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McDonnell says any People's Vote should not include option of Britain staying...
24 Sep 2018 at 10:44am
ANY new Brexit referendum should not include the option of remaining in the European Union, John McDonnell has indicated as Labour braced itself for a "rumbustious" row on the issue.

McDonnell insists Labour is ready to fight and win a general election
24 Sep 2018 at 2:21pm
JOHN McDonnell has declared that Labour is ready to fight and win a general election, sending a message to Theresa May?s Government: "Bring it on."

Labour hit by sectarianism row over anti-Catholic 'joke'
24 Sep 2018 at 10:37am
LABOUR has been plunged into an anti-Catholic row, after one of its top Scottish officials made a ?light-hearted? sectarian comment from the main stage of the party conference.

May to push for strong trade deal post-Brexit when she meets Trump
24 Sep 2018 at 10:32pm
THERESA May will push for a strong trade deal with the US after Brexit when she meets Donald Trump in New York tomorrow.

Whitehall advice points to possibility of flight disruption under no-deal Brexit
24 Sep 2018 at 7:29pm
THE latest raft of Brexit documents has laid bare the "grisly prospect" of a no-deal with the likelihood of upheaval to flights, chaos at ports, disruption to food supplies and increased business costs, the UK Government has been warned.

Sketch: Bring it on! Red John pushes all the Socialist buttons
24 Sep 2018 at 2:05pm
THE comrade next to me just couldn?t help himself.

Corbyn and senior colleagues resist party pressure for backing People's Vote
24 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
JEREMY Corbyn and senior colleagues have sought to resist grassroots pressure for the Labour conference to face a straight vote on whether to back a second Brexit referendum, which would include the option of Britain staying in the EU.

Holyrood plan to make 20mph limit the urban norm
24 Sep 2018 at 3:38pm
DRIVERS would be limited to 20mph on most Scottish streets to help reduce serious accidents, under new plans published at Holyrood.

Police end labelling of fracking protestors as 'extremists'
24 Sep 2018 at 2:16pm
POLICE Scotland has reassured MSPs that it does not consider anti-fracking protesters to be ?domestic extremists? after criticism of the force at Holyrood.

McDonnell denies workers' shareholding plan would lead to less investment
24 Sep 2018 at 11:11am
JOHN McDonnell has defended his plans for a 10 per cent workers' shareholding in UK companies, denying they would result in less investment.

Tory MSP Miles Briggs cleared after sexual harassment investigation
24 Sep 2018 at 4:47pm
A Tory MSP has been cleared of sexual harassment following a party disciplinary hearing.

UK will not be dictated to by Brussels, insists Raab as Brexit talks enter fi...
24 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
BRITAIN ?will not be dictated to? by Brussels in negotiations over its withdrawal from the EU, Dominic Raab has warned.

Leonard backs federal Britain to help rebuild Scotland
24 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
BRITAIN should become a federal state to help rebuild Scotland, Richard Leonard will argue today.

Labour MPs hit out at 'sinister' actions of trade union chiefs in anti-Semiti...
24 Sep 2018 at 12:02am
LABOUR MPs have hit out at the ?sinister? actions of trade union chiefs as the anti-Semitism row within the party showed no signs of abating.

Tory MSP facing sexual misconduct hearing
24 Sep 2018 at 9:56am
A Conservative MSP is being investigated over sexual harassment allegations.

 

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Latest papers confirm international travel could be hit by a no deal Brexit
24 Sep 2018 at 7:51pm
Passengers could face flight disruption, international coach services could be suspended and pet owners may face months of delays to travel plans in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the government has warned.

Labour Conference: Richard Leonard sets out plan to target the wealthy
24 Sep 2018 at 5:49pm
A Labour government in Scotland would ring-fence hundreds of millions of pounds of state aid funding for foreign-owned businesses and redirect it towards Scottish companies to re-train staff and save manufacturing jobs, Richard Leonard has said.

New police plan drops domestic extremist label for anti-fracking campaigners
24 Sep 2018 at 5:26pm
Police have cut a section labelling anti-fracking campaigners as domestic terrorists from their annual plan.

Police Scotland has sometimes ?not met expectations?, bosses tell MSPs
24 Sep 2018 at 1:37pm
Police Scotland has made savings of £330 million in its first five years - but bosses at the national force have accepted that “sometimes our service has not met expectations”.

Labour official sorry for 'sectarian' joke branded 'appalling' by Nicola Stur...
24 Sep 2018 at 12:50pm
One of Labour’s most senior party officials has apologised after being accused of making anti-Catholic comments during a televised session at the party’s conference in front of hundreds of delegates.

Scottish Labour leader condemns party official?s anti-Catholic remark
24 Sep 2018 at 11:34am
Richard Leonard has condemned a Scottish Labour party official for making an anti-Catholic comment at the party’s UK conference.

Lothian Tory MSP Miles Briggs cleared of sexual harassment claims
24 Sep 2018 at 9:46am
A Scottish Conservative MSP has been cleared of sexual harassment following a party disciplinary hearing.

