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John McDonnell pledges Labour would end 'modern-day scourge' of in-work pover...
17 Jul 2019 at 12:02am
LABOUR would end the ?modern-day scourge? of in-work poverty during its first five-year term in office, John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, will say today.


Brexit: Boris Johnson considers suspending parliament
16 Jul 2019 at 10:31pm
Boris Johnson is considering suspending Westminster in late October, which would prevent MPs from stopping a no-deal Brexit ahead of the EU?s Hallowe?en deadline.


Donald Trump claims 'I have not a racist bone in my body'
16 Jul 2019 at 7:20pm
Donald Trump has insisted he has ?not a racist bone in my body? as the row over his comments on social media about four Democratic Congresswomen raged on.


SNP MP 'utterly stumped' by party's refusal to debate independence plan
16 Jul 2019 at 3:01pm
AN SNP MP has insisted he is ?utterly stumped? after the party rejected his plans for an alternative route to independence.


SNP's Alison Thewliss hits out at UK Government's 'shameful' inaction over su...
16 Jul 2019 at 11:41am
AN exasperated Scottish MP has hit out at the UK Government?s ?shameful? lack of action to facilitate a Supervised Drug Consumption Facility in Glasgow in light of today?s new figures, which reveal the shocking scale of Scotland's drug deaths.


Neil Mackay: Why the Plan B path to independence reveals a world of pain for ...
16 Jul 2019 at 5:09am
THE Plan B route to Scottish independence is seriously flawed, and potentially dangerous, but it?s hard not to have some sympathy with the frustration that lies behind the idea.


Michael Gove in dramatic U-turn, declaring Boris Johnson would now make 'grea...
16 Jul 2019 at 1:34pm
MICHAEL Gove has insisted Boris Johnson would make a ?great? prime minister.


Dominic Grieve accuses Boris Johnson of 'further radicalisation' on Brexit by...
16 Jul 2019 at 11:53am
DOMINIC Grieve has accused Boris Johnson of a further radicalisation on Brexit, leaving the UK with "starker" prospects by strengthening his stance on the Irish backstop.


EU top job candidate ?would grant further Brexit extension if necessary?
16 Jul 2019 at 10:49am
The candidate to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the EU executive has said she would grant another extension to the Brexit deadline if the UK needs it to assure an orderly withdrawal from the bloc.


Congresswomen in 'go home' row urge Americans "not to take the bait"
15 Jul 2019 at 6:04pm
Four congresswomen targeted in a series of racist attacks by Donald Trump, have urged Americans "not to take the bait", saying the president would "love nothing more than to divide the country".


Drug death rate in Scotland at record high
16 Jul 2019 at 10:07am
More than 1,100 people died from drugs in Scotland last year, new figures indicate, the worst level since records began.


Boris Johnson refuses to commit to cutting migration levels
15 Jul 2019 at 9:30pm
Boris Johnson refused to commit to bringing down Britain?s net immigration levels if he became Prime Minister while Jeremy Hunt insisted he would do, saying a failure to do so would be a ?betrayal? of the 2016 referendum.


Philip Hammond warns Boris Johnson he will do 'everything I can' to stop no-d...
15 Jul 2019 at 7:28pm
PHILIP Hammond has issued a fresh warning to Boris Johnson that he will do "everything I can" to prevent a no-deal Brexit.


Calls for SNP to outline alternative proposals for independence if new prime ...
15 Jul 2019 at 2:36pm
SNP politicians whose alternative proposals for independence will not be debated at party conference have called on the leadership to set out plans for leaving the UK if the new prime minister blocks a further referendum.


Extinction Rebellion campaigners blockade Glasgow road
15 Jul 2019 at 8:53am
Extinction Rebellion Scotland campaigners have blocked a road in Glasgow's city centre as part of what they are calling a Summer Uprising.

 

The Scotsman

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Heart disease needs better data collection ? Kylie Strachan
Whenever we visit the GP or go into hospital, information about us is collected, whether it’s captured in traditional doctor’s notes or on ­computerised records. That ­medical history – including age, weight, ­family history and much more – ­creates a picture that enables ­doctors to make a diagnosis and ­tailor our treatment accordingly.

Obituary: Noel McPartlin, well-respected and popular sheriff who was the long...
Noel McPartlin, sheriff. Born: 25 December, 1939, in Galashiels. Died: 23 June 2019, aged 79.

Beastie burden ? those tiny ticks can carry a nasty disease
Picture the scene: you’ve just been on a lovely walk one summer’s evening in the local woods and a field with the family dog, you’ve worn shorts and a t-shirt and have enjoyed one of those warm sunny spells that we sometimes get in between the relentless wind and rain. You go home and put your feet up with a cuppa, perhaps put the tv on before heading up to bed for the night.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'transferred to Iranian mental ward'
A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran has been transferred to a hospital mental ward, her husband said.

How UK?s disgraceful inaction threatens Scotland?s climate change goals ? Ala...
The UK Government appears intent on being an obstacle to Scotland’s ambitious plans to tackle climate change, writes Alan Brown MP.

Number of stroke survivors living with disability to soar by a third
Stroke survivors living with a disability will rise by a third by 2035, doctors have said as they warned the UK needs far more specialists in stroke medicine.

Can you help theatre make the world a better place? ? Linda Crooks
Next month, Scotland will be at the epicentre of the global arts and culture movement as the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe blossom into life once again.

Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary is a time to remember unsung heroes ? Mart...
The success of the Moon landing is down to geeks as much as all-American heroes, writes Martyn McLaughlin.

This is what happens when you?re forced to drive to letter of the law ? Vladi...
After reaching nine points on his licence, Vladimir McTavish is now obeying speed limits, ensuring he’s a safe distance behind other cars and driving according to the Highway Code. Other drivers seem to be rather unhappy about this.

Multiple offers lodged for Prestwick Airport, government reveals
Several bids to buy ailing Prestwick Airport have been submitted, the Scottish Government has revealed.

National Trust for Scotland accused of supplier payment delays
The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has major issues at their finance department, with many suppliers not being paid for months, it has emerged.

Call for treatment ?culture change? as drug death figures soar 27%
Scotland faces a public health crisis that can only be solved by “significant changes” in how it treats addiction, experts have warned, as new figures reveal the country has a higher rate of drug-related deaths than the United States.

Sex-specific genes could hold key to Alzheimer ID
Novel sex-specific genes that are associated with risk and resilience for Alzheimer’s disease could provide unique risk profiles for men and women, according to new research.

Boris Johnson: Scots Tories? ?Operation Arse? ends in surrender ? leader comment
Scotland’s Conservatives are set to pledge loyalty to Boris Johnson, but they should make sure this does not extend to backing a no-deal Brexit.

Shocking number of drug deaths in Scotland demands action ? leader comment
Official figures showing 1,187 people died of drug-related causes last year underline what many already know – Scotland is in the midst of a serious drug crisis.

 

Craig Murray

Craig Murray
Craig Murray
Historian, Former Ambassador, Human Rights Activist

The Darroch Affair

I am amused when I hear the resignation of Kim Darroch mooted as an attack on an apolitical civil service. Darroch’s rise to the top of the FCO was in fact a startling example of the politicisation of the civil service – there is no doubt that his enthusiastic support for the Iraq War, and […]

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Kim Darroch ? the Simple Explanation

The media is full of over-complicated theories as to who might have leaked Kim Darroch’s diplomatic telegrams giving his candid view on the Trump administration. I should start by explaining the FCO telegram system. The communications are nowadays effectively encrypted emails, though still known as “telegrams”: to the Americans “cables”. They are widely distributed. These […]

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Bought Politicians

Between just 28 May and 10 June Boris Johnson received £235,500 in “private” donations, to himself personally, as he prepares to become the UK’s unelected Prime Minister. The blatant corruption of the UK’s political system is part of the reason for popular alienation from the ruling classes. It was Blair who elevated British politics to […]

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Help Steven Leelah

With a callousness that defies belief, the British government continues to pursue and persecute Chagossians in pursuit of the genocide they initiated on the community in 1971. This blog has been campaigning for the Chagossians for over ten years, but following the recent resounding condemnation of the British government at the International Court of Justice, […]

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How To Spot A Twitter Troll

UPDATE: GCHQ are currently advertising to recruit more trolls to carry out precisely the activity I outline here. As their advertisement puts it: We are looking to recruit individuals who can contribute to a step change in the UK?s ability to project cyber power against our adversaries, in order to keep the UK safe. You […]

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A Moment in History

Sometimes we do not know when small actions could have the most momentous effects. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand loved his wife, which was most unusual for a Hapsburg. She was not of royal blood and strict protocol meant she could not appear in public ceremonies with him in Vienna. Which is why he chose to […]

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The Question of Character

Every now and then, I feel myself compelled to write something I know that the majority of my readers will not agree with. That is because I do not go along with left wing groupthink any more than I go along with the line of the Establishment. I do not subscribe to a set of […]

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That Mark Field Feared a Terrorist Attack is Clearly a Lie ? or He Is Dangero...

The reason that Mark Field attacked the lady who had just passed by him was that she wore a sash clearly identifying her as a climate change protestor. She had entered with the other guests, already wearing her sash, and making no effort at concealment. Field knew exactly that she was a climate change protestor […]

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Wings over Scotland

Wings Over Scotland
The world's most-read Scottish politics website

Grasping the thistle
Last night, grudgingly, we watched the whole of the final Tory leadership debate, for a contest in which pretty much everyone believes Boris Johnson has already gathered enough votes to comfortably win even though there are several days of voting to go. The headline outcome the media appears to be focusing on is that both candidates …

The Expert

Forever England
Hey readers, remember that time when England went to war with Germany? You know, just England, under its Union Jack flag. Nobody else. (Bedfordshire’s crew was in fact British and Canadian.) Always remember what they really think of us, and what their “precious Union” really is, when they forget to pretend.

Hitch a ride on the turning tide
Things were different in 2009. Of course, they meant if they LOST the first one. But readers might feel that a certain degree of irony has perhaps manifested itself since then, particularly in terms of people knowing “what they would be in for” after June 2016. So just to recap the UK government’s rules for the …

The Screw
We’ve just received the verdict in the hearing over costs in our court case against Kezia Dugdale, and it’s an incomprehensible one. The sheriff has awarded costs in full to Dugdale, plus a 50% “uplift” mainly on the grounds of the “complexity” of the case, despite Dugdale having employed the services of perhaps Scotland’s highest-paid …

The four estates
There’s quite an interesting piece in today’s Sunday National detailing the extremely unequal representation of various parties on the BBC’s network politics shows in the last month, in which readers will be astonished to learn that the SNP (and Scotland in general) come off very poorly. (Five appearances compared to eight for the Lib Dems, 40 …

Field Of Dreams

The irrefutable argument
We haven’t done a good old-fashioned Quoted For Truth in quite some time, but on occasion someone else makes a point in a way that just can’t be improved on. We’ve always known/said that this is THE core case for independence, of course, but sometimes seeing it from another country’s perspective brings the message home.

