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SNP MSP's staffer gets official warning over pro-IRA comments
25 Sep 2016 at 12:20am
An SNP MSP has given one his aides an official warning after being alerted to a raft of pro-IRA messages on the staff member?s social media account.

Kezia Dugdale faces revolt after chaotic flip-flop on Jeremy Corbyn
25 Sep 2016 at 12:20am
KEZIA Dugdale plunged her party into a fresh crisis yesterday, claiming Jeremy Corbyn cannot unite Labour or win a general election just minutes after he was re-elected as UK leader.

Revealed: new photos show former Labour MSP manhandling indy supporter
25 Sep 2016 at 12:19am
DISTURBING photographs have emerged of a former Labour MSP apparently manhandling an independence supporter during the General Election.

Labour candidate defects to Tories over party's "weak" stance on independence
25 Sep 2016 at 12:19am
A LABOUR candidate at last year?s general election has defected to the Conservatives.

Paul Hutcheon: Kezia Dugdale made a bad political mistake yesterday
25 Sep 2016 at 12:19am
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Judicial watchdog has failed to publish an annual report in over two years
25 Sep 2016 at 12:17am
A JUDICIAL watchdog has failed to publish an annual report of her time in the high-profile post ? more than two years after getting the job.

Corbyn appeals for unity after bruising contest
25 Sep 2016 at 12:20am
AT the end of a bitter two-month fight Jeremy Corbyn has made an optimistic plea for unity after being re-elected Labour leader.

Labour MPs facing pressure not be become 'scabs' and join Corbyn''s frontbenc...
24 Sep 2016 at 2:15pm
Labour MPs are being urged not to become ''scabs" and enter Jeremy Corbyn?s frontbench until he agrees to elections to his shadow cabinet.

Jeremy Corbyn re-elected as Labour leader with 61.8 per cent of the vote
24 Sep 2016 at 1:26pm
Jeremy Corbyn has been re--elected as leader of the Labour party.

Murray: Corbyn is 'all over the place' on a Labour coalition with SNP
24 Sep 2016 at 12:13am
Scottish Labour is on a collision course with the UK party after former shadow secretary of state Ian Murray accused Jeremy Corbyn of being "all over the place" on future relations with the SNP.

Unspun: Button it
24 Sep 2016 at 12:13am
FRESH news on Buttongate, the great Holyrood flap about Kezia Dugdale failing to vote on Thursday and letting the SNP avoid defeat on council tax reform by a margin of one. MSPs usually avert such bungles by checking each other?s button pressing. The Scottish Labour leader was paired with her predecessor Iain Gray. We hear that when the result came in, a relieved Mr Gray told Kezia: ?Well thank God it wasn?t one of us!? Not exactly bright as a... button.

Corbyn calls for MPs to unite as expectations grow that he will be re-elected...
23 Sep 2016 at 8:12pm
Jeremy Corbyn has issued a rallying call for Labour MPs to "unite, cherish and build our movement" as expectations rise of his all but certain victory in the battle to retain the party leadership.

Schulz warns May UK cannot have access to single market without giving up bor...
23 Sep 2016 at 4:36pm
BRUSSELS has set itself on a Brexit collision course with London after Martin Schulz, one of its most powerful players, made clear the UK could not have access to the European single market without accepting the free movement of people, saying the two principles were ?inseparable?.

Labour celebrates hat-trick of by-election victories
23 Sep 2016 at 11:42am
Labour has shrugged off divisions over the leadership to score a hat-trick of council by-election gains as activists gather for their party conference in Liverpool.

Jeremy Corbyn warned of 'warfare' over threat of deselection of Labour MPs
23 Sep 2016 at 11:18am
Labour will be plunged into "warfare" unless Jeremy Corbyn halts talk of deselecting MPs if he wins the party leadership contest, former minister Caroline Flint has warned.

 

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Theresa May?s late backing for Cameron in EU referendum
25 Sep 2016 at 1:40pm
David Cameron became intensely frustrated at Theresa May’s unwillingness to declare her intentions in the run-up to the EU referendum campaign, according to his former communications chief.

Donald Trump poised to spend £100m on TV campaign
25 Sep 2016 at 10:12am
Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House is planning for what it says will amount to $140 million (£100m) worth of advertising from now until US election day.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: rebel Labour MPs left to ponder options
25 Sep 2016 at 8:48am
This time last year, Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader was an earthquake. Yesterday it was matter-of-fact.

SNP partly responsible for Brexit, claims Theresa May
25 Sep 2016 at 8:32am
Prime Minister Theresa May has claimed that the SNP must take partial responsibility for the Brexit vote – despite most Scots voting Remain after Nicola Sturgeon campaigned for this outcome.

Ian Davidson: Labour must rally behind radical agenda
25 Sep 2016 at 12:10am
Now it’s over, again, and Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected leader of the Labour Party, this time with a bigger majority, by a bigger membership. He won with no rules having been bent in his favour, no organisational manoeuvres to increase his chances and no unfair help from the party machine.

Euan McColm: George Osborne gives Brexit?s losers a voice
24 Sep 2016 at 11:27pm
Those who voted Remain in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union have been desperately badly served by the Labour Party since the result was announced.

Scottish schools start new term hundreds of teachers short
24 Sep 2016 at 11:25pm
Schools across Scotland started the new term with hundreds of unfilled vacancies for teachers, new figures have revealed.

BBC Alba future in balance warns operator
24 Sep 2016 at 11:06pm
Scotland could lose its dedicated Gaelic channel and see a decline in the use of the language unless BBC Alba wins a better financial deal, its operator has warned.

Poll: Voters believe Labour more divided than ever
24 Sep 2016 at 8:54pm
The majority of voters believe the Labour party is more divided now than it has ever been, according to a new poll.

Jim Sillars: Indyref2 campaigners should focus on economy
24 Sep 2016 at 5:30pm
Independence supporters need to convince Scots that leaving the UK will provide people with a “good life free from poverty” if they are to win a possible second referendum, as veteran nationalist said.

Paul Mason calls for Scottish Labour members to back independence
24 Sep 2016 at 5:26pm
A prominent Labour activist and broadcaster has called on party members north of the border to back Scottish independence.