Edinburgh council leader accused of ?misleading public? on tourist tax
24 Sep 2018 at 8:43am
The leader of the city council has admitted a tourist tax may now not be rolled out until 2022 as opponents criticised the administration for “misleading the public” by including the policy in this year’s budget consultation.

Labour set to back public vote on Brexit
24 Sep 2018 at 7:38am
Labour is set to back a referendum on the terms of the UK's exit from the EU, but only one that offers a 'deal or no deal' choice - not a chance to reverse Brexit.

Christine Jardine: Anthony Nolan touched our hearts ? and now we must live up...
24 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
As a child one of my favourite Sunday evening treats was to stay up and watch Esther Rantzen’s That’s Life.

May tells Tory party to hold its nerve as snap election talk dismissed
24 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
Theresa May has called on her party to unite and “hold our nerve” over deadlocked Brexit talks as reports that the Prime Minister could be forced into an early election were dismissed as “for the birds”.

Labour members call for U-turn over Dugdale?s legal fees
24 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
Scottish Labour members have demanded the party U-turn over its decision to withdraw financial support from former leader Kezia Dugdale’s legal fight against the pro-independence blogger behind Wings Over Scotland.

Legal threat over ferry row from one of Sturgeon?s advisers
24 Sep 2018 at 6:00am
One of Nicola Sturgeon’s business advisers has threatened to take a Scottish Government public body to court in a row over a £45 million loan to help cover the cost of two ferries.

Richard Leonard: Labour will deliver federal UK and oppose Indyref2
24 Sep 2018 at 12:01am
Richard Leonard has been forced into a fresh commitment that Labour will oppose a second Scottish independence referendum after Jeremy Corbyn appeared to open the door to indyref2.

Labour braced for showdown over Corbyn?s Brexit position
23 Sep 2018 at 9:14pm
Jeremy Corbyn has opened the door to a possible second referendum on EU membership by saying he will be “bound” by a vote at the Labour conference in Liverpool on party’s Brexit policy.

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Where?s Richey?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Sep 2018 at 2:57pm
We’ve been watching the Labour Party annual conference today, at which North British Branch Office manager Richard Leonard apparently gave a speech. Unfortunately the BBC News coverage wasn’t very helpful with its captioning, so we have no idea which of the people below is him. Can anyone help? But even if we can’t find him, what …

Lord Of The Fruit Flies
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Sep 2018 at 11:34am
Labour policy, Thursday morning: Labour policy, Sunday morning: About average, then.

The principles of opposition
by Chris Cairns
22 Sep 2018 at 6:59am

Theresa May?s Masterplan
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Sep 2018 at 3:58pm

The King Of Opposite World
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Sep 2018 at 4:55pm
We think it’s fair to say that our bestest friend in all of the internet, Scottish Labour activist Duncan Hothersall, is absolutely hopping mad about the latest developments in our court case against the branch office’s former leader Kezia Dugdale. But keen followers of Dunc might particularly enjoy this demonstration of his legendary grasp of …

The monstering
by Cllr Chris McEleny
20 Sep 2018 at 12:59pm
Chris McEleny is an SNP councillor. This is a personal opinion. Three weeks into the Salmond saga and the MSM are getting increasingly desperate. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the breathless excitement of reportage of the Daily Record and their sister paper the Sunday Mail. For three successive days last week they led …

Cash in, cash out
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2018 at 7:54pm
We’ve got to admit, the Yorkshire chap makes a fair point.

What isn?t a fact
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2018 at 12:20pm
God bless our dear old pals at the Labour-fronted Tory money-sink that is Scotland In Union. Fresh from their latest stirring morning office singalong of “No Pope Of Rome”, they’ve decided to belatedly get in on the fact-checking game. As the established force in the field, we had to have a look. But first, let’s set the scene …

Everybody but you
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Sep 2018 at 11:13am
There’s a fascinating piece in the Guardian this morning. It reveals that in attempting to solve the unsolvable Irish border problem, the EU’s Brexit negotiators are – at the UK’s behest – trying to come up with a plan which would preclude its use for Scotland in the event of independence. That’s an entirely legitimate …

The dead horse
by Chris Cairns
15 Sep 2018 at 6:59am

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Tory MSP 'cleared' after party sexual harassment probe
24 Sep 2018 at 5:49pm
Miles Briggs says the "completely false" allegations made his life "a living hell" during the probe.


Richard Leonard: 'I intend to be next first minister'
24 Sep 2018 at 3:45pm
Richard Leonard "fully intends" to be the next first minister of Scotland, he tells the Labour conference.


What's on at Holyrood? Brexit and budgets
24 Sep 2018 at 1:06pm
Find out what is happening at the Scottish parliament this week, from trade to cancer to paternity leave.


Labour official 'sorry' for anti-Catholic comment
24 Sep 2018 at 10:51am
Andy Kerr apologises "unreservedly" for making an anti-Catholic comment from the main stage at Labour's conference.


MSP launches bid for 20mph limit in urban areas of Scotland
24 Sep 2018 at 5:18pm
A bill proposing to lower the speed limit in built-up areas of Scotland is published by a Green MSP.


