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Sturgeon warns she may call last orders on pub crawls over Covid
14 Aug 2020 at 2:31pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has warned she may ban pub crawls to curb the spread of the coronavirus because of the high risk associated with the hospitality sector.


Swinney in new SQA row after SNP cheerleader heads 'independent review'
14 Aug 2020 at 11:14am
JOHN Swinney is facing fresh controversy over the exams debacle after it emerged the academic he appointed to lead an ?independent review? had urged people to vote SNP.


PM's unpopularity is Sturgeon's finest campaign asset
14 Aug 2020 at 5:00am
I was talking to a No voter recently and she said this: ?When I look at how Boris Johnson is handling coronavirus, and then look at how Nicola Sturgeon is handling it, I think maybe independence would be for the best.?


Poll finds Alex Salmond now almost as unpopular as Boris Johnson among Scots
14 Aug 2020 at 10:10am
ALEX Salmond is nearly as unpopular in Scotland as Boris Johnson, according to a new poll.


40% of Scots say English tourists should not be allowed into Scotland ? poll
14 Aug 2020 at 8:00am
Four in ten Scots believe that English tourists should not currently be allowed to travel into Scotland, a YouGov poll has found.


More trace and protect data should be published, public health expert urges
14 Aug 2020 at 9:14am
Data about the proportion of contacts reached by the trace and protect system should be published by authorities to show if it is working, a public health expert has said.


Do not impose post-Brexit internal market without consent, Holyrood warns
14 Aug 2020 at 12:25pm
Plans for a post-Brexit internal market must not be imposed without consensus and agreement between the devolved nations and the UK Government, MSPs have warned.


Donald Trump stokes theory about Kamala Harris's eligibility to serve as vice...
14 Aug 2020 at 9:02am
President Donald Trump has said he has heard "very serious" rumours about Kamala Harris's eligibility to serve as vice president amplifying a fringe legal theory critics have called racist.


Priti Patel's migrant 'invasion' is war language from a government losing on ...
14 Aug 2020 at 5:02am
HERE it is 2020 and an ice cream company is trying to provide a moral centre to a national debate.


Salmond era officials worked in ?culture of fear? due to ?bullying?
13 Aug 2020 at 6:49pm
CIVIL servants who worked for Alex Salmond and his ministers operated in a ?culture of fear? because of alleged bullying, MSPs have been told.


SNP silent on Derek Mackay sleaze probe as it moves to replace him at Holyrood
13 Aug 2020 at 2:46pm
THE SNP has refused to say if it has finished its disciplinary investigation into disgraced former Finance Secretary Derek Mackay despite moving to replace him at Holyrood.


Nicola Sturgeon issues warning over 'considerable risk' posed by house parties
13 Aug 2020 at 1:55pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has warned house parties pose a "considerable risk" in spreading coronavirus as she expressed concerns over an emerging pattern.


Swinney survives no confidence vote after being branded a serial failure
13 Aug 2020 at 4:23pm
JOHN Swinney has survived a Holyrood vote of no confidence over the Scottish exams fiasco after similar problems emerged with English school  results.


Leaked report says Scottish Labour 'in peril' under Leonard
13 Aug 2020 at 11:30am
A LEAKED report into the state of Scottish Labour has concluded the party is ?in peril? under the leadership of Richard Leonard.

 

The Scotsman

The Scotsman

Why we need another pro-independence party to challenge SNP ? Kevan Christie
15 Aug 2020 at 8:26am
‘Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?’ Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols once famously proclaimed. 

Why Swinney and Leonard risk destroying great Scots institutions ? Susan Dalgety
15 Aug 2020 at 7:30am
Take two middle-aged men. Both regarded as honourable, compassionate even, by their friends and colleagues. Dedicated to public service. But each, by dint of their own stubborn mediocrity, in danger of destroying two of Scotland’s greatest institutions.

Why influence on exams shows Greens are key to Holyrood election ? Brian Wilson
15 Aug 2020 at 7:30am
Credit where it is due so I acknowledge that Green MSPs have earned half a round of applause.

Aberdeen outbreak remains `large and complex? as new cases emerge
14 Aug 2020 at 2:17pm
A further 28 Coronavirus cases have emerged in Grampian amid concerns that the outbreak linked to pubs in Aberdeen is continuing to spread.

Scots pubs failing to collect customer details now ?breaking the law?
14 Aug 2020 at 1:51pm
Pubs and restaurants in Scotland have been warned they will now be breaking the law if they don’t collect customer contact details.

Kamala Harris: Joe Biden?s new right-hand woman holds key to future ? Jim Duffy
14 Aug 2020 at 12:10pm
The US election has far-reaching consequences for the UK but now there is hope on the horizon, writes Jim Duffy

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Nicola Sturgeon's daily briefing | France on Sc...
14 Aug 2020 at 12:02pm
Live updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland.

 

 

 

Wings over Scotland

A plague of fools
14 Aug 2020 at 1:20pm
Sometimes people are so stupid it’s legitimately scary. For example, all the Unionist politicians in Scotland who appear to genuinely think voters won’t notice that the recent exams catastrophe affected England (run by the Tories) and Wales (run by Labour) even worse than it did Scotland, and so they keep screaming for John Swinney’s head …

How to waste your vote
13 Aug 2020 at 4:24pm
We’ve been having a closer look at the latest polling for next year’s Holyrood election (YouGov, from this week), and in particular the list numbers. We thought you might be interested in a little stat from them. That’s the full breakdown. But that’s not the graphic that really tells the story. Assuming that turnout was the same …

An Auld Sang
13 Aug 2020 at 11:06am
Chilling indeed, 1992 Sunday Times. Chilling indeed.