Kezia Dugdale: Corbyn facing ?difficult task? to unite Labour
24 Sep 2016 at 3:19pm
The Scottish Labour leader has warned Jeremy Corbyn he faces a “difficult task” to reunite the party in wake of a divisive leadership election.

Jobless Scots ?happier than those in legal sector?
24 Sep 2016 at 1:59pm
Jobless Scots are happier than those working in the legal sector, according to new research.

Tory MSP slammed for missing Holyrood vote for Zurich trip
24 Sep 2016 at 1:53pm
A Conservative MSP who also referees senior football games has come under fire for missing a crunch Holyrood vote in order to attend a Fifa refereeing conference in Switzerland.

Jeremy Corbyn re-elected Labour leader
24 Sep 2016 at 12:15pm
An unprecedented attempted coup by Labour MPs against their leader was crushed yesterday as Jeremy Corbyn won a second resounding mandate from party members in the space of a year.

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An absence of challenge
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Sep 2016 at 9:11am
Kezia Dugdale isn’t even trying to make our life difficult. “I don?t think Jeremy can unite our party and lead us into government. He cannot appeal to a broad enough section of voters to win an election.” (22 August 2016) “I believe that Jeremy can unite the Labour Party and win a general election.” (24 September 2016) …

Kez?s Nightmare
by Chris Cairns
24 Sep 2016 at 6:55am

The squandered bounty
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Sep 2016 at 12:26pm
It’s long been a bone of contention for Scots – and not just nationalists – that the UK government, by common agreement, wasted the vast wealth windfall of the North Sea on funding Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s programme of deliberate de-industrialisation, mass unemployment, huge tax cuts for the wealthy and bribes to the working class in …

The soggy deckchairs
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Sep 2016 at 3:17pm
With the greatest of reluctance, and only in the absence of anything even remotely more interesting, then, let’s have a few words on Scottish Labour’s latest solemn and sincere declaration of its full, total, complete and utter autonomy. Because while the media is reporting the development that UK Labour has decided to extend a few …

Moving on
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Sep 2016 at 11:54am
Exactly two years ago today (how time flies), we wrote this: It doesn’t seem overly immodest to say that we pretty much nailed it. But if that was then and this is now, what of tomorrow? A referendum in which Yes fell just 5.4% short of the winning post was never going to settle the …

The unhappy 11%
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Sep 2016 at 12:01pm
The Sunday Times has a new Panelbase poll out today, and it borrows a question that was first asked by this website (via the same pollster) 14 months ago. These were the results this month: They broadly show little change from when we asked last year (for the five options the changes are +1, 0, …

Hit for Six
by Chris Cairns
17 Sep 2016 at 6:55am

Following the trail
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Sep 2016 at 12:00pm
Ruth Davidson opened First Minister’s Questions yesterday with an attack on the Scottish Government over the performance of the NHS, citing a report that the service faced “pockets of meltdown” this winter. But later in the session, alert backbench SNP MSP Clare Haughey claimed that the report being quoted by the Tory leader had only in fact …

Dissatisfaction guaranteed
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Sep 2016 at 11:36am
The press and social media today are frothing with excitement about a new Ipsos Mori poll for STV which shows (for the second poll in succession) Ruth Davidson scoring marginally higher approval ratings than Nicola Sturgeon. But the problem is that that wasn’t what people were actually asked. This is the actual question in the …

Heads they win, tails you lose
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Sep 2016 at 12:10pm
We’ve been poring over the fascinating document released yesterday by the Fraser Of Allander Institute, examining in detail the prospects for the Scottish Government’s budget in the coming years. Admittedly at first we were chiefly doing it in order to embarrass the increasingly angry and belligerent BBC presenter Andrew Neil, who insisted repeatedly last year …

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Scots teachers are 'dangerously overstretched' by vacancies
25 Sep 2016 at 12:13am
There were nearly 730 teacher vacancies in Scotland's schools as pupils returned from their summer break, new figures show.


Fiona Hyslop says licence fee should not fund Ofcom
25 Sep 2016 at 12:15am
Scotland's culture secretary says licence fee money should not be used to fund future regulation of the BBC.


Kezia Dugdale says Jeremy Corbyn 'can win UK election'
24 Sep 2016 at 4:52pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale tells the BBC she believes a UK party led by Jeremy Corbyn can win a general election.


Call for stronger approach to tackling hate crime in Scotland
23 Sep 2016 at 1:26pm
An independent review calls for tackling hate crime to be 'a priority concern for the whole of society' across Scotland.


Threefold rise in child trafficking into Scotland
23 Sep 2016 at 8:45am
The trafficking of vulnerable children into Scotland has risen threefold since 2011, according to new figures obtained by BBC Scotland.


Row over Kezia Dugdale vote as government avoids defeat
22 Sep 2016 at 7:44pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale fails to register a vote at Holyrood - allowing the Scottish government to avoid a defeat.


Edinburgh council buildings being surveyed after school closures
23 Sep 2016 at 12:14am
The City of Edinburgh Council orders survey of its council buildings following the closure of 17 schools due to safety concerns.


Labour gains North Lanarkshire Council seat from SNP
23 Sep 2016 at 10:20am
Labour gains the Coatbridge North seat on North Lanarkshire Council from the SNP following a by-election.


Review of undercover policing in Scotland to be held
22 Sep 2016 at 3:17pm
The Scottish government orders a review of undercover policing after the UK government refuses to extend an existing probe north of the border.


MSPs' expense claims increase to £12.7m
22 Sep 2016 at 2:25pm
The total amount of expenses claimed by MSPs last year increased to £12,770,924, the latest returns reveal.


Academic fears Brexit could cause Scots 'constitutional crisis'
22 Sep 2016 at 2:17pm
An academic from the Institute for Government tells MSPs that Brexit could cause a "constitutional crisis" within the UK.


Scots Labour MP defends 'autonomy' claim
22 Sep 2016 at 11:44am
Scotland's only Labour MP insists proposed changes will give Scottish Labour "full autonomy" from the UK party.

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It was convincing, it was captivating...and it was Corbyn (again)
by James Kelly
24 Sep 2016 at 1:23pm
Apologies for recycling my John Motson-inspired headline from last year, but it seems appropriate because Labour have just recycled last year's leadership election result...Labour leadership electi...

