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"Deluded" Dugdale says jungle TV ordeal can still promote Labour values
12 Dec 2017 at 12:23pm
KEZIA Dugdale has been branded ?deluded? after saying she still hopes her appearance on a reality TV show drinking an ostrich anus smoothie can promote Labour values.

MEPs call for UK-EU Brexit report to be made legally binding "ASAP"
12 Dec 2017 at 12:17pm
THE European Parliament is to demand that last week's Brexit deal is converted into a legally binding text as soon as possible after David Davis was accused of undermining trust.

Employer confidence at five-year low as Brexit looms, says survey
12 Dec 2017 at 12:01am
EMPLOYER confidence has plunged to a five-year low, a survey suggests today, prompting fears that the UK jobs market is "cooling off" on the prospect of Brexit.

Income tax hikes a "sticking plaster" on Scottish weak economy
12 Dec 2017 at 5:07am
MIDDLE-CLASS Scots face paying more income tax next year for little tangible benefit as the cash is used to offset Westminster cuts and plug gaps in a faltering economy, according to the country?s most respected economic think tank.

May: Divorce bill offer off table without UK agreeing partnership with Brussels
12 Dec 2017 at 10:52am
The Prime Minister gave a statement to MPs about progress in the negotiations.

Brexit Britain 'will be worse off outside the EU'
12 Dec 2017 at 10:49am
Analysis by the Rand Corporation shows a ?cliff-edge? no-deal Brexit will reduce GDP by 4.9%, or $140 billion (£105 billion), over 10 years.

Gove adamant Brexit will work for animals ?we love? as draft bill published
12 Dec 2017 at 10:47am
Animal abusers could be jailed for up to five years under the plans.

Donald Trump?s attack on Theresa May ?was about protecting Americans?
12 Dec 2017 at 10:42am
The United States ambassador in London, Woody Johnson, says he expects and hopes Mr Trump will visit the UK next year.

Analysis: ?Principled huff? from rivals would see the budget home and dry
12 Dec 2017 at 5:00am
DEREK Mackay has to navigate a thicket of spiky choices when he delivers his draft budget for 2018/19 on Thursday ? he is unlikely to emerge unscathed.

Brexit confusion makes SNP support for Withdrawal Bill more remote, warns Rus...
12 Dec 2017 at 12:01am
THE ?confusion? over the UK Government?s position on the Irish border relating to Brexit has made the prospect of the Scottish Government supporting the flagship EU Withdrawal Bill even more remote, Michael Russell has suggested.

Corbyn calls on May to scrap "unnecessary" Brexit deadline of March 2019
12 Dec 2017 at 12:10am
LABOUR has softened its line on Brexit still further with Jeremy Corbyn calling for the option of pushing back the date of Britain's EU departure.

Labour MSP accused of irresponsibility over bid to repeal law on sectarian fo...
12 Dec 2017 at 5:00am
A LABOUR MSP has been branded ?utterly irresponsible? and ?self serving? over efforts to repeal controversial legislation aimed at cracking down on football sectarianism.

SNP compared to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory character by Tory MP
12 Dec 2017 at 8:09am
The SNP are "the political manifestation of Veruca Salt", a Tory MP has claimed.

Labour accused of trying to 'undermine the independence of the judiciary'
11 Dec 2017 at 6:45pm
Ms Baker rejected the accusation, insisting the courts would only be established with the Lord President?s agreement.

UK commitment to soft Irish border more than legally enforceable, says Davis
11 Dec 2017 at 12:09pm
The Brexit Secretary?s comment on Sunday that the plans were a ?statement of intent? was branded ?bizarre? by the Irish government.

 

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More Scottish teachers but primary classes stay the same size
12 Dec 2017 at 2:06pm
The number of teachers in Scotland has increased by 543 in the last year but primary school class sizes have remained the same, according to official statistics.

Brexit: Holyrood ?will get majority of returning powers?
12 Dec 2017 at 10:34am
Scottish Secretary David Mundell said he was confident that the “majority” of the 111 powers returning from Brussels, which the Scottish Government claims are vulnerable to a “power grab” at Westminster through the EU Withdrawal Bill, would be devolved to Holyrood.

Inflation rises to new high amid household squeeze
12 Dec 2017 at 10:33am
Inflation has unexpectedly jumped to a near six-year high, forcing the Bank of England to explain to the Chancellor why the cost of living has surged.

Forties pipeline repairs ?could take up to three weeks?
12 Dec 2017 at 10:08am
Repairs to the Forties pipeline, which carries 40 per cent of North Sea oil and gas, could take up to three weeks, operators have said.

NHS pressures unsustainable as nurses hit ?breaking point?
12 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The chronic situation facing Scotland’s NHS has been set out in stark terms after a report found the pressure on health services is “not sustainable” over the festive period as nurses warn they are at “breaking-point” over low pay.

Darren McGarvey: occupation that could kickstart bid to tackle homelessness
12 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
It’s Sunday night in Glasgow city centre and the December chill is beginning to bite. As 10pm approaches, many of the city’s happy shoppers, giddy revellers and harmless loiterers, have wisely cleared the streets, making for the warmth of home, as the city begins rebooting itself for the coming week.

