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Senior SNP source: Joanna Cherry is the 'Boris' of the Yes movement
19 May 2019 at 5:16am
A SENIOR SNP MP who is at the centre of bullying allegations in her own office is the "Boris" of the Yes movement, according to a senior party source.


Labour council leader: I want our school meals to be nitrite-free
19 May 2019 at 12:10am
Nicola Sturgeon?s 2016 programme for government pledged to make Scotland a ?Good Food Nation?. After over two years of silence, and criticism over a lack of progress, the bill's consultation was finally published in late December 2018 and closed at the end of March. The consultation results are not yet known but one thing should be obvious. A Good Food Nation cannot serve school meals which include chemicals linked to cancer.


Paul Hutcheon: The European poll will have no bearing on the next Holyrood el...
19 May 2019 at 12:10am
ANALYSIS


Scottish Tory MP: Michael Gove has the "vision and ideas" to be leader
19 May 2019 at 5:11am
A SCOTTISH Tory MP has said Environment Secretary Michael Gove has the qualities to become the next Prime Minister, amid growing speculation Theresa May will stand down in the next few weeks.


Scottish Labour's top candidate: Corbyn's Brexit strategy is costing us votes
19 May 2019 at 12:06am
SCOTTISH Labour?s lead candidate for the European elections has directly criticised Jeremy Corbyn by saying his policy on Brexit is confused and costing the party votes.


The Joanna Cherry imbroglio and how we got to here
19 May 2019 at 5:15am
Like most earthquakes it began with barely a rumble along a fault line, before the very public explosions and outpourings. At the start of this month the impressive SNP MP Joanna Cherry had been given police protection over death threats and online abuse on social media. Last Sunday this newspaper revealed that she was at the centre of a bullying inquiry into alleged staff mistreatment inside her own office.


Guillaume Coudray: removing nitro-meat from schools and hospitals is ''urgent"
19 May 2019 at 12:10am
WHEN shopping for food, we mostly rely on visual cues. Meat processors and marketeers go to great lengths to ensure that their products have an appetizing, fresh-looking shade (pink or red), even after weeks of storage. The cheapest and quickest way to produce nice-looking bacon, ham or gammon is to use small quantities of three powerful chemical agents: potassium nitrate (E252), sodium nitrate (E251) or sodium nitrite (E250).


Scottish Tory veteran urges Ruth Davidson to back Brexit referendum
19 May 2019 at 5:15am
A Scottish Tory grandee has said Ruth Davidson should back a second referendum on Brexit if she wants to replace Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister.


Brexit Party overtakes Tories in poll on general election voting intentions
19 May 2019 at 3:14am
Labour remain in front, but the Conservatives have been pushed into third place by Nigel Farage?s party, according to the survey.


Tories at risk of being overtaken by ?divisive and populist movement?, MPs say
19 May 2019 at 8:30am
The group said the nation and the party was ?at a crossroads?.


May ?blocked amnesty? for Northern Ireland veterans
19 May 2019 at 3:02am
Theresa May personally blocked ministers putting forward  legislation which could have protected former soldiers from prosecution for alleged offences during the Northern Ireland Troubles, it has been reported.


UK to send MEPs to European Parliament ? but for how long?
19 May 2019 at 2:55am
The UK will elect 73 MEPs on May 23, but they could only serve for a few months instead of the usual five years


Anna Soubry: Dishonest politicians have broken politics
18 May 2019 at 7:14pm
Politicians who do not stand up for what they believe in have broken British politics, Anna Soubry has said.


Nigel Farage says Scottish independence within EU is 'most dishonest discour...
17 May 2019 at 8:59pm
Nigel Farage has made a pitch to SNP voters in Scotland, saying Scottish independence while still in the EU is the "most dishonest political discourse I've ever seen anywhere in the world".


Nicola Sturgeon: EU 'Not perfect'
18 May 2019 at 5:00am
NICOLA Sturgeon has said that the European Union is "not perfect" but insisted that Scotland can help reform it if Brexit fails to become a reality.

 

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Watch: Romantic moment man proposes with flash mob on Edinburgh Castle Street
This is the heartwarming moment a man proposed to his girlfriend in the street where they first kissed - with a flash mob choir.

Brexit: Jim Sillars says it's "impossible" to vote for pro-EU SNP
Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars has said he won’t vote for the SNP in next week’s European elections because of its stance against Brexit.

Brexit: Heseltine to vote Lib Dem as Theresa May pledges 'bold offer'
Tory grandee Michael Heseltine has said he will vote Liberal Democrat in next week’s European elections, warning his own party has become "infected by the virus of extremism".

Surge in post-nup deals for late bequests and second marriages
Wealthy individuals and celebrities have long insisted on pre-nuptial agreements – legal deals to divide assets in case of the relationship breaking down at a later date.

Insight: Scottish fishing industry fears radical measures to protect marine life
Loch Carron closes to scallop dredgers today, and the fishing industry fears more radical measures to protect marine life in the offing, writes Ilona Amos

Euan McColm: How did I fall for charming man Morrissey?
Morrissey’s conversion to a racist cause highlights the dangers of falling for a charismatic figurehead, writes Euan McColm

First Scots Green MEP will transform politics, says Maggie Chapman
The rise of Nigel Farage and his Brexit party is “deeply concerning for our democratic process” the Scottish Greens’ lead candidate has said ahead of this week’s European Parliament elections.