Survation sing a song of satisfying solidity as support for independence rema...
by James Kelly
23 Sep 2016 at 11:19am
Mr George Eaton's recent musings on Scottish opinion polling are an excellent example of how certain journalists, through either laziness or malice, constantly misrepresent polls to favour their ow...

Off on my travels
by James Kelly
20 Sep 2016 at 8:24am
Good morning from the beating heart of the Evil Empire, aka Victoria Station in central London.  God, it's grim here, and there are Tory voters everywhere.  I should really sit a few of them down a...

It's a statistical tie as "remarkable" Ipsos-Mori TELEPHONE poll puts support...
by James Kelly
16 Sep 2016 at 7:39pm
Should Scotland be an independent country?Yes 48%No 52%More details to follow eventually.  I'm physically blogging this from the Davis Cup semi-final in Glasgow, so it's not straightforward...

Drama as TNS poll reveals that Brexit has increased support for independence ...
by James Kelly
13 Sep 2016 at 3:27am
Back in May, in the run-up to the EU referendum, the polling firm TNS asked Scottish voters how they would vote in a new independence referendum if Brexit occurred.  The results were a tad surprisi...

Humiliation for "electable" Owen Smith as bombshell YouGov poll reveals the S...
by James Kelly
3 Sep 2016 at 3:15pm
Let's start with a detail from yesterday's new full-scale Scottish YouGov poll that may not be the most important, but is certainly the most amusing.  As we all know, pretty much the sole selling-p...

The art of conversation
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2016 at 6:12pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website about the launch of the new national conversation on independence. It also touches a little on today's new full...

Conventional Wisdom 1, Don Brind 0 : YouGov poll suggests Corbyn is on course...
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2016 at 6:31am
For some time now, Stormfront Lite's resident Labour 'moderate' Don Brind (he seems a decent enough chap in spite of the dodgy politics, so I won't call him a 'Blairite') has been trying to convinc...

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Calmac's MV Hebrides went ashore in Uist this morning.
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25 Sep 2016 at 1:40pm
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Want to build a robot for Robot Wars but aren't sure where to begin? The Aber...
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Kezia Dugdale faces revolt after chaotic flip-flop on Jeremy Corbyn
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Revealed: new photos show former Labour MSP David Whitten manhandling Indy su...
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Paul Mason calls for Scottish Labour members to back independence
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Publicans? fury at ?senseless? Old Firm Hogmanay fixture
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Your opinion: Did the Loch Ness monster ever exist?
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Ruins of Linlithgow Palace
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Runrig performing Loch Lomond live at Balloch Park. Ho mo leannan bhoidheach!
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Giant inflatable duck makes break for freedom
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Ambitious plans for new £70million train line to Aberdeen Airport and AECC
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NH90 comes to Sweden with a special Scottish delivery
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Labour's John McDonnell defends 'honest anger' after calling Tory hatchetwoma...
by Record Reporter
25 Sep 2016 at 2:03pm
JEREMY Corbyn's right-hand man defends his comments on the former Tory minister who has hit back at his 'bullying and intimidation'.


Lord Mitchell blasts Labour as 'lost cause' under Jeremy Corbyn as he quits p...
by David Hughes
25 Sep 2016 at 10:35am
THE former Labour frontbencher says Corbyn is not the "Messiah" his Momentum supporters believe and that he will never become prime minister.


Keep fighting for independence.. just don't let SNP lead the charge, says par...
by Mark Aitken
25 Sep 2016 at 8:57am
FORMER SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars slams talk of post-independence austerity from the party and says Yes movement must be more inspirational.


Trump v Clinton in first US Presidential debate could go a long way to decidi...
by Mark Aitken
25 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
TRUMP and Clinton, who are the most, and second most disliked candidates of all time respectively, will go head to head in New York,


Jeremy Corbyn's victory leaves Kezia Dugdale in charge of Schrodinger's Party...
by dailyrecord
25 Sep 2016 at 6:00am
ALEX reckons that Labour's leadership impasse currently resembles the famous Schrodinger's cat paradox, where a cat in a box is simultaneously alive AND dead.


There will always be bad apples but we can't afford to let the care system be...
by John Niven
25 Sep 2016 at 12:01am
JOHN Niven says the measure of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members, which is why we must fight to protect vital services.


Now show us you can unite Labour: Kezia Dugdale lays down gauntlet to Jeremy ...
by Torcuil Crichton
24 Sep 2016 at 3:43pm
The Scottish Labour leader insists she doesn't regret backing loser Owen Smith and calls on Corbyn to bring feuding wings of party back together.


What now for Labour following resounding Jeremy Corbyn leadership win
by Tony Clerkson
24 Sep 2016 at 1:28pm
WE examine the options for a Labour Party reeling from the self-inflicted blows caused by the civil war between rival fanctions.


Jeremy Corbyn calls for party unity following Labour leadership win
by Record Reporter
24 Sep 2016 at 12:57pm
THE Labour leader urged his fellow MPs to get behind him following his comprehensive victory over Owen Smith.


Jeremy Corbyn sees off Owen Smith to win Labour leadership contest as rebels ...
by Tony Clerkson
24 Sep 2016 at 11:51am
THE veteran left-winger has consolidated his position after grassroots party members overwhelmingly back him while snubbing wishes of MPs who led attempted coup.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 136 ? Robin McAlpine of The Common Weal
by michaelgreenwell
22 Sep 2016 at 12:59pm
For the 136th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Robin McAlpine. Robin is a political strategist and the Director of the Common Weal. In the interview he doesn’t waste any time getting on to what the thinks Yes supporters ought to be getting on with, and there is certainly a lot to …
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Memories
by michaelgreenwell
21 Sep 2016 at 8:20am
If Indyref 2 is coming, it’s worth remembering how nicely the other side campaigned, and expect it again. They are already fundraising… Remember when they tried to get a film taken off the internet?

