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Independent Scotland can rise above Brexit-style row, report insists
26 May 2018 at 5:00am
A NEWLY independent Scotland should rise above the type of Brexit squabbling that has mired the UK and Europe and agree to shoulder its share of Britain?s historic debt by paying £5 billion a year.

Growth Commission: Unionists seeing red over SNP?s blueprint
26 May 2018 at 5:00am
A LONG-AWAITED blueprint which claims living standards in Scotland could ?equal the best small countries in the world? within a generation of independence has been criticised by Unionist politicians.

Andrew Wilson: ?Scotland will only set up own currency if in its best interests?
25 May 2018 at 2:19pm
CONTINUING to use the pound in the first years of an independent Scotland would be the "right thing to do", the author of a major new report has insisted.

Kenny MacAskill: Growth Commission is a substantial contribution but the cour...
26 May 2018 at 5:00am
Before the last referendum the Scottish Government published what was meant to be a blue print for an independent Scotland.

Ronald MacDonald: Growth Commission has too many deficiencies to be credible
26 May 2018 at 5:00am
Many had expected that the Growth Commission?s report would deliver much needed information on the kind of currency regime that would be fit for purpose for an independent Scotland.

Alistair Carmichael: Growth Commission is all about the economy and that?s wh...
26 May 2018 at 5:00am
?It?s the economy, stupid?.

David Bell: Growth Commission is a reasoned economic case but it won?t please...
26 May 2018 at 5:00am
Andrew Wilson?s Sustainable Growth Commission has produced a reasoned economic case for Scottish independence.

Jim Sillars: Growth Commission has depth, detail and intellectual rigour
26 May 2018 at 5:00am
A long time coming, but the report has depth, detail, quality in its scope of research, and is underpinned with intellectual rigour, a rare quality these days in the sphere of political economy.

John Curtice: Growth Commission is a bid to find answers but necessary steps ...
26 May 2018 at 5:00am
Nicola Sturgeon will have read the Growth Commission report with one central question in her mind.

David Pratt analysis: Trump?s foreign policy has been a catalogue of disasters
25 May 2018 at 4:57pm
SO FAR team Trump on foreign policy has been an unmitigated disaster. Rarely in modern times has there been a US administration so totally at sea in terms of handling international diplomacy.

Unspun: the political diary
26 May 2018 at 5:00am
GENERAL bafflement in the SNP deputy leadership contest over a new campaign video from Chris McEleny. The Inverclyde councillor asks folk to back his call for Indyref2 within 18 months to the sound of the theme from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. You remember the one. It starts with 007 skiing off a cliff and being saved by a Union Jack parachute. A more striking metaphor for the No campaign would be hard to find.

Independence not a 'magic wand' or 'quick step to success', says report author
25 May 2018 at 11:58am
THE architect of the SNP's report into boosting economic growth has told how independence must not be seen as a "magic wand" or "quick and easy step to success".

Independent Scotland would keep the pound for at least 10 years
25 May 2018 at 8:35am
SCOTLAND would keep the pound for at least 10 years after independence under plans set out today by the SNP?s Growth Commission.

'Golden Hello' for skilled migrants among plans in SNP's independence blueprint
25 May 2018 at 5:00am
HIGHLY skilled migrants will be offered a ?Golden Hello? of tax breaks in a bid to lure them to work in Scotland under future economic plans being considered by the SNP.

All you need to know about today's Irish abortion vote
25 May 2018 at 8:06am
Ireland goes to the polls on Friday for a referendum on liberalising one of Europe's strictest abortion regimes.

 

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Exit polls suggest landslide vote for reform in Irish abortion referendum
26 May 2018 at 8:50am
Ireland’s historic abortion referendum looks to have delivered a landslide win for those advocating liberalisation, after two major exit polls recorded huge victory margins.

John McLellan: Growth Commission report sparks all-mighty ruck
26 May 2018 at 6:00am
Growth Commission report divides even those who back independence, says John McLellan.

Blair Jenkins: SNP ask people to approach indy with fresh eyes
26 May 2018 at 6:00am
This is a bold and ambitious report in many respects, but I think one of its key objectives is a relatively modest one – simply to encourage people to approach the independence debate with fresh eyes and an open mind.

Susan Dalgety: On Memorial Day, the US forgets its fallen children
26 May 2018 at 6:00am
Donald Trump and the NRA should tremble in their cowboy boots, because America’s blindness to school shootings is set to be challenged amid the rise of women in politics, writes Susan Dalgety.

Nicola Sturgeon: Growth Commission report candid about indy challenges
26 May 2018 at 6:00am
The Sustainable Growth Commission’s report is a frank assessment of what an independent Scotland might be like, writes First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

John McLaren: Sensible SNP still has much to do to sell indy plan
26 May 2018 at 6:00am
The long awaited Growth Commission report has finally arrived but what is new and how does it compare to earlier claims for a better post independence performance, as for example laid out in the White Paper for the 2014 referendum?

Blair McDougall: Scots indy report shows uncomfortable truths
26 May 2018 at 6:00am
Scots have become so bored with the never ending SNP campaign to leave the UK that they would be forgiven for treating yesterday’s Growth Commission report as more background noise.

