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Voting closes in Lib Dem leadership battle
15 Jul 2015 at 2:17am
Voting closes today in the battle for the Liberal Democrat leadership.

Tory ministers launch new strike crackdown
14 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
The Conservative Government will today publish plans for new laws designed to crackdown on strikes and picket lines.

Labour must be patriotic party to win, says Tristram Hunt
14 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
Labour's lack of patriotism damaged it in England and the party must now "wrap itself" in the St George's Cross to win back voters, the shadow education secretary will say.

OSBORNE CONFIRMS THAT NO UK TAXPAYER FUNDS TO BE USED TO PROP UP GREEK BAILOUT
14 Jul 2015 at 11:45am
NO UK cash will be used to help prop up the eurozone bailout of Greece, Downing Street has insisted.

Europe Minister: I didn't give any credence to leaked 'Frenchgate' memo
14 Jul 2015 at 9:21am
The Europe Minister has said he "didn't give give any credence" to a leaked memo suggesting Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to win the general election.

David Cameron says new measures put firms under pressure to close equality gap
13 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
Forcing large firms to reveal the difference between the average earnings of male and female staff will "pressure" them to improve women's wages, David Cameron said.

Labour urges SNP support for anti-fox hunting vote
12 Jul 2015 at 6:16pm
Labour has called on the SNP to vote with it against plans to amend foxhunting laws south of the Border, inflicting the first major Commons defeat on David Cameron's Conservative government.

SNP slams Whitehall gender balance
12 Jul 2015 at 6:15pm
The SNP has accused the UK Government of paying "lip service" to the issue of gender equality, pointing to figures showing "stark" inequalities at the heart of Whitehall.

Labour challengers warn of end of party under Jeremy Corbyn
12 Jul 2015 at 3:40pm
Left-winger Jeremy Corbyn would lead Labour to "oblivion", an ally of leadership rival Liz Kendall warned as the contest became increasingly bitter.

LibDems leader Nick Clegg hits out at Tory election spending
12 Jul 2015 at 3:40pm
The Conservative Party ran a "coach and horses" through rules on election spending limits in seats where they were targeting the Liberal Democrats, former leader Nick Clegg has claimed.

Harriet Harman says Labour won't oppose some of George Osborne's Budget
12 Jul 2015 at 3:05pm
Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has provoked an internal backlash after she announcing her party will accept some of the Chancellor's radical welfare cuts, including a two-child limit on tax credits.

Osborne's policy is not a living wage, says think tank which inspired it
10 Jul 2015 at 6:26pm
GEORGE Osborne's policy is not a "living wage", the think tank which helped to inspire the Chancellor's announcement has warned.

Labour must unite across UK says Kendall
10 Jul 2015 at 6:26pm
A Labour leadership contender has ruled out a separate Scottish party.

Burnham says the road to Downing Street for Labour runs through Glasgow
10 Jul 2015 at 4:15pm
ANDY Burnham will today insist "the road to Downing Street goes through Glasgow" as he puts the revival of the Scottish Labour Party, following its election landslide defeat, at the heart of his campaign for the party leadership.

Evel: Tories target their own backbenches
9 Jul 2015 at 6:10pm
Three years ago when the then Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition set up a commission to look into the West Lothian Question one government aide declared that the body had "nothing to do with Scotland".


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Nicola Sturgeon bangs drum for North Sea workers
28 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

A TASKFORCE set up to help North Sea workers whose jobs are under threat is to be continued “for the foreseeable future”, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.



Scots fire service faces strike threat over pay
28 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

THE cash-strapped Scottish fire service is facing the threat of industrial action in a dispute over pay and working conditions.



Malaysian PM sacks man investigating him
28 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, stung by allegations that he received some $700 million (£448m) in government money, yesterday fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.



Andrew Whitaker: SNP set to dominate Holyrood again
28 Jul 2015 at 4:00pm

The party’s strength in the general election suggests a turnaround next May is unlikely, writes Andrew Whitaker



Allan Massie: Good to have Iran in IS fight
28 Jul 2015 at 4:00pm

Republican hopeful Mike Huckabee is short-sighted in denouncing the US nuclear deal with Iran, writes Allan Massie



Leaders: Fire chiefs & union must find compromise
28 Jul 2015 at 4:00pm

NEWS that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service faces the threat of industrial action in a dispute over pay and working conditions is a worrying development for all.



M9 crash: Police leave voicemail on victim?s phone
28 Jul 2015 at 9:04am

POLICE Scotland called M9 crash victim Lamara Bell’s mobile phone ten days after she died and left a message asking her to call them, her family has revealed.



Colonel Gaddafi?s son sentenced to death
28 Jul 2015 at 8:14am

A COURT in Libya yesterday sentenced a son of Muammar Gaddafi to death by firing squad after convicting him of murder and inciting genocide during the 2011 uprising.



Scots firms sign China deals worth £43 million
28 Jul 2015 at 2:56am

Scottish firms have signed partnership agreements in China worth more than £43 million which are expected to create 70 jobs in Scotland.



Edinburgh writer in Turkish jail on hunger strike
28 Jul 2015 at 2:08am

THE mother of an Edinburgh man on hunger strike in a Turkish jail has spoken of her worry about his health and her wish for him to come home.