Who?s On First (Minister)?
by michaelgreenwell
15 Sep 2016 at 11:51am
There seems to be a weird tendency at the moment to portay Ruth Davidson as if she actually were the First Minister. In case you missed that story, that was the leader of the 2nd largest party, which does not form part of a pro-independence majority in the parliament,”ORDERING” the First Minister, who leads a …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 135 ? Richard Walker of The National
by michaelgreenwell
13 Sep 2016 at 1:05pm
For the 135th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Richard Walker. Richard is now the consulting editor of The National, but was also involved in the formation of that paper and the decision made at the Sunday Herald to begin openly supporting Scottish independence. We talked about those decisions and why they …
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Roden Interview Text Leaked
by michaelgreenwell
9 Sep 2016 at 11:55pm
A secret recording of former Daily Mail political editor Alan Roden’s successful job interview at the Scottish Labour branch office has been released by online whistleblowers Pishyleaks. Here is the transcript… Lab Guy One – What makes you suitable for this job? Roden – I hate the SNP. Lab Guy Two – So do we, …

How Daily Mail Are You?
by michaelgreenwell
9 Sep 2016 at 9:09am
I’ve made a little survey for you all this morning. How Daily Mail are YOU? Do the survey and find out… http://www.opinionstage.com/scotindypodcast/you-are-the-daily-mail  

The Scottish Independence Podcast 134 ? Dr Craig Dalzell on Scotland?s Curren...
by michaelgreenwell
6 Sep 2016 at 10:56am
For the 134th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Dr Craig Dalzell. Craig recently wrote a paper outlining the possible currency options for an independent Scotland. This is important work because an aspect of the Yes side that was much criticised during and after the 2014 referendum was the perceived lack of …
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The Scottish Independence Podcast 133 ? Tommy Sheppard MP
by michaelgreenwell
1 Sep 2016 at 11:31am
The next referendum will be won in the years from now forward, rather than the months running up to it. For the 133rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Tommy Sheppard, MP for Edinburgh East. Tommy has been involved in politics in Scotland and the UK for a number of years in …
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Perspective (get some)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Sep 2016 at 1:19pm
We’re delighted to be partnering with Phantom Power films new venture, ‘Perspective’. He writes: ‘Our taster show is a magazine format with all kinds of different views on Scottish politics from film to comedy and profile. We hope you like it.’ Please enjoy share & support… Likes(1)Dislikes(0)

Europe in Scotland #EU2
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Sep 2016 at 4:55pm
In the third of our series inviting European citizens living in Scotland to reflect on the Brexit crisis, Svenja Meyerricks  contributes. #EU2 How has the Brexit vote altered your view of Britain? For me, the Brexit vote has been a disappointment in direct democracy. Reading some statistics about Leave voters made it abundantly clear that for …

The Gypsy Traiveller ?problem?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Sep 2016 at 12:03pm
Alistair Heather scrieves anent an ayebydand problem in landward airts o the kintrae, atween settled societie an the ?gaun aboot fowk? we cry Traivellers an Gypsies. Ane o Scotland?s ain indigenous ethnic minorities is bein squeezed oot o existence afore wir een, just as wir leaders are preachin aboot keepin open the doors tae aa …

The Cultural Hegemony of ?Mental Health?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2016 at 5:36pm
In this guest article Dr Bruce Scott challenges the way the ?mental health? system and its institutions have been co-opted and actively promote capitalism. This system, driven by a profit motive, rather than a desire to benefit patients, has produced ?fear and submission to an ideology which controls and mystifies the masses?. The Department of …

Tunnelling Out
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2016 at 1:59pm
Tunnelling Out: How Intellectual Property Created in Scottish Universities using Your Money is Given Away ?For Free? by the Neoliberal Scottish Funding Council. In a previous article, I showed that the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the body that funds Scottish Colleges and Universities, was using Scottish Government funds to pay the European subsidiary of the …

Determination
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2016 at 11:26am
Determination: how Scotland can become independent by 2021, by Robin McAlpine; Commonweal After ?an independence campaign that was never more alive than after its loss?, we have to recognize that it was lost, that we have to do even better next time if the chance is not to pass for a generation, and that we …

Help Me Rhona
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Sep 2016 at 8:23am
As a ‘Hard Brexit’ now looks more and more certain it’s important to recall the arguments made by Better Together during the referendum. Thanks to Greig Forbes for this. Greig writes: “Time hasn’t been kind to the 2013 arguments put forward by Alistair “I’m trying to play by the rules” Carmichael on our European membership.” …

By Yon Bonnie Banks
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Sep 2016 at 8:16pm
“The WHO (World Health Organisation) has calculated that would take 200 atomic explosions to create a nuclear winter, and in effect sterilise the planet. That is the number we have at Coulport.” Brian Quail has stepped up. If you go roamin? in the gloamin? by the Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond at the right time, …

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The unromantic truth: oil money is vital to the Scottish nationalist cause | ...
by Ian Jack
24 Sep 2016 at 7:00am
Sorry, Nicola Sturgeon, but if the sums don?t add up, the push for independence is reduced to a romantic struggleWas Scotland a country or was it a nation? Growing up there I heard it referred to more often as the first ? a great wee country, a bonnie country, sometimes a ghastly country. ?Nation...

Scottish Labour calls on conference to back bid for more autonomy
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
21 Sep 2016 at 12:15pm
Members will be asked to approve proposals agreed by national executive committee for full policymaking control Labour?s national conference will be asked to approve plans for the Scottish wing of the party to have full control over its policy and candidate selection, after years of tension with ...

SNP seeks assurances an independent Scotland can stay in single market
by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor
19 Sep 2016 at 7:00am
Senior party figures are pushing for a second referendum to take place by autumn 2018 before the UK leaves the EUThe Scottish National party is seeking assurances from EU member states that an independent Scotland could remain in the single market after Brexit ? and senior SNP figures now believe...

Sturgeon 'gobsmacked' by lack of answers to basic Brexit questions
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
14 Sep 2016 at 3:10pm
Scotland?s first minister warns long and complicated exit from EU could lead to ?lost decade of uncertainty and turmoil?Nicola Sturgeon has said she finds it ?gobsmacking? that Theresa May?s government is still unable to answer basic questions about its Brexit strategy, almost three months on fro...

