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Merkel offers May hope of trade talks in December
19 Oct 2017 at 7:31pm
ANGELA Merkel has lifted the UK Government?s mood at the two-day EU summit by saying there were "encouraging" signs that talks on the future UK/EU trade relationship could begin in December.

LibDem MSP will not be prosecuted over election spending
19 Oct 2017 at 6:00pm
THE Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton will not be prosecuted over his Holyrood election expenses, the Crown Office has confirmed.

'Growing up poor in Glasgow made me a Tory', says party rising star
19 Oct 2017 at 3:31pm
THIS is not how things are supposed to be. Thomas Kerr, 21, grew up in a high rise in one of the most deprived parts of Glasgow. Both his parents were drug addicts. From the age of six, it was Thomas who was looking after his mum rather than the other way around. It was a hard life; sometimes there was no proper food in the house, often there was no money. And yet who did he have a picture of hanging on his bedroom wall? Margaret Thatcher, because Thomas Kerr is a Conservative.

MPs to debate the prospect of Scottish independence
19 Oct 2017 at 4:52pm
THE topic of whether or not there should be another referendum on Scottish independence is to be debated by MPs next month.

Sarwar revives claim of "plot" to oust Dugdale as Labour leader
19 Oct 2017 at 12:41pm
ANAS Sarwar has reignited the claim that Kezia Dugdale was ousted in a left-wing plot.

SNP says it will "ensure" smacking ban becomes law
19 Oct 2017 at 5:10am
PARENTS in Scotland are to be banned from smacking their children, SNP ministers have confirmed.

Anas Sarwar in new living wage row
19 Oct 2017 at 5:10am
ANAS Sarwar is facing fresh questions over his commitment to the living wage.

Green expects Sturgeon to come round on "power-grab" Brexit Bill
19 Oct 2017 at 5:27pm
DAMIAN Green, Theresa May?s deputy, believes the Scottish Parliament will in the end agree to give its consent to the UK Government?s flagship Repeal Bill and said that the atmosphere between London and Edinburgh was ?steadily improving?.

Government in "paralysis" over Brexit, says Starmer, as key Bill pushed back ...
19 Oct 2017 at 5:00am
The UK Government's plans for Brexit are "in paralysis", Labour has claimed after sources at Westminster suggested the flagship Withdrawal Bill will be delayed again, possibly until mid November.

No Brexit deal might mean Army guarding borders as "last resort," MPs told
18 Oct 2017 at 5:00am
THE Army might have to guard Britain's borders if the country crashes out of the EU without a deal, MPs have been warned, as Amber Rudd undermined the UK Government's Brexit strategy by saying a no-deal scenario was "unthinkable".

Corbyn seeks to steal May's thunder in Brussels with Barnier talks
18 Oct 2017 at 10:30pm
JEREMY Corbyn will today seek to upstage Theresa May ?to break the Brexit logjam? at a meeting with Michel Barnier in Brussels just hours before the Prime Minister attends a key EU summit.

Government accused of "paralysis" on Brexit as key bill not ready for scrutin...
18 Oct 2017 at 2:13pm
The UK Government's plans for Brexit are "in paralysis", Labour has claimed after sources at Westminster suggested the flagship Withdrawal Bill will be delayed again.

Britain has 'weak economy', says Jeremy Corbyn as wages lower now than 10 yea...
18 Oct 2017 at 1:12pm
Jeremy Corbyn claimed Theresa May is unable to answer questions and mocked simmering Cabinet Brexit tensions in the pair's latest Commons clash.

Gauke makes concession on Universal Credit, scrapping call charges
18 Oct 2017 at 11:46am
CHARGES of up to 55p a minute for calls to a Universal Credit helpline are to be scrapped, David Gauke, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has announced.

PMQs sketch: Blackford stumbles over Brexit as Tory Ross shown red card
18 Oct 2017 at 5:46pm
HE isn?t the first and he won?t be the last.

 

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Edinburgh MSP to face no further action over campaign spending
19 Oct 2017 at 6:56pm
No further action will be taken against an Edinburgh MSP over his Holyrood campaign spending last year.

Expert urges SNP to speak out and demand a halt to Brexit
19 Oct 2017 at 5:44pm
A reluctance to call for a halt to Brexit has created a “huge hole” at the heart of Scottish politics, an EU expert has warned.

Militant successor backs Leonard for Labour leadership
19 Oct 2017 at 2:04pm
The battle for the Labour leadership in Scotland has been marked by more infighting after it emerged the successor to Militant Tendency is backing Corbynista candidate Richard Leonard.

Amber Rudd?s decision to send home Americans in Scotland upheld
19 Oct 2017 at 1:42pm
A judge has upheld Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s decision to send home an American couple who have invested more than £300,000 into the Scottish economy.

SNP ?can?t have cake and eat it? over Barnett Formula
19 Oct 2017 at 11:53am
Chris Grayling warned the SNP they “can’t have their cake and eat it” after his Government was accused of carrying out “another great train robbery” in Scotland.

Bill Clinton holds talks with Theresa May about Northern Ireland
19 Oct 2017 at 11:30am
Theresa May has held talks with former US president Bill Clinton on the continuing political deadlock in Northern Ireland.

Clyde shipyard workers ?betrayed? over frigate order
19 Oct 2017 at 11:19am
The recent dominance of the Clyde shipbuilding industry in securing warship contracts could be weakened as five Type 31e frigates are on course to be built on the Mersey.

Scotland to be first part of UK to ban smacking children
19 Oct 2017 at 11:11am
Scotland is set to become the first part of the UK to ban parents from smacking their children, after the SNP confirmed that it will back a change to the law.

Fears flights will be grounded post-Brexit dismissed
19 Oct 2017 at 10:57am
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has dismissed concerns that flights could be grounded after Brexit.

Bill Jamieson: Are plans for Universal Income delusional?
19 Oct 2017 at 9:40am
The Citizens’ Income will cost £12.3bn and require huge tax hikes – so why is it even being proposed, asks Bill Jamieson.

Agreement on EU citizens in UK ?within touching distance?
19 Oct 2017 at 8:37am
Prime Minister Theresa May has issued a direct message to three million EU citizens living in Britain, promising she will make it as easy as possible for them to stay after Brexit.