SNP warns PM not to dictate second indyref timing
28 Jul 2015 at 1:44am

THE SNP said it is not for the Prime Minister to “dictate” when Scotland holds another referendum after David Cameron said there would no second vote this parliament.



Barack Obama warns Ethiopia over press freedom
27 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

PRESIDENT Barack Obama has urged Ethiopia’s leaders to curb crackdowns on press freedom and political openness as he began a visit that human rights groups say legitimises an oppressive government.



Scots Labour hopefuls rule out break from UK party
27 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

THE two candidates vying to be the next leader of Scottish Labour have both rejected calls for the party north of the Border to break away from UK Labour.



Candidate likens Iran nuclear deal to Holocaust
27 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

United States Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has likened the Iranian nuclear deal to “marching the Israelis to the door of the oven”, a reference to the Holocaust.



Scots universities campaign against UK leaving EU
27 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm

SCOTLAND’s leading universities are part of a major new campaign to persuade British voters to keep the UK in the European Union.




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The problem voice of unthinking Scottish nationalism

A modest proposition
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2015 at 9:01am
Alert readers can’t have failed to notice the media working itself up into a particularly dopey froth this week over the subject of a second independence referendum. First the press, short of actual news in the political silly season, pumped up Alex Salmond stating the bleeding obvious into some kind of hold-the-front-page revelation. (Salmond has […]

A state of dependence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Jul 2015 at 4:27am
On last night’s surprisingly feisty Scottish Labour leadership debate, one thing the two candidates firmly agreed on was that Scottish Labour should NOT become a fully autonomous party able to form its own policies. So it probably won’t come as any great shock to find that they’re both out of step with public opinion. In […]

The unconvinced
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jul 2015 at 10:32am
With David Mundell and Ian Murray both having appeared on today’s “Good Morning Scotland” singing the praises of the wonderful Scotland Bill and how it would deliver all a nation could ever dream of, it seems a good time to publish the results of our recent Panelbase poll on the subject. The nation, it seems, […]

That right-wing British public
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Jul 2015 at 6:08am
You can see why Labour want to give up.

The English SNP
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Jul 2015 at 4:33am
Alert readers may recall a few weeks ago, when this was a thing: The SNP standing for seats in England, of course, is an idea that’s been put forward before by some of the nation’s sharper and more insightful political commentators, but the party has for obvious and understandable reasons shown no inclination thus far […]

A little bit of history
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Jul 2015 at 10:57am
These pages from the 14 March 1998 issue of NME (just 10 months after the election of Tony Blair’s first Labour government) are a fascinating historical document. They needed saving. So we found them and we saved them. [EDIT 26 July: PDF now available here.]

We?ll leave the red flag lying here
by Chris Cairns
25 Jul 2015 at 2:37am

The unpayable ransom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Jul 2015 at 7:13am
Alert readers may have noticed something of a glut of articles in the press recently by right-wing commentators angrily challenging the SNP to prove its left-wing credentials if and when the new Scotland Bill ever becomes law and grants Holyrood more powers over taxation, some minor aspects of welfare and – of course – road signs. […]

Lying to Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Jul 2015 at 4:54am
From a bizarre, rambling Torcuil Crichton column in today’s Daily Record: It’s Torcuil Crichton, so we’d better check that, eh? Below are the findings of a Panelbase poll we commissioned at the end of last month. Oh look. In fact, Crichton’s claim isn’t only wrong, it’s the exact opposite of the truth. Of the four main […]

The boys in the bubble
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Jul 2015 at 8:30am
The battle-cry of right-wing Labour apologists all this week has been “realism”. It’s all very well people like Jeremy Corbyn having crazy old principles about what Labour is supposed to stand for, runs the argument, but you can’t argue with public opinion and public opinion is desperate for Labour to become Tories with a slightly […]


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BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics
The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.


Gas firm made investment warning
28 Jul 2015 at 8:53pm
The company behind plans to use coal seams beneath the Forth to produce gas is accused of "attempting to hold Scotland to ransom".


Lords should be scrapped, says SNP
28 Jul 2015 at 10:49am
An SNP MP repeats his call for the House of Lords to be scrapped, saying it is "the most absurd and ridiculous legislature anywhere in the world".


Labour Party 'should not split'
27 Jul 2015 at 5:01pm
The two candidates hoping to become the next leader of Scottish Labour reject calls for the party to break away from UK Labour.


A&E waiting times target met again
28 Jul 2015 at 5:24am
A key waiting times target for Scotland's accident and emergency (A&E) departments has been met for a second week.


No need for another referendum - PM
27 Jul 2015 at 4:59pm
David Cameron says there is "no need" for another Scottish independence referendum and one will not take place while he was prime minister.


Foodbank opening 'broke rules' claim
28 Jul 2015 at 9:01am
Dumfries and Galloway MP Richard Arkless claims David Mundell may have broken House of Commons rules by opening a foodbank in his constituency.


Plea over women's rights in China
27 Jul 2015 at 2:57am
Speaking in Beijing, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says China can do more to promote gender equality and women's rights.


Complaint against drugs claims peer
27 Jul 2015 at 10:26am
The Speaker of the House of Lords makes a formal complaint against a peer who was filmed allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes.