Independent or not, Scotland?s financial future looks shaky | Alex Bell
by Alex Bell
14 Sep 2016 at 1:38pm
A combination of UK-wide austerity and the transfer of tax-raising powers from Westminster to Holyrood will hit the Scottish government hardThere is an idea that all that matters in Scotland is big constitutional change and that the Scots control this process. It is a dangerous illusion. Behind t...

Religious observance rules at Scottish schools to face judicial review
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Sep 2016 at 6:21pm
Secularist campaigners accuse Scottish ministers of acting unlawfully by refusing to grant pupils aged 16 and over an opt-outA Scottish court has given secularist campaigners approval to challenge strict rules requiring all school pupils to attend religious observance assemblies.Humanist Society ...

Scotland facing billions of pounds of budget cuts, say economists
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
13 Sep 2016 at 1:14pm
Issues at Holyrood include costly spending pledges, a slowing local economy and a fall in UK government funding Scottish ministers will have to make billions of pounds of cuts to pay for costly new policies being planned at the same time as a sharp fall in UK government funding, economists have w...

Scottish 'named person' child support scheme delayed by a year
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
8 Sep 2016 at 5:35pm
Education secretary, John Swinney, says period of ?intense engagement? on necessary amendments will now take placeThe Scottish government?s controversial ?named person? scheme for supporting children has been delayed for a year after the supreme court ruled that data sharing provisions were in br...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A sock, a pile of ooss, and a lost vote
Poor Kezia. There she is, getting all ready to vote with the Tories because the Labour party hates the SNP even more, and then she gets into a bout of snarking with an SNP MSP who was slagging her off for supporting the party that’s wreaking malicious havoc on the Scottish working class communities that …

A man with no plan
It’s been a fun filled fantastist week for Scotland’s not so merry band of Unionist politicians as they rush to deny that there can possibly ever be another referendum, except an EU one in the case of the Lib Dems, but in the meantime they’re getting on with Project Fear Mk II just in case. …

A storm in a D-quip
According to some people, over the weekend Ruth Davidson was the victim of an outrageous homophobic attack which puts a lie to the claim that the independence movement is tolerant and civic. She was cruelly subjected to being referred to as Dykey-D, a word so evil and horrible that you’re not allowed to say it …

The tide that washes away Ruth?s line in the sand
On the anniversary of the independence referendum the leaderene of the Scottish Tories informed us that she has a vision. Ruthie’s had a dream, a bit like Martin Luther King’s but without the imagination, the humanity, or the inspiration. Some leader’s dreams are grand dreams, dreams of a better nation, dreams that inspire a people, …

The hourglass turns again
Two years ago Westminster danced and cheered as the Union hourglass was turned over and they thought the sands had run out on an independence movement. They’d bought themselves a reprieve at the cost of a Vow, and words are cheap. Gordie Broon’s hot air comes at the price of an ego massage. Clap those …

Ruthie skewers herself
It’s a tough life being the hero of Scottish Unionism, a position more hyped than an X-Factor contestant’s new single and generally equally short-lived. The current incumbent is Ruth Davidson who receives plaudits in the press that you more generally associate with the discoverer of a cure for cancer, the guy who single handedly brings …

The Union service broadcaster
According to the Tory Culture Secretary speaking on Thursday in the Commons, a key part of the renewed BBC charter is “supporting greater cohesion between the nations of the UK”. You might think that the words culture and Tory were mutually exclusive, because that certainly seems to be the case as far as Scotland is …

The melting of the special little snowflake
During the independence referendum campaign, the Yes side was pressed on every tiny detail of what would come to pass in an independent Scotland. What would be the price of a first class stamp? How many council houses were going to be built? Will there be a posthumous album from Fran and Anna – will …

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Brian Wilson ? Unionist Labour Party ? Politics Before People Advocate ? Hate...
          Brian Wilson Brian Wilson former Labour party minister at Westminster and in Scotland has been at the forefront of Scottish and Westminster politics for nearly 40 years. He is an accomplished author and Journalist responsible for many hard hitting articles almost always attacking the SNP government. He is always vociferous … Continue reading Brian Wilson – Unionist Labour Party – Poli...

Scottish Pensioners to reap the reward for voting against independence ? Ther...
                    On the Andrew Marr show on Sunday 18 September 2016 Work and pensions secretary Damian Green said he would not reverse Iain Duncan Smith’s devastating welfare cuts which have unfairly targetted the poorest members of society creating hardship and increasing the levels of poverty beyond … Continue reading Scottish Pensioners to reap the reward for voting against independence ...

Libya ? Another Mess Created by Powerful Western Allies Driven by a Desire fo...
                 The Assassination of Colonel Khadaffi was ordained by President Obama and Hilary Clinton Tony Blair urged Khadaffi to find “a safe place to go” as part of a managed process of political change before the situation reached “the point of no return”. Failure to accept the offer … Continue reading Libya – Another Mess Created by Powerful Western Allies Driven by a Desire for the Co...

Corbyn V Labour Friends of Israel ? How many bodies will the Internecine st...
              Smearing Corbyn – with friends like his who needs enemies? The Labour right and its “new Labour” MP’s, under the leadership of Mandelson et al is determined to smear their party leader, Jeremy Corbyn as being in league against Jews together with a myriad of unnamed anti-Semites in … Continue reading Corbyn V Labour Friends of Israel – How many bodies will the Internecine strife ...

Alex Rowley ? The man Who Would Be King ? But Needs First to Get Rid of the Q...
      About Alex Rowley Alex Rowley was born in Dunfermline and raised in Kelty. He attended Edinburgh University, graduating with an MA Honours in Sociology and Politics, and an MSc in continuing education. He was also a local councillor with Fife Regional Council between 1990 – 2012 and was elected to the post … Continue reading Alex Rowley – The man Who Would Be King – But Needs First to Get...

Brexit Pitfalls ? Passenger and Freight Air Travel ? Scottish Independence B...
              Ryanair – Brexit – Air Passenger Duty The National reported today that Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary anticipates lower growth in airline traffic resulting in financial loss to his business over the next few years, whilst Brexit is being negotiated at Westminster. Referring to the Scottish Government’s intention to … Continue reading Brexit Pitfalls – Passenger and Freight Air Trav...