BBC Scotland

BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics
BBC News - Scotland politics

What can be done about Scotland's drugs crisis?
Experts back five ways of trying to halt Scotland's rising toll of drug-related deaths.

'I lost my mum, dad, two sisters and brother to drugs'
Jacquie says it was like a fire ripping through her family after five relatives died because of drug addiction.

Fishermen 'still illegally discarding dead fish' says report
A House of Lords inquiry looked at the impact of the ban on fishing discards six months on.

Edinburgh's UK government hub named after Queen
The office complex that will house 3,000 civil servants is to be named "Queen Elizabeth House".

Brexit: 'No guarantee' of medicines if no EU deal agreed
Scottish minister Mike Russell says there could be problems obtaining adequate supplies.

Alex Salmond trial 'will start next year'
It is understood the trial of the former first minister on charges of attempted rape and sexual assault will not begin until at least January.

'Halt universal credit pilot,' MSPs tell UK government
MSPs raise concerns about moves to shift existing benefits claimants on to universal credit.

Sandy Stuart: Tributes paid after death of Aberdeen SNP councillor
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon describes Aberdeen SNP councillor Sandy Stuart as a "great stalwart".

Brexit: Labour to back Remain as it calls for a new EU referendum
Jeremy Corbyn urges the next Tory PM to hold a vote, but doesn't say what he would do if he got to No 10.

Johnson v Hunt: Who came out on top in Perth?
The two Conservative leadership contenders went in front of Scottish party members.

The children of the devolution look to the future
The BBC's Allan Little sees a change in Scotland after 20 years of having its own parliament.

Why is Scotland setting up a Citizens' Assembly?
Nicola Sturgeon wants the assembly to discuss the big constitutional questions facing Scotland. Here's what we know about it so far.

Scot Goes Pop

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

If the McEleny/MacNeil alternative plan isn't even to be considered, what *is...
It's disappointing but not surprising that the very sensible resolution tabled by Chris McEleny and Angus MacNeil, calling for the next Holyrood or Westminster election to be used to seek an outrig...

Scot Goes Pop fundraiser hits target
Well, what can I say, you're all stars, every single one of you.  In spite of the fact that the £8500 target was slightly higher than in recent years, we got there after only a month or so.  Thank ...

It's perfectly possible that Yes are ahead already
As you may have seen, the senior SNP MP Angus MacNeil and the former depute leadership candidate Chris McEleny have tabled a resolution that would require the SNP to use the next Westminster or Hol...

Jeremy Hunt downgrades Scotland from an opinion poll democracy to an anecdote...
At the risk of tempting fate by complimenting a journalist too much, STV's Colin Mackay has often been noted for making an effort to be more even-handed than some of his peers in the Scottish broad...

Calling all Wikipedia editors
Until very recently, Wikipedia's list of UK opinion polls was immaculately inclusive - it had a separate column for each party that enjoyed a non-trivial level of support.  So the Greens, the SNP, ...

Boris Johnson's hapless attempt to blackmail Scotland over Brexit
As we all know, a potentially decisive factor in the outcome of the first independence referendum was the message from the No campaign that "a Yes vote puts Scotland's EU membership at risk, while ...

52% of Scots demand an early independence referendum in landmark Panelbase po...
You might have noticed that for weeks now, when a journalist or Tory politician has erroneously claimed that "there is still no appetite in Scotland for an independence referendum", I've been point...

Explaining democracy to unionist politicians
It strikes me that the "reasons" offered by unionist politicians for blocking an independence referendum are becoming increasingly bizarre and hard to defend.  But as we have a mainstream media tha...

Reddit Scotland

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Fiery Sunrise from a manky train window (Aberdeen)
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Interesting title
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Irishman would like to thank you for Loch Lomond (fucking tune)
Absolute fucking belter. We all blast that shit. A masterpiece. A modern wonder. Will one day join scots in singing it live somewhere. Cant wait. Uppa fucking William Wallace. submitted by /u...

Comparing Drug Deaths in Scotland to British Columbia, Canada
So we've had the headlines about the number of drug deaths in Scotland. 1,187 deaths for a population of 5.4 million (about 219 per million) people is really bad. But how does it compare to elsewhe...

Tomorrows National; 'People are dying. Help us save them'
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An explanation for why drug deaths have risen above the US
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Evil Kilwinning monster jailed 10 years for violent sex attack on tot, 1, as ...
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Classic Scottish summer weather forecast
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Scotland just missed a chance for Scandinavian-style land reform ? Andy Wightman
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Barnbougle Castle, South Queensferry.
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Dunfermline Abbey.
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There shall be a Scottish Parliament ? Committees
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Two Scottish wildcat kittens born at wildlife centre
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Turns out Irn Bru goes see through if you leave it in the sun for a wee bit t...
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Daily Record

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Michael Gove praises Boris Johnson in U-turn on Tory rival he slated
The two-faced UK Environment Secretary yesterday said his former Tory leadership rival would be a 'great' prime minister.