Tom Peterkin: Ruth Davidson must be ruthless on internal strife
19 Oct 2017 at 6:35am
The Scottish Tories have made good progress but should be wary of resurrecting the nasty party tag, writes Tom Peterkin.

Shifts unfilled as GPs put under ?tremendous strain?
19 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
GP leaders last night warned family doctors were under “tremendous strain” after new research suggested almost one in ten of out-of-hours shifts in surgeries are unfilled.

Scotland even further behind key NHS target
18 Oct 2017 at 10:11pm
The NHS in Scotland is on course to fall even further behind its aim of meeting a key target for accident and ­emergency waiting times, an analysis of official data by The Scotsman can reveal.

Warning over interest rates on public building projects
18 Oct 2017 at 9:47pm
Taxpayers in Scotland are being hit with “Wonga rates of interest” on the cost of ­multi-billion-pound schemes to build schools and hospitals, it has been claimed, amid fresh concerns over the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT).

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We don?t see no ships
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2017 at 12:18pm
With the matter of the UK government’s orders for warships to be built on the Clyde having been such a vexed and contentious one over the last few years, you’d think that any significant developments in the story would be big news in Scotland. So yesterday, when it was revealed that BAE systems definitely wouldn’t …

Anas Sarwar Fact Check
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2017 at 10:27am
Quite a few remarkable things were said on last night’s STV debate between the two prospective leaders of the Labour Party branch office in Scotland. This one, though, was especially striking. That’s Anas Sarwar denying three times that he was a part of the “Better Together” campaign with the Tories. A startled Colin Mackay claims …

The missing half of the equation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2017 at 7:00pm
Readers will doubtless be startled to hear that today’s Scottish newspapers have taken a somewhat misleading approach to the facts on one of the day’s big stories. Several of them report the findings of a commission looking into the idea of a Citizen’s (or Universal) Basic Income, a scheme which pays every adult in the …

The 52%-empty glass
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2017 at 12:54pm
Investigative site The Ferret this afternoon published a report into the Scottish Futures Trust, the SNP’s replacement for Labour’s cripplingly costly PFI projects. The report was undertaken by Jim and Margaret Cuthbert, a pair of economists well regarded in nationalist circles, and makes some interesting if vague comments about downsides that MIGHT, in theory, exist …

Changing their hearts and minds
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2017 at 11:14am
We long ago gave up expecting any sort of principled consistency from the Scottish Tories. Whether it was Ruth “line in the sand, no more powers” Davidson magically morphing into a champion of extended devolution, or suddenly reversing her position on free prescriptions, the party is now almost as fluid on policy as Scottish Labour. The …

Life In Sardinia
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Oct 2017 at 3:18pm
The Guardian today on Ruth Davidson’s legendary commitment to the day job: And an action shot of those packed-in crowds two weeks ago: We hope nobody was injured in the crush.

The evolution of news
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Oct 2017 at 10:14am
A story on the BBC website last night: The same story this morning: The first version is entirely accurate. Readers can decide for themselves why someone at the BBC felt it needed to be changed from neutral terms to pejorative ones.

An indecent interval
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Oct 2017 at 12:15pm
The Conservative Home website ran this yesterday. Alert readers, of course, will be able to explain at least one Scottish teaching vacancy. (For some context, incidentally, there are 50,970 teachers employed in Scotland in 2,542 schools. If we assume the figure of 700 vacancies is correct, that means that 98.6% of available positions are currently occupied, …

A cure for depressing times
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
13 Oct 2017 at 1:01pm
We thought, since it’s Friday, you might like a really good laugh. If you’re wondering if the “anti-establishment” Anas Sarwar is the same one who was privately educated at a £10,000-a-year grammar school, a hereditary millionaire who has also made his children millionaires while one of them is still in nappies, is privately educating the …

A Parliament Of Clowns
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
12 Oct 2017 at 7:06pm
It’s no easy task picking the dimmest of the new intake of Unionist M/SPs. Competition is stiff, what with the likes of Jamie Greene (Con), Dean Lockhart (Con), Jamie Greene (Con), Christine Jardine (Lib), Jamie Greene (Con) and Paul Sweeney (Lab) all putting up a strong showing on a regular basis. But we have a new(ish) …

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Smacking to be banned in Scotland
19 Oct 2017 at 10:44am
The move would make the country the first part of the UK to outlaw the physical punishment of children.


'No proceedings' against Lib Dem MSP over election case
19 Oct 2017 at 6:00pm
Prosecutors say there will be no proceedings against Alex Cole-Hamilton over claims he broke electoral law.


Subsidy for Scotland's ferry services doubles over 10 years
19 Oct 2017 at 12:48am
Audit Scotland warns a long-term strategy is needed to ensure services continue to meet passenger needs.


Scots haggis exports to Canada to resume after 46 years
19 Oct 2017 at 10:01am
Haggis is to be exported from Scotland to Canada for the first time in 46 years thanks to a new recipe.


Scotland only part of UK to hit A&E target
18 Oct 2017 at 9:10am
Hospital performance slumps across UK with staff warning hitting key targets now an 'impossible' job.


Theresa May defends football referee Tory MP Douglas Ross
18 Oct 2017 at 1:39pm
Douglas Ross is to miss a debate on universal credit because he is officiating in a Champions League match.


Theresa May to scrap universal credit helpline charges
18 Oct 2017 at 11:19pm
But PM rejects Labour's calls to pause the new benefit's roll-out as she loses symbolic Commons vote.


Scottish unemployment rises by 9,000
18 Oct 2017 at 12:06pm
ONS figures show the Scottish unemployment rate rose by 0.3% in the three months to August.


World's first floating wind farm starts generating electricity
18 Oct 2017 at 11:44am
The five 175-metre high turbines have been installed 15 miles off the Aberdeenshire coast.


Call for review of Scots public infrastructure financing
18 Oct 2017 at 4:41pm
Jim and Margaret Cuthbert say there are "serious issues" with the Scottish Futures Trust financing system.


Call to scrap review of Scots Westminster constituencies
17 Oct 2017 at 12:16am
As revised proposals for Scotland's constituency map are published, opposition MPs call for the review to be scrapped.


'Progress' welcomed after devolved Brexit powers summit
16 Oct 2017 at 4:28pm
UK and Scottish ministers welcome "constructive" talks, but remain short of a final deal over the EU Withdrawal Bill.