Brexit ? Smoke and Mirrors designed to Split the Scots ? Time to Prepare for ...
            4 July 2016: The United Kingdom and its exit from the European Union. Road Transport Trade agreements will have to be renegotiated and UK legislation decoupled from EU regulations. Depending on negotiations, a full Brexit ? which includes an exit from the European Economic Area ? seems likely, to … Continue reading Brexit – Smoke and Mirrors designed to Split the Scots – Time to Pre...

Aberdeen ? An enlightened city or a city of Luddites? ? 2017 will provide the...
      Aberdeen – An enlightened city or a city of Luddites? – 2017 will provide the answer – break with the unionist ‘s and embrace the nationalists – or keep the heid doon and stick with Westminster Aberdeen is a lively, cosmopolitan city located in North East Scotland, famous for its beautiful architecture … Continue reading Aberdeen – An enlightened city or a city of Luddites? – 2017 will pr...

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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 ...

Beyond the grave
The folks at the National asked me to fill in for a couple of weeks, while one of their regular columnists was tripping the light fantastic on their holidays. In my second and last effort this morning, I thought I'd take a break from the relentless politics of Brexit, and GERS, and #indyref2, and write something a little more personal, historica...

En vacances
As my earlier correspondence on the Named Persons judgment suggested, I've been furth of the United Kingdom on my holidays for the last few weeks. (See an uncanny artist's impression, left). But touching back down in Scotland this morning, I found Glasgow bathed in something resembling natural sunlight. It was balmy. Unfamiliar blue patches had ...

"Hated Named persons scheme blasted as 'totalitarian'..."
I know, I know. I ought to be out eating duck gizzards and quaffing vin rosé -- and I am. But in the wake of yesterday's Named Persons judgment - further details here - I wanted to pick up just one element of the coverage of case, which warrants further scrutiny. This is pleasure, not business.The word of the day, children, is "totalitarianism."...

Named Persons: a Pyrrhic victory, a Pyrrhic defeat
Bonjour from the bonny Languedoc-Roussillon! I'm meant to be on my holidays, but the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is no respecter of summer sojourns. The Court just handed down its judgment in the Christian Institute's challenge to the Scottish Government's controversial Named Persons scheme. You can read the - far briefer - press summary...

Scotland's future? Brexit on Brexiteers' terms. Unless...
Consider the following scenario. The United Kingdom votes narrowly to crash out of the European Union, 52% to 48%.  In Scotland, by contrast, a substantial majority - from coast to coast - votes to remain. Invoking the popular will of the Scottish people, the First Minister gives a press conference. Distilled down to its essence, she says that u...

The sentimental European
Purists hate the politics of the big coalition. This much seems uncontroversial. Divide a country - any country - of sufficient bigness, richness and complexity into two massive tribes, and you form uncomfortable, often incoherent coalitions. You quickly find folk vote your way for reasons you disagree with, and worse, which you disrespect. You ...

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

Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier?
Whatever happened to the idealism of Space: The Final Frontier? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 21st 2016 All life cannot be about politics. That is a definition of tyranny and dictatorship. In the last couple of months whilst working on some big projects I have chosen to relax late at night by watching the 1960s …

We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future
We need a Spirit of Independence to shape the Scotland of the Future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, September 19th 2016 No one needs reminding that Sunday represented the second anniversary of the indyref. It was a significant watershed: a passing of time from being in the shadow of the 2014 vote to looking to the …

It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland
It?s Time for Dangerous Talk: Jaytalking Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 15th 2016 These are strange times. We are told everyday in every way by numerous experts and talking heads that this is an age of unprecedented change, uncertainty and flux. That nothing can be taken for granted. Yet this is also an age …

The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator?
The Rise of an English Ideology and the Joys of Reading ?The Spectator? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 8th 2016 I have long been an admirer of ?The Spectator?. Well, why would I restrict myself to reading only that which confirms my world-view? It is good to be challenged, provoked – as well as entertained …

Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge and her own side?
Does Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have the courage to challenge Scotland and her own side? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, September 4th 2016 This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a major new initiative on independence. At the moment she is playing for time ? waiting to see the developing post-Brexit landscape, Theresa May?s hand …

The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond
The Myth of the Great Leader: Gordon Brown, Jimmy Reid and Alex Salmond Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, September 1st 2016 The times they-are-a-changing. There is a tangible feeling in the air of discontent, anger and bewilderment. People feel let down and cheated by the multiple powers that be. It isn?t surprising then that there is …

Every Year When the World Comes to Scotland
Every Year When the World Comes to Scotland Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, August 28th 2016 At the end of every summer Edinburgh becomes a global village – walking down any street or lane entails coming across numerous nationalities, languages and different cultures. Streets are packed with tourists, sightseers, and cultural backpackers; there are performances in …

Flags and Stramashs in Scotland?s Summer of Independence
Flags and Stramashs in Scotland?s Summer of Independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 24th 2016 A couple of weeks ago I was involved in one of the many online conversations about politics that now characterise Scotland. Afterwards the animated chat in the pub turned to the previous day?s pro-independence march in Glasgow. Saltires had been …

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Sturgeon 'could call second scottish independence referendum in autumn 2017'
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Nicola Sturgeon could call a second Scottish independence referendum in the autumn of 2017, with a vote on the future of the UK then held in May or June of 2018, the former chief executive of the Yes Scotland campaign has said. Blair Jenkins said he ...

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Scottish independence: MacAskill warns against 'headlong rush' to indyref2
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Kenny MacAskill has become the latest senior SNP figure to caution against a "headlong rush" into a second Scottish independence referendum. The former justice secretary said the Brexit vote left too many questions that the SNP still had to answer. It ...
While the UK prepares for Brexit, the SNP are laying...

Scottish nationalists revive independence campaign, with an assist from Brexi...

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Scottish nationalists revive independence campaign, with an assist from Brexit
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Despite the name, a lawmaking career does not come naturally to Chris Law. Instead, the 46-year-old is better known as a maverick Scottish activist with a long red mane who never leaves home without a tweed jacket or vest ? and who once drove a 1950s ...
Brexit effect lessening on Scottish independence pref...