Boris Johnson refuses to say if girlfriend will move into No10 if he becomes ...
The Tory leadership hopeful snubbed questions on his relationship with Carrie Symonds during a debate with Jeremy Hunt.


Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt refuse to call out Donald Trump for racist remarks
The US President sparked a backlash after telling four US congresswomen to "go back" to the "broken and crime infested places from which they came".


Shetland by-election date revealed after former Scottish Lib Dem leader steps...
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is standing down after landing a new job with Scottish Rugby.


SNP MP hounded by online trolls after voting against abortion in Northern Ire...
Dr Lisa Cameron also fears she may be deselected from her party after making a 'vote of conscience'.


SNP's Humza Yousaf takes 'wee break' from Twitter after trolls target his bab...
Scotland's Justice Secretary switched off the social media channel revealing he's subjected to a 'relentless barrage of abuse' every day.


We've all had a nightmare boss but this one Trumps the lot
John Niven cuts to the quick with his weekly look at how ridiculous politics has become.


Scots secretary David Mundell's son backing Boris Johnson's leadership bid
Oliver Mundell is one of just four Conservatives in Holyrood who are backing Johnson, despite his dad?s feud with the former foreign secretary.


No-deal Brexit would boost Scottish independence admits senior Tory
David Lidington believes getting a good Brexit deal is vital to avoid the break-up of the UK.


Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister could signal end of United Kingdom
Tory chiefs David Lidington and Greg Clark have warned about the dangers of a no-deal Brexit.

Michael Greenwell


So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. - Aldous Huxley

Journey To Yes 24 ? WG Saraband
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power.

Wasting Your Time and Money
Another great little vid from Sarah Mackie  

A Note On Housing (Shoebox Britain)
Another of the UK’s greatest failures is the fact that we live in the smallest houses in Europe. Many new houses in the UK are “shameful shoebox homes” which are too small for family life, the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has said. It says average three-bedroom houses are 8% smaller – the space …

A Note On Pensions
Just in those last moments of the 2014 referendum campaign, the No side started putting people on buses and taking them to Scotland. Some of these people (I have no idea if the people from the Labour group in the image did that) went door to door and, amongst other things, made sure to tell …

Journey To Yes 23 ? Jenny Constable
Another in the wonderful series by Phantom Power. Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ?Scottish Devolution Generation?, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny …

A Millionaire Funded By Billionaires
This is a LOT of fun…

Modern Britain, Ladies & Gentlemen
An old white man with heavy links to the establishment feels entitled to knock down a bill (or indeed BILLS) designed to reduce the unnecessary suffering of young women because he is riding a personal hobbyhorse. And this is supposed to be good governance. It’s 2019, this isn’t good enough. When pondering this story if …

It?s A Small Step, But He Is Right
It’s a small thing, but he is 100% correct, so it is worth sharing and acting upon.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

Holidays
Bella is closed for annual holiday. Back at end of July.    

What Does it Mean to Face Up to Our Climate Reality?
Whether we want to admit it or not, climate breakdown is already upon us: record-breaking heat waves, flash floods, wildfires. Climate change does not cause all of these things to happen, it amplifies them. This is not happening in some far off place, it is the weather where you are. If we read the science …

Independent Media of Fresh Thinking
We’re building an independent media of fresh thinking for a new Scotland. Read our daily comment and analysis – our arts & cultural coverage – our analysis of media failure and triumph –  our international coverage – and much more. Read our regular columnists: George Gunn writes his regular ‘From the Province of the Cat’ …

Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow?
Glasgow is Scotland?s first city in size and importance. There are of course several different Glasgows – from the official council area of 621,020 inhabitants to the metropolitan region of between 1.2 million to 1.7 million people, depending on the definition. Glasgow matters. It?s success, wellbeing, vibrancy, the happiness of its people, sustainability, and state …

Small Press Day
By graphic novel creators Metaphrog aka John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs @metaphrog: Small Press Day 2019 this Saturday July 13th will see a celebration of self-publishing, DIY culture, and grassroots comics across the UK and Ireland. Small Press Day started from a Twitter conversation in 2016 that led initially to a buzz and almost immediately …

Boris, Brexit and the Hedge Funds (Part 1)
WHO does Boris Johnson really represent?  Put another way, which groups in society fund a hard Brexit and Boris Johnson?s election campaign.  The answer is a specific splinter group of City finance capitalists who run so-called ?hedge funds?.  Among the City hedge fund operators backing Boris are David Lilley of RK Capital, Jon Wood of …

Scottish Affairs Committee
Deirdre Brock MP has been doing a great job unearthing the amount of money being spent by David Mundell’s Scotland Office. The figures are vast and shocking and new, and signs of a new desperation … these are vast sums of money being ploughed into British propaganda …  

Democratising Scotland or Managing and Restricting its Potential?
Katie Gallogly-Swan assesses the state of democracy in Scotland after twenty years of devolution: “the question facing this young institution is whether the recent wave of democratic ?innovation? will simply change the parameters of management, or indeed be an opportunity to meaningfully release power not simply with the aim to pursue Scottish independence, but to …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Brexit must work for the whole UK to see off Scottish nationalism | David Mun...
The new prime minister must walk a careful line and strengthen the union, says the secretary of state for ScotlandIn a speech in Stirling on Thursday, the prime minister gave some thought to something the UK too often takes for granted: the UK itself.She acknowledged our union of four nations has...

