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Cautious welcome for academic's view on softening of US view of independence
23 Oct 2016 at 12:10am
CLAIMS by a leading academic that Brexit will soften American hostility to Scottish independence have been given a cautious welcome by SNP politicians.

Highland family's joy after visa is finally granted
23 Oct 2016 at 12:16am
AN INDIAN woman married to a Scot and living in the Highlands with their two young daughters has been granted a visa to stay in the UK ? just weeks after she faced deportation because of immigration rules that labelled as "madness" by her local MP.

Sturgeon and May metting will not be a meeting of minds
23 Oct 2016 at 12:10am
WE are in the countdown to a second independence referendum and there seems little doubt that the pace will quicken after tomorrow's face-to-face meeting between Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May. The discussion will no doubt be measured and decorous but it will also be confrontational and unyielding. The two leaders' positions have been clearly spelled out, and repeatedly. However the final joint statement is worded, between the lines it will surely read that the two have agreed to disagree.

MP tells of his shock at filibuster
23 Oct 2016 at 12:16am
JOHN NICOLSON is still clearly shocked at what happened in the chamber of the House of Commons on Friday afternoon.

Thousands sign open letter condemning Tories' 'xenophobic' rhetoric
23 Oct 2016 at 12:16am
MORE than 11,000 people have put their name to an open letter condemning the ?xenophobic? rhetoric of Theresa May?s Tory government.

UK Brexit secretary rejects Sturgeon's demand for separate Scottish EU deal
22 Oct 2016 at 12:15am
A SECOND independence referendum edged closer after the UK Brexit Secretary rejected Nicola Sturgeon's demands for a bespoke Scottish deal with the EU.

UK Government could seek to block indyref2 until after Brexit, suggest Whiteh...
22 Oct 2016 at 12:06am
THE UK Government might seek to block any second Scottish independence referendum taking place until after the UK leaves the European Union in 2019, Whitehall sources have suggested.

White Paper was 'lacking on business and economics', leading Yes figure admits
22 Oct 2016 at 12:15am
THE SNP?s independence prospectus was ?lacking on business and economics? and voters didn?t believe it was affordable, the head of the main business group for Yes has said.

Unspun: Goodbye, Clarkey Cat
22 Oct 2016 at 12:13am
MUCH gnashing of teeth this week over the proposed boundary changes. One of the biggest losers is Scottish Labour?s answer to Robinson Crusoe, Ian Murray, whose Edinburgh South island sanctuary is split in two. He now faces a 2020 fight against a sitting SNP MP. So watch out Joanna Cherry QC in Edinburgh South West, as the seat includes the Hearts FC ground. Mr Murray is not just a massive jambo, he?s a non-executive director of the club. Handy.

Setting out the positive alternative anti-austerity agenda is next step for L...
22 Oct 2016 at 12:06am
SETTING out the ?positive Labour alternative? is the next step for the official Opposition, John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, will tell an anti-austerity event today.

New survey reveals SNP 'retain commanding lead in polls'
21 Oct 2016 at 8:06pm
The SNP have retained a commanding lead in the polls since the Scottish Parliament elections in May, according to a new survey.

Analysis: Sturgeon's demands for her Brexit showdown with May have already be...
21 Oct 2016 at 7:46pm
THE omens for Monday?s PM-FM Brexit showdown are not looking good.

Theresa May tells Nicola Sturgeon she has 'no mandate' for second independenc...
21 Oct 2016 at 11:20am
Theresa May has told the Scottish Government that it has 'no mandate' for a second independence referendum.

Scotland will be 'half way out of EU' before a vote on independence
21 Oct 2016 at 12:12am
NICOLA Sturgeon will have to wait until Scotland is half-way out of Europe before holding a second independence referendum, it has emerged.

May insists UK wants "mature and co-operative" relationship with EU as it lea...
21 Oct 2016 at 7:17pm
THERESA May has called for a "mature and co-operative" relationship between Britain and the EU as she seeks a "smooth" Brexit, which she said could be in the interests of both sides.



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I?ll heal divided America, says Hillary Clinton
23 Oct 2016 at 8:03am
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is increasingly preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump may never concede the US presidential election should she win, a development that could enormously complicate the crucial early weeks of her preparations to take office.

Insight: Britain and Russia go back to Cold War
23 Oct 2016 at 7:54am
The pall of the Cold War spread across the English Channel on Friday. The Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s only aircraft carrier, along with its escort battle group, sailed through with ships of the Royal Navy “man-marking them every step of the way”.

Sturgeon pledges to use new powers to safeguard disability rights
23 Oct 2016 at 12:01am
The First Minister will pledge to safeguard the rights of disabled people when she speaks at a conference this week.

Darling claims Sturgeon is bluffing with indyref2 bid
22 Oct 2016 at 11:56pm
Alistair Darling has said he does not believe Nicola Sturgeon will trigger her indyref2 bill because she knows that if she holds another referendum she’ll lose.

Euan McColm: Racism bares its teeth at the sight of refugees
22 Oct 2016 at 11:56pm
How old does a child have to be before we cease to care whether he or she lives or dies? What’s the cut-off point for our compassion? Let’s apply this question to kids fleeing civil war in Syria: who are the ones we feel comfortable helping and who are the ones we’re happy to leave to perish?

Leader: No campaign needs figurehead ? just in case
22 Oct 2016 at 11:49pm
While the focus has rarely shifted from Nicola Sturgeon’s moves towards a second independence referendum over recent weeks, it has been easy to forget that though polls might show that the No campaign have no reason to be unduly worried at this stage, there is a problem looming if the groundwork prepared by the First Minister and her government moved quickly to a vote.