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Europe is being slow to realise that it needs Spain to lose
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2017 at 3:41pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about what Nicola Sturgeon is likely to say and do in response to the Spanish crackdown on democracy.  You can ...

For the seventy-ninth time, yes, the SNP can be counted on to bring about an ...
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2017 at 9:57am
Oh for the love of God.  The latest from Stormfront Lite -"Remember that the SNP, which opposed the 2017 election cannot be counted on to support any move which could prematurely cut its already re...

SNP vote increases by 6% in Inverurie by-election
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2017 at 12:57pm
Just for once we have an STV by-election result where the classification of "hold" is not misleading - the Tories were defending the Inverurie seat, and also comfortably won the popular vote in the...

Unethical constitutions deserve no respect
by James Kelly
10 Oct 2017 at 5:21pm
A guest post by Al SkinnerSpain?s vicious authoritarian response to the referendum in Catalonia got me thinking about constitutions. The constant refrain from Madrid is that the plebiscite was in v...

New Scottish poll is "unmitigated disaster" for Ruth Davidson as Tories slip ...
by James Kelly
9 Oct 2017 at 4:32pm
It's a hat-trick, folks - and in more ways than one.  YouGov's new poll is the third full-scale Scottish poll since the general election, and all three have shown that the SNP's support in Westmins...

Stunning rebuke for Ruth Davidson as new YouGov poll gives SNP a mammoth SEVE...
by James Kelly
7 Oct 2017 at 10:39am
Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson is full of beans this morning about a new full-scale Scottish poll that his publication has commissioned from YouGov, and which he says shows that "Nicola Sturgeon...

No wonder the Mail kept it a secret : their September poll gave the SNP a hug...
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2017 at 10:21pm
You might remember a few weeks ago that the Daily Mail published a full-scale Scottish poll from Survation, showing that the SNP were maintaining a considerable lead in Scottish Parliament voting i...

Hammerblow for besieged Ruth Davidson as NINTH subsample in a row puts the SN...
by James Kelly
6 Oct 2017 at 2:41pm
Today brings word of the first Britain-wide voting intention poll for over a week.  The YouGov poll actually shows a minor decrease in the Labour lead in spite of Theresa May's comical mishaps duri...

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[NSFL] Lads i think i have just found the worst pronunciation of "Irn-Bru" in...
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19 Oct 2017 at 8:27pm
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You Wonderful Scottish Women: Thoughts on American Men?
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19 Oct 2017 at 8:18pm
I'm planning a trip to your wonderful nation next year. I can't wait to see it and talk to the fine folk who inhabit it. Just curious what you ladies think of American men? submitted by /u/j...

Scottish Man left fake bomb at Paisley mosque after London Bridge attack
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19 Oct 2017 at 7:45pm
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Election case against Lib Dem MSP dropped
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19 Oct 2017 at 7:19pm
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US couple cannot stay in Britain
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Met this monobrowed young Stag today, suspect rutting season has him frustrat...
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Decided to check out the Glasgow craigslist. I don't know what I was expecting.
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19 Oct 2017 at 4:55pm
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Are there any Lloyds bank branches in Scotland at all?
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ScotRail electric train makes first trip
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Changing their hearts and minds
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Potholes are worst in Scotland and are now four miles deep
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19 Oct 2017 at 2:34pm
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Scottish recorded crime rate falls 3% in 2017
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19 Oct 2017 at 1:25pm
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Aberdeen's council-run bus fleet plans still on table
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19 Oct 2017 at 12:09pm
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Scottish Tory red-carded as he snubs Commons debate to referee Champions Leag...
by Torcuil Crichton
19 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Theresa May was forced to defend Douglas Ross after the Moray MP decided to run the line at a match in Barcelona rather than turn up for a showdown over universal credit.


Cruel Donald Trump made promise to dad of murdered Afghanistan hero and didn'...
by Steve Robson
19 Oct 2017 at 1:13am
The President's treatment of US military families is coming under increased scrutiny


Ferret Fact Check examines Humza Yousaf's claim UK government has left Scots ...
by Record Reporter
18 Oct 2017 at 10:30pm
The Record and the Ferret Fact Service, is running the rule over the truthfulness of politicians' bold statements.


Donald Trump's vile comment to pregnant widow of US soldier moments before sh...
by Steve Robson
18 Oct 2017 at 8:10am
The President disgraced himself again at a time he was supposed to be comforting heartbroken Myeshia Johnson


UK Government's despicable 'rape clause' faces High Court challenge as campai...
by David Clegg
18 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
The Child Poverty Action Group claims the policy is discriminatory and breaches the right to a private and family life under human rights law.


Tragic Tories reel from one disaster to the other and ordinary people are the...
by Record View
18 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Whether it's our stalemate Brexit, botched benefits system or damaging JobCentre closures, our government has a lot to answer for.


Ruth Davidson to appear on celebrity edition of Great British Bake Off
by Lynsey Bews
17 Oct 2017 at 1:22pm
The Scottish Tory leader will take part in charity special of the popular baking show.


If you?re shocked at the behaviour of men in the world?s heartbeat of glitz a...
by Kezia Dugdale
17 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
There's a Harvey Weinstein in every workplace but bystanders are guilty too if they stay silent, argues Kezia Dugdale.


Scottish Labour party in racism row as opponents of Anas Sarwar spark fury wi...
by David Clegg
17 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Sarwar's successful drive for support has spooked his opponents and sparked complaints about the process.


Brexit pressure on Theresa May as rebels threaten to back opposition to preve...
by Torcuil Crichton
16 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
Labour is in secret talks with rebel Tories and the SNP to prevent hapless Theresa May from forcing a hard Brexit on the UK and crashing out of Europe with no trade agreement.