Theresa May gag voted best original Christmas cracker joke
12 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
A gag about Prime Minister Theresa May has won a national competition to write the best modern Christmas cracker joke.

Paris Gourtsoyannis: May?s Brexit deal is actually a trap
12 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The words “full alignment” in the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU don’t mean what either side hopes they mean, writes Paris Gourtsoyannis.

Scots firms face targets for hiring minority groups
11 Dec 2017 at 8:29pm
New targets for Scottish firms to hire minority groups look set to be drawn up as part of a national race equality drive unveiled by the Scottish Government.

Corsican nationalists secure historic election victory
11 Dec 2017 at 7:34pm
Corsican nationalists secured an unprecedented victory elections on Sunday on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica for a new regional assembly, crushing President Emmanuel Macron’s young centrist movement and traditional parties.

What can we expect from the Scottish budget on Thursday
11 Dec 2017 at 5:36pm
For most the early days of December are a chance to start looking ahead to Christmas, doing some shopping for gifts, or even planning the big day itself. Not for Derek Mackay.

David Davis: I don?t have to be very clever to be Brexit Secretary
11 Dec 2017 at 4:39pm
David Davis has said he does not have to be very clever to do his job as Brexit Secretary.

?Please stay after Brexit? Theresa May urges 3m EU nationals
11 Dec 2017 at 4:29pm
Theresa May urged more than three million European Union citizens living in the UK to stay on after Brexit as she claimed it was “good news for everybody” that negotiations were set to move on to trade.

David Davis forced into u-turn over Irish border deal
11 Dec 2017 at 4:24pm
Brexit Secretary David Davis has been forced into a u-turn after claiming the deal struck last week to ensure the Irish border remains open after Brexit was “not legally enforceable”.

What the latest polls tell us about Scottish independence
11 Dec 2017 at 3:37pm
Brexit may be preoccupying most political minds this festive season but in Scotland there is always another constitutional issue bubbling below the surface.

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From the archives #2
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
11 Dec 2017 at 11:32am
There was a time, readers, when Murdo Fraser was a bright young radical thinker who backed Full Fiscal Autonomy and even supported the idea of Universal Basic Income. We think “committed Unionist” in this case is a euphemism.

Reheats and revisions
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
10 Dec 2017 at 3:05pm
Alert readers of the Scottish Mail On Sunday – if any such people exist, that is – will have noticed that the paper has of late been cutting both costs and the middleman by giving Tory MSPs entire pages to spout party propaganda for free rather than paying a journalist to slightly rewrite it. First …

Easy come, easy go
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
9 Dec 2017 at 5:56pm
Another then-and-now classic. (Source 1, source 2)

The compromise
by Chris Cairns
9 Dec 2017 at 7:40am
. (It?s nearly Christmas! Buy cartoon books for your friends, unless you’re a vile monster.) .

The Lesson
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
8 Dec 2017 at 10:35am
The media is aflame this morning with discussion of the agreement between the UK and EU with particular regard to Ireland, in which the UK essentially concedes just about everything including free movement, the thing most Brexiters voted Leave for. We’ve largely avoided analysis of the Brexit negotiations here on Wings up until now, because …

Everyone?s a loser
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
7 Dec 2017 at 12:13pm
Yesterday at Holyrood the Scottish Liberal Democrats, in the name of Orkney MSP Liam McArthur, brought forward a motion of no confidence in Police Scotland, which was calmly but stingingly rebutted by Scottish Police Federation chair Calum Steele on Twitter. A debate went ahead in the chamber, of which the outcome was the below: So …

Scotland is dead
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
6 Dec 2017 at 1:40pm
What’s even the point any more? Even if you don’t buy into any of the persistent health concerns about aspartame, there are already TWO chemically-sweetened Irn Bru brands (Sugar-Free and Xtra) for the people who can stomach the foul taste of fake sugar. But now nobody will be able to choose a version without it. Alongside …

From the archives
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Dec 2017 at 2:42pm
On today’s news that support for independence is back up to 47%, and that Henry McLeish is calling for federalism again, whatever that is. (NB In 2009 apparently “home rule” actually meant “independence”. Keep up.)

The faithful pet
by Chris Cairns
2 Dec 2017 at 6:55am
(It’s nearly Christmas! Buy a cuddly Hamish The Lion toy here! Plus maybe some cartoon books.)

Minor roadworks alert
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
30 Nov 2017 at 10:29am
Scotland has 2,174 miles of trunk roads, of which 1.7 miles (that’s just under 0.08%) comprise the Queensferry Crossing. For the next few days those 1.7 miles are going to be subject to some partial lane closures on the southbound side for maintenance. They’ll cause almost no disruption, because as it happens there’s another very similar bridge …

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Scots Brexit minister seeks 'basic answers' ahead of talks
12 Dec 2017 at 8:45am
Mike Russell calls for "basic answers" on Brexit ahead of talks with counterparts from around the UK.


Scottish teacher numbers rise by more than 500
12 Dec 2017 at 1:00pm
The number of primary and secondary teachers increased but there was a drop in the number of special teachers.


Call for Scots budget to focus on growing 'fragile' economy
12 Dec 2017 at 12:19am
The Fraser of Allander Institute says the draft budget is coming at a "crucial time" for Scotland's "fragile" economy.