The Hackneyed Empire
12 Aug 2020 at 6:39pm
It is our grave and solemn duty to inform readers that there’s been another entrant in the New Act Of Union Of The Year competition. (This is an extremely niche joke.) The details of this one, which is arguably even more bonkers than the last one, needn’t concern us here. But they’re a reminder of …

The Unaccountables
11 Aug 2020 at 12:02pm
We have written yet again, wearily and with little hope of a meaningful response, to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, a body with the power to destroy people’s lives but which appears to be answerable to no-one. The letter is attached below. Dear Ms Miller, Thank you for your extremely belated response. It is, as …

The other shoe drops
10 Aug 2020 at 12:48pm
Ah, so NOW we know why the SNP’s woke junior league stitched up the NEC to stop serious, talented and experienced politicians like Joanna Cherry and Philippa Whitford standing as MSPs in next year’s Holyrood election. Who could ever have guessed, etc? You CAN probably guess what sort of people they are, though – the …

England?s prisoners
9 Aug 2020 at 10:58am
Labour sub-faction the Scottish Fabians this weekend published a call for “a new Act Of Union”, an idea that’s been kicking around in the party for some time since failed branch office manager Kezia Dugdale came up with it in 2016. And at first it sounds almost intelligent and democratic, proposing a clearly defined path …

Her masters? voices
8 Aug 2020 at 6:59am

The stench of rotten stables
7 Aug 2020 at 1:07pm
It seems to be becoming apparent to the SNP’s aggressive woke wing that they badly overreached themselves with last week’s trainwreck of an NEC meeting. The backlash from ordinary members has clearly been severe, with senior party figures lining up to distance themselves from the decisions made, and one of the two contentious moves (the …

The closed eyes of the law
5 Aug 2020 at 11:04am
Alert readers will be aware of very considerable recent active involvement by Police Scotland in matters relating to alleged contempt of court with regard to the trial of Alex Salmond. A blog in April by Craig Murray gave some details. So we were extremely surprised by a letter we received this week. It rather speaks for …


Craig Murray

Craig Murray

The Russian Interference Report, Without Laughing
12 Aug 2020 at 4:41pm

Now the madding crowd has moved on, I take a mature look at the report by the Intelligence and Security Committee on Russia. It is so flawed it is tempting simply to mock it. But in fact, it is extremely dangerous. It calls expressly and repeatedly for the security services to be actively involved in …

The Russian Interference Report, Without Laughing

Sugar
10 Aug 2020 at 1:03pm

It is being reported that enthusiastic Tory Party donors Tate and Lyle stand to be the sole beneficiary of the abolition of EU tariffs and quotas on raw cane sugar imports, to the tune of over £70 million a year. This is a good anti-Tory and anti-Brexit story, but deeper thought raises some extremely interesting …

Sugar

Clive Ponting, Hero
7 Aug 2020 at 3:42pm

Clive Ponting, doyen of British whistleblowers, anti-imperialist historian and campaigner for Scottish independence has died at his home in Kelso, age 74. Clive came closer than anybody else to saving British society and industry from the horrors of Thatcherism. There is a danger in history of believing that everything that happened was inevitable. In fact …

Clive Ponting, Hero

Stinking Tory Corruption
6 Aug 2020 at 8:47am

I wrote a furious article about the £250 million PPE contract inexplicably awarded to the “family office” Ayanda Capital, an investment house for private wealth tax avoidance. We now learn £150 million of face masks delivered are unusable as they do not meet the required standards. The Times today reports the NHS year’s supply of …

Stinking Tory Corruption

Assange Legal Farce Continues
3 Aug 2020 at 8:20am

There has simply never been a broadcast report in the UK on Assange as fair as this one from Sky News Australia. https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6177251758001 nor is it conceivable that there ever could be. I have reported already on the US changing the indictment after the defence’s opening statement had been heard and defence written evidence submitted. …

Assange Legal Farce Continues

Self-Congratulation Is Unattractive
30 Jul 2020 at 10:23am

…but I shall do it anyway. I came today across this statement which I wrote in December 2014 for distribution to SNP members when I was standing for selection as an SNP candidate. I don’t recall anybody else sounding this warning in 2014, and I feel rather proud of my intuition. I think we have …

Self-Congratulation Is Unattractive

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics

Expert calls for 'missing' Test and Protect data
14 Aug 2020 at 5:35pm
Prof Linda Bauld says the Scottish government must release new numbers to ensure the system is working effectively.

Coronavirus: France to be added to UK quarantine countries
14 Aug 2020 at 11:04am
Many of the 160,000 Britons in France face a scramble to return before 04:00 BST on Saturday.

Education Secretary John Swinney survives no-confidence vote
13 Aug 2020 at 6:27pm
John Swinney survives a Holyrood vote over the school results row after the Greens back the SNP.

Coronavirus: New rules in force for bars and restaurants
14 Aug 2020 at 5:01pm
Taking customers' details and infection control measures are now mandatory for Scotland's hospitality sector.

Coronavirus: Juries to hear trials remotely from cinemas
14 Aug 2020 at 12:18am
The move will allow socially distanced jurors to observe the most serious criminal cases live.

Coronavirus in Scotland: Virus transmission rate 'could be increasing'
13 Aug 2020 at 10:58pm
The first minister says the reproduction rate of the virus - the R number - could now be above one.

Coronavirus: Charities welcome extended eviction ban in Scotland
13 Aug 2020 at 5:57pm
But a landlords' association says prolonging a similar ban in England and Wales is not required.

Coronavirus in Scotland: Education staff offered on-demand testing
12 Aug 2020 at 3:57pm
All education staff can request a test if they are concerned they have been at risk of infection.

Scottish school pupils have results upgraded
11 Aug 2020 at 5:20pm
The Scottish government u-turn follows an outcry over the downgrading of 125,000 results.

Author Val McDermid says hate crime bill threatens free speech
11 Aug 2020 at 11:45am
One of Nicola Sturgeon's favourite writers adds her voice to criticism of the new Hate Crime Bill.

Scot Goes Pop

Analysis of that sensational YouGov poll
12 Aug 2020 at 8:54pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I've written some analysis for The National of the YouGov poll showing Yes support soaring to a record-breaking 53%.  You can read it HERE.Incidentally, just ...

Support for independence hits record-breaking high with YouGov
12 Aug 2020 at 1:11pm
Should Scotland be an independent country? (YouGov, 6th-10th August 2020):Yes 53% (+2)No 47% (-2)Scottish Parliament constituency voting intentions:SNP 57% (+3)Conservatives 20% (-3)Labour 14% (+3)...

Housekeeping note
10 Aug 2020 at 11:05am
The trolling and spam on this blog has got completely out of hand in recent times, particularly over the last month, so to attempt to apply a brake I've temporarily changed the settings to only all...

The road to independence for Scotland - and the road to nowhere for Douglas Ross
4 Aug 2020 at 6:32pm
So a couple of 'quick notes' for you tonight.  I have a new article on The National's website about whether Douglas Ross is likely to keep his promise to Michelle Ballantyne to be "Boris backing, B...