Plea for ?national debate? on who gets NHS cancer drugs
22 Oct 2016 at 11:28pm
The NHS in Scotland is struggling to understand which patients should receive new life-extending cancer drugs, a key Scottish Government health adviser has admitted.

Jeff Salway: Why Tories are for turning on annuity sales
22 Oct 2016 at 11:26pm
The insistence that “there’s no reason” something can’t be achieved is usually an invitation to list the many reasons why it probably won’t be. If Hibs were playing Barcelona tomorrow, their players would be duty bound to point out that because both teams comprise 11 fallible human beings with two legs, “there’s no reason” why they couldn’t win. Aye, like there’s no reason Donald Trump wouldn’t make a great US president.

Widen skilled migration criteria, say universities
22 Oct 2016 at 11:18pm
Skilled migration can’t just be for bankers, universities say.

Dani Garavelli: Alcohol victory can save us from ourselves
22 Oct 2016 at 11:11pm
Shortly before her death, at the age of 55, friends of Evelyn Gillan took out an advertisement in a national newspaper in which they described her as a “peerless and fearless” campaigner. Gillan was perhaps best known as a co-founder of Zero Tolerance, the organisation that pushed domestic violence up the political agenda. But she was also the driving force behind the Scottish Government’s minimum alcohol pricing policy.

Patrick Harvie urges No voters to ?join our cause? for indyref2
22 Oct 2016 at 2:41pm
Patrick Harvie has called on Scottish Green members and supporters to prepare for a second independence referendum as he appealed for those who voted No in 2014 to “join our cause”.

Lib Dems urge MSPs to back pardons for gay men
22 Oct 2016 at 2:03pm
Opposition parties at Holyrood have called for Scottish men carrying criminal records for being gay to be pardoned after the UK Government announced it would do so in England and Wales.

Leader comment: Alcohol problem must be tackled right now
22 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
Scotland’s world-wide reputation as a hard-drinking nation is unenviable and not really one we want to carry through the 21st century.

Ross Douthat: Trump afterlife could be ugly
22 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
Even if defeat does not end in angry confrontations, the Republican candidate will still haunt his countryn says Ross Douthat

Leader comment: Aberfan tragedy should have been prevented
22 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
The harrowing images of the Aberfan disaster when 144 people - the majority of them young children - died in an appalling tragedy when a coal tip slid down into the village is still shocking and sickening 50 years after the event.

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Who let the dogs out?
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2016 at 5:41pm
The popular children’s author and litigious bully JK Rowling, whose personal wealth is measured in hundreds of millions of pounds, has been devoting her time to the tricky task of finding people being rude on Twitter again. In an attempt to prove that the independence referendum (described by the Scottish Police Federation as “robust but overwhelmingly …

How things are done in the sewer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Oct 2016 at 11:11am
Many readers spotted a particularly repellent article in the Daily Express this week, penned by its clueless and poisonous hack Siobhan McFadyen. McFadyen, who rather uncharacteristically failed to insert any violent language into a headline about the First Minister, instead leapt eagerly onto an artificial furore around the actions of Gregg Brain, the Australian father battling …

The Fear
by Chris Cairns
22 Oct 2016 at 6:55am

The Simple Ruth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Oct 2016 at 3:01pm
On the contentious and topical subject of what constitutes a mandate for a second independence referendum, we’re grateful to the super-alert reader who unearthed this clip from BBC Scotland’s election night coverage of 2011, in which Ruth Davidson gives a candid and blunt explanation of the criteria required: We’re just going to write that one …

A strange interpretation
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Oct 2016 at 12:59pm
The BBC and STV are reporting this today: And yet. This is the manifesto the SNP were elected on in May (page 23): They got more votes than the Tories and Labour put together. They got 44.1% of all votes cast, significantly more than the 36.9% the Conservatives got in the previous year’s UK election. They …

The Count
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2016 at 2:43pm
An article by Nick Cohen in the Spectator last night fairly had social media ablaze with a heady brew of anger and mockery. It’s the most extraordinary outpouring of deranged, spittle-flecked arsewash we’ve seen outside of a Daily Express comment thread in a very considerable time, and it merits attention solely because we think it might …

This is how afraid they are
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Oct 2016 at 9:22am
Because fiddling it in 1979 worked so well in the long run. Stand by for the dead voting again, folks.

Exploring the options
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Oct 2016 at 1:18pm
We had a bit of a debate at the weekend with ITV’s generally pretty decent Scotland correspondent Peter Smith, after he tweeted this: It wasn’t the curious choice of picture we objected to, nor the fact that the £14.8bn figure is a notional sum which is totally meaningless in the context of an independent Scotland (because …

Bowled out by the softballs
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Oct 2016 at 4:09pm
Here’s David Mundell on Sunday Politics earlier today: It’s a pretty uncomfortable time. But it could have been a lot worse. Andrew Neil let Mundell get away several times with saying that Scots voted in 2014 while knowing that they’d subsequently be getting a referendum on EU membership. But as we’ve clearly established previously on this site, …

Meet The Ultra-Yoons
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Oct 2016 at 8:11pm
Hardcore nutter collective Scotland In Union are already the de facto unofficial No campaign group for the second independence referendum. Evidently very well-connected and already flush with cash from sources unknown, the limited company recently raised a reported £300,000 for itself at a “charity” dinner attended by such luminaries of the great and the good as Lord Alistair Darling, …

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Sturgeon: Scotland must be 'equal partner' in Brexit talks
23 Oct 2016 at 12:13am
The Scottish government says Scotland must be treated as an "equal partner" in the UK's Brexit negotiations with the EU.

Harvie tells Scottish Greens to prepare for indyref2
21 Oct 2016 at 4:34pm
Patrick Harvie is calling on party members and supporters to prepare for the next independence campaign.

