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May will warn of "unstable coalition of divisive Nationalists? as she visits ...
24 Apr 2017 at 10:33pm
THERESA May will warn Britain that an ?unstable coalition of divisive Nationalists? could put Jeremy Corbyn in No 10 as a poll has pointed to a remarkable Tory revival and a Labour meltdown in Wales.

Nicola Sturgeon: Election called before alleged expenses fraud catches up wit...
24 Apr 2017 at 5:15pm
Nicola Sturgeon has suggested Theresa May called a snap general election before alleged Tory expenses fraud in 2015 "catches up with her".

Campaign sketch: Farron announced 100,000 members and counting as the orange ...
24 Apr 2017 at 6:43pm
A party aide gave the thumbs up. Elvis was about to enter the building.

No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn
24 Apr 2017 at 8:28pm
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a second Scottish independence referendum would be "unwanted and unnecessary" as he ruled out the prospect of Labour doing a deal with the SNP after the General Election.

Nicola Sturgeon: 'Rape clause' highlights need for more welfare powers
24 Apr 2017 at 6:43pm
Scotland must have more powers over welfare if it is to mitigate policies such as the so-called "rape clause", Nicola Sturgeon has said.

UK Government faces threat of legal action over delay to publish air pollutio...
24 Apr 2017 at 12:20pm
The UK Government is facing the threat of fresh legal action after it sought to delay publication of its plan to tackle air pollution until after the June 8 General Election.

Anti-Trident Corbyn would put UK security at risk, claims Fallon
24 Apr 2017 at 11:51am
JEREMY Corbyn would put Britain's security at risk if he won power, Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, has said as he denounced the Labour leader?s ?irresponsible? comments on defence.

Fallon signals Tories could scrap triple "tax lock" if it won power on June 8
24 Apr 2017 at 12:33pm
A senior Cabinet Minister has suggested that the Conservatives could scrap their pledge not to raise income tax, VAT or national insurance; a move that would leave the door open to tax rises if the party won the General Election.

Macron pledges to unite France as defeated opponents rally behind his cause a...
24 Apr 2017 at 12:40pm
CENTRIST Emmanuel Macron pledged to unite France as defeated opponents gave their allegiance to him in his battle for the French presidency with far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Defence Secretary says Theresa May would launch pre-emptive nuclear strike
24 Apr 2017 at 5:37pm
Theresa May would be prepared to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the UK's enemies, the Defence Secretary said as he branded Jeremy Corbyn a security risk.

New Tory MSP sold £30,000 of tobacco shares days after being sworn in
23 Apr 2017 at 12:12am
SCOTLAND?s newest MSP sold nearly £30,000 of shares in a tobacco company days after he was sworn in at Holyrood.

Teachers' union to consider boycott of flagship SNP education policy
23 Apr 2017 at 12:11am
TEACHERS are considering a boycott of a key plank of the SNP Government?s flagship education policy on the standardised assessments of pupils.

Michelle Thomson will not stand at election after SNP rejection
22 Apr 2017 at 12:09pm
Michelle Thomson has announced she is standing down as an MP.

SPA in humiliating u-turn on private meetings after "shambolic" Holyrood session
21 Apr 2017 at 12:09am
THE Scottish Police Authority has been forced into a humiliating u-turn on private committee meetings after a senior MSP told the body that it was ?not the Kremlin you are running?.

Sturgeon and Davidson in Edinburgh as election campaigns gather steam
22 Apr 2017 at 2:27pm
Scottish party leaders hit the campaign trail for the local government and general elections on Saturday.

 

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No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Corbyn
24 Apr 2017 at 8:33pm
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a second Scottish independence referendum would be “unwanted and unnecessary” as he ruled out the prospect of Labour doing a deal with the SNP after the General Election.

Sturgeon: PM called election before fraud probe ?catches up with her?
24 Apr 2017 at 5:17pm
Nicola Sturgeon has suggested Theresa May called a snap general election before the alleged Tory expenses fraud in 2015 “catches up with her”.

Jeremy Corbyn refuses to answer questions from media
24 Apr 2017 at 3:37pm
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today refused to answer questions from the media after a speech to the STUC in Aviemore today.

Social sector evictions up by a quarter in Scotland
24 Apr 2017 at 2:46pm
Social sector evictions in Scotland have risen by almost a quarter over the last two years, a report from Shelter Scotland shows.

Jeremy Corbyn urges Scots to reject ?vicious? Tories
24 Apr 2017 at 2:43pm
Jeremy Corbyn has pleaded with Scots to reject the “vicious” Tories in the forthcoming general election - which he said was a choice between the “people and the powerful”.

America ?will not rule out strike against North Korea?
24 Apr 2017 at 1:38pm
The US ambassador to the United Nations is not ruling out an American strike on North Korea if Pyongyang tests another nuclear device.

Theresa May ?would be prepared to launch pre-emptive nuclear strike?
24 Apr 2017 at 1:20pm
Theresa May would be prepared to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the UK’s enemies, the Defence Secretary said as he branded Jeremy Corbyn a security risk.

EU commissioner: Britain faces ?bloodbath? over US trade deal
24 Apr 2017 at 1:16pm
Britain is facing into a “bloodbath” over a proposed trade deal with the US, an EU commissioner has warned.

Nicola Sturgeon rules out coalitions after council elections
24 Apr 2017 at 9:39am
The First Minister has ruled out any coalitions between SNP and Tory councillors after the forthcoming local authority elections.

Emmanuel Macron: I will reunite split France
24 Apr 2017 at 9:24am
Centrist Emmanuel Macron pledged to unite France as defeated opponents gave their allegiance to him in his battle for the French presidency with far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Bill Jamieson: Catch-22 situation for income investors
24 Apr 2017 at 9:14am
No matter what opinion polls may be telling us about likely election outcomes, investors have a keen sense of heightened risk.

Rubbish row spills over into election in Edinburgh
24 Apr 2017 at 9:05am
Overflowing bins, missed collections and dirty streets have been a recurring source of controversy for the current council administration.

STUC calls for new Holyrood powers as part of Brexit process
24 Apr 2017 at 8:53am
Scotland should be given new powers so it can take a “distinctly different” approach to issues such as immigration and employment rights, union leaders have argued.

Tories may scrap pledge not to raise income tax
24 Apr 2017 at 8:50am
A senior Cabinet minister has suggested the Conservatives may scrap their pledge not to raise income tax, VAT or national insurance - a move that would leave the door open to tax rises if the party wins the general election.

Poll shows no rise in support for Scottish independence
24 Apr 2017 at 8:40am
A new poll has found that support for Scottish independence has not risen since Theresa May’s bid to block a second referendum.

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The Decency Charter
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2017 at 4:40pm
This site has spoken a few times, usually in jest, about forming its own political party and contesting elections. But as the UK heads for the biggest democratic trainwreck in its history – a vote which, depending on where you live, is really either a proxy Brexit referendum, a proxy independence referendum, a judgement on …

The last leap
by Chris Cairns
22 Apr 2017 at 6:55am

The selective calculator
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Apr 2017 at 3:23pm
Alert readers will be aware that we’ve been running a series of posts pointing out the gap between opposition rhetoric about the Scottish Government’s supposed failure to grow the economy, and their (total lack of) practical suggestions about what it should actually be doing, given that by design the Scottish Parliament controls almost none of …

All the way to the bottom
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2017 at 7:26pm
An alert reader got in touch with us this evening to tell us that they’d been clearing out an old hard drive and found an interesting web page they’d saved from several years ago. They asked if we’d like to see it. “Sure”, we said. “Let’s have a look.” It turned out that they’d had …

A moment of candour
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2017 at 12:13pm
We don’t often wholeheartedly agree with anything “Rape Clause Ruth” Davidson says at First Minister’s Questions, but we can’t fault this observation from earlier today.

Rushing to the gallows
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
19 Apr 2017 at 9:49am
One of the most famous tales of the celebrated British hangman Albert Pierrepoint is that concerning James Inglis, a murderer who in 1951 sprinted the short distance from the condemned cell to the noose, enabling the entire execution to be concluded just seven seconds after Pierrepoint had first laid hands on him. We can’t help thinking of …

The end of sanity
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Apr 2017 at 11:44am
Okay, so 2017 is turning out less dull than we expected. Because the Prime Minister of the UK has lost her mind. Let’s just go over the basics. – Firstly, the PM can’t actually announce a general election will be held on June 8th. To get around the restrictions of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act …

Kezia Dugdale Fact Check, Part 680
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Apr 2017 at 12:58pm
It’s the holidays, so the papers are desperate to fill space and the political parties are all trying to help out by sending them helpful press releases which can be slotted directly onto pages, titled “PARTY X CONTINUES TO SUPPORT POLICY Z WHICH IT HAS ALWAYS SUPPORTED. ALSO, THE OTHER PARTIES ARE BAD”. Scottish Labour’s …

The most sensitive way possible
by Chris Cairns
15 Apr 2017 at 6:55am

The ersatz referendum
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
14 Apr 2017 at 4:55pm
For a party which insists the last thing it wants is a second independence referendum, it’s rather odd that the Tories are doing everything in their power to turn next month’s council elections into exactly that. Still, let’s do our bit to help them out. This site is actually of the rather old-fashioned view that …

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Election 2017: Corbyn urges Scottish voters to reject 'vicious' Tories
24 Apr 2017 at 4:10pm
Jeremy Corbyn tells voters that the general election will be "the people versus the powerful".


New law comes into force on sex crime court cases
24 Apr 2017 at 10:47am
Judges are now required to advise jurors that many victims "freeze" rather than fight back.


Election 2017: Carmichael to stand for re-election
24 Apr 2017 at 12:31pm
Former Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael is to defend his seat in Orkney and Shetland for the Lib Dems.


Reality Check: Are a quarter of Scottish children in poverty?
24 Apr 2017 at 5:16pm
Official figures suggest that the number of children in poverty in Scotland has jumped to 260,000.


What happened to Scottish seats in 2015 election?
24 Apr 2017 at 1:59pm
As June's general election campaigning gets under way, here is a re-cap of what happened in Scotland two years ago.


NHS director sorry for delays at Glasgow hospital
24 Apr 2017 at 9:58am
Dr Jennifer Armstrong says problems at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital are unacceptable.


The seats that could decide the election
24 Apr 2017 at 2:36pm
Where do the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems have to fight hardest to win the general election?


'Rape clause' is awkward, says Scottish Tories' deputy leader
23 Apr 2017 at 7:01pm
Scottish Tory deputy leader Jackson Carlaw says he still believes the policy is a necessary measure.


Rare Loch Carron flame shell reef 'devastated' by scallop dredger
24 Apr 2017 at 12:27am
Conservationists say the reef could take decades to recover, but the dredger was operating legally.


Scottish parties draw up final list of general election candidates
22 Apr 2017 at 5:51pm
Scotland's political leaders hit the campaign trail as they put the finishing touches to election teams.


SNP rules not to endorse sitting MPs
22 Apr 2017 at 3:23pm
Michelle Thomson and Natalie McGarry have been sitting as independents amid ongoing police investigations.


Drug-driving limits and roadside testing to be introduced
21 Apr 2017 at 9:26am
The new roadside tests will bring Scotland into line with England and Wales within two years.

Scot Goes Pop

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Some more information about the Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
24 Apr 2017 at 6:13pm
The datasets for Saturday night's Panelbase poll have been published, and the big surprise is that it appears as if 16 and 17 year olds were included in the sample.  At one point, the poll was list...

Terror strikes Tyrannical Theresa as astonishing BMG poll suggests Yes has pr...
by James Kelly
23 Apr 2017 at 11:46pm
Should Scotland be an independent country? (BMG)Yes 43% (+2)No 45% (+1)UPDATE : When I first put this post up, I thought I'd only have a few minutes to wait before more details appeared on the Hera...