Centre membership inquiry refused
27 Jul 2015 at 6:56pm
A request to reveal the impact of persistent problems at a Dumfries leisure complex on membership levels is refused.


Action call over GP funding 'crisis'
26 Jul 2015 at 5:03am
Scottish Labour calls on the Scottish government to accept the "mounting crisis" after research suggests a big drop in GP investment.


Child poverty proposal 'flawed'
25 Jul 2015 at 7:56pm
Some 120,000 children will be "cast adrift" if the UK government changes its definition of child poverty, Scotland's social justice secretary claims.


Vacant teaching posts highlighted
26 Jul 2015 at 7:30am
A total of 469 teaching posts across Scotland are vacant ahead of the new school year, according to local authority figures.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
25 Jun 2015 at 7:12am
MSPs quiz First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs.


World's best press pictures come to Edinburgh
21 Jul 2015 at 6:39am
The Scottish parliament is hosting an exhibition of astonishing press images


Mhairi Black's first speech: Five things we learned
14 Jul 2015 at 6:39pm
Five things we learned as the UK?s youngest MP made her first speech in the Commons.


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Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of Scotland's top 10 political websites.

With Burnham in danger of early elimination, Corbyn should now be considered ...
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2015 at 9:31pm
As you may have seen by now, there's yet another spate of reports in the press about a private po...

Cammo may not know so, but he has no veto
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2015 at 12:01pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, ...

Ruth Davidson's credibility lies in tatters
by James Kelly
28 Jul 2015 at 12:18am

Ruth Davidson was asked a number of times in the run-up to the general election whether a Conserv...



Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising, keep me praising till the break of...
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2015 at 6:26pm
There are, naturally, a variety of different views on the exact moment that Tony Blair's megaloma...

Is currency really such a huge dilemma?
by James Kelly
27 Jul 2015 at 12:39pm
As a result of my previous post arguing that there is a respectable case for a relatively early s...

If we put off a second independence referendum until it's risk-free, we'll ne...
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2015 at 3:47pm

Unless there is some kind of split in the SNP hierarchy, it's very hard not to interpret Alex Sal...



YouGov poll : Perceptions of Labour in Scotland seem to be more negative than...
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2015 at 11:43am
From a partisan SNP point of view, one of my concerns about the Corbyn surge has been that it mig...

The electoral system would punish a Labour breakaway
by James Kelly
26 Jul 2015 at 9:03am
RevStu has suggested today that if the Labour party splits in two following its leadership electi...

Katastrophe for Kendall as Ipsos-Mori poll reveals that more people think Cor...
by James Kelly
23 Jul 2015 at 10:16am
We have that rarest of rare beasts today - a post-election voting intention poll.  I really had t...

Labour Uncut keeps telling itself comforting stories
by James Kelly
22 Jul 2015 at 5:35pm
Labour Uncut's editor Atul Hatwal was a constant source of light relief for me in the days leadin...

The only thing the Labour leadership contest is now missing is "The Vow"
by James Kelly
22 Jul 2015 at 9:48am
I've been having a look at the datasets for YouGov's Labour leadership poll showing Jeremy Corbyn...

Either YouGov is completely wrong (again), or Jeremy Corbyn has at least a 50...
by James Kelly
21 Jul 2015 at 5:54pm
I was extremely sceptical about the reports a few days ago that "private polls" were supposedly s...

Labour's dismissive message to their core vote : "Pair Off"
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2015 at 7:28pm
When it was pointed out earlier tonight that there would have been just about enough opposition M...

For the avoidance of doubt, Labour's failure to vote against the welfare cuts...
by James Kelly
20 Jul 2015 at 4:36pm

Just 308 MPs voted in favour of the Welfare Bill a few minutes ago.

Excluding the Deputy Speakers,...



Akehurst's "mutual respect" plan for Labour falls apart
by James Kelly
19 Jul 2015 at 9:37am

The Labour blogger and activist Luke Akehurst has gone on an interesting 'journey' during his par...




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Hi guys, I'm visiting my brother, who's studying here, and I'm looking to buy a flask with a unic...



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Hello all!

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28 Jul 2015 at 2:40pm
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Police left voicemail on Lamara Bell's mobile 10 days after she died.
28 Jul 2015 at 2:06pm
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Can /r/Scotland give those front page Swedish bastards some competition?
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Holidays on Aberdeen - What to do, where to go?
28 Jul 2015 at 10:26am

Hello (or Hiya as I've heard it in here),

Me and my girlfriend are staying in Aberdeen until Sund...




Dumfries foodbank opening 'broke rules' claims MP
28 Jul 2015 at 10:25am
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28 Jul 2015 at 9:31am

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Is another referendum on Scottish independence actually inevitable?
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Daily Record

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Neil Findlay: Labour needs a new start, a new approach and hope.. the person ...
by dailyrecord
29 Jul 2015 at 1:23am
CORBYN'S campaign for Labour leadership is gathering huge momentum and MSP Findlay believes his e...


Joan McAlpine: David Cameron has no right to deny Scotland a second independe...
by Joan McAlpine
28 Jul 2015 at 3:04pm

 JOAN makes her stance clear on a second independence referendum on a week where it's return...


Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn laughs off 'sexy sea dog' comments ...
by Andrew Woodcock
28 Jul 2015 at 8:48am

 CORBYN, who has become favourite to land the role, blushed at comments from the Mumsnet web...


Scottish Labour leadership candidates reject calls to break away from UK party
by Katrine Bussey
28 Jul 2015 at 4:38am

 KEZIA DUGDALE and Ken Macintosh say breaking away is not the answer but insist that Scottis...


Lord Sewel quits House of Lords following allegations of drug fuelled romps w...
by Record Reporter
28 Jul 2015 at 1:43am

 THE disgraced peer apologised for the "pain and embarrassment" he has caused in a letter to...


There is no real case for a House of Lords so close this ermine-clad £300-a-d...
by Torcuil Crichton
28 Jul 2015 at 12:00am

 UNDEFENDABLE on democratic, historical, ethical or practical grounds, TORCUIL CRICHTON says...


David Cameron on collision course with SNP after flat refusal to consider sec...
by David Hughes
27 Jul 2015 at 5:05pm

 THE PM indicated that any decision by the Scottish Government to unilaterally decide to hol...


Nicola Sturgeon hails partnerships worth £43 million for Scottish firms in China
by Mark McLaughlin
27 Jul 2015 at 9:56am

 STURGEON is in Beijing on a trade mission and announced new Chinese partnership agreements ...


Shamed Lord Sewel suspended from Labour Party following drugs allegations
by Sam Lister
27 Jul 2015 at 7:53am

 THE Scots peer quit his role as deputy speaker of the House of Lords following the release ...


Scottish independence campaign attracts newest backers ? quirky Icelandic clu...
by dailyrecord
27 Jul 2015 at 3:50am

 CLUB'S official Twitter account posts message urging the Queen and David Cameron to let Sco...


Cops probe hooker drugs shame Lord Sewell after video exposed his cocaine-fue...
by Charlie Gall
27 Jul 2015 at 12:00am
SCOTS peer Lord Sewel is to be quizzed by police over a video that allegedly shows him snorting c...


Kezia Dugdale: GPs and patients are the latest casualties of budget cuts
by Kezia Dugdale
26 Jul 2015 at 2:30pm

 KEZIA is concerned 54 per cent of GPs describe their workload as unmanageable or unstsustai...


Police urged to reveal if they broke laws to spy on journalists
by Mark Aitken
26 Jul 2015 at 8:00am

 POLICE Scotland have been asked to confirm if they used controversial anti-terror laws to s...


SNP media chief quits after revealing the secret of party's stunning success
by dailyrecord
26 Jul 2015 at 5:07am
KEVIN PRINGLE looks back on his time at the heart of the SNP’s high command and how he came to un...


Second referendum on Scottish independence is 'inevitable', says former First...
by dailyrecord
26 Jul 2015 at 4:55am
SPEAKING on BBC 1's Andrew Marr show, Salmond said the only question is when the referendum would...


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EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party,...
by BBC Scotlandshire
21 Jun 2015 at 10:16am
EXCLUSIVE: In an effort to re-evaluate the purpose and future of their party, a number of courage...

BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
18 Jun 2015 at 2:12pm
BREAKING: A civil war has erupted amongst online separatists after one broke ranks, claiming thei...

EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to p...
by BBC Scotlandshire
15 Jun 2015 at 11:09am
EXCLUSIVE: A new charity will be launched in Edinburgh today which seeks to provide support to vi...

Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we h...
by BBC Scotlandshire
13 Jun 2015 at 2:30pm
Labour Hame, SLab's house blog, are trying their hand at satire. We felt we had to comment.

Do t...

These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire webs...
by BBC Scotlandshire
12 Jun 2015 at 10:11am
These are the good people who built and who manage the BBC Scotlandshire website for us. And now ...

BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmic...
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11 Jun 2015 at 11:21am
BREAKING NEWS: Disgraced ex Secretary of State for Portsmouth Alistair Carmichael has claimed to ...

Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.
by BBC Scotlandshire
10 Jun 2015 at 3:03pm
Wonderful news for the SNP group and a great honour for Angus.




BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands. The Na...
by BBC Scotlandshire
9 Jun 2015 at 7:41am
BBC Scotlandshire announces the death of democracy in these islands.

The Natz have obviously fu...

EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so) The UK media are in uproar as an SNP...
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8 Jun 2015 at 10:26am
EXCLUSIVE: (utterly and inexplicably so)
The UK media are in uproar as an SNP MP had to apologise...

A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to cha...
by BBC Scotlandshire
8 Jun 2015 at 7:34am
A fortnight gone but still the Natz are £2k short of their target to challenge the Imperial Maste...

BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has cl...
by BBC Scotlandshire
5 Jun 2015 at 6:18am
BREAKING: The most senior officer of the Orange Order in Scotlandshire has claimed that Orangemen...

Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book, London Calling: How the B...
by BBC Scotlandshire
1 Jun 2015 at 8:20am
Read Derek Bateman's review of GA Ponsonby's book,
London Calling: How the BBC stole the Referen...

EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP ...
by BBC Scotlandshire
30 May 2015 at 3:32pm
EXCLUSIVE: This week we are proud to present the secret diaries of acting MP for Orkney & Shetlan...

EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmo...
by BBC Scotlandshire
29 May 2015 at 12:24pm
EXCLUSIVE: There was utter confusion at Westminster yesterday when Alex Salmond called for an adj...

EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost ...
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27 May 2015 at 2:44pm
EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost 20 years had been 'c...


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Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - autonomy - self-determination

Standards and Conduct
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jul 2015 at 11:09am
Collapse, decay and decadence are all around us as the power base of the village of Westminster u...

Douglas Henshall on Media, Film TV and Independence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Jul 2015 at 6:47am
Douglas Henshall discusses his early career, key Scottish film influences, and reflects on the ch...

The Lion and the Unicorn
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Jul 2015 at 10:05am
Join the Lion and the Unicorn for a fireside chat …

Reflecting on Generation Yes
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Jul 2015 at 9:57am
A newly politicized generation? We continue our series exploring the legacy of the referendum. As...

Cloth caps and Quagmires: Locating the ?Centre?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Jul 2015 at 1:43pm
Mhairi Black MP was interviewed in ?The Times? (25th July). The newspaper chose to refer to the c...

The Corbyn Catastrophe?or The Oblivion of Unity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jul 2015 at 5:33pm
As the British Political Establishment and their Associated Meejah go into full-blown, panic-stri...

One fine day? at the Edinburgh Fringe
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Jul 2015 at 4:16pm
August in Edinburgh can mean only one thing: Fringe. You have one day ? how do you spend it? Once...

Songs for Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
24 Jul 2015 at 5:47am
Bella Caledonia: Songs for Scotland the Album is the definitive 2014 indyref compilation album, i...

Iceland?s Pirates
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Jul 2015 at 6:09am
A slew of recently formed political parties have been topping polls across Europe ? think Syriza,...

MoodieVision: Reporting Jockland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Jul 2015 at 5:50am
Series 2 Episode 1 of MoodieVision animation: Reporting Jockland. The follow-up to ‘Greg Moodie V...


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Scotland and Independence

scotland independence -guardian - Google News
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No need for another Scottish independence referendum, Cameron says - BBC News
27 Jul 2015 at 4:59pm

BBC News

No need for another Scottish independence referendum, Cameron says
BBC News
David Cameron h...


Scottish independence campaign attracts newest backers ? quirky Icelandic clu...
27 Jul 2015 at 3:50am

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish independence campaign attracts newest backers ? quirky Icelandic cl...


David Mundell: no plans for second Scottish independence vote - TV Newsroom
29 Jul 2015 at 12:53am

TV Newsroom

David Mundell: no plans for second Scottish independence vote
TV Newsroom
A second refer...


Scottish independence did not scare off investors, says new figures - Kirkint...
13 Jul 2015 at 8:54am

Kirkintilloch Herald

Scottish independence did not scare off investors, says new figures
Kirkintill...


Another Referendum for Scottish Independence 'Inevitable' - Sputnik Internati...
26 Jul 2015 at 8:28am

Sputnik International

Another Referendum for Scottish Independence 'Inevitable'
Sputnik Internation...


Scottish independence is not inevitable - Telegraph.co.uk
23 Jul 2015 at 6:55am

Telegraph.co.uk

Scottish independence is not inevitable
Telegraph.co.uk
The Scottish referendum on i...


Nicola Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum over 'English votes ...
3 Jul 2015 at 9:12am

The Independent

Nicola Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum over 'English votes ...
Th...


Professor launches online study into motivations of Scottish independence ......
7 Jul 2015 at 5:41am

Professor launches online study into motivations of Scottish independence ...
CommonSpace
A LEADING...


EXCLUSIVE: Is independence back on the cards? Alex Salmond claims EVEL will ....
6 Jul 2015 at 6:01am

The Courier

EXCLUSIVE: Is independence back on the cards? Alex Salmond claims EVEL will ...
The Cou...


Rewriting Democracy: Scotland's Movement Towards Independence with a National...
9 Jul 2015 at 7:23am

Center for Research on Globalization

Rewriting Democracy: Scotland's Movement Towards Independence...



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No Clear Plans for Second Scottish Independence Referendum - Sentinel Republic
29 Jul 2015 at 1:33am

No Clear Plans for Second Scottish Independence Referendum
Sentinel Republic
But despite Sturgeon's...


Neil Findlay: Labour needs a new start, a new approach and hope.. the person ...
29 Jul 2015 at 1:23am

Scottish Daily Record

Neil Findlay: Labour needs a new start, a new approach and hope.. the person...


MSP calls for say on fracking - Dunfermline Press
29 Jul 2015 at 1:05am

MSP calls for say on fracking
Dunfermline Press
?The SNP Government in Edinburgh is trying to face ...


Second Scotland referendum 'inevitable' - The Weather Space
29 Jul 2015 at 1:03am

Second Scotland referendum 'inevitable'
The Weather Space
In an interview with the BBC's Good Morni...


David Mundell: no plans for second Scottish independence vote - TV Newsroom
29 Jul 2015 at 12:53am

TV Newsroom

David Mundell: no plans for second Scottish independence vote
TV Newsroom
The remarks ca...