Scottish independence campaigners should focus on economy ... - Herald Scotland

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Scottish independence campaigners should focus on economy ...
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Independence supporters need to convince Scots that leaving the UK will provide people with a "good life free from poverty" if they are to win a possible second ...
Scottish independence campaigners should focus on economy, says ex-SNP deputyGlasgow Evening Times

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Paul Mason calls for Scottish Labour members to back independence - Scotsman

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Paul Mason calls for Scottish Labour members to back independence
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A prominent Labour activist and broadcaster has called on party members north of the border to back Scottish independence. Paul Mason, who has held senior positions with the BBC and Channel 4, made the comment during an interview with Sky News ...
Labour candidate defects to Tories over party's "weak" stance ...

Nicola Sturgeon 'could call second Scottish independence referendum in Autumn...

Nicola Sturgeon 'could call second Scottish independence referendum in Autumn 2017'
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Nicola Sturgeon could call a second Scottish independence referendum in the autumn of 2017, with a vote on the future of the UK then held in May or June of 2018, the former chief executive of the Yes Scotland campaign has said. Blair Jenkins said he ...



Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows - Bloomberg

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Brexit Fails to Boost Support for Scots Independence, Poll Shows
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Britain's decision to leave the European Union has failed to boost support for Scottish independence, with more voters still opposed to a split with the rest of the U.K., according to the latest poll. The survey by Kantar TNS found 47 percent of people ...
Ruth Davidson: Scottish independence 'not inevitable'BBC New...

Scottish independence: Sturgeon launches 'new conversation' - BBC News

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Scottish independence: Sturgeon launches 'new conversation'
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Nicola Sturgeon has launched a "new conversation" on independence as she urged Scotland to "control its own destiny". In a speech in Stirling, Ms Sturgeon acknowledged that choosing independence would be a "big decision" in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to launch new drive for second ...

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Scottish schools 'faced teacher shortage ahead of new school year' - Herald S...

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Scottish schools 'faced teacher shortage ahead of new school year'
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"Local authorities are being forced to cut back on education as a result of the SNP's £500 million cuts to council budgets last year." A recent financial analysis by the Fraser of Allander Institute revealed that the SNP's spending plans will leave ...

Shadow Chancellor: Lack of 'enthusiasm' for Jeremy Corbyn means Owen Smith wo...

The Courier
Shadow Chancellor: Lack of 'enthusiasm' for Jeremy Corbyn means Owen Smith won Scotland
The Courier
Left-wing Scots are joining the SNP because of a lack of ?enthusiasm? for Jeremy Corbyn north of the border, Labour's shadow chancellor has said. John McDonnell admitted he thought Owen Smith won the majority of votes from Scottish Labour members, ...

External review calls after Liam Fee social work failures - Herald Scotland

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External review calls after Liam Fee social work failures
Herald Scotland
CALLS have been made for an external review of social work services in Fife after the murder of two-year-old Liam Fee. Fife SNP councillor Neale Hanvey has called for the review after a report said systemic failures may have had a role in the ...

SNP's Smith warns against rush to indyref2 - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
SNP's Smith warns against rush to indyref2
Herald Scotland
THE SNP must not allow a toxic mixture of ?machismo? and ?clairvoyancy? to lead it into a premature independence referendum, one of the party's leading figures has warned. MEP Alyn Smith, who is a candidate for deputy leader, said Scots might end up ...

TUC boss to speak at SNP conference - Herald Scotland

TUC boss to speak at SNP conference
Herald Scotland
THE leader of the Trades Union Congress is to speak at next month's SNP conference in what will be the first time that the event has been addressed by the head of the UK-wide body for unions. Frances O'Grady is to speak at a conference fringe event ...

Schools 'faced teacher shortage ahead of school year' - STV News

Schools 'faced teacher shortage ahead of school year'
STV News
"The SNP came to power on a promise to cut class sizes but they have gone up. If we are going to turn this around we need to get more teachers into classrooms. "Local authorities are being forced to cut back on education as a result of the SNP's #500 ...

Scottish schools 'faced teacher shortage ahead of new school year' - Glasgow ...

Glasgow Evening Times
Scottish schools 'faced teacher shortage ahead of new school year'
Glasgow Evening Times
"Local authorities are being forced to cut back on education as a result of the SNP's £500 million cuts to council budgets last year. "The recent Fraser of Allander financial assessment of the SNP's spending plans show that councils face a £1 billion hit.

Why are they waiting? Questions over school bus times - The Courier

The Courier
Why are they waiting? Questions over school bus times
The Courier
Fife education bosses have been pressed by SNP councillors to address Dunfermline parents' concerns about long school bus waiting times. The councillors met education bosses to ask for a speedy solution after an earlier finish to the school day left ...



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Sturgeon 'could call second scottish independence referendum in autumn 2017' ...

Daily Mail
Sturgeon 'could call second scottish independence referendum in autumn 2017'
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Nicola Sturgeon could call a second Scottish independence referendum in the autumn of 2017, with a vote on the future of the UK then held in May or June of 2018, the former chief executive of the Yes Scotland campaign has said. Blair Jenkins said he ...

Scotland's referendum passion fades - POLITICO.eu

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Scotland's referendum passion fades
POLITICO.eu
After an initial post-Brexit bump, support for leaving the U.K. is roughly where it was at the last referendum, two years ago on Sunday. Polls show 52 percent of Scots would vote against independence. More significantly, opposition to holding another ...
While the UK prepares for Brexit, the SNP are laying the groundwork for a new independ...

Scotland's papers: Second referendum and council tax - BBC News - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: Second referendum and council tax - BBC News
BBC News
The front pages of the Scottish papers cover the debate over a second independence vote and councils demanding more tax powers.
Alex Salmond predicts Scottish referendum if Theresa May triggers BrexitDaily Mail
Alex Salmond predicts second independence referendum by 2018Scotsman
Support for Second Independence Referendu...

SNP's Smith warns against rush to indyref2 - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland
SNP's Smith warns against rush to indyref2
Herald Scotland
THE SNP must not allow a toxic mixture of ?machismo? and ?clairvoyancy? to lead it into a premature independence referendum, one of the party's leading figures has warned. MEP Alyn Smith, who is a candidate for deputy leader, said Scots might end up ...
SNP partly responsible for Brexit, claims Theresa May - The ScotsmanScot...

Nicola Sturgeon 'could call second Scottish independence referendum in Autumn...