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Scottish Independence Podcast Extra ? A Labour Promise
by michaelgreenwell
18 Oct 2017 at 9:02am
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Scottish Independence Podcast 160 ? Ian Hamilton QC
by michaelgreenwell
15 Oct 2017 at 6:33pm
The 160th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Ian Hamilton QC, probably most known for going down to London with some friends and /taking back/stealing/repatriating/borrowing (delete as you wish) The Stone of Destiny/Scone. I have always wanted to have him on the show but unfortunately it wasn’t me that got to …
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Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 3
by michaelgreenwell
12 Oct 2017 at 8:25am
Two Labour people amazingly found EXACTLY the same words to endorse their candidate. Remarkable. It’s almost like the time when two world leaders wrote exactly the same speech to endorse the Iraq war (also supported by Labour). Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

Tory Govt Launches New ?No Deal? Brexit Economic Plan
by michaelgreenwell
10 Oct 2017 at 7:40pm

Nonsensical Rifle Addiction
by michaelgreenwell
10 Oct 2017 at 7:08pm
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Scottish Independence Podcast 159 ? Colin Fox at the Edinburgh SNP Club
by michaelgreenwell
7 Oct 2017 at 3:11pm
The 159th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features a talk given at the Edinburgh SNP Club last night by Colin Fox of the SSP. Colin always speaks well and this time was no different. As well as being his usual genial self however, he also spoke about some of the difficulties the independence movement …
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Sky Falling On Our Heads
by michaelgreenwell
3 Oct 2017 at 7:56am
Just very occasionally when you turn on Sky News it seems like their reporting can be reasonable, and sometimes it even seems to be the best of the bad bunch that we have. However, other times it is so far wrong that it undoes any good work they may have done… Source

Scottish Independence Podcast 158 ? How Bad & Incompetent The UK Government Is
by michaelgreenwell
30 Sep 2017 at 1:14pm
In the case of Brexit, I heard assurances throughout the course of the mission and yesterday at the human rights council from the government that Brexit would not lower protection from environmental threats. However, I also heard, or actually did not hear any clear assurances of how that would be the case. There have been …
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A Rough Guide to a Rough Media
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Oct 2017 at 11:16pm
  Slightly better news from the OECD, if you can find it in the world?s most beautiful country On the morning that the Herald did itself credit by running a piece on an OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) report  which notes positive performance in the Scottish economy, I looked around to see where …

Weinstein Syndrome: Drivers and Accomplices
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Oct 2017 at 10:32am
Harvey Weinstein is not a sex addict. We need to take the word sex out of the equation. Get rid of the prurience and titillation here. Get rid of the pot plants and bathrobes and sordid details. See things for what they are. He is a power addict. At present there is no rehab for that...

Political Prisoners in Catalonia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Oct 2017 at 11:23pm
An Open Letter from ANC Scotland (the Scottish branch of the Catalan National Assembly). On the evening of 16 October, the presidents of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural (ÒC), the two biggest grassroots organizations fighting for independence and self-determination for Catalonia, were sent to prison, accused of sedition because they organised demonstrations …

Acid Communism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Oct 2017 at 2:17pm
In the context of the stagnation of the indy movement in form and content – and in the face of huge global meme moments like #MeToo, and as the system failure kicks-in, it’s worth exploring a range of other ideas and approaches and deeper responses to crisis. Acid Communism was the name of a book …

Help Catalonia. Save Europe
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Oct 2017 at 11:21am
"What?s happening here, in Catalonia, is not an internal Spanish affair. It concerns to each and every European citizen"

Don?t Hate the Media ? Become the Media
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Oct 2017 at 7:43pm
Jim Monaghan of Govanhill Baths offers birthday greetings to Bella … Support us here.

Arrest this Moment
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Oct 2017 at 12:36pm
?Bard o Vast Ingyne? James Robertson on his new biography o Michael Marra, sang-scriever, musician and artist I kent Michael Marra (1952-2012), as freen and neebor baith, for the last nine year o his life. I had kent his music for some while afore thon, but it wisna till I flitted tae Newtyle, ten mile …

Manning Up
by Bella Caledonia Editor
15 Oct 2017 at 3:14pm
Ruth Davidson’s plea that the Tory Party needed to ‘man up’ combined with the Scottish Mental Health Festival to inspire me to speak up about what happened in January when Bella almost closed because I wasn’t doing so well. Of course the idea that the Conservatives multiple crises could be salvaged by resorting to a …

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Calls for UK-wide ban on smacking children after Scottish move
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
19 Oct 2017 at 3:18pm
Children?s commissioners of all four nations welcome confirmation Scotland will give minors same legal protection as adultsThe children?s commissioners of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland are calling for a UK-wide change in the law after the Scottish government confirmed its support ...

Call for inquiry into privately financed public projects in Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
18 Oct 2017 at 5:40pm
Contracts including for schools, hospitals and roads shrouded in secrecy and offer poor value for probable £7.6bn cost to taxpayers, say expertsAn expert report has raised concerns about unjustified secrecy and poor value for money in privately financed projects in Scotland.The report by two seni...

Rising star: Ruth Davidson to appear on Great British Bake Off
by Caroline Davies
17 Oct 2017 at 12:32pm
Scottish Conservative leader will take part in charity special of Channel 4 programme to raise money for Stand Up to CancerFresh from packing them in at the Conservative party conference, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson?s profile is set be further raised with an appearance on a celebri...

MPs severely criticise DWP for withholding information on 'very bad' universa...
by Andrew Sparrow
16 Oct 2017 at 5:37pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenNo 10 lobby briefing - SummaryAfternoon summary 5.37pm BST Let us be clear, the deal is working. What could today have been another North Korean crisis in the heart of the Middle East has instead been one problem that that region ...

Scottish government set to refuse consent for Brexit bill over 'power-grab'
by Jessica Elgot Political reporter
16 Oct 2017 at 5:16pm
Scottish and Welsh administrations want more changes to EU withdrawal bill to avoid Westminster ?power-grab? on devolved policy areasThe Scottish government is set to refuse consent for the EU withdrawal bill unless it is significantly amended to protect devolution, after crunch talks with Theres...

Ministers warned of constitutional crisis risk over EU withdrawal bill
by Jessica Elgot
16 Oct 2017 at 12:01am
Senior figures in Welsh and Scottish governments say consent will not be given without amendments to devolve powersMinisters have been warned they must amend the EU withdrawal bill to curtail any possibility of a power grab away from the Scottish and Welsh devolved administrations or risk a const...

Theresa May gives first interview since conference speech - as it happened
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
10 Oct 2017 at 6:12pm
Rolling coverage of Theresa May?s LBC interview and the last day of the SNP conferenceNicola Sturgeon?s conference speech - Snap verdict 6.12pm BST The prime minister faced the public for the first time since her party conference speech.She said talks needed to continue to determine the exact cir...