Henry Hill: Cameron rules out Scottish referendum rematch - Conservative Home
29 Jul 2015 at 12:46am

Henry Hill: Cameron rules out Scottish referendum rematch
Conservative Home
David Cameron has ruled...


No UK Government plans for another independence referendum - Rapid News Network
29 Jul 2015 at 12:40am

Rapid News Network

No UK Government plans for another independence referendum
Rapid News Network
In ...


Scottish secretary David Mundell: There are no plans for a second Scottish - ...
29 Jul 2015 at 12:28am

Scottish secretary David Mundell: There are no plans for a second Scottish
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The Sc...


Scottish Labour leader contender Ken MacIntosh: 'We must clean up our party ....
29 Jul 2015 at 12:01am

Scottish Daily Record

Scottish Labour leader contender Ken MacIntosh: 'We must clean up our party ...


SNP bites back at Prime Minister - City A.M.
28 Jul 2015 at 11:24pm

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SNP bites back at Prime Minister
City A.M.
THE SNP has rejected Prime Minister David Camer...



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No need for another Scottish independence referendum, Cameron says - BBC News
27 Jul 2015 at 4:59pm

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No need for another Scottish independence referendum, Cameron says
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David Cameron h...


Joan McAlpine: David Cameron has no right to deny Scotland a second ... - Sco...
28 Jul 2015 at 3:04pm

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Mundell says Scottish people will decide on second referendum - BBC News
27 Jul 2015 at 4:29am

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Mundell says Scottish people will decide on second referendum
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The Scottish secreta...


SNP MP Margaret Ferrier asks about second referendum - BBC News
20 Jul 2015 at 10:30am

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SNP MP Margaret Ferrier asks about second referendum
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An SNP MP has questioned the ...


Another Referendum for Scottish Independence 'Inevitable' - Sputnik Internati...
26 Jul 2015 at 8:28am

Sputnik International

Another Referendum for Scottish Independence 'Inevitable'
Sputnik Internation...


Alex Salmond: second Scottish referendum is inevitable - PPP Focus.com
28 Jul 2015 at 10:41pm

Alex Salmond: second Scottish referendum is inevitable
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He added: ?The Scottish Govern...


Referendum call is corrrect - Herald Scotland
24 Jul 2015 at 6:08pm

Referendum call is corrrect
Herald Scotland
An SNP spokesman repeats the deeply disingenuous phrase...


David Cameron showed 'little understanding of Scotland before the referendum ...
18 Jul 2015 at 4:33pm

The Independent

David Cameron showed 'little understanding of Scotland before the referendum ...
Th...


Nicola Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum over 'English votes ...
3 Jul 2015 at 9:12am

The Independent

Nicola Sturgeon threatens second independence referendum over 'English votes ...
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First person in Scotland convicted of electoral fraud at independence ... - S...
11 Jul 2015 at 6:01pm

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First person in Scotland convicted of electoral fraud at independence ...
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Early move to individual electoral registration risks disenfranchising 1.9m p...
by Letters
28 Jul 2015 at 2:21pm

The decision by the government to bring forward by one year the end of the transition period in the implementation of individual electoral registration to 1 December 2015 is wrong (Labour accuses D...



David Cameron rules out second Scottish independence referendum
by Patrick Wintour Political editor and Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
27 Jul 2015 at 4:00pm

Prime minister says ?no? to another vote in this parliament after Alex Salmond suggested issues such as a possible Brexit from the EU made it inevitable

David Cameron has rejected suggestions that ...



Scottish government turning to more private money for public projects
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Jul 2015 at 11:52am

Children?s hospital among affected projects after spending programme part-funded by private sector runs foul of new EU rules on measuring state spending

The Scottish government is turning to increas...




Scotland minister challenges SNP to clarify position on second independence r...
by Guardian Staff
27 Jul 2015 at 7:29am
Scotland minister David Mundell challenges Nicola Sturgeon to clarify her party's position on a second Scottish independence referendum. Speaking to the BBC's Good Morning Scotland, Mundell was res...

Nicola Sturgeon urged to explain SNP position on second independence vote
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
27 Jul 2015 at 4:21am

David Mundell, Scottish secretary, challenges first minister to be clearer on party?s referendum policy after Alex Salmond said second vote is inevitable

The Scottish secretary, David Mundell, has ...



Second Scottish referendum inevitable, says Alex Salmond
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 Jul 2015 at 6:40am

SNP MP says only timing of independence vote is in question, and failure to deliver sufficient devolution, the EU issue, and austerity make it more likely

A second independence referendum for Scotl...



Nicola Sturgeon asks whether UK agencies spied on Scottish politicians
by Severin Carrell, Steven Morris, Ian Cobain and Henry McDonald
24 Jul 2015 at 11:37am

Cameron faces questions after GCHQ changed rules to allow eavesdropping on members of devolved parliaments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

David Cameron is under pressure to justify a secret...



Blair says SNP has caveman strategy, but next to the Tories it seems progressive
by Severin Carrell
22 Jul 2015 at 12:19pm

While former Labour leader asserts weaknesses in SNP?s record in office and attacks its nationalism, government?s policies keep boosting party?s profile

With characteristic directness, Tony Blair ha...