Brexit Secretary seeks 'deal for whole UK'
21 Oct 2016 at 5:45pm
The UK government's Brexit secretary makes his first visit to Scotland since the vote to leave the EU.

'Turing Bill' for gay pardons fails in Parliament
21 Oct 2016 at 6:10pm
A private member's bill that would have pardoned nearly 15,000 living men with criminal records for same-sex offences is talked out by the government.

Scottish courts back minimum alcohol price
21 Oct 2016 at 3:42pm
Plans to set a minimum price for alcohol in Scotland are backed by the Scottish courts.

MSP wants small fireworks displays in Scotland banned
21 Oct 2016 at 2:13pm
Labour MSP David Stewart is calling for an end to small fireworks displays which he claims cause "annoyance and anxiety".

Scottish nurses face staff and funding 'perfect storm' says RCN
21 Oct 2016 at 12:44am
Budget cuts, Brexit and growing patient demand are all leading to a "perfect storm" for nursing numbers in Scotland, a new report warns.

Public service worker attacks double over 10 years
21 Oct 2016 at 8:37am
More than 40,000 violent assaults against public service workers in Scotland have been recorded in the past year, a survey says.

New Scottish independence bill published
20 Oct 2016 at 12:38pm
The Scottish government publishes its draft bill on a second independence referendum, with the proposals now going out for consultation.

Scotrail 'golden train' plan to reduce delays
20 Oct 2016 at 1:09pm
ScotRail Alliance publishes details of how it hopes to improve the network after admitting its performance was "not good enough".

Boundary changes: Political map of Scotland to be redrawn
20 Oct 2016 at 2:49pm
All but three Westminster constituencies in Scotland are to have their boundaries changed under plans to cut the number of seats.

Polish woman speaks of anxiety over future in Scotland
20 Oct 2016 at 12:29pm
Polish-born Suzanna says she is anxious about her future as MPs debate an SNP motion calling on the UK government to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in Britain.

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Siobhan McFadyen and "hitting the nail on the head" : how do you actually arg...
by James Kelly
22 Oct 2016 at 3:09pm
As shockingly documented by Wings Over Scotland today, Siobhan McFadyen of the Express is one of the most cynical, disreputable and dishonourable "journalists" currently working for the British pre...

No, the Westminster government cannot prevent Holyrood from voting on whether...
by James Kelly
21 Oct 2016 at 3:02pm
In case you're wondering, the story that appeared on the Courier website last night about the draft indyref bill is a monumental red herring.  Basically the claim was that the Scottish Government w...

Are we closer to discovering the boundary between "small" and "decisive" in B...
by James Kelly
20 Oct 2016 at 2:29pm
As we all recall, the BBC seemed to have a strategy in the immediate aftermath of the independence referendum for preventing a narrative from taking hold that the vote had in any sense been a close...

With just a single touch, JK Rowling can cure any journalist of his misogyny
by James Kelly
18 Oct 2016 at 10:42pm
You've probably heard by now about Nick Cohen's batty piece which depicts STV's Fox News-style columnist Stephen Daisley as a modern-day Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who has been "silenced" by the total...

So what was it about Brexit that finally won Kezia Dugdale over?
by James Kelly
17 Oct 2016 at 3:13pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about Scottish Labour's curious journey from being officially undecided on whether to support a second independ...

A suggestion for Labour on Trident
by James Kelly
16 Oct 2016 at 2:04am
Owen Smith's failed pitch to the Labour selectorate was basically "Corbynism with bonus weapons of mass destruction", so the people who voted for Jeremy Corbyn may now want to ask for a refund, bec...

Sensational BMG poll reveals that 45% of Scots insist on "leaving the UK" eve...
by James Kelly
14 Oct 2016 at 1:57pm
I'm almost embarrassed for BMG Research.  For extremely good reasons, it's become the industry standard to ask the actual 2014 referendum question when polling on independence.  Although we don't k...

A 'Hard Brexit' means a second independence referendum. In other news, the P...
by James Kelly
13 Oct 2016 at 5:28pm
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times about what we learned from Nicola Sturgeon's speech today : that SNP MPs will vote against Brexit, th...

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With people out of work or suffering wage cuts this should be Labour's time, ...
by Alex Bell
23 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
ALEX Bell says you don't have to be a cartoon racist, mad or have hair like a burst cushion to defend ordinary people against the elite.

Plan for floating parliament as a temporary home for politicians during Westm...
by Ross McCafferty
22 Oct 2016 at 9:25am
The £160million floating parly plan, which involves a massive glass bubble perched on an 800ft barge on the Thames, was unveiled by London architects yesterday.

Second independence referendum looms as Brexit minister rules out separate EU...
by David Clegg
22 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
RIGHT-WING Tory minister David Davis used a visit to Scotland to snub Nicola Sturgeon's plea for special arrangement.

The SNP DOES have a mandate to pursue independence referendum, and Theresa Ma...
by Record View
21 Oct 2016 at 8:43am
THE bafflingly blunt response from Theresa May will only serve to hasten Scotland's exit from the UK, says our editorial as Nicola Sturgeon launches another referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon warned by Finnish experts that baby box plan will be 'worthle...
by Vivienne Aitken
21 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
THE baby box is to be introduced in Scotland following a successful trial in the Scandinavian country that has seen infant mortality rates plummet.

Nicola Sturgeon may have to bluff her way out of Brexit mess, says Torcuil Ch...
by Torcuil Crichton
21 Oct 2016 at 6:00am
TORCUIL believes the seating plans for next week's Downing Street summit will need a lot of consideration to keep Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon apart.

Donald Trump has moulded the Republican Party in his own image and like him i...
by Ross McCafferty
20 Oct 2016 at 7:44pm
THE Republican movement, representing entire swathes of the world's most influential country, has been left a rump by the narcissistic bloody minded vandalism of Donald Trump.