New Edinburgh children's hospital delayed over safety concerns
Scotland?s health secretary halts imminent opening after ventilation system fails to meet standardsThe opening of a £150m children?s hospital in Edinburgh has been delayed indefinitely the day before the first patients and equipment were expected to move in, after final inspections revealed safet...

Tory leadership race: Boris Johnson pledges to 'get Brexit done' at hustings ...
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the latest from the leadership contestLunchtime summaryTheresa May?s speech on Scotland and UK union - Summary 9.43pm BST And that?s all from us for the evening as well. We?re closing this live blog down now ? you can ...

'Everything?s out of control': Stirling citizens on the Tory succession
View from the streets of Scottish city where Theresa May will deliver warning about threat to the union?Ooft,? says 16-year-old Jade Harrower behind her hand, ?he?s a bit daft, don?t you think? And that?s me being polite.? On Thursday lunchtime in Stirling city centre, where Theresa May will late...

May to warn successor: 'greatest' duty is to strengthen union
PM will give speech in Scotland highlighting threat to integrity of UK from no-deal BrexitTheresa May is warning her successor as prime minister about the grave responsibility of preserving the union, joining a growing chorus of senior Conservatives urging caution over a no-deal Brexit and the wi...

Theresa May to warn successors that no-deal Brexit threatens UK?s future
PM to deliver speech in Scotland on eve of Conservative leadership hustingsLatest Brexit and Tory leadership news - live updatesTheresa May is to warn her potential successors that a no-deal Brexit threatens the UK?s future, in her final speech in Scotland as prime minister.May will also unveil p...

Hunt says Merkel is willing to look at a new Brexit deal package ? as it happ...
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including the latest from the Tory leadership contestJohnson pledges to increase stop and search powersManufacturers hit back at Johnson and Hunt?s Brexit pledgesHammond warns leadership rivals over spending vowsHunt?s Brexit sp...

The Guardian view on devolution since 1999: still grappling with who we are |...
Twenty years ago, the start of devolution was supposed to bring the UK together. But it hasn?t worked out that wayTwenty years ago on Monday, the newly devolved Scottish parliament met in Edinburgh for the first time. It heard a speech from the late Donald Dewar that can still send tingles down t...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Wee Ginger holidays
I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks, to spend some time with my husband. I’m back on 31 July. Unfortunately Sam Miller (Macart) isn’t able to look after the blog in my absence this time, so neither he nor myself will be doing be any updates to the blog until I get home. …

Pensioning off the pensions scare story
During the independence referendum of 2014, there were numerous reports of anti-independence activists who were canvassing on doorsteps, telling elderly people that if Scotland became independent, then they would lose their pensions. This was scaremongering of the very worst sort, an overt attempt to bully elderly people who very often subsist on one of the …

Not hating ? what really drives the indy movement
The Scottish independence campaign is frequently accused of being motivated by anti-English racism. It’s possibly the most frequently made accusation against independence supporters. As a campaigner for independence, I’ve been called an anti-English racist myself, despite the fact that my late husband was English and I gave up everything to care for him when he …

The Wee Ginger Book, getting ready for the indy campaign
As you may already have heard, I’m planning a new pro-independence project. I’m writing a book covering some of the most important topics in the independence debate, and when the book is ready the plan is to crowdfund to raise the money to get it printed so that it can be distributed to Yes groups …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 12 July 2019
Welcome to the latest edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast with myself and Callum Baird of The National. This week we discuss the Tories’ panicked attempts to plaster union flags on things in an attempt to save the union that they themselves have broken, plus we also talk about an exciting project that I’m working …

Rebellious Scots to shush
Faced with the realisation that they’ve broken the precioussssss union, the Conservatives have now come up with a master plan to save it. They’re going to use tax money paid by Scotland in order to tell Scotland how great it is being ignored by Westminster. That’ll see off those pesky nats, because sticking union flags …

Nationalism and Thatessempee
How many times have you heard someone say that they’re not going to vote for independence because they “hate that SNP”. Often Thatessempee is spat out as though it was a single word, and a swerrie word at that. Just as frequently you’ll hear people say that they don’t want to vote for independence because …

Money, money, money
The constant refrain from opponents of independence is – How can Scotland become independent when you don’t even know what money you’re going to use? Eh? Eh? There is an underlying current of belief among such people that Scotland, uniquely among the nations of the world, would be incapable of having any sort of currency …

The National

The National | Politics
The National

Joe FitzPatrick: Scotland needs more powers to tackle drug deaths
YESTERDAY we had the tragic confirmation that 1187 people lost their lives to drug-related deaths in Scotland last year. It is a sobering statistic. Each one of those deaths is a tragedy, with far-reaching impacts on victims? friends, families and their communities.

SNP step up bid to block Boris Johnson's route to Number 10
MOVES have been stepped up by the SNP at Westminster to stop Boris Johnson automatically becoming Prime Minister if elected Tory leader next week.

Kevin McKenna: SNP paralysed on indyref2 at just the wrong time
UNLESS you?ve got anything more interesting and fulfilling on in the middle of October, like removing wallpaper or counting paper clips, Aberdeen and the SNP conference is the place to be.

Britain 2019: Run by extremists and in cahoots with Donald Trump
IT looks as if, for once, Theresa May was first out of the Tory blocks to condemn the latest and surely most explosive online rant from Donald Trump.