Dani Garavelli: Jeremy Kyle?s poor-baiting gets thumbs down
It’s easy to ban The Jeremy Kyle Show, much harder to reform the benighted society that made it a hit, writes Dani Garavelli

Tony Blair?s sister-in-law wants ?coach loads of Muslims? at the Edinburgh Fe...
The sister-in-law of former Prime Minister Tony Blair wants to see “coach loads of Muslims” be encouraged to attend and made welcome at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Canadian feminist Meghan Murphy ?won?t be silenced? in Scotland
The woman at the centre of a growing debate over the impact on women’s rights of trans people’s self-identification, has admitted she expects protests when she speaks at two events in Scotland this week, including at the Scottish Parliament.

Don?t treat addicts as criminals, says Portuguese drugs tsar
The doctor who helped Portugal tackle its drugs epidemic through decriminalisation has urged Scotland to adopt a similar approach to halt a rising number of deaths.

Anna Soubry: Dishonest politicians have broken politics
Politicians who do not stand up for what they believe in have broken British politics, Anna Soubry has said.

Concerns grow for missing 14-year-old Ellie Fleming
Police are searching for a teenage girl who has been missing since Thursday and may have been spotted in Carlisle.

Scotland?s most loved free attractions revealed in new poll
They say the best things in life are free, so to celebrate those rare free days off you get with your family, a new poll is highlighting the attractions people in Scotland can enjoy – without spending a penny.

Video: Arnold Schwarzenegger drop-kicked in random attack during South Africa...
Arnold Schwarzenegger has reassured fans after a video emerged showing him being drop-kicked in the back during an event in South Africa.

 

Craig Murray

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

The Struggle Is The Meaning

There is no conceivable interest of the ordinary people of the Western world being served by the crazed decision of their governments to firmly take the Sunni side in the Sunni/Shia tensions of the Islamic world, and to do so in a fashion which deliberately exacerbates points of armed conflict across the Middle East. It […]

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The Pivot Point

The massive economic shock following the banking collapse of 2007?8 is the direct cause of the crisis of confidence which is affecting almost all the institutions of western representative democracy. The banking collapse was not a natural event, like a tsunami. It was a direct result of man-made systems and artifices which permitted wealth to […]

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The Re-Opening of the Swedish Assange Case Should Be Welcomed

That the Swedish investigation into the rape allegation against Julian Assange is being re-opened is something that ought to be welcomed. The alternative would be for this accusation to hang unresolved over Julian’s head forever. The Swedish prosecutors now need finally, as my father used to say, either to piss or get off the pot. […]

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Joanna Cherry

She will not thank me for saying it, but I have for some time been strongly of the view that Joanna Cherry is the leader that Scotland needs to take Scotland on its historic final step to regaining Independence. It is plain to me that the Establishment believes so too, and that is the reason […]

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How to Refuse an Honour from the Queen ? to Her Face

Scores of principled people have refused honours from the Queen. Very few have ever been called on to explain why in person. This is discussed along with many less lighthearted episodes from my life, in this long interview with Alex Salmond. Part 2 next week. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=419190051967230 —————————————— Unlike our adversaries including the Integrity Initiative, the […]

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The Real Muellergate Scandal

Robert Mueller is either a fool, or deeply corrupt. I do not think he is a fool. I did not comment instantly on the Mueller Report as I was so shocked by it, I have been waiting to see if any other facts come to light in justification. Nothing has. I limit myself here to […]

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A Peculiar Request

That request had limited success – many thanks to those who tried. But it did lead my sister Celia to dig out this old photo of us, I think Hogmanay at home in South Queensferry in 1978, and I like it so much I thought I would publish it. This is a rather strange admin […]

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The Arrest of Manny Singh

On Saturday, I was an eye-witness to Manny Singh, organiser of the huge pro-Independence demonstration through Glasgow, co-operating efficiently and respectfully with the police in keeping order and protecting public safety, and in making sure the event was a joyous family occasion, successful and enjoyed by everyone. That included Manny liaising regularly with the most […]

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Wings over Scotland

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The British Job

The Vicar Of Braying
The Herald has a story this morning about the Secretary of State for Scotland, a man who readers may recall promising that Scotland would benefit financially from the UK government’s £1.5bn bung to the DUP (which then didn’t happen), and threatening to resign over Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement (which he didn’t do, then denied ever saying), …

How to be goodest at numberology
Ruth Davidson led on numeracy (or as Tories call it, “numberacy”) at FMQs today. And we can see why she’s concerned. Because the party’s big line of attack yesterday was this: And, well, those numbers need some work. Because there are only 6,788 convicted criminals in Scottish prisons AT ALL. We know that around 1000 of …

Last Call
Click the image or here to go to the fundraiser page. Click here to donate directly by other means. . Total at 8am, 17 May: £104,312. Last 24 hours: £1,473 (Includes donations from all sources) . When we launched our 2018 crowdfunder, more than 14 months ago, we said “this is probably the last time we?re going to …

Mummy?s back

The meaning of power
We see that “giving you chores to do and calling it a present” is back: Sigh. As we’ve been pointing out ever since it was first mooted, the “assignation” of VAT receipts to the Scottish Government is neither a power nor a gift, but a trap. Holyrood will not have the ability to alter VAT in any …

Spilt black milk
Last week, Norway rubbed our faces in it again. In just THREE MONTHS, the investment return alone from its national oil fund was around £64 billion – more money than the total annual budget of Scotland, including both Scottish Government spending and money spent by the UK “on our behalf”. (If you click that link, …

At midnight all the agents
On Saturday, for the second year in a row, there was a huge and joyous independence march through the centre of Glasgow, which passed off with no incidents, arrests or disturbances despite attempted provocation from a small handful of abusive Unionist bigots led by a Holocaust denier. Most of the Sunday papers carried largely neutral …

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European elections 2019: Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland can stay in EU
The SNP leader says voting for her party in the European elections is a chance to "make Scotland's voice heard".