It's time to democratise the SNP's NEC
2 Aug 2020 at 10:55pm
Earlier this evening, I had a brief but interesting Twitter exchange with the former SNP MSP Andrew Wilson, who incidentally I voted for back in the day no fewer than four times - twice when he was...

Since Scotland broke away from the disastrous Westminster-led response to the...
1 Aug 2020 at 6:37pm
I raised a dubious eyebrow at this comment today from David Herdson over at Stormfront Lite -"And what?s true in England is true in Scotland too. While Nicola Sturgeon likes to pat her administrati...

YouGov poll: Nicola Sturgeon's net personal rating is 87 points higher than B...
31 Jul 2020 at 9:37pm
YouGov today published results of a full-scale Scottish poll, but it only contained favourability ratings for various leading politicians.  It would be odd to conduct a poll of that sort without al...

A factional and self-destructive decision
31 Jul 2020 at 2:57pm
BREAKING: Joanna Cherry has said she will not contest a seat in the Holyrood election after an SNP rule change would have meant she and her staff "make themselves unemployed" to be able to do so.— ...

Reddit Scotland

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New alarm over Covid control in care homes after Scots death toll dubbed 'sin...
15 Aug 2020 at 11:49am
submitted by /u/Turd_in_the_hole


Why we need another pro-independence party to challenge SNP ? Kevan Christie
15 Aug 2020 at 11:42am
submitted by /u/Turd_in_the_hole


ALEX BELL: SNP infighting risks future of independence movement and credibili...
15 Aug 2020 at 11:40am
submitted by /u/casualphilosopher1

Janey Godley is absoutely dire.
15 Aug 2020 at 11:37am
Her twitter is fucking hoachin wae shite patter and she honestly thinks shes brilliant. If someone disagrees wae her she's sets her wee army oan them. Horrible woman. submitted by /u/AtZe89 ...

How will vote in 2021
15 Aug 2020 at 11:27am
View Poll submitted by /u/ninjascotsman

Can we ban linking to The S*n in this sub?
15 Aug 2020 at 11:18am
Cause fuck those cunts, man. They are a detriment to political discourse and society as a whole. submitted by /u/UnlikeHerod


Group behind Glasgow's famous Rogano dubbed 'disgraceful' as over 200 jobs fa...
15 Aug 2020 at 11:08am
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Yesterday's no-confidence motion. Great intervention by @Feorlean (Michael Ru...
15 Aug 2020 at 10:42am
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Perfect place for a beer, Pitlochry.
15 Aug 2020 at 10:34am
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'Miel Gibson' honey lands entrepreneur in hot water
15 Aug 2020 at 10:28am
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How have we undermined the UK today?
15 Aug 2020 at 10:10am
As per title. It?s Saturday so what have we been blamed for today? Given the last few weeks, months probably now, how have we been responsible for the collapse of western civilisation this week and...


Buachaille Etive Beag & Buachaille Etive Mor, Glen Coe yesterday.
15 Aug 2020 at 10:01am
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Masters degree in Scotland
15 Aug 2020 at 9:53am
Hello people of Scotland. So, an introduction first. Name's Casper, im from Poland, and im currently student of History at the University of Gda?sk. Im going to start my final year of my licentiat...


School lavatory gender rules still in force after ministers rejected them
15 Aug 2020 at 9:03am
submitted by /u/Turd_in_the_hole

Daily Record

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Care home risk assessment delay sees families left waiting to visit loved ones
15 Aug 2020 at 4:30am
Families are 'exasperated' that they have been unable to take advantage of relaxed rules one week after guidance changed.


Police quizzed over claims BLM protesters 'shoved and tripped' at Glasgow rally
15 Aug 2020 at 4:30am
The demo in June saw unrest after Loyalist counter-demonstrators arrived and protesters were ?kettled? by police.


Nicola Sturgeon backs SNP supporting professor chosen to lead exam review
14 Aug 2020 at 1:46pm
The First Minister was asked about a story broken by the Daily Record.


New Covid-19 laws that come into force for Scots pubs and restaurants from today
14 Aug 2020 at 11:23am
Gathering contact details is now mandatory and queuing outside bars is now banned under the new rules imposed by the Scottish Government.


Disabled SNP members demand place at party's 'decision making table' in NEC row
14 Aug 2020 at 11:17am
One party member accused a senior SNP MP of playing a "con-trick Esther McVey would be proud of" in a row over the Nationalists' decision making body.


Nicola Sturgeon virus update as 65 new cases identified across Scotland
14 Aug 2020 at 8:33am
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will announce the latest figures at a press briefing at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh.


40% of Scots believe English tourists should not be allowed into Scotland - poll
14 Aug 2020 at 8:26am
The snapshot comes after so-called border 'protests' were condemned


Row as SNP cheerleader appointed to lead 'independent' exam grades probe
14 Aug 2020 at 4:30am
Professor Mark Priestley declared for Nicola Sturgeon?s party at the general election in December.


John Swinney keeps job as Education Secretary over school results fiasco
13 Aug 2020 at 4:45pm
Swinney survived a no confidence vote after the Scottish Greens backed him


Nicola Sturgeon says 'hearts of a nation' are with Stonehaven crash victims
13 Aug 2020 at 2:07pm
The First Minister paid tribute to the emergency services who attended the "horrific" crash site in Aberdeenshire, which saw three people lose their lives.

The National

The National | Politics
The National

Boris Johnson's Union Jackery blitz branded ?crass? and ?desperate?
15 Aug 2020 at 5:10am

BORIS Johnson?s plan to plaster Union flags across UK-funded schemes in Scotland proves how ?desperate? Unionists have become, the SNP?s longest-serving MP has said.

Keir Starmer 'loses confidence' in branch office boss Richard Leonard
15 Aug 2020 at 5:20am

KEIR Starmer has reportedly lost confidence in Scottish Labour chief Richard Leonard. But with no obvious replacement, the Yorkshireman is set to lead his party to another defeat next May.

Angus Robertson: This week?s been a massive fail for the Unionist parties
15 Aug 2020 at 5:30am

THIS week has been an object lesson in why Scotland needs the full powers of independence. In contrast to the mishandling of school results in England, pupils in Scotland benefited from Holyrood?s ability to correct policy decisions and as a consequence have not been cheated of their future. No wonder an ever-growing proportion of the population believes Scotland is heading in the right directi...

