure has described Nicola Sturgeon’s alternative Brexit Bill as tactic by the Scottish Government to create an obstacle for the UK leaving the EU.

David Mundell: There?s no alternative to the Brexit White Paper
21 Jul 2018 at 11:55pm
Today marks 250 days until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Digital map will save lives of vulnerable in emergency
21 Jul 2018 at 11:55pm
A new life-saving computerised mapping system designed to instantly identify vulnerable people caught up in an emergency is being rolled out across Scotland.

Insight: Visitor numbers drive Highlands into tourist trap
21 Jul 2018 at 11:44pm
There is a sun-struck giddiness on board the MV Hebridean Isles as it scythes its way through the cerulean waters that separate Kennacraig and Port Ellen. In the bowels of the boat, locals and workers are tucking into full Scottish breakfasts, but the tourists are out on deck, craning their necks for the first sight of the rocky islets that arch their backs like sea monsters off the Islay coast.

Ex-slave who attacked Free Kirk ?blood money?
21 Jul 2018 at 11:43pm
As the unrelenting whip cracked down on his bare back, tearing open his flesh, the black teenager vowed to himself that one day he would escape and tell the world about the brutality of life as a slave on the American plantations.

Leader: Real debate about tourist tax should be ?how high??
21 Jul 2018 at 11:42pm
Visitor numbers to Scotland were up by 17 per cent during 2017, while the amount they spent rose by almost a quarter, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

Euan McColm: Barnier rebuff should shut Boris?s cakehole
21 Jul 2018 at 11:34pm
A popular delusion among pro-Brexit politicians is that the UK’s departure from the European Union could be made painless if only the Prime Minister were more confident in negotiations.

Shadow ?sensible? party in bid to ambush Brexit
21 Jul 2018 at 11:31pm
A back-channel network of pro-EU MPs is to “step up” its work to defeat the government’s Brexit plans, believing it is poised to deliver a decisive blow against Theresa May when parliament returns from the summer recess.

Man arrested after fireworks thrown at police during SDL rally
21 Jul 2018 at 8:50pm
A man is to appear in court after fireworks were launched at police during a far-right rally.

Foreign Secretary calls on Nato members to increase defence spending
21 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
The newly-installed Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday urged other Nato members to increase their spending on the defence alliance.

MPs visit farm to highlight ?crisis? of berry picker shortage
21 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
Theresa May is failing to grasp the impact of European labour shortages on Scotland’s berry farms, it was claimed yesterday.

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Stella Wants Her Groove Back
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2018 at 11:52am
Labour MP Stella Creasy, explaining to Sarah Smith on today’s Sunday Politics why she backs a so-called “People’s Vote” on Brexit because voters should have the right to change their mind about a referendum if circumstances change. Except, as always, for viewers in Scotland.

Our best offer
by Chris Cairns
21 Jul 2018 at 6:55am

News of a world
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Jul 2018 at 10:20am

The People?s Mess
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Jul 2018 at 11:33am
Oh God. Would you look at the absolute state of this, readers? Let’s make like everybody’s mental health and break that down. So firstly, Labour have taken the lead in the polls for the first time in nearly a year, not because they’ve had a sudden surge of support over their Brexit policy – since …

Don?t knows and don?t cares
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Jul 2018 at 12:58pm
The Daily Record’s politics lead story today is a slightly underwhelming poll that shows 41% of Scots believe the Tories are carrying out a power grab against the Scottish Parliament, against 34% who think they aren’t (and 25% who have no idea). Which seems a good time to round up the last results of our own most …

The bag carrier
by Chris Cairns
14 Jul 2018 at 6:59am

A cordial invitation
by Greg Moodie
13 Jul 2018 at 10:36am
Dear Mr. Trump, I?m a big fan of your work. Especially your later stuff. You are the obvious natural successor to those other great leaders, Richard Nixon and George W. Bush ? the perfect combination of dodgy and thick. You?ve got it all. Since the first day of your tangeroid slithering into Barack?s old gaff, …

Sliding-out doors
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:51am
Most of Scottish Twitter has been enjoying itself greatly for the last few hours after England’s exit from the World Cup, but scattered in amongst the amusing memes has been a fair amount of angst about victors Croatia – a nation of 4 million people – being in the final when Scotland once again failed …

Back home
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 10:06pm
Scotia episode 2, because posting anything about the World Cup feels too mean.

This might as well be the news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Jul 2018 at 12:59pm

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More action urged on women's human rights
23 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
Human rights campaigners say a Scottish social security system is an opportunity for change.


Ministers face calls to ban strip clubs
20 Jul 2018 at 3:46pm
Women's groups are urging the government to follow the example of Iceland where they are illegal.


Labour accuses PM of 'blatantly untrue excuses' in chief whip pairing row
20 Jul 2018 at 12:53pm
Theresa May insists her chief whip made an "honest mistake" when he told an MP to break a vote pact.