Barlinnie prison operating at more than 40% over capacity
Overcrowding fears grow as the prison's occupancy rose consistently each month in 2019 to almost 450 over its capacity.


Ice cream ban near Farage Edinburgh campaign rally
McDonald's staff in Edinburgh were told not to sell milkshakes or ice cream following a spate of throwing incidents.


Labour-Tory Brexit talks end without deal
Jeremy Corbyn says discussions "have gone as far as they can", while Theresa May calls them "difficult".


Are Joanna Cherry's claims of SNP 'infighting' true?
What's behind Joanna Cherry's claims of "back-stabbing" and "infighting" in the SNP?


Plans to restrict 12-month prison sentences published
If agreed courts will have to explain why prison terms of less than a year were imposed on those convicted of a crime.


Scotland-wide construction worker shortage warn experts
Bricklayers and joiners are among the trades with the biggest shortfall in trained workers says industry group.


Clinical waste from Scotland to be sent to Wales
Hospital waste is to be sent to Wrexham after the collapse of a clinical waste firm based in Lanarkshire.


Councillor suspended over 'inappropriate' online comments
Scotland's only openly transgender councillor is sanctioned for "disrespectful conduct" in online posts.


Holyrood committee backs Scottish smacking ban bill
Holyrood's equalities committee backs a bill aiming to give children "equal protection from assault".


Ruth Davidson: Scotland should 'move on' from referendums
The Scottish Conservatives put "respect for referendum results" at the heart of their election campaign.


EU elections: Change UK's lead candidate in Scotland quits
David Macdonald urges voters to back the Lib Dems instead of the party he was selected to stand for.

Scot Goes Pop

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

The annual Eurovision post
Well, actually there are usually several annual Eurovision posts - this is the first year since starting the blog in 2008 that I haven't posted predictions for the two semi-finals.  But don't worry...


Ruth Davidson's campaign pitch is just sooooo 2017
So I received my official Ruth Davidson's Conservatives Election Communication through the door this morning, and a few points leap out at me...* They seem to have entirely given up on voters with ...

Could Ruth Davidson be facing an ABRUPT END to her political career? SHOCK Y...
Every day seems to bring word of a poll showing even more progress for the Brexit Party, and the latest from YouGov is no exception.Britain-wide voting intentions for Westminster (YouGov):Conservat...

Opinium poll suggests Farage has a chance of becoming Prime Minister
It's not very often that Nicola Sturgeon tweets about a Britain-wide opinion poll, and I was initially slightly puzzled as to why she singled out ("it's time for independence, Scotland") today's ne...

Hats off to Haddington as SNP give Ruth Davidson's Tories the FRIGHT OF THEIR...
So this is more like it, after the slight disappointment of the by-election in Dundee last week. Haddington and Lammermuir isn't particularly SNP territory - the party finished third in the ward (...

An all-out independence push would have been better, but 'Stop Brexit' is sti...
There were two obvious possibilities for the SNP's pitch in the European elections - they could either make it all about independence and seek a 'quadruple lock mandate' for an independence referen...

Last call to register to vote in the European elections
It's 7pm as I write this, so you now have only a few hours left to register to vote in the European elections (that is, if you aren't already registered as a result of responding to the household e...

On the subject of "monetising the Yes movement"...
You're probably aware by now that the ostensibly pro-indy journalist Neil Mackay has been at it again.  Not content with his proposal a few days ago that would essentially make it impossible for Ye...

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Anyone else missing the show
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Thank you from the Netherlands! Our crew and cast had a wonderful time in Sco...
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Brexit: Endgame - The Hidden Money, with Stephen Fry
Video Relevance to Scotland? We've just had Farage over in Edinburgh, and EU elections are coming up which are being portrayed as a proxy for a second EU Ref. This may not be the strongest video of...

Burger King on Twitter | Dear people of Scotland. We?re selling milkshakes al...
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How many Keith's are in your Country??
Doing some family research and was wondering if what I'm finding is accurate. I'm from America and my last name is Keith. Is there any famous people from Scotland with the last name of Keith? Someo...

2019 Brexit Nigel Farage - Scottish pro-independence voters
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Rainy walk
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Your black pudding is nicer than any of our Irish black pudding
Stornoway pudding has ruined all other black pudding for me. You lucky, jammy bastards, submitted by /u/IrishSchmirish

Josh Taylor secures first world title with points victory against Ivan Baranchyk
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Right. Time to go Scotland.
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Crime statistics?
Is there anywhere official that I can check crime statistics by postcode in Scotland? There's a government one for England and Wales, can't seem to find a Scottish one. Thanks. submitted by /...

Ruth Davidson to go back to Theresa May over LGBT promise for Northern Ireland
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Figuring out citizenship - Parents emigrated from Scotland to Canada
Hey folks, With the whole Brexit debacle drudging on I've been looking into to getting my citizenship sorted in the next few months. I am just at a loss of where to start. My parents emigrated to...

What's Blairgowrie like?
Hi folks, So I've gotten a job in Blairgowrie starting in August, and will have to move there shortly before. Anyone have an idea what it's like there? Is it scenic? rundown? Nice to live in? Got ...

Daily Record

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Toxic NHS waste fears as Labour politicians object to Lanarkshire treatment p...
MP Hugh Gaffney and Labour MSP Monica Lennon have both written to North Lanarkshire Council expressing concerns over NHS disposal plans.


Italian mum of two who lives in Scotland told she could be deported after Brexit
Nursery worker Corinna Sala has been only granted 'limited leave' despite living in Scotland for over five years.