MPs recommend stripping Sir Philip Green of his knighthood in fiery House of ...
by Record Reporter
20 Oct 2016 at 4:11pm
THE former BHS owner was labelled a "billionaire spiv" and compared to Napoleon as MPs lined-up to criticise his role in the retail chain's demise.

Who won the third US Presidential election debate? Poll results and highlight...
by Mikey Smith
20 Oct 2016 at 2:55pm
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have gone head to head in their third and final live debate. Here's everything you need to know

Eminem brands Donald Trump 'a f*****' loose cannon' in angry rap track
by Lucy Mapstone
20 Oct 2016 at 10:50am
HE dropped the nearly eight-minute long politically charged song, which also mentions fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin, to announce upcoming new music.

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Frankie Boyle on JK Rowling
by michaelgreenwell
19 Oct 2016 at 11:01am
This was tweeted by someone this morning but has actually been on youtube for over a year. It’s short and to the point…

Perspective ? Taster Show
by michaelgreenwell
14 Oct 2016 at 8:55am
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while but here is the taster show of the new series Perspective. These are made by one of the most talented people in the Indy movement, Phantom Power. He is also on twitter here and facebook here. Amongst others, this taster show features the community fightback to …

The Likely News ? One ? 5th May 2017
by michaelgreenwell
8 Oct 2016 at 1:02pm
5th May 2017 – Glasgow City Chambers and the surrounding area has been cordoned off for reasons of public safety. The drama began early this morning. After emerging victorious in the Council elections and winning control of Glasgow City Council, new SNP councillors entered the City Chambers and began to look at files previously unavailable …

The Hounds Unleashed
by michaelgreenwell
6 Oct 2016 at 10:00pm
Faced with the complexities of it all, and so many possible ways that it could play itself out, it is easy to forget one or two of the potential outcomes of the Brexit situation. One of them hit me tonight. Before we get to the big one though, here are some of the policies a …

Ken Stott ? ?Straight Speaking Scot?
by michaelgreenwell
3 Oct 2016 at 9:01am

The Scottish Independence Podcast 138 ? Unified Mandates
by michaelgreenwell
27 Sep 2016 at 3:03pm
This new special short episode is either going to make you laugh or make you feel you’ve been dragged into a strange otherworld. That’s all I’m saying. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online viathe spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can …

The Scottish Independence Podcast 137 ? You Can?t Have Your Cake And Eat It
by michaelgreenwell
26 Sep 2016 at 10:11am
For the 137th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I didn’t speak to anyone. It is instead one of those episodes where I am bringing you a bit of an interview by and with someone else because I think it is of importance and should be heard. That someone else happens to be Manfred Weber, …

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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Show us Your Teeth
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Oct 2016 at 8:48pm
This isn’t just a collapse of political norms, it’s a failure of values. Yesterday Tracy Brabin tried to make a few comments about Jo Cox at her acceptance speech. This was the result: Tracy Brabin is heckled while paying tribute to her late predecessor, Jo Cox, during her acceptance as MP for Batley and Spen. …

The Sinking of the Whale
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Oct 2016 at 5:27pm
On the nature of faith, the effect of the lingering horror of war and the dynamics of father-son relationship. ?Maxie, Maxie, Maxie, wake up. Wake up! Wake up! I?ve got stories to tell you.? It?s 4.30 on a summer?s morning in a bedroom of the Manse on the Hebridean island of Iona. The year is …

An Dà Shealladh/Second Sight
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Oct 2016 at 8:13pm
In the third of our occasional series of fund raising events for Bella at the Glad Café in Glasgow, we invite you to join us for a celebration of the onset of winter and the imminence of Oidhche Shamhna/ Hallowe?en. We?ll be showing the acclaimed short film Second Sight/An Dà Shealladh, there will be poetry …

Britannia Hits an Iceberg
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Oct 2016 at 6:20pm
Even on the eve of the final Presidential Debate in this increasingly bizarre campaign, with, it seems, the Trump campaign finally imploding into a welter of conspiracy theories on late night twitter, the question, ?Why Do They Like Trump?? remains, even if American women are about to save American Men from making utter arses of …

Living in a Dictatorship
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Oct 2016 at 11:21am
We’ve become so used to a sort of Jockalypse Now racism in the English press, the like of which would create a cascade of condemnation if anything remotely similar was published in a Scottish newspaper, that you now don’t expect anything other from the red tops. But yesterday a  ‘proper serious’ journalist, Nick Cohen, took …

On Energy Independence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Oct 2016 at 5:46pm
Chris Cook explores how resilience, security and independence are bottom up not top down. This is how we move from a national grid to a natural grid. Resource Resilience Independence is not a policy: it is  an aim of policy, in the same way that Security and Resilience ? which may be seen as aspects …

Getting a Grip
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Oct 2016 at 10:09am
Surely this mornings pearls of wisdom from our MEP @DavidCoburnUKip cements the case for his leadership challenge? The flamboyant if technically-challenged MEP told the radio that: “We want to put a cutlass in the small of the PM’s back to make sure she walks the plank on Brexit.” Coburn told Radio 4 “We just need …

1998 and all That
by Bella Caledonia Editor
16 Oct 2016 at 11:21pm
Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Israel, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro and San Marino. Of the 55 member countries of UEFA, these footballing titans are the only nations not to have qualified for a major tournament since Scotland last did, at the 1998 World Cup in France. …

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Scottish independence: draft bill published on second referendum
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Oct 2016 at 12:12pm
Scottish government unveils draft legislation after Nicola Sturgeon promised new vote in event of hard BrexitA draft bill on a second independence referendum has been published by the Scottish government after the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, pledged to hold a new poll in the event of a hard ...