Nicola Sturgeon 'could call second Scottish independence referendum in Autumn 2017'
Herald Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon could call a second Scottish independence referendum in the autumn of 2017, with a vote on the future of the UK then held in May or June of 2018, the former chief executive of the Yes Scotland campaign has said. Blair Jenkins said he ...



Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to launch new drive for second referen...

The Independent
Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to launch new drive for second referendum
The Independent
Giving a speech in the town where "Braveheart" William Wallace won a historic battle against the English, the Scottish First Minister said she would trigger the "biggest ever political listening exercise" to convince voters a second referendum is needed.
Scotland still doesn't want a sec...

'No Scottish referendum for next 5 years' - The Hindu

The Hindu
'No Scottish referendum for next 5 years'
The Hindu
Scotland will not hold another vote on independence in the next five years because there is no sign it can be won, but the risk of secession from the U.K. is growing, a former Scottish First Minister predicts. Henry McLeish said Scotland's future would ...



'Brexit' Vote Feeds Scotland's Alienation - New York Times

New York Times
'Brexit' Vote Feeds Scotland's Alienation
New York Times
In the June 23 referendum on British membership in the European Union, Scotland is one pristine color, voting to remain, while England and Wales are a different color, voting to leave. Similarly, in the May 2015 general elections, Scotland is again a ...
Exclusive: Elaine C Smith to host as Scottish Independence Convention reco...

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Next UK Labour Leader - post Brexit
After Corbyn....     http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683075/Brexit-who-next-leader-Tom-Watson-John-McDonnell-will-Jeremy-Corbyn-resign   Latest odds:   http://www.oddschecker.com/politics/british-politics/next-labour-leader

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

Oh Kez!!!
Ha ha.. you couldn't make it up.. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37438056

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 ...

By election updates
There seems to be ones left right and centre just now so it would be good to have an overall thread for the country. I'm canvassing In the Leith one, good responses on the doors, there's two seats and it's unrealistic to think they both will go yellow, so I'm hoping for a green as well. Labour ha...

Teddy Bears: the new socialist vanguard of the proletariat
I double checked just to make sure this wasn't a spoof - it isn't. "Our glorious leader Big Ted has decreed that for showing reactionary tendencies towards the five year plan, Humpty Dumpty & Hamble are to be shot behind the garden shed." Some of this is more than a touch scary: "...

Politician Spotting
I quite like the fact that MSPs mingle with us on public transport. Yesterday I spotted Mrs Doubtfire (Annabel Goldie) at Queen Street Station and Mike 'grumpy' Russell at Waverley Station. How many points do I get for these spots? At least I recognised this pair. There should be a points system...

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

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics

Autonomous Scottish labour
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37417697 Apart from finances of course.  So when I next vote labour will I be voting to get  rid of trident, or to keep it?   This is going to work out well  I have no doubt 

Was Trump behind latest NY Bombings?
Just had a crazy thought..... Was Donald Trump behind the latest failed(ish) bombings in NY & NJ? Obviously I'm not suggesting he did anything personally but I'm sure he knows a man or two that could arrange a Muslim immigrant to take the hit. seems he is claiming he predicted it... ...

Glasgow Pub
Anyone recommend a good pub to watch the scores that also does "craft" beer? 

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.

Fkin Beeeeeeeeeee!
Magic First bee of the year, was a Bombus Pratorum queen, time to get the boxes ready Happy day!

Jeremy Corbyn - fecked?
Sacked Hillary Benn through the night due to him plotting a coup. Sounds like half his shadow cabinet is going to resign now.

The world's most stupid woman
   

New Council Tax proposals
I see that Sturgeon has announced the SNP position:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35702374   What are the alternatives likely to be laid out by the other parties and what is a realistic, workable alternative?   

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Tory double-cross as May banishes SNP from Brexit plans
The democratically elected (at least by the rUK) Tory government has decided not to be accountable to those very people who placed them into power and at the same time are backtracking on repeated promises by excluding the SNP from Brexit negotiations and plan to keep the detail from Parliament. The backtracking PM said at ...

Twitter don?t be a tool (of the union) #freewings
Twitter is suppressing the independence movement in Scotland in what looks like an embarrassing blunder. In a shocking move, it appears they suspended the popular @wingsscotland account merely based on a rant from a unionist ?journalist?. At the time of writing it appears the account is live again, minus the vast majority of the Wings ...

Universal Basic Income ? Becoming A Reality
Following a pre-election manifesto commitment, the Finnish Government has just announced that it will be testing out a universal basic income scheme amongst a select group of 2,000 citizens. Each individual will receive an unconditional sum of ?600 irrespective of the person’s working income. The Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila is confident that the experiment ...

Did Nicola Sturgeon just announce indyref2?
In a week where Tesco decided to boycott their Scottish customers by ditching our flag and Jeremy Corbyn couldn?t find a seat on a train, some real politics actually happened today. Following Nicola Sturgeon?s announcement she would explore all options to protect Scotland?s place in the EU, she has all but concluded that will mean a ...

May, Sturgeon and the Treacherous Tory Trap
Confidence trickster Theresa May is attempting to lure Nicola Sturgeon into blocking a second referendum on independence.  Given the historically contemptuous attitude by unionist parties towards Scotland, it will shock very few that Theresa May is laying a devious political trap for Scotland?s First Minister by offering to include her in all aspects of the ...

Scottish voter turnout history
The whole of the UK goes to the polling stations on Thursday to decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union. All the main political parties in Scotland are asking us to vote Remain and those campaigning here for a Leave vote seem to reside on the political fringe. However I get the ...

Are American?s so desensitised they don?t know how to react?
Like most I have been following the news reports coming out of Orlando Florida. Having received an alert of the shooting I immediately took to twitter to find out what was going on. Or more to the point if I could find any livestreams from the nightclub. It did not take long to find a ...

Govanhill Baths, New Design to be Revealed
After 15 years of campaigning, Govanhill Baths is due to reopen in late 2018 Architects will be revealing the BRAND NEW DESIGN of the refurbished building at a celebration next Thursday which will involve a Community dinner, live music, a 3D digital tour of the new design and live art installations. Govanhill Baths Community Trust ...