Sturgeon proposes cheap, state-owned energy for Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Oct 2017 at 5:21pm
Energy plan is one of several aimed at boosting SNP?s appeal to rural and leftwing voters after party lost Westminster seatsNicola Sturgeon has pledged to set up a state-owned energy company in Scotland to offer cheaper power to homeowners, as she seeks to restore her battered party?s confidence....

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

The only way out of the darkness
If you’re old enough, you might remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, and then several years later the election of a Labour government after long and dark decades of Tory rule that crushed the soul, took a blowtorch to hope, and destroyed communities. The 90s were when many people really did have reason to …

Ruth?s soggy bottom
Well that’s it. Time to give up and go home. I don’t mean the independence campaign, Scotland needs it more than ever now. I mean serious political commentary – although thankfully this blog has never specialised in the serious. How can you be serious when the biggest piece of political news in Scotland today is …

The fantasies of a trailer park government
The UK government apparently knows more about the effects of Brexit than it’s prepared to reveal. This isn’t a good sign. If the effects were going to be just absolutely wonderful they’d be plastered all over the pages of the Tories’ favourite pro-Brexit propaganda sheets. According to a former aide to David Davis, the Brexit …

Brexit the Movie
A new movie has been released, Blade Runner 2049, which depicts a dark and dystopian future. It’s basically post-Brexit North Lanarkshire with Harrison Ford and special effects and some really high tech. The dystopia is already here. It’s just that there’s bugger all that’s artistic or Oscar worthy about it, and the most technically complex …

Hypothetical situations
It’s not getting any better for Theresa May. It’s not getting any better for the rest of us either as Theresa and her not so merry band of Tory malignities drive us all closer and closer to the inevitable precipice, but at least we can enjoy a spot of Schadenfreude at Theresa’s difficulties along the …

The worst panto ever
We’re lurching ever closer to the precipice, crashing out of the EU with no deal being struck. Theresa May claims that the ball is now in the EU’s court. The EU looks back and says, “Eh, no. Your problem. You fix it. The ball is in your court.” It’s a whole load of balls as …

The great Tory F-off
Poor Theresa. cough cough. She’s had a rough week. The plan was for her to give yet another speech-of-her-lifetime, a speech that was going to assert her authority over her restless party and silence her critics and those who want rid of her – which would be about half of those attending the Tory conference …

A lesson from Catalonia: self-determination takes determination
There’s an important lesson for Scotland from this week’s events in Catalonia. It’s a lesson that the independence movement in general, and the leadership of the Scottish government in particular, would do well to pay heed to. The lesson is that you don’t achieve self-determination without determination. You don’t become independent unless you think independently. …

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Brexit in ?chaos? as bill progress is delayed again
THE Government?s plans for Brexit are ?in paralysis?, Labour said, amid speculation crucial legislation will be delayed again.

Wee Ginger Dug: 'Don't panic!' insists Westminster ... as panic talks on Brex...
IF ever you yearned to know what it would be like to be governed by Corporal Jones from Dad?s Army, this is the week in which your ?don?t panic? dreams came true. On Monday Theresa May jetted off to Europe for a hurriedly arranged dinner with EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier in a desperate attempt to kick some energy into Brexit talks that are s...

Kevin McKenna: The 45% haven?t gone away ? and that?s enough to terrify all U...
AS 2017 draws to a close, let?s hope this extended period of introspection the Yes movement has undertaken will also come to an end. I?m not saying that some self-analysis shouldn?t have occurred after the loss of 21 seats in June?s Westminster election, but the last few months have felt like there?s been a death in the family; all whispered conversations and wondering how not to upset people b...

Europe faces its 'last chance' to de-escalate crisis in Catalonia before it's...
ON Monday, Spain?s National Court sent to jail two key members of the Catalan grassroots independence movement. Jordi Sánchez, who heads the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart, leader of Omnium Cultural, are being held without bail accused of sedition. They are being investigated over a peaceful protest on September 20 at the end of which they called to the crowds for calm. It?s...

Tories accuse Sturgeon of ?pandering to the extreme left? with basic income plan
THE TORIES have accused Nicola Sturgeon of ?pandering to the extreme left? by funding research into a citizen?s basic income.

Mayors of Manchester and Liverpool back Sarwar for Labour leadership
SCOTTISH Labour leadership hopeful Anas Sarwar has won the support of two English mayors. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and his Labour counterpart in Liverpool Steve Rotheram released a joint statement backing the former MP to succeed Kezia Dugdale.

Calum MacLeòid: Pàrtaidh gun Cheannard ach le trioblaidean gu leòr
The current Labour leadership contest has exposed the serious rifts and divisions within the party, at both a Scottish and UK level. Either leadership candidate will struggle, given their backgrounds to overcome these divisions. While Kezia Dugdale was ultimately unsuccessful as leader, she did grow into the role and displayed clear potential that Labour have now squandered.

Cat Boyd: Taxes are a necessity, so let?s get real and pay up
SCOTLAND needs a grown-up conversation about tax. For too long, people of various political ideologies have used slogans and faulty logic to obscure fundamental problems. We?ve been left with public-sector cuts, and private affluence only for those at the very top. Now, politicians are at least admitting the problems. The case for higher taxes has been accepted by almost everyone in Holyrood ? ...

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Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year Old Tory MSP and Aberdeen City Cou...
          Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year Old Tory MSP and Aberdeen City       Councillor Pensioner To Give Up, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Swimming and Hill Walking and other Retirement Pastimes Born in 1943, Businessman, Robert Gordon University lecturer, Justice of the peace and city councillor Tom Mason retired in 2012 to … Continue reading "Tory Party Election Debacle Forces 74 Year ...

No Country in History has ever rejected Independence ? Until Scotland in 2014...
The biggest study yet of how Scotland made its historic decision on September 18 has found that the votes of people born outside Scotland were crucial to the result. While 52.7 per cent of native-born Scots voted Yes, a massive 72.1 per cent of voters from England, Wales or Northern Ireland backed the Union. There … Continue reading "No Country in History has ever rejected Independence – Until ...