Spain withdraws Clara Ponsati arrest warrant
19 Jul 2018 at 3:35pm
The former Catalan education minister has been battling against extradition after being arrested in Scotland.


Military personnel based in Scotland compensated for tax rises
19 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
The UK government will compensate soldiers facing higher income tax bills because they are based in Scotland.


Avoidable death rate in Scotland highest in the UK
19 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
Experts say deprivation and easy access to fast food and alcohol are factors in the high death rate.


Scottish Tories defend customs union vote
18 Jul 2018 at 11:34am
All of the party's 13 MPs opposed a bid to potentially keep the UK in a customs union in the event of a "no deal" Brexit.


Jo Swinson says Tories broke Brexit vote agreement
18 Jul 2018 at 2:10pm
Lib Dem Jo Swinson says the Tory chairman broke an agreement not to take part in a Brexit vote.


Water help for communities 'running dry' after heatwave
18 Jul 2018 at 12:00am
The Scottish government promises emergency supplies to "off-mains" communities hit by low water levels.


Creative Scotland: A strange sense of Deja Vu
18 Jul 2018 at 5:57pm
BBC Scotland arts correspondent Pauline McLean analyses the latest goings on at arts body Creative Scotland.


New Boroughmuir School is already too small
18 Jul 2018 at 5:13pm
The £35m Boroughmuir High School will need to be upgraded to take in an additional 300 pupils by 2027.


HPV vaccination to be offered to Scottish boys
18 Jul 2018 at 3:21pm
Currently, the vaccination is offered to S1 to S3 girls, protecting against a virus causing cervical cancer.

Scot Goes Pop

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Yes vote stands at 46% in Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2018 at 6:58pm
It's been ages since I last calculated a polling average on independence, so I thought it might be time to give it a spin.  For those who don't remember, the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls takes into ...

If an outright mandate for independence is sought at a parliamentary election...
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2018 at 3:23pm
You may have seen that Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp's column in The National today sets out what he believes is the most likely timetable for seeking a mandate on independence.  As you know, I entirely ag...

An independence referendum looks ever more inevitable tonight as Tory rebels ...
by James Kelly
17 Jul 2018 at 7:29pm
As I understand it, the SNP's strategy on an independence referendum since last summer's "reset" has been to focus all their energies on full-bloodedly and sincerely attempting to secure a soft Bre...

Heartbreak for the mainstream media as "Operation Hush-up" fails - Survation ...
by James Kelly
16 Jul 2018 at 2:17pm
It's actually been quite difficult to get to grips with the new Survation poll that has been gradually released by Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters over the last few days, because as far I can see only ...

More about that sensational Survation poll
by James Kelly
14 Jul 2018 at 12:58pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article in The National about yesterday's Survation poll, which put the SNP back up to levels of support that haven't been seen since before the ...

Spectacular Survation poll suggests SNP are on course for landslide
by James Kelly
13 Jul 2018 at 9:16am
Scottish voting intentions for next UK general election:SNP 42% (+3) Conservatives 24% (n/c) Labour 23% (-4)Liberal Democrats: 8% (+1)Scottish Parliament voting intentions (constituency ballot):SNP...

Drama as Survation poll shows support for independence INCREASING - and almos...
by James Kelly
12 Jul 2018 at 10:54am
The ever-delightful Cleggy and the Vow-Meisters have today published their latest full-scale Scottish poll from Survation.  It tells a familiar tale, with respondents roughly split down the middle ...

The Brexit delusion over who calls the shots
by James Kelly
7 Jul 2018 at 2:32am
I don't know about anyone else, but I've been rubbing my eyes in disbelief over the last few hours.  If you've been listening to the mainstream media's verdict on what was agreed at Chequers, you'd...

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What's on and tourist advice thread - week beginning July 23, 2018
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23 Jul 2018 at 1:16am
Welcome to the weekly what's on and tourist advice thread! Do you know of any local events taking place this week that other redditors might be interested in? Are you planning a trip to Scotland ...

No deal Brexit would plunge UK into 'state of emergency'
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23 Jul 2018 at 12:14am
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TIL: Rabbie Burns is visible from space.
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23 Jul 2018 at 12:10am
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No Bannockburn coin due to Indyref | Politics | News
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22 Jul 2018 at 11:20pm
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Best way to purchase Celtic Vs. Rangers tickets?
by /u/Ayn_Diarrhea_Rand
22 Jul 2018 at 11:01pm
This is probably a silly question, but my wife and I will be in Scotland for the first time this fall.. We?re hoping to go to the Celtic/Rangers game in Glasgow on September 2nd. What?s the best wa...