Kirsty Strickland: How do you solve a problem like Richard Leonard?
15 Aug 2020 at 5:50am

ANOTHER week, another damning appraisal of Scottish Labour and their hapless leader Richard Leonard. A report by pro-Union think tank Our Scottish Future concluded the party is ?in peril? and warned that all current polling points to seat losses for the party at next year?s Holyrood election.

Nicola Sturgeon defends Mark Priestley after Tories demand removal
15 Aug 2020 at 5:00am

NICOLA Sturgeon has defended the academic leading the probe into last week?s exam row after the Tories called for him to be removed.

Crowdfunder for indyref2 court case hits the halfway mark
15 Aug 2020 at 5:00am

THE crowdfunding exercise to pay for a court case that seeks to prove the Scottish Government does not need the permission of the UK Government to hold a second independence referendum has soared past the halfway mark towards its target.

AUOB to stage socially distanced independence demo at Bannockburn
15 Aug 2020 at 5:00am

ALL Under One Banner?s static demonstration on Bannockburn Field is going ahead next Wednesday, August 19, with full safety measures in place. The organisation, which has successfully held marches and rallies for independence all over Scotland in recent years, has adapted its usual format in view of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Nicola Sturgeon tells pubs to get tough over new coronavirus rules
15 Aug 2020 at 5:00am

DRINKERS who refuse to share their contact details with the pub should not be served, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to the fallen on 75th anniversary of VJ Day
15 Aug 2020 at 5:00am

THE First Minister has paid tribute to all those who died during the Second World War on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

Boris Johnson's new Union flag plan 'shows how desperate Unionists are'
14 Aug 2020 at 4:27pm

BORIS Johnson?s plan to plaster Union flags across UK-funded schemes in Scotland proves how ?desperate? Unionists have become, the SNP?s longest serving MP has said.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Friday Howff with Biffy, Minecraft and Minerva Wakes ?Tell Me?
14 Aug 2020 at 7:26pm
howff /ha?f/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub. Welcome to the Friday night Howff, Bella?s lounge for the lockdown. Tonight we have some debuts from brand new bands and new releases from giants (‘mon the Biffy). Sister duo Jo and Nicky D?arc of ?The Twistettes? are about to unleash their new electronic project. Years of cultivation […]

Victory or Death
13 Aug 2020 at 2:47pm
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are planning to have a staycation camping holiday in Scotland.

The Global Economy Catches the Virus
13 Aug 2020 at 1:56pm
THIS week we take a look at what is happening in the global economy.  The impact of the Covid-19 crisis is unique in economic terms. Normally recessions are triggered by some malfunction that is internal to the market system, e.g. over-investment leads to a glut of products that fail to sell.  Think of a lightbulb […]

The Yes Vote for Scottish independence takes its biggest ever Lead
12 Aug 2020 at 10:53pm
  The headline “The Yes Vote for Scottish independence takes its biggest ever Lead” would surely be good news for supporters of Scottish independence? No. Follow this. Colin Dunn explains: “Much justifiable concern at the apparent belief that higher Yes support will somehow force Johnson to change his mind about an S30. The opposite seems […]

Many Voices playlist: Kali Uchis, Jamila Woods and more
12 Aug 2020 at 7:02pm
Bella Caledonia?s newly announced Many Voices programme has launched with the aim to diversify the Scottish media. Through a series of funded posts, Commissioning Editors will be invited to work as part of the Bella team over a four-month period, focusing on a particular theme or subject. As the first Commissioning Editor involved in the […]

Paper Cave Anti-Rave
12 Aug 2020 at 10:25am
Of all of the books I have purchased in the last eight months, my 2020 diary has proved to be by far the most disappointing read. This year is a sandcastle. Our carefully constructed calendars and Hogmanay visions for the year ahead were washed away. We have had a summer desolate of festivals. August in […]

Seeing the Light ? Andrew Weatherall, Denise Johnson and the Most Important A...
11 Aug 2020 at 9:42pm
The sky was ablaze with light over central Edinburgh last Saturday night. On what would have been the opening weekend of the 2020 Edinburgh International Festival, the heavens weren?t lit up by fireworks, as is the norm at this time of year. Rather, the shafts of light that pierced the air were part of a […]

Rounding Up: comments on the Review of Additional Support for Learning Implem...
11 Aug 2020 at 3:08pm
Question 1: round 30.9 percent to one significant figure. Question 2: what is the difference between correlation and causation? Question 3: how do you become a statistic? The furore over SQA moderation of estimated results for exams not held in spring 2020 has shown that young people are prepared to speak out when they perceive […]

Some of the best female novelists working today are Scottish. You?ve just nev...
10 Aug 2020 at 6:54pm
A few weeks ago The Times demanded to know why Scotland had never produced a ?break out? young female novelist like Sally Rooney. Sure, it opined, Scotland gave us Ali Smith, but that was ages ago. She?s no longer young. Where are all the decent, young, female, Scottish novelists? Predictably, Scottish literary Twitter exploded ? […]

?They?re using a plastic container to try to bail out the boat?
10 Aug 2020 at 6:12pm
Like a kind of grim re-boot of the popular 1970s show ‘It’s a Knockout’ the BBC have introduced the pilot of a new Gameshow (pre-release title ‘Watch People Drown”). The tired old genre of Brit Reality TV was overdue a makeover and now we have it. The format is simple. In earlier rounds Britain would […]

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Scotland's education secretary John Swinney survives no-confidence vote
13 Aug 2020 at 6:03pm
Motion tabled after government forced into U-turn over downgraded exam resultsJohn Swinney, Scotland?s education secretary, has survived a no-confidence vote despite repeated accusations from opposition parties he is guilty of recklessly undermining trust in the education system.Swinney, who is a...

'Over the moon': relief for Scotland students after exam U-turn
11 Aug 2020 at 7:31pm
Apology from education minister and reinstatement of grades greeted with delightWhen Scotland?s education secretary, John Swinney, announced he was reinstating over 100,000 exams grades following a furious row that has seen pupils protesting over ?classist? downgrades, he apologised directly to t...

Scottish exam grades to be reinstated, says education secretary ? video
11 Aug 2020 at 5:02pm
John Swinney said more than 100,000 Scottish exam grades that had been marked down last week would be reinstated. Making an emergency statement at Holyrood on Tuesday afternoon, the Scottish education secretary said the results would be restored to those recommended by teachers. The decision come...