North Lanarkshire Labour / Tory Unholy Alliance Fought Tooth and Nail to Deny...
            May 2017: North Lanarkshire Labour Party Fiefdom North Lanarkshire is the fourth largest Scottish local authority, located in west central Scotland, between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It covers an area of 47,358 and serves a population of 328,000 people. Party insiders are on record as saying that: ?if Labour lose … Continue reading "North Lanarkshire Labour / Tory Unholy Alliance Fough...

National Farmers Union Suckered by the Tory Party Yet Again After it Contract...
        2 Oct 2017: Kick in the Teeth for the Farmers Union as Tory Party Contracts Foreign sugar company to sponsor its conference The Conservative Party is under fire from angry farmers after allowing a major US sugar company to sponsor its conference in Manchester. US sugar company Tate & Lyle Sugars, … Continue reading "National Farmers Union Suckered by the Tory Party Yet Again After it Co...

Post Brexit ? Food Standards to be Compiled ? Introduced and Monitored Throug...
          2000: New Labour created a non-ministerial government department ? the Food Standards Agency (FSA) After the collapse in public trust triggered by a number of high-profile outbreaks and deaths from food borne illness including the BSE crisis, civil servants within the then Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries were perceived … Continue reading "Post Brexit – Food Standards to be ...

BBC Environment Podcasts ? Informative If Biased ? Well Worth Listening In ? ...
          Environment reporting by the British Biased Corporation (BBC) Audio podcasts covering the daily news of food, farming, fishing, the countryside and the environment with analysis and context from the BBC’s experts in the field. An extract of podcasts reporting on subjects relevant to Scotland. Listeners should track to the subject … Continue reading "BBC Environment Podcasts – Informat...

Tales From the Backside ? Lies Spies and Naked Thighs ? News and Current Affa...
          20 Sep 2017: BBC News and Current Affairs Scotland Staff and Presenters Are Guilty of Presenting Information Biased Against Scotland Eleven years after exposure to the public that blatant bias is doctored into news bulletins and documentary reports the BBC News & Current Affairs Division of the corporation still actively … Continue reading "Tales From the Backside – Lies Spies and Nak...

People of Influence ? Richard Leonard ? The Likely Lad From Yorkshire Thinks ...
      Richard Leonard       Family Background – Richard Leonard – Labour Party (List) Member of Scottish Parliament Richard’s 3rd Great-grandfather, (Roman Catholic), Francis Leonard, his wife Jane and 4 children left Co Tyrone around 1850 and took up residence in Whitfield, Yorkshire. Francis was a stone cutter to trade. His two … Continue reading "People of Influence – Richard Leonard – The L...

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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

Is Scotland really a social democratic country?
Is Scotland really a social democratic country? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 18th 2017 At last week?s SNP conference in the middle of her keynote speech, Nicola Sturgeon asked: ?What kind of country do we want to be?? She wasn?t expecting an answer, and seemed surprised when a member of the party faithful shouted out …

Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain?
Is this the end game for Theresa May and Tory Britain? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 11th 2017 The British Conservatives have for most of their history been an impressively successful political force, winning elections and forming the UK government on its own or in coalition for two-thirds of the 20th and 21st centuries. It …

Scottish Independence in the Age of Dirsruption: Big Questions for the SNP, L...
Scottish Independence in the Age of Disruption: Big Questions for the SNP, Labour and Tories Gerry Hassan LSE Politics Blog, October 9th 2017 Scottish politics are in a strange place at the moment – not one of calm, but of transition with the future uncertain. After several years of high-octane politics, and the twin peaks …

Catalonia and Scotland are very different: The complex struggle for self-dete...
Catalonia and Scotland are very different: The complex struggle for self-determination Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 4th 2017 There are many reasons to be thankful for living in Scotland. This came home to roost in the last week with the Catalan referendum, the experience of the Iraqi Kurds voting on independence, and even, more dramatically, …

Politics is becoming a battle of ideas again, but the Tories look a spent force
Politics is becoming a battle of ideas again, but the Tories look a spent force Gerry Hassan The Herald, October 4th 2017 The Conservative Party love to tell themselves they are one of the most successful parties electorally in the Western world. Chancellor Philip Hammond was giving Tories this reassuring message on Monday. But this …

Labour could be the future but is feeling a bit too self-satisfied with itself
Labour could be the future but is feeling a bit too self-satisfied with itself Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 26th 2017 This week the Labour Party Conference gathered in Brighton. It hasn?t been in such good spirits for many a year – with the highest membership of any party in Europe, and the biggest increase …

Where have all the leaders gone?
Where have all the leaders gone? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 20th 2017 We have a problem with leaders – specifically, a dearth of them in Scotland, the UK and most of the Western world. There is a crisis of authority, trust and legitimacy with, for some, populism, trusting instincts and voicing your inner rage …

Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution
Twenty years on maybe it is time to move on from devolution Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 13th 2017 Twenty years ago this week Scotland held a referendum and voted decisively for a Scottish Parliament and for it to have tax-raising powers. This anniversary provides an opportunity to look back and assess what the last …

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish Independence Convention announces line-up for largest ... - CommonSpace

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Scottish Independence Convention announces line-up for largest ...
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Speakers will include Alex Salmond, Maggie Chapman and Catalan activist Anna Arqué THE SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE CONVENTION (SIC), the ...
Alex Salmond to deliver address at Scottish Independence ...Aberdeen Evening Express

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Brexit, Scottish independence, same-sex marriage in Australia: What gets vote...

ABC Online
Brexit, Scottish independence, same-sex marriage in Australia: What gets voters out of bed?
ABC Online
Australians care more about same-sex marriage than Americans do about who leads their country, according to a comparison of turnout figures from recent polls. But some recent votes around the world have drawn a response far greater than either.
Yes leads on votes cast as No closes gap: ...

There is no 'case' for Scots independence - Belfast Telegraph

Telegraph.co.uk
There is no 'case' for Scots independence
Belfast Telegraph
I expect that the over two million Scots that voted against independence, her 21 MPs that lost their seats in June and over one million other Scots who voted to leave the EU would strongly disagree with her assessment. Quite how this need "has never ...
Citizen's Basic Income 'would lead to massive tax rises' - The i ...iNe...

Why Brexit and Catalonia Could Rekindle Scotland's Independence Movement - Da...