Calls to speed up climate change action in agriculture
24 Sep 2018 at 1:55pm
A report claims the closure of power stations to meet emissions targets is hiding a lack of progress in other areas.


Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
23 Sep 2018 at 4:51pm
Richard Leonard tells the BBC that the 2014 referendum "settled the will of the people of Scotland".


Moray MP raises maternity travel concern amid taxi reports
24 Sep 2018 at 9:52pm
Moray MP Douglas Ross says action is needed following reports a mother-to-be from Fochabers had to take a taxi to Aberdeen.


Call for industrial strategy to 'save' crumbling Clyde docks
22 Sep 2018 at 1:04am
More than 20 MPs and MSPs endorse calls for an "industrial strategy" to bring decaying facilities back into use.


European Court to rule on whether UK can halt Brexit
21 Sep 2018 at 12:18pm
Anti-Brexit campaigners win permission to ask Europe's highest court whether the process can be halted.


Dealing with government defeats
23 Sep 2018 at 1:15am
Government defeats are a fact of life at Holyrood. So how significant are they really?


First minister reveals favourite book at Wigtown festival
22 Sep 2018 at 2:32pm
Nicola Sturgeon says Sunset Song is her favourite novel but she used to love Enid Blyton books as a child.

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Corbyn's day of infamy as Labour become the party of colonialism
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2018 at 6:41pm
If it was the case that Labour were simply saying that winning a majority in Scotland at the next general election would constitute a mandate to block an independence referendum, that might just ab...

Your all-important YouGov subsample update
by James Kelly
22 Sep 2018 at 6:43pm
Apologies for the radio silence of late - I'm out of the country at the moment.  But you know me, I'm a slave to my responsibilities, so here (albeit a couple of days late) is your all-important Yo...

New YouGov subsample offers reassurance for SNP
by James Kelly
8 Sep 2018 at 6:00pm
So as you'll probably remember, the first polling straw in the wind after the Alex Salmond story broke was a Scottish subsample from a GB-wide YouGov poll, and although it had the SNP in the lead, ...

Horror show for Labour in Fife by-election
by James Kelly
7 Sep 2018 at 1:26am
Tonight we have the result of the first local government by-election in Scotland for several months...Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay by-election result (first preferences):Conservatives 37.3% (+0.7)...


Sometimes being ruthless just means losing Ruth
by James Kelly
6 Sep 2018 at 5:50am
Phantom Power's acclaimed Journey to Yes series is back - and the latest film is perhaps the most remarkable so far. It features Ashley Graczyk, who was elected as a Scottish Conservative councill...

The case for an early independence referendum has already been made - it can'...
by James Kelly
4 Sep 2018 at 6:21pm
I'm more than a little troubled by Jason Michael's latest post on Random Public Journal.  Obviously I agree with him that now is the time for the SNP to go on the offensive against the British gove...

Deltapoll delirium as new survey finds Scotland split down the middle on inde...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 10:44pm
There's a lot of excitement tonight because of an independence poll featured on the frontpage of The National which sort-of-shows Yes support at 52%.  The problem is that Deltapoll asked a non-stan...

First Scottish subsample since the Alex Salmond story broke has the SNP still...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2018 at 6:02pm
When news of the complaints against Alex Salmond was irresponsibly broken by the Daily Record, I said that we'd just have to wait for opinion poll evidence to see whether there would be much (if an...

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Looking out from the foot of the Old Man of Storr, Skye
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24 Sep 2018 at 11:58pm
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Kevin Schofield on Twitter: "Labour chairman Ian Lavery: ?We need to kill off...
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Beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs
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Loch Katrine
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Coire Gabhail (Lost Valley) in Glenco
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Not a bad view for an afternoon stroll... We?ll be back ?? 21/09/18
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Found an excellent camping spot next to Loch Arkaig. IG:Markwilliamhall
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Rape Crisis Scotland on Twitter: Our response to the Miles Briggs judgement
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Fickle fickle Highland weather.
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What are the most important languages to learn in Scotland?
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Scottish Tory MSP Miles Briggs cleared of sexual harassment rap
by Laura Paterson
24 Sep 2018 at 4:28pm
Briggs faced a disciplinary hearing over accusations he made persistent unwanted advances to a female worker from another party.


Labour Party will keep nuclear weapons on the Clyde if they win election
by David Hughes
24 Sep 2018 at 9:27am
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says any new Labour government will maintain the UK's nuclear deterrent at Faslane.


Labour Party conference hit by anti-Catholic sectarian row after delegate moc...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Sep 2018 at 7:41am
Scottish trade union leader Andy Kerr later apologised for his ill-judged 'banter'.


Scots Tory MP Miles Briggs under investigation amid sexual harassment claims
by David Clegg
24 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Ruth Davidson's croney 'completely refutes' the allegations after a female worker from another party raised the complaint.


The 'hills are alive with the sound of a shambles' in Theresa May's Salzurg trip
by dailyrecord
24 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Our columnist Mhairi Black thinks that the Tory Government's 'utter incompetence' means there is still 'no acceptable Brexit plan in place'.