Arrest over fireworks at far-right rally
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22 Jul 2018 at 9:09pm
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Tommy Sheppard | Thoughts on the Growth Commission
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22 Jul 2018 at 8:28pm
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Police probe claims of knife threats and sectarian bullying at fire service
by /u/reasonably-late
22 Jul 2018 at 7:01pm
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Scottish Government to intervene over Westminster's Crown Estate 'money grab'
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22 Jul 2018 at 6:21pm
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Residents protest cordon around fire-hit Art School
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22 Jul 2018 at 6:20pm
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No Deal Brexit would mean no more UK
by /u/heavyhorse_
22 Jul 2018 at 9:38am
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Silver sands of Morar, for my weeks stay. Scotland born and bred - I'll alway...
by /u/Pandag93
22 Jul 2018 at 5:45pm
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Pete Wishart on Twitter | Absolutely incredible. With the Commons breaking fo...
by /u/zias_growler
22 Jul 2018 at 4:59pm
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Any idea where to buy a sgian dubh in scotland? Ill be visiting Edinburgh gla...
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22 Jul 2018 at 4:47pm
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French president Macron's bodyguard facing charges of beating May Day protest...
by Record Reporter
23 Jul 2018 at 12:46am
Security aide Alexandre Benalla, who is not a police officer, faces multiple charges after amateur footage emerged showing him allegedly beating a man and a woman at protest.


MPs demand urgent probe after sensitive government documents leaked online
by Shaun Connolly
22 Jul 2018 at 8:30pm
Files on how to obtain security passes to Government buildings as well as details of communications with MI5 and counter-terrorism officers have been available online for up to four years.


Pressure grows on Ruth Davidson to reveal if 'dark money' funded Tory electio...
by Jack Stanners
22 Jul 2018 at 2:29pm
The Electoral Commission is investigating funds from the Scottish Unionist Association Trust given to the Scottish Conservatives.


Calling a referendum on Brexit deal is the only way to avoid disaster
by Mail Opinion
22 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
While just over half the UK voted to leave the EU, few voted for the terrifying one we are now heading towards.


John Niven says UKIP councillor jailed for murder is just latest example of '...
by John Niven
22 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
From a murderous councillor to Tommy Robinson fans, Sunday Mail columnist John Niven says UKIP is a disgrace of a party.


Far right Scottish Defence League protest in Glasgow met by 'anti-fascist' co...
by Record Reporter
21 Jul 2018 at 5:43pm
Around 50 SDL demonstrators at the 'pro free speech' rally were kettled by cops as smoke bombs were thrown ahead of the protest.


SNP branded 'austerity party' as Labour gear up for new drive against indepen...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says report on the economics of independence amounts to an attack on the prospects of ordinary Scots.


Disgraced councillor found guilty of sending racist texts is appealing convic...
by Record Reporter
21 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
Craig Melville had denied sending a number of texts to Nadia El-Nakla that contained threatening, abusive and derogatory remarks regarding Muslims.


Boris Johnson still in £20m taxpayer-funded mansion despite quitting Cabinet ...
by Mikey Smith
21 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
The Tory MP is refusing to budge from the luxury official residence as Downing Street admitted he could still be there for “weeks”.


MSPs 'wilfully' blocked from helping constituents with problems claiming bene...
by David Clegg
19 Jul 2018 at 4:30am
The SNP’s Linda Fabiani angry over new procedures preventing Holyrood representatives from contacting the Job Centre Complaints’ Resolution Team.

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Nation 2 ? Iceland, The Extreme Nation
by michaelgreenwell
12 Jul 2018 at 10:53pm
The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn. Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed?     Advertisements

The Scottish Tories and Dark Money
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jul 2018 at 11:56am
A great video by Sarah Mackie on the Scottish Tories and dark money. This is something I mentioned on this site as far back as January, and plenty of other bloggers have been on it too. It’s strange that busy people who have to work can find some things about this but professional journalists can’t …

If This Is A Surprise?
by michaelgreenwell
17 Jun 2018 at 7:24pm
Sorry to say it but IF the BBC are finding this concept surprising, they really haven’t been paying attention to Scotland fans for a long time. That said, they must know, as every time there is a tournament that England are in and Scotland aren’t, they tend to trawl every town and village in Scotland …

Scottish Independence Podcast 166 ? Pensioners for Indy and more
by michaelgreenwell
3 Jun 2018 at 9:09am
The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You’ll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode “Archie, Archie, What’s the Score?”, even if part of that joke will only make sense if you …
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Nation 1 ? The Faroe Islands
by michaelgreenwell
29 May 2018 at 10:07pm
Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch working together on a marvellous new series. Not to be missed…

Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …
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Not Going Here
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 10:44am
Here’s somewhere I won’t be going today, not that I think they would have me. All the same, it is interesting to see that the Tories and Labour have decided to get together again…

The Department For Exiting The European Union?
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2018 at 11:02pm
Here is Herbert Asquith talking about The War Office from World War One. Seems strikingly similar to something at the moment. For the record, World War One was an essentially pointless exercise in sabre-rattling that led to the death and impoverishment of millions of people.