Daily Signal
Why Brexit and Catalonia Could Rekindle Scotland's Independence Movement
Daily Signal
EDINBURGH, Scotland?Scottish nationalists' dreams of independence from the United Kingdom have gotten a fresh set of legs due to the tandem effects of Catalonia's ongoing gambit for independence from Spain, and Britain's floundering, ongoing Brexit ...
2022 should be 'earliest date for Scottish indepe...

MPs to debate pros and cons of indyref2 next month - HeraldScotland

HeraldScotland
MPs to debate pros and cons of indyref2 next month
HeraldScotland
THE topic of whether or not there should be another referendum on Scottish independence is to be debated by MPs next month. The Commons debate on Monday November 13 has come about because of two petitions from the public, one of which reached ...
Brexit can strengthen the Union ? but only if handled wellSpectator.co.uk...

Are Brexit and Catalonia Reviving Scottish Hopes of Independence? - Newsweek

Newsweek
Are Brexit and Catalonia Reviving Scottish Hopes of Independence?
Newsweek
Edinburgh, Scotland?Scottish nationalists' dreams of independence from the United Kingdom have gotten a fresh set of legs due to the tandem effects of Catalonia's ongoing gambit for independence from Spain, and Britain's floundering, ongoing Brexit ...
SNP expert group 'to recommend creation of Scottish pound' - The...

Scottish independence slips into hibernation - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish independence slips into hibernation
Financial Times
In the wake of Scotland's unsuccessful independence referendum three years ago, the outgoing leader of the Scottish National party, Alex Salmond, declared that ?for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream will never die?. His dream of breaking ...
'There will be!' SNP deputy promises another Scottish independence vot...

Scottish independence becomes a more distant dream - The Economist

The Economist
Scottish independence becomes a more distant dream
The Economist
The shout was a painful reminder that the party's ultimate aim of independence is some way off. After an aborted push for a second referendum earlier this year (the first such plebiscite was lost by 45% to 55% in 2014), Scotland's nationalist party now ...
Scotland: Setbacks magnify Nicola Sturgeon's taskIrish Times
Scotl...

SNP

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Technical Spotlight: Tracking Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)...

Technical Spotlight: Tracking Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
Hayden Business Journal
The Percentage Price Oscillator Histogram trend indicator is currently under zero on shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP). Active traders may be carefully tracking the indicator to see if the position is pointing to the stock as a sell ...

Q&A with Stephen Gethins on the political confusion round Brexit - Holyrood.com

Q&A with Stephen Gethins on the political confusion round Brexit
Holyrood.com
In the last Parliament, Eilidh Whitford managed to get the first-ever SNP legislation through the House when she brought in a private member's bill to ensure the UK Government ratified the Istanbul Convention for the prevention and combatting of ...

Credit Suisse Ag Raised China Pete & Chem (SNP) Position By $4.16 Million; SU...

Credit Suisse Ag Raised China Pete & Chem (SNP) Position By $4.16 Million; SUNSTOCK (SSOK) SI Decreased By ...
Herald KS
Credit Suisse Ag increased China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP) stake by 34.27% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Credit Suisse Ag acquired 53,284 shares as China Pete & Chem Corp (SNP)'s stock rose 4.36%. The Credit Suisse Ag holds 208,787 shares with ...



Letters: Why the SNP has to reassess its policies towards Europe - HeraldScot...

HeraldScotland
Letters: Why the SNP has to reassess its policies towards Europe
HeraldScotland
I NOTE Allan McKinney's letter today (October 18) and wish to reply. Far from being a mere slogan as he claims, my idea of Independence in Europe had a long history based on analysis of Scotland's position within the EEC. In the House of Commons EEC ...



EU expert warns lack of calls to halt Brexit has left 'huge hole' in politics...

Aberdeen Evening Express
EU expert warns lack of calls to halt Brexit has left 'huge hole' in politics
Aberdeen Evening Express
Speaking during a Brexit debate at the Scottish Parliament's Festival of Politics, she said: ?There is this huge hole at the heart of the UK and I think even at the heart of Scottish politics. ?If you look at what the Scottish Government and SNP are ...

Expert urges SNP to speak out and demand a halt to Brexit - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Expert urges SNP to speak out and demand a halt to Brexit
The Scotsman
... even at the heart of Scottish politics. ?If you look at what the Scottish Government and SNP are doing, they are working very well with the Welsh Government on the Withdrawal Bill and what they call the power grab, and edging towards a compromise ...

SNP U-turns on criminalising parents who smack their children - The Christian...

The Christian Institute
SNP U-turns on criminalising parents who smack their children
The Christian Institute
The Scottish Government has said it will ?ensure? a proposal that criminalises parents who smack their children becomes law. The move represents a dramatic U-turn on its previous stance on the issue. In April, the Scottish Government said that it did ...

IDT Corp (IDT) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Shares Moving The Ta...

IDT Corp (IDT) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Shares Moving The Tape in Session
Union Trade Journal
IDT Corp (IDT) shares are moving today on volatility 1.54% or $0.21 from the open. The NYSE listed company saw a recent bid of $13.83 and 53250 shares have traded hands in the session. Occasionally, a certain stock may perform much higher than ...

Referendum (Google News)

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First Scotland, Then Catalonia. And Now? Milan and Venice - The ... - New Yor...

New York Times
First Scotland, Then Catalonia. And Now? Milan and Venice - The ...
New York Times
A poster advertising the upcoming referendum on the back of a bus in Milan. Voters in the Northern League-governed regions of Lombardy and Veneto will ...

Brexit: No deal could trigger new independence referendum, says Scotland's le...

The Independent
Brexit: No deal could trigger new independence referendum, says Scotland's leading EU expert
The Independent
Support for a second independence referendum in Scotland could surge in the event of a no-deal Brexit, an expert on Scotland's relationship with the EU has said. Kirsty Hughes, director of the Scottish Centre on European Relations (SCER), has said a ...
Why Brexit and Catalon...

MPs to debate pros and cons of indyref2 next month - HeraldScotland

HeraldScotland
MPs to debate pros and cons of indyref2 next month
HeraldScotland
THE topic of whether or not there should be another referendum on Scottish independence is to be debated by MPs next month. The Commons debate on Monday November 13 has come about because of two petitions from the public, one of which reached ...
Expert urges SNP to speak out and demand a halt to BrexitThe Scotsman
Brex...

