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Hotelier: Rates will bring down SNP Government
20 Feb 2017 at 7:58am
A LEADING nationalist hotelier has said the business rates backlash will be as fierce as against the Poll Tax and bring down the SNP government.

Yes poll win would put Scotland in EU fast-lane
20 Feb 2017 at 1:51am
Independence could result in quickest entry into the bloc, claim academics

Independence will risk Scottish trade, claims Mandelson
20 Feb 2017 at 8:44am
PETER Mandelson has backed Tony Blair?s claim Brexit has strengthened the argument for Scottish independence.

Labour calls for North Sea assets to be brought into public sector
20 Feb 2017 at 11:24am
Labour is to debate a call for the UK and Scottish governments to bring key North Sea assets into public ownership to prevent oil and gas reserves being "turned off prematurely".

May urges peers not to 'hold up' delivery of Brexit
20 Feb 2017 at 1:36pm
Prime Minister Theresa May has said she does not want to see anyone holding up "what the British people want", as the Brexit Bill goes before the House of Lords.

The Midge: Trump lampooned after talk of Swedish terror attack
20 Feb 2017 at 7:19am
Hello and welcome to The Midge, the e-bulletin that takes a bite out of politics in Scotland and elsewhere. 

Government urged to include Brexit concessions 'on face of the bill'
20 Feb 2017 at 10:00am
Parliament must have on-going involvement in the Brexit negotiations, Labour has warned as the Bill triggering withdrawal from the EU goes before the Lords.

Two senior Ukip officials quit over party's 'insensitivity' about Hillsborough
20 Feb 2017 at 10:06am
Two senior Ukip officials in Liverpool have quit over the party's "crass insensitivity" over the Hillsborough tragedy.

Scottish Enterprise has given over £16.6m to fracking firm since 2009
19 Feb 2017 at 12:10am
A MULTI-NATIONAL company behind plans to bring fracking to Scotland has been awarded over £16 million by the country?s jobs quango in the last eight years.

Former Scottish Tory candidate drops plan for "exposé" on film that sank Davi...
19 Feb 2017 at 12:09am
A FORMER Scottish Tory candidate has abandoned plans to make an ?exposé? of an acclaimed film that charts the fall of disgraced Holocaust denier David Irving.

Scottish Labour to vote on 'people's railway'
19 Feb 2017 at 12:22pm
Scottish Labour members are to vote on proposals to take railways into public ownership at the party's conference.

Jeremy Corbyn comes out fighting ahead of crunch by-elections
19 Feb 2017 at 12:11am
JEREMY Corbyn has accused accused Ukip of "trading on prejudice" on a campaign visit to Stoke ahead of this Thursday's crucial by-election.

Peter Mandelson warns against a 'Brexit at all costs'
19 Feb 2017 at 3:28pm
Peers should "not throw in the towel early" over Brexit, Peter Mandelson has said as he warned ministers they face defeats over key negotiating principles.

Jeremy Corbyn's future will not hang on results of by-elections, says Abbott
19 Feb 2017 at 1:45pm
Jeremy Corbyn will not have to consider his future as Labour leader if his party loses both upcoming by-elections, a shadow cabinet ally has said.

Advocate General for Scotland in row with Law Society over Brexit
19 Feb 2017 at 12:11am
THE UK Government?s chief legal adviser on Scotland has launched an unprecedented attack on the country?s Law Society over its stance on Bexit.



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Scale of world?s food waste revealed - a fifth thrown away
20 Feb 2017 at 2:07pm
Almost a fifth of the world’s food is lost to over-eating and waste, according to a study by the University of Edinburgh.

Eric Gilligan: UK workers? rights on the line
20 Feb 2017 at 10:54am
The European Union has been a major source of the development of workers’ rights in UK employment law.

An independent Scotland could be ?fast-tracked into the EU?
20 Feb 2017 at 9:03am
Leading experts say a Yes vote to leave the UK could result in Scotland having the fastest ever entry to the European Union.

20mph: Final countdown as Edinburgh prepares for new limit
20 Feb 2017 at 8:54am
ThE signs are going up and the days are counting down – it’s nearly time for the next installment of 20mph.

Donald Trump state visit will be debated in Parliament
20 Feb 2017 at 8:32am
The state visit by Donald Trump will be debated in Parliament as protests take place across the UK against the US president.