Bella Caledonia

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On Holiday
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 11:01pm
We’re going offline until the end of the month for a short staycation … dodging jellyfish, making sandcastles and reading pulp fiction. We’ll be back at the end of July with a brand new website and a whole programme of work. While we’re away here’s some choice cuts from our back catalogue for some summer reading … …

Where Now for Catalan Independence?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 7:56pm
Former Catalan Education Minister Clara Ponsati was due to begin a trial in Edinburgh on 30 July, but the Spanish Supreme Court has now dropped extradition charges against exiled pro-independence Catalan leaders. Despite this, nine political prisoners remain locked up in Spanish prisons on the same charges as those exiled. Those exiled are not allowed …

Sexism and Gender in Music
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 4:18pm
With Jenny Sturgeon, Laura Risk, Alistair Heather. Gender in the performing arts is a live issue. As soon as female performers go on stage they become sexualised objects, subject to critique for their appearance and its conformity to expected norms. Male performers are not subject to the same level of attention, and their music is …

Becoming British
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Jul 2018 at 10:22am
The latest fit of colonial semiotics needs a bit of deconstruction. First up, politics aside, football isn’t Great Britain. Plenty of people aren’t interested and are bored senseless by the vast sums of money poured into it, the overwhelming media saturation, the obscenely overpaid pundits and players and the bloated Premiership. Then of course there’s …

Brexit?s Radical Right Agenda
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2018 at 5:48pm
Political change ? even full-scale revolution ? does not happen overnight. Irish independence was presaged by myriad failed rebellions. The 2014 referendum was a product of decades, slowly preparing voters for an independent Scotland as a viable alternative to the union. A similar process has been happening in the UK, and especially England. Quietly, almost …

A Tale of Two Traps or ?What the Hell are We Supposed to do Now??
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2018 at 10:56am
As the Mother of Parliaments packs up its ineptitude for the last summer holiday its members are going to get before they and the rest of us need a Visa to pop over the Channel to the seaside, the sense of futility and uselessness that has afflicted the group of 36 SNP MPs since last …

The Widenin Sheuch
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Jul 2018 at 12:46am
Folk hae aye jooked atween Scotland an Ulster: the watter didnae sinder folk, it cleeked them thegither. I mind folk fae Ulster caain the North Channel “The Sheuch” tae mak the distance seem quare an wee, like ye near cud skite stanes owre. There are sae mony connections ye wudnae know whaur tae stairt: aiblins …

Brexit Britain and Nuclear Decommissioning
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Jul 2018 at 10:50am
As we head over the cliff to a Disaster Capitalist No Deal – it’s good to take stock of the British state we’re tied to. What food, energy and key infrastructure points do we have to mitigate against any coming shocks? The Office for Budget Responsibility July report is just out and makes for some …

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Thousands protest across Scotland as Trump plays golf
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
14 Jul 2018 at 4:48pm
Marchers stream through Edinburgh and group chants ?no racist USA? in Ayrshire Thousands of people have protested on the streets of Edinburgh against Donald Trump?s visit to the UK as the US president played golf at his Turnberry resort, on the west coast of Scotland.Trump was seen playing golf w...

'Well below par': protesting paraglider flies over Trump?s Scotland resort - ...
14 Jul 2018 at 11:38am
A paraglider has flown over Donald Trump's Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. The Greenpeace protester was trailing a banner saying: 'Trump: well below par'. Police are currently searching for the protestor, who breached a no-fly zone Continue reading...

Wings Over Scotland blogger's defamation case against MSP starts
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
12 Jul 2018 at 10:15am
Stuart Campbell is suing Kezia Dugdale after she accused him of homophobic commentA £25,000 defamation claim brought by a blogger against the former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be heard in court in Edinburgh on Thursday.Stuart Campbell, who runs the blog Wings Over Scotland, sued th...

UK government to foot police bill for Trump's golfing trip to Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
3 Jul 2018 at 4:33pm
Treasury to provide ringfenced funding of up to £5m should planned visit go aheadThe UK government has pledged to cover up to £5m in extra policing costs if President Trump visits Scotland to go golfing later this month.Liz Truss, the Treasury secretary, wrote to the Scottish government?s new jus...

Scottish government plans restrictions on sugary and fatty foods
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
2 Jul 2018 at 2:28pm
Ministers to tackle obesity by targeting sale, advertising and promotion of unhealthy foodsThe Scottish government is preparing for sweeping restrictions on sugary and fatty foods including ice-creams and takeaway meals to cope with surging rates of obesity.Ministers in Edinburgh outlined plans o...

Slowly and patiently, Sturgeon is preparing for a new Scottish independence b...
by Kevin McKenna
1 Jul 2018 at 6:00am
The first minister may appear too patient and careful, but her tactics are worthy of NapoleonNicola Sturgeon is gathering her forces once more for another tilt at Scottish independence. Her strategy has been a careful one; too careful for some. Thus when she called for an independence referendum ...