Scots for Catalonia: how Holyrood is reacting to Spain's referendum crackdown...

New Statesman
Scots for Catalonia: how Holyrood is reacting to Spain's referendum crackdown
New Statesman
But distance hasn't stopped Tory MSPs hammering their opponents on supposed support for Venezuela. Rather, the Scottish Tories' comeback has been defined by pro-unionism and opposition to a second independence referendum. Catalonia serves as a ...

Nicola Sturgeon suggests second Scottish independence referendum could be hel...

The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon suggests second Scottish independence referendum could be held in next four years
The Independent
The SNP still has a mandate to hold a second independence referendum before the next Holyrood elections in 2021, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister has repeatedly stated she would not set a date for a ballot until there was greater clarity on ...
Nicola Sturgeo...

Scottish business group steps up plans to oppose referendum - Financial Times

Financial Times
Scottish business group steps up plans to oppose referendum
Financial Times
A Scottish business campaign group is stepping up preparations to oppose a future independence referendum, warning that supporters of union with the UK ...

Scotland's Kurdish community gripped by independence referendum - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Scotland's Kurdish community gripped by independence referendum
The Scotsman
The 2014 referendum on Scottish independence resonated with Kurds said Zandi, with many of those living in Scotland actively campaigning for a Yes vote. He added: ?But the referendums in Scotland and Kurdistan were two very different models, but the ...

A peculiar bourgeois nationalism brings Spain to the brink - Irish Times

The Scotsman
A peculiar bourgeois nationalism brings Spain to the brink
Irish Times
The contrast with the conduct of Scotland's referendum on independence in 2014 is striking. The right of the Scots to have a vote on their future in the UK was recognised from the start; the government in London used only its powers of persuasion ...
Scots launch Catalan Defence Committee to 'defend democracy'The Sc...

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Kezia Dugdale?s latest article- opinions?
Clutch your pearls, Hollywood movie mogul tries to uses his wealth and status to get women. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn?t. Sometimes the behaviour was criminal, often immoral, always unequal.  If you?re shocked at the behaviour of men in the world?s heartbeat of glitz and glamour then ...

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!

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 ...

German Election
German election exit polls:CDU/CSU - 32.5%SPD - 20%AfD - 13.5%FDP - 10.5%Greens - 9.5%Left party - 9%  So with voting closed and the exit poll in, the only real certainty seems that Merkel will have a fourth term as Chancellor.  CDU went down 9% from last election, if this is right, and the SPD h...

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.

Anas Sarwar
This man has to be the biggest lying duplicitous shit in Scottish politics. Currently posting on Facebook about SNP trolls targeting him. No Anas you block anyone who dares question you like I did last week. I'm not a member of the SNP. I'm not a troll. However, you are a ct of the first degree...

Catalonia
The Catalan government are pressing ahead with their Independence Referendum on the 1st of October despite pressure from the spanish government and courts in Madrid. Spanish premier Rajoy has promised any means possible to stop it though stopped short of declaring martial law and troops on th...

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

The TAMB - so what's happening?
Browsing various threads in TA Specific, there are a number of posters who seem to be under the impression that the board is still closing down. Now that the 'play-off bounce' has failed to materialize, are the 'new custodians' (wanky phrase) going to come on to explain how they intend rejuve...

Thank You
I would just like to say a big thanx to the guys and girls who have taken over the running of the TAMB. It does provide me with many hours of entertainment and enjoyment.    so THANK YOU ... and Guid Luck.   

Pulling birds....
Here's a tip...slapping a girl's arse and asking if she liked it may get her attention but not in a good way. The twat that tried that in the Cutty Sark after the game on Sunday is lucky he's not got a law suit coming his way. 

Thread Started By Mistake
Sorry I've posted this thread in error. Sorry for any inconvenience 

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...

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

Dead Stars collision picked up after 130,000,000 years
This is what makes science so interesting. Mind blowing stuff.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41640256  

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A Brief History of Catalunya
What follows is a brief outline of Catalan history compiled quite hurriedly from notes I made whilst living and working in Spain where I was repeatedly exposed – over and over again – to a pseudo history of a forever unified Spain where Catalunya had barely ever existed. This is not and was never intended…

The Catalan Declaration of Independence
The following is Dr Mark McNaught’s unofficial translation of the Catalan Declaration of independence signed on 10th October in the Catalan Parliament. It has not yet been officially published, seeking to give time for mediation with the Spanish government. DECLARATION OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF CATALONIA To the people of Catalonia and all the peoples of…

President of Catalunya?s Statement
Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalunya: 10/10/17 “I want to follow people?s will for Catalonia to become an independent state. We propose to suspend the effect of the independence declaration… in order to work towards putting into practice the result of the referendum… Today, we are making a gesture of responsibility in favour of dialogue. I…

An Eyewitness Account of Voting in Catalonia
Thanks to Gunther Dauwen, Director of the European Free Alliance, I was able to join the delegation of international observers touring polling stations around Barcelona. Polling stations had been chosen based on a range of criteria that indicated different levels of support for Independence. Gunther Daumen of the European Free Alliance Unlike Scotland, support for…

Catalunya wins independence vote
A very warm welcome to the independent Republic of Catalunya. Total votes: 2,262,424 Yes: 2.020.144 (90,09%) No: 176.565 (7,87%) Blank: 45.586 (2,03%) Null: 20.129 (0,89%)  

Independence is in the Streets Already ? Catalunya
A report on the revolt against Spain?s bid to stage a coup, raiding Catalan ministry HQs and arresting senior government officials. The alarm bells went off early in the morning, when nearly everyone was on their way to work, school or the day?s meetings. They had entered the Finance Ministry. They had arrested a number…

Spanish Raid Catalan Government Offices
The Spanish Civil Guard have arrested 12 high-ranking Catalan officials in a large scale anti-referendum operation. Spain has shifted up a gear this Wednesday morning. Military police Guardia Civil officers entered offices of three Catalan government ministries: Economy, Governance and Social Affairs. The raids started around 8am local time and they are part of a…

Is The Tide Turning Towards Independence?
Is the tide turning towards independence? The way to look at it is this. The vote in 2014 was a half and half split given that YES was leading and only swung back in the last week with ‘The Vow’ and various other breaches of purdah. Many Scots were taken to manager’s meetings where they…