Tories left reeling as new polls suggest support for independence has INCREASED
by James Kelly
23 Apr 2017 at 3:58pm
It shows you how much the calling of a snap general election changes our priorities, but we've just had two new polls in which the question about independence has been treated as an afterthought.  ...

SNP lead the Tories by 15% in first full-scale poll of the campaign
by James Kelly
22 Apr 2017 at 10:35pm
The first word on Scottish voting intentions for the general election comes tonight from Survation...Westminster voting intentions (Survation poll) :SNP 43.1%Conservatives 27.9%Labour 17.8%Liberal ...

Introducing the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls for the general election
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2017 at 5:51pm
Just for the sheer hell of it, we might as well have a Poll of Polls for Scottish voting intentions at the general election. I was going to check which methodology I used last time around...and the...

Your STV questions answered
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2017 at 4:54am
Over the last few days, I've received a number of emails asking for clarification on various aspects of the Single Transferable Vote system that will be used to elect councillors on 4th May.  Apolo...

Tyrannical Theresa is snapping Scotland out of it
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2017 at 3:57pm
A second 'quick note' of the day, this time to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, about the breathtaking arrogance that Theresa May has displayed over the l...

Fate of the 56
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2017 at 7:05am
Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article in The National, about the prospects for the Scottish parties in the June general election.  You can read it HERE.

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I didn't even notice the torrid acronym inside, SQA sucks at acronyms. GYRFT
by /u/alternateline
24 Apr 2017 at 10:58pm
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Blue Lobster
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24 Apr 2017 at 10:54pm
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Met a primary school teacher tonight who teaches Primary One. She tells me Sy...
by /u/ewenmax
24 Apr 2017 at 10:40pm
In a bit of a rant she claimed that many local kids are coming into the school with a vocabulary of less than sixty words, many are still wearing nappies and that their indifferent parents belong t...

Sturgeon: General election is not about independence
by /u/ScotJockSweatySock
24 Apr 2017 at 9:20pm
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Amendments for tomorrow's Holyrood debate on child tax credits & 'rape clause...
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24 Apr 2017 at 8:41pm
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Rennie's ram raid raised a laugh but his Lib Dems must be taken seriously
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24 Apr 2017 at 8:35pm
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Paramedics 'work to rule' warning over workloads (From HeraldScotland)
by /u/abz_eng
24 Apr 2017 at 7:52pm
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Nicola Sturgeon tries to decouple independence from election after polls show...
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24 Apr 2017 at 7:33pm
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Look at this ridiculous bar chart from the Scottish Tories
by /u/DundonianDolan
24 Apr 2017 at 6:49pm
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The Scottish Qualifications Authority has a really poor grasp of the purpose ...
by /u/alternateline
24 Apr 2017 at 6:20pm
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Scotland as Canada's 11th province? Author says it's a good idea.
by /u/Cilarnen
24 Apr 2017 at 5:57pm
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Sturgeon: Election called 'before Tory MPs' fraud trials'
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24 Apr 2017 at 5:56pm
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I just got this flyer through my door, can someone explain the graph?
by /u/Gibbo3771
24 Apr 2017 at 5:54pm
I just got this through my door and usually I just bin this stuff but had a flick through it anyway. What's up with the graph? Are they comparing previous SNP numbers to last years numbers and sayi...

Updated list of predicted seat changes in Scotland
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24 Apr 2017 at 5:21pm
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Marine Le Pen steps down as French National Front leader in cynical switchero...
by Record Reporter
24 Apr 2017 at 8:36pm
The "temporary" move is an attempt to distance herself from the toxic NF brand and appeal to a wider range of voters ahead of the May 7 run off with Emmanuel Macron.


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn rules out 'progressive' anti-Tory coalition with SNP
by David Clegg
24 Apr 2017 at 6:42pm
Corbyn was speaking at the STUC conference in Aviemore when he shot down speculation of forming a Westminster alliance with the Scottish nationalists.


Hundreds of Scottish independence supporters turn out for international rally...
by Record Reporter
24 Apr 2017 at 11:30am
The organisers are now collaborating with the Germans for Scottish Independence Group to organise a rally in Berlin on September 2.


Nicola Sturgeon rules out coalition between SNP and Conservatives after counc...
by Lucinda Cameron
24 Apr 2017 at 10:08am
The First Minister said she does not want Tories 'obsessed with austerity' in charge of local services.


Who can vote in the General Election 2017 and when is the deadline? How to re...
by Abigail O'Leary
24 Apr 2017 at 9:50am
Theresa May announced a snap General Election will be held on June 8 but the deadline to register is much sooner than that


SNP and Labour launch desperate bids to see off surge in Tory support followi...
by Andy Philip
24 Apr 2017 at 7:51am
The Conservatives could pick up as many as 12 seats in Scotland on June 8, according to polls over the weekend.


Tories urged to give Scotland control of immigration after Brexit
by Andy Philip
24 Apr 2017 at 7:42am
The proposal has so far been rejected by Theresa May's Government.


Theresa May wants her 'nasty party' to execute a right-wing takeover of whole UK
by Nicola Sturgeon
24 Apr 2017 at 6:00am

 The ugly reality of the modern Tories is that they have become almost indistinguishable from UKIP in much of what they say and do as the prepare to crush all opposition in the upcoming genera...


Election Diary: Could loss of just 8 seats in General Election kill SNP dream...
by Record Reporter
24 Apr 2017 at 6:00am
Everything you need to know about what happened in the General Election campaign in the past 48 hours.


Violent scenes in Paris as "anti-fascists" clash with riot police over result...
by Anthony Bond
23 Apr 2017 at 8:08pm
Tear gas has been used against hundreds of protesters with some reportedly beaten with battens

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ScotIndyPod 153 ? Wait, what?
by michaelgreenwell
18 Apr 2017 at 7:05pm
Just a reminder. Hope you enjoy. You can download here if you click THIS LINK . You can listen online at the show?s spreaker webpage, or you can subscribe with itunes. We can also be found on youtube and on facebook.
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Scottish Independence Podcast 152 ? Crying ?Wolf!?
by michaelgreenwell
11 Apr 2017 at 3:18pm
For the 152nd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I?ve pulled together some of the recent notable comments by some pro-indy folks and by some unionists. The Tories seem to want to deny everything, some people are trying to ramp up the hysteria and others are trying to calm it all down. In the middle …
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Scottish Independence Podcast 151 ? Adam Ramsay
by michaelgreenwell
26 Mar 2017 at 2:50pm
For the 151st episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I managed to get Adam Ramsay back on the line after a failed recording a couple of months back. Adam is a writer and activist and is the co-editor of Open Democracy. We talked about the wider context in which the argument over the timing of the …
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Journeys To Yes ? 10
by michaelgreenwell
25 Mar 2017 at 1:57pm
The tenth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 150 ? Pat Kane
by michaelgreenwell
19 Mar 2017 at 5:58pm
It’s the 150th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast and the 250th podcast I have put together that is about Scottish Independence in some way, so it’s a double sort of anniversary. I hope you’ve been enjoying them. This time we are back to the interviews and in this universal moment of “what the hell …

Journey To Yes ? 9
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 11:51pm
The ninth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power. They just get better…

Journeys To Yes ? 8
by michaelgreenwell
18 Mar 2017 at 12:12pm
The eighth in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Scottish Independence Podcast 149 ? Something Fishy
by michaelgreenwell
15 Mar 2017 at 8:21am
A recent episode of the Lesley Riddoch podcast mentioned a couple of things regarding what’s going to happen to fishing and agriculture in Scotland post-brexit. I felt what they were talking about was so important that we should go straight to the horse’s mouth, and then to the horses a***s (Mundell & Farage). So for …
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For Jeremy, England, and Saint George!
by Bella Caledonia Editor
23 Apr 2017 at 11:11am
To celebrate Saint George?s Day, we have a guest post from Mark Anthony France who publishes at Another England is Possible.  As France notes “Saint Georges Day 2017 is also the 40th Anniversary of ?The Battle of Wood Green? – The first big defeat of the National Front in April 1977 will be celebrated by …

Five out of Six
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Apr 2017 at 11:16am
It’s pleasant to sit-back and watch as the case for the Union unfolds in the detail of a General Election the Prime Minister didn’t need to call for any other reason than to avoid the ignominy of police investigations precipitating by-elections (which they’d have lost under the shadow of criminality.) Better Together won in 2014 …

Grieving Britain, a Therapeutic Guide
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Apr 2017 at 2:11pm
Britain is dead. It was killed by neoliberalism not nationalism. They gutted it of its connective tissue, spleen and gizzard too. Now they remoan about ‘separatists’. Trying to comprehend this is a psychological process not just a political one. The institutions that were familiar and durable to allow ‘Britain’ to survive were sold-off, debased, privatised …

What would a Mélenchon victory mean for Scotland?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
21 Apr 2017 at 9:43am
Paul Malgrati writes on the Unsubmissive France project, and the prospects for Scotland and EU reform of a Mélenchon victory. For the last few weeks, the British media have been discovering Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the French left-wing candidate currently surging in the polls, between 18 and 20%, just below Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. Mélenchon could …

Change the World One Kiss at a Time
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Apr 2017 at 10:23pm
A Barra soundclash with Bella’s resident mixclouder – the Barrastinian – and Runway Graves…

Why do the birds go on singing?
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Apr 2017 at 2:33pm
The train tweets through the loudspeakers, an announcement of sorts that begins with a feeble chirping sound, steadily growing as it approaches the platform, though sometimes no train appears; hidden among the hedges and bushes of the railway tracks, birds uncannily mimic the sound of incoming trains. I had often lifted my bag and numb …

The GERS Debate (concluded)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Apr 2017 at 6:55pm
Richard Murphy at Holyrood on the deficiencies of the #GERS figures. Richard Murphy at Holyrood on #GERS, and gets a couple of wee digs at we-know-who-wink-wink in. pic.twitter.com/9pgYJoizki ? Robbie (@RobDunsmore) April 19, 2017

The Continuing Battle for Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Apr 2017 at 6:40pm
The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye to Britain? The age of perma-campaigning and elections continues in Scotland. Theresa May?s snap election, supposedly to give her a mandate for Brexit which she already had, will be Scotland?s sixth visit to the polls in the last three years. For some of us, …

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General election: Ukip donor Arron Banks decides not to run in Clacton ? as i...
by Chris Johnston (now) and Andrew Sparrow and Martin Farrer (earlier)
24 Apr 2017 at 8:26pm
As parties here digest the lessons of the French election, Labour prepare for defence flak and the Tories take a leaf out of the book of MilibandThe Snap: sign up for the daily election briefing Lunchtime summary 7.55pm BST That?s all for today?s live coverage of the general election campaign. We...

Nicola Sturgeon accuses Theresa May of calling election to avoid expenses fra...
by Guardian Staff
24 Apr 2017 at 7:11pm
Speaking at Scottish TUC annual congress, Scotland?s first minister claims general election being held in order that Conservatives avoid ?possible criminal prosecutions for alleged expenses fraud? in 2015 campaignSturgeon claims May called snap election because of fears over expenses Continue rea...

Sturgeon claims May called snap election because of fears over expenses
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Apr 2017 at 6:16pm
SNP leader says PM wants to avoid police investigation into Tory election expenses in the 2015 campaign catching up with partyNicola Sturgeon has claimed that Theresa May called the snap election in part because she feared that numerous Tory MPs would be prosecuted for fraud over their election e...

Corbyn rules out anti-Tory pact at Scottish trade union conference
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Apr 2017 at 3:24pm
Speaking to the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Labour leader said unions were ?our family? and promised a £10 minimum wage ? General election 2017 - live coverageJeremy Corbyn has again dismissed speculation of a formal anti-Tory pact at Westminster, after urging Scottish trade unionists to ...

Scottish Tories back in contention 20 years on from New Labour rout
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
24 Apr 2017 at 1:20pm
With party on brink of Westminster revival under Ruth Davidson, the main political dynamic in Scotland is now SNP v ToriesFor the first time in decades, Scotland?s Tories have a confident gleam in their eyes. Almost exactly 20 years after being wiped from Scotland?s electoral map by New Labour in...

Amid Hebridean vistas, Eigg celebrates its hard-won renewal
by Kevin McKenna
23 Apr 2017 at 12:05am
The population of Eigg has crept above 100 for the first time in half a century.The great unofficial census of Eigg is taking place in a sitting room offering the UK?s finest seascape. The waters of the Sound of Rum carry your gaze from beyond a spotless beach on the north-west side of this islan...

Scotland a happy place? Don?t make me laugh | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
23 Apr 2017 at 12:05am
All these wellbeing surveys are a plot to convince us that we don?t need another referendumA campaign, insidious in its stealth, has been under way for some years to make Scottish people feel significantly happier and more content than we actually are or truly want to be. As a nation, we are in d...

MP Michelle Thomson will not contest Edinburgh West seat
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
22 Apr 2017 at 2:29pm
Former SNP member says she is disappointed by party executive?s decision to bar her from standing due to ongoing fraud investigationMichelle Thomson, a former SNP MP now sitting as an independent, has been barred from standing for the party in the general election due to an unresolved legal case....

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The last UK General Election in Scotland
In France the National Front’s Marine Le Pen has done shockingly well in the first round of the French Presidential election, and it seems that the second round will focus on keeping the far right out of power. Here in the UK we don’t need to worry about keeping the far right out of power, …

We say No to the Tories. And we mean it.
Without the slightest trace of irony, or indeed self awareness, the Tories have unveiled their new slogan. “We said No. We meant it.” Know who else meant it when they said no? Rape victims also meant it when they said no, but they’re still going to have to go into the details of their assault …

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We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily co-ordinated and shared across the movement?s community group network. Locally, regionally and nationally. This link gives a detailed explanation of the National Yes Registry …...

The only realistic choice
This one is easy. For May’s local government elections there’s been all sorts of discussion and the banging of heads off brick walls in an attempt to explain the simplest tactical voting strategy to reduce the number of DTBs who get elected. That’s Durrty Tory Basterts, in case you were wondering that’s the real name …

Theresa May?s Erdo?an election
Despite saying just a few weeks ago that she had no intention of calling a snap General Election, Theresa May has now done just that. Now is the time after all. The Brexit negotiations are being put on hold because we’re facing a snap General Election, which is not unrelated to the fact that the …

Starting with a single ripple
Well we’re still here, for now. You can never be entirely certain that there will still be a morning to wake up to when the fate of the world is in the hands of two man-children for whom the unthinkable of nuclear warfare is perfectly thinkable. When you do wake up you feel around to …

An Easter homily
I’ve never been a Christian with a big C, but my mother tells me that I’m a christian with a small c. She means it as a compliment and I take it as such. She’s a Christian, a good Catholic, and she doesn’t wear her religion on her sleeve and cite it as proof that …

Things that happen when you go to London
Back from London now, where I was doing a talk for the London branch of the SNP. The talk went really well, I met some lovely people, and Ginger – as you can see – was resolutely unimpressed by a famous London landmark. That’s a photie of the Shard, in case you were wondering. I …

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George Kerevan: May and the Tories cannot win the 140-seat landslide being pr...
LAST Tuesday morning there were a lot of surprised Tories wandering the corridors of Westminster. The calling of a snap General Election for June 8 was a complete bolt out of the political blue, not to mention a 180 degree reversal of the Prime Minister?s opposition to an early poll in the weeks before Easter. What gives?

Carolyn Leckie: There?s a referendum to win after June?s election
THE Prime Minister?s startling announcement on Tuesday and the subsequent flurry of opinion polls this weekend certainly verifies the well-worn cliché, coined more than half a century ago by Harold Wilson. A week is indeed a long time in politics.

Ruth Davidson urged to probe Tory candidate selection as bigotry of council h...
A CALL has been made for Ruth Davidson to investigate the growing scandal around the Scottish Tories? candidate selection, after the party was forced to suspend several allegedly racist candidates and apologise for a slew of others.

Tim Farron insists LibDems will not prop up any minority government
TIM Farron has insisted the Liberal Democrats will not prop up a minority government via a confidence-and-supply deal.

Vonny Moyes: We?ve seen democracy in action over sex for rent scandal
IT?S been a week since I wrote about ?sex for rent? ? the exploitation of women by landlords asking for sex in return for shelter. A lot has happened in a week, and given the scale and seriousness of the issue, it?s more than deserving of a few more hundred words.

Going Local: Generation game in East Renfrewshire gives councillors a challenge
EAST Renfrewshire is like few other councils in Scotland. The 60-odd square miles on the cusp of Glasgow?s southside is home to around 92,300 people, hosts some of Scotland?s best schools, half of the country?s Jewish population, and when people arrive, they tend not to leave.

Going Local: Renfrewshire residents reject 'most deprived' tag as Paisley vie...
ON Friday a house building firm promised a ?major economic boost? to Renfrewshire?s largest town after consent was given for a £17 million housing development on the site where St Mirren Football Club?s home once stood.

Alex Salmond: May knew she was going to lose Tory MPs to the expenses scandal...
SOMEWHERE in an alternative and better universe Jeremy Corbyn got to his feet in the Commons last Wednesday and spoke the following words: ?I?ve listened carefully to the Prime Ministers reasons for bringing this motion to the House today and I am not convinced. I have a different explanation. Will she confirm that Sir Lynton Crosby?s company were commissioned by the Tory party to survey a doze...

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Updated: 2017 General Election ? Early Swing To Tories ? Labour Flat-lining ?...
          Regardless of what is going on in the other parts of the UK, the General Election in Scotland is developing into a test of the political will of the electorate. To the exclusion of all other factors voters will place their votes, either in support of the campaign for independence … Continue reading "Updated: 2017 General Election – Early Swing To Tories – Labour Flat-lining – Added in...

Inverclyde ? A Labour Party Fiefdom ? 50+ Years of Misrule ? The Good People ...
            September 2000; Inverclyde – Death of Inverclyde Clyde Under the Labour Party Inverclyde Council is officially Scotland?s poorest performing local authority. The Council, formerly a part of Strathclyde Region was created by a local government reorganisation. Its first year?s accounts required 2500 adjustments resulting in a net asset reduction … Continue reading "Inverclyde – A Labo...

Ruth ?the Mooth? Davidson?s ? Belief in Democracy means simply the bludgeonin...
            January 2017: Glasgow Job Centres to be Cut by Half The Tory party are well versed in the practice of buying the votes of the electorate, usually within 3-6 months of an election. Conversely they are also expert in dealing negative voters out of any initiative which would improve … Continue reading "Ruth “the Mooth” Davidson’s – Belief in Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of th...

Annie Wells ? Minime Version of her Idol Ruth the Mooth ? Exercise Care Annie...
              Annie Wells – A Most Unlikely Tory Party Member Carol Ann (‘Annie’) Wells is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP0 for the Glasgow region. She qualified for a seat at Holyrood in 2016, as a list MSP representing Glasgow voters. Annie was born and … Continue reading "Annie Wells – Minime Version of her Idol Ruth the Mooth – Exercise Care Annie – T...

Austerity ? A ? Contentious ? Strategy ? Politically ? and ? Economically ? C...
            Moneys Tight and Times are Hard So this Year There’ll be no Fg Xmas Card Since taking office in 2010, the Tory Government at Westminster has reduced Scotland’s budget each year. To date the cuts amount to approximately 9 per cent real-terms reduction. In value context this equates to … Continue reading "Austerity – A – Contentious – Strategy – Politically – and – Economically –...

A Conversation ? Memories of Living in Glasgow?s Housing Under Sixty Years of...
    Guardian Readers’ –  A conversation About Memories of Sixty Year’s of Glasgow’s Housing Under the Labour Party High-rises of the 1960s and 70s built as a solution to slum conditions instead became a new form of slum housing that invited a fresh round of demolition. Who or what is to blame for the … Continue reading "A Conversation – Memories of Living in Glasgow’s Housing Under Sixty Years ...

Ruth Davidson is in deep S*** with the Women of Scotland Over Her Cold Uncari...
            About MSP Margaret Mitchell Margaret Mitchell (b1952) in Coatbridge is a Scottish Conservative politician who, although never elected to office has enjoyed being a (list) Member in the Scottish Parliament for Central Scotland since 2003. Husband Henry, an accountant (now retired) and Margaret are directors of at least two … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson is in deep S with the Wo...

Davidson?s Small Troop of MSP?s Overturn 20 Years of Scottish Support for the...
  Scottish Tories on the Golan Heights     25 February 2016: Scottish Parliamentary Pro-Israel Lobby Group and the Scottish Tory Friends of Israel Early in 2016 Ruth Davidson persuaded the Holyrood debating agenda to arrange a formal invitation to the Jewish Lobby Group (Culture for Coexistence) and Britain?s deputy Israeli ambassador Eitan Na?eh to … Continue reading "Davidson’s Small Troop of...

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye t...
The Continuing Battle for Scotland: Goodbye to British politics and Goodbye to Britain? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, April 19th 2017 The age of perma-campaigning and elections continues in Scotland. Theresa May?s snap election, supposedly to give her a mandate for Brexit which she already had, will be Scotland?s seventh visit to the polls in the …

A Scotland without Nationalism
A Scotland without Nationalism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 19th 2017 Wouldn?t it be great to live in a Scotland without nationalism? That is the clarion call put forward regularly by opponents of the SNP and independence. Nationalism is a worldwide phenomenon – although many popular discussions, including those in Scotland, take place without offering …

The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews
The Left?s Big Problem: Ken Livingstone and talking about Hitler and the Jews Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 12th 2017 These are dark days for British Labour. Much worse than 1983 – or the 1950s. Only the shock of 1931 comes anywhere near to the present malaise when the party was betrayed by former Labour …

Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up
Stay Calm: The Country formerly known as the UK is Breaking Up Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 5th 2017 Sometimes years go by without domestic and international crises. Then like buses, a whole series of them come along at the same time to the extent that hardly anyone can keep up. It is exhausting to …

Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP
Imagine a Parallel Universe Scotland without the SNP Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 29th 2017 Nearly every adult in Scotland has an opinion and view on the SNP: the good, the bad, the positive, the negative and the indifferent. The SNP have been a constant presence in public life at least since Winnie Ewing?s famous …

Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics fo...
Ten Years on the SNP and Scottish nationalism require a different politics for the future Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 24th 2017 The SNP have been a breath of fresh air to Scotland. Fifty years ago this year the modern SNP emerged with the talismanic victory of Winnie Ewing at the Hamilton by-election, and Scotland …

When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties?
When were the Swinging Scottish Sixties? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 22nd 2017 The 1960s are referenced throughout the world as a period of immense change, hope, protest and turbulence. There were ?the winds of change? of decolonisation, Latin American revolts and rebellions, the Chinese cultural revolution, upsurges in Paris and Prague, Biafra, the disastrous …

An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters
An Open Letter to the SNP and Independence Supporters Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, March 17th 2017 These are fast moving political times for Scotland. The events of the last week illustrate the accelerated fragmentation and disintegration of the UK as we know it. But these are also times of high stakes and stand-offs, with the …

Scotland and Independence

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Poll shows no rise in support for Scottish independence - The Scotsman

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Poll shows no rise in support for Scottish independence
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A new poll has found that support for Scottish independence has not risen since Theresa May's bid to block a second referendum. The BMG survey, for The Herald newspaper, found 43 per cent of Scots support independence, with 45 per cent saying they ...
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Hundreds of Scottish independence supporters turn out for ... - Scottish Dail...

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Hundreds of Scottish independence supporters turn out for ...
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The organisers are now collaborating with the Germans for Scottish Independence Group to organise a rally in Berlin on September 2.
Independence rally draws large crowd in Dundee's City Square ...The Courier
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Doctor Who brings Indyref2 to Saturday night telly with 'Scotland jab ... - T...

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Doctor Who brings Indyref2 to Saturday night telly with 'Scotland jab ...
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The time travel show hit the mark with a nod to independence the same week Theresa May called a snap election.

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Shock poll shows backing for Scottish Independence has slumped to just 40 per...

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Shock poll shows backing for Scottish Independence has slumped to just 40 per cent in dismal result for SNP
The Scottish Sun
It also revealed only one in four back Nicola Sturgeon's plan to hold IndyRef2 between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. Tom Costley, head of Kantar in Scotland, said: ?One group of particular interest is those who voted Yes in the 2014 independence poll ...



How an early election makes Scottish independence more likely - New Statesman

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How an early election makes Scottish independence more likely
New Statesman
An Ipsos Mori poll found that 48 per cent of Scots think May is doing a good job, and 53 per cent approve of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, compared to 42 per cent for Scotland's SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and 36 per cent for ...
How May's Election Bet Could Help Scots Independence Forces...

8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream...

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8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream
Scottish Daily Record
Nicola Sturgeon 's independence dream could be left in tatters if the SNP lose eight or more Westminster seats to the Tories, according to a leading elections expert. Politics professor Matt Qvortrup also said it was likely Theresa May would promise IR ...



Wee Ginger Dug: SNP then Yes ? that's the path to our Scottish ... - The Nati...

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Wee Ginger Dug: SNP then Yes ? that's the path to our Scottish ...
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AND we're off on the childish charade that passes for a Westminster General Election. Actually, British politics has been off for quite some?

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Brian Cox: Scottish independence now 'less like a lost cause' - The Scotsman

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Brian Cox: Scottish independence now 'less like a lost cause'
The Scotsman
Asked whether he would be publicly campaigning for Scottish independence for a second time, Cox expressed some reservations. ?Probably, except maybe I'll have to keep my mouth shut because people will be saying 'what is he daein', he lives in America'.
Scots would 'know more' about Brexit by 2019 vote - but unce...

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Shock poll shows backing for Scottish Independence has slumped to just 40 per...

The Scottish Sun
Shock poll shows backing for Scottish Independence has slumped to just 40 per cent in dismal result for SNP
The Scottish Sun
The dismal result for the SNP compared to a 47/53 Yes/No split when the firm last asked the question last September. It also revealed only one in four back Nicola Sturgeon's plan to hold IndyRef2 between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. Tom Costley, head ...



No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn - Glasgow Evening ...

No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn
Glasgow Evening Times
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a second Scottish independence referendum would be "unwanted and unnecessary" as he ruled out the prospect of Labour doing a deal with the SNP after the General Election. The UK Labour leader used a campaign rally in Fife, ...

No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn - Western Telegraph

No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn
Western Telegraph
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a second Scottish independence referendum would be ?unwanted and unnecessary? as he ruled out the prospect of Labour doing a deal with the SNP after the General Election. The UK Labour leader used a campaign rally in Fife, ...



No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn - Bury Times

Bury Times
No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn
Bury Times
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a second Scottish independence referendum would be ?unwanted and unnecessary? as he ruled out the prospect of Labour doing a deal with the SNP after the General Election. The UK Labour leader used a campaign rally in Fife, ...

No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn - Barry and Distri...

No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn
Barry and District News
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a second Scottish independence referendum would be ?unwanted and unnecessary? as he ruled out the prospect of Labour doing a deal with the SNP after the General Election. The UK Labour leader used a campaign rally in Fife, ...

Sturgeon: General election is not about independence - STV News

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Sturgeon: General election is not about independence
STV News
The election comes shortly after Sturgeon called for a second independence referendum after Downing Street rejected her plans to keep Scotland inside the European single market even if the rest of the UK left. The SNP leader warned Scottish voters who ...

No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn - Clydebank Post

No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn
Clydebank Post
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a second Scottish independence referendum would be ?unwanted and unnecessary? as he ruled out the prospect of Labour doing a deal with the SNP after the General Election. The UK Labour leader used a campaign rally in Fife, ...

No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn - Ealing Times

No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn
Ealing Times
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a second Scottish independence referendum would be ?unwanted and unnecessary? as he ruled out the prospect of Labour doing a deal with the SNP after the General Election. The UK Labour leader used a campaign rally in Fife, ...



Referendum (Google News)

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Election 2017: Corbyn urges Scottish voters to reject 'vicious' Tories - BBC ...

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Election 2017: Corbyn urges Scottish voters to reject 'vicious' Tories
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He told delegates in Aviemore: "This is a general election, it is not a referendum. Only Labour can form a government and offer an alternative that will transform the lives of people in Scotland. "The truth is that the Tories and the SNP are obsessed ...
Poll shows no rise in support for Scottish independenceTh...

For Scotland The General Election Is British Nationalism vs Scottish National...

Huffington Post UK
For Scotland The General Election Is British Nationalism vs Scottish Nationalism
Huffington Post UK
British Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election bears all the hallmarks of a government in the throes of a ongoing political crisis in the wake of last year's referendum result to rip the UK out of the EU. The Prime ...

Scottish lawmakers back independence referendum call - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Scottish lawmakers back independence referendum call
Chicago Tribune
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during a debate on a second referendum on independence at Scotland's Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh, on March 28, 2017. On Monday British Prime Minister Theresa May has met Scotland's leader ...
Lawmakers in Scotland back referendum on independence from BritainLos...

If 'now is not the time' for a Scottish referendum, how is it the time for a ...

iNews
If 'now is not the time' for a Scottish referendum, how is it the time for a General Election?
iNews
There was David Cameron's politically illiterate ?English Votes for English Laws? speech on the steps of Downing Street after the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. Then we had the promise of a EU referendum ? a move purely designed to win Ukip ...



8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream...

Scottish Daily Record
8 is the magic number that could finish off the Independence Referendum dream
Scottish Daily Record
?But if the Tories score less than six seats, the chances of a second independence referendum are in the balance. If the Tories score less than this, it will be difficult for them to claim anything like a mandate for blocking a vote by the Scottish ...



No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn - Herald Scotland

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No Labour deal with SNP after election, vows Jeremy Corbyn
Herald Scotland
Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a second Scottish independence referendum would be "unwanted and unnecessary" as he ruled out the prospect of Labour doing a deal with the SNP after the General Election. The UK Labour leader used a campaign rally in Fife, ...
Jeremy Corbyn Says The SNP Has "Failed Abysmally" At Gover...

Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission? - T...

The Ferret (registration)
Could Scotland hold a second referendum without Westminster's permission?
The Ferret (registration)
Nicola Sturgeon has asked Westminster for permission to hold a second independence referendum, but the Prime Minister thinks now is ?not the time? for a new vote as the UK hurtles towards Brexit. While the First Minister has the support of the Scottish ...
SCARED Nicola? Stu...

Nicola Sturgeon is accused of 'living in dreamland' after she insists second ...

Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon is accused of 'living in dreamland' after she insists second Scottish independence vote would NOT be ...
Daily Mail
Nicola Sturgeon has been derided for living in 'dreamland' after claiming that a second Scottish independence referendum would not be divisive. The row reignited as the SNP leader stepped up her demand for Theresa May to grant a fresh vote before the ...
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Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

Why do working class and poorer people vote Tory
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/14/working-class-tories-are-not-just-turkeys-voting-for-christmas Reasonable article this one. Talks about Tory voters wanting to be left alone by politicians and lefties believing the state knows best and needs to intervene everywhere. I...

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

June 8th General Election
It's on.

General Election 2017: Scottish Seat Predictions
Did this for the last election and fewer than 5% of voters correctly guessed that the SNP would win more than 51 seats. So try to guess better this time, idiots. I can't add more than three questions so please post the number of seats you think Labour will win in the thread. I think they'll w...

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 ...

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. 

UKIP
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...

May Election Thread
We should probably start a thread for the May council elections. Apparently Labour are afraid of disappearing into oblivion and are pinning their hopes of a unionist coalition with the Tories.

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Girls you'd like to have a coffee with
Dunno if this is allowed, Moderators, with safe for work pics only?  Anyway, i'll start...  Girlfriend of tennis player Milos Raonic, Danielle Knudson  :

Phew!
I think we got away with it... http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/large-asteroid-2014-jo25-close-april-19-2017-how-to-see  

This Rape Clause Thing
What's the go with this?   Surely any right thinking person thinks it is completely abhorrent for the Tories to bring in the legislation.   The way I see it is this: As if its not bad enough that the credits are not getting paid for any amount of children, when the population is i...

Rumour of snap GE -announcement 11.15
Might be rubbish but rumours abound. 

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...

EU Referendum
Wish I could go to sleep and someone tell me its all over. Have to give the news a miss now both sides have gone into overdrive. It just seems to be one obnoxious Tory khunt arguing against yet another obnoxious Tory khunt plus a dash of an obnoxious red Tory khunt Alastair Darling. BBC news will...

This Board Needs Tunes
Been off the board for a few weeks and have no idea what's going on. Couldn't resurrect the original thread so here's a timely new beginning. Come on back folks!Our beautiful Scotland.

Running and mental health
If anyone didn't see Mind over Marathon the other night, I'd definitely recommend watching it on iPlayer here Certainly found I could relate to most of it.

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NYR IndyApp 1.1 is now out!
Jason Baird: #ScotRef is around the corner and we’re taking the IndyApp to the next level IndyApp 1.1 from Edward M Smith on Vimeo. We are a non party-political communications platform designed for the use of Scotland?s entire grass-root independence movement. A platform where ideas, equipment, campaign strategies and social events can all be easily ...

Well East Coast Boys Are Hip: I Really Dig Those Styles
This article is by Erik Sandberg, co-producer of Big Gold Dream and is reblogged with permission from Kiltr. The film is a fantastic achievement and the result of an inspired vision by Producer Grant McPhee and taken forward collaboratively by Erik Sandberg, Innes Reekie and Angela Slaven who ensured the film came to fruition. I’ll ...

Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 ? highlights and talks from the ...
The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.   A team of six IndependenceLive.net volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material ...

#ScotRef: Westminster using Brexit to close the door on Scottish independence
It is increasingly clear that the Brexit process is being used by Westminster as an opportunity to close the door, once and for all if possible, on any practicable route for Scotland to gain independence.   The hostile rhetoric coming from Westminster in recent weeks regarding Scottish independence and a pre-Brexit referendum, in contrast to ...

Theresa May has ?Balfoured? us
Driving to work yesterday a strange feeling enveloped me as I tried to compute the fact that another country is telling us we cannot have a mandated democratic vote. There was no other way to put it, I felt like a prisoner. I was being held in the UK against my will. In Robert Louis ...

Macwhirter: ?decision time? as Brexit points to much ?tighter controlled? and...
Iain Macwhirter tells IndependenceLive.net it’s ?decision time”! IndependenceLive.net recently sat down with political commentator for the Herald and Sunday Herald, Iain Macwhirter, to talk about what Brexit means for Scotland. We asked Macwhirter about his recent article on the Lord?s ruling of a possible Scottish veto of Westminster?s Brexit process and triggering of Article 50 ...

Should Scotland?s MPs walk out of UK Parliament?
If Scotland?s democratically elected politicians are deliberately gagged in the UK Parliament then there is no Union. Last night that is exactly what transpired, as the Deputy Chair blocked the SNP?s Joanna Cherry from speaking in the vital Brexit debate, instead inviting the Brexit Minister Robin Walker to speak, who arrogantly and wrongly declared, ?We ...

Brexit, Hannah Bardell and Trainspotting
MP?s have once again followed parliamentary tradition, ignored available efficiencies of the digital age and traipsed through the Aye and No division lobbies.  This time, the regressive outcome is the European Union Bill (Brexit Bill) passing it?s first HoC debating stage.  498 of our parliamentary representatives voted for the UK to become an isolationist backwater and ...