Call for drug laws devolution to allow 'fix room'
12 Dec 2017 at 12:19am
Rising numbers of drug-related deaths in Glasgow and increases in HIV infections among users prompted the plan.


Business leaders urge ministers to 'steady Scotland's economic ship'
11 Dec 2017 at 12:02am
The Federation of Small Businesses urges the Scottish government to resist increasing tax rates.


New manufacturing centre to be built near Glasgow Airport
11 Dec 2017 at 1:23pm
The Scottish government says the new £65m centre of excellence will be built near Glasgow Airport.


Derek Mackay offers assurances over Scottish budget plans
10 Dec 2017 at 12:30pm
Scotland's finance secretary tells businesses that his forthcoming budget will prioritise growth and innovation.


Warning of Brexit impact on Highland Council workforce
11 Dec 2017 at 4:32pm
The local authority faces losing staff who are concerned about their future in a UK outside the EU.


Nicola Sturgeon welcomes 'step forward' on Brexit
8 Dec 2017 at 1:39pm
But Scotland's first minister warns that the next stage of the negotiations will be even tougher.


'Unacceptable' failings at Scottish Police Authority
8 Dec 2017 at 12:58pm
Audit Scotland criticises the Scottish Police Authority for "poor use of public money" and a lack of transparency.


MSP calls for change in private parking law
8 Dec 2017 at 4:27pm
Murdo Fraser says the legislation on privately operated car parks is "unclear and inconsistent".


Setting boundaries
17 Oct 2017 at 12:18am
How did the latest proposals for Scotland's new electoral map come about, and what might they mean?

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A gentle word in the ear of Tommy Sheppard: let's get real
by James Kelly
11 Dec 2017 at 9:52am
My jaw has just dropped to the floor upon reading an article in The National in which SNP MP Tommy Sheppard argues that if Kezia Dugdale defects from Labour to the SNP, she should be required to st...

Ruth Davidson set for "future of demeaning irrelevance" as yet another Scotti...
by James Kelly
10 Dec 2017 at 11:06am
Stuart Campbell of Wings has tweeted the following Survation polling figures, which appear to be from a new full-scale Scottish poll.  I can't find any other reference to them yet, so I suppose the...

It's IMPOSSIBLE for a devolved parliament to have a Brexit veto (except when ...
by James Kelly
8 Dec 2017 at 12:36pm
In my last blogpost, I posed the question: given the entrenched positions of the DUP, the Irish government and anti-European Tory MPs, how was it even possible for a deal to be reached?  Ireland re...

A paradox: did Tory losses at the general election make a hard Brexit more li...
by James Kelly
5 Dec 2017 at 8:10am
There was a great deal of speculation back in June about whether the election resulting in a hung parliament - albeit, crucially, one in which the Conservatives and DUP held a majority between them...

Schrodinger's No Regulatory Divergence
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2017 at 2:03pm
I've just been catching up with the fudge on Northern Ireland that looks set to save the Brexit negotiations - but at what price?  My first reaction was that it would bring down the Tory government...

Ruth Davidson faces "utter humiliation" at next election as Scottish Tories s...
by James Kelly
4 Dec 2017 at 8:38am
Scottish voting intentions for next Westminster general election (Survation):SNP 37% (-2)Labour 28% (+2)Conservatives 25% (-1)Note that the percentage changes listed above are from the last Survati...

Ruth Davidson SHUDDERS as support for independence increases to 47% in long-a...
by James Kelly
3 Dec 2017 at 11:21pm
We're getting a bit closer to solving the mystery of the elusive full-scale Scottish poll from Survation - it turns out it was commissioned by the Record.  Given that publication's virulently anti-...

An indyref is much more likely to take place in 2019 or 2020 than next year
by James Kelly
3 Dec 2017 at 6:29am
First things first: a Survation-Watch update.  Stuart Dickson has spotted an article in the Sunday Post about a Scottish poll conducted by Survation between the 27th and 30th of November.  It was c...

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Oil jumps after Forties pipeline crack discovered
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12 Dec 2017 at 1:29pm
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Free soft drinks for Ayrshire drivers at pubs at Christmas
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12 Dec 2017 at 12:28pm
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Another classic article from Loki.
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12 Dec 2017 at 12:10pm
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Apply for Expert Women Scotland 2018 - A call for female experts to balance r...
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12 Dec 2017 at 12:02pm
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Charities that help teenagers?
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12 Dec 2017 at 11:51am
Hello everybody, I'm looking for a charity that helps teenagers. Recently I started giving lectures in high schools and colleges about video games, languages and the fact that you don't need to go ...

Nicola Sturgeon announces Â?65m manufacturing centre for Renfrewshire
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12 Dec 2017 at 10:51am
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May forced into EU U-turn as she scraps plans to bypass parliamentary scrutin...
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12 Dec 2017 at 10:36am
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Nurses at 'breaking point' over pay and conditions
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David Cameron ?said he didn?t care about Scots after indyref?
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Legal or ludicrous? Strange Scottish laws
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12 Dec 2017 at 9:15am
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Sgian Dubhs that don't look like mall ninja weapons?
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12 Dec 2017 at 6:16am
Looking for places that sell sgian dubhs that dont look like they have fake jewels and a lot of stainless steel. I'm also having a hard time of finding images of older sgian dubhs (200+ years old)....