Labour struggle to make mark between pillars Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson
by Record View
24 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
Richard Leonard thinks Scotland 'should meekly accept whatever Brexit disaster the Tories impose upon us', according to Record View.


Alex Salmond sexual misconduct probe focusing on his final 20 months in power
by David Clegg
24 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
The period was dominated by the independence referendum that took place on September 18, 2014.


Bernie Sanders backs Scottish Government's Amazon funding freeze in workers' ...
by John Ferguson
23 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
The former US presidential hopeful told the Sunday Mail that America should follow Scotland's lead to get the web giants 'off corporate welfare'.


Tommy Sheridan's 'crackpot Novichok outburst' sparks fury after Salisbury poi...
by Norman Silvester
23 Sep 2018 at 4:30am
The former Scottish Socialist Party MSP apparently endorsed claims that the death of Dawn Sturgess was linked a rogue batch of illegal drugs going around in the town.


Scottish Government probing seven claims of harassment or bullying
by Andy Philip
21 Sep 2018 at 9:50pm
The cases emerged in the wake of allegations against former first minister Alex Salmond, which he denies.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 169 ? Thomas Muir Lecture 2018 by Gerda Stevenson
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2018 at 5:35pm
“I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall finally triumph.” ? Thomas Muir?s speech from the dock, Edinburgh, August 1793. Courtesy of Phantom Power, the 169th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2018, which was given …
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Results
by michaelgreenwell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:22am
The other day in a little poll I asked the people who listen to the podcast if they preferred shorter or longer episodes or just took them as they are. Here are the results… Given those results I think I’ll just continue to do them by letting content determine length, rather than the other way …

A Question for Listeners
by michaelgreenwell
10 Sep 2018 at 11:36am
I put a little poll on Twitter  with a little question for listeners. You may have noticed that the Scottish Independence Podcast is back and coming out more frequently again. Apart from making podcasts, I listen to many different ones. Some are 30 minutes, some are 1 hour, some even go to two hours long. …

Scottish Independence Podcast 168 ? Spitting The Dummy & Lovebombs
by michaelgreenwell
7 Sep 2018 at 7:24pm
The 168th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a mix of some recent things that you won’t want to miss. Here you’ll find a psychic that didn’t seem to predict the consequences of telling a nation of people to go f*ck itself, or how much of an idiot she would like when she was …
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The Brexit Threat to Scottish Whisky
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2018 at 8:30am
A recent video from Phantom Power…

SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE PODCAST 167 ? Craig Dalzell on GERS and Currency
by michaelgreenwell
25 Aug 2018 at 12:41pm
The 167th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research at the Common Weal. We had a chat about the usual rammy every time the GERS figures come out (sorry for the swear word that it forced out of me, there is only one in the …
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?Know? Your Place
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:33pm
I made these images in 2014 and was criticised by one or two people. They felt that “‘Know’ Your Place”, a play on a secondary slogan of the No campaign, was a bit strong. However, is anyone now in any doubt that telling us to go to back of the bus and know our place …

Saving Rhino Phila
by michaelgreenwell
30 Jul 2018 at 3:12pm
Worth watching… https://vimeo.com/232306617  

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We Need to do More than Talk about Mental Health
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Sep 2018 at 8:08pm
Mental health is a political issue ? ignoring this fact will prevent real progress. When Ruth Davidson spoke out on her experience of depression and self-harm earlier this week, I, like many others, reflected on the best ways to raise awareness on the prevalence of mental ill-health and, importantly, how to address it. Out of …

Universal Credit, EU Migrants and Anti-Roma Racism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Sep 2018 at 7:40pm
Back in 2016, I wrote this article for Bella Caledonia. David Cameron had just been defeated in the Brexit referendum and among other consequences this has resulted in a humiliating climb down on some very racist benefit reforms. Cameron had wanted to ban EU migrants from claiming Jobseekers Allowance and restrict them from tax credits for …

Labours Lost Leader
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Sep 2018 at 9:41am
Labour is simultaneously coming together and falling apart. On the one hand Owen Jones writes: “A key theme coming out of Labour conference is: Socialism in 2018 means extending democracy to very part of society” – on the other Richard Leonard announces that Labour will oppose a second referendum on Scottish independence. This goes beyond …

Thomas Muir Lecture 2018 by Gerda Stevenson
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2018 at 9:58pm
“I have devoted myself to the cause of the people. It is a good cause. It shall ultimately prevail. It shall finally triumph.” ? Thomas Muir?s speech from the dock, Edinburgh, August 1793. The 169th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2018, which was given by Gerda Stevenson. As …

Loyalty, Labour and the IHRA
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2018 at 8:59pm
Anti-Semitism is regarded among the worst of all prejudices, due to the gruesome history of 20th century Europe. My maternal grandparents were lucky to avoid the worst of it, as their parents had left Latvia in the late 19th century from economic necessity. As in the Proclaimers song, I was told that one couple (everyone …