Scott Reid: Spring Budget to be the calm before the storm
20 Feb 2017 at 8:11am
The first few months of Philip Hammond’s reign as Chancellor have been nothing if not eventful.

Oil reserves off Scottish coast ?may have been missed?
20 Feb 2017 at 7:54am
There could be hidden reserves of oil in gas in Scotland, in areas previously dismissed.

An independent Scotland would face ?Greece-style? austerity cuts
20 Feb 2017 at 7:20am
One of the country’s top economic forecasters has warned that if Scotland becomes independent from the UK it would face a huge budget deficit and be forced to make Greek-style austerity cuts.

Cancer patients in poorest parts of Scotland twice as likely to die
20 Feb 2017 at 6:47am
A “completely unacceptable” cancer survival gap is growing between people living in the most and least deprived parts of Scotland, a charity has warned.

Kirsty Gunn: do we really want to rise up?
20 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Since when did Scotland become so obsessed with Scottishness? It’s a question my mother-in-law put to me at the weekend as we listened to her favourite CD. The CD, a Christmas present from her sister-in-law, is lovely – a rich and comforting collection of old Highland and Border folk songs and airs, a ballad or two, most of the tunes traditional and with words by Burns or taken from the great cache of anonymous poetry from around that time and before.

Brian Wilson: Crunch time now for BBC Alba, a Scottish success story
20 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
The Gaelic TV channel reaches far beyond those who speak the language, and can get even better if it is given proper support says Brian Wilson

Brian Ferguson: Gallery chief?s good job on Monarch of the Glen
20 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Sir John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland, can come across as a quietly-spoken figurehead, but the man in charge of the nation’s art treasures clearly relishes a challenge.

Leader comment: Roads must be transport priority
20 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
There are few more frustrating components of modern life than the traffic jam, sitting there going nowhere is the very definition of a waste of time.

Leader comment: Pushing IS out of territory will not end bloodshed
20 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
So the Iraqi army has begun the push into west Mosul, the Islamic State’s last stronghold in the country. Yesterday Iraqi special forces began an operation involving thousands of soldiers and backed by air strikes from United States aircraft.

Brian Monteith: Blair should keep his counsel to himself
20 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Just as Charles de Gaulle’s large nose and ears were of no consequence to him being the last great Frenchman, so Tony Blair’s perma tan does not impinge on his ability to fashion a reasoned argument. The former prime minister’s lectures, after dinner speeches and consultancies with corporate lobbyists, banks and well-meaning institutes do not mean his comments on Brexit are driven by self-interest to remain in sight of the public eye, maintain brand-Blair and earn millions of dollars as a consequence.

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An auld familiar song
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Feb 2017 at 9:05am
The Scottish media has today leapt all over the front-page lead story from yesterday’s Sunday Times, in which “top economist” Douglas McWilliams of right-wing thinktank the Centre for Economics and Business Research made an apocalyptic prediction of a huge deficit turning an independent Scotland into “a Third World country”. The Express’ customarily restrained coverage is pretty …

In concrete boots
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Feb 2017 at 9:04pm
From today’s Herald: It seems a good time to bring up another piece of our poll data. The “Yes” column, of course, won’t come as much of a surprise. But the fact that 44% of No voters believe most (29%) or all (15%) of the No campaign’s promises to have been broken is perhaps rather …

Before you vote
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
18 Feb 2017 at 11:30am
No.3 in the series: Caroline, originally from Hastings in Sussex, now Edinburgh. Previously: (All clips via the always-excellent Phantom Power Films.)

Spitting the dummy
by Chris Cairns
18 Feb 2017 at 6:55am

Here comes a surprise
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Feb 2017 at 3:54pm
No voters, Leave voters and Labour/Tory voters are more racist than Yes, Remain, Lib Dem and SNP voters. Who could ever have guessed? The former groups all agreed that there was a problem with too much immigration in Scotland. The latter groups all disagreed. It’s that stark, folks. Perhaps the only arguably-unexpected finding was that …

Doublethink of a number
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
17 Feb 2017 at 10:30am
The one great pillar of the argument against Scottish independence – greater than not being allowed into the EU, greater than being forced to barter with beads and potatoes because we wouldn’t have a currency, greater than losing Doctor Who or having the Chinese take their pandas back – is the economy. Scotland is far too …

Every revolution starts with a lone voice
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Feb 2017 at 4:57pm
From these small beginnings shall our ultimate victory come. The votes for “God Save The Queen” being driven by Tories, English-born residents and supporters of a particular football club probably won’t come as the biggest shock in the world to anyone. (Alert viewers will of course have noticed that due to MI5 INTERFERENCE in the poll, …