Glasgow George Square Christmas Amusement Fun Fair 2017
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BBC One - The Force: The Story of Scotland's Police
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Transport Scotland Receives Scottish Public Service Award: The team?s work on...
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Iain Lee real 'King of the Jungle' for opening up about mental health issues ...
by Kezia Dugdale
12 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale says the show made people 'laugh and think' but claims more needs done to tackle mental health stigma.


Don't give in to low-level vandals as it's communities who suffer
by Record View
12 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Record View argues that people want a properly funded police force able to respond to community needs and keep them safe.


Police Scotland shouldn't deal with trivial incidents, cyber crime or steward...
by Andy Philip
12 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The former SNP Justice Secretary reckons officers are “run ragged” dealing with minor matters others could take care of.


Theresa May forced into Brexit U-turn as she scraps plans to bypass parliamen...
by Torcuil Crichton
12 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
The PM is ditching move to use so-called Henry VIII powers after coming under pressure from the SNP and Labour.


Meaningful action needed to end this ongoing obscenity of violence against women
by Record View
11 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Record View argues that Justice Secretary Michael Matheson's welcome words have to be translated to real and meaningful improvement.


New Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard says Scotland key to delivering pa...
by dailyrecord
11 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Labour are back in second place in Scotland in the polls behind the SNP and Leonard believes more seats north of border will give his party power.


SNP feeling the heat as business leaders fire out tax hike warning ahead of b...
by Andy Philip
11 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay is under pressure as lobby groups say income tax rise could hurt economy.


Time for Jeremy Corbyn to get off Brexit fence and back the single market
by dailyrecord
11 Dec 2017 at 6:00am
Our columnist Mhari Black says the Labour leader should join the SNP and Lib Dems and help force through the least damaging Brexit possible.


Animal charity slams cruel breeders and demands squalid puppy farms crackdown
by Laura Paterson
10 Dec 2017 at 5:44pm
OneKind says it has investigated legal breeders and found dogs kept in horrific conditions covered in faeces.


Irish renew Brexit battle after Tories backtrack and claim border deal is not...
by Ed Carty
10 Dec 2017 at 4:56pm
Ireland says last-gasp agreement to ensure no hard border with Northern Ireland is "cast iron" but Brexit Secretary David Davis claims it was more a statement of intent.

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Again With The Contracts
by michaelgreenwell
12 Dec 2017 at 8:22am
Couldn’t help notice a labour type putting this image online.       If you look at the video below, you’ll notice that they have mentioned this before. I think this one is to be filed under the abolish the House of Lords promise. Advertisements

One Of The Things We Have To Do Could Not Be Clearer
by michaelgreenwell
9 Dec 2017 at 11:12pm

Scottish Independence Podcast 163 ? They Don?t Make It Difficult, Do They?
by michaelgreenwell
28 Nov 2017 at 9:33pm
The 163rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a thank you for some of the great moments that Scottish Labour leaders have given us in recent years. Today the new empty suit put himself right in the mix with the previous empty suits and dresses, and he is hardly in the job. Hope you …
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Worth A Post Of Its Own ? 4
by michaelgreenwell
25 Nov 2017 at 8:54pm
Another one from Colin Dunn Here are some other things that were worth a post of their own.

Scottish Independence Podcast 162 ? Trump and Tories
by michaelgreenwell
22 Nov 2017 at 9:28pm
The 162nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a quick run through of some of the things that Trump and the Tories have been up to. Some listeners may find the amount of Ruth Davidson in it upsetting, however, when she is in it, she is constistently making an arse of herself. She also …
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Insult Royalty Day/Strange Women Lying In Ponds
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 10:10am
This morning Christina McKelvie MSP retweeted someone saying that a Catalan Rapper called Valtónyc has been jailed for 3 years because of the content of one of his songs. The content that the Spanish govt is said to have taken offence to was something “insulting the crown”. Therefore, to show a small bit of solidarity, …

Journey To Yes ? 19 ? Bryce
by michaelgreenwell
10 Nov 2017 at 8:17am
The excellent Journey To Yes series is back. Phantom power, as ever, does not disappoint…

Chomsky Explains The Cold War In Five Minutes
by michaelgreenwell
7 Nov 2017 at 6:41pm
I’ve taken the title for this post from the video itself, and if you were to say that’s a bold claim, I would agree with you. However, give it a watch and see if you think he got it right…

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Viewpoint
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Dec 2017 at 1:02pm
Why can?t they give these damn mountains proper names? Their names are in our language; the mountains understand it and know each other by these proper Gaelic names. Why can?t they be spelt so we can pronounce them ? like Ben Nevis or Ring of Bright Water? The spelling is the way it works and …

The Idea of a Scottish University
by Bella Caledonia Editor
12 Dec 2017 at 12:23pm
Simply put, Scottish students are a much less attractive commercial proposition for university Principals and Vice-Chancellors. An English student is over five times more financially rewarding than a Scottish student ? and an American student over ten times more...