The Salzburg Surprise
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2018 at 12:12pm
The thing about the Salzburg Surprise is how unsurprising it was. You didn’t need to be woke, merely semi-conscious to realise that the ‘Europeans’ would reject the Chequers fudge. We knew this because they repeatedly told us over and over, s l o w l y , like a retired Brit in Benidorm speaking to …

Growth Commission Replies ? Sort Of
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Sep 2018 at 10:00am
SNP branches and the recent party National Assemblies have been provided with a handy, seven-page summary of Andrew Wilson?s Growth Commission report. There is no name on the summary, but it clearly reads as the handiwork of Andrew or someone close to the commission. For the most part, it is crisply factual until it gets …

Exiles on Truth Street: From The Province Of The Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Sep 2018 at 4:05pm
If you look, you will see. Observation is, after all, the basis for all the arts and sciences. When I look across the Pentland Firth I see two oceans meeting, swirling and colliding with each other in a fluid, renewing, vibrant ballet that allows the world to breathe. What you see in the governance of …

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Scotland needs tougher policies to meet CO2 targets, say experts
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Sep 2018 at 7:01am
Nicola Sturgeon told more vigorous action needed to achieve post-2020 emissions targetNicola Sturgeon?s government needs much tougher policies on cutting emissions from Scotland?s roads and farms to meet its ambitious CO2 reduction targets, experts have warned.The UK government?s committee on cli...

Why Hampstead and Hull can?t agree on Brexit | Letter
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23 Sep 2018 at 5:49pm
Christopher Clayton disagrees with the suggestion that Labour could keep voters in Hampstead and Hull happy with a second referendumPolly Toynbee portrays a rerun of the Brexit referendum as a way in which Labour can keep both Hull and Hampstead happy (Labour?s path to power lies in putting Brexi...

Scottish government to fight Alex Salmond court action
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
20 Sep 2018 at 4:17pm
Former SNP leader claims inquiry into sexual harassment allegations was flawedThe Scottish government has confirmed it will contest Alex Salmond?s court action over his claims that its inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against him was flawed.Two women, both thought to be civil servants, ...

Glasgow School of Art accused of systemic failings over fire
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Sep 2018 at 3:47pm
?The building has burned twice on their watch,? says campaigner as Scottish parliament holds hearingThe board of the Glasgow School of Art is unfit to manage the future of the famous Mackintosh building, which was gutted by fire in June, after ignoring repeated warnings of fire risk before a prev...

Ruth Davidson praised after talking openly about mental health issues
by Sarah Marsh
16 Sep 2018 at 3:31pm
Scottish Conservative leader reveals she self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts as a teenagerThe Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has been praised by mental health experts, campaigners and MPs for talking openly about self-harming and having suicidal thoughts as a teenager.Davidson, wh...

Ruth Davidson rules out bid to become UK Conservative leader
by Press Association
16 Sep 2018 at 8:44am
Scottish Tory leader dismisses move for the sake of her mental health and relationshipThe Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, has ruled out ever taking the UK leadership for the sake of her mental health and relationship.Davidson, who is pregnant with her first child, told how she had se...

Alex Salmond rejects claims of alleged bullying as malicious
by Severin Carrell
14 Sep 2018 at 7:45pm
Former first minister warns he could take legal action over reports civil servants raised concerns a decade agoAlex Salmond has rejected claims he allegedly bullied civil servants as malicious and unsubstantiated after suggestions of ministerial misconduct emerged in Scottish government papers.Th...

Boundary changes: seats facing major shake-up
by Peter Walker Political correspondent
10 Sep 2018 at 5:00pm
Six constituencies where the Boundary Commission?s changes will have a big impactMuch of the controversy around the proposed House of Commons boundary changes centres on the reduction in seats from 650 to 600. But many seats will change radically ? and some will disappear altogether. Here is a se...

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Time for the stars to shine
Oh dear gods. Oh all the deities that anyone has ever worshipped. Oh anthropomorphised personification of an impersonal and uncaring universe. I’m fed up. I’m fed up with the wibbling wankwits dribbling drivel and calling it wisdom. I’m fed up with the mendacious mouth-breathers. I’m fed up with the self-serving and the selfish stupidity. I’m …

Labour rips up the Claim of Right
It is being reported today, Sunday, that following Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that he might be prepared to ‘allow’ Scotland to hold a future independence referendum should he become Prime Minister, that the Scottish Branch Office is to press for the inclusion of a clause in the Labour manifesto explicitly opposing another independence referendum. The Branch …

The gravity of theory
On Friday, Theresa May gave her considered response to the entirely predictable rejection of her Chequers Plan by the EU. The rejection should not have come as a surprise to anyone who was paying attention. The EU has been signalling ever since the Chequers Plan was cobbled together that it wasn’t going to be acceptable. …

When they try to silence us it means we?re winning
The National is reporting today that a number of newsagents have cancelled their orders for the Sunday National, despite selling out the copies that they previously received. The news has been received with the usual contempt and dismissal by opponents of independence, some of whom have openly accused the newspaper’s staff of consciously and deliberately …