Dumbing it down for Ruth
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Feb 2017 at 1:29pm
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson managed to make a bit of a balloon of herself earlier this month when she contrived to get THREE fairly key facts wrong in a single tweet about a poll on a second independence referendum. (We’re not sure who the guy in the picture with her is. Probably a colleague.) We suspected …

A close shave
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
16 Feb 2017 at 10:05am
There’s a nice piece in today’s Scottish Sun about one of the findings of our newest Panelbase poll, on who was Scotland’s all-time best First Minister. We thought you’d want a more detailed look at the data behind it. The final result was a little closer than many might have expected, with SNP voters having …

Local colours
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
15 Feb 2017 at 5:36pm
Just for fun. (The combined figure for all football fans, incidentally, is Yes 52% No 48%.)

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What to expect from party conferences
20 Feb 2017 at 10:45am
Scotland's political parties gearing up for their Spring conferences - here's what to expect.

Holyrood committee to review 'hedge rage' legislation
20 Feb 2017 at 12:05am
MSPs are to review legislation aimed at settling "hedge rage" disputes between neighbours over overgrown shrubbery.

Public funding boost for Scotland's fishing sector
20 Feb 2017 at 1:06pm
Public funding totalling £8m is to be used to boost Scotland's fishing sector, it is announced.

Brexit: Lords to begin debating bill to trigger Article 50
20 Feb 2017 at 2:42pm
Opposition peers could seek guarantees on the bill paving the way for the UK to leave EU.

Macmillan warns of cancer 'survival gap' in Scotland
20 Feb 2017 at 9:11am
A cancer survival gap is growing between people living in the most and least deprived parts of Scotland, a charity warns.

Drivers who use mobiles at the wheel face £200 fine
20 Feb 2017 at 8:37am
Drivers are warned not to use their mobile phones at the wheel as penalties are set to double.

Scottish intervention in Article 50 case cost £136,000
18 Feb 2017 at 12:33am
The Scottish government's intervention in the Article 50 court case cost more than £136,000, it is revealed.

Business for Scotland predicts Indyref2 announcement within weeks
19 Feb 2017 at 1:08pm
A prominent Scottish independence campaign group begins a fundraising drive, saying it expects a second referendum to be called within weeks.

Funeral of 'hero' MND campaigner Gordon Aikman is held
19 Feb 2017 at 8:03am
The funeral of prominent motor neurone disease (MND) campaigner Gordon Aikman hears him described as a true hero.

ScotRail payouts to passengers hit £2,000 a day
18 Feb 2017 at 12:32am
ScotRail had to pay out more than £2,000 a day to passengers during a period of disruption to services, it emerges.

Tony Blair says independence case is 'more credible' after Brexit
17 Feb 2017 at 1:20pm
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the context for the pro-Scottish independence campaign is "much more credible" after the vote to leave the EU.

Scottish college lecturers to vote in strike ballot
17 Feb 2017 at 5:06pm
Scottish college lecturers are balloted on industrial action as part of a long-running dispute over a pay deal.

Scot Goes Pop

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Westminster rocked as majority of Scottish public demands second independence...
by James Kelly
17 Feb 2017 at 7:31am
As we've discussed on this blog a number of times, the recent Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times holds the world record for being more distorted more often by more people than any other poll in hu...

Pro-independence vote increases to 46.1% in perspicacious Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
15 Feb 2017 at 1:48pm
It turns out that I was wrong in my guesswork last night - when Panelbase said there was "no real change" in their latest independence poll, what they meant was that there was no change at all.  Ac...

Take your bully-boy tactics elsewhere, Mr Robertson
by James Kelly
15 Feb 2017 at 11:21am
As you may have seen, I wrote a blogpost yesterday that criticised a columnist for joking that Donald Trump should be "kicked in the balls".  I defy anyone to read that post and say it was in any w...

Valentine's vapourisation for doomed Dugdale after devastating Panelbase poll
by James Kelly
14 Feb 2017 at 2:54pm
Someone said to me a couple of weeks ago that I'd be kept busy as May approaches, because of a flurry of opinion polls for the local elections.  I had to explain that dedicated polls for local elec...