Scotland constituency changes branded outrageous and undemocratic
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
20 Oct 2016 at 8:19am
SNP and Scottish Labour condemn proposals that will cut number of Westminster constituencies from 59 to 53 A radical overhaul of Westminster constituency boundaries in Scotland has been condemned as ?outrageous? and ?undemocratic? by both the Scottish National party and Scottish Labour.The propos...

Neo-Nazi band Bound for Glory cancels Scottish concert
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
17 Oct 2016 at 9:45am
Concert organiser cites travel concerns for cancellation of gig amid calls for US white power band to be denied entry to UKThe neo-Nazi rock band Bound for Glory is believed to have cancelled its first gig in Scotland after campaigners and the Scottish government called for the group to be denied...

Scotland's exam board accused of paying invigilators less than living wage
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
16 Oct 2016 at 2:00pm
Scottish Qualification Authority under investigation by charity that polices living wage accreditation scheme in ScotlandScotland?s examinations board is under investigation after claims it has been paying thousands of exam invigilators less than the living wage, in breach of Scottish government ...

Sturgeon: second Scottish referendum is likely to be held in event of hard Br...
by Jessica Elgot
16 Oct 2016 at 12:56pm
First minister says she will explore possibility of keeping Scotland in single market even if rest of UK leavesIt is highly probable that Scotland will hold a second independence referendum by 2020 if the UK is taken out of the EU single market, Nicola Sturgeon has said.Scotland?s first minister ...

SNP conference: Nicola Sturgeon's speech - Politics live
by Andrew Sparrow
15 Oct 2016 at 6:10pm
Rolling coverage of the SNP conference in Glasgow, including Nicola Sturgeon?s keynote speechBrennan-Whitefield?s speech calling for cannabis to be decriminalised for medical useSturgeon?s speech - Snap verdict and summary 6.10pm BST This, from ID7748821 in the comments BTL, is very interesting.A...

Nicola Sturgeon?s keynote speech at SNP conference ? video highlights
by Guardian Staff
15 Oct 2016 at 5:27pm
Nicola Sturgeon says she wants Scotland to stay at the ?very heart? of Europe in her keynote speech at the SNP conference in Glasgow on Saturday. She outlines her party?s main policies for business, childcare and health. She also vows to hold a second Scottish vote on independence in the event of...

Sturgeon vows Scottish independence vote in event of hard Brexit
by Daniel Boffey Policy editor
15 Oct 2016 at 4:37pm
First minister tells SNP conference in Glasgow she will defy the prime minister if Tories break ?promises? made to ScotlandNicola Sturgeon has insisted that a hard Brexit would amount to the UK government breaking the promises it made during the Scottish referendum, and that such a departure from...

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Gaining a mandate
According to some press reports circulating on Thursday, Theresa May’s government doesn’t believe that there’s a mandate for a second Scottish independence referendum. That’s the government that has no mandate whatsoever for grammar schools, but is pressing ahead with them anyway. That’s the government that has decided that the referendum vote to leave the EU …

The wrong end of the telescope
Can you smell the panic? The Better To Get Her campaign MkII, where Her is of course Theresa May, are already plotting how to undermine a democratic victory for independence. Why, they say, independence is such an important vote, that it’s vital, nay a moral necessity, to ensure that there’s not just any old majority …

The most powerful devolved parliament in the world. So that?s OK then.
Scotland has the most powerful devolved parliament in the world, is the proud boast of the Unionist parties as they try to persuade Scotland that they fulfilled their promises to give the Scottish parliament meaningful extra powers. And it’s true that with a couple of minor caveats and quibbles, Scotland is indeed the proud owner …

Let?s be nice
Let’s all be nice. Let’s all be beacons of tolerance, understanding, and empathy. Let’s bend over backwards to appreciate the points of view of others. Let’s receive anger but send out love. Let’s preach peace and civic responsibility. Let’s never utter a harsh word. Let’s not slag off James Kelly MSP for being the most …

The past belongs to the Union, the future belongs to independence
You can’t have a second referendum Scotland! Respect the result! You had a vote two years ago and you lost, get over it! End of. And so on and so on, ad nauseum. These are the usual responses of diehard Unionists to the prospect that the Scottish Government is considering holding a second independence referendum …

The path we?re walking
The sluagh ghairm of the second Scottish independence referendum is ringing from the hills and glens of the country. All across this ancient land, an anguished people cry out, “It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for Pot Noodle and Marmite, which no honest man gives …

The Minister of State for Toys-R-Us
Fluffy Mundell, the only member of the UK cabinet who is lower ranking than the Downing Street cat, has been meeting with MPs to purr about Brexit. Scotland ought to stretch out on Liam Blofox’s lap and roll over to have its belly rubbed, insisted Theresa May’s pet Scotsman, otherwise you’ll all get thrown to …

On the one hand, on the other
At least we can’t complain any more that we don’t know what Brexit means. It means xenophobia and a dangerous dalliance in the foothills of fascism. It means secret lists of foreigners. It means a plummeting pound. But mostly it means telling different people different things in the hope that they don’t actually communicate with …

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Scottish Affairs Committee Recommend Changes Strengthening the Role of the Re...
    James Douglas, 2nd Duke of Queensberry (1662-1711) Secretary of State for Scotland, 1709-1711.  procured the signing of the 1707, Treaty of the Union           Secretary of State for Scotland – About the post The post was created soon after the Union of the Crowns, but was abolished in 1746, … Continue reading Scottish Affairs Committee Recommend Changes Strengthening the Role of the Redund...