MSPs demand action over use of Scottish airports for rendition
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
29 Jun 2018 at 2:49pm
Calls for public inquiry after report reinforces concerns over refuelling of CIA flightsMinisters in Edinburgh have been urged to step up their investigations into the use of Scottish airports to support CIA rendition flights.The Scottish Greens and Labour said a damning report into the UK govern...

Theresa May criticised for lack of progress on Brexit as EU summit begins ? a...
by Andrew Sparrow
28 Jun 2018 at 5:43pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the start of the EU summit in Brussels.Afternoon summary 5.43pm BST If I can deliver a humanitarian operation and it is cost appropriate and effective for me to seek the use of UK military assets to do so, then I will....

Wee Ginger Dug

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Absent Without Leave
A guest post by Samuel Miller Readers, I’m not entirely sure where to begin? We started the week with the fallout from the Chequers deal and some ministerial resignations. Then we had the EC’s ruling on the leave campaign’s alleged questionable shenanigans, cross party backstabbery over said Chequers deal and crucial Commons votes on the …

It?s all gone a bit rossthomson
One of the problems about writing about Brexit is the risk of running out of synonyms for crapocalypse, armaggodforsaken, galactofuck, crapastrophe, shitaclysm, chaotaclysm, debastardacle, disastacre. But having considered the alternatives, there is no better and more evocative description of the utter idiocy and stupidty of Brexit, and Theresa May’s handling of it, than to say, …

Fundraiser update
Tuesday was a long and tiring day. I had to drive all the way to Peterhead to speak at an event for The National Roadshow, and then drive all the way back to Glasgow again. It tiring, but well worthwhile, and I heard some great news about The National that I’m not allowed to tell …

Meaningful consequences
It is now official. The UK is leaving the EU on the basis of a corrupt campaign that was conducted illegally. Vote Leave has been fined a record amount by the Electoral Commission for breaches of electoral law during the EU referendum campaign. The Electoral Commission has taken the further step, reserved for the most …

Impotent imperialists and the pursuit of the impossible
Away back in 2016, when the world seemed a saner place – which is saying quite a lot because the world was pretty messed up in 2016 – the idea that the UK might crash out of the EU without any deal or with a deal that left us outside of the single market and …

The imodium to Trump?s logorrhea
I had planned to attend the anti-Trump rally in Edinburgh today, but the dug has eaten something that disagreed with him and is shiting everywhere. Rather like Donald Trump, although to be fair there are some significant differences. Whereas the dug is confining his crapfest to the local area, and it can cleaned up with …

Wee Ginger fundraiser
It’s that time of year again. It’s been a year since I last did a fundraiser. This year is going to be a particularly expensive one for me personally. There’s a wedding to pay for, and I need to ensure that my earnings are sufficient to prove to the Home Office that I am able …

The baby has landed
You have to feel really sorry for people in London. There they were, depressed and hungover, out of the World Cup, home to what’s quite possibly the world’s most dysfunctional government, heading out of the EU despite voting heavily to remain and without even the prospect of an independence referendum to offer a modicum of …

The National

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SNP prepare for snap UK election amid Tory turmoil at Westminster
THE SNP is increasing preparations for a possible General Election with the party?s new depute saying it is ?fired up and ready to go?.

Why the pairing scandal exposes Tory Government's problems
IF the last few weeks at Westminster have proven anything, it?s that political scandals come in many shapes and sizes. Between strongly worded resignations, ?creatively? worded sex texts, reinstatements, rebellions, reshuffles and plotting, it would be easy to forget that any actual politics had been happening. And yet, it has been some of Parliament?s most monumental decisions which have becom...

Barnier dismisses May's Brexit demands, saying they are fraud risk
MICHEL Barnier has dismissed Theresa May?s proposals for future customs arrangements casting doubt over whether they would be workable, in his first public response to last week?s White Paper.

Wales and Northern Ireland back Scotland on Brexit Continuity Bill
THERESA May is facing the threat of a fresh crisis after the top law officers in Northern Ireland and Wales backed the Scottish Government ahead of a courtroom showdown.

Prime Minister tries to say says whip breaking pair was honest mistake
THERESA May continues to stand by her beleaguered chief whip in the crunch Brexit vote cheating row.

Pro-independence voters outnumber No voters in Catalonia
YES voters in Catalonia are slightly ahead of those who want to maintain the status quo, according to a new opinion poll.

Scottish Labour urged to adopt anti-Semitism definition in full
SCOTTISH Labour look set to be dragged into the anti-Semitism debate that has dogged the party south of the border.

Theresa May hypes up Union rhetoric on Belfast visit
THERESA May told a Belfast audience that Northern Ireland got ?great benefits? from being in the UK and that she would ?always make the case for it?.