Weeping for Humanity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Dec 2017 at 5:32pm
Does people speaking a language that’s not important to you make you “Weep for Humanity”? Occasionally the rational version of Unionist discourse about “pooling and sharing” “economic benefits” the “UK single market” (etc etc) gives way to a more visceral display. After we published last week two pieces about language issues the Swiftian “English Roadsigns: …

Bella?s Guide to the Top 5 Funniest Twitter Accounts
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Dec 2017 at 3:47pm
“Make hygge beneath the M8, with men round fires sharing warming tonic wine. Wear stilts and sing in an otter’s voice. Sweden will hear us.” “We are all baked in our mothers’ wombs. Curl naked into the warm tray at Greggs between the steak bakes. It is a return to Eden. A rebirth. So says …

The Excruciating Detail of Existence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
11 Dec 2017 at 2:40pm
Fair play to Molly Scott Cato – the Green MEP – who is taking David Davis to court over Brexit. Here she is questioned by interviewer Rob Double, Political Editor of Core Politics who asks (referring to the mysterious impact assessment reports: “Do they exist?” (2.32)   Asking the question “Do they exist?” – raises …

Last Brexit Hero
by Bella Caledonia Editor
10 Dec 2017 at 10:45am
A new dawn is breaking … meet David Spokesperson By Shaun @Shiny02

Something will turn up
by Bella Caledonia Editor
9 Dec 2017 at 9:13am
Wilkins Micawber and Theresa May have a lot in common. They both pin their faith on something turning up. ?The DUP?s resistance to this fudge has been tempered simply by Theresa May?s broad accession to their objections, and then simply to add them on top of the other undertakings by Britain to the other parties;? …

Arlene Foster Helps Both Ways
by Bella Caledonia Editor
8 Dec 2017 at 7:53pm
To summarise then. Arlene Foster and the Irish Government have negotiated a soft-Brexit framework for the United Kingdom. Arlene Foster and the Irish Government may also have agreed to force Theresa May to get the Northern Irish Assembly up and running, finally giving Sinn Féin an opportunity to have their voice heard again.

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After snakes and grubs, Kezia Dugdale steps out of the jungle into the bearpit
by Kevin McKenna
10 Dec 2017 at 12:04am
The former leader of Labour in Scotland is returning to a barrage of questions over her appearance on I?m a CelebrityThe Christmas pantomime season started a few weeks early in Scotland. The star attraction was a young political leader who abruptly resigned her post. Kezia Dugdale, 36, former lea...

Pace of change on gender balance in Holyrood frustrates female MSPs
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
8 Dec 2017 at 9:41am
More than a month after calls for a shift in women?s representation, Scottish parliament?s ruling body remains almost all maleFemale MSPs are stepping up calls for gender balance on the Scottish parliament?s ruling body amid concerns that initial impetus for change after the revelations of sexual...

Prince Charles admits he lobbied Alex Salmond over Teach First
by Severin Carrell and James McEnaney
7 Dec 2017 at 1:31pm
Exclusive: Scottish government releases papers showing prince lobbied first minister in 2013 to promote teacher-training charityThe Prince of Wales has admitted he privately lobbied Alex Salmond to promote a charity that wanted to win contracts to train new teachers in Scotland, according to offi...

Arlene Foster says draft of UK-EU Brexit deal came as 'big shock' to DUP ? as...
by Andrew Sparrow
5 Dec 2017 at 6:46pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s attempt to salvage a Brexit deal after it was rejected by the DUPDavid Davis?s Commons Brexit statement - Summary and analysisAfternoon summary 5.50pm GMT When we looked at the wording on regulatory alig...

Scotland's lowest-paid public sector workers set for highest pay rise
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
5 Dec 2017 at 5:58pm
Finance secretary expected to introduce progressive pay policy offering inflation-beating increase to lowest earnersThe Scottish government is planning to offer the lowest-paid public sector workers an inflation-beating pay rise in its budget next week, partly funded by tax rises.Public sector un...

Irish PM says he is 'disappointed' UK backed off a deal it had approved - as ...
by Nicola Slawson (now) and Andrew Sparrow (earlier)
4 Dec 2017 at 9:01pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May?s meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker intended to conclude phase one of the Brexit talks and MPs debating the EU withdrawal billArlene Foster?s statement in fullTheresa May?s statement in fullJean-Claude Junck...

I'm a Celebrity ? I did the right thing, says evicted Kezia Dugdale
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 Dec 2017 at 2:14pm
Former Scottish Labour leader defends reality TV show appearance but admits she will face criticism on her return homeKezia Dugdale, the former Scottish Labour leader, has insisted she did the right thing appearing on I?m a Celebrity after becoming the second contestant to be evicted from the pro...

