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SNP-Tory talks fail to break impasse over Brexit Bill
26 Sep 2017 at 12:07am
THE Scottish and UK governments remain at loggerheads over the key Brexit legislation, with the two sides emerging from a crunch meeting on improving it still far apart.

Juncker?s speech converted new MEP to Brexit in just four days
25 Sep 2017 at 3:03pm
It TOOK Nosheena Mobarik just four days in the European Parliament to convert to the cause of Brexit.

Police hunt bagpipe thief after instrument found in Highland village garden
25 Sep 2017 at 5:32pm
Police are hunting a man thought to be behind the theft of a set of bagpipes.

Independent Scotland would have been the next Greece, says expert
25 Sep 2017 at 5:21am
AN independent Scotland would be embroiled in ?full-blown currency crisis? and face a similar economic crash to Greece as a result of the plummeting oil price, a leading economics expert has claimed.

Labour Government would bring controversial PFI schemes back within public se...
25 Sep 2017 at 2:43pm
A future Labour government would bring billions of pounds worth of contracts signed under the controversial Private Finance Initiative back into the public sector, John McDonnell has announced.

Starmer: Labour Government could negotiate "new single market relationship" w...
25 Sep 2017 at 12:43pm
KEIR Starmer has said Labour could negotiate "a new single market relationship" with the EU after Brexit.

Left-wingers have majority on Scottish Labour panel to vet new members in lea...
25 Sep 2017 at 12:02pm
A majority of the Scottish Labour panel set up to vet new members and supporters who join during the leadership contest are on the Left of the party.

Dutch giant bails out ScotRail after losses make mockery of "profiteering' cl...
25 Sep 2017 at 5:10am
HOLLAND's nationalised railways have bailed out ScotRail with a multi-million loan after the train operator suffered its first loss in more than a decade.

Labour accused by Sturgeon of abdicting responsibility after deciding against...
25 Sep 2017 at 12:01am
NICOLA Sturgeon has accused Labour of abdicating responsibility after the party agreed not to push the divisive issue of Brexit to a full debate and vote at its annual conference.

Labour MPs won't back illegal union strikes, insists Watson
25 Sep 2017 at 5:00am
LABOUR MPs will not back trade unions which stage illegal strikes, Tom Watson, the party?s deputy leader, has insisted after Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell repeatedly dodged the issue.

Spain?s Rajoy risks control over Catalan crackdown
25 Sep 2017 at 5:12am
SPAIN?s conservative government is facing a potential challenge to its rule as its Catalan crackdown sparks a backlash at home and abroad.

Corbyn receives rapturous reception at biggest Labour conference for years
25 Sep 2017 at 5:00am
JEREMY Corbyn received a rapturous reception as he made his first appearance at Labour?s autumn conference and was greeted with chants of ?Oh, Jeremy Corbyn?.

Green claims Sturgeon's approach to post-Brexit devolution "back to front"
25 Sep 2017 at 5:00am
NICOLA Sturgeon?s approach to post-Brexit devolution is "back to front" and would cause gridlock and uncertainty to the UK?s internal market, Green Damian has warned.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg given body guards at Labour Party confe...
24 Sep 2017 at 6:20pm
THE BBC has hired bodyguards to protect political editor Laura Kuenssberg at the Labour conference.

Tweety-Pie, Salvador Dali and the surreal side of Spanish unionism
24 Sep 2017 at 9:09pm
It can get surreal, Catalan unionism. After all, it can count Salvador Dali among its followers.

 

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Lawyers in warning over Brexit impact on NHS
25 Sep 2017 at 9:42pm
Lawyers have warned about the possible impact Brexit could have on the NHS, claiming that leaving the European Union could result in delays in patients getting new medicines and also impact on the supply of radioisotopes used in cancer treatment.

Anas Sarwar proposes Glasgow Guarantee Scotland-wide rollout
25 Sep 2017 at 4:52pm
Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Anas Sarwar has proposed a scheme to give every school-leaver a job, training or education.

Poll: A quarter of Scots support SNP plan to cut air taxes
25 Sep 2017 at 2:17pm
The SNP’s plans to cut air taxes in Scotland are not supported by the public, according to a poll showing that a majority of people would prefer ministers focused on improving public transport.

Philip Hammond warns SNP over tax rises
25 Sep 2017 at 1:52pm
Philip Hammond has stopped short of backing Theresa May to lead the Tories into the next election, insisting he would not be drawn on the “future leadership” of the party.

Damian Green ?cautiously optimistic? after Brexit talks
25 Sep 2017 at 1:47pm
First Secretary of State Damian Green has said he is “cautiously optimistic” talks can end the deadlock between the Scottish and UK governments over key Brexit legislation.

Hurricane-hit British overseas territories look ?apocalyptic?
25 Sep 2017 at 1:43pm
Hurricane-battered British overseas territories look “apocalyptic” and like “something out of a horror movie”, the International Development Secretary has said.

Labour will end PFI, John McDonnell pledges
25 Sep 2017 at 1:25pm
Labour will end the use of PFI (Private Finance Initiative) to fund public infrastructure and bring billions of pounds worth of private contracts into the public sector, John McDonnell has said.

Pro-EU campaign is plot to "undermine Jeremy Corbyn"
25 Sep 2017 at 11:59am
Labour activists have claimed that pro-EU protests at the party’s conference in Brighton are a plot to “undermine Jeremy Corbyn”.

FIFA set to perform U-turn on wearing of poppies
25 Sep 2017 at 10:43am
FIFA has backed down in its row with the home nations over the wearing of poppies by players in international matches.

Energy firm calls for political support for more onshore windfarms
25 Sep 2017 at 10:12am
ScottishPower has called for political support to develop more onshore windfarms after hitting a record high of power from the sector.