Leader comment: SNP?s Growth Commission dismisses indy ?pot of gold?
26 May 2018 at 6:00am
SNP Growth Commission’s report seems to be a genuine attempt to lay out what might happen to the economy

Tom Peterkin: ?Bizarre? release of SNP?s independence report
26 May 2018 at 6:00am
Compared with the razamataz of Alex Salmond’s immaculately choreographed independence White Paper, the launch of the indyref2 document was something else entirely.

Henry McLeish: Corbyn must now take up the fight against a hard Brexit
26 May 2018 at 6:00am
Labour leader has to realise Britain desperately needs to change course, writes former Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish.

Independent Scotland economy would need 25 years to catch up
25 May 2018 at 8:25pm
An independent Scotland would take up to 25 years to match the economic performance of other small countries, according to the SNP’s independence blueprint.

Putin says UK should stop blaming Russia for all ?mortal sins?
25 May 2018 at 7:59pm
Russian president Vladimir Putin has hit out at Britain for blaming “all their mortal sins” on Russia.

Jeremy Corbyn says Northern Ireland needs voice at Brexit table
25 May 2018 at 5:00pm
Northern Ireland needs a voice at the Brexit talks table, Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Does the Growth Commission boost the case for Scottish independence?
25 May 2018 at 4:50pm
The economy was the single biggest issue cited by those who voted against independence in 2014. The SNP knows if any IndyRef2 takes place, it will be the major talking point again.

Scotland school clothing grant of £100 to relieve family pressure
25 May 2018 at 3:46pm
A new national minimum school clothing grant has been set at £100 in a move designed to relieve pressure on families.

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Ruth Davidson Lie Watch
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 May 2018 at 12:52pm
So it appears that Ruth Davidson has been lying again. And as is so often the case, the lie is easy to expose. Because as Davidson herself notes – while apparently claiming some sort of special exemption from accountability on the grounds of being four months pregnant – the man in question was filming her. And he’s released …

Islands in the stream
by Chris Cairns
26 May 2018 at 6:55am

The alternative to growth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 May 2018 at 11:04am
Like most Scottish politics nerds we’re going to be spending the morning absorbing the report of the Sustainable Growth Commission. But while we do that, we’ve got more data from our Panelbase poll of English voters earlier this month, on what Scotland could expect in the future if it stays in the UK. We told them: …

The Bank Of The Clyde
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 May 2018 at 10:45am
Of all the dishonest memes regularly put around by the Unionist side in the Scottish constitutional debate, the most bare-faced is the notion of the “fiscal transfer”. Part-time pretend economists harp on endlessly about how the UK “transfers” money (the current popular figure is £9bn) to Scotland to balance the books every year, as if it …

Girls And Boys
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 May 2018 at 10:59am
The phrase “the Labour Party has gotten itself into a catastrophic mess on X” is a sentence you can complete with almost any subject these days, whether it’s Brexit or anti-Semitism or anti-Asian racism or factionalism or Venezuela or just about anything else under the sun, so it should be no surprise that its gender policy is …

Guess who?s coming to dinner?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 May 2018 at 10:13am
Last week we revealed that English voters would happily see Scotland and Northern Ireland leave the UK if it was the price of securing Brexit. But one of the odder things was that those figures included a sizeable number of Remain voters, who don’t want Brexit to happen at all. We were a little perplexed, so …

Tomorrow?s man today
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 May 2018 at 5:13pm
Michael Gove has been saying some words today, to the general astonishment of all. Which seems like a good time to bring up some more data from our latest poll. Because with rumours flying that Theresa May has absolutely spewed her marbles and plans another general election in the autumn, we had Panelbase ask the …

The news you didn?t hear about
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 May 2018 at 11:21am
It’s been a very sluggish few months in Scottish politics news, with only the significant but rather dry matter of the Brexit power grab to talk about, so you’d imagine that the publication earlier this month of some important new statistics concerning the Scottish economy would have raised some media attention. Yet fully three weeks …

Counting with the Daily Mail
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 May 2018 at 9:11am
After 27 unbroken pages of royal wedding “news” (following on from a full 46 in its Sunday edition), the Scottish Daily Mail finally gets down to reporting other stuff today. “Union support rising”, eh? Do we have any numbers on that? And it turns out that we do. Um, lads? If you’ve got 100 bananas, then someone gives …

The debut
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 May 2018 at 3:27pm
To the best of our recollection, today’s Sunday Politics Scotland was the first time a representative from this site has ever been invited onto a BBC Scotland TV show to discuss the affairs of the day since Wings was founded back in 2011. So we thought we better capture it for posterity in case it’s …

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Scotland 'would keep pound' in years after independence
25 May 2018 at 12:15pm
A long-awaited SNP report says the country could later move towards introducing its own currency.


Reality Check: Scotland and the pound
25 May 2018 at 3:25pm
Scotland could retain the pound but it would have no say on monetary policy


What's in the growth commission report?
25 May 2018 at 10:44am
The 354-page report runs through 50 recommendations on a range of fiscal subjects - but what are the key messages?


'Disappointment' over climate change target
24 May 2018 at 11:33am
Campaigners say the target of reducing Scottish greenhouse gas emissions by 90% by 2050 is not enough.


Northern Isles ferry contract process to start in June
25 May 2018 at 10:34am
The Northern Isles contract - between mainland Scotland and Orkney and Shetland - is expected in summer 2019.