You can?t have a Union Day if there is no Union
Yesterday, 18 September, was the anniversary of Scotland’s first independence referendum. Only the anniversary of the first one, mind. There will be another. However since the first one produced the result that opponents of independence craved, they are determined that Scottish democracy should be preserved in aspic, forever stuck in the hours after the 18th …

Stranger things
This beautiful poem by John McIntosh was sent to me after John met the dug, and me too, at James Dornan’s fundraising event in Cathcart Bowling Club earlier this month. As today is the anniversary of the first independence referendum, and as we anticipate another, I thought it was the perfect occasion to share it …

SIC launches a new cross-movement campaign
The cross-movement campaign to win a future independence referendum has been announced today by the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC). The SIC has revealed its plans to provide staff and resources for the movement as part of a package that will act as a national campaign organisation. The as-yet-unnamed campaign body will provide the strategic capacity, …

Depression is not just a personal struggle
I’m not going to criticise Ruth Davidson for speaking publicly about her struggles with mental health issues when she was younger. There was, and is, a veritable epidemic of mental health problems, of depression, of low self-esteem, of self-harm, of self-medication on drugs and alcohol, and of suicidal thoughts, especially amongst young people, and especially …

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FM warns Leonard ruling out indyref2 will leave Scottish Labour 'alienated'
SCOTTISH Labour has been warned of ?sliding into irrelevance? and ?running scared of democracy? after Richard Leonard said his party would fight a General Election on a commitment to oppose a second independence referendum.

Leading Tories dismiss rumour of an autumn snap General Election
THE UK Brexit Secretary has dismissed claims Theresa May could call a snap General Election this autumn to save her Brexit plans as he played down the chances of the Government moving towards a Canada-style free trade deal.

Corbyn says he will respect Labour members on 'people's vote'
JEREMY Corbyn has said he will be ?bound? by any vote at his party?s conference to support a second referendum on Brexit.

More than 600 anti-nuclear campaigners stage peace walk at Faslane
SUNSHINE and a rainbow reflected the positive vibes at the Nae Nukes Anywhere? peaceful protest march from the peace camp in Faslane yesterday, led by Scottish makar Jackie Kay.

SNP MP urges Nicola Sturgeon to plan for indyref2 in March
NICOLA Sturgeon is being urged by one of her MPs to prepare for a snap independence referendum if the UK looks set to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

European judges to have final say on Scottish Article 50 case
SCOTTISH judges have said the European Court of Justice should be asked for a ruling on whether the UK can cancel Brexit unilaterally ? in a judgment that is sure to infuriate Brexiteers everywhere.

Sturgeon says Brexit plan is a dead duck as May asks for EU's 'respect'
NICOLA Sturgeon described Theresa May?s latest Brexit statement as ?a dead duck? yesterday, as the Prime Minister launched a furious attack on European leaders.

EU citizens sceptical of Theresa May's post-Brexit assurances
THE PRIME Minister yesterday signalled that the Government would safeguard the rights of the three million EU citizens living in the UK, even in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Lallans Peat Worrier

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy?
Whatever happened to the springtime for democracy? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 18th 2018 Three decades ago democracy was the future and carrying all before it. The Soviet bloc was collapsing, the South African apartheid regime was crumbling – and all across South America brutal dictatorships were being replaced by democracies (however imperfect) symbolised by …

Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to t...
Who is going to champion Glasgow? Life after the GSA fire and the threat to the CCA Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 12th 2018 Glasgow hasn?t had to look too far to seek its troubles of late. There has been the devastating Glasgow School of Art fire (the second in four years), followed by the …

Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Mod...
Speaking for Scotland: The Salmond Case, Independence and the Silences of Modern Life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 5th 2018 The Salmond controversy has garnered huge press coverage. Beyond the actual cases itself, this says a lot about the state of Scotland. I am not making any assumptions about the guilt or innocence of Alex …

Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics
Why the Alex Salmond controversy matters beyond politics Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 29th 2018 There has only been one story in the last few days in Scotland; that of Alex Salmond. The substantive allegations and Alex Salmond?s response and denial of any wrong-doing have been amply catalogued. The whole controversy covers many issues – …

Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain
Jeremy Corbyn in Scotland: What he should say about Broken Britain Gerry Hassan New Statesman, August 23rd 2018 Jeremy Corbyn is in Scotland. He has problems understanding Scotland and the changing dynamics of the UK. Here is the speech he should give while here. The backdrop to this speech is that Corbyn and his team …

How do we have public conversations in the age of rage?
How do we have public conversations in the age of rage? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 15th 2018 Has the world of politics and public life ever been so messed up? And at a time of global confusion, disruption and challenge when intelligent politics is more needed than ever before. British politics in the last …

Labour?s problems with anti-semitism matters for our democracy
Labour?s problem with anti-semitism matters for our democracy Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 8th 2018 It is truly a summer of madness; think of the challenges facing the UK, Europe and the world. What has been convulsing the British Labour Party all through this trying, testing times? Namely, the issue of anti-semitism. This hasn?t come …