Theresa May 'told in 2016' her Irish border plans couldn?t work
THERESA May was warned that her three Brexit priorities for Ireland were incompatible back in 2016, the UK?s former ambassador to the EU has said.

Ursula von der Leyen: New EU Commission chief open to Brexit delay
THE new president of the European Commission has said she would grant another extension to the Brexit deadline if the UK needs it to assure an orderly withdrawal from the bloc.

Boris Johnson's plot to force through a no-deal Brexit
BORIS Johnson?s campaign were forced to deny reports that they are considering plans to prorogue Parliament in late October ? a move which could prevent MPs stopping a no-deal Brexit.

SNP's Joanna Cherry awarded legal honour for Westminster work
SNP MP Joanna Cherry received a prestigious honour from her fellow lawyers last night, in recognition of her work in Parliament

Lallans Peat Worrier

Lallands Peat Worrier
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

Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs
Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 14th 2019 Linda McCartney is a name known to most people but many will relate to her through her thirty-year relationship and marriage to Paul McCartney, not being fully aware of her undoubted talent as a photographer. Now, and not before …

Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow?
Where is the vision for Scotland?s First City: Glasgow? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 11th 2019 Glasgow is Scotland?s first city in size and importance. There are of course several different Glasgows – from the official council area of 621,020 inhabitants to the metropolitan region of between 1.2 million to 1.7 million people, depending on …

The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ?Children of the Devolution??
The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ?Children of the Devolution?? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 1st 2019 It was twenty years ago today that the Scottish Parliament officially opened. Donald Dewar spoke eloquently, the Queen attended, and there was a small amount of pomp and circumstance in Edinburgh Old Town. Time for reflection …

Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty
Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 26th 2019 The world at the moment is in a state of flux. Yet everywhere there is assertion and statements that imply certainty and do not allow for any doubt. Doubt is central to being human. Galileo once …

Where will the new ideas for Scotland?s public services come from?
Where will the new ideas for Scotland?s public services come from? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 19th 2019 Scotland seems to be at an uneasy, calm place at the moment. The storm clouds are gathering on the horizon yet still seem distant – from the threat of Brexit and even worse the car crash of …

?Seven Up?, Class and Modern Scotland
?Seven Up?, Class and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 12th 2019 Last week saw a significant moment in TV programming when ITV broadcast the latest in the legendary series ?Seven Up?, namely ?63 Up?. Michael Apted began first as a researcher then Director tracking fourteen seven year olds in 1964 and has subsequently …

Jo Swinson, Govan and Social Justice
Jo Swinson, Govan and Social Justice Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 4th 2019 The Liberal Democrats have a spring in their step. After years of taking a kicking and coming to terms with the near-complete wipeout of 2015, they have stormed back into the reckoning winning second place in the European elections. They feel that …

Is there any hope for Scottish Labour? And does it matter to the rest of us?
Is there any hope for Scottish Labour? And does it matter to the rest of us? Gerry Hassan Sunday National, June 2nd 2019 Scottish Labour once carried all before it. They were admired by some, feared by others. They couldn?t be ignored, were taken seriously and mattered. Today the party is not only struggling to …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: UK firms slash investment in Scotland amid indyref2 fe...
Scottish independence: UK firms slash investment in Scotland amid indyref2 fears  The ScotsmanThe prospect of another referendum on Scottish independence has seen a "dramatic" slump in investment from UK finance giants north of the border, it has been ...

Scottish independence won't be achieved through this delusion - The National
Scottish independence won't be achieved through this delusion  The National'WE have a government indifferent or even hostile to capitalism, and more intent on making us politically correct than globally successful.?

Alasdair Gray: ?Scottish independence turning out as Tory as Westminster? - T...
Alasdair Gray: ?Scottish independence turning out as Tory as Westminster?  The ScotsmanHe is perhaps the best-loved Scottish artist of his generation, a writer so respected that his verse was carved on to the wall of the parliament building at ...

Plan for unilateral declaration of independence starts SNP row - The Times
Plan for unilateral declaration of independence starts SNP row  The TimesA backlash against SNP leaders has begun after a radical plan for Scottish independence was blocked from the debating floor of the party conference.Internal ...

Scottish independence: Alternative plan ?could cut out? need for referendum -...
Scottish independence: Alternative plan ?could cut out? need for referendum  The ScotsmanThe SNP winning a majority of seats in either a Holyrood or Westminster election could be enough to spark independence negotiations if the UK Government ...

David Lidington: No-deal Brexit could seal Scottish independence - The National
David Lidington: No-deal Brexit could seal Scottish independence  The NationalTHERESA May's de facto deputy has admitted the UK is in danger of breaking up.

Scottish independence: Cabinet warned of 'real risk' of UK breaking up - The ...
Scottish independence: Cabinet warned of 'real risk' of UK breaking up  The ScotsmanCabinet ministers were warned yesterday there was a "real risk"of the UK breaking up if the country crashes out of the EU with no deal, which could eventually ...

Does Brexit make Scottish independence more likely? - The Independent
Does Brexit make Scottish independence more likely?  The IndependentThe fate of Northern Ireland has been at the heart of the Brexit debate for some time, but in the dying days of Theresa May's premiership, Scotland is keeping ...

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SNP is 'failing drugs victims' - Express
SNP is 'failing drugs victims'  ExpressWe're taking urgent action to tackle Scotland's drug emergency  SNPDrug deaths: SNP MP Thewliss slams 'shameful' Home Office  The NationalScotland has worst drugs problem in Europe as death rate soars  The TelegraphSNP and Tory ministers slammed as Scotland?s drug death rates soar to record high ? and worst in Europe  The Scottish SunView full coverage on ...

Plan for unilateral declaration of independence starts SNP row - The Times
Plan for unilateral declaration of independence starts SNP row  The TimesA backlash against SNP leaders has begun after a radical plan for Scottish independence was blocked from the debating floor of the party conference.Internal ...

SNP MP 'utterly stumped' by party's refusal to debate independence plan - Her...
SNP MP 'utterly stumped' by party's refusal to debate independence plan  HeraldScotlandAN SNP MP has insisted he is ?utterly stumped? after the party rejected his plans for an alternative route to independence.

It's saddening to read ill-informed criticism of the SNP on planning - The Na...
It's saddening to read ill-informed criticism of the SNP on planning  The NationalIT saddened me to read the letters about planning (July 15) and online comments responding to them from supporters of independence. With little?

The SNP leadership is paralysed on independence at just the wrong time - The ...
The SNP leadership is paralysed on independence at just the wrong time  The NationalUNLESS you've got anything more interesting and fulfilling on in the middle of October, like removing wallpaper or counting paper clips, Aberdeen and the SNP ...

Calls for SNP to outline alternative proposals for independence if new prime ...
Calls for SNP to outline alternative proposals for independence if new prime minister blocks referendum  HeraldScotlandSNP politicians whose alternative proposals for independence will not be debated at party conference have called on the leadership to set out plans?

SNP minister accused of ?scaring the public? over medicines shortage claim - ...
SNP minister accused of ?scaring the public? over medicines shortage claim  The ScotsmanScotland's Brexit Secretary has been accused of seeking to "scare the public" over his claim that medicines supplies cannot be guaranteed if the UK leaves the ...

SNP step up bid to block Boris Johnson's route to Number 10 - The National
SNP step up bid to block Boris Johnson's route to Number 10  The NationalMOVES have been stepped up by the SNP at Westminster to stop Boris Johnson automatically becoming Prime Minister if elected Tory leader next week.

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish independence: UK firms slash investment in Scotland amid indyref2 fe...
Scottish independence: UK firms slash investment in Scotland amid indyref2 fears  The ScotsmanThe prospect of another referendum on Scottish independence has seen a "dramatic" slump in investment from UK finance giants north of the border, it has been ...

Call for SNP to reveal indyref2 alternative as plan B rejected from conferenc...
Call for SNP to reveal indyref2 alternative as plan B rejected from conference  The NationalSNP politicians whose alternative proposals for independence will not be debated at party conference have called on the leadership to set out?

Plan for unilateral declaration of independence starts SNP row - The Times
Plan for unilateral declaration of independence starts SNP row  The TimesA backlash against SNP leaders has begun after a radical plan for Scottish independence was blocked from the debating floor of the party conference.Internal ...

Scotland: Brexit uncertainty revives independence debate - Financial Times
Scotland: Brexit uncertainty revives independence debate  Financial TimesOn a rainy summer afternoon there is a melancholy air to the Auld Acquaintance Cairn, a monument to the three-century old union of England and Scotland ...

Scottish independence: Alternative plan ?could cut out? need for referendum -...
Scottish independence: Alternative plan ?could cut out? need for referendum  The ScotsmanThe SNP winning a majority of seats in either a Holyrood or Westminster election could be enough to spark independence negotiations if the UK Government ...

Scottish independence: Dugdale says Corbyn could allow indyref2 - BBC News
Scottish independence: Dugdale says Corbyn could allow indyref2  BBC NewsThe former leader of Scottish Labour says there is a "serious prospect" Jeremy Corbyn would agree to hold an independence referendum.

Scots back second referendum as they lose faith in Union - The Times
Scots back second referendum as they lose faith in Union  The TimesOpposition to a second Scottish independence referendum in the near future is melting away, according to a Panelbase poll for The Sunday Times. The number ...

Alasdair Gray: ?Scottish independence turning out as Tory as Westminster? - T...
Alasdair Gray: ?Scottish independence turning out as Tory as Westminster?  The ScotsmanHe is perhaps the best-loved Scottish artist of his generation, a writer so respected that his verse was carved on to the wall of the parliament building at ...

Pie and Bovril forum

The Politics Forum Latest Topics
The Politics Forum Latest Topics

What is the point of Labour
Much as I hate the tory party (and christ do I do) you have to give them credit for a couple of things. 1. They have stupid unionists voting for them despite the fact Scotland is going to shit. 2. They think brexit is a good thing for the UK and bring stupid unionists to think the same an...

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!

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.  

Runners and Riders.... Next PM.
So, looks like 15 in so far, favourite is Boris!! Unfortunately for Scottish independence the favourite never wins! So from the Brexit side it will probably be Rabb, so who from the remain side? Will Hunt and Javid go back to form and champion remain, or will they stick to their new found 'kinda'...

Predictions that were wrong
One of the interesting things about getting older is seeing how things actually play out in the world, being able to see predictions come true or not in real life. Adam Curtis made a short doc about the paranoid style in modern society and he mentioned some predictions that were made in the 1990s...