Scottish voters urged to stop Brexit Party with only SNP polling above them f...
Nigel Farage's  band of former Ukipper are on track to get two MEPs in Scotland unless voters rally behind Remain parties.


If you think Nigel Farage is a 'man of the people' here's one word of warning...
John Niven warns voters that Nigel Farage would let your family starve if it made him and his cronies an extra penny.


Brexit Party pushes Tories into third place in polling for general election
Nigel Farage's newly-formed party is out in front in EU voting intentions and second behind Labour for Westminster vote.


Nicola Sturgeon insists No voters and Brexiteers should back SNP in European ...
The First Minister brazenly claimed both those opposed to the break-up of Britain and in favour of leaving the EU should support her party in Thursday?s vote.


Vulnerable Scot's benefits withdrawn - leaving him without food - because he ...
The horrific case emerged after Citizens Advice Scotland went to the United Nations with their concerns over the rollout of the controversial Universal Credit.


'Tommy Robinson is a Nazi' Far-right EDL founder shouted down by Scots activi...
Paul Jenkins, 50, from Kilmarnock, confronted Tommy Robinson as part of a counter-demonstration.


Nigel Farage sneaks into Edinburgh Brexit event and dodges protesters
Dozens of people turned up to heckle Farage after anti-racism protesters organised a demo outside capital's Corn Exchange.


SNP infighting more like Game of Thrones plot than conduct of political party
Dundee West MP Chris Law is accused of failing to protect one of his party's councillors from bullies.

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

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.

I?d Say That Is A ?No?
If we take this Irish advert for the rugby as a hint, then it could be the case that the Irish  might not be too keen to be reincorporated into the UK, a thing which several English commentators and politicians have been suggesting recently.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
independence - self-determination - autonomy

The End of Operation Arse
It’s clear that Operation Arse has failed. In its failure it’s exposed two clear truths: one that the influence of Ruth Davidson at a UK level is vastly over-inflated; second that the popularity of Boris Johnson in England is greatly under-estimated (as this YouGov poll for The Times shows.) The argument that Boris Johnson, the …

Our Political Shambles from Across the Pond
Bonnie Prince Bob – @nonideefixe is disillusioned in New York. I?m in Brooklyn right now, in a place called Bed-Stuy, it?s holding out to gentrification (just) but will ultimately, just like the surrounding areas, succumb completely to Hipster twattery. Biggie Smalls, Ol? Dirty Bastard and Jay-Z all came from here and Spike Lee?s ?Do The …

Sea Change: Climate Emergency, Jobs and Managing the Phase-Out of UK Oil and ...
A landmark report by Friends of the Earth Scotland and Oil Change International reveals, for the first time, the climate impact of North Sea oil and gas extraction, and urges the governments to prioritise a job-creating energy transition. The report lays out in the starkest terms the simple reality that the UK?s oil and gas …

5G Trade Wars: the US Empire Strikes Back
This past week the US-China trade war went ballistic. Remember these are the two largest economies on the planet. Let?s unpick what is happening. Yes, geopolitics is involved but the deeper reality is a battle over markets and profits. And the name of that battle is 5G. 5G is the so-called fifth generation of mobile …

Police Spies in Scotland ? We Need a Public Inquiry
Should the police be allowed to perform illegal surveillance, operate under false identities and form relationships and even impregnate peaceful activists in Scotland but not in England Wales? We?ve covered the Scottish dimension of the #SpyCops scandal here, here and here  – but a report out today published by the Scottish Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance …

White Noise
In a week when, miraculously, the Sunday Mail came out urging voters to vote Green in Scotland, it’s worth reflecting on the relationship between media and politics. I say “miraculously” not because the Scottish Green party doesn’t deserve support, it does, but because the Sunday Mail hasn’t created a reputation for far-sighted ecological politics and …

Dream State
Twenty years ago we voted in the first elections for the new Scottish Parliament and witnessed the opening of Holyrood with hope and expectation. Much of that seems lost now but is worth re-kindling. A familiar claim after the 1979 debacle was that a resurgent Scottish literature helped carry the fire for self-determination. In his …

The pellet with the poison?s in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from ...
The responsibility for VAT is being transferred, but not the rights that go with it. John S Warren explores the problem. Fury, outrage and righteous indignation are the everyday currency of politics in Scotland, especially among the opposition political parties. The result is daily politics is now conducted by a mixture of bombast and accusation. …

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Glasgow School of Art hits back at MSPs' criticism over fires
School says politicians failed to get answers from contractor, as new photos of damage releasedThe chair of the Glasgow School of Art has accused MSPs of a ?jaw-dropping? failure to interrogate the building contractor that was responsible for the Mackintosh building when it was gutted by a second...

Vote SNP even if you?re against independence, Sturgeon urges Scots
First minister appeals to pro-European voters to send anti-Brexit message in EU pollNicola Sturgeon has urged voters across Scotland to support the SNP in next week?s EU elections ?whether you?re for or against independence?, to send a convincing message about the country?s opposition to Brexit.W...

UK will face either no-deal or no Brexit if MPs vote down withdrawal agreemen...
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsNo 10 hints Commons vote on Brexit deal is make or break for MayPMQs verdict: Corbyn wins as May works out her noticeAnalysis: what are challenges facing the PM?s bill 5.01pm BST Pi...

Change UK in Scottish setback as candidate backs Lib Dems
European election candidate says he believes party is splitting remain voteYour guide to the European electionsThe pro-remain Change UK party has suffered an embarrassing setback in Scotland after its lead candidate in the European elections urged voters to back the Liberal Democrats.David Macdon...