What comes after Creative Scotland?
What comes after Creative Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 1st 2018 Festival time is upon us again in Edinburgh. The yearly jamboree of the various Festivals and Fringe take over our capital city, bring a select part of the world to our shores, and give a platform which presents a vibrant, dynamic Scotland on …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
Labour to block new Scottish independence vote  BBC NewsRichard Leonard rules out Labour support for second Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanLabour manifesto to rule out second independence referendum, says Richard Leonard  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Pri...
Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Prime Minister  Express.co.ukWATCH: Jeremy Corbyn fails to rule out allowing second independence referendum  PoliticsHome.comJeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' indyref2 consent if elected PM  The NationalFull coverage

Scottish Labour leader says party will oppose fresh independence vote
Scottish Labour leader says party will oppose fresh independence vote  ReutersRichard Leonard: 'I intend to be next first minister'  BBC NewsScottish Labour rules out support for a second independence referendum  HolyroodFull coverage

Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit
Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit  Express.co.ukScottish independence 'eight times worse than Brexit'  Daily BusinessIndependence 'eight times more damaging than Brexit', unionists say  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Lab...
Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Labour gains power  The IndependentJeremy Corbyn: Labour government may give Nicola Sturgeon power for second independence referendum  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Alex Salmond allegations: Police probe conduct during Scottish independence r...
Alex Salmond allegations: Police probe conduct during Scottish independence referendum campaign  The ScotsmanFull coverage

With one tweet, this Tory MP accidentally makes the case for Scottish Indepen...
With one tweet, this Tory MP accidentally makes the case for Scottish Independence  The CanaryFull coverage

England and Brexit have made a mug of Scots like me who voted 'no' to indepen...
England and Brexit have made a mug of Scots like me who voted 'no' to independence  iNewsFull coverage

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Scottish Labour official should drop NEC role after anti-Catholic remark ? SNP
Scottish Labour official should drop NEC role after anti-Catholic remark ? SNP  GazetteFull coverage

Tories and SNP clash ahead of first round of Moray Council's budget talks
Tories and SNP clash ahead of first round of Moray Council's budget talks  Press and JournalFull coverage

North Ayrshire SNP deputy leader granted leave of absence to recover from ser...
North Ayrshire SNP deputy leader granted leave of absence to recover from serious illness  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

SNP goverment accused of pulling 'veil of secrecy' over Alex Salmond sexual m...
SNP goverment accused of pulling 'veil of secrecy' over Alex Salmond sexual misconduct claims  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

SNP ministers 'unlikely' to meet target of superfast broadband for every home...
SNP ministers 'unlikely' to meet target of superfast broadband for every home by 2021, says audit  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

SNP could ban public sector asking women interviewees about pay
SNP could ban public sector asking women interviewees about pay  The TimesFull coverage

Call second independence referendum by March, SNP MP says
Call second independence referendum by March, SNP MP says  The ScotsmanFor Yes to win next time, and there will be a next time, we too need to up our game  SNP (press release)Yanis Varoufakis urges Nicola Sturgeon to base plans for independence around a separate currency  HolyroodFull coverage

SNP government vows to fight Alex Salmond court action over sexual misconduct...
SNP government vows to fight Alex Salmond court action over sexual misconduct complaints procedure  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

Referendum (Google News)

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Labour to block new Scottish independence vote
Labour to block new Scottish independence vote  BBC NewsScottish Labour leader: 'There is no case for a second independence referendum' in Scotland  BreakingNews.ieRichard Leonard rules out Labour support for second Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Scottish Labour rules out support for a second independence referendum
Scottish Labour rules out support for a second independence referendum  HolyroodScottish Labour leader says party will oppose fresh independence vote  Times of IndiaRichard Leonard: 'I intend to be next first minister'  BBC NewsScots Labour pledge to block indyref2 after Corbyn wobble  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Pri...
Corbyn REFUSES to rule out second Scottish independence vote if he became Prime Minister  Express.co.ukWATCH: Jeremy Corbyn fails to rule out allowing second independence referendum  PoliticsHome.comJeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' indyref2 consent if elected PM  The NationalFull coverage

Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Lab...
Jeremy Corbyn 'not ruling out' second Scottish independence referendum if Labour gains power  The IndependentJeremy Corbyn: Labour could grant second independence referendum  The ScotsmanJeremy Corbyn refuses to rule out allowing second independence referendum  HolyroodFull coverage

Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit
Sturgeon told Scottish independence to be EIGHT TIMES more damaging than Brexit  Express.co.ukScottish independence 'eight times worse than Brexit'  Daily BusinessIndependence 'eight times more damaging than Brexit', unionists say  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Alex Salmond allegations: Police probe conduct during Scottish independence r...
Alex Salmond allegations: Police probe conduct during Scottish independence referendum campaign  The ScotsmanFull coverage

England and Brexit have made a mug of Scots like me who voted 'no' to indepen...
England and Brexit have made a mug of Scots like me who voted 'no' to independence  iNewsFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon urged to announce Scottish independence referendum
Nicola Sturgeon urged to announce Scottish independence referendum  The ScotsmanHundreds gather in city centre at Hope Over Fear independence rally  Glasgow LiveFull coverage

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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 President Trump thread

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

All of the #indy #yes marches and events and rallies and all that
Watching one of the at least two Scottish Indy groups doing yet another thing. (Hope over Fear. This Time It's Yes Rally) Lots of shouting, lots of wish fulfilment, lots of fake news, lots of amateur/semi-pro music. This one was in George Square, aka Freedom Square. And was a Tommy Sherid...