Baroness Helen Liddell ? Stalin?s Granny didn?t just bake the (l)Pies ? She h...
      The blessed Helen and even more blessed Tony     Baroness Helen Liddell of Coatdyke  – The Scottish Referendum Helen Lawrie Liddell, Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke, is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Monklands East from 1994 to 1997, and then for Airdrie and … Continue reading Baroness Helen Liddell – Stalin’s Granny didn’t just bake the (l)...

Syria ? Aleppo Factual Update Late October 2016 ? Ignore the Hype
    Tuesday 18 October 2016: Aleppo Update – Do Not Believe the Hype -These are the facts Terrorists of Al-Quaeda (recently renamed Al Nustra) in East-Aleppo are boxed in with nowhere to go. The Syrian army is steadily reducing terrorist held areas engaging in close combat, house to house fighting. Syrian and Russian air-forces … Continue reading Syria – Aleppo Factual Update Late October 2016 ...

Referendum Protocols ? A Look back at the 1979 Debacle ? February 2014 Voting...
              Referendum Protocol A referendum is concerned with major questions of policy change and views will be strongly divided. There is a clear need, therefore, that its conduct should be accepted by the electorate as efficient and fair. Guidelines should be established early and accepted by all parties ensuring … Continue reading Referendum Protocols – A Look back at the 1979 Debacle – ...

2014 Scottish Referendum ? Unionist Strategy ? Treat the Scots like Children ...
          Unravelling and reporting on the many plots and subterfuges of politicians is difficult but not impossible. It is sadly often the case that they enjoy long and successful political careers within which the finger of fate may be pointed in their direction but never sticks. This article highlights a small … Continue reading 2014 Scottish Referendum – Unionist Strategy – Treat the Scots ...

Ruth Davidson ? Tank Commander ? Wrapped up in her Union Jack ? Shades of Wal...
    Look at me Ma: “Top of the World”         14 June 2016: An interview with Ruth (the Dragonslayer)) Davidson Her advice to aspiring journalists: Keep your personal politics out of your reporting, explaining; ?When I contacted the Conservative party and said that I wanted to join and be a candidate … Continue reading Ruth Davidson – Tank Commander – Wrapped up in her Union Jack – Shades of Wa...

Can Potty Mouthed Ruth Davidson Really be a Sunday School Teacher? or Leader ...
                  Ruth Davidson’s rose covered route from her humble home in Fife to the Holyrood Parliament a place she had no desire to be. Her destiny is as yet unfulfilled but she intends to get to Westminster, by any means.       Potty mouth     … Continue reading Can Potty Mouthed Ruth Davidson Really be a Sunday School Teacher? or Leader of the Straight laced Tory Party?

The Eye of the Beholder ? Can you believe the BBC and the Newspapers ? I thin...
            The eye of the beholder A few weeks back the Western press gave extensive coverage of the slaughter of innocents in the middle East conflicts. Pictures 1 and 2 were published depicting a young boy apparently slaughtered by forces in opposition to the West. But a few days later … Continue reading The Eye of the Beholder – Can you believe the BBC and the Newspapers – I think not!!

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

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

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

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...

Gerry Hassan

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The Big Stakes at Play in the US Presidential Election
The Big Stakes at Play in the US Presidential Election Gerry Hassan October 20th 2016 The US Presidential election has been mesmerising, compelling and a warning from a future that doesn?t work. As with every recent US election we have had wall-to-wall UK broadcast media coverage. Often this has been presented as a fantasyland larger …

High-wire Politics, the SNP after Conference and the Next Independence Campaign
High-wire Politics, the SNP after Conference and the Next Independence Campaign Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, October 17th 2016 The SNP?s rise to become Britain?s third party ? in parliamentary seats and mass membership ? has corresponded with its annual conference adopting the importance, scale and feel of one of the two UK big parties This …

The SNP has got us where we are, but the SNP on its own isn?t enough in the f...
The SNP has got us where we are, but the SNP on its own isn?t enough in the future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, October 12th 2016 The SNP have played a huge role in getting us to where we are today. They are central to where Scotland goes in the future – but they on …

Theresa May, the End of Empire State Britain and the Death of Unionism
Theresa May, the End of Empire State Britain and the Death of Unionism Gerry Hassan Open Democracy, October 7th 2016 The Tory conference tried to sail on as if the sea wasn?t turbulent and choppy, with the ship heading for the rocks. Tory statecraft, élan, even class confidence, have all contributed to this along with …

Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end?
Where is the Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party revolution going to end? Gerry Hassan Scotttish Review, September 29th 2016 Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have some major positives going for them. He has been re-elected Labour leader with a huge majority in an election in which over half a million people voted. On the wave of a …

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 …

Scotland and Independence

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Tartan blood and Scottish independence - BBC News

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Tartan blood and Scottish independence
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The Scottish Government has published a bill outlining provisional plans for another referendum on Scottish independence, plans which some believe coincide with a renewed sense of Scotland's separate identity. There are pubs where they play music and ...
Cautious welcome for academic's view on softening of US view of independenceHerald Scotla...

New Scottish independence bill published - BBC News

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New Scottish independence bill published
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The Scottish government has published its draft bill on a second independence referendum. The move does not mean another referendum will definitely be held. But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland should be ready to hold a vote before the UK ...
In Scotland, independence back on the agendaDeutsche Welle
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North Sea Fields Flag, Denting Prospects for Scottish Independence - New York...

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North Sea Fields Flag, Denting Prospects for Scottish Independence
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Scots voted against independence by 55 percent to 45 percent, driven largely by doubts on the country's economic future, not just on oil revenues, but on what kind of currency Scotland would have and whether it could join the European Union smoothly or ...

Sturgeon Threatens Scottish Independence Vote Over Brexit - Bloomberg

Sturgeon Threatens Scottish Independence Vote Over Brexit
While hinting at a rerun of 2014's independence referendum is popular with supporters of a sovereign Scotland, the first minister's rhetoric risks taking her to a place where it's hard for her not to announce such a vote. Sturgeon's overarching ...
Nicola Sturgeon says Scottish independence WILL happen because of BrexitDa...

Nicola Sturgeon's dream of Scottish independence suffers another blow as Amer...

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Nicola Sturgeon's dream of Scottish independence suffers another blow as America tells her to respect the will of ...
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NICOLA Sturgeon may have difficulty trying to win backing for Scottish independence from whoever wins next month's presidential election as America tells her to respect the will of the British people. In television interviews the SNP leader said she ...
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A canny bluff - The Economist (blog)

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A canny bluff
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For keen pro-independence campaigners, some of whom have been clamouring for a new vote on quitting the United Kingdom since they lost the one in 2014, this is the SNP's golden chance. Time to crack on with a new vote: time to untether Scotland from a ...
SNP's Nicola Sturgeon announces new independence referendum billBBC News
Scotland consider...

Leading academic urges Nicola Sturgeon to ditch threats of second Scottish in...
Leading academic urges Nicola Sturgeon to ditch threats of second Scottish independence referendum and make the ...
Professor Jim Gallagher said the vote to leave the EU was economically bad for Scotland but paradoxically might offer the country a chance to ?reset? its relationship with the rest of the UK. He also warned that another independence vote ? nicknamed .....

Scotland 1, The Union 0: Even the new edition of Football Manager is predicti...

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Scotland 1, The Union 0: Even the new edition of Football Manager is predicting independence after Brexit
The National
Scotland 1, The Union 0: Even the new edition of Football Manager is predicting independence after Brexit. October 19th, 2016 - 12:17 am Andrew Learmonth. FANCY getting that football fan in your life some Scottish independence for Christmas? Well ...
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Iain Macwhirter: Time to set tribalism aside and put Scotland first - Herald ...

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Iain Macwhirter: Time to set tribalism aside and put Scotland first
Herald Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon told the SNP conference a week ago that she wanted a ?coalition? with progressive parties against hard Brexit. That was a pretty remarkable suggestion since it implies working with Labour and the Liberal Democrats, the Nationalists ...

Scottish Independence Is Only A Matter Of Time, Says Nicola Sturgeon - Cosumn...

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Scottish Independence Is Only A Matter Of Time, Says Nicola Sturgeon
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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that she will be publishing a draft bill for a second referendum vote, just two years after the country voted not to seek independence from the UK. Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: "The SNP ...

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SNP Chicanery on Brexit Shows - Again - They Only Want One Thing - Cosumnes C...

SNP Chicanery on Brexit Shows - Again - They Only Want One Thing
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"If the British government insists on taking Scotland down a path that hurts our economy, costs jobs, lowers our living standards and damages our reputation as an open, welcoming, diverse country - then be in no doubt", Sturgeon told the SNP ...

Nicola Sturgeon: New independence referendum if United Kingdom backs hard bre...

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Nicola Sturgeon: New independence referendum if United Kingdom backs hard brexit
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The announcement by the First Minister of Scotland and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon preparations are under way for another vote is blamed on the Brexit decision. She will add that economic stability is threatened by the prosp...

SNP's childcare plan criticised - The Times (subscription)

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SNP's childcare plan criticised
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Nicola Sturgeon has been warned that she risks plunging relations with local authorities to a new low after vowing to give parents rather than councils the power to determine which state nurseries their children can attend. The first minister wants a ...

SNP risks being a stuck record on a second vote, out of tune with the UK - Th...

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SNP risks being a stuck record on a second vote, out of tune with the UK
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It's hard to work out whether Nicola Sturgeon's speech to the Scottish National Party conference announcing the new referendum bill, which was published on Thursday, represents history in the making or simply a bad case of déjà vu. Will we look back on ...

DAN HODGES: Give Jeremy Corbyn the Trump treatment - Daily Mail

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DAN HODGES: Give Jeremy Corbyn the Trump treatment
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon took to Twitter to rage 'shame on the Tories'. But I'm told the SNP snubbed attempts to reach a compromise. 'We sat down with John Nicholson and attempted to find a way that would pardon innocent men but protect the victims ...

Cautious welcome for academic's view on softening of US view of independence ...

Herald Scotland
Cautious welcome for academic's view on softening of US view of independence
Herald Scotland
?If the SNP and the Yes campaign develop their policies in a centrist, cooperative way, they could turn what was the biggest handicap in the last campaign into a possible plus. They could run on confirming Scotland's commitment to European institutions ...

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Letters: Referendum threshold should be raised - Herald Scotland

Letters: Referendum threshold should be raised
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Nigel Smith, who led that successful campaign, has said that a second independence referendum decision should require a 55 per cent majority. I think it should be 60 per cent or higher because the SNP's second referendum bill seems to be driven by ...

Letters: Referendum threshold should be raised (From Herald ... - Herald Scot...

Letters: Referendum threshold should be raised (From Herald ...
Herald Scotland
Nobody ever questioned the 1997 devolution referendum result, because it was an overwhelming 73 per in favour.

Referendum threshold should be raised (From Herald Scotland) - Herald Scotland

Referendum threshold should be raised (From Herald Scotland)
Herald Scotland
Nobody ever questioned the 1997 devolution referendum result, because it was an overwhelming 73 per in favour.

At-a-glance - Draft Scottish Independence Referendum bill - BBC News

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At-a-glance - Draft Scottish Independence Referendum bill
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The Scottish government has published draft legislation for a second independence referendum for consultation. Here are some of the key points from the consultation document and draft bill, which sets out how any potential referendum would be organised.
Second independence referendum in Scotland could ask 'variation' of que...