School clothing grant minimum set at £100
25 May 2018 at 3:35pm
It was previously up to councils to determine how much they offered, with some giving as little as £20.


Nicola Sturgeon 'horrified' by gagged worker photo
24 May 2018 at 1:12pm
The first minister asks a top civil servant to conduct a full review and report to her personally.


Edinburgh Tram Inquiry: Tram extension 'to learn from past mistakes'
24 May 2018 at 2:27pm
Council officials says past experience will guide an extension of the tram network in Edinburgh.


Tory councillor expelled over BNP links
23 May 2018 at 10:33am
Stephen Goldsack was listed as the BNP's "Scottish security adviser" in 2011, and was pictured holding its manifesto.


First minister 'very disappointed' by Edinburgh Woollen Mill move
24 May 2018 at 2:55pm
Nicola Sturgeon says her government will do all it can to keep the company's head office in Scotland.


Doctors call for post-Brexit immigration 'clarity'
23 May 2018 at 6:51am
Scottish doctors' leaders say "virtually no progress" has been made to allow medics to work in Scotland after Brexit.


Rape victims to inform Scottish justice research
23 May 2018 at 7:26am
The project aims to understand what influences victims of rape and sexual assault to engage with the justice process.

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Earl of Dumbarton ROCKED by new SHOCK poll that suggests monarchy could be DO...
by James Kelly
21 May 2018 at 3:30pm
There's a new poll out today that has a bit of something for everyone - republican-minded Yessers are delighted that it shows only a minority of the Scottish public are in favour of retaining the m...


Twitter poll suggests a virtual three-way tie in the SNP depute leadership co...
by James Kelly
20 May 2018 at 5:01pm
Just out of curiosity, I decided to run a poll on Twitter yesterday to see how people were planning to vote in the SNP depute leadership election (or how they had already voted).  I genuinely had n...

The case for Chris McEleny
by James Kelly
18 May 2018 at 5:19pm
As you probably know, voting is now open in the SNP depute leadership election, and if you're part of the 2%+ of the entire population of Scotland that are members of the SNP, you have until 8th Ju...

Is Sarah Smith auditioning (again) to become Scottish Tory press officer?
by James Kelly
15 May 2018 at 6:31pm
As you probably know by now, the Scottish Parliament voted at 5pm today to deny legislative consent for Westminster's EU Withdrawal Bill, and did so by a thumping 93 to 30 margin.  It would be an u...

Have the Sunday Herald built bridges after last week's misjudgements? (Spoil...
by James Kelly
13 May 2018 at 6:10am
You might remember a while back that CommonSpace took a brief financial hit after running an attack piece about Wings Over Scotland that had a particularly ill-judged and highly provocative headlin...

Eurovision 2018: Prediction for Saturday's grand final
by James Kelly
12 May 2018 at 5:43pm
So I got a slightly patchier 7 out of 10 qualifiers right on Thursday.  The three I didn't pick out were the Netherlands, Serbia and Slovenia.  Country music isn't really my thing (as I discovered ...

How does the SNP's near-total exclusion from BBC Question Time compare to the...
by James Kelly
11 May 2018 at 6:54pm
There's an indisputable fact of political arithmetic that our broadcasters need to be urgently reacquainted with.  The SNP are not only the third largest party in the elected chamber of the UK Parl...

Eurovision 2018: Prediction for Thursday's second semi-final
by James Kelly
10 May 2018 at 5:57pm
So I correctly picked eight out of the ten qualifiers in the first semi.  The two I overlooked were Austria and Ireland, which is really odd, because those are genuinely two of my personal favourit...

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Ruth Davidson Lie Watch
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26 May 2018 at 12:23pm
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Can Scotland handle hard times for long-term gain?
by Record View
26 May 2018 at 4:30am
The SNP’s ­Sustainable Growth Commission report spell out a confident vision of the future and delivers sugar-rush highs of optimism.


Nicola Sturgeon seeks fresh debate on 'substance' of independence before sett...
by David Clegg
26 May 2018 at 4:30am
The First Minister claimed a new national discussion about the “whys” of independence will not “polarise” the country in the same way speculation about a second referendum would.


Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard tells how 38 years in Scotland fuelled...
by Annie Brown
26 May 2018 at 4:30am
The party leader in Scotland explains why his background formed his principles and how socialism will improve the lives of those who have suffered under this Tory government.


Blueprint for indy Scotland calls for Scottish currency if six conditions are...
by Andy Philip
25 May 2018 at 10:48am
The long-awaited Growth Commission report says Sterling would be used in 'an extended transition period' and the Bank of England could set interest rates for years after a Yes vote.


Ignoring the perils of unequal struggle creates same old problems for voters
by Torcuil Crichton
25 May 2018 at 4:30am
The way politics is run creates people who feel they lose out to another group - just look at Bexit and Indyref campaigns, says our Westminster Editor Torcuil Crichton.


'Give tax breaks to entice skilled migrants to independent Scotland', says SNP
by David Clegg
25 May 2018 at 4:30am
The new growth commission will set out proposals for a 'Come to Scotland' package as part of efforts to boost the country’s population.