SNP's Westminster stunt: a theatrical distraction from tricky issues at home?
by Michael White
22 Jul 2015 at 7:36am

Causing trouble to make a point is a legitimate political device but it could also be a way of hiding from Holyrood?s problems in Scotland

The spectacle of a group of SNP MPs briefly taking over Lab...



SNP takes to opposition seats after blasting Labour for welfare bill stance
by Nadia Khomami
21 Jul 2015 at 1:59pm

Nicola Sturgeon says her party offered the only opposition to the Conservatives, after slamming Labour for abstaining from a crucial vote on welfare reforms

The Scottish National party defied conven...



Labour accuses David Cameron of manipulating electoral system
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent
16 Jul 2015 at 10:34am

As Tories ignore Electoral Commission and expedite new voting register, Labour says government is pushing through boundary review rigged in its favour

Labour has accused David Cameron of attempting ...



Mhairi Black says Labour must get over election defeat and work with SNP
by Rajeev Syal
15 Jul 2015 at 7:36am

Britain?s youngest MP claims Labour is in shock and its MPs do not like voting alongside the SNP ?whatever the issue?

Mhairi Black, Britain?s youngest MP, has called for Labour to ?get over? its gen...



Mhairi Black attacks housing benefit cuts in maiden Commons speech
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
15 Jul 2015 at 2:45am

After housing benefit for under-21s abolished in budget, new MP says she is now only 20-year-old whom chancellor is helping with housing

Mhairi Black, the youngest person to be elected to parliament...



BBC urged to review Scottish coverage in wake of independence row
by Press Association
14 Jul 2015 at 10:12am

Audience panel says some programmes appeared to adopt an ?Anglified perspective? about the referendum and ignored grassroots campaigns

The BBC should review its approach to the coverage of ?controve...



Tory plan to relax foxhunting ban set to fail after threat from SNP
by Rowena Mason and Libby Brooks
13 Jul 2015 at 2:58pm

SNP will vote down Tory motion to relax ban on hunting with dogs even though it would bring England and Wales into line with Scotland

Foxhunting vote shelved by Tories in face of SNP opposition

David...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Scottish democracy is not a serving suggestion
by weegingerdug
28 Jul 2015 at 8:49am
Davie Cameron, the balloon faced Tory who enjoys the support of a single Scottish MP, has slapped down us little Scottish people who were labouring under the misapprehension that we lived in a demo...

On the highway to indyref 2
by weegingerdug
26 Jul 2015 at 9:49am
Alicsammin is back in the news, not that he ever really left it. You may remember him from last year, while you, oh naive Caledonian person you, thought you were voting in an independence referendu...

Captain Caveman and the shock of the new
by weegingerdug
23 Jul 2015 at 4:12pm
Labour’s hierarchy, the careerists and the SPADs, the spin doctors and the politics grads, are in full scale panic mode this week. Headless chickens have been known to run around more calmly and wi...

The party which ran away
by weegingerdug
21 Jul 2015 at 7:17am
Are there any principles left in the moral vacuity that has replaced the Labour party? Is there anything that can be said that will get through to the party’s bankrupt leadership? Are there any bar...

#60mins The hashtag that refused to trend
by weegingerdug
20 Jul 2015 at 8:49am
As someone who wants Scottish independence, by definition I am opposed to the British state. Anything which weakens the British state strengthens my cause. But not like this, I don’t want it to hap...

BBC Cringe: the Norma Desmond of broadcasters
by weegingerdug
16 Jul 2015 at 9:59am
Earlier this week, the youngest Scottish MP ever gave her maiden speech in the Chamber of the House of Commons. You’d think that a 20 year old working class Scottish woman from Paisley might be int...

It?s been a good week
by weegingerdug
14 Jul 2015 at 12:10pm
It’s been a good week. OK, we still have the slimiest evillest Tory government since slimy evil first crawled out of the primordial slimy evil soup – which by a strange coincidence was also the stu...

What is the point of you?
by weegingerdug
12 Jul 2015 at 5:51pm
Jesus wept, Keir Hardie spun in his grave, the ghost of Aneurin Bevin howled in impotent rage at the vacuity of the press release, the spirits of the Jarrow marchers sat down and wept, and millions...

London Calling : How the BBC stole the referendum
by weegingerdug
11 Jul 2015 at 10:42am
My friend and former colleague on NewsnetScotland GA Ponsonby has published a book which, in exquisite detail, destroys the claim of our national broadcaster to have been neutral and unbiased in it...

Stalling the EVEL minion monkeys
by weegingerdug
10 Jul 2015 at 10:55am
The evil Tories have had to make an evil delay to their evil EVEL plans. Not because they’ve suddenly realised that it’s evil to make major constitutional changes through the back door of a procedu...


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David Cameron - No need for another referendum
27 Jul 2015 at 11:32pm

Dishface getting us telt, with added cringe whinge from Ian Murray.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33668976

 

There is "no need" for another Scottish independence referendum, which would have to be "legal, fair and properly constituted", David Cameron has said.

He also ...



Lord Sewel caught with cocaine and prostitutes
27 Jul 2015 at 12:29pm

Some boy.

 

Deputy Speak of the House of Lords has been caught on a hidden camera having sex with prostitutes, snorting cocaine and wearing one of his lady friend's bra.