Scotland ?fairest in the UK? but still has £8k gender pay gap
25 Sep 2017 at 7:40am
Scotland’s gender pay gap for managers now stands at around £8,000, according to a study published today.

Ruth Davidson ?backed plot to oust Theresa May? after election
25 Sep 2017 at 7:33am
Ruth Davidson backed a plot to install Amber Rudd as Conservative leader and oust Theresa May in the wake of her election disaster, it has been claimed.

Lesley Riddoch: Back-breaking work has returned to Britain
25 Sep 2017 at 7:21am
The staff at your favourite cafe might be smiling through gritted teeth after an agonising shift, writes Lesley Riddoch.

Brian Monteith: Theresa May is neither down nor out
25 Sep 2017 at 7:00am
The Prime Minister is playing a sensible game that might yet put her in the driving seat on Europe, writes Brian Monteith

Scotland must speed up targets for climate change, warn experts
25 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
Scotland’s ambitious targets on climate change need to be fast-tracked in areas such as transport and heating to remain world-leading, experts warn.

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Super sigh me
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2017 at 8:44pm
In today’s Herald, for no apparent particular reason, this drivel again: And who might this latest impartial “expert” be, we wonder? Oh, it’s this guy: It’s like they’re not even trying any more. Forgive our weary expression, won’t you?

The government in waiting
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2017 at 10:33am
Labour will start their autumn conference in Brighton properly today, but the comrades have already been at the seaside over the weekend. We thought we’d see how the UK’s official alternative to the Tories was getting along. We’re sure it’s a well-oiled machine. Apparently last night was “Scotland Night”, so someone was hastily despatched to find …

All the alarms and no surprises
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Sep 2017 at 9:08am
This weekend’s Scottish Mail On Sunday carries a column from UK Cabinet Office minister Damian Green which, if anyone was still in any doubt, rings just about every warning bell imaginable in terms of the Tories’ plan to use Brexit to cripple devolution both in principle and in practice. It’s tucked away on page 27 …

Ole Ola
by Chris Cairns
23 Sep 2017 at 6:55am
(Buy Chris Cairns? second great book of cartoons here. Plus cuddly Hamish!)

Looking forwards
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Sep 2017 at 11:37am
We’re not saying it’s been a slow news week in Scottish politics, but this is what the Scotsman’s going with today: We might go for a walk.

The Evergreens
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Sep 2017 at 2:13pm
It was nice to see an old friend back in the Scottish media today. How times change. Because it’s only a few months since this happened: But on the other hand, “the oil will be gone in 10 years!” has been around much longer. “Oil and gas will run out by the end of the …

Nice Parliament you?ve got there
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Sep 2017 at 10:31am
Be a shame if anything happened to it.

The warning notice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2017 at 10:31am
For anyone who thinks it’s safe to wait until after 2021 for another indyref. Not that it’s a new idea for the Lib Dems, of course. It really does feel like Retro Week at the moment. Catalonia is in fact Spain’s wealthiest region. Claiming it couldn’t be independent is a bit like saying London couldn’t …

Black affronted
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2017 at 12:22pm
We struggled to summon up much more than a weary sigh about a story in a couple of the minor papers today (the Herald and Express), about a micro-scuffle at Saturday’s pro-indy rally in Glasgow. The most interesting thing about it appeared to be that the Express had written its article several hours before the event …

Fooled you twice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2017 at 9:43am
Three years ago today, Scotland bottled it. Almost uniquely in world history, its people turned down the chance to take control of their own affairs forever without a drop of blood being shed. They did so on the back of a package of vague promises, not least one of “extensive new powers”, almost all of …

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Scottish draft climate change plan 'lacks credibility'
25 Sep 2017 at 12:35am
But a report adds that the Scottish government is still leading the UK on tackling greenhouse gas emissions.


No Scots-UK Brexit deal despite 'constructive' talks
25 Sep 2017 at 12:58pm
Despite "constructive" talks on the EU Withdrawal Bill, Scottish and UK ministers remain some way from a deal.


Scottish Power says UK will need to boost capacity
25 Sep 2017 at 12:28am
Scottish Power says electric cars and a shift to electric heating could mean a big rise in demand for electricity.


Dugdale gave deputy '10 minutes' notice' she was quitting
24 Sep 2017 at 1:53pm
Kezia Dugdale gave her deputy Alex Rowley 10-15 minutes' notice she was resigning as Labour leader, he tells the BBC.


MSPs urge Spanish PM to 'engage' with Catalan government
24 Sep 2017 at 6:04pm
A cross-party group asks the Spanish government to let people in Catalonia decide their future democratically.


HIV Scotland in compulsory sexual health lessons call
24 Sep 2017 at 6:32pm
A report by HIV Scotland claims young people do not have "consistent" access to HIV information.


Study to examine use of 'not proven' verdict
24 Sep 2017 at 12:02am
The "groundbreaking" research into how jurors come to their decisions will include the use of mock juries.


Anas Sarwar relinquishes shares in family firm
23 Sep 2017 at 2:06pm
The move by the Scottish Labour leadership candidate follows criticism that the company did not pay all staff the real living wage.


Mike Russell welcomes EU single transition period
22 Sep 2017 at 6:16pm
Scotland's Brexit secretary welcome the prime minister's announcement, but says it does not go far enough.


NHS Grampian in heart patients deal with Newcastle hospital
23 Sep 2017 at 11:57am
Cardiac patients facing delays in north east Scotland have been offered treatment as far away as Newcastle.


Tory MP did not vote in EU referendum because choice was 'very difficult'
22 Sep 2017 at 12:26pm
Kirstene Hair did not vote in the EU referendum because there were "very strong" arguments on both sides.


Perth councillor charged over child abuse images
22 Sep 2017 at 6:01pm
Michael Jamieson appeared in court accused of possessing indecent images of children at his Perth home.

Scot Goes Pop

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The other type of 'winner'
by James Kelly
25 Sep 2017 at 8:47pm
After the result of the German federal election became clear last night, I posted a couple of tweets about the BBC's misleading headline reporting of the subject."My standard complaint about BBC re...


Land of the valiant, reciprocator of firm friendship
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2017 at 2:10pm
As you know, I'm out of the country at the moment (albeit not in Indonesia, as someone thought on the previous thread).  So I do hope you're duly appreciative of the fact that I forewent my siesta ...

Crisis mounts for embattled Ruth Davidson as three more subsamples put the SN...
by James Kelly
19 Sep 2017 at 3:22pm
Just for the sake of completeness, here are the three most recent Scottish subsamples from Britain-wide polls -ICM: SNP 34%, Conservatives 32%, Labour 21%, Greens 4%, UKIP 4%, Liberal Democrats 4%Y...

Sensational poll suggests SNP would make sweeping GAINS in an early Westminst...
by James Kelly
17 Sep 2017 at 4:11pm
Rarely have I been so delighted to be proved wrong.  I had suspected that last week's Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times contained a Westminster voting intention question that was being withheld u...

Massive boost for Sturgeon as Survation confirm SNP have staggeringly sizeabl...
by James Kelly
15 Sep 2017 at 2:27pm
Hot on the heels of Panelbase's first Scottish Parliament poll in an eternity comes the same from Survation.  The findings of the two polls are strikingly similar on the constituency ballot (which ...

Scale of Davidson flop becomes clear as "extraordinary" Panelbase poll reveal...
by James Kelly
11 Sep 2017 at 5:45pm
Panelbase have released the datasets for the full-scale Scottish poll that was published (and so comically misrepresented) in yesterday's Sunday Times.  Here are a few points that leap out -1) As e...

Enormous lead for the SNP in first post-June Scottish poll
by James Kelly
10 Sep 2017 at 2:45pm
"The findings are likely to dismay Nicola Sturgeon" says Jason Allardyce of the Sunday Times about a new poll which he must know perfectly well is going to absolutely thrill Nicola Sturgeon, becaus...

Could the sort-of-rise of "BUSP" be a boon for the independence movement?
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2017 at 6:43pm
Much synthetic excitement in the unionist media today about the exploits of an "obscure unionist party" that narrowly beat the SNP into third place in the Fortissat by-election - a feat that looks ...

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If Corbyn could only get his act together and work with the SNP we might just...
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26 Sep 2017 at 1:11am
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Yet another Scotland gaffe from labour in London... when will they learn?
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26 Sep 2017 at 1:08am
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Tory infighting erupts ahead of conference as it emerges Ruth Dsvidson was as...
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26 Sep 2017 at 1:03am
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Super sigh me. In today's Herald for no apparent particular reason is this dr...
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25 Sep 2017 at 11:34pm
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/r/cupar now open
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25 Sep 2017 at 11:31pm
Sup people, so we figured out this very shitty village has quite a few redditors so I've set up a sub-reddit. Just thought I'd post it here in case some people didn't know. Obviously a requirement ...

Geology field trip to Kinghorn in Fife, few of my photos.
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25 Sep 2017 at 10:35pm
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Alex Salmond Says If He Could Apply For An Irish Passport, He Would
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25 Sep 2017 at 9:57pm
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My favorite picture from my study abroad trip to Scotland this summer
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US Navy to lead Formidable Warrior in Scotland
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Major restoration scheme gets under way at castle (From Dumbarton and Vale of...
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'Emperor Trump' blasted at United Nations for threatening to destroy member s...
by Record Reporter
25 Sep 2017 at 9:48pm
Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza slammed the American prsident for using the podium in New York that was "built for peace to announce wars".


Philip Hammond refuses to back Theresa May as best person to lead Tory party ...
by Andy Philip
25 Sep 2017 at 2:06pm
Hammond’s lack of positive support is the latest sign of civil war in May’s cabinet after damaging revelations in recent days.


Labour look like an army on the march to power but that is only inside the Br...
by Record View
25 Sep 2017 at 7:38am
Record View believes the party need to persuade millions of sceptical voters they have the policies and the competence to govern before anyone takes a serious punt on Jeremy Corbyn.


Jeremy Corbyn urged by senior Labour figures to lead Brexit battle to stay in...
by Torcuil Crichton
25 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
As the Labour leader received a rapturous reception from party members gathering in Brighton he fended off demands from MPs to do whatever it takes to resist a hard Brexit.


It's astonishing that we still don't know what Brexit will mean - Mhairi Black
by dailyrecord
25 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
SNP MP Mhairi Black says there are still so many unanswered questions surrounding the UK's exit from the European Union in spite of Theresa May's 'significant' speech in Florence.


Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Anas Sarwar gives up family business share...
by Mark Aitken
24 Sep 2017 at 10:23am
Sarwar has faced a bruising week after revelations that his family firm are not unionised and don’t pay the real living wage.


Scottish Labour leadership hopeful is still a farce to be reckoned with
by Mail Opinion
24 Sep 2017 at 7:36am
In the race to become the leader of the Scottish Labour party, Anas Sarwar has not been able to land a glove on rival Richard Leonard.


That country just got nuked and nae tyrant leaves here until we find out what...
by John Niven
24 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
John Niven gives his view on the deepening North Korea crisis as two 'Begbies' - Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump - go toe-to-toe.


Labour promise free sanitary products for girls and women in bid to tackle 'p...
by Mark Aitken
24 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
The party will fund tampons in secondary schools, homeless shelters and food banks if they win the next general election.


We need to noise up the silent old duffers in the House of Lords
by Lesley Roberts
24 Sep 2017 at 6:00am

 After it emerged nearly £1.3million was paid in expenses and allowances was paid to Lords who didn’t utter a word in the Upper House for a year , Lesley says action must be taken now.


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

Power Grab
by michaelgreenwell
24 Sep 2017 at 10:26am
The latest film by Phantom Power examines the very real threat posed to the Scottish Parliament by recent events at Westminster.   Advertisements

Another Day, Another Better Together Idea Rubbished
by michaelgreenwell
23 Sep 2017 at 8:30am

The Grand Old Days of Empire, Robbery and Murder
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2017 at 1:12pm
Some of the brexiteers have peddled the bizarre fantasy in the title of this post, specifically that we could have Empire 2.0. Let’s just take a quick look at all the killing empire 1.0 involved…

That?s What Friends Are For
by michaelgreenwell
21 Sep 2017 at 10:24am
You remember all that stuff about a family of nations? Well, here is a reminder that the UK government tried to use their friends (including Russia apparently) in order to f*ck up members of the “family”. Furthermore, I actually have a copy of one of the propaganda pieces they sent abroad to be translated into …

A Grant Shapps Reminder
by michaelgreenwell
20 Sep 2017 at 10:32pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 157 ? Anna Arqué on Catalonia
by michaelgreenwell
18 Sep 2017 at 2:34pm
The 157th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is the second time on the show for Anna Arqué. Anna has been a long-time campaigner for Catalan independence and also works for the International Commission of European Citizens. I asked her about the preparations for the Independence Referendum they are about to have and also about …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 156 ? Thomas Muir Lecture 2017 by Tommy Sheppard
by michaelgreenwell
15 Sep 2017 at 11:44am
We’re back! The 156th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2017, which was given by Tommy Sheppard MP (who has also been on the show himself). Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or …
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Images Leaked From Scottish Labour Leadership Meetings
by michaelgreenwell
14 Sep 2017 at 1:53pm
The following images were leaked out of the high-level (sic) Scottish Labour leadership discussions that are taking place*. *not really.

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Catalonia interview with Jenny Morrison
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Sep 2017 at 12:55pm
As the crisis in Catalonia rumbles on, with Spanish state repression meeting mass and increasingly militant resistance from the people, David Jamieson spoke to Barcelona based Scottish activist Jenny Morrison about the background to and nature of the dramatic political developments in the country. David Jamieson: Can you give us a quick background to the …

Florence and the Machine Politician
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Sep 2017 at 9:40am
The strength of feeling that the Scottish people have about this need for control and the direct accountability of their politicians is one reason why, throughout its membership Scotland has never totally felt at home being in the British Union. And perhaps because of our history and geography, the British Union never felt to us …

Homage to Catalonia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2017 at 2:22pm
With the Catalan crisis coming to  a head, a timely film festival in Scotland celebrates Catalan culture. Homage to Catalonia ? Scotland’s Catalan Film Festival runs from September 27 to October 6.  As well as feature films, the programme offers a week of poetry, spoken word, parties, gastronomic events, talks and a strong showing of short …

Build: Bridges to Indy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2017 at 9:53am
The Scottish Independence Convention has announced a major conference in Usher Hall in Edinburgh on Saturday 4th November, called Build: Bridges to Indy. It promises to be a huge convergence of the independence movement around practical issues and capacity-building, forging unity and communication and building strategy for the future. Lesley Riddoch said: ?This is a …

Interview with Anna Arqué on Catalonia
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Sep 2017 at 10:44am
Interview with Anna Arqué on Catalonia in four parts … Follow Scottish Indy Podcast here.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Sep 2017 at 12:30pm
?It?s an exhibition that covers a huge sweep of European history over 200 years. We are telling a broad story of the attempts by the Jacobites to restore the Stuart dynasty. It?s not a Scottish story, or a narrow Gaelic-related story.? – Dr Gordon Rintoul CBE, Director of National Museums Scotland In reality the story …

The Power Grab
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Sep 2017 at 11:54am
In the context of the Brexit breakdown Phantom Power examines the origins of devolution, the historic attempts to undermine it and the recent efforts to grab powers and “Take back control” (to Westminster). “The Threat to Scottish Democracy. 20 years after devolution and the creation its own Parliament, Scotland now faces its biggest challenge in …

England their England
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Sep 2017 at 10:32am
In The Lion and The Unicorn, his great 1940 essay on the nature of Englishness, George Orwell, in Hampstead, as the German Bombers flew overhead, was trying to define the identity of something that was in real and present danger of being lost. Perhaps this is why it is the definitive statement of identity that …

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Climate experts criticise Scotland's greenhouse emissions cuts strategy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 Sep 2017 at 8:23am
Committee on Climate Change says policies needed to reach 2050 goal of 90% reduction are too weak and ill thought outClimate experts have warned the Scottish government its ambitious plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions lack credibility and risk stalling unless its strategies improve dramaticall...

Barnier tells May UK will have to obey EU rules during transition - politics ...
by Nicola Slawson (now) and Andrew Sparrow (earlier)
21 Sep 2017 at 7:28pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenMichel Barnier?s speech - SummaryAfternoon summary 7.28pm BST We?re going to close this blog for today. Thanks so much for joining us and for all your comments. Join us again tomorrow, which is set to be an interesting day with Th...

Scottish Labour candidate Anas Sarwar laughs off 'neoliberal Blairite' tag
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Sep 2017 at 7:00am
Glasgow MSP says label is ?simply untrue? and highlights past record of attacking some of Tony Blair?s foreign policy decisions while in WestminsterAnas Sarwar, the Scottish Labour leadership hopeful, has said it is ?laughable? for his critics in the party to describe him as a neoliberal Blairite...

Scottish and Welsh leaders seek to ward off Westminster 'hijack' of powers
by Steven Morris and Severin Carrell
19 Sep 2017 at 7:02pm
Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones table 38 amendments to EU withdrawal bill to avert what they see as a post-Brexit power-grabThe Scottish and Welsh first ministers have attempted to increase the pressure on the UK government over Brexit by jointly publishing a series of amendments to the EU withd...

Hard Brexit like religious fundamentalism, says Welsh first minister
by Steven Morris
18 Sep 2017 at 4:19am
Carwyn Jones also compares London?s attitude to devolved nations over issue to Brezhnev?s approach to eastern blocThe first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has branded the pursuit of a hard Brexit ?a kind of religious fundamentalism?.Jones also compared Westminster?s approach to the devolved nat...

Put the wheels in motion for movable statues | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
17 Sep 2017 at 12:05am
Getting rid of unwanted monuments would be much easier if they were mounted on castersAs liberal America froths over its monuments to southern racism, in Glasgow a sweeter memory will be cast in stone later this year. On 17 November, outside Govan subway station, the unveiling of a statue of Mary...

Anas Sarwar launches campaign to be next Scottish Labour leader
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
15 Sep 2017 at 11:43pm
Contest to succeed Kezia Dugdale being coloured by factional disputes between leftwingers and moderatesNicola Sturgeon has presided over unacceptable levels of poverty, Anas Sarwar has said at his Scottish Labour leadership campaign launch in the first minister?s Glasgow constituency.Sarwar, the ...

Boris Johnson trying to overcome red tape stopping aid to UK territories hit ...
by Andrew Sparrow
14 Sep 2017 at 6:32pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenJacob Rees-Mogg?s LBC phone-in - SummaryBercow says it will be ?very worrying? if Tories ignore Commons voteLunchtime summaryJohnson/Tillerson press conference - Summary 5.59pm BST Here are the main points from the Johnson/Tillers...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Down in the oozing magma
Sometimes you wonder when the declining reputation of the British state is going to hit bedrock, but that implies that there’s some solid base to the British establishment. Then you realise that it went through the bedrock quite a long time ago and is now deep down there somewhere swimming in the oozing magma with …

The question of the Kurds
There’s awareness in Scotland about Catalonia’s looming independence referendum. Or at least there’s awareness if you don’t confine yourself to BBC Scotland news. The Catalan vote is due to be held a week on Sunday, 1 October. However there’s another nation which is going to hold an independence referendum even sooner. On Monday Iraqi Kurdistan …

The edge of the abyss
In just ten days time, the government of Catalonia is determined to hold an independence referendum that the government of Spain is equally determined to prevent. What’s happening in Spain is heading towards the logical conclusion of what you get when the loyalist defenders of the central state refuse to countenance that a country within …

The Power Grab
POWER GRAB – The Threat to Scottish Democracy. 20 years after devolution and the creation its own Parliament, Scotland now faces its biggest challenge in the form of Brexit and a hard-right UK Tory Govt determined to centralise power. Former MP, MSP and Presiding Officer, George Reid, was involved in the 1979 devolution vote won …

Twenty one thousand thank yous
The Wee Ginger Fundraiser on Indiegogo has now closed. I sought to raise £10,000 in order to ensure that for another year I can continue full time to write, blog, and give talks about independence all over Scotland. You have surpassed that target by an enormous amount. £12,540 has been donated via the main fundraising …

The Lib Dem refonundrum
The Lib Dems are tying themselves in knots in order to avoid accusations of hypocrisy over their policy of seeking another referendum on the EU but steadfastly refusing to concede another referendum on Scottish independence. It’s hard to understand why they’re so bothered, seeing as how being inconsistent is pretty much the Unique Selling Point …

Solidarity with Catalonia
Another day, and another day of silence about events in Catalonia from BBC Scotland, the local accounting unit of the UK state broadcaster. You’d almost imagine that no one in Scotland could possibly relate to or be interested in the goings on in a modern European nation which is seeking independence, statehood, and membership of …

No go for the Tories
Oh my god. I can’t get home. Apparently I live in a Scottish city’s no-go area. Everyone who lives in my working class district in the East End of Glasgow, predominantly consisting of social housing, is cowering in terror in the Forge Shopping Centre in Parkhead. Only Parkhead is a no-go area too and Greggs …

The National

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'To see a state at the heart of Europe take such oppressive actions against i...
SCOTTISH politicians have united to send a message to the Spanish government that its actions in Catalonia are a violation of the ?the norms of European democracy?.

Catalonia's battle with the Spanish Government ?is a big problem for Europe?
A LEADING Catalan official has said Catalonia is in a de facto state of emergency and that its battle with Spain?s central government to hold a referendum on independence is a ?big problem for Europe?.

Labour ?abdicate responsibility? after voting to ignore Brexit at party confe...
LABOUR are to avoid a tricky Brexit moment at their annual conference in Brighton this week, after left-wingers convinced party members to ignore the EU.

Labour HEALTH spokesman Sarwar under fire as family firm promotes benefits of...
ANAS Sarwar, who says the NHS is a priority, has been told to come clean over how much money he?s made from the sale of tobacco products,

Call for Davidson to back SNP MP's bill to ban unpaid trial shifts
SNP MP Stewart McDonald has asked Tory chief Ruth Davidson to get her MPs to back his private members bill to ban unpaid trial shifts.

Pat Kane: Here's how a bold approach to housing policy could transform Scotland
HOUSING should be one of the most urgent topics for public-minded Scots. We have an evident crisis; we have many fluent advocates and activists in this field; and we have some (though not the full range) of the governing powers that might address it.

The Slorance Sketch: An unexpected guest turns up to see Theresa May speak at...
The UK Prime Minister gives a talk on Brexit

Mhairi Black: Spain must respect the will of the people of Catalonia
GIVEN just how chaotic and worrying every day is in UK politics, we can all be forgiven for occasionally losing track of what is happening in the international political sphere (Trump, North Korea, Europe etc). However, the world should be paying very close attention to the scandalous actions of the Spanish government in regard to Catalonia, which The National has been commendable in reporting....

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Westminster Confirms Scottish Agricultural Policy Will be Decided in London a...
          28/11/13: Scotland?s Farming and rural Constitution and democracy The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, outlined some of the benefits of independence for Scottish farming including the EU rule that by 2019 no member state would receive farm payments of less than ?196 per hectare ? … Continue reading "Westminster Confirms Scottish Agricultural P...

Twins of Distrust ? The Tory Party and the Scottish Fishermen?s Federation Le...
        22 Sep 2017: Fishermen of Shetland Press Lord Duncan for answers on Brexit plans and get the usual waffle Shetland fishermen reiterated their desire to see the UK take control of its waters post-Brexit after meeting with Scotland Office minister Lord Duncan. The Association chairman said Brexit presented an opportunity for … Continue reading "Twins of Distrust – The Tory Party and the S...

The Unionist Scottish Fishermen?s Federation Leadership Are Spreading the Mis...
              The Laws of the Sea Convention The Convention allows countries to establish an exclusive economic zone up to 200 nautical miles from the coast. When UK leaves the EU it will have control of all fish within this zone. But, there are “riders”, the laws place a commitment … Continue reading "The Unionist Scottish Fishermen’s Federation Leadership Are Spreading the Mists of Uncertaint...

The Once Proud and Powerful Scottish Liberal Democratic Party Membership Shou...
    The remorseless decline of the Liberal-Democratic Party in Scotland 2007: In the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections, the party won one fewer seat than in the two previous Scottish elections. The experience led to criticism of the party’s election strategy. Although it was arithmetically possible to form a majority coalition with the Scottish National … Continue reading "The Once Proud and P...

Westminster Debate Israel-Palestine ? Tory MP for Aberdeen South ? Ross Thoms...
          Westminster Debate Israel-Palestine – Tory MP for Aberdeen South – Ross Thomson – seizes his chance to donate his own weird and wonderful interpretation of historical events In yesterday’s General Debate on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks, Conservative MP Ross Thomson said that his visit to Israel and the West Bank last … Continue reading "Westminster Debate Israel-Palestine – Tory MP...

Lest Ye Forget ? The aftermath of the 2014 Scottish Referendum
        THE NO CAMPAIGN?S BROKEN PROMISES The EU During the referendum, the Better Together website said : ‘Scotland enjoys membership of the EU because of our membership of the UK and if we no longer are members of the UK then it follows that we are no longer are part of the … Continue reading "Lest Ye Forget – The aftermath of the 2014 Scottish Referendum"

The Machiavelli of his Time ? King William 2 ? Ordered the Execution of the M...
      Machiavelli (1459-1527) “The Prince” and William of Orange Just over a century before William arrived on the scene the arch manipulator Machiavelli wrote his guide for William’s political career, “The Prince” the content of which William practised as a monarch. Machiavelli wrote: “a prudent ruler cannot, and must not, honour his word … Continue reading "The Machiavelli of his Time – King ...

The Guid Men Of: Glasgow, Crail, Anstruther, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Orkney and Pe...
            King William 3rd of England and 2nd of Scotland – and the The Nine Years’ War (1688?97) The War of the Grand Alliance was a major conflict between France and a European wide coalition of Austria and the Holy Roman Empire, the Dutch Republic, Spain, England, Scotland, and Savoy. … Continue reading "The Guid Men Of: Glasgow, Crail, Anstruther, Dysart, Kirkcaldy, Orkney and Perth Petit...

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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

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 …

Holyrood has given Scotland independence of the mind
Holyrood has given Scotland independence of the mind Gerry Hassan The Guardian, September 11th 2017 Twenty years ago today Scotland voted 3:1 for the establishment of a Scottish Parliament. It was clear the old Westminster system of governing Scotland was discredited. Voters recognised it was undemocratic, and produced bad politics and legislation. The case for …

Can the SNP change and adapt after ten years at the top?
Can the SNP change and adapt after ten years at the top? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 6th 2017 Scotland has had much media prominence in the last few days. The new Queensferry Crossing opening across the Forth; Scotland voted the most beautiful country in the world according to ?Rough Guide? readers, while even the …

Scottish Labour after Dugdale and what comes next?
Scottish Labour after Dugdale and what comes next? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 30th 2017 Scottish Labour used to offer certainty. It had its differences and divisions, but it was in the business of running Scotland, dominating local government and town halls, and was concerned with administration, holding office and doing practical things. That seems …

Does the appeal of Corbyn in Scotland hold the keys to Downing Street?
Does the appeal of Corbyn in Scotland hold the keys to Downing Street? Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, August 28th 2017 Jeremy Corbyn has been causing waves in Scotland, as he has been across the entire UK. A five-day visit has seen him get lots of coverage and in places crowds, while annoying his political …

Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics
Andrew O?Hagan?s Scotland, Storytellers, Culture and Politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 23rd 2017 Andrew O?Hagan is a gifted, talented writer and intellectual force who both encapsulates curiosity and creativity and encourages it in others. Last week he gave a fascinating keynote address in Edinburgh on the subject of Scotland. O?Hagan?s very public painful relationship …

The Scottish Question has not yet been answered: The SNP, Independence and th...
The Scottish Question has not yet been answered: The SNP, Independence and the Future of Our Nation Sunday Herald, August 20th 2017 Gerry Hassan SCOTTISH politics feels, and looks on the surface, becalmed at the moment. This is an age of permanent disruption ? of populist movements, protests, anger, indignation, dismay and social division. This …

Scotland and Independence

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Independent Scotland would have been the next Greece, says expert - HeraldSco...

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Independent Scotland would have been the next Greece, says expert
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Professor Ronald MacDonald, from Glasgow University, said if Scotland had voted for independence in 2014 the chosen currency regimes of the Scottish Government would have led to ?huge disruption to the Scottish economy, and of a magnitude similar to ...

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On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work to...

The Independent
On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work towards a united country
The Independent
With the third anniversary of Scottish independence now upon us, I see the first signs of reconciliation emerging. The SNP have been given a bloody nose in Scotland at the Scottish Parliamentary elections in 2016, the Local Council Elections and then ...
Support for Sc...

Independence row dogs Edinburgh Uni's incoming principal - The Scotsman

The Scotsman
Independence row dogs Edinburgh Uni's incoming principal
The Scotsman
?It is unavoidable that during Mathieson's term in Edinburgh, there will be discussion on campus on Scottish independence. With this track record, it is questionable if he will uphold Edinburgh's autonomy when the university is under pressure,? said Ho.



Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence re...

The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence referendum will take place
The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon has admitted she does not know when she will call another referendum on Scottish independence. The Scottish First Minister shelved plans for a second independence referendum after her party suffered a setback at the general election ...
Nicola Sturgeo...

Nicola Sturgeon was right to call on Mariano Rajoy to follow the ?the shining...

The Canary
Nicola Sturgeon was right to call on Mariano Rajoy to follow the ?the shining example? of the Edinburgh Agreement in ...
HeraldScotland
Madrid should have learned the lesson of the Scottish referendum in 2014. That result was close, with 45 per cent of the Scottish voters, 1.5 million people, voting Yes to independence. Yet in Scotland there was no civil disturbance after the No vote.
MS...

Scottish Independence Convention set for biggest conference yet ... - CommonS...

CommonSpace
Scottish Independence Convention set for biggest conference yet ...
CommonSpace
PRO-INDEPENDENCE parties, groups and people will be brought together at the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) national conference on Saturday 4 ...

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Scottish independence rally held in Berlin - BBC News - BBC News

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Scottish independence rally held in Berlin - BBC News
BBC News
The event, outside the Reichstag building, was organised by Germans for Scottish independence.
Scottish independence activists hold rally in Germany - The ScotsmanThe Scotsman

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Claiming independence now would squander any potential that Kurdistan holds -...

Telegraph.co.uk
Claiming independence now would squander any potential that Kurdistan holds
Telegraph.co.uk
Unlike the Scottish independence referendum of 2014, next week's referendum is supported by no legal framework for independence. As even Barzani himself has stated, it won't lead to the declaration of an independent state. There is no road map, nor ...
As a Kurd, I can tell you why this indep...

SNP

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SNP-Tory talks fail to break impasse over Brexit Bill - HeraldScotland

HeraldScotland
SNP-Tory talks fail to break impasse over Brexit Bill
HeraldScotland
THE Scottish and UK governments remain at loggerheads over the key Brexit legislation, with the two sides emerging from a crunch meeting on improving it still far apart. Deputy First Minister John Swinney and SNP Brexit minister Michael Russell said ...

Hammond says Sturgeon should be cautious on income tax rise ... - The Times

The Times
Hammond says Sturgeon should be cautious on income tax rise ...
The Times
Philip Hammond has warned Nicola Sturgeon against raising income tax in the Scottish government's budget.The chancellor said on a visit to Dundee that the ...

Labour Can Win Overall Majority By Shifting To The Left In Scotland - Top Pol...

HuffPost UK
Labour Can Win Overall Majority By Shifting To The Left In Scotland - Top Pollster
HuffPost UK
Damian Lyons Lowe, chief executive of Survation - the only polling company to accurately predict the General Election ? said if a fresh vote was held tomorrow the SNP would regain six seats in Scotland as Nicola Sturgeon was enjoying a Brexit boost.

Philip Hammond cautions SNP over possible income tax rise - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Philip Hammond cautions SNP over possible income tax rise
Telegraph.co.uk
Philip Hammond has warned Nicola Sturgeon against an income tax rise next year, urging caution over a move that would hit household incomes at a time of ...

Shares Seesawing on Volume: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) - Union Tra...

Shares Seesawing on Volume: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP)
Union Trade Journal
Shares of China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) have seen the needle move -0.78% or -0.59 in the most recent session. The NYSE listed company saw a recent bid of 75.10 on 45924 volume. Following all the swirling information about publically traded ...

Tale of the Ticker: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Moves on Volume - T...

Tale of the Ticker: China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) Moves on Volume
Trion Journal
Needle moving action has been spotted in China Petroleum & Chemical Corp (SNP) as shares are moving today on volatility -1.24% or -0.94 from the open. The NYSE listed company saw a recent bid of 74.75 and 124704 shares have traded hands in the ...

The 100 Most Influential People On The Left: Iain Dale's 2017 List - LBC

LBC
The 100 Most Influential People On The Left: Iain Dale's 2017 List
LBC
From the SNP we lose Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson. Indeed, the SNP only occupy two slots on this list. As in the 2016 list, in come a whole host of Corbynistas like Ellie Mae O'Hagan, Matt Zarb-Cousin, The Canary's Kerry-Anne Mendoza, Matt Turner ...

SNP says Treasury's £5m for North Sea exploration a 'very small step' - Energ...

Energy Voice
SNP says Treasury's £5m for North Sea exploration a 'very small step'
Energy Voice
The SNP has said the UK Government's £5million investment in North Sea exploration was ?welcome? but ?small?. Drew Hendry, the SNP's energy spokesman in Westminster, accused the UK Government of failing to tackle issues including the reform of ...

Referendum (Google News)

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'We are Catalans': Scots voice referendum solidarity - Yahoo7 News

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'We are Catalans': Scots voice referendum solidarity
Yahoo7 News
Edinburgh (AFP) - Sympathy with Catalonia's bid to hold an independence referendum next week is running high in Scotland, where lawmakers are increasingly vocal in condemning Spain's actions and a group of volunteers is heading out to help. Veterans ...
What to Know About the Catalan Independence ReferendumTIME
Spain's Rajo...

On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work to...

The Independent
On the third anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum, let's work towards a united country
The Independent
Should the Spanish government succeed in preventing the Catalans holding their own referendum this will only serve to strengthen the hand of Theresa May and hard-line Unionists who would seek to prevent Scotland having a second independence ...
Support for Scottish ind...

Tory MP did not vote in EU referendum because choice was 'very difficult' - B...

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Tory MP did not vote in EU referendum because choice was 'very difficult'
BBC News
A Scottish Conservative MP has admitted she did not vote in last year's EU referendum because the decision was "very difficult". Kirstene Hair said she left the choice to "everyone else" and decided to go with the "will of the UK". But she said she had ...

Video: Catalan foreign relations director calls off indyref trip to Scotland ...

HeraldScotland
Video: Catalan foreign relations director calls off indyref trip to Scotland over Spanish police raids
HeraldScotland
A HIGH ranking Catalan Government official was forced to abandon a trip to Scotland as part of an independence referendum campaign following raids in Spain aimed at halting the vote. Marina Falco, the Director of Foreign Relations at the government's ...
Nicola Sturge...

Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence re...

The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon admits she does not know when second Scottish independence referendum will take place
The Independent
Nicola Sturgeon has admitted she does not know when she will call another referendum on Scottish independence. The Scottish First Minister shelved plans for a second independence referendum after her party suffered a setback at the general election ...
?Nicola Sturge...

Nicola Sturgeon was right to call on Mariano Rajoy to follow the ?the shining...

The Times
Nicola Sturgeon was right to call on Mariano Rajoy to follow the ?the shining example? of the Edinburgh Agreement in ...
HeraldScotland
The Yes Scotland campaign may have accused the UK Government of being heavy-handed with its propaganda during the 2014 Scottish referendum, but Westminster never engaged in active repression. And for a very good reason: by resorting to this kind of ...
MS...

China says supports Iraq's unity as Kurds vote in referendum - Reuters

The Independent (blog)
China says supports Iraq's unity as Kurds vote in referendum
Reuters
However, Beijing has expressed more openness toward independence votes when both sides have agreed to them, such as Scotland's unsuccessful 2014 referendum to leave the United Kingdom, and South Sudan's 2011 vote in favor of independence from ...
As a Kurd, I can tell you why this independence referendum is ...

Scottish devolution referendum: The birth of a parliament - BBC News - BBC News

BBC News
Scottish devolution referendum: The birth of a parliament - BBC News
BBC News
Next Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the 1997 devolution referendum, which led to the creation of the devolved Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
Scottish devolution at 20: some hits, some misses and that eternal maybe ?The Conversation UK

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Brexit slowly becoming a Farce.
Let's face it, this Tory Govt has no intent on pulling out of EU. It will go on and on and on until lie of land changes!

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 ...

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...

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.

The BBC (Scotland)
New boss at BBC Scotland indicating she will win back trust lost during indyref1. Personally believe they can't change because they don't have permission to change from London.    

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

The Final Globe Earth v Flat Earth Debate
Fill yer boots...

What brought you to the TAMB?
I first came across the board through a Google link when I was searching for coaches from Rome to Bari in 2007.  What was it that first brought you to the board? 

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.

Glenlivet and best whisky
Having my usual at weekend.  Full of flu and feeling sorry for myself.  What is best whisky?  You know my answer.  Although Highland Park is a close one.

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

Tele Program Recommendations
Been signed aff the graft for another week so looking for recommendations for stuff to watch I enjoy my travel programs and adventure documentaries like the long way round etc and looking for decent Berlin Wall and Cold War stuff so anything along those lines would be ideal I've got the D...

Taxi Tipping Etiquette
Who tips taxi's and what's reasonable  I'll only use a taxi as last resort or occasionally I've woken up with a taxi receipt when I've used my card. I'll rarely ever tip them though

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...

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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…

Spain Threatens to Take Control of Catalunya?s Finances
The measure is to ‘guarantee that no euros are spent on illegal activities’, said Spanish Treasury Minister In a desperate flail the out of touch Madrid Government have snatched at the purse strings of the aspiring Catalan Autonomy. Vilaweb have reported today that Spain is out to ensure that not a single penny more of…

Has Kezia Dugdale been pushed into supporting Independence?
So, did Jeremy Corbyn merely partake in an embarrassingly badly attended 5-day tour to remind everyone of his lack of support in Scotland? Or did he have plans to wish Kezia Dugdale well in whatever she chose to do next? For me, it was the later. I don?t think she so much ?passed the baton?…

The Endocannabinoid System ? A Wee Primer
This is just a basic primer and bullet points of the mechanics and pictures of moments and systems, in time. They do not explain the full function of the EC system which is always on the quest for homeostasis, balance, equilibrium? and through this, allows us to be fully engaged in the flow of life.…

The personal consequences of Brexit. Danish Lene moves back home after 33 years.
I’m desperately sad to see my long term Danish friend Lene Kruhoffer reluctantly abandon her adopted Scotland after 33 years. Essentially Lene has been forced out of her defacto home by the uncertain future of the Brexit shambles . I have known Lene for about half of that time and attended Napier University in Edinburgh…

More International Figures Sign Up To ?Let Catalans Vote? Manifesto
Some 50 personalities have joined the campaign with recent adherents including Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams, singer and activist Yoko Ono and former footballer Eric Cantona. The international campaign ‘Let Catalans vote’ (‘Deixeu votar els catalans’) continues to grow with now more than half a hundred global figures signed up to its manifesto. Since 2014,…