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Reactionary Tory Government Introduces Legislation Shielding Unlawful Politic...
        30 Nov 2016: In the Honourable Cause of State Security Westminster Politicians Callously Exempted Themselves From Theresa May’s  New Wide-Ranging Spying Laws. The Investigatory Powers Act, brought to statute by Home Secretary, Mrs May, and a reactionary Tory government introduced the most extreme and invasive surveillance powers ever given to state … Continue reading "Reactionary Tory G...

Jackie Baillie MSP says it is shameful that under the SNP and the Tories wome...
        16 Jul 2018: Working Women in Scotland Earn significantly Less than Men Jackie Baillie MSP, Scottish Labour?s economy spokeswoman, said it was ?shameful? that under the SNP and the Tories women were earning less than men over the course of their careers. She added: ?Closing the gender pay gap isn?t just … Continue reading "Jackie Baillie MSP says it is shameful that under the SNP and th...

Conservative Party Voters With Their Hearts and Minds in Scotland Should Not ...
          Renewable Heating Incentive Scheme (Cash for Ash) The UK and Northern Ireland agreed to meet a EU target (15%) for obtaining energy from renewable sources by 2020. Eligible homeowners and businesses were persuaded to install biomass boilers which create energy from woodchips or pellets, rotted trees, manure and sewage. First … Continue reading "Conservative Party Voters With Their Hea...

Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Pow...
              Confirmation of the Intent of Westminster to Subjucate Scots is contained in the last verse of the UK National Anthem Lord grant that Marshal Wade, May by thy mighty aid, Victory bring. May he sedition hush, And like a torrent rush, Rebellious Scots to crush, God Save The … Continue reading "Emasculation of the Scottish Government Through the Adoption of Conferred Powers Conflicti...

Austerity ? Tory Government Policy ? Let The Needy Starve ? So That Foreign A...
            11 March 2018. Millions of Scots families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years Not a lot of Scots are aware of this but the Tory Government, having inflicted austerity on the UK for 10 years provides £100 million annually in overseas humanitarian aid to Saudi Arabia which … Continue reading "Austerity – Tory Government Policy – Let The Needy Starve – So That Foreign Aid Can b...

Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the ...
      Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and DUP will encourage the return of this sort of terrestrial reptile Pastor Jack Glass established his Zion Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Glasgow’s Polmadie area in 1965. From that place he conducted a near 40 year “fire and brimstone” crusade against the LGBT … Continue reading "Tories in Scotland flirting with the Orange Order and D...

ulster-orange-order-democratic-unionist-party-the-tory-party-scotlands-future...
        The Orange Order and the the Protestant “Caliban” of Northern Ireland Established in 1998 the Caleb Foundation (https://web.archive.org/web/20150307200052/http://www.calebfoundation.org/) is the leading creationist pressure group in Northern Ireland. It also lobbies on a range of social policy issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage from an evangelical Protestant perspective, and ...

ulster-orange-order-democratic-unionist-party-the-tory-party-scotlands-future...
          This is What the Orange Order and DUP Would Bring to Scottish Politics       1. Same sex marriage The Party opposes same sex marriage repeatedly vetoing any change in the law. Jim Wells, (MLA) said “Peter will never marry Paul in Northern Ireland”.       2. LBGT … Continue reading "ulster-orange-order-democratic-unionist-party-the-tory-party-scotlands-future-in-the-uk-heed-the-warning...

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Sewel: no "constitutional safeguard", just a "self-denying ordinance..."
By any reckoning, Richard Keen QC is an uncommonly political lawyer. Former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, and now the UK government's chief adviser on Scots law, Ruth Davidson appointed him chairman of the Scottish Tories in 2013. While in office, he reportedly summoned the party's MSPs to his "small castle", and subjected them all to a dres...

"A quintessential matter of political judgment for Westminster..."
Last Friday, the Lord Advocate published the Scottish Government's intervention in the ongoing Brexit litigation before the UK Supreme Court. James Wolffe QC weighed in behind the Divisional Court's judgment, arguing that the royal prerogative cannot lawfully be used to trigger Article 50. But Scotland's senior law officer also ranged beyond tha...

"Ane absolute power to Cass, Annull & Dissable -- Contrair to Law..."
Last night, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC published the Scottish Government's written intervention in the Article 50 litigation. The case is scheduled to be heard by all eleven of the UK Supreme Court's Justices between the 5th and 8th of December.  It is, as you'd expect, a weighty legal document which you may not find instantly digestible....

Lord Carloway's right to silence
Earlier this year, the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee launched an inquiry into "the role and purpose of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service," to focus on:"... its core role and examine the effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, how well it works with its stakeholders, and the support it provides to witnesses and victims o...

Escaping the Mire
Longstanding readers of this blog know what I think about the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, and the events which led to its introduction. Alex Salmond seized on an Old Firm fracas in 2011, arguing that this so-called "shame game" required special legal measures.Elected with a majority in the Holyrood election of that year, there was no re...