No, it's not OK to joke about inflicting violence on Donald Trump. Even Dona...
by James Kelly
14 Feb 2017 at 12:38pm
I've no wish to reignite a dormant feud, but I feel very strongly about this so I'm going to say it anyway.  Last night, a certain radical left columnist said on Twitter that if Donald Trump ever o...

Labour nearly slump to single figures in latest Scottish subsample from ComRes
by James Kelly
12 Feb 2017 at 8:04am
I wouldn't normally post about an individual Scottish subsample from a Britain-wide poll (although I used to do that circa 2009), but it's probably worth making an exception for one from ComRes tha...

Bombshell on BBC bias : BMG poll reveals that less than a quarter of the Scot...
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2017 at 9:43am
As you may have seen overnight, it turns out that the BMG/Herald poll also asked a question about BBC bias against independence.  Because the poll was not commissioned by a pro-independence client,...

To what extent will the next Yes campaign be a "Remain" campaign?
by James Kelly
11 Feb 2017 at 8:12am
There's been a lot of talk in recent days about the UK government 'war-gaming' how things may play out if - as seems increasingly likely - Nicola Sturgeon declares her intention to hold an independ...

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Tories must not claw back the Bedroom Tax when Scotland abolishes it
by /u/tngpc
20 Feb 2017 at 1:04pm
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Alex Salmond in challenge to the Unionists: 'Where's your Vow noo?'
by /u/bottish
20 Feb 2017 at 1:03pm
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Is anyone else worried by the rising tide of North Korea-style nationalism in...
by /u/124876720
20 Feb 2017 at 12:39pm
Just looking at Scottish politics over the last few years, its disturbing how much a narrow nationalism has disfigured Scottish politics, with an undercurrent of violent imagery and ridiculous paen...

Yoga in kilts...
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20 Feb 2017 at 12:23pm
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North Sea infrastructure must be saved by state to protect industry future [S...
by /u/abz_eng
20 Feb 2017 at 11:40am
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Study reveals Aberdeen third most congested city in UK
by /u/abz_eng
20 Feb 2017 at 11:28am
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Yes poll win would put Scotland in EU fast-lane, academics claim
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20 Feb 2017 at 10:24am
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11 Munros to try within two hours of the Central Belt
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20 Feb 2017 at 9:35am
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Areas of oil and gas off Scotland 'may have been missed' - BBC News - [Rockall]
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20 Feb 2017 at 12:36am
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Visiting Scotland with my girlfriend
by /u/jlat9
19 Feb 2017 at 9:33pm
I am planning a trip to Scotland with my girlfriend and we're landing in Edinburgh at the end of May. So far, we have decided to stay 4 or 5 days in Edinburgh (most likely in hostels) and then goin...

What's on and tourist advice thread - week beginning February 20, 2017
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20 Feb 2017 at 12:12am
Welcome to the weekly what's on and tourist advice thread! Do you know of any local events taking place this week that other redditors might be interested in? Are you planning a trip to Scotland ...

William Hill first bookies to back Yes vote for Indyref2
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19 Feb 2017 at 11:51pm
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National Library of Scotland maps exhibition
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19 Feb 2017 at 10:35pm
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Anyone watch SS-GB?
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19 Feb 2017 at 10:31pm
Absolutely chilling. They kept saying how there was still fighting in the north, which I'm assuming means up here. So how did yous all like it? submitted by /u/1RedReddit [comments...

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Give us the powers to finally get rid of the bedroom tax for good
by Nicola Sturgeon
20 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Nicola Sturgeon wants the Scottish Government to be given the powers to abolish the tax, which would affect 70,000 households in Scotland.

Europol is key to ending sex trafficking - Record View
by Record View
20 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Record View says that while the full extent of sex trafficking in Scotland is unknown, it's vital we catch those behind it.

JeSuisIKEA: Donald Trump's bizarre Sweden 'terror' reference sparks spoof Twi...
by Natalie Evans
20 Feb 2017 at 4:44am
The President referenced an immigration-related security incident in Sweden that never happened and the internet did what it does best

Civil servants take Brexit negotiating 'masterclasses' amid fears lack of exp...
by David Clegg
19 Feb 2017 at 8:55pm
Staff are also being sent on 'first aid mental health' training, plus classes on economic cost benefit analysis as bosses worry about the scale of the challenge.

Second independence referendum ?weeks away? from being called
by Paul Ward
19 Feb 2017 at 4:28pm
Prominent Scottish independence campaign group Business for Scotland says it is getