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Scottish Green election strategy accused of 'actively' undermining independence
21 Apr 2021 at 7:00am
THE Scottish Greens have been accused of ?actively working against? the independence cause by fighting the SNP in a dozen constituencies at the Holyrood election, and potentially helping Unionist candidates win.


Boris Johnson faces questions about ?honesty and integrity? amid Jennifer Arc...
21 Apr 2021 at 8:04am
Boris Johnson was asked if he acted with "honesty and integrity" regarding his conduct with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri, following reports he had a romantic relationship with her when he was London mayor.


Super League: Boris Johnson hails football clubs' withdrawal as ?right result?
21 Apr 2021 at 7:16am
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hailed announcements from English football clubs that they plan to withdraw from the proposed European Super League as ?the right result?.


Alba manifesto launch: Alex Salmond aims to silence ?cheating? claims
21 Apr 2021 at 6:00am
ALEX Salmond will today launch the first manifesto for his list-only Alba Party, citing a new poll which shows voters don?t believe it is ?cheating? the Holyrood system.


Scotland's colleges facing 'indefinite three-day strikes'
21 Apr 2021 at 5:00am
Scotland's colleges are facing the threat of ?indefinite? three-day weekly strikes as a bitter dispute over the future of lecturing intensifies.


Election 2021: Nicola Sturgeon backs student summer grants
20 Apr 2021 at 8:47pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said she is ?in principle? supportive of summer grants and ?all-year-round? financial assistance for students as they grapple with the effects of Covid-19.


Boris Johnson announces drive for simple Covid treatments amid concerns of th...
20 Apr 2021 at 5:59pm
Boris Johnson has launched a new drive to identify simple treatments for coronavirus, amid warnings that a third wave of cases could hit the UK.


Poll finds Starmer more appealling than Corbyn, but Conservatives still in lead
20 Apr 2021 at 5:53pm
ALMOST half of current Labour voters believe Keir Starmer has more public appeal than his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn.


Young workers face brunt of pandemic jobs crisis as 114,000 fewer jobs in Sco...
20 Apr 2021 at 5:18pm
YOUNG people have borne the brunt of the pandemic job losses in Scotland, with 114,000 fewer jobs in Scotland at the end of the year than the same time in 2019.


Labour and Greens call for fan ownership amid Super League row
20 Apr 2021 at 1:32pm
LABOUR and the Scottish Greens have called for fan ownership of football clubs in Scotland following the row over the European Super League.


National Care Service a 'top priority' for SNP Government
20 Apr 2021 at 12:43pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has been warned about establishing a National Care Service ?in name alone? as the First Minister told union leaders the policy will be a ?top priority? if the SNP is returned to power.


Anas Sarwar touts 'minimum income guarantee' in social security shake-up
20 Apr 2021 at 11:43am
SCOTTISH Labour has said it would ?repair and renew? the welfare safety net if it was in power at Holyrood, with a guaranteed minimum income for all.


Tories announce 'right to rehab' plans to end Scotland's spiralling drugs deaths
20 Apr 2021 at 11:15am
THE SCOTTISH Conservatives will bring forward ?right to rehab? plans after recovery experts warned Scotland?s drugs deaths figures ?undoubtedly will rise? due to treatment delays.


The Brian Taylor Podcast: Five exchanges with Douglas Ross
20 Apr 2021 at 9:30am
Former BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor has launched our brand new political podcast with an explosive chat with Douglas Ross.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

?I will fix it tomo! We need you? ? Boris Johnson promised Sir James Dyson by...
21 Apr 2021 at 8:04am
The BBC claims to have seen text exchanges between Boris Johnson and Sir James Dyson, in which the Prime Minister assured the entrepreneur he would ?fix? an issue over the tax status of his employees.

Holyrood Elections 2021: Alex Salmond will launch Alba party manifesto on Wed...
21 Apr 2021 at 7:12am
A ?supermajority? for Scottish independence is needed to ?hold Boris Johnson?s feet to the fire?, Alex Salmond will say as he launches the Alba party manifesto.

RECAP: Watch the Scotsman's sixth election virtual hustings here
20 Apr 2021 at 8:59pm
Former Greens MSP Andy Wightman will continue his push to win election as an independent candidate by appearing in tonight?s sixth Scotsman election virtual hustings.

Nicola Sturgeon's 'myths' claim branded 'very disappointing' by hospitality body
20 Apr 2021 at 8:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon faced criticism from hospitality bodies for ?unnecessary uncertainty? and ?incongruities? after the First Minister claimed ?myths? had been circulated surrounding the latest round of Covid-19 restriction changes.

'Nobody can predict' when physical distancing will end in Scotland, says Jaso...
20 Apr 2021 at 7:18pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said physical distancing may be removed once there is more understanding about how the vaccine programme impacts transmission of Covid-19.

Scottish election 2021: LibDems back national standards for care homes - but ...
20 Apr 2021 at 7:13pm
Willie Rennie has said his party will not support a ?centralised? care service for Scotland, but still wants to see radical changes across the adult care sector.

Scottish election 2021: Willie Rennie reveals proudest moment in politics was...
20 Apr 2021 at 7:08pm
Willie Rennie has revealed his proudest moment in politics was passing a bill banning driving instructors convicted of sexual offences.

Race for Holyrood: Your Scottish election briefing for Tuesday, April 20
20 Apr 2021 at 6:40pm
A light-hearted look at the Scottish election campaign trail.

Nicola Sturgeon says there's 'no doubt' about SNP commitment to replacing Edi...
20 Apr 2021 at 6:22pm
Nicola Sturgeon has said there is ?no doubt? about the SNP?s commitment to replacing Edinburgh?s Eye Pavilion as campaigners sought assurances that a proposed new hospital at Little France would get the go-ahead.

This is when Scotland's theatres, cinemas, concert halls and comedy clubs can...
20 Apr 2021 at 6:03pm
Live events have been given the go-ahead to return in Scotland from the middle of next month.

Weddings in Scotland: how many guests can attend a ceremony under Covid rules...
20 Apr 2021 at 5:20pm
Date weddings can take place again after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlines Scottish Government's plan for easing Level 4 coronavirus restrictions

Covid lockdown in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon must listen to hospitality indust...
20 Apr 2021 at 5:17pm
On Monday, Scotland will see a further relaxation of the lockdown restrictions as a result of good progress in stopping the spread of the Covid virus and inoculating the population.

Coronavirus in Scotland: 'We are opening up at the pace we think is right', s...
20 Apr 2021 at 4:54pm
Nicola Sturgeon has defended her decision to begin to reopen the economy before all of Scotland?s population has received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Scottish election 2021: SNP accuses Labour leader of lack of respect for demo...
20 Apr 2021 at 4:46pm
Anas Sarwar has been accused of failing to ?respect Scottish democracy? by the SNP, with the party claiming his anti-referendum stance is in direct contrast to that of Welsh Labour leader Mark Drakeford.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

So tired of being lied to
20 Apr 2021 at 5:14pm
The First Minister released a short film this week. While it has the character of a hostage video, with terrorists just off-camera pointing a gun at the unfortunate victim and forcing them to read out a pre-prepared text, sadly we doubt that was the case. We think this is really what she believes and intends. …

The source of all fear
20 Apr 2021 at 11:23am
We?ve been racking our brains for a few hours now, but we still haven?t been able to think of a single UK citizen of the last 100 years – indeed, probably the last 300 – who has terrified the British establishment more than Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond. By any conceivable measure Salmond is the most …

Then your children will be next
19 Apr 2021 at 10:22am
So-called “puberty blockers” – the class of drugs that were used to “chemically castrate” computing pioneer Alan Turing for being homosexual (a crime in the UK in the 1950s), which is believed to have led to his suicide by cyanide poisoning at the age of 41 are extremely dangerous. The most common one nowadays is Lupron, which …

History has its eyes
18 Apr 2021 at 10:31am
Dr Malcolm Kerr joined the SNP in 1967, has contested local council and Scottish Parliament elections and is currently an activist in Cunninghame North constituency. I?ve been a member of the SNP for long enough to recall the days when the party was capable of generating killer slogans. “It?s Scotland?s Oil”. “Independence – Nothing Less”. …

Game for a laugh
17 Apr 2021 at 6:55am

Women Won?t Wheesht
16 Apr 2021 at 7:55am
Yesterday the SNP released their 2021 election manifesto, and on the divisive subject of gender reform it was as bad as we feared. Yes, there is obfuscation to mask intent, but the intent is crystal clear all the same. Especially if we judge the SNP by their record and all the things they have failed …

Nobody Cares What You Think
15 Apr 2021 at 12:18pm
Yesterday we mentioned an SNP election leaflet that someone had posted on social media. It turns out that either deliberately or accidentally (probably the latter, while taking out the bit with their name and address on it) they?d cropped off part of it containing a logo that does passingly refer to independence. You can see …

The Arrangement
14 Apr 2021 at 12:05pm

The Fainthearts
14 Apr 2021 at 2:28am
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The quiet part out loud
12 Apr 2021 at 1:48pm
The latest group to come out in defence of the ostensibly openly paedophiliac ?Feminist Declaration? which was signed up to last year by a number of Scottish organisations is the ?Rainbow Greens?. The co-conveners of the Rainbow Greens are two men called Blair Anderson and Eilidh Martin. Let?s meet one of them, shall we? This is …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

Pure: Ten Points I Just Can?t Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative
18 Apr 2021 at 9:32am

A lie repeated often enough enters the public consciousness, so I am republishing this in the hope of stimulating the honest and the intellectually awake. I still do not know what happened in the Skripal saga, which perhaps might more respectfully be termed the Sturgess saga. I cannot believe the Russian account of Boshirov and …

Pure: Ten Points I Just Can’t Believe About the Official Skripal Narrative

Yet Another Imperialist Occupation of Afghanistan Ends in Disaster
16 Apr 2021 at 9:30am

Every single Imperial occupation of Afghanistan since Alexander the Great has had the same justification. They were all defensive invasions, necessary to reduce the “threat” from Afghanistan to the Imperial power. As those who have read my book Sikunder Burnes will know – and if you haven’t, you should – the first British occupation of …

Yet Another Imperialist Occupation of Afghanistan Ends in Disaster

Politics Without Lying
14 Apr 2021 at 5:01pm

It is hard to envisage politics without lying, nowadays. A world where politicians are honest about facts, actions and motives appears an impossible aspiration. In general, the electorate seem now to accept this lying as priced in. I don’t think that anybody now doubts that Boris Johnson shagging Jennifer Arcuri led him to send public …

Politics Without Lying

Covid-19 and Commonsense
13 Apr 2021 at 4:01pm

I am planning to travel to Spain at the weekend to give evidence in the criminal case against UC Global for spying on Julian Assange and his visitors (including me) in the Ecuadorean Embassy. It has taken me six solid hours so far to try to work out the logistics of this. I shall travel …

Covid-19 and Commonsense

Domestic Covid-19 Identity Documents Must Be Resisted
12 Apr 2021 at 12:21pm

Discrimination against people on the grounds of their health status is not acceptable, while the ever increasing reach of the surveillance state is pernicious. The idea of people without Covid-19 antibodies being treated as second class citizens should be anathema to anybody with concern for human liberty. It is improbable that Covid-19 will be eliminated …

Domestic Covid-19 Identity Documents Must Be Resisted

My Day With Prince Philip
9 Apr 2021 at 1:35pm

Below is the story of my day touring Tema with Prince Philip, in this chapter from my book “The Catholic Orangemen of Togo”. You may be surprised to read that I rather liked him. The African Queen One morning I was sitting in the lounge at Devonshire House, with its fitted wool carpets and chintz …

My Day With Prince Philip

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Scottish election 2021: How will pupils catch up on lost education?
20 Apr 2021 at 10:39pm
How well are schools bouncing back from Covid and how are pupils catching up with lost education?

Scottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?
20 Apr 2021 at 6:13am
In the first of two Scottish election pieces we explore the differences in the pro-independence movement. 

Scottish election 2021: Lib Dems pledge adult social care reform
20 Apr 2021 at 4:47pm
The party says their reforms would give care workers "proper recognition, fair pay and better careers".

Scottish election 2021: Reform UK proposes simpler tax code
20 Apr 2021 at 5:18pm
The group formerly known as the Brexit Party puts tax reform at the heart of its Holyrood campaign.

Scottish election 2021: Tories propose new laws to boost Covid recovery
19 Apr 2021 at 2:47pm
The Conservative manifesto for May's election says Scotland's focus should be on recovery, not referendums.

The full picture of Covid-linked deaths in Scotland's care homes
19 Apr 2021 at 6:11am
The number of Covid-linked deaths in each affected Scottish care home is revealed for the first time.

Scottish election 2021: Scottish Conservatives manifesto at-a-glance
19 Apr 2021 at 2:21pm
A rundown of the party's main policies ahead of next month's Scottish Parliament elections.

Scottish election 2021: SNP pledges 'wraparound' childcare for families
19 Apr 2021 at 12:59pm
Nicola Sturgeon unveils plan for year-round care before and after school to support working families.

Covid in Scotland: New draft hospitality guidance a 'bombshell'
19 Apr 2021 at 1:03pm
The guidance says people from different households have to observe 1m social distancing at pub and restaurant tables.

Scottish election 2021: The voters the parties are vying to win over
19 Apr 2021 at 6:13am
We speak to five voters who have yet to make up their minds in the Scottish election.

Covid in Scotland: 'Mistake' to discharge Covid patients says Sturgeon
18 Apr 2021 at 3:08pm
Nicola Sturgeon wants a four nations inquiry into the pandemic to start by the end of the year.

Scottish election 2021: 'No discussion' of coalition between SNP and Greens
18 Apr 2021 at 1:24pm
The Scottish Greens' co-leader says there is a "huge amount of distance" between the parties.

Scot Goes Pop

Why are the Greens held to a lower standard than Alba?
20 Apr 2021 at 10:38am
I've read some criticisms on Twitter that Alba supporters want Nicola Sturgeon to lose in Glasgow Southside.  Well, that's certainly not the position of Alba as a party, or of their candidates - th...

Please make sure your indy-supporting relatives and friends are registered to...
18 Apr 2021 at 9:38pm
Just a reminder that the deadline for registering to vote is tomorrow night (Monday) at midnight.  So if there are any independence supporters in your life who might not have registered yet for one...

How the Alba Party are running a self-sacrificing campaign in the best intere...
18 Apr 2021 at 3:36pm
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion over my myth-busting post about the Holyrood voting system, so I'll try to explain the point in more detail.  To reiterate, the claim I was correcting (an...

Thoughts on tactical voting in the South of Scotland
16 Apr 2021 at 9:38pm
Could I gently ask people to cut me some slack?  I've got quite a heavy workload at the moment - I'm writing daily constituency profiles for The National, I've still got to finish my monthly column...

If you're voting by post today, please consider voting Alba on the list ballo...
15 Apr 2021 at 1:01pm
Postal ballots are starting to arrive in people's homes today.  Because of the pandemic, more people than usual have applied for a postal vote, and we know from past history that a lot of people te...

He demanded it, so here is my substantive response to Wings Over Scotland
15 Apr 2021 at 11:50am
If you're voting by post today, please consider voting Alba on the list ballot - but make sure you vote SNP on the constituency ballot. Here's a blogpost to explain why: https://t.co/L9PmtWV4hN #sp...

Alba may contribute to a Yes-dominated parliament
14 Apr 2021 at 7:45pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I've written a piece for The National's online-only National Extra feature, about today's remarkable Panelbase poll suggesting that Alba Party could be on cou...

Astounding Alba: new Panelbase poll shows Alex Salmond's new party on course ...
14 Apr 2021 at 4:50pm
Scottish Parliament constituency voting intentions (Panelbase / Believe in Scotland):SNP 47% (-2) Conservatives 23% (+1) Labour 20% (-) Liberal Democrats 6% (-) Greens 4% (+2) Scottish Parliament r...

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For a country with such beauty, why all the litter?
21 Apr 2021 at 9:36am
I moved to Scotland 6 years ago, and I have to say for a country try with astonishing natural beauty and wonderful architecture, it is the dirtiest country I have ever seen. It is so sad to see. I'...


Organisers in Glasgow pull plug on open-air Kelvingrove Bandstand concerts th...
21 Apr 2021 at 8:59am
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Felt like I stepped into a lost mythical world this morning ? (Moncrieffe Hil...
21 Apr 2021 at 8:42am
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Let's go - Off Road on an eMBT...
21 Apr 2021 at 8:37am
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Tories delay plan to dismantle radioactive submarines in Rosyth
21 Apr 2021 at 8:26am
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Gang of youths battered disabled man with own walking stick during sick attacks
21 Apr 2021 at 7:57am
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just got my postal vote, thats a lot of parties.
21 Apr 2021 at 6:43am
is this normal, it seems like a whole lot more parties than before? submitted by /u/axis_of_elvis

Anas Sarwar shamed by Welsh Labour over independence referendum stance, SNP say
21 Apr 2021 at 5:57am
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Some photos of the stunning views you can find on Moncrieffe Hill (Perth)
21 Apr 2021 at 5:08am
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Anyone aged 9-15 _then_, is now eligible to vote. Does that count as a "gener...
21 Apr 2021 at 2:58am
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Sir Cash the Edward..... He is coming
21 Apr 2021 at 12:10am
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Late morning fog rolling up to Ardnamurchan
20 Apr 2021 at 11:48pm
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Highland walks
20 Apr 2021 at 11:27pm
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Is there an apolitical version of this sub?
20 Apr 2021 at 11:26pm
I'm not averse to politics, but this sub is 90% indyref2, anti-Tory, pro-SNP/Green propaganda at this point. I'm not even a Tory but it's pretty tiresome... submitted by /u/Burning_Building ...

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Humza Yousaf says racism that 'exists in our own society' must be 'confronted'
21 Apr 2021 at 9:14am
Derek Chauvin was convicted of killing George Floyd and could be sent to prison for decades, with the guilty verdicts being met with jubilation and sorrow across the US.


Alex Salmond accuses SNP of 'kicking independence timetable down the road'
21 Apr 2021 at 8:39am
The former First Minister will lay out his new party's plans during a virtual manifesto launch later today.


Nicola Sturgeon and Douglas Ross clash during debate on the vaccine programme
21 Apr 2021 at 8:13am
Anas Sarwar said the argument wasn't a great example to be showing children in Scotland.


Reforming care sector is a must and we don't have time to waste
21 Apr 2021 at 4:30am
Record View says we need tangible signs of a National Care Service being created as soon as possible.


Boris Johnson announces anti-viral tablet hope to stop covid in its tracks
20 Apr 2021 at 5:29pm
The Prime Minister used a Downing Street press conference to announce plans for a taskforce to identify new anti-virals to fight coronavirus infections.


Migrants 'must be given right to stay' in Scotland as Brexit deadline nears
20 Apr 2021 at 2:46pm
Campaigners want politicians to support the Right to Stay movement and not help the UK Home Office deport economic migrants who have settled in Scotland.


Boris Johnson branded 'a disaster' and a threat to United Kingdom
20 Apr 2021 at 2:29pm
The Labour leader stuck it to the Scottish Tories over Boris Johnson's non-appearance on the election trail.


Scotland covid update LIVE as Nicola Sturgeon confirms easing of lockdown
20 Apr 2021 at 1:25pm
All the latest updates on the pandemic from across Scotland.


Nicola Sturgeon announces free home covid tests will be available to all Scots
20 Apr 2021 at 12:44pm
The First Minister said lateral flow tests would be available from Monday and encouraged travellers to islands with low levels of infection to double test before their journey.


Nicola Sturgeon says 50 people will be able to attend weddings from next week
20 Apr 2021 at 12:28pm
The First Minister unveiled the changes at her Scottish Government coronavirus daily briefing from St Andrew's House in Edinburgh earlier today.

The National

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BBC hit by flood of complaints over anti-indy bias in Leaders' Debate
21 Apr 2021 at 5:00am

BBC Scotland?s Leaders? Debate was flooded with complaints of anti-independence and anti-Nicola Sturgeon bias, official figures reveal.

Boris Johnson told Sir James Dyson he would ?fix? tax issue in text
21 Apr 2021 at 8:34am

BORIS Johnson personally promised Sir James Dyson he would ?fix? an issue over the tax status of his employees after he was directly lobbied by the entrepreneur, it has been reported.

Boris Johnson scraps White House-style briefings plan after spending £2.6m on...
21 Apr 2021 at 8:10am

DOWNING Street has scrapped plans for White House-style press conferences despite more than £2.6 million having already been spent on the venue.

Johnny Mercer says he had ?no choice? but to quit Boris Johnson's government
21 Apr 2021 at 7:29am

JOHNNY Mercer has said he had ?no choice? but to leave the Government after frustration at a lack of progress over legislation to protect British veterans who served during the Troubles.

Labour plotted to steal Scottish oil and change marine borders to stop indy
21 Apr 2021 at 5:00am

LABOUR ministers drew up secret plans to hive off Shetland ? and possibly Orkney ? from an independent Scotland as well as to change maritime borders in order to bring North Sea oil into ?English waters? as part of a covert campaign to scupper independence, it has emerged.

Northern Independence Party seeks to 'have a voice like the SNP'
21 Apr 2021 at 5:00am

A PARTY aiming to see northern England gain independence from Westminster will be watching Scotland closely if it achieves a pro-Yes majority at next month?s election, according to its media chief.

Indy must not get stuck in 'transient Dr Who time loop', says Salmond
21 Apr 2021 at 5:00am

ALEX Salmond has revealed David Cameron would have dismissed his request for a Section 30 order to hold an independence referendum in 2014 if he thought that had been the SNP?s preferred option.

Kevin McKenna: Unionists know indyref2 won?t impede Covid recovery
21 Apr 2021 at 5:00am

OF all the memories and images that still resonate from the first independence referendum, the most profoundly moving occurred in Govan?s Pearce Institute in August 2014. It was here that a group of local working-class women gathered to chew over the issues most pertinent to them in the national debate on Scotland?s future.

Alyn Smith: The EU is the best organisation for indy Scotland
21 Apr 2021 at 5:00am

SCOTLAND?S independence is, for me, innately linked to Scotland in the world ? the whole point to independence is being a normal nation at home making our own decisions, and speaking with our own voice in the world, forming common cause with like-minded partners and friends.

Open Minds on Independence #19: Busting the last of the myths around independ...
21 Apr 2021 at 5:00am

THIS is the concluding article in our three-part Open Minds mini-series taking on the myths we commonly see raised by Unionists as arguments against Scottish independence

Bella Caledonia

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Knowledge is Power: Save Whiteinch Public Library
20 Apr 2021 at 9:18pm
There is a light on a Whiteinch library, G14. The gates are locked, and have been for over a year, but from time to time, there is a light on. There’s smoke from the chimney occasionally too, a wee hint of life on the corner of a Glasgow street that has been dead for a […]

Ah, the Wingbeats of the Butterfly, But which Butterfly?
20 Apr 2021 at 9:07pm
It is certainly welcome news from the briefing room that President Joe Biden is hosting a virtual summit on Climate change about now with other world leaders, though our Nicola has been left off the White House 40 strong invitee?s list, despite the fact that Joe?s little pow-wow will be a preparatory preamble for next […]

Entering the New Territory of British Undemocracy
20 Apr 2021 at 5:42pm
Things are unraveling fast. The slide seems to be glacially slow and then change comes very suddenly. Three arenas of significant political change appear to be converging simultaneously: the very nature of the Union; the “spectacle of indolent, shambling greed” that Greensill represents, and the end of Centrism – the political force that spanned British […]

Super Leagues and Super Hypocrisy
20 Apr 2021 at 3:28pm
The world of football was rocked on Sunday by the announcement of the new European Super League. Twelve of Europe?s biggest clubs have formed a new competition outside of the auspices of UEFA, underwritten and funded by the banking giant JP Morgan. The plan is for the elite clubs to play in a midweek competition […]

Manifestos 2021: The Scottish Conservatives 
20 Apr 2021 at 10:20am
The policies referred to in this article can be found here. Unlike other parties, the Conservatives have not made their manifesto readily available in large print, easy read or Gaelic.  There is one thing that you must understand about Tory manifestos: they don?t contain the most important policies. The Poll Tax did not appear in […]

Talking the Talk
19 Apr 2021 at 4:53pm
April 2021 is Care Experienced History Month: “Together, by telling the global story of the Care Experienced community, we can learn, grow, connect with our identity and remember this rich and important history. That?s why we are inviting activists and allies from around the world to commemorate the history of Care Experienced people in their […]

Defending Kobanê is not a crime ? an invitation to show solidarity with the HDP
19 Apr 2021 at 1:59pm
  In what dystopian world could support for Kobanê as it withstood siege by ISIS be considered a crime? The answer, it seems, is in Turkey. On 26 April, 108 leading members of the leftist pro-Kurdish Peoples? Democratic Party (HDP) will face trial in Ankara for calling on people to protest against the ISIS attack […]

The Falsehoods Charter
18 Apr 2021 at 8:46pm
Preface: Readers should be aware that I will not be providing hyperlinks to certain websites. The disinformation, targeting of individuals, and harmful comments I mention from these platforms are something people have the choice to seek out if they choose to, however, as noted within this article, ?I would not encourage anyone to expose themselves […]

Manifestos 2021: The Scottish Liberal Democrats
18 Apr 2021 at 11:59am
In the third part of this series, we examine the manifesto of Willie Rennie?s party. All of the policies referred to in this article can be found here.  What do the Lib Dems have in common with Glasgow Rangers? Both collapsed ten years ago due to poor decisions; both exist in a state of denial […]

The Ties that Bind
18 Apr 2021 at 11:20am
What are the forces at work that allow the Conservatives to not only remain in office but to increase their popularity despite widespread and open accusations of corruption and malpractice? How are the powerful immune to any consequence from their actions? The strange configuration of modern Britain continues to dazzle and confuse as it lies […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Denmark would be a disastrous model for Scotland | Letter
20 Apr 2021 at 5:43pm
Susheela Math lays bare how the Danish government targets those of ?non-western origin? in a society that?s far from egalitarianOne can only hope that the answer to Ian Jack?s question ? ?When will Scotland be like Denmark?? ? is ?never? (An independent Scotland could turn to Denmark for inspirat...

Boris Johnson drops plan for pre-election visit to Scotland
19 Apr 2021 at 6:47pm
PM?s move, which emerged after Scottish Tories? manifesto launch, suggests party fears his poor ratings will harm campaignBoris Johnson has dropped plans to visit Scotland to campaign for the Conservatives before the May elections, heightening suspicions the party fears he will damage efforts to ...

UK Covid news: India added to England?s travel red list ? as it happened
19 Apr 2021 at 5:33pm
India added to travel red list, Hancock tells MPs, as number of Indian variant cases in UK rises to 103. This live blog is now closed ? please follow the global coronavirus live blog for updatesIndia to go on England?s Covid travel ?red list? on FridayCricket in England facing headaches after Ind...

Is time running out for the union as the case grows for a new independence vo...
18 Apr 2021 at 9:00am
The UK government has moved to veto two bills passed by the Scottish parliament, strengthening the hand of the SNPAre postal voters bolder? Does the solemnity of polling stations cow voters into having second thoughts? Because of the pandemic, there will be far more postal voters than ever in the...

An independent Scotland could turn to Denmark for inspiration | Ian Jack
17 Apr 2021 at 8:00am
Instead of looking south, campaigners are looking north, to the egalitarian models of small Nordic nationsWhat kind of country should Scotland be and how can it prosper? Surprisingly, given the swell of Scottish opinion in favour of independence, these questions aren?t much discussed. A swirling ...

Scottish election 2021: a visual guide on what to expect
15 Apr 2021 at 6:09pm
A majority of independence-supporting MSPs in next month?s Holyrood election will give Nicola Sturgeon her mandate to call for a second referendumThe Scottish parliamentary elections will take place on 6 May to elect 129 MSPs to Holyrood.The results will determine whether Nicola Sturgeon and the ...

Could Salmond?s ?supermajority? talk harm the Scottish independence cause?
15 Apr 2021 at 4:36pm
Analysis: Alba says the term just means it wants to ?maximise the vote?, but some experts say it could confuse votersAs she launched her party?s manifesto on Thursday morning, Nicola Sturgeon repeatedly mentioned her aspiration for a ?simple majority? of SNP members to be returned in May?s Holyro...

SNP manifesto: Nicola Sturgeon plans NHS boost and income tax freeze
15 Apr 2021 at 4:09pm
First minister says Scottish election result is ?on a knife-edge? as she unveils ?unashamedly optimistic? manifestoThe Scottish National party has committed to a £2.5bn boost to frontline NHS spending, a freeze on income tax throughout the next parliament and the abolition of NHS dentistry charge...

Westminster neglected the union for decades. No wonder it?s crumbling | Marti...
14 Apr 2021 at 6:00pm
If he refuses a referendum that Scots have voted for, there would be no lawful way to leave the UK. The implications are hugeThree weeks from now, if opinion polls are correct, the Scottish National party will win another term as Scotland?s government. It will do so armed with a mandate to hold a...

Scottish Greens ?willing to have conversation? on coalition with SNP
14 Apr 2021 at 2:38pm
Co-leader says party ?can make a difference? as it unveils manifesto with plan for 100,000 new jobsThe Scottish Greens would be ?willing to have the conversation? about a formal coalition with the SNP, their co-leader Patrick Harvie has suggested, as the party set out detailed plans for a green e...

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Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Stepping back from the fray
This election campaign has been the nastiest, the most unpleasant and the most vitriolic that it has ever been my misfortune to experience. What’s made it even worse is that on top of the entirely expected abuse and insults from British nationalists, now it’s also coming from people who are supposedly on the same side. […]

The suspicious case of the vanishing blog
Whenever some think tank or other produces a report claiming that an independent Scotland would be some sort of dystopian nightmare where public services would be slashed to the bone, or that there would be rolls of barbed wire all the way along the border from Gretna to Berwick, it always receives huge publicity in […]

A significant force or RISE 2.0
Yesterday saw the publication of the first full scale opinion poll since the launch of the Alba party giving us all our first opportunity to gauge the possible electoral impact of Alex Salmond’s new party. Fieldwork for the poll, commissioned from Survation for DC Thompson publishers took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week, […]

The question the BBC and the Tories don?t want to answer
Because I must have masochistic streak a mile wide, last night I watched what the BBC served up to us with the grandiose title of a leaders’ debate. Or rather, I tried to watch it but then halfway through lost the will to live and switched over to another channel, which proves two things: firstly […]

The common priority
The parties contesting the Scottish elections have started to delineate their pitch to the voters for the Holyrood elections which are now just a few weeks away. Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon gave her first big speech of the election campaign in which she set out some of the key promises and commitments of the SNP should […]

Putting a stake through the heart of the Tories? disrespect for democracy
I’ve made my views clear about the new Alba party and Alex Salmond’s real motivation for setting it up.  This blog will continue to advocate SNP 1 and SNP or Green 2 in the elections which are just six weeks away now and to provide a space for people who continue to support Nicola Sturgeon […]

Finding common ground
It cannot be stressed enough just how important the May elections are for the future of Scotland. If we are all truly committed to the ideal of an independent Scotland and a permanent escape from the appalling realities of Brexit Britain and the cruel, heartless and callous future that Johnson’s right wing English nationalist Conservative […]

It?s still SNP 1 & 2 for me
It was always obvious that Alex Salmond wasn’t going to stand for one of the existing minor parties. He was always going to set up a new party that he could be the undisputed leader of. We can at least be grateful for the small mercy that he has called upon his supporters to vote […]

?Nuff said

The Tories stare into the abyss
So that’s Ruth Davidson off to ermine bedecked pastures new. The great renaissance of the Scottish Tories that her many media hypesters claimed that she heralded has proven to be ephemeral. She leaves behind a Conservative party that according to the most recent poll is in serious danger of losing a slew of seats at […]

Michael Greenwell


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

A Fun New Game
The UK government has recently brought back an old idea about plastering “Funded by the UK government” on lots of things in Scotland, with a big Union flag somewhere. This is supposed to make us forget about the various disasters that the UK govt seem to be hoping will just miraculously disappear by themselves. However, …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 187 ? Odes To Our Adversaries
Just occasionally in all the years I’ve been doing this, mostly for laughs, I’ve made a few little, ahem, tributes, to some of our political adversaries. The 187th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a run through of some of the best of these, because I think most of us are in need of …

Now Why Would These Seem Familiar?
I can’t put my finger on it…

The Scottish Independence Podcast 186 ? Tory Lies, Trump, Empire
The 186th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is amongst other things, a mix of some bad excuses. There’s a bad excuse for a Prime Minister, a bad excuse for a President of the United States, and a few bad excuses for the behaviour of the British Empire. Along with that, there are people trying …

Sometimes It?s Too Blatant To Let It Go
Last night the story came out that the US Department of Justice would rather like a wee word or two with Prince Andrew regarding his connections with Jeffrey Epstein. Well, they have wanted to have a little chat with him for a while, but they actually filed a ‘Mutual Legal Assistance’ request. This “moves Andrew …

One Thing Doesn?t Negate The Other
Whatever you think about the very current activities with regard to defacing or pulling down statues, what was written on the Churchill statue is a statement of fact. Let’s have a look at some of Churchill’s statements (not the we will fight them on the beaches stuff). You may have seen most of them before …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 185 ? Billy Kay on Scotland and Identity
The 185th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk by Broadcaster, writer and activist and former guest on the show, Billy Kay, about Scottish identity. Have you ever noticed when you go abroad that the locals always seem to know what happened in 1437 in every wee nook and cranny of their town. …

The Times Handed Its Arse by Football Club
The Times, or at least The Sunday Times, has a history of getting things wrong about Hitler. And it seems to have happened again. This was the response by Schalke 04, a German football team, to the latest mistake…

Gerry Hassan

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

The crisis of unionism has become the death of the union as we know it
The crisis of unionism has become the death of the union as we know it Gerry Hassan Sunday National, April 18th 2021 The UK is not in a good state – undermined by the concerted actions of the UK Government, continuing to showing a lack of understanding of the union. All of this is coming … The post The crisis of unionism has become the death of the union as we know it appeared first on Gerry ...

The UK is not a fully-fledged democracy: An alternative history of Britain
The UK is not a fully-fledged democracy: An alternative history of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 14th 2021 The events of the past few days, in the aftermath of the death of Prince Philip, have brought the nature of British society, history and democracy to the fore ? or rather the all-pervasive official account … The post The UK is not a fully-fledged democracy: An alternative h...

The politics of populism in Scotland and the challenge of Alex Salmond and Ge...
The politics of populism in Scotland and the challenge of Alex Salmond and George Galloway Gerry Hassan Sunday National, April 11th 2021 Once upon a time politics were simpler. Parties stood unambiguously on the left and right; politics was about class and the economy, and there was no such thing as ?identity politics?. This is … The post The politics of populism in Scotland and the challenge...

Britain is broken ? which is both an opportunity and challenge to Scottish ra...
Britain is broken ? which is both an opportunity and challenge to Scottish radicals Gerry Hassan Sunday National, April 4th 2021 Politics has been highly charged and combative across the UK for many years now. The British political system, its rules and codes, and how politics and power is enacted have been in decline for … The post Britain is broken – which is both an opportunity and challen...

The return of Alex Salmond, Alba and whether it helps independence
The return of Alex Salmond, Alba and whether it helps independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 31st 2021 That was a week that was. From the Hamilton inquiry clearing the First Minister to a vote of no confidence; to Alex Salmond taking the Scottish Government to court, topped off just before the weekend by Salmond … The post The return of Alex Salmond, Alba and whether it helps indepe...

Where are the ideas and vision that will shape the future of Scotland?
Where are the ideas and vision that will shape the future of Scotland? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, March 28th 2021 It has been an intense few weeks in Scottish politics. But as the dust settles on the political exchanges of the Salmond-Sturgeon controversy, the Scottish Parliament rises – and political parties and politicians prepare to … The post Where are the ideas and vision that will sh...

Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Lessons for Politics and Public Life
Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Lessons for Politics and Public Life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 24th 2021 Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon?s political relationship has defined Scotland over the past two decades. They oversaw the rise of the SNP and its transformation into a party of power. They achieved and nearly won an indyref … The post Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Lessons ...

We need to talk about men and masculinities
We need to talk about men and masculinities Gerry Hassan Sunday National, March 21st 2021 In the aftermath of the Sarah Everard murder and vigil there has been widespread debate about male violence against women. Some has focused on immediate political issues – such as the Police Bill for England and Wales, and the UK … The post We need to talk about men and masculinities appeared first on Ge...

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British PM Johnson Faces Scottish Independence Challenge - Voice of America
British PM Johnson Faces Scottish Independence Challenge  Voice of AmericaScottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?  BBC NewsHow May election could see an independent Scotland by 2023  EUobserverScottish independence: Boris Johnson may yet force a snap referendum, but Nicola Sturgeon holds the aces ? Martyn McLaughlin  The ScotsmanScottish independence row ov...

Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum -...
Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum  Financial TimesIs Scotland heading for Catalonia-style meltdown?  The IndependentScottish independence: 'Is the Union based on consent or on law?'  The TimesNiall Ferguson: To Save the UK, Give Scotland the Canada Treatment  BloombergAlex Salmond: An independent Scotland should not immediately pursue full EU membership...

Scottish independence: could wind power Scotland back into the EU? - The Conv...
Scottish independence: could wind power Scotland back into the EU?  The Conversation UK

Former UK spy chief warns Johnson over Scottish referendum refusal - Financia...
Former UK spy chief warns Johnson over Scottish referendum refusal  Financial Times

Salmond challenges Sturgeon?s Scottish independence strategy - Financial Times
Salmond challenges Sturgeon?s Scottish independence strategy  Financial Times

Scottish election 2021: How independence and Brexit are shaping the vote - Sk...
Scottish election 2021: How independence and Brexit are shaping the vote  Sky News

Independent Scotland would face a large hole in its public finances - Financi...
Independent Scotland would face a large hole in its public finances  Financial Times

Independence Referendum Bill: what you need to know - SNP
Independence Referendum Bill: what you need to know  SNP

The push for independence is turning off Scots business - Financial Times
The push for independence is turning off Scots business  Financial Times

While Scottish independence would have immediate economic costs, history sugg...
While Scottish independence would have immediate economic costs, history suggests there are long-term benefits  British Politics and Policy at LSE

Brexit has reinvigorated Scottish nationalism - The Economist
Brexit has reinvigorated Scottish nationalism  The Economist

Scottish independence: 53% of voters back leaving UK if EU membership guarant...
Scottish independence: 53% of voters back leaving UK if EU membership guaranteed, poll suggests  The Independent

Scottish independence in Europe would be like joining the Roman Empire just a...
Scottish independence in Europe would be like joining the Roman Empire just as it fell ? Jim Duffy  The Scotsman

Scotland faces up to life after oil - Financial Times
Scotland faces up to life after oil  Financial Times

SNP

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Scottish Election 2021: SNP's broken promises should make you doubt their man...
Scottish Election 2021: SNP's broken promises should make you doubt their manifesto of uncosted freebies ? Murdo Fraser  The ScotsmanScottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?  BBC NewsScottish election 2021: SNP pledges 'wraparound' childcare for families  BBC NewsNational Care Service a 'top priority' for SNP Government despite delivery warning  HeraldScotla...

Gupta, GFG and Greensill: Scotland's SNP Has Questions to Answer Too - Bloomberg
Gupta, GFG and Greensill: Scotland's SNP Has Questions to Answer Too  Bloomberg

SNP 2021 Manifesto: Scotland's Future, Scotland's Choice ? Scottish National ...
SNP 2021 Manifesto: Scotland's Future, Scotland's Choice ? Scottish National Party  SNP

SNP manifesto promises fresh independence push and free dentistry - Financial...
SNP manifesto promises fresh independence push and free dentistry  Financial Times

Only a civil servant could think the way to defeat the SNP is to surrender to...
Only a civil servant could think the way to defeat the SNP is to surrender to them on every front  Telegraph.co.uk

Fitch Rates Coventry Building Society's SNP Notes 'A-(EXP)'; Upgrades Senior ...
Fitch Rates Coventry Building Society's SNP Notes 'A-(EXP)'; Upgrades Senior Preferred to 'A'  Fitch Ratings

Scottish election 2021: 'No discussion' of coalition between SNP and Greens -...
Scottish election 2021: 'No discussion' of coalition between SNP and Greens  BBC News

SNP Manifesto 2021: What we're doing for older people ? Scottish National Par...
SNP Manifesto 2021: What we're doing for older people ? Scottish National Party  SNP

Donor criticises 'failure' of SNP to fight teacher unions - The Times
Donor criticises 'failure' of SNP to fight teacher unions  The Times

Nicola Sturgeon goes campaigning in key SNP target seat of Edinburgh Central ...
Nicola Sturgeon goes campaigning in key SNP target seat of Edinburgh Central  Edinburgh News

Alex Salmond to launch Alba manifesto as he accuses SNP of 'kicking independe...
Alex Salmond to launch Alba manifesto as he accuses SNP of 'kicking independence timetable down the road'  Daily Record

Scottish election 2021: SNP accuses Labour leader of lack of respect for demo...
Scottish election 2021: SNP accuses Labour leader of lack of respect for democracy  The Scotsman

SNP Holyrood candidate welcomes tourism fund commitment - Strathspey Herald
SNP Holyrood candidate welcomes tourism fund commitment  Strathspey Herald

SNP 'catastrophically failed' residents as care home deaths figures published...
SNP 'catastrophically failed' residents as care home deaths figures published  The Scotsman

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Scottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?...
Scottish election 2021: Can independence supporters force another referendum?  BBC NewsBritish PM Johnson Faces Scottish Independence Challenge  Voice of AmericaScottish independence: Boris Johnson may yet force a snap referendum, but Nicola Sturgeon holds the aces ? Martyn McLaughlin  The ScotsmanHow May election could see an independent Scotland by 2023  EUobserverHalf of UK backs second refe...

Former UK spy chief warns Johnson over Scottish referendum refusal - Financia...
Former UK spy chief warns Johnson over Scottish referendum refusal  Financial TimesScottish nationalists pledge independence referendum by end of 2023  ReutersThere'll be no Scottish referendum anytime soon. And here's why.  The TimesExpert warns Boris Johnson over Scottish independence referendum refusal  The Irish TimesAlex Salmond on Prince Philip, Scottish independence ? and Eurovision  POL...

Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum -...
Half of UK thinks Scotland should be allowed second independence referendum  Financial Times

Westminster should not refuse Scotland a referendum - Financial Times
Westminster should not refuse Scotland a referendum  Financial Times

Scottish election 2021: How independence and Brexit are shaping the vote - Sk...
Scottish election 2021: How independence and Brexit are shaping the vote  Sky News

Independence Referendum Bill: what you need to know - SNP
Independence Referendum Bill: what you need to know  SNP

Salmond challenges Sturgeon?s Scottish independence strategy - Financial Times
Salmond challenges Sturgeon?s Scottish independence strategy  Financial Times

UK PM Johnson: Scottish referendum was once in a generation - Reuters
UK PM Johnson: Scottish referendum was once in a generation  Reuters

Scotland faces up to life after oil - Financial Times
Scotland faces up to life after oil  Financial Times

Scottish independence: Poll reveals MPs' views on a new referendum - The Nati...
Scottish independence: Poll reveals MPs' views on a new referendum  The National

Brexit has reinvigorated Scottish nationalism - The Economist
Brexit has reinvigorated Scottish nationalism  The Economist

Independent Scotland would face a large hole in its public finances - Financi...
Independent Scotland would face a large hole in its public finances  Financial Times

Scottish election 2021: Anas Sarwar 'realistic' about 20-year Labour decline ...
Scottish election 2021: Anas Sarwar 'realistic' about 20-year Labour decline  BBC News

Johnson struggles to find a way to keep the UK together - Financial Times
Johnson struggles to find a way to keep the UK together  Financial Times

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Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question.  

Geopolitics in the 2020s.
So five months into the decade where are we? The coming demographic changes in Europe are going to have huge social and economic impacts. The drop in in younger people will begin to bite this decade. This means less demand for the kinds of goods young people buy and liquidating the assets of ...

The official President Biden thread.
Gonna look awful stupid if Nevada & Arizona don?t come in, but have at it...

The official Boris pm cluster-fuck thread
Day to day discussions relating to the bumbling, chinless twat.  He's currently giving a trumpesqian speech in Manchester relating to his Northern powerhouse plan - building a railway between Manchester and Leeds. He's went off message a few times, notably guessing when Stephenson's rocket was a ...

The normalisation of the far-right continues
Tommy Robinson. 6 months ago nobody had heard of the c**t, and if they had it was only to recognise him as an ignorant, racist nutter. Today I had the car radio on and listened as BBC 5Live gave this guy a full 20 minutes of coverage, including having a reporter outside prison waiting bre...

Scottish Parliamentary Elections May 2021
Election season is now on us, starting this thread to track campaign stories, predictions, polls, Election night, new government forming etc etcI do believe a SNP majority is possible, but I'd love to see some pact being made with Greens & the narrative of an Independence majority rather than an ...

Scottish Greens
Can the greens now be classed as a major party in scotland? Lib dems who were classed as more major than the greens in the lead up to the holyrood elections now have less seats so the only logical explanation should be that they are now a major party and lib dems a minor here.

Pundits
I felt like this could do with its own thread, as it never quite fits anywhere else. A place to discuss and highlight examples of the political commentator class in Scotland and elsewhere. I read this article the other day by Chris Deerin and wanted to tear my eyes out: https://www.pressa...

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

BBC bias
Is anyone going to tell welshbairn about yesterday's hilariously blatant SNP smear the BBC conducted yesterday, as they do most days?   Or is he better to be allowed to live in blissful delusion that the BBC wouldn't lie cause reasons? If anyone has stats on how many foi requests the BBC has ...

Might not vote 2021
I've voted in every election I've ever been eligible for, starting with the 1997 devolution referendum. This approaching election and I think - nah. I really might not vote. Nobody on offer excites me, or makes me feel like they have anything to offer. Looking at the runners and riders: SNP: ...

Are YOU Voting for the Alba Party?
Right come on who's doing it then. Also for the purposes of patter the 1872 Ballot Act was never introduced. Live and die by your takes.

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 ...

CANZUK
https://www.canzukinternational.com/ Yes or No? Get on it whilst you can guys, it's the next Brexit. Extremely popular going by the polling in each country.  Biden winning might just accelerate it.  Thoughts? 

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Positivity
I get everyone is consumed by what is going on just now.... Me too.  But I'm opening this thread for people to post messages of hope or at least some uplifting spirit.  Don't troll or take the piss.... unless it especially good ? Anyway, I'll start. In a briefing the other day my boss...

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...

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it. Anybody recommend any worth watching? Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good). Tried Game of Thr...

Holyrood Election Poll
Ideally would love to ask who you are voting for in both the constituency and the list; but I can only ask one question so I'd rather focus on the regional list. Feel free to post your constituency vote in the thread (if you wish) and what area your list/region is. Angus South - SNP Const...

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.

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Coronavirus
  I?m not taking any chances. 
   

Holyrood Elections 2021
Probably needs a thread of its own. i see Alex Neil is the latest incumbent to announce they are standing down and not seeking re-election.   I think that's 21 so far - there were 24 retirees in 2016 - that will make the parliament look very different and for those who are constituency MS...

Duke of Edinburgh
Died last night

Mars Perseverance Mission
Anyone interested in space exploration? Tonight NASA look to land a sophisticated rover on Mars. It is the best equipped rover ever and even comes with its own helicopter (I kid you not). It is due to land at 8.55 pm (GMT). It will be covered live on Sky News and NASA TV channel on YouTube. ...

Movies 2019
Don't think anyone's started this thread yet.  Last Saturday: Stan and Ollie - loved it, great film Yesterday: The Favourite - didn't get the hype, bit bored, bit of a waste of money

The Trans stuff
Probably needs it?s own thread now  https://wingsoverscotland.com/the-abolition-of-sanity-part-2/#more-113574 Guys like this Gregor Murray are fucking dangerous narcissists and probably as misogynistic as they come.  Rare that I agree with Rowling but these people can?t dictate langua...

Hiya. 7 day ban over....
Hiya folks, my 7 day ban is over, second banning in 3 weeks. No idea why, but we all know who is behind it.. Been told by the "Mods" , this is my final warning, next ban is permanent.  Say what you will, I do  not deserve this abuse, its sickening... Anyhoo. Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter W...

Calton Jock

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The Okedokee?s of the SNP-Greens & Lib/Dems are Intent on Selling Scottish Wo...
14 Apr 2021: The Equality Network is a government funded lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights charity. Its influence over SNP policies and many areas of Scottish society is absolute. Political Party’s will be expected to conform to the LGBTI agenda or face oblivion at the ballot box. But the …

Hammer of the Unionists -The Legacy of Alex Salmond is only partially complete
Alex Salmond ? may the force be with him Recognized worldwide as one of the most talented politicians of his and other generations Alex had a high-profile in Scottish politics even before winning two historic Holyrood elections as SNP leader and securing a mandate to hold a referendum on Scottish independence. Born in Linlithgow in …

Early days of the Union and Scots are already under the English cosh
Walpole and the Whigs The Whigs fared badly at the 1724/5 election and lost many supporters but Cock-a-hoop with their malt tax victory over the Scots Walpole’s new government put the boot in and forced even more commodity taxes on Scotland. The recently increased Scottish presence at Westminster counted for nothing since with a built-in …

Anas Sarwar ? I will never define my politics by allegiance to the Scottish flag
2010: The Sarwar Dynasty in Central Glasgow – Anas Sarwar – Son of Mohammad Elected to Holyrood Sarwar 27, was selected for and elected to the safe Labour Glasgow seat previously held by his father. His rise to the top echelons of the party is spectacular, but not unexpected. He was the head co-ordinator of the, …

The SNP Has Morphed Into A Party Ruled By A Group Of Mushroom Demagogues
2014: Protecting the Children The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 was an Act of the Scottish Parliament passed on 19 February 2014. The legislation was part of the SNP Government’s “Getting it right for every child” policy implementation. The scope of the act made provision for the rights of children and young people. …

BBC (Scotland) News & Current Affairs reporting is Vetted From London and Hea...
BBC bias is well capable of swinging an election or referendum The BBC is an immensely powerful organisation and the way it presents news significantly impacts election/referendum results. In 2017 economists of the Columbia Business School, analysed 18 countries? news media markets and developed a ?power index?. Across all countries, the UK had the most …

Aberdeen Independence Movement Membership Criteria ? SNP and WOKE
Aberdeen Independence Movement In January 2018 a number of independence minded friends decided to form the “Aberdeen Independence Movement” (AIM) to campaign for Scottish independence concentrating their efforts in the North East of Scotland. The headquarters is located in Aberdeen. It is an umbrella organisation whose membership is made up of WOKE minded independence activists …

Rhys Crilley betrays the ideals of his profession in his unwarranted attacks ...
Rhys Crilley, is a native of Wakefield in West Yorkshire who lives in Glasgow. He is a gifted academic, prolific writer and university lecturer. His primary interests are in war, militarism, scandals and outrage. His partner is leading WOKE activist, Councillor Rhiannon Spear and through her he maintains close political relationships with senior SNP leaders …

Swinney I decide the sex education curriculum so button up!!
Oct 2019: The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) conducted an online meeting to discuss matters arising from John Swinney’s new curriculum for Scottish children. Right from the start parents expressed anger at his addition without discussion and agreement of a new relationship, sexual health and parenthood programme to the curriculum. Providing graphic descriptions of …

Shining the spotlight on the existential dangers of the insidious and cancero...
An American teacher warns about the invasion of WOKE orthodoxy in the education sector I have been a teacher for nearly two decades. My awareness of WOKE ideology started about five years ago when our schools began to be consumed by “WOKE ideology?. The schools became obsessed with sophomoric and divisive notions of diversity, equality, …

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Charities call for overhaul of employability support to better suit single pa...
A new report says Scotland should move away from the UK's 'work first' approach

Housing and arts on the campaign trail agenda
The SNP will focus on delivering new homes while the Greens are calling for more art spaces in town centres

Renewed calls for fan ownership amid controversy over European Super League
Scottish Labour and the Greens back community ownership as Downing Street vows to block ESL plan

Hospitality, non-essential shops and gyms to reopen on Monday
Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions will go ahead

Nicola Sturgeon set to confirm easing of lockdown restrictions
Hospitality, shops and gyms likely to open from Monday.

'Radical overhaul' needed in education system in Scotland, says think tank
Jimmy Reid Foundation report calls for changes to tackle attainment gap

Douglas Ross defends tax cut plans for higher earners
His party's manifesto committed to returning parity to the UK system by the end of the next parliament

Smart meters trialled as remote care monitoring system for elderly and disabl...
The University of Edinburgh trial uses smart meters and AI to flag up changes in daily routines that might be a cause for concern

Crown Office investigating more than 3,400 care home deaths linked to COVID
Details of pandemic's grim toll released for first time.

Scottish Conservatives call for unionist backing to ?rebuild? Scotland at man...
Ross said a second referendum on Scottish independence would 'divide our country and damage our economy'

Nicola Sturgeon to say SNP childcare plans are 'transformational'
SNP leader believes pledge will be central pillar in efforts to deliver economic recovery

Fears raised over Green manifesto call to remove sex and gender from birth ce...
Women could ?cease to exist as a legal category,? warns human rights expert.

Scottish Greens propose new ferry links to Europe
The party wants CalMac to run publicly owned ferry services to the Continent

Nicola Sturgeon does not intend to hold referendum on EU membership if Scotla...
Under SNP plans, a vote for independence would also be a vote for an independent Scotland to re-join the EU