Boris Johnson pranked in excruciating 18-minute phone call by Russian blagger
by Dan Bloom
24 May 2018 at 2:02pm
The shock audio of a caller pretending to Armenia's Prime Minister was released by pranksters Lexus and Vovan in what appears to be a major breach of UK national security


'Back Scottish independence and we can boost economy by £4k per person', says...
by Andy Philip
24 May 2018 at 4:30am
The SNP-commissioned report will be published in full tomorrow.


Misconduct allegation against Commons Speaker John Bercow being 'assessed' by...
by dailyrecord
23 May 2018 at 10:32pm

 The Tory MP is embroiled in bullying claims amid allegations he called Commons leader Andrea Leadsom a "stupid woman" and "f****** useless".



Federal judge rules that President Donald Trump can't block people on Twitter...
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23 May 2018 at 7:25pm
Judge Buchwald said the president was violating the American constitution by preventing voters from viewing his tweets.

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Scottish Independence Podcast 165 ? BBC 1943 or 2030?
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21 May 2018 at 11:34pm
We’re back. Just a little reminder of why… Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK. You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook. These podcasts are independently minded and independently funded, you can …
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Not Going Here
by michaelgreenwell
21 May 2018 at 10:44am
Here’s somewhere I won’t be going today, not that I think they would have me. All the same, it is interesting to see that the Tories and Labour have decided to get together again…

The Department For Exiting The European Union?
by michaelgreenwell
18 May 2018 at 11:02pm
Here is Herbert Asquith talking about The War Office from World War One. Seems strikingly similar to something at the moment. For the record, World War One was an essentially pointless exercise in sabre-rattling that led to the death and impoverishment of millions of people.

March For Scotland, May 5th, 2018
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8 May 2018 at 12:06am

What?s Dangerous?
by michaelgreenwell
4 Apr 2018 at 4:00pm
A truly terrifying video from Deadspin…

When Trump Met Saint & Greavsie
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29 Mar 2018 at 3:08pm
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An Interesting Comparison
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11 Mar 2018 at 5:55pm

Well Done Pep
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Beyond Oil, Beyond Status Quo Britain
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 May 2018 at 11:43am
The much awaited (and shambolically launched) Growth Commission is a change of mood music from Euphoric Trance House to Grime. It is a bold effort which as its most basic level, as the First Minister has stated: “shows that Scotland is a wealthy nation with huge resources, encompassing our traditional strengths in innovation, hi-tech sectors …

Wound Up in the Weeds of Westminster
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 May 2018 at 11:56am
There?s a century long tradition of MP?s with radical intentions taking the train to Westminster and getting caught up in Westminster?s cultural and political weeds. Recently Scotland on Sunday ran an article on the SNP Westminster defence team?s submission to the Ministry of Defence consultation on the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP). Based upon the SOS …

Singed Milk
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 May 2018 at 11:06am
On the Ulva buy-out and memories from Eigg twenty years ago. Maxwell MacLeod raises a glass to Scotland’s greatest treasures. As a no hoper freelance journalist with a knowledge of the Hebrides I have been asked by a major newspaper to give them some background on the Ulva buy-out, and as my head is now …

The Unelected are Our New Saviours
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 May 2018 at 8:44am
Scotland had previously been understood as a ‘Liminal Land’ – stuck halfway, mid-process – between the states of devolution and independence – between something and sovereignty. Democracy as a ‘form of becoming’ was understood by Donald Dewar who was this week referenced by Michael Russell as he spoke in the debate which rejected the EU …

Talking over a wall. A letter from Muck
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 May 2018 at 5:35pm
Max MacLeod is praying for peace in Jerusalem, again. I am sitting typing this in a small cottage on the tiny island of Muck, my task today being to try and get two Palestinian nurses out of the current horror of the Middle East. The stark contrast between the two situations here on Muck and over …

How to Launch a Rocket
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 May 2018 at 4:58pm
This is just a very quick article to explain in simple terms what the national Gathering of the groups is for, and why every dedicated Yesser and local group member should be attending as a top priority. The Gathering is designed to be the start of a collective process that has local groups, their members, …

Ivanka Praying for Peace
by Bella Caledonia Editor
14 May 2018 at 2:17pm
As the Palestinian death toll in border protest has risen to thirty-seven, Ivanka is on Instagram selling jewellery and opening the new US Embassy in Jerusalem. This is the profane and the obscene wrapped delicately in a casual racism and projected expertly across social media. She writes: “We will pray for the boundless potential of …

Hostile Environment
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 May 2018 at 9:52am
This spring saturday what do the newspapers tell us about the state we live in? The Daily Express wails at accountability for past military action – like the death rattle of a failed state now operating 95% on the ether of imperial nostalgia. In a surprise move the Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley confirmed she was …

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SNP's economic plan for independence means 'decade of austerity', says Scotti...
by Andrew Sparrow
25 May 2018 at 3:42pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenAfternoon summary 3.42pm BST 3.42pm BST Here is some more reaction to the SNP?s sustainable growth commission report.From the Scottish Liberal Democrats.@willie_rennieresponds to the #GrowthCommission: "Scotland should not jump f...

SNP says Scotland should delay launching own currency
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
25 May 2018 at 12:06pm
Sustainable growth report warns an independent Scotland would need ?robust? spending controlsAn independent Scotland would need to cut spending, delay launching its own currency and offer tax cuts for migrants, a long-awaited Scottish National party report has said.The sustainable growth commissi...