Legally, can Holyrood "block" Brexit?
"100 days on from the referendum and with up to six months until the triggering of Article 50 it is time the government got serious and put our economic interests and membership of the single market at the front of their negotiating plans. With a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament for retaining membership of the single market - expressed ...

19th September, 2014
On the 19th of September 2014, I wrote a piece entitled ?under the low sky.? It is an evocative line ? stolen ? from a book I read years ago about the experience of living in the Netherlands, where the horizon presses down on you, without the thrown elbows of mountains to keep it at bay. But the phrase seemed apt to the slate-grey Glasgow aftern...

A Bill for Criminal Letters
"Criminal Letters" sounds like a pot-boiler crime novel, written by one of Agatha Christie's less talented impersonators.  But in Scots law, this evocative phrase has a more precise meaning. The overwhelming majority of criminal cases in this country are pursued by the Procurator Fiscal, prosecuting individuals in the public interest, under the ...

Gerry Hassan

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

People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire
People Make Glasgow: Let?s live up to that phrase after the GSA fire Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 27th 2018 Glasgow is a proud and vibrant city. William McIlvanney, who must count as the sage of this city, beautifully described it when he wrote: Glasgow is a great city. Glasgow is in trouble. Glasgow is …

Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots
Brexit is aiding the break-up of Britain but this crisis has deeper roots Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 20th 2018 Brexit isn?t going well. Two years after the referendum vote for the UK to leave the EU there is still no agreed plan on what kind of Brexit the UK Government wants. Theresa May?s administration …

The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoug...
The Good Ship Britannia Sinks Below the Waves: Scotland, Brexit and the Thoughts of Tim Shipman Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, June 13th 2018 The events of the last two days have shown how the British establishment, political classes and their supporters view the UK. There is the contempt and chaos in the Brexit process; ?Taking …

Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s ...
Celebration and a Politics of Collective Joy is central to making Scotland?s Future Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 13th 2018 The sunshine has been out a lot in Scotland recently and in more ways than just the weather. It seems us Scots are feeling happier about things and more optimistic about the future – 36% …

What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians read...
What would Power to the People really look like? And are our politicians ready to let go? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 6th 2018 The people are continually cited and invoked everywhere in democracies. Not only that but this is the age of directly asking the population via referendums ? such is the disdain mainstream …

A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland
A Tale of Two Nations and Becoming Normal: Ireland and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 30th 2018 Ireland has made international headlines in the last week as the country voted to legalise a woman?s right to choose, overturning decades of religious and moral dogma. Meanwhile in less dramatic terms Scotland?s debate on independence and …

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …

The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List?
The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 16th 2018 Starting in 1988, The Sunday Times ?Rich List? is now in its 30th year. It has survived and prospered through all sorts of political seasons and economic social periods, from the high point of Thatcherism and …

Scotland and Independence

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Preparations for Inverness Scottish independence rally
Preparations for Inverness Scottish independence rally  BBC NewsFull coverage

Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands
Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Politicians blast SNP's 'unrealistic' Independence plan as new study reveals ...
Politicians blast SNP's 'unrealistic' Independence plan as new study reveals it would have left £60bn hole in public ...  The Scottish SunSNP Growth Commission Report criticised by These Islands pro-UK think tank  insider.co.ukFull coverage

Royal Mint avoids coin marking Battle of Bannockburn over fears of stoking su...
Royal Mint avoids coin marking Battle of Bannockburn over fears of stoking support for Scottish independence  Daily MailFull coverage

Theresa May attacks Scottish independence as SNP press her on Brexit shambles
Theresa May attacks Scottish independence as SNP press her on Brexit shambles  The NationalFull coverage

SNP's election plan to be focussed on the 'why of independence' - Keith Brown
SNP's election plan to be focussed on the 'why of independence' - Keith Brown  The ScotsmanFull coverage

'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish inde...
'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish independence vote  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence
Latest poll shows rising support for Scottish independence  The NationalFull coverage

SNP

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SNP defends MPs' bad voting record at 'depressing' Westminster
SNP defends MPs' bad voting record at 'depressing' Westminster  The TimesFull coverage

Ruth Davidson: No deal would play into the hands of SNP
Ruth Davidson: No deal would play into the hands of SNP  The TimesFull coverage

Politicians blast SNP's 'unrealistic' Independence plan as new study reveals ...
Politicians blast SNP's 'unrealistic' Independence plan as new study reveals it would have left £60bn hole in public ...  The Scottish SunSNP Growth Commission Report criticised by These Islands pro-UK think tank  insider.co.ukWill a Scottish National Investment Bank grow the economy?  New StatesmanFull coverage

Tory MP's perfect response to suggestion May should team up with Labour and S...
Tory MP's perfect response to suggestion May should team up with Labour and SNP on Brexit  Express.co.ukCould a 'national unity government' be the solution to May's Brexit deadlock?  New Haven RegisterBrexit crisis prompts calls for national unity government  World Socialist Web SiteFull coverage