Anti-Brexit feeling expected to help SNP in European elections
Polls show Labour and Tories losing votes over Brexit in Scotland, elections expert saysThe element of ?scunner? ? a Scottish word for disgust or dislike ? will be powerful among Scottish voters in next week?s EU elections, according to the MEP Alyn Smith, who has represented the Scottish Nationa...

We ignore poverty and visit ruin on the planet. But I have a plan? | Kevin Mc...
If Nicola Sturgeon is serious about making Scotland carbon-neutral, she should read my modest proposalPerhaps there?s a reason why still too few of us pay heed to warnings about how we are killing the planet by cruel and unusual methods. How can you persuade people to stop endangering other speci...

Second Brexit referendum would be doing SNP's work, Boris Johnson claims
Ex-minister hits out at campaigners pushing for a fresh vote Boris Johnson has accused supporters of a second Brexit referendum of ?doing the work of the Scottish National party? by making a second Scottish independence vote more likely and threatening the union.In a speech in Aberdeen on Friday,...

SNP faces fines for data protection breach after election mailing error
Party refers itself to ICO after voters receive campaign letters not addressed to themThe Scottish National party faces being fined for a breach of data protection laws after sending out tens of thousands of European election mailings to the wrong addresses.The Information Commissioner?s Office c...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Fooling us once, twice, three times
Nigel Farage was in Edinburgh yesterday, and had to have the polis ask McDonalds not to sell milkshakes. Milkshakes have become the new weapon of choice against the pretensions of the extreme right. Throwing a milkshake on a right wing extremist has the same effect as garlic on Christopher Lee in a Dracula movie. He …

Wee Ginger Dugcast ? 17 May 2019
A slightly belated upload of Friday’s Wee Ginger Dugcast as I have only just got home from doing a talk for the local SNP branch in Alyth. A big thank you to Fiona and Graeme for their hospitality. The editor Callum Baird is on holiday this week, so I chat with The National journalist Stewart …

The three sham egos of Brexit
Cheer up. Yes, it’s all a complete mess. Yes, the UK is going to hell in a handbasket. Yes, the Labour and Conservative parties are so consumed by their short term manoeuvring that they don’t care that the entire UK is about to be consumed by the bonfire of Brexit’s vanities. Yes, the bool in …

Preserving our values
Long long ago, back in the distant days of 2014 when Labour dinosaurs still stalked the Earth, or at least stalked Central Scotland, we were told that Scotland needed to vote to stay under Westminster rule because we benighted Caledonians require the tender mercies of the British state to provide us with the best possible …

Wee Ginger Dugcast with Elaine C Smith
Welcome to the 10 May edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast where Callum and I are chatting with our very special guest, Elaine C Smith. We talk about Voices for Scotland, Elaine’s own journey to Yes, and much more besides. My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices. Containing the best articles from …

The value of emotion
There’s been a lot of justified anger this week. Partly it’s a symptom of an SNP leadership which many feel is at risk of becoming out of touch, managerial, and tone deaf to the sensibilities of the wider independence movement. Partly it’s the febrile atmosphere of Brexit, which has produced a political uncertainty and British …

Some friendly advice to the SNP leadership
It’s been a long standing policy of this blog that I don’t criticise other independence supporters. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I agree with them. I frequently disagree with the SNP, with the Greens, with other pro-independence bloggers, organisations, or groups. But I usually keep quiet. I keep quiet because it’s important that we remain …

A proper conversation about online behaviour
If we’re going to talk about bad behaviour and abusive and threatening language in online discourse, and what to do about it, we need to do it properly.  That means that we can’t isolate out bad behaviour from independence supporters online and claim that there’s a specific problem proper only to one side in Scotland’s …

The National

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Revealed: The gender gap in Scotland's schools
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Susan Aitken: Glasgow can be engine room of an independent Scotland
GLASGOW?S reinvention in recent decades has been nothing short of remarkable.

SNP call on BBC to refer itself to Ofcom to allow probe into Question Time
SNP depute leader Keith Brown has called upon the BBC to refer itself to broadcasting regulator OFCOM to allow them to hold an independent investigation after the latest edition of Question Time, filmed in Elgin, featured five well-known Moray Conservatives in the audience.

Ian Blackford: What sort of Prime Minister would Boris Johnson make?
NICOLA Sturgeon launched the SNP?s manifesto for the European elections in Glasgow on Friday. She set out a positive, progressive, European future for Scotland. One which makes crystal clear that Scotland?s not for Brexit ? Scotland is for Europe.

Police, protesters and a ban on ice cream ... a night at the Brexit Party
POLICE, protesters and a carpet ban on milkshakes were all in place on Friday night for the arrival of Nigel Farage at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.

Andrew Tickell: Political ambition of Boris Johnson says it all
A MODEST proposal. When teenage kids are lined up in school for their booster vaccines, medics should ask each child the following simple question: ?Do you want to be prime minister when you are older?? Most of the youngsters, heads well screwed on, will pass on the opportunity to star as the main attraction in the live-action vivisection. There are, after all, other more ordinary ways to ruin ...

The European Elections: Your guide to what the parties promise
The elections are this week. Here's what you need to know about the parties vying for seats...

Michael Russell: Make your voice count in these European elections
AS we go into the polling station on Thursday to cast our European election ballots, each of us should ? if only for a brief moment ? pause to give thanks for an election in which few of us ever expected to be involved.