Being excluded from EU Galileo satellite system creates 'irreparable security...
by Andrew Sparrow
24 May 2018 at 4:17pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenAfternoon summary 4.17pm BST 4.05pm BST Ipsos MORI has released some polling today.Half think #Brexit is working out as expected while 4 in 10 think it is worse; confidence in the PM to get a good Brexit deal remains low: new @st...

Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
24 May 2018 at 11:12am
Holyrood says ?net-zero? carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointingNew targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it...

Legal fight to abandon Brexit has no constitutional basis, court told
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
22 May 2018 at 3:22pm
MPs breaking ?parliamentary privilege? by bringing case on UK unilaterally stopping BrexitThe government has warned a group of MPs they are breaching parliamentary privilege by asking a court to rule on whether Brexit can be halted unilaterally by the UK.Three MPs are involved in a legal case bro...

'The right thing to do': Jeremy Corbyn reacts to Livingstone's resignation ? ...
by Andrew Sparrow and Kevin Rawlinson
21 May 2018 at 10:10pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenYuval Noah Harari: Brexit will not halt drive to ?human unification?Support for Brexit falls sharply in Northern IrelandNo 10 lobby briefing ? SummaryMay?s science and industrial strategy speech ? Summary and analysisEvening summa...

My fellow Tories, I?m afraid the crash generation just doesn?t trust us | Rut...
by Ruth Davidson
18 May 2018 at 5:02pm
Polls showing many young people won?t vote Conservative can be reversed ? but the party must work harder to achieve thatExamine the headline figures of the political views of under-40s in the UK today ? and weep, fellow Conservatives. New polling conducted by YouGov for the Centre for Policy Stud...

May says she working on new Brexit 'fallback option' but UK will runs its own...
by Andrew Sparrow
17 May 2018 at 6:09pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happenMay?s press conference in Macedonia - Summary and analysisAfternoon summary 6.09pm BST 5.29pm BST Damian Green, the former first secretary of state, was on the Today programme this morning promoting a plan he has drawn up for a n...

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Not asking permission
I’m trying to get a whole load of Gaelic maps parcelled up, labelled, and posted off. So there’s a lot to do today. However like a lot of independence supporters, I’m also trying to get through the 354 pages of the Sustainable Growth Commission report which was published today – to the predictable harrumphery of …

Can Scotland afford not to become independent?
Back in 2014 the question constantly put forward by the forces of British nationalism in Scotland was – can Scotland afford to become independent? With the implication that of course it couldn’t. As we face the inevitability of a second independence referendum, one which has been brought about by the lies and deceit, the shortcomings …

The self-delusions of a British nationalist
There’s a test that scientists use to discover whether a species possesses self-awareness. They anaesthetise an animal and paint a dot on its forehead using an odourless and chemically inert paint. When the animal wakens, it is presented with a mirror, it it reacts to the image in the mirror by attempting to examine the …

When they?re not kissing babies they?re stealing their sweeties
Ruth Davidson and Michael Gove have announced the launch of a new think tank, because what the world really needs is yet another right wing think tank. The think tank is to be called Onward, as in onward and off a cliff with Brexit. Michael Gove is one of the most reactionary hard line Brexiteers …

What we can?t avoid
It’s like a version of that annoying audio version of thon wedding dress. Do you hear Laurel or Yanny? The BBC is pumping out non stop nausea about the bloody royal wedding, only instead of hearing “Isn’t it MARVELLOUS!” most people hereabouts are hearing “Oh furfuxake gaunie shuttit.” At least that’s all you can hear …

A Gaelic map of Scotland
Well, I promised you merchandising this year because I have a wedding to pay for and need to make some money.  First up is a Gaelic map of all of Scotland.  I’ve been doing regional maps of parts of Scotland, but people always want a map of their own area, so thought it best to …

The guarantee of lies
Scotland and the British government are heading for your actual constitutional crisis, but according to certain sections of the media in Scotland it’s all very arcane, and people aren’t going to get very upset about it. Apparently it’s all about highly technical stuff to do with obscure agricultural standards, nothing that those of us who …

A singular dishonesty
Here we go again. It’s always groundhog day with British nationalism in Scotland. I blogged some months ago about the important distinction between the unitary market of the British state, and the single market of the EU. British nationalists in Scotland are however determined to conflate those two very different political and economic beasts under …

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Nicola Sturgeon: 'It's visionary. It's optimistic. It's unapologetically ambi...
THE arguments may be purely economic, the purpose political but the effect is powerfully philosophical.

Alex Salmond has responded to the SNP's new economic case for independence
THE Sustainable Growth Commission?s position on sterlingisation was music to the ears of Alex Salmond, the former First Minister who led the Scottish Government?s campaign for independence in the 2014 referendum.

Greens say 'flawed' Growth Commission report is long overdue
CO-CONVENOR of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, has described the Growth Commission report as a long overdue contribution to the debate on Scotland?s future.

Nicola Sturgeon hails new economic plan as the ?foundation? of independence
NICOLA Sturgeon has hailed the Growth Commission report as an ?important foundation? on the road to independence.

The National view: Indyref2 must now follow Growth Commission report
IT is the sign of a genuinely thought-provoking report that it attracts compliments and criticisms from all sides of an argument.