 

In addition to this the peer, who had an important role in drafting the legislation for the Scottish Parliament, chatted to t...



Nats position on the EU referendum
26 Jul 2015 at 7:45am

The SNP are clearly taking the Scottish public for clowns by claiming that a Scots Yes vote and an English No vote would be grounds for a second independence referendum. The EU's position is clear; Scotland would not inherit the UK's place in the EU and would have to apply as a new member state. ...



Andy Burnham's expenses
25 Jul 2015 at 4:12am

Andy Burnham claims £17,000 a year in rent for London flat – despite owning another that's walking distance from Westminster

 

Andy Burnham has been claiming more than £17,000 a year in expenses to rent a flat in London despite owning another property a short walk from Westminster. The Labour lea...



Remember this story?
24 Jul 2015 at 12:53pm
http://m.huffpost.com/uk/entry/1341629

What a belter it was.



No more London in Londonderry
24 Jul 2015 at 6:31am
The BBC will be happy at least.

http://m.rte.ie/news/2015/0724/716882-derry/

The Unionists are diminishing,
23 Jul 2015 at 2:27pm
Two more people I know who voted No would now vote Yes.
Independence is less than a decade away!!

Greatest Political Leader
19 Jul 2015 at 3:10pm
Was having a discussion in the pub about who the greatest PM was (which I think has been done here before)- it sort of then led on to who was the greatest political leader (not necessarily politician).

Lots of the usual suspects came up - Ghandi, Mandela etc - so who would you consider to be the ...

Bookworm
19 Jul 2015 at 1:08pm
Can I suggest that everyone ignores the z-list troll?

Royal Nazis
18 Jul 2015 at 3:44am

Just extend your fingers a bit George.....that's right, well done

 



EVEL
15 Jul 2015 at 4:24pm
Well the respect agenda lasted quite a long time.
Some Tory back bencher has asked about taking back powers from Holyrood.....

Iran nuclear deal
15 Jul 2015 at 12:12pm
Great news that a deal has been done with Iran and sanctions will be eased , this will bring much needed finance to a crippled country, no surprise though to see Israel call it an historically bad deal.
Never thought I would see the US open up to Cuba and Iran.

Tories launch biggest crackdown on trade unions in 30 years
15 Jul 2015 at 1:03am

Well no surprises here is there?

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/15/trade-unions-conservative-offensive-decades-strikes-labour

 



What party?
13 Jul 2015 at 4:30pm
Well following the referendum I joined the SNP and was inspired by their policies and the work that Nicola Sturgeon has carried out, including the general election. I agree with the social democratic policies they represent. However I've just been informed that my constituency candidates are all ...

ANNIVERSARY
13 Jul 2015 at 10:08am

There's a favorite anniversary coming up. How should we commemorate it. The Glenturret Distillery could produce an especially strong Whisky, say about 44.7% proof and call it the Famous Disastergrouse. That would be a fitting way to solemnize it.




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Anything Goes

The Personal Argument / Bitching Thread......
28 Jul 2015 at 9:51am

Hopefully this can serve as a suitable thread to contain all these personal arguments which are cluttering up the board.

 

You're welcome 



Confused
27 Jul 2015 at 9:53am

David Cameron says Lord Sewel should be kicked out of parliament for taking cocaine with hookers.

 

I thought he usually just appointed them Chancellor of the Exchequer...



It's A Given Now
26 Jul 2015 at 7:35pm

if you voted no, you endorse the systematic rape of innocent children by the officials of your beloved British state.

 

what the hell are you thinking?

 

 



Betting/tips
26 Jul 2015 at 4:01pm
First of all, no responsibility accepted for any losses due to the following......but would feel bad if I didn't share and it lands.

Been watching some Concacaf Gold Cup on nightshift with a few of the boys - organising break times to catch some second halves, and betting on stuff that maintains ...

University Courses
26 Jul 2015 at 2:47pm

one of the kids has just finished 2nd year at uni (one resit to do...) he was doing mechanical engineering but it looks like he doesnt want to continue this course,can he use this 2 years to transfer to another course even if it is completely different ie Bus studies or something like that.

thank...



Insulate Energy Services
25 Jul 2015 at 8:28am

Anyone heard of Insulate energy services based at Clydebank.

I filled out an on line search for local companies(Dymfries)to get a quote on a replacement boiler.

Above company contacted me getting details and arranging a visit.They were meant to get in touch with 4 local companies but haven't hear...



Edl March
25 Jul 2015 at 7:18am
In Lincoln now listening to we are coming we are coming, the infidels of the edl. What the badger.

The Aussies Have Lost It
25 Jul 2015 at 5:25am
Appealing two individual results from 1980 and 1948

m.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/33663036

Cheap Uk Train Tickets
25 Jul 2015 at 4:30am

Hi,

 

We are going from Glasgow to Manchester airport on Sunday, October 11.

Prices and tickets are already available at 70£ each but i'm sure i can get cheaper prices. Should i wait beffore booking or is it unlikely to drop?

When is usually the best period to book train tickets to have the cheap...



9.87
24 Jul 2015 at 5:46pm

Obviously too tall to be proper sprinter.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thOhA5E_vzc




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