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

The Death of Tory England and the Decline of The Spectator
The Death of Tory England and the Decline of The Spectator Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 15th 2019 For eighteen years I have subscribed to and enjoyed reading The Spectator magazine. But under Fraser Nelson?s editorship from 2009 the magazine has slowly and irrevocably gone downhill and into the gutter. Gone are the days when …

The coming of age of the Scottish Parliament ? but has power shifted to the p...
The coming of age of the Scottish Parliament ? but has power shifted to the people? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, May 8th 2019 Twenty years ago last Monday Scotland went to the polls in the first democratic elections to the Scottish Parliament. This coming Sunday marks the anniversary of the first session of that Parliament …

Who postponed the future? Why the power of nostalgia can hurt us all
Who postponed the future? Why the power of nostalgia can hurt us all Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 30th 2019 Last week I attended a talk about one of the seminal bands of late 1970s Britain – Joy Division – where the author and cultural commentator Jon Savage discussed at an event run by Monorail, …

The importance of hearing the sounds of silence
The importance of hearing the sounds of silence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 24th 2019 Art Garfunkel performed in Glasgow on Easter Sunday; in an age filled with what seems to be incessant noise, it has never been more critical than to listen to seek out, and listen to, the sounds of silence. Despite everything, …

Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration
Dundee and the Limits of Cultural Regeneration Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 17th 2019 Dundee is the talk of the town. The once forgotten city of Scotland ? certainly in the eyes of the Glasgow and Edinburgh chatterati ? is now widely celebrated and recognised. It is winning piles of awards and attention, the latest …

How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football?
How can we change the declining fortunes of Scottish football? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 10th 2019 Scottish football last week witnessed the regular circus of an Old Firm match. It was the usual pantomime of bad feeling and nastiness, with two Rangers players sent off and Celtic captain Scott Brown assaulted. Both clubs, Rangers …

History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important?
History cannot be written in stone: Why are public statues important? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 2nd 2019 In recent years, from US campuses to towns to the UK, public statues have increasingly become a subject of heated debate and controversy. From Charlottesville in the US where one protestor was killed, to Cecil Rhodes in …

Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith
Standing Up to Child Sex Abuse: The Story of David Steel and Cyril Smith Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 27th 2019 The mantra of the current age is that we take child sex abuse seriously. We listen to victims, we respect them, and we act on allegations, knowing how difficult and painful it is for …

 

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence only possible after Brexit, says Nigel Farage - The Ind...
Scottish independence only possible after Brexit, says Nigel Farage  The IndependentNigel Farage has made a pitch for SNP voters saying Scottish independence would only be possible if the UK first leaves the European Union.

Want Scottish independence? Vote Brexit Party - Spiked
Want Scottish independence? Vote Brexit Party  SpikedOf all the odd experiences I've had amid the current political turmoil in British politics, standing on Princes Street in Edinburgh handing out leaflets with Nigel ...

Brexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence - The New Republic
Brexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence  The New RepublicMeet the other group of secession-minded nationalists in Britain: A few hundred miles north of where the details of Brexit continue to be debated, members of the ...

Sturgeon wants Scottish independence referendum by 2021 - BBC News
Sturgeon wants Scottish independence referendum by 2021  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence by 2021 if the country is taken out of the EU. The first minister told ...

European elections 2019: Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland can stay in EU - BBC News
European elections 2019: Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland can stay in EU  BBC NewsNicola Sturgeon has insisted there is a "real chance" for Scotland to stay part of the EU as she launched the SNP's manifesto for the European elections.

SNP hit back at Tony Blair claims on Scottish independence - The Scotsman
SNP hit back at Tony Blair claims on Scottish independence  The ScotsmanThe SNP has rejected comments made by Tony Blair in which the former prime minister claimed Scottish independence was as ?foolish? as the UK leaving the ...

Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent' - BBC ...
Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent'  BBC NewsTheresa May's deputy has said the Scottish Parliament will not be given the power to hold an independence referendum by 2021. Cabinet Office Minister David ...

Thousands march in Glasgow to support Scottish independence - DW (English)
Thousands march in Glasgow to support Scottish independence  DW (English)In the first rally since First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted another vote on Scottish independence, tens of thousands of people marched in support in ...

SNP

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Scots will suffer until SNP ends EU love-in - The Times
Scots will suffer until SNP ends EU love-in  The TimesBrexit: Jim Sillars says it's "impossible" to vote for pro-EU SNP  The ScotsmanWillie Rennie warning to Remainers over ?ill-advised? backing for SNP  ExpressScotland won't be independent within EU, says Farage  The GuardianScottish voters urged to stop Brexit Party with only SNP polling above them for EU election  Daily RecordView full cover...

Senior SNP source: Joanna Cherry is the 'Boris' of the Yes movement - HeraldS...
Senior SNP source: Joanna Cherry is the 'Boris' of the Yes movement  HeraldScotlandA SENIOR SNP MP who is at the centre of bullying allegations in her own office is the "Boris" of the Yes movement, according to a senior?

Nicola Sturgeon's EU manifesto launch address - SNP
Nicola Sturgeon's EU manifesto launch address  SNPThis SNP manifesto sets out a positive, progressive, European future for Scotland. It makes clear our determination to stay in the EU. It sets out how we will?

SNP accused of ?spinning? on hospital deaths - Express
SNP accused of ?spinning? on hospital deaths  ExpressSNP ministers have been accused of ?spin over substance? after doubts emerged over a much-lauded fall in hospital death rates. Figures released last week ...

Are Joanna Cherry's claims of SNP 'infighting' true? - BBC News
Are Joanna Cherry's claims of SNP 'infighting' true?  BBC NewsAn SNP MP has hit out at party "infighting" after claims of "back-stabbing" and "politically motivated smears". What is the Joanna Cherry row all about, and what ...