Second independence referendum looms as Brexit minister rules ... - Scottish ...

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Second independence referendum looms as Brexit minister rules ...
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RIGHT-WING Tory minister David Davis used a visit to Scotland to snub Nicola Sturgeon's plea for special arrangement.
Tartan blood and Scottish independenceBBC News
Scottish Green conference backs plans for new independence referendumCommonSpace
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Scotland considers 2nd independence referendum - CNN

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Scotland considers 2nd independence referendum
"I am determined that Scotland will have the ability to reconsider the question of independence -- and to do so before the UK leaves the EU -- if that is necessary to protect our country's interests," she said at a Scottish National Party (SNP ...
Scotland to Consider New Independence Referendum BillWall Street Journal
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Luxemburger Wort - Scotland publishes independence referendum bill
Luxemburger Wort - English Edition
Scotland voted by 55% to stay part of Britain in 2014, but then voted by 62% to remain in the European Union in June, sparking a political crisis after Britain as ...
Scotland publishes independence referendum bill - The Express ...The Express Tribune

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How to avoid another independence referendum? Respect Scotland's anti-Brexit ...

Scottish Daily Record
How to avoid another independence referendum? Respect Scotland's anti-Brexit position, says Joan McAlpine
Scottish Daily Record
We also need substantial powers devolved to our Scottish Parliament over workers' rights, currently guaranteed by the EU. If Brexit happens, those powers will revert to a perpetually Tory Westminster. We also need powers to allow Scotland to make ......

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The 2016 US Presidential Election
It's still nearly a year until the first primaries, but the potential candidates have already been jostling for position for some time so I thought I'd start a topic on this. For the Democrats unless something fairly dramatic happens it looks as if Hilary Clinton will be the candidate, although E...

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

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

Minimum Unit Alcohol Price Illegal, says European Court of Justice This will now be referred back to the Scottish courts but it looks to be a victory for the Scotch Whisky Association.

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 ...

Dedicating this thread to all that's too do with the United Kingdom Independence Party. I don't in anyway support them but I don't think we can write them off as a diddy party like the greens. As well as this they have won one of the 6 EU seats in Scotland and have also found there way into West...

Nicola Sturgeon
Is she the ugliest "woman" ever in politics if not the world? Discuss  

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...

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
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One for the poet

Following on from his Bitter Lake work this is an excellent and though provoking three hour watch about accepting what we are told. On BBC iplayer at the moment

2016 Tamb Running Thread
Thought it might be an idea to kick off a new thread for the new year.Kick started today for a few of us in Aberdeen with a double parkrun. The beach was a bit tough today, with the sand levels on the proms being crazy in parts.Tomorrow sees the first 10km race of the year again, at Lumphanan.Cur...

Where's All The "since It's Friday" Jokes
Two pensioners are enjoying oral sex together.The old man says, "I can't stay down here any longer, it stinks"!The old lady replies, "It's my arthritis".The old man says, "Arthritis, in your vagina" "No", says the lady, "It's in my shoulder. I can't wipe my erse"!

Series Worth Watching
Wee bit like the movies thread - just got this showbox app on my tablet and it's got hundreds of different series on it.Anybody recommend any worth watching?Am about halfway through Homeland - quite enjoying it and have watched Peaky Blinders (which I found surprisingly good).Tried Game of Throne...

Theresa May
Seen her on telly there, asked about Scotland referendum,will you allow one?  answer- blahblah they voted to stay ,as for brexit they voted as part of Britain the uk. Canny see this happening till 2020 imho. She will run over us and do what she wants when she wants and there's fvck al...

Yorkshire Dales
Usually holiday in Lake District and Aviemore with wife........walking,cycling, pottering about, country pubs. Thinking of Yorkshire Dales for a change. Any suggestions for a Base?  Best wee town/Villages? 

Indy Ref 2
Since no-one's started the thread... A lot of former No voters including some pretty prominant activists, politicians and commentators either coming out for Yes or softening their position - even Chris Deerin saying today that he's not saying that he would vote Yes but that he couldn't say th...

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Her chances, your choices - Introducing Kirsty, the Holyrood baby

In announcing a review of the care system Nicola Sturgeon knows she has made ...

Westminster would be ?foolish? to block indyref 2, say Scottish Greens

Tories hold David Cameron?s seat but Lib Dems slash their majority

Event report: smart cities

Patrick Harvie: SNP risks being remembered as ?a timid government that caved-...

ONS appoints OSCI leader to head up data science campus

One-size-fits-all approach to internet of things regulation might be inapprop...

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Still Fighting?
What can I say…. my body is broken, my mind is awake and my heart is wide open… I see a future a positive future for all of us. We fight because we believe, that change can happen.. so we made it so. We can and will be a positive beacon for the world… Dont ...

Universal Basic income ? Glasgow
  The second night in a series of events aimed at exploring and discussing a universal basic income in Glasgow. Hosted by Extra Second , the night will consist of speakers from different backgrounds and political ideologies as well as local activist groups and individuals. Speakers include : Jim Sillars from the SNP Cat Boyd ...

Brexit Max ? the shafting
Things we know from the Tory conference. Forget about the single market, migration controls will be severe, the economic consequences will be devastating and you should prepare to suffer. Theresa May and Ruth Davidson have less integrity than a floppy disk on top of a magnet. Ruth clearly takes her orders from London. They both ...

IndyRef2 Catalunya
Puigdemont to call for a referendum in September 2017 if Spain doesn?t allow Catalans to vote It?s either referendum or referendum’, he stated before the Parliament during the first phase of the vote of confidence Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, emphasised the Government?s will to culminate Catalonia?s pro-independence by holding a binding referendum. ?It?s either referendum ...

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 ...