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 ...

Local Council c***s
Thought a thread to share the sort of shit local councils get up to might highlight some very cuntish behaviour and I want to see if other local councils are as bad as Aberdeen. The other day there were reports in the P&J that they could start charging homeless people to store their belonging...

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Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics
Anything Goes - Other topics not covered elsewhere Latest Topics

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...

Life after Death
Does anyone believe in this?  For most of my adult life I have believed that when we die we are gone and there is no afterlife.  My mum died a few months ago and at the time my aunt told me that things would happen that would give me reassurance that she was still there . My aunt lost a s...

Lunar Eclipse
They say it's the longest total lunar eclipse of the century - tonight.  https://www.space.com/33786-lunar-eclipse-guide.html
 

TA trip to Chernobyl 2006
I wonder if anyone has photos, and is willing to post them, of the trip to Chernobyl when we played Ukraine in 2006. I spent yesterday watching the whole series and it brought back memories of that day. Sadly,  I didn't have a camera and my phone then just did phone calls and texts (maybe pla...

Unpopular Opinions
I can?t find the other thread so I?ll start a new one. What opinions do you hold that produce shock around the dinner table and in the boozer. I?ll kick things off ? Pigs in Blankets; They are an adequate inclusion in the standard Christmas dinner but the way everyone goes on and on and o...

Question Time Tonight
From Kelso The panel includes Labour's shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry MP, the Scottish government's finance secretary John Swinney MSP, Conservative chairman of the defence select committee Rory Stewart MP, Scotsman columnist Lesley Riddoch and editor-at-large of the Independent on Sund...

Tommy Robinson
13 months in the clink. Shame.

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

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A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Blairs Ongoing role in it...
    University College London’s Institute for Security & Resilience Studies (ISRS) The ISRS was founded in 2008 by former “New Labour” Defence Secretary, John Reid. Reid was a key Blair ally in the run-up to the Iraq war deployment of British forces to Afganistan and earned the reputation as Blair’s ‘enforcer’. He was … Continue reading "A Peek behind the Curtains of the UK Arms Trade and Bla...

Gordon Brown and New Labour ? MOD Purchasing Policy and the Corrupt Practice ...
  Blairs first Cabinet 1997     What is State Capture? Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, defines it as ?a situation where powerful individuals, institutions, companies or groups within or outside a country use corruption to shape a nation?s policies, legal environment and economy to benefit their own private interests?. Comment: An online … Continue reading "Gordon B...

Should Gordon Brown Surface in Scotland and Offer His Opinion to the Public ?...
    The terrible truth about Gordon Brown?s criminal miscalculations – A devastating indictment of his time as Chancellor and Prime Minister. Now available, figures of the “New labour” Government spending before and during the recession, and Government losses since the recession began expose the total cost of Gordon Brown?s mishandling of the … Continue reading "Should Gordon Brown Surface ...

Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale ? Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed or di...
      The Reverend v Ms Dugdale Extracts from the judgement are entered below together with comments as necessary setting out the judgement was in favour of The Reverend. Sheriff Ross Ms Dugdale denied that she intended to go beyond criticising the tweet itself. She said she did not intend to label … Continue reading "Reverend Stuart Campbell V Dugdale – Was the Ruling by the Judge Flawed o...

Scottish Old Age Pensioners ? Detested by the Tory?s ? A Bane to the BBC ? So...
        The  Tory Government the BBC and the Pensioners The BBC licence fee was frozen throughout the period of austerity following the worldwide financial meltdown. In 2015, the Corporation claimed to be in deep financial trouble and pleaded to be allowed to increase the licence fee for all subscribers. … Continue reading "Scottish Old Age Pensioners – Detested by the Tory’s – A Bane to ...

An Update ? Austerity ? An unnecessary Hardship Imposed on Scotland By Westmi...
      2003: International Monetary Fund Call for Chancellor Brown Not to abandon “Prudence” Policies Gordon Brown was warned by the International Monetary Fund that his borrowing and spending gamble on public services may be going to waste. In a damaging blow to his recently announced Chancellor?s tax-and-spend strategy,  the IMF said … Continue reading "An Update – Austerity – An unnecessa...

Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years ? Ignore H...
      Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years Scots would be well advised to remember the 2014 Independence Referendum and Brown’s heavily promoted (by the BBC, who also provided him a prime time 2 hour slot) address to a group of pensioners just before their … Continue reading "Gordon Brown Duped His Mugs-R- US Party and Conned Scots For Years – Ignore His Unim...

BBC Biased Against Scots!!! ? Prove It!! ? OK!! ? Check This Out!!!
      BBC news & current affairs presenters biased against Scottish Independence Videos were released on YouTube casting significant doubt on the willingness and ability of the BBC to cover Scottish independence campaigners in an impartial manner. The leaked videos featured in-house presentations by four senior BBC presenters giving explanatory background briefings … Continue reading "BBC B...

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Fish stocks "at risk" from illegal disgarding, Lords warn

Trussell Trust predicts its ?busiest summer? yet in foodbank use

Scottish Drugs Forum says drug death figures are "a national scandal"

Philip Hammond vows to do 'everything' to stop no-deal Brexit 'cliff-edge'

Death from drugs reaches highest ever level

No guarantee of Scottish medical supplies in no deal Brexit, Mike Russell warns

Boris Johnson meets questions over his behaviour with pure contempt

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