Kevin McKenna: Dysfunctional SNP Westminster group threatens push for indepen...
Kevin McKenna: Dysfunctional SNP Westminster group threatens push for independence  HeraldScotlandYOU can build up a substantial pension pot over two decades of belonging to Scotland's party of government or travelling along on its coat-tails. In the course of ...

SNP call on BBC to refer itself to Ofcom to allow probe into Question Time - ...
SNP call on BBC to refer itself to Ofcom to allow probe into Question Time  The NationalSNP depute leader Keith Brown has called upon the BBC to refer itself to broadcasting regulator OFCOM to allow them to hold an independent?

Anti-Brexit feeling expected to help SNP in European elections - The Guardian
Anti-Brexit feeling expected to help SNP in European elections  The GuardianThe element of ?scunner? ? a Scottish word for disgust or dislike ? will be powerful among Scottish voters in next week's EU elections, according to the MEP Alyn ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Scottish Leader Wants UK Independence Referendum by 2021 - TIME
Scottish Leader Wants UK Independence Referendum by 2021  TIMESturgeon wants Scottish independence referendum by 2021  BBC NewsThe U.K.?If You Can Believe It?May Soon Face Yet Another Referendum  FortuneScottish Leader Calls for Independence Referendum if Britain Leaves the E.U.  The New York TimesSturgeon: Brexit should trigger Scottish independence vote by 2021  POLITICO.euView full coverage ...

Nicola Sturgeon's EU manifesto launch address - SNP
Nicola Sturgeon's EU manifesto launch address  SNPEuropean elections 2019: Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland can stay in EU  BBC NewsQuestion Time audience ERUPTS as spectator TEARS into SNP - ?Govern the country first?  ExpressCould Scotland stay in the EU after Brexit?  The SunNicola Sturgeon tells Scots: Vote for SNP even if you?re against independence  iNewsView full coverage on Google News

Want Scottish independence? Vote Brexit Party - Spiked
Want Scottish independence? Vote Brexit Party  SpikedOf all the odd experiences I've had amid the current political turmoil in British politics, standing on Princes Street in Edinburgh handing out leaflets with Nigel ...

Scottish independence only possible after Brexit, says Nigel Farage - The Ind...
Scottish independence only possible after Brexit, says Nigel Farage  The IndependentNigel Farage has made a pitch for SNP voters saying Scottish independence would only be possible if the UK first leaves the European Union.

Brexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence - The New Republic
Brexit Could Be Turning the Tide for Scottish Independence  The New RepublicMeet the other group of secession-minded nationalists in Britain: A few hundred miles north of where the details of Brexit continue to be debated, members of the ...

Tens of thousands of Scots march in Glasgow to demand second independence ref...
Tens of thousands of Scots march in Glasgow to demand second independence referendum  Euronews EnglishTens of thousands of people took to the streets of Glasgow - the largest city in Scotland - on Saturday (May 4) to demand a second referendum on independence ...

Brexit makes the case for an independent Scotland - Financial Times
Brexit makes the case for an independent Scotland  Financial TimesAt the whim of the Tory party, Scots have been told to surrender their European identity.

Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent' - BBC ...
Scottish independence: UK government 'will not grant indyref2 consent'  BBC NewsTheresa May's deputy has said the Scottish Parliament will not be given the power to hold an independence referendum by 2021. Cabinet Office Minister David ...

Pie and Bovril forum

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The Politics Forum Latest Topics

European Election - 23rd May 2019
With just under two weeks to go I am surprised this doesn?t have a thread of its own. So, who are the P&B masses all voting for?

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 ...

Dundee councillor suspended
Dundee councillor Gregor Murray has been officially censured by the Standards Commission for Scotland for sending abusive messages on Twitter.  Murray was found to have "used terms that were insulting and offensive during a Twitter exchange with a member of the public, on gender issues, in Januar...

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

Natalie McGarry- Again
Agent McGarry once more doing the bidding of her puppet masters in MI5.   http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/650621/MP-faces-legal-action-over-internet-troll-lie

Ruth Davidson.
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A postive case for the union
Anybody got any good arguments to stay in the union Or can they tell me why Scotland can not be a successful Independent country?  

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

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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...

Paintball.. Ever tried it?
Went to a Paintball camp today with my 2 boys. Got all geared up, gun, mask, the whole deal. I am telling you, I got shot I don't know how many times and it fuckin hurt like hell. Loads of fun. Running through the woods like John Rambo. Great fun. I am sure they have it in Scotland somewhere. My ...

Tamb - where did it all go wrong Part II?
Closing 20 page threads now because of one post?

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.

The Brexit Thread
Surely it deserves its own?

The UK negotiating team arrives in Bruxelles.



Royal Family - Rate the burds. Top 3
1. The American girl Meghan 2.  Lady Di, queen of the land mines. 3.  A corgi.   Considering the number of years they?ve been cutting about its pretty slim pickings.   

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...

PDC Darts - Getting Decent Tickets? Advice Please?
I have been to several PDC Darts events such as Premier league (in Glasgow), etc. Have always only been able to get tickets for the arena upper levels which whilst being more affordable and you are in the venue which is OK but you are a fair distance from the action. I would always buy tickets if...

Calton Jock

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Ruth Davidson?s Predilection for Political Bullshit Has exposed Her as a Poli...
        Jun 2016: A Delusional Ruth Davidson reflects On Her short career as a BBC Reporter and even shorter career as an intrepid soldier signaller in the British Army Reserve. Her advice to a group of aspiring journalists: “Keep your personal politics out of your reporting. When I contacted … Continue reading "Ruth Davidson’s Predilection for Political Bullshit Has exposed Her as a Poli...