RISE - The "Scottish Syriza"
http://m.heraldscotland.com/politics/13620831.Revealed__new_Scottish_left_party_named_as_RISE/ SCOTLAND?S new left-wing electoral alliance is to be called RISE, the Sunday Herald can reveal. The grassroots anti-austerity movement, anchored around the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) and the Scottis...

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
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Scottish ferries shake-up?
New plans for the future of Scotland's ferry fleet would see more smaller vessels https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16897174.new-plans-for-the-future-of-scotlands-ferry-fleet-would-see-more-smaller-vessels/ Makes out as if a radical new way of organising ferry services, but seems to me ...

Best folk venues in Glasgow
Hi folks, A couple of pals are coming from Iceland to Glasgow in late November for a conference and making a weekend of it. They were asking me about good folk music venues, both for ceilidh/trad music or just singer-songwriter Scottish or even Irish folk songs. I said the Park Bar was always...

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...

Glasgow Band Name
My mate and I were talking over the weekend about support bands we've seen and we got to talking about a specific band we seen a couple of times.  They were pretty unmemorable music wise (generic indie rock) however they stood out because the drummer either had no arms, one arm or a similar disab...

Chas Hodges
Give it a rest in peace Chas Chas is on the left

Evidence of Evolution
Ok Ally and anyone else.  Please show me the observable evidence for the theory of evolution. I.e. something evolving into something else that can be observed right now.

Sunday Herald
Bought my Herald from Ruchill shop early Sunday whilst they were opening the stalks of papers. I asked is the Heralds been open yet and said it was on the shelf all ready. There was only 1 there. Only 1 I said guy said that is all the manufacturer gives them whilst loads of all the other papers. ...

Gardening.
Was gonna call it Nihilism and gardening, however what's happening in your garden?

Calton Jock

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A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 and a cl...
              The Labour Party 1945 -1997 Some voters may be unaware of the internal rivalry driving the politics of the Labour Party and make their judgements on the conduct of party officials and activists conducting its business acting on information provided by the media and press. These platforms, in … Continue reading "A brief history of the Rises and Falls of the Labour Party From 1945 a...

Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires of soccer sectarian...
        Enlightened Tory politician Adam Tomkins speaks out against bigotry – Sectarian chant is a stupid relic of the past Rangers Fan and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins despairs at the anti-Catholic bigotry of some of his fellow supporters. When I moved from England to Glasgow in 2003 there was little that surprised … Continue reading "Tory troublemaker Adam Tomkins claims he stokes the fires ...

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party under attack from the Zionist Lobby ? If J...
          British Democracy under threat of destruction Investigative journalism by the, al-Jazeera media network revealed how the promotion of Israel operates, including how critics are targeted and criticized as well as what is done to destroy their careers and reputations. The network used an undercover reporter to infiltrate U.K. pro-Israel groups … Continue reading "Jeremy Corbyn and the L...

BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was ...
        seen her so happy but she is with  one who meets her mind     August 2018: BBC Scotland – counter subversion vetting of staff Unionist politicians of the Labour Tory and Lib/Dem party’s cast scorn on anyone raising the spectre of state control of the BBC in Scotland but finally … Continue reading "BBC Scotland and the Staff Political Vetting Scandal and they said there was no anti – Sco...

Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power a...
          2007: Labour Party – Fake News – James Purnell Culture Secretary, and local MP, Purnell, turned up late for an event at a Manchester hospital, and missed the official photo opportunity, only to appear in group press photographs of the ceremony. He denied any knowledge of a decision to fake … Continue reading "Purnell the Labour Party plant with his hands firmly on the levers of power ...

a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glory-of-it...
          2013: Christopher Wylie opens a can of worms Canadian Wylie, claimed to be a central figure in the setting up of the Canadian digital company, AggregateIQ, (AIQ) which played a pivotal role in the official 2016, Vote Leave campaign, led by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. Wylie explained: ?When I … Continue reading "a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glor...

A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Party Basks in the Glory of it...
          Introduction I follow articles written for the Guardian and the Observer, by the Wee Welsh Terrier, Carole Cadwalladr, a fearless journalist who doggedly searches for the truth in any investigation in which she participates. In the last 2 years, reports and articles written by herself and her associates have exposed … Continue reading "A bunch of Spivs Crooks and Wide Boys the Tory Pa...

9 Principles of Honest Journalism ? by which the media are judged by the publ...
      The last honest BBC Scotland Director and we have to go back to 1933 to find him!!!!       Principles of Journalism In the USA, in 1997, a committee of journalists, concerned about failing standards, began a national conversation with the public and news people to identify and clarify the principles … Continue reading "9 Principles of Honest Journalism – by which the media are judged by t...

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Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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