SNP call on Ruth Davidson to reveal if Scots Tories used 'dark money'
SNP call on Ruth Davidson to reveal if Scots Tories used 'dark money'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

SNP's election plan to be focussed on the 'why of independence' - Keith Brown
SNP's election plan to be focussed on the 'why of independence' - Keith Brown  The ScotsmanFired up and ready to go  SNP (press release)Full coverage

SNP branded 'the party of austerity' as John McDonnell slams independence
SNP branded 'the party of austerity' as John McDonnell slams independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Survey: SNP councillors would prefer a Brexit Scotland to a united UK in the EU
Survey: SNP councillors would prefer a Brexit Scotland to a united UK in the EU  New StatesmanPower grab claim 'exposed by request to amend laws'  The TimesKenny MacAskill: Nationalists must push for Brexitref 2 before Indyref 2  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Alex Massie: Scotland's Brexit hangover lingers but second referendum could p...
Alex Massie: Scotland's Brexit hangover lingers but second referendum could put UK on the line once more  The TimesFull coverage

Brexit Goes Back to UK's Top Judges in Scottish Test for May
Brexit Goes Back to UK's Top Judges in Scottish Test for May  BloombergSupreme Court to decide on UK-Scotland Brexit standoff  Jakarta PostFull coverage

Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands
Thousands expected for major Scottish independence rally in Highlands  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Royal Mint avoids coin marking Battle of Bannockburn over fears of stoking su...
Royal Mint avoids coin marking Battle of Bannockburn over fears of stoking support for Scottish independence  Daily MailFull coverage

SNP boosted by increase in support for independence
SNP boosted by increase in support for independence  The TimesSNP hails 'historically high' Scottish independence support ? but voters don't want quick IndyRef2  iNewsFull coverage

SNP's election plan to be focussed on the 'why of independence' - Keith Brown
SNP's election plan to be focussed on the 'why of independence' - Keith Brown  The ScotsmanFired up and ready to go  SNP (press release)Full coverage

'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish inde...
'We WILL have it!' SNP MP warns Brexit chaos fuelling calls for Scottish independence vote  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Spain urged to follow UK lead on Scottish independence referendum
Spain urged to follow UK lead on Scottish independence referendum  The NationalFull coverage

Pie and Bovril forum

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

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

Inverness Independence March
The All Under One Banner Inverness Independence March is on this coming Saturday the 28th,  participants will gather  at 1230 in the Northern Meeting park and will leave the park at 1330. The route will be Ardross Street, Ardross Terrace, Ness Walk, Ness Bridge, Bridge Street, Castle Street, ...

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!

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

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

Scottish Government Tax Raising Powers
On 15 December the Scottish Budget will take place with increased powers in relation to Income Tax.  Firstly it must be said these powers are very limited in their flexability and the Scottish Parliament has been given no powers to vary either Corporation Tax or VAT, the two big tax earners. ...

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.

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Private Car Parking Fines - Scotland
Getting a fine in the post - was 40 mins over - should I pay it? Im sure I've read somewhere that if they cant prove you were driving your not liable.

The Weather thread
Well, that's been a great May, and a good start to June, even getting some of that warm rain they get abroad. I'm still depending on the BBC for my forecasts although I have heard tell of someone on twitter or whatever called Windy something who is really good. Hopefully might get some nice thund...

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

2 Del Amitri tickets - tonight 21 july Edinburgh castle
2 tix for Del Amitri. 5 rows from front. Face value £105. Cannot manage so free to anyone who can pick up from centre of Glasgow today. Small donation to TASA appreciated , if interested PM me.  

Harsh sentence or not
21 months http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2018/1510.html

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...

Teeth
How good are your gnashers? I?m just out of the dentist and still at 38 I?ve never needed 1 single filling. Never smoked once and have never ever had a sweet tooth at all. As long as I remember I?d refuse sweeties and shite when I was wee. Discuss the pearlies. 

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The Tory approach to renewables is bad for business

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Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…

e-Voting in Scotland
In Scotland electronic voting may soon replace traditional paper ballots and polling stations as the Scottish Government plans to roll-out a pilot scheme to test this new digital approach to the electoral system. In response to a letter organised by Webroots Democracy and co-signed by 30 leading academics and charity bosses, Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe Fitzpatrick MSP has reaffirmed the…

The Scottish Government Are Being Filibustered
Just over 1 year ago, March 28th 2017 to be exact The Scottish Parliament voted for a second referendum on independence by 69 to 59 in favour of seeking permission for a referendum before the UK leaves the EU. About 1 week earlier in advance of this Theresa May first uttered her ?Now is not…

The Indy Pledge Launches Today
Please use the following link to sign up to the Indy Pledge. IndyPledge.Online Read the background to the Indy Pledge here. This pledge was, in principle, agreed at the Local Groups Conference, in Dunblane. It was agreed that this would be done with Yes Kelty taking the lead with the support of YES Dunfermline and…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…