Key points from the Sustainable Growth Commission report
ALL week The National has been revealing exclusive snippets of the much-anticipated Growth Report on the economic challenges for an independent Scotland.

Wider Yes movement gives Growth Commission report cautious welcome
THE Scottish Independence Convention gave a cautious welcome to the report.

Michael Fry: Why this is the most impressive economic paper since devolution
IT was well worth the long wait for the report from Andrew Wilson?s Growth Commission. To my mind this is the most impressive economic document to have appeared in Scotland since we got devolution in 1999.

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Scottish Press the Labour Party in Scotland and BBC Scotland Conspiracy Pact...
        BBC – Labour Party Bias ? Not Us!!! In denying the Scottish public their right to active promotion, through broadcasting of cultural diversity with other parts of the United Kingdom the UK government and its centrally controlled BBC is in breach of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of … Continue reading "Scottish Press the Labour Party in Scotland and BBC Scotland C...

Tory Placeman Tomkins Asks the Scottish Parliament to Trust the Westminster G...
          The Application of Laws in England and Scotland before 1707 The principles of Roman Law, a system of ‘rights’ and ‘obligations’ prevalent in European countries was used to develop Scots law over many hundreds of years before 1707. Whilst, in England, lawmaking evolved by writing “Common Law” into statute, using … Continue reading "Tory Placeman Tomkins Asks the Scottish Parliament to ...

1820 Scottish Rising ? Scots Betrayed Yet Again By Unionist Spies Acting for ...
        The 1820 Scottish Uprising James Wilson, Andrew Hardie & John Baird (all weavers) were accused by the Crown of being leaders of the ?1820 Rising?, a group of Scots campaigning for universal male suffrage, better working conditions and a Scottish parliament. They, together with 19 others, mostly weavers: Thomas M?Culloch, Benjamin … Continue reading "1820 Scottish Rising – Scots Betrayed...

The BBC is the Most Powerful Government Mouthpiece in the World and Its Biase...
        1 May 2018: BBC Bias is Well Capable of Swinging an Election or Referendum The BBC is an immensely powerful organisation and the way it presents news could potentially have significant effects on election/referendum results. In 2017, Patrick Kennedy and Andrea Prat, economists from the Columbia Business School, analysed 18 countries? … Continue reading "The BBC is the Most Powerful Gove...

Tory Luddite Tomkins Mocks the SNP Government Attacking Proposals For Safe Dr...
          Drug-Control Policies in Britain The late Prof Geoffrey Pearson was an eminent and highly respected Criminologist noted for his research into violence among the young. In his journal, The New Heroin Users (1987) he gave a voice to users and addicts, confounding many stereotypes concerning this demonised group, who were … Continue reading "Tory Luddite Tomkins Mocks the SNP Government ...

Scotland ? Englands First Colony ? Ravished ? Pillaged ? Blockaded ? Betrayed...
          The Alien Act – Bully Boy Nation England Forces a Treaty of Union On Scotland The 1701 Alien Act was the culmination of the England’s efforts to subjucate Scotland, and the negative impact was huge. An embargo on Scottish goods to both England and its colonies, enforced by a naval … Continue reading "Scotland – Englands First Colony – Ravished – Pillaged – Blockaded – Betrayed – Casti...

Syria ? The US, UK and French Have Given Up On Regime Change in Syria ? New S...
                6 May 2018: Tensions Rising Between Syrian Army, Kurds Amid Creation of US Bases The probability of all-out war between the Syrian army and Kurdish militias in northern Syria has intensified amid reports of the creation of more new US bases, along with reports of a possible … Continue reading "Syria – The US, UK and French Have Given Up On Regime Change in Syria – New Strategy i...

Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal ? The Facts Without the...
      MI6 handler:Pablo Miller & Sergie Skripal     15 Aug 2017: This Will Blow Your Mind – Required Reading Before Taking in the Rest of the Article We think we are more connected to the world, when in reality it?s the opposite. We no longer trust the world we live in precisely … Continue reading "Attempted Murder of Former Russian Spy Sergie Skripal – The Facts Without the Waffle – Who did it...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland
The Royal Family, Britishness and Living in Disneyland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 23rd 2018 The Royal Family are an important part of what it means to be British, and whether you like them or loath them, they are one of the few remaining national symbols of cohesion which unite lots of people. Yet the …

The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List?
The coming rebellion against the world of the Sunday Times ?Rich List? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 16th 2018 Starting in 1988, The Sunday Times ?Rich List? is now in its 30th year. It has survived and prospered through all sorts of political seasons and economic social periods, from the high point of Thatcherism and …

Independence has to be about more than an indyref. It is a state of mind
Independence has to be about more than an indyref. It is a state of mind Gerry Hassan Sunday Herald, May 13th 2018 Scotland and the UK feel in hiatus and stasis – awaiting the unfurling and unraveling of Brexit. Some people are marching. Last Saturday?s gathering was significant given the lack of SNP and Scottish …

The Future has been Postponed: Making Sense of the Age of Nostalgia
The Future has been Postponed: Making Sense of the Age of Nostalgia Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 9th 2018 Nostalgia is everywhere. The past seems all around us ? alive, noisy, ever-present, and more relevant and dynamic than the voices of today and the concerns of tomorrow. Take a couple of examples. The British Labour …

Ideals for Living: The need for guides on how to live a better life
Ideals for Living: The need for guides on how to live a better life Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 2nd 2018 How many times do you hear people say that these are ?grim times?? It has become commonplace ? but a bit of perspective and history is needed. These aren?t after all as grim times …

Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers
Loss is too important to be left to the hate mongers Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 25th 2018 The bewildering nature of modern society ? its incessant, demanding change, shifts in employment, remuneration and technologies, and a sense that big decisions are taken elsewhere ? means that a feeling of loss is commonplace today in …

Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Deme...
Living in the Shadow of Empire State Britain and the Problem of Cultural Dementia Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2018 The UK has been an uncomfortable place in the last few days. There has been the controversy over the Windrush deportations, Tory Cabinet minister Esther McVey defending the rape clause at the Scottish Parliament …

Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain
Enoch Powell?s Ghost and Bigotry still haunts modern Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2018 This week sees the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell?s infamous ?Rivers of Blood? speech which occurred on April 20th 1968, with the BBC deciding to recreate it and broadcast on ?Archive on 4? – read by actor Ian McDiarmid. …

Scotland and Independence

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Rebooting the case for Scottish independence
Rebooting the case for Scottish independence  BBC NewsWill the prospect of £4100 per voter deliver Scottish independence? Here's what the Indyref evidence tells us  The Conversation UKSturgeon bids to revive floundering Scottish independence campaign pleading with voters to escape 'despair of Brexit'  Daily MailLetters: Muddled thinking on tax changes will not win over any No voters  HeraldScot...

SNP growth commission to set out fresh economic case for Scottish independence
SNP growth commission to set out fresh economic case for Scottish independence  HolyroodSNP report to claim independence would bring £4000 bonus  The TimesCase for Scottish independence will be built on back of toxic Brexit  The NationalLetters: Another independence campaign will cause more problems than Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Does the Growth Commission boost the case for Scottish independence?
Does the Growth Commission boost the case for Scottish independence?  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Nicola Sturgeon vows to 'restart' Scottish independence debate
Nicola Sturgeon vows to 'restart' Scottish independence debate  Sky NewsScotland will consider independence vote after Brexit clarity, says Sturgeon  POLITICO.euFarage SHUTS DOWN caller who claims Scottish independence has NOTHING to do with England  Express.co.ukFull coverage

Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence
Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

Scottish independence: PM must admit DEFEAT over Brexit plan or risk breaking...
Scottish independence: PM must admit DEFEAT over Brexit plan or risk breaking up UK  Express.co.ukMark Carney: Independent Scotland currency union 'economically possible'  The ScotsmanJim Murphy says hard Brexit will kill off demand for new Scottish independence vote  Scottish Daily RecordLetters: Let us hope Growth Commission report will not be 'garbage in, garbage out'  HeraldScotlandFull cov...

Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit
Hopes growing for Scottish independence after Brexit  Aljazeera.comFull coverage

Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote
Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote  The ScotsmanFull coverage

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SNP changes tack on economic case for independence
SNP changes tack on economic case for independence  Financial TimesSNP says Scotland should delay launching own currency  The GuardianThe papers: Split views on SNP economics and car crash killer  BBC NewsSNP's monster report on independence is much ado about nothing  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

SNP Growth Commission report: What we know so far
SNP Growth Commission report: What we know so far  The ScotsmanSNP report to claim independence would bring £4000 bonus  The TimesChildren had more opportunities under Thatcher than the SNP, Labour MSP says  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP fury as administration rift causes council chaos in Moray
SNP fury as administration rift causes council chaos in Moray  Press and JournalFull coverage

Alex Salmond has responded to the SNP's new economic case for independence
Alex Salmond has responded to the SNP's new economic case for independence  The NationalFull coverage

Scottish pupils 'not being offered a fair choice' of subjects under the SNP
Scottish pupils 'not being offered a fair choice' of subjects under the SNP  Telegraph.co.ukFull coverage

SNP branded 'appalling' for bullying M&S over using Union flag on goods
SNP branded 'appalling' for bullying M&S over using Union flag on goods  The SunSNP 'bullying' M&S over Union flag on Scotch  The Drinks BusinessTheresa May blasts 'appalling' SNP for urging M&S to market Scotch whisky as Scottish and not British  Scottish Daily RecordFull coverage

SNP councils get biggest funding rise
SNP councils get biggest funding rise  The TimesFull coverage

The SNP has caused its own baby box blues
The SNP has caused its own baby box blues  The GuardianRuth Davidson: If the SNP wants to win, it needs to talk about potholes and teachers rather than banging on about Brexit  iNewsALEX BELL: SNP policy has proven to be a complete waste of energy  The CourierSNP electoral prospects put new vote in doubt  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

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Rebooting the case for Scottish independence
Rebooting the case for Scottish independence  BBC NewsScotland restarts debate on independence with study  Gulf TimesScotland should keep pound for transition period after independence - report  ReutersLetters: Contempt for our EU vote demands a new independence ballot  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scotland will Consider a New Referendum on Independence
Scotland will Consider a New Referendum on Independence  Novinite.comScotland will consider independence vote after Brexit clarity, says Sturgeon  POLITICO.euNicola Sturgeon vows to 'restart' Scottish independence debate  Sky NewsFull coverage