Over 120,000 Scottish exam grades to be reinstated after row
11 Aug 2020 at 4:47pm
John Swinney to face no-confidence vote after being forced to make U-turn on resultsScotland?s education secretary is facing a no-confidence vote in parliament after being forced to reinstate more than 120,000 Scottish exam grades following days of protests by pupils, teachers and opposition part...

Sturgeon promises urgent review of 124,000 downgraded exam results
10 Aug 2020 at 3:51pm
First minister apologises after predicted awards downgraded more heavily in poorer areasNicola Sturgeon has apologised to tens of thousands of Scottish teenagers whose exam results were downgraded last week and promised urgent changes to their awards.The first minister attempted to defuse a growi...

Coronavirus: Aberdeen residents told not to leave city for holidays
6 Aug 2020 at 3:08pm
Nicola Sturgeon says people must observe fresh lockdown rules as cases rise to at least 79Coronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Nicola Sturgeon has told people living in Aberdeen they should not leave the city for any holidays as confirmed cases in the coronavirus outbreak ...

Emergency lockdown in Aberdeen could extend to other towns
5 Aug 2020 at 6:59pm
Nicola Sturgeon announces closure of pubs and restaurants as officials link 32 pubs and golf courses to outbreakLive: local lockdown imposed in AberdeenCoronavirus ? latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has warned that an emergency lockdown in Aberdeen could extend to oth...

Douglas Ross appointed leader of Scottish Conservatives
5 Aug 2020 at 2:18pm
Moray MP takes over from Jackson Carlaw, who resigned suddenly last weekThe Scottish Conservatives have appointed Douglas Ross as their new leader without a contest after the sudden resignation last week of Jackson Carlaw.Ross, the MP for Moray, emerged as leader-in-waiting within hours of Carlaw...

Douglas Ross poised to become leader of Scottish Conservatives
31 Jul 2020 at 12:22pm
Party plans to appoint MP for Moray quickly to reverse steep fall in popularity in ScotlandDouglas Ross, the MP for Moray, is expected to be appointed as leader of the Scottish Conservatives as the party scrambles to reverse a steep fall in popularity before the Scottish election in May.The party...

Scottish Conservatives leader Jackson Carlaw quits
30 Jul 2020 at 8:42pm
MSP who took job in February says he is not best person to lead party in Scottish electionsJackson Carlaw has resigned suddenly as the Scottish Conservative leader, claiming he is not the right person to lead his party into the forthcoming Holyrood elections.Hours after a combative session at fir...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Dugcast fae the Dughoose ? with Women for Independence
This week I am delighted to be joined by Lesley Orr and Julie Bell who are committee members for Women for Independence. Julie is also an SNP councillor, representing the Kirriemuir and Dean ward on Angus council. We chat about the WFI’s womanifesto, about the need to get more women engaged with politics, the successful […]

Support for independence is only going to rise
With independence enjoying a 7% or 8% lead in the opinion polls, you might think that it would make our Conservative overlords in London realise that they have to change their ways. Although of course you’d only think that if you have spent the entirety of the past six years hiding in a cave and […]

Bruising Johnson?s ego and cruising to indy
There’s been an outbreak of childish petulance in Downing Street. You may not have noticed, since childish petulance is what passes for statesmanship in the UK these days. However this time it’s a particularly self-defeating act of toddlerish foot stomping over a symbolic gesture which would have cost the performance artiste known as Boris Johnson […]

The only magic of the UK is to make Scotland disappear
If you are somewhere in the big broad world outwith the UK, can you see this? It’s probably best to check since the part time prime minister and full time ego artiste who goes by the stage name Boris Johnson has told us all that people in the rest of the world don’t see Scotland, […]

A week in Britnattery
It’s been a busy week in British nationalist panic. You’d almost think that they were terrified that their precioussss is slipping away from them and there’s nothing they can do to stop it. Oh wait. That’s exactly what it is. However there are obstacles being placed in the way of the indy movement in entirely […]

Dugcast fae the dughoose ? with Craig Dalzell
In this week’s dugcast I’m delighted to be joined by Craig Dalzell, blogger and director of policy for CommonWeal. This podcast was held over from Friday because of Jackson Carlaw’s surprise resignation. We chat about the resignation and what it means for the Scottish Conservatives, the GERS figures and how the coronavirus epidemic breaks them, […]

Bye bye Surname Surname
Within a week of the performance artiste whose stage name is Boris coming to Orkney to save the UK, the leader of his Scottish branch office has resigned with immediate effect. Surname Surname gave no indication during First Minister’s Questions just a couple of hours earlier that he was about to hand in his jotters, […]

The unwitting midwives of independence
Given the state of the opinion polls which point to the SNP winning an absolute majority in the next Scottish elections, combined with consistent majorities for independence, the Tories appear to have fallen back on that trusty old stand-by for denying Scotland another referendum. They tell us that Thatessempee “promised” that the referendum of 2014 […]

The rewards of British political failure
According to reports in the press, Ruth Davidson is to be given a peerage by Boris Johnson and will sit in the House of Lords. She’ll officially become the Barrenness of Principles that she’s been her entire elected career. It’s the traditional reward for Scottish Tories who fail. The Conservatives are the vampires of politics, […]

The one step that British nationalism won?t take
Another day, and another article from a British nationalist whose not a nationalist at all about how to save the Union. You’d almost think that they’ve gazed upon the opinion polls and said to themselves, quietly and between pursed lips, “Oh shit what have we done.” However this would only be the case if your […]

Michael Greenwell


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

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…

Just Leaving This Here
I thought this is worth reproducing here.

Gerry Hassan

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

The rise and fall of civil society in Scotland
The rise and fall of civil society in Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 12th 2020 Last year in the US in the town of Williamstown, Massachusetts I got into a conversation with a complete stranger who followed politics avidly. I naturally asked him about the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election, to which he … The post The rise and fall of civil society in Scotland appeared fir...

The Real Divided Scotland: Time to get serious about class and inequality
The Real Divided Scotland: Time to get serious about class and inequality Gerry Hassan Sunday National, August 9th 2020 The SQA debacle has dominated the news. It is not a good moment for Scottish education or the cause of a more just, equal country. That is the bigger story here ? one we should be … The post The Real Divided Scotland: Time to get serious about class and inequality appeared f...

The SNP, Salmond and Sturgeon and the limits of court politics
The SNP, Salmond and Sturgeon and the limits of court politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 5th 2020 The UK is in turbulence. The UK Government has failed us on matters of life and death. Scotland has felt very different, even if on some of the fundamentals of COVID19 it has not been actually that … The post The SNP, Salmond and Sturgeon and the limits of court politics appeared first...

Scottish Tory Troubles at the top, in the party and in the unionist cause
Scottish Tory Troubles at the top, in the party and in the unionist cause Gerry Hassan Sunday National, August 2nd 2020 Jackson Carlaw?s resignation was the biggest hit of his short leadership. It marks the end of one of the most unhappy periods of any Scottish party leader. Its only defining characteristics were that it … The post Scottish Tory Troubles at the top, in the party and in the un...

Independence as the new normal: Listening to the Scotland that did not vote Y...
Independence as the new normal: Listening to the Scotland that did not vote Yes in 2014 Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 26th 2020 This week ?All Under One Banner? asked on social media: ?What do you think is the main obstacle to overcome in order to restore Scottish independence?? This brought forth comments about the … The post Independence as the new normal: Listening to the Scotland tha...

The debate on a new pro-indy party: What kind of democracy and politics do we...
The debate on a new pro-indy party: What kind of democracy and politics do we want Scotland to be known by? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 19th 2020 You wait years for a new independence party and suddenly you can?t move for them. There is the Alliance for Independence (AFI) supported by former SNP MSP … The post The debate on a new pro-indy party: What kind of democracy and politics do w...

We are living through history and we are the history makers
We are living through history and we are the history makers Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 12th 2020 The UK Government is convulsed in multiple crises – COVID19 and the related coming economic storm – while Brexit still remains unfinished business with a No Deal Brexit still highly likely by the end of this year. … The post We are living through history and we are the history makers appea...

Border troubles point to the long-term crisis of unionism in Scotland and the UK
Border troubles point to the long-term crisis of unionism in Scotland and the UK Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 5th 2020 Reaching 100 days since the start of the UK lockdown was always going to be a milestone, but in many places it has been marked by a kind of cabin fever irritability and over … The post Border troubles point to the long-term crisis of unionism in Scotland and the UK appe...

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Polls showing support of Scottish independence aren't a blip - Downing Street...
Polls showing support of Scottish independence aren't a blip - Downing Street should be anxious  iNewsUK-financed projects in Scotland will fly a Union flag as Boris Johnson battles independence drive  Daily MailBoris Johnson to put Union flag on UK-funded Scottish projects after Brexit - row ERUPTS  Daily ExpressBoris Johnson's new Union Jackery plan 'shows how desperate Unionists are'  The Na...

Scotland independence poll sparks panic in Westminster -support to quit UK hi...
Scotland independence poll sparks panic in Westminster -support to quit UK hits 53 percent  Daily Express

Here's Nicola: can Boris Johnson stop Scottish independence? - Spectator.co.uk
Here's Nicola: can Boris Johnson stop Scottish independence?  Spectator.co.uk

The Yes Vote for Scottish independence takes its biggest ever Lead - bellacal...
The Yes Vote for Scottish independence takes its biggest ever Lead  bellacaledonia.org.uk

SNP warned they must investigate Russian influence on Scottish independence r...
SNP warned they must investigate Russian influence on Scottish independence referendum  Express

Backing for Scottish independence surges to 53% - Daily Mail
Backing for Scottish independence surges to 53%  Daily Mail

SNP?s ?naive or disingenuous? independence agenda brilliantly dismantled by T...
SNP?s ?naive or disingenuous? independence agenda brilliantly dismantled by Tory MSP  Express

Clarification: Opinion polls on Scottish independence - Financial Times
Clarification: Opinion polls on Scottish independence  Financial Times

Stay away! SNP voters demand English be BANNED from crossing border to Scotla...
Stay away! SNP voters demand English be BANNED from crossing border to Scotland - poll  Express

Boris Johnson to strengthen UK bond in Northern Ireland amid Scottish Indepen...
Boris Johnson to strengthen UK bond in Northern Ireland amid Scottish Independence polls  Express

Nicola Sturgeon: It's bonkers to think I don't want Scottish independence - T...
Nicola Sturgeon: It's bonkers to think I don't want Scottish independence  The National

Scottish nationalists could ?prise the UK apart? in post-Brexit chaos claims ...
Scottish nationalists could ?prise the UK apart? in post-Brexit chaos claims Hague  Daily Express

Scottish independence support strengthened by COVID-19 divisions: polls - Glo...
Scottish independence support strengthened by COVID-19 divisions: polls  Globalnews.ca

How coronavirus strengthened Scottish independence - The Economist
How coronavirus strengthened Scottish independence  The Economist

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SNP?s ?naive or disingenuous? independence agenda brilliantly dismantled by T...
SNP?s ?naive or disingenuous? independence agenda brilliantly dismantled by Tory MSP  ExpressOpinion: Struan Stevenson: The SNP's grudge and grievance syndrome  HeraldScotlandWhy we need another pro-independence party to challenge SNP ? Kevan Christie  The ScotsmanJulie Hepburn: The SNP only exists for independence ? it must be the focus  The NationalCoronavirus in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon bac...

Disabled SNP members demand place at party's 'decision making table' as NEC r...
Disabled SNP members demand place at party's 'decision making table' as NEC row escalates  Daily Record

Investigators Link an SNP to Diabetic Retinopathy Protection - MD Magazine
Investigators Link an SNP to Diabetic Retinopathy Protection  MD Magazine

Row as SNP cheerleader appointed to lead 'independent' probe into exam grades...
Row as SNP cheerleader appointed to lead 'independent' probe into exam grades scandal  Daily Record

SNP civil war sparked by Salmond trial fallout would be ?Greek tragedy? that ...
SNP civil war sparked by Salmond trial fallout would be ?Greek tragedy? that could derail independence, says W  The Scottish Sun

SNP warned they must investigate Russian influence on Scottish independence r...
SNP warned they must investigate Russian influence on Scottish independence referendum  Express

Mackay will not stand for SNP at 2021 election - Daily Business
Mackay will not stand for SNP at 2021 election  Daily Business

Stay away! SNP voters demand English be BANNED from crossing border to Scotla...
Stay away! SNP voters demand English be BANNED from crossing border to Scotland - poll  Express

SNP fume at botched invite to 'secret' Tory meeting on whisky tariffs - The N...
SNP fume at botched invite to 'secret' Tory meeting on whisky tariffs  The National

SNP silent on Derek Mackay sleaze probe as it moves to replace him at Holyroo...
SNP silent on Derek Mackay sleaze probe as it moves to replace him at Holyrood  HeraldScotland

Yes support soars as SNP set for record Holyrood majority - The National
Yes support soars as SNP set for record Holyrood majority  The National

SNP voters prioritise Brexit over health | Scotland - The Times
SNP voters prioritise Brexit over health | Scotland  The Times

SNP veteran Kenny MacAskill slams Scottish Government's attitude to Alex Salm...
SNP veteran Kenny MacAskill slams Scottish Government's attitude to Alex Salmond probe  Daily Record

Sen. Mark Warner stops by SNP to celebrate Great American Outdoors act - WHSV
Sen. Mark Warner stops by SNP to celebrate Great American Outdoors act  WHSV

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Scotland independence poll sparks panic in Westminster -support to quit UK hi...
Scotland independence poll sparks panic in Westminster -support to quit UK hits 53 percent  Daily ExpressMajority of Scots support independence from UK - YouGov poll  ReutersScottish independence poll: Fourth survey in a row shows majority of Scots back indy  The ScotsmanWhy the new poll putting independence support at 53 is so significant  The NationalSupport for Scottish independence from the...

Long-awaited UK report finds Russia meddled in Scotland referendum, Brexit vo...
Long-awaited UK report finds Russia meddled in Scotland referendum, Brexit votes  The New DailyScottish Independence referendum and Russia's involvement - What report by MPs says about Putin's role  Daily RecordRussia Report: Moscow tried to influence Scottish Referendum  Metro.co.ukRussia report: What it says about Scotland's independence referendum  The NationalRussia ?tried to influence 2014...

Nicola Sturgeon to insist Indyref2 will be FINAL ? but still wants to ignore ...
Nicola Sturgeon to insist Indyref2 will be FINAL ? but still wants to ignore Brexit vote  Express

Here's Nicola: can Boris Johnson stop Scottish independence? - Spectator.co.uk
Here's Nicola: can Boris Johnson stop Scottish independence?  Spectator.co.uk

SNP warned they must investigate Russian influence on Scottish independence r...
SNP warned they must investigate Russian influence on Scottish independence referendum  Express

Polls showing support of Scottish independence aren't a blip - Downing Street...
Polls showing support of Scottish independence aren't a blip - Downing Street should be anxious  iNews

Scotland independence: Did Russia want Scottish independence - and why? - Exp...
Scotland independence: Did Russia want Scottish independence - and why?  Express

Sturgeon under threat as new group plans to halt independence dream - 'Scots ...
Sturgeon under threat as new group plans to halt independence dream - 'Scots have spoken!'  Daily Express

Constitution for Scotland urges public to have a say on country post-independ...
Constitution for Scotland urges public to have a say on country post-independence  The National

Letter: A second Scottish vote must avoid pitfalls of a binary choice - Finan...
Letter: A second Scottish vote must avoid pitfalls of a binary choice  Financial Times

SNP?s ?naive or disingenuous? independence agenda brilliantly dismantled by T...
SNP?s ?naive or disingenuous? independence agenda brilliantly dismantled by Tory MSP  Express

How the Scottish National Party risks turning Caledonia into Catalonia - The ...
How the Scottish National Party risks turning Caledonia into Catalonia  The Economist

Brexit Behind Him, Boris Johnson Tries to Quiet Scotland?s Calls to Leave U.K...
Brexit Behind Him, Boris Johnson Tries to Quiet Scotland?s Calls to Leave U.K.  The New York Times

How coronavirus strengthened Scottish independence - The Economist
How coronavirus strengthened Scottish independence  The Economist

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

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

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 George Galloway "Unity Party" thread
I see our very own(Scotlands, not P&B's...) Gorgeous George has started worrying that he was slipping into irrelevance and has decided the best way to get his name recirculating is to move home and form an Anti SNP party who, in his own words, will allow for a return to "Traditional Left/Right po...

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

The Official President Trump thread

Nigel Farage Appreciation Thread
This thread is dedicated to the most influential individual to grace British Politics and all round top man Mr Nigel Farage. Cheers! 

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 ...

Douglas Ross
*sigh* Might as well start a thread for the moonlighting linesman's stint as tory leader.  

Oor Nicola Sturgeon thread.
   

     

Eric Joyce
The guy's a mess. After getting into a shameful argument on Twitter with Hardeep Singh Kohli and others he then posted this on his blog: http://ericjoyce.co.uk/2014/09/glasgows-george-square-foodbank-fetishists-and-poverty-porn/ There is a place where kindliness and charity tips into narcissism ...

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 ...

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Stonehaven Train Derailment
Looks pretty serious, hopefully it isnt too bad.

Exam Results
Complete and utter farce today.  Kids with predicted grades downgraded as they're at a lower performing school yet others at higher performing schools having upgraded from their predicted grades. Money talks it seems. SNP have done lots of good things but education record leaves a lot to ...

Once upon a time in Iraq
Anyone watched this yet? Really well put together but pretty hard watch at times. Cannot help but feel for those poor people. Getting involved in that sham of a war is the most shameful act in modern British times - I don't know how Blair, Bush et al sleep at night but it's probably o...

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...

Coronavirus
  I?m not taking any chances. 
   

Making A Murderer
Holy feckin shit Compelling TV

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Epstein
Apologies if this is elsewhere - but thought the following was quite inetresting in and of itself - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGF4cH9t6SgF5e4OELMbDjg/videos Interesting what you can do with a drone these days - with the "totally co-incidental" huge fire - https://cloverchronicle.com/20...

IPTV
Can't get away with how good it is and how for all their money, Sky, BT et al can't keep the streams off. Had it for a good while now, absolutely love it. Anyone else have it?   

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

Plumbing advice
Any plumbers on here that can give me some advice . The water from the shower tray hasn't been draining away properly for a few weeks and after trying  things like caustic soda and Mr Muscle I had to call a plumber. He used industrial unblocker  but it hasnt helped.
The problem has got worse,  t...

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.

Jokes
A Chinese doctor can't find a job in a hospital in the US, so he opens a clinic and puts a sign outside that reads "GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100." An American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic. Lawyer: "I have lost my...

Beirut
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Lets Unleash the BBC?s Potential ? Addressing the Nation ? The Words and Not ...
  23 Jul 2020: Lets Unleash the BBC’s Potential and Help Global Britain BBC Director General – Tony Hall addressed the nation with an article he first sent to The Telegraph then reproduced it in the BBC blog. The content reveals the stupeyfying insensibility of the BBC Corporation which seeks to greatly expand itsContinue reading "Lets Unleash the BBC’s Potential – Addressing the Nation – The...

?The pot calling the kettle black? ? The Hypocrisy of the British Government?...
    March 2019 Congressional inquiry declares no evidence of Russian interference in the US Presidential election Following 22 months of torturous investigation US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, chairman of a committee comprised mainly of Democrats hand-picked by himself, concluded that Russia had not interfered in the US election. The investigation did revealContinue reading "“The pot cal...

Will History Award the Dubious Accolade of the Most Expansionist Brutal and R...
      The British Empire In 1911 the Royal Navy was comprised of 660 fighting vessels, manned by 137,500 personnel. In comparison, the next largest world seapower was Germany which had 336 ships and 67,000 sailors. The huge fleet was maintained to ensure England’s dominance of the seaways protecting the largest fleetContinue reading "Will History Award the Dubious Accolade of the Most Expan...

The Brazen Cheek of the Scottish Tory?s ? Confirmation Putin?s Russia Pulls ...
      Putin’s Russia pulls the strings and the Tory Party Dances to their tune In the past ten years, approximately 10,000 super-wealthy Chinese and Russian business investors and entrepreneurs have been issued with “golden visas” by the Tory government providing them with a right of residence in the UK. So manyContinue reading "The Brazen Cheek of the Scottish Tory’s – Confirmation Putin’...

Boris Johnson ? London Mayor ? Promises to his Rich Backers in the City Honou...
    Boris Johnson – Mayor of London – 2008 to 2016 His success in gaining the position of mayor was not unsurprising since the campaign came right at the start of the banking crisis which was part-attributed to mishandling the economy by the financial sector and the Labour Party and orchestrated “right-wing”Continue reading "Boris Johnson – London Mayor – Promises to his Rich Backers in the...

Ultra Right Wing Tory Policy Exchange Heavily Influenced by the Revolutionary...
    Entryism – The RCP flexes its political Muscle “Entryism is a political strategy in which an organization or state encourages its members or supporters to join another, usually larger, the organization in an attempt to expand influence and expand their ideas and program. If the organization being “entered” is hostile toContinue reading "Ultra Right Wing Tory Policy Exchange Heavily Infl...

The Tory Party and the Revolutionary Communist Party ? One and the Same?
    The Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) – an ideas goldmine driving the Johnson government The Party was formed in the late 1970s by the academic Frank Furedi, who from the early 1960s had flirted with similar “International Socialist” and “Trotskyist” groups. Throughout the ’80s, in universities in the south of England, membershipContinue reading "The Tory Party and the Revolutionary C...

Barnett Formula to be Abandoned in Favour of an Allocation of Finance to Area...
    The Good Right – priorities for government Michael Gove is the brains behind the bluster of the “pseudo” Tory government of Boris Johnson which will be guided in its policies over the next five years by this strange little man who is much derided by the uninformed but respected by those whoContinue reading "Barnett Formula to be Abandoned in Favour of an Allocation of Finance to Areas in ...

Running-the-United-Kingdom-From-Beyond-the-Grave- Lock up Your Daughters -The...
  One of the links between Goldsmith’s Referendum Party and the Tory government of Boris Johnson – Ultra right-wing political schemer – Dougie Walters Scottish born Walters first surfaced in Scottish politics when he was appointed Chief of Staff for the Tory branch Office leader Michael Forsyth. His tenure did not last long asContinue reading "Running-the-United-Kingdom-From-Beyond-the-Grave-...

Running-the-United-Kingdom-From-Beyond-the-Grave ? The Zionists are in Total ...
  Profiling “Goldenballs” Goldsmith Expanding on Goldsmiths business activities before his move into British politics.     The Goldschmidts – Bankers of Germany The Goldschmidts, neighbours, and rivals to the Rothschild family, were a wealthy, Frankfurt-based, Jewish family, who had been influential figures in international merchant banking since the 16th Century. His great-grandfatherConti...

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People travelling from France and Netherlands to self-isolate
The countries have been added to the travel quarantine list

Lord Carloway backs plans for use of remote juries in High Court cases
The Restarting Solemn Trials Working Group recommended the move, which will allow juries to participate in trials from venues other than court buildings, such as cinemas.

Education secretary John Swinney survives vote of no confidence
John Swinney survived a no confidence vote brought by Scottish Labour in wake of failures in the exams system

Charity for care experienced young people criticises Alex Cole-Hamilton over ...
Who Cares? Scotland called Cole-Hamilton?s comments ?wrong and unfair? and ?confusing?

Nicola Sturgeon writes to Priti Patel urging UK Government to be 'humane' and...
She said the UK Government must ?play its part in taking refugees and giving them a safe and if required permanent home?

John Swinney to face vote of no confidence
The vote is expected to be defeated as the Scottish Greens confirmed they would not support the motion

Emergency eviction protections may be extended to March 2021
Nicola Sturgeon has announced the Scottish Government will support extending emergency protections for tenants facing eviction

SQA fails to apologise for exam downgrading issues
Robertson said it had been ?very difficult? to see the reaction to the results, but the SQA had a role to fulfil

The Scottish Conservatives 'badly need the Scottish Labour party to revive be...
He also said that it appeared the UK Government had now ?not only acknowledged but accepted? that public support for the union ?now appears to be more fragile and weaker than it?s ever been?

Holyrood harassment inquiry calls for Scottish Government officials to give e...
It comes after the inquiry committee hit out at the Scottish Government for refusing to release material related to the case

Renfrewshire Council introduces new cloud-based case management system for so...
The local authority said the coronavirus pandemic pushed it to introduce the new system

UK plunges into ?record? recession with 20 per cent GDP drop
The economy shrank by an unprecedented 20.4 per cent between April and June this year, the second quarterly decline

Linda Fabiani to stand down as an MSP at Holyrood election
SNP MSP for East Kilbride Linda Fabiani has announced she will not seek re-election in 2021

Scottish pupils to get exam results upgraded after government U-turn
Tens of thousands of pupils will receive a new qualifications certificate after Education Secretary admits getting it wrong