A Rare Event ? A Tory Condemns Party Policy and Exposes Members Discontent Wi...
          Former Tory MEP Struan Stevenson warns of Brexit farm ‘meltdown’ Stevenson, Tory MEP between 1999-2014 said: “Farmers and landowners, far from benefiting from the Arch-Brexters, much promised new worldwide trade deals will see their markets decline sharply as competition from cheap imports expands. Subsidies will … Continue reading "A Rare Event – A Tory Condemns Party Polic...

An Analysis of the 2014 Smith Commission Report Provides Irrefutable Confirma...
      Devolution powers shelved at the last minute from Smith Commission report New powers were formally committed to in the heavily promoted Unionist “Vow” made in the last few days before the 2014 independence referendum. The Smith Commission Panel subsequently agreed to a full devolution of abortion law, the creation of … Continue reading "An Analysis of the 2014 Smith Commission Report ...

Scottish Politicical Handling of Sexual Harassment Charges ? Tory Party Close...
      Miles Briggs answers sexual harassment charge Miles Briggs, Tory (list) MSP says he has been through a ?living hell? after being cleared of sexual harassment following a party disciplinary hearing into the claims. He insisted that the accusations made by a female worker with another party were ?completely false.? But … Continue reading "Scottish Politicical Handling of Sexual Harassme...

MP Expense Claims Exceed £120 Million Each Year ? Up by 25% ? Many Fall Foul ...
  2 Days ago: Hundreds of MPs’ have their parliamentary credit cards suspended for breaking expenses rules The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), was set up in the wake of the disgraceful expenses scandal 10 years ago. Parliamentary credit cards were introduced for MPs’ following the scandal, to ensure spending could be closely monitored. … Continue reading "MP Expense Clai...

Westminster Officials Personal Expenditure On Their Taxpayer Funded Gold Card...
      August 2011: Voter fury over Gold Card abuse cover-up Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O?Donnell has been blamed by key members of the Government for blocking moves to reveal the true extent of spending on the cards, which are given to officials to pay for their ?expenses?. A cloak of … Continue reading "Westminster Officials Personal Expenditure On Their Taxpayer Funded Gold Cards Exceeds...

The Smith Commission Committed Westminster to Devolving Powers To the Scottis...
      November 2014: Devolution deal for Scotland Lord Smith of Kelvin, praised Scottish political leaders for coming together after a “bruising” referendum, with a reminder that: A cross-party commission had been set up after the unionist parties promised greater powers for Scotland in the event of a no vote in the … Continue reading "The Smith Commission Committed Westminster to Devolving...

Tried and Tested and Successful Secret Services Tactics Designed to Damage Cr...
        The AUOB march in Glasgow last weekend was a tremendous success, in spite of disruptive efforts designed to reduce the impact on the Scottish public by Glasgow District Council the BBC and nearly all of the Scottish media outlets. Another Scottish Independence referendum is scheduled to be held … Continue reading "Tried and Tested and Successful Secret Services Tactics Designed to...

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New resource to help professionals give relationship support to young people

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All 2018 Time Lapse Marches for Scottish Independence.
  #AUOB, Edinburgh, 6 Oct 2018. Time lapse. #ForwardAsOne, Dunfermline, 1 Sep 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dundee, 18 Aug 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Inverness, 28th July 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Bannockburn, 23 June 2018. Time lapse. #AUOB, Dumfries, 2 June 2018 Time lapse. #AUOB, Glasgow, 4 May 2018. Time lapse. #AUOBGlasgow

John Jappy video interviews for download
The wonderful John Jappy passed away in Feburary this year. In 2014 we colaborated with Clan Destiny Films to produce 3 exceptional & powerful short videos with John. Please DOWNLOAD the videos and show those who maybe not connected to internet or are on the fence with Scottish independence. To download just Google: “download youtube…

Politicising our heritage ? the fiasco of Holyrood Park?
The following article is by Catherine Gillies and is republished below with her permission.   I find myself musing endlessly on the current furore over Historic Environment Scotland?s decision not to allow stalls and speeches after the forthcoming All Under One Banner march in Holyrood Park on the grounds that they, as an organisation, are…

Support Alex Salmond #forFairness
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/AlexSalmond I have been a member of the Scottish National Party for 45 years, 20 of them as party leader and seven as First Minister of Scotland. I hope I have done the party and the broader cause of independence some service. Apart from a political spat back in the 1980s, that has been a…

Press conference video & statements: President Quim Torra, Clara Ponsati and ...
Video from press conference at the Principal Hotel, Edinburgh. PRESS STATEMENT1 STATEMENT ISSUED AT PRESS CONFERENCE BY AAMER ANWAR ON BEHALF OF CLARA PONSATI FOLLOWED BY THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY PRESIDENT QUIM TORRA- 11TH JULY 2018 11AM-12PM Good Morning I would like to start by welcoming President of Catalonia Quim Torra and his delegation to…

Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign
What happened? The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of…

Today was the day we said enough
There was an inevitability about what happened in that sham of a democracy they call Westminster. Scotland?s perspective being completely shut out on something as fundamentally important as the EU withdrawal bill is wholly unacceptable as is the power grab of devolved issues that rightfully belong with the Scottish Parliament. How long could democratically elected…

FFS Let?s have a referendum!
The Scottish Parliament is under attack and its power being undermined. Brick by brick the foundations of the little devolved power we have is being eroded and undermined by the very people who promised we would lead the UK if we remained part of it. As a nation we do not have to accept this.…