Scottish independence: PM must admit DEFEAT over Brexit plan or risk breaking...
Scottish independence: PM must admit DEFEAT over Brexit plan or risk breaking up UK  Express.co.uk'BBC has not rebuilt the trust it lost in Scotland during the indyref'  The NationalMark Carney: Independent Scotland currency union 'economically possible'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence
Tens of thousands march for Scottish independence  BBC NewsFull coverage

Ireland abortion referendum: Can Northern Ireland vote in the abortion refere...
Ireland abortion referendum: Can Northern Ireland vote in the abortion referendum?  Express.co.ukIreland goes to polls for abortion referendum  The NationalAbortion referendum: Scottish-based Irish citizens flying home to vote  Evening TimesCounting under way as exit polls suggest landslide in abortion referendum  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Independent Scotland will have to embrace HIGHER taxes and more immigration, ...
Independent Scotland will have to embrace HIGHER taxes and more immigration, admits SNP  Express.co.ukIndependence would see Scots £4000 richer, claims SNP report  The ScotsmanCase for Scottish independence will be built on back of toxic Brexit  The NationalLetters: Another independence campaign will cause more problems than Brexit  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote
Scottish independence: New Scots currency plan if Yes wins new vote  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Growth commission: What was in the 354-page report
Growth commission: What was in the 354-page report  The TimesFull coverage

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

Ruth Davidson.
Let's be real here. Best Scottish politician full stop. Since my favourite politician is homosexual I cannot be homophobic. GIRFUY SNP puppets 🏻

The TSB scandal
A massive story which still really hasn't peaked or hit the headlines yet. Their IT switchover last month left millions unable to log on or do any internet banking, for about 4 weeks , this of course has left to great distress and fuckoffedness , with people not knowing what's been paid and w...

Question Time
A bit feisty this evening to say the least.

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!

Scottish Politics Podcasts
With spending more time in my car, due to a change in job late last year, I?m now in the interesting world of listening to podcasts. I?m on the look out for any good (and balanced if one exists) Scottish Politics podcasts. Does anyone know of any? You don?t have to look far to see what my politic...

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 ...

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
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Bobster = Wales
He?s no but I?d still let him come for a swim around my  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carew_Castle and I could ask if he knew  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Milland was Welsh. Or if he?d ever visited your Welsh retreat?   That okay for you? 

DIY and Austerity
The latest cost cutting idea from Mr Tdyer. Last Friday night my daughter and i were chatting in the kitchen and Mr Tdyer walks in with a long plank of wood. He walked over to the fridge and brought out a pot of strawberry jam and started smearing the jam over the wood.  I thought he had ...

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...

Happy Royal Wedding Day Fellow Plebs
 

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.

Completed Bucket List
Following on from our resident Canadian Big Ramy?s thread about what everyone still has to tick off their bucket list, I thought I?d take the liberty of starting a thread for what everyone has achieved Most of mines were and are travel based so I?ll cut bulk of it out Went travelling ...

The Get It Off Your Chest Thread...
Why do arseholes park over the lines and take up two spaces in car parks, you're driving a shit people carrier, park in one space like everyone else you penis.https://uk.images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A2KLktn5p0hU8E0AjztNBQx.;_ylu=X3oDMTIyODdtY3E3BHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1nBG9pZANkZDU4NmMwMjU4...

Camping
Anyone ever do this? We?ve found a tent that we bought a couple of years ago and never used, thinking of taking the kids for a night or 2 somewhere.  Initial thoughts have been up to Loch Ness of Aviemore.  Any recommendations at all?  Preferably with somewhere that a 14 & 10 year old...

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Strong connections: how Scotland is connecting with others on mental health

Scottish Government funds study into rape victims? experiences of the crimina...

Kenny MacAskill: Public services face too many unrealistic complaints

UK Government living in a 'fantasy' over Brexit, EU official says

SNP growth commission to set out fresh economic case for Scottish independence

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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…

Judge Jails Catalan Deputies
Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Raül Romeva, Carme Forcadell and Dolors Bassa into pretrial detention without bail. Both the public prosecutors and the acusación popular1, right-wing party VOX, asked for the measure. Whilst the public prosecution yesterday seemed to be uncertain whether to ask for prison or not, evaluating…

West Lothian Labour/Tory councillors attack the vulnerable then piss off to T...
The Labour Tory de facto coalition in West Lothian have voted through a series of eye watering cuts in West Lothian that target the most vulnerable in the county. Meanwhile the coalition of chaos decided they could afford to treat themselves to an all expenses paid jolly to Taiwan. I kid you not. More on…

Qualitat Policia
In line with the absolute obsession of Spanish society to arrest, jail and silence anyone who even murmurs a hint that the place is a shit hole and that the reason for that is that the blind obedience to authorities who have stolen the wealth of the people and the futures of their children has…

Valtonyc Jailed for 42 months for ?Insulting the Crown?
The Spanish Supreme Court has delivered a sentence of three and a half years in prison to Majorcan rapper Valtònyc. A year ago, the Spanish Court declared the artist guilty of supporting terrorism and insulting the Spanish crown. The sentence also included a compensation payment of 3,000 euros to the president of the Cercle Balear…