'I always knew it was going to be a big gamble': Kezia Dugdale kicked out of ...
4 Dec 2017 at 2:13pm
Kezia Dugdale, the former Scottish Labour leader, has insisted she did the right thing in appearing on I?m a Celebrity... after becoming the second contestant to be evicted from the programme. Speaking from Australia after being voted out by viewers, Dugdale acknowledged that her appearance on th...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

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That didn’t last long did it. The Conservatives’ newly found Brexit unity has gone up in flames faster than a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Despite the claims on the Tory benches on Friday that Theresa May had won a great victory for Britain by conceding everything that the EU had been demanding in the first …

A metaphor for the UK
Back in Scotland, jet-lagged, with a cold, and depressed because my significant other is significantly very far away. But hey, all is just wonderful in the wonderful world of wonderful British politics, so that makes up for it then. Or it would, if we all possessed similar nervous systems and the same ability to comprehend …

Good for the goose?
A guest post by Samuel Miller (Alternatively titled: Karma in action) This’ll be a short one. I’m guessing that by this point most readers will be aware of Prime Minister May’s very own bad hair Monday? No? Well it turns out our intrepid PM toddled over to Brussels with a proposal which her best buds …

They?re not using what now?
A guest post by Samuel Miller There’s another theme running through unionist political releases of recent times which may bear a little closer scrutiny. Basically, that Scottish Government, critical institutions and services are seemingly always on the brink of catastrophic failure/crisis. More crucially, that the Scottish Government has the powers to deal with these crises, …

For what it?s worth
A guest post by Samuel Miller Back in May of this year I wrote the post Survival of the fittest. In that post I outlined what I considered to be my own personal summary of the challenges faced by UK society and the nature of the forces ranged against the YES movement, or indeed any …

The East Kilbride stooshie, a wee comment
I’m due to go on holiday, off to America to spend some time with my partner. We only manage to get together for a few precious weeks each year and during that time I need a break from the pressures of the independence movement. A few days ago there was an instance of just that …

Who knew?
A guest post by Samuel Miller A recurring theme running through the press these days is that the EU just keep coming up with unreasonable demands.  Indeed the narrative from certain quarters of government and the meeja paints a picture of beleaguered UK diplomats and ministers bravely fighting off unfair demands and tactics from dastardly …

Kill me, just kill me now
It’s here. The British government have finally come up with a solution to all the many problems facing this country. After much work, complex and taxing negotiations, and intensive effort, they have the answer to all the technical and political issues that bedevil Brexit. They have come up with the resolution to the poverty and …

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Blackford to May: Who runs this country ? you or the DUP?
WHO is really running the country, the SNP?s Ian Blackford asked the Prime Minister yesterday. It is Theresa May or DUP leader Arlene Foster?

'Robots can set us free' insists Labour deputy leader
THE UK is unprepared for the impact of increased automation in the workplace ? but ?robots can free us?, Labour?s deputy leader has claimed.

Yet another gaffe from Davis as he backtracks over Brexit deal
DAVID Davis has said he doesn?t need to ?be very clever? or ?know that much? in order to be Brexit Secretary.

Labour insist probe into Alex Rowley allegations is still ongoing
LABOUR bosses have indicated the inquiry into a complaint made against former Scottish caretaker leader Alex Rowley is ongoing after it was reported the party had suggested bringing it to a close unless his accuser disclosed her whole statement to him.

Former justice secretary says police are 'run ragged'
POLICE officers are ?run ragged? as pressures on the force have mounted, former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has claimed.

Bid to scrap football act 'undermines fight against sectarianism'
LABOUR?S James Kelly has been branded ?irresponsible? over his attempt to have the Scottish Government?s Offensive Behaviour Act scrapped. An SNP MSP even accused him of undermining the fight against sectarianism.

Greens won?t back a Budget that delivers cuts to local spending
IN a move that repeats their successful tactics of last year, Scotland?s Green MSPs are warning the Scottish Government that they cannot support a Budget that means cuts in local council services.

Unions bid to protect public services cash with Holyrood rally
THE Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is to lobby Holyrood on Thursday when the Scottish Government is due to publish its annual Budget.

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UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government ...
          US – UK – Mutual Defence Agreement – (MDA) – Year Zero – 1958 1958: the US and the UK signed the Agreement For Cooperation on the Uses of Atomic Energy for Mutual Defence Purposes ? also known as the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA). The implications of the agreement were … Continue reading "UK in Breach of the 1968 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty But the Government Couldn’t Give a Tos...

Rupert Soames ? Cameron?s Secret Fixer Screwed the Scots in 2014 and Nearly ...
             Rupert Soames     Rupert Soames – Winston Churchill?s Grandson – A Business Opportunist? Departing Oxford University with a third class degree was hardly an inspiring career start for well connected rich boy Rupert and his future was unclear, except that he entered politics as many of his wider family had done previously. … Continue reading "Rupert Soames – Cameron’s Secret Fixer ...

The Longest Word Jigsaw I Have Ever Compiled ? I know It All Links ? But Can ...
        The Trump-Russia Saga The 2017 Special Counsel inquisition is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "The Longest Word Ji...

Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work ? South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road...
        Building Bridges – A Sorry Tale From the past The story of the first Severn Bridge is one of incompetent management on the part of the DfT from the start. And the Welsh taxpayer had to meet the cost of the debacle. Consider the following: The Severn Bridge opened in 1966. … Continue reading "Queensferry Bridge Snagging Work – South Bound Traffic Diverted to Forth Road Bridge For 5 Days ...

The Union for the Mediterranean ? UK to Be Excluded After Brexit ? A Major Bl...
      President Sarkosy’s Legacy – Recruiting the Southern Mediterranean Countries to the EU Cause Oct 2007: In a major speech near to the start of his term of office President Sarkosy proposed the setting up of a “Union of the Mediterranean” mirroring the EU but including only states with the Mediterranean as a … Continue reading "The Union for the Mediterranean – UK to Be Excluded After Brexi...

Jack Straw to Colin Powell ? A Few Weeks After the 7 Years In the Making Chil...
  ?To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.??Nuremberg Trial Proceedings   1 million march on Westminster to stop the invasion of Iraq       … Continue reading "Jack Straw to Colin Powell – A Few Weeks After the 7 ...

Trump ? Russia ? For Profit Education ? The Gordian Knot Unravelled ? Multi B...
        The Trump-Russia Story The 2017 Special Counsel investigation is an ongoing investigation in the United States led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel under supervision of the United States Department of Justice. Mueller is exploring any coordination or Criminal conspiracy between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the … Continue reading "Trump – Russia –...

£Billions Sucked Out Of UK Universities By Equity Finance Enterprise Register...
            INTO University Partnerships – Labour Party Private Finance Initiative For Further Education Every year, INTO helps almost 14,000 students from 150 countries and territories around the world achieve their dream of studying overseas. Investing more than £46 million annually and working with around 1,000 carefully selected education counsellors, we … Continue reading "£Billions Sucked...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland?
Are a ?liberal elite? really running Scotland? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 6th 2017 Is Scotland run by a ?liberal junta? or a ?social junta?? This might seem a far-fetched notion but this is the charge made by Observer and Herald columnist Kevin McKenna (?social junta?) and backed up by Iain Macwhirter (?liberal junta?). I …

The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain
The Ireland Question is not just about Ireland, but a selective view of Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 29th 2017 Brexit has become a constitutional and political clusterfuck – a rolling embarrassment for Britain in a show that is set to run officially at least until 11pm on 29 March 2019, and in all …

Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family?
Kezia Dugdale and the Jungle that is the Scottish Labour ?Family? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 22nd 2017 The big story of the last few days in certain quarters hasn?t been Zimbabwe, allegations of child sexploitation in Govanhill on Glasgow?s Southside, the saving of BiFab, or the election of Richard Leonard as Scottish Labour?s ninth …

Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine
Gordon Brown: The Ghost in the Machine Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 14th 2017 Gordon Brown, like him or loath him, was a titan of a figure in British politics for close on two decades. Along now comes Brown?s attempt at putting his case and a call for understanding and redemption in his autobiography – …

Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us
Sexual Misbehaviour is the concern of all of us Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 8th 2017 A spectre is haunting British politics. At a time of high wire politics, instability and the biggest constitutional challenge ? Brexit ? in post-war times, the political classes are obsessed with allegations of sexual impropriety, harassment and abuse. This …

The Importance of Joy, Lightness and Irreverence
The Importance of Joy, Lightness and Irreverence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 1st 2017 Scandals and controversies are thick and fast these days. There are the indictments against senior members of the Trump campaign, allegations of impropriety by sexpest MPs, and the ongoing stand-off and clampdown by the Spanish authorities in Catalonia. All of these …

The Fantasyland Version of Britain is alive and kicking ? and driving Brexit
The Fantasyland Version of Britain is alive and kicking ? and driving Brexit Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, Oct0ber 25th 2017 British democracy used to be presented as the envy of the world – the Whig version of history, the rule of law and above all the sense of continuity which was meant to differentiate the …

Is Scotland really a social democratic country?
Is Scotland really a social democratic country? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, October 18th 2017 At last week?s SNP conference in the middle of her keynote speech, Nicola Sturgeon asked: ?What kind of country do we want to be?? She wasn?t expecting an answer, and seemed surprised when a member of the party faithful shouted out …

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What the latest polls tell us about Scottish independence
What the latest polls tell us about Scottish independence  The ScotsmanFull coverage

What outside groups are saying ahead of the Scottish budget
What outside groups are saying ahead of the Scottish budget  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Poll: SNP still lead but Tory surge stalls as Labour enjoy momentum
Poll: SNP still lead but Tory surge stalls as Labour enjoy momentum  The Sunday PostFull coverage

Scottish Engineering chief to step down after five 'interesting' years
Scottish Engineering chief to step down after five 'interesting' years  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

David Cameron 'said he didn't care about Scots after indyref'
David Cameron 'said he didn't care about Scots after indyref'  The ScotsmanFull coverage

Labour claims there is a 'postcode lottery' of justice for victims of domesti...
Labour claims there is a 'postcode lottery' of justice for victims of domestic abuse  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Twilight years: is the UK entering its last decade of oil and gas production?
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Macron trounced as nationalists sweep to power in Corsican assembly
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'Google it!' May's brilliant SLAP DOWN on SNP chief during fiery Brexit exchange
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Exasperated Theresa May demands the SNP's Westminster leader 'Google it' afte...
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SNP are political equivalent 'of Roald Dahl character Veruca Salt', claims To...
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Lesley Riddoch: Not just the SNP on trial in battleground budget
Lesley Riddoch: Not just the SNP on trial in battleground budget  The ScotsmanPoll: SNP still lead but Tory surge stalls as Labour enjoy momentum  The Sunday PostFull coverage

The SNP's kryptonite (Jamie Halcro Johnston)
The SNP's kryptonite (Jamie Halcro Johnston)  Shetland Times OnlineAnalysis: 'Principled huff' from rivals would see the budget home and dry  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

SNP and Labour demand Westminster pension fund ends fossil fuel investment
SNP and Labour demand Westminster pension fund ends fossil fuel investment  The NationalFull coverage

SNP demands UK Government upholds citizens' rights after Brexit
SNP demands UK Government upholds citizens' rights after Brexit  The IndependentFull coverage

SNP Government in row after civil servant puts pressure on watchdog over poli...
SNP Government in row after civil servant puts pressure on watchdog over policing report  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

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David Cameron 'said he didn't care about Scots after indyref'
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What the latest polls tell us about Scottish independence
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Scottish Engineering chief to step down after five 'interesting' years
Scottish Engineering chief to step down after five 'interesting' years  HeraldScotlandFull coverage

Ruth Davidson slams Nicola Sturgeon for using Brexit deal to invoke new indep...
Ruth Davidson slams Nicola Sturgeon for using Brexit deal to invoke new independence referendum  The SunFull coverage

Kelly McParland: Brexit leads to conflicting demands from Ireland, Scotland, ...
Kelly McParland: Brexit leads to conflicting demands from Ireland, Scotland, Wales  National PostFull coverage

Meet the Scots who can't wait to finish Brexit and get out of the EU
Meet the Scots who can't wait to finish Brexit and get out of the EU  New StatesmanFull coverage

The SNP is tying itself in knots over Brexit and Indyref2, writes STEPHEN LOW
The SNP is tying itself in knots over Brexit and Indyref2, writes STEPHEN LOW  Morning Star OnlineFull coverage

Carolyn Leckie: Time is fast coming to name the date for indyref2
Carolyn Leckie: Time is fast coming to name the date for indyref2  The NationalFull coverage

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bias in the press
should the press pick a side and say which one or pretend to be neutral like the beeb while sucking the nipple of vested interests? i say the beeb should come out as tory.

The Official President Trump thread

Polling: 2017 General Election, Council Elections and Independence
Despite the roaring success of the polls in recent years; it may be worth starting a thread specific to upcoming elections. All UK, Scottish subsamples, specific Scottish polls and leader popularity welcome; not to mention the independence question. 

Social Justice Warrior
Why have posters like @chomp my root started using SJW like it's a bad thing? Some of our greatest heroes have fought for social justice, and now old farts trying to hide bigotry under the banter banner use yankee teen speak to defend themselves. Sad.

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!

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 ...

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

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

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Sex Dolls
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155805279192180&id=8401947179&ref=m_notif&notif_t=group_comment Would you buy one if nae bugger knew? This tart here has even been given a Scottish accent! 

You know you're getting old when...
...Your barber asks if you want your eyebrows trimming 

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



The UK's highest mountain has changed
and it's not Ben Nevis... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42238262 Every day's a school day!  

Keith Chegwin
Died at 60....  awfy young.....

Max Clifford
missed this one yesterday    https://www.iol.co.za/news/world/former-celebrity-publicist-max-clifford-dies-in-prison-12338255

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...

Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

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Spanish Supreme Court withdraws international arrest warrant for Puigdemont
The Spanish Supreme Court has withdrawn the international arrest warrant for the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and his four ministers, all of whom are currently in Belgium. The extradition request was issued by Spain?s Audiencia Nacional (National Court). However, the Supreme Court took over the case last week and decided to rescind the arrest warrant…

Catalan Government Ministers Denied Bail
Vice president Junqueras, Home Affairs minister Forn, and pro-independence civil leaders Cuixart and Sànchez, will continue held in custody, the other six jailed officials granted a 100,000? bail. The Spanish Supreme Court rejected to release all Catalan pro-independence leaders who have been in jail for more than a month. The judge kept in prison four…

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President of Catalunya Free and Safe to Carry on the Day Job
The President and ministers are declared free to go about their business in Belgium as Belgian judge considers the international arrest warrant issued by Madrid. President Carles Puigdemont and the ministers Meritxell Serret, Toni Comin, Lluis Puig and Clara Ponsanti have been granted the right to operate freely by order of the Belgian judge on…

Spanish Artists Face Jail for ?Subverting the Constitution?
The Colectivo La Insurgencia brings together twelve young people around a microphone. They rap and they do it with rage, with force and with gusto. They rap about their problems and the frustration of a generation with an unclear future. The youngest of them is 20 years old.. Most have never met in person. They…

Catalan Parliament Declares Independence
Resolution declaring independent Catalan republic passed with 70 votes in favor, 10 against and 2 abstentions. Catalan Parliament has declared independence. In an historic plenary session after weeks of tensions with the Spanish government, and before the Senate votes on the suspension of self-rule, Catalan MPs passed a resolution that makes effective the electoral mandate…

A Brief History of Catalunya
What follows is a brief outline of Catalan history compiled quite hurriedly from notes I made whilst living and working in Spain where I was repeatedly exposed – over and over again – to a pseudo history of a forever unified Spain where Catalunya had barely ever existed. This is not and was never intended…

The Catalan Declaration of Independence
The following is Dr Mark McNaught’s unofficial translation of the Catalan Declaration of independence signed on 10th October in the Catalan Parliament. It has not yet been officially published, seeking to give time for mediation with the Spanish government. DECLARATION OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF CATALONIA To the people of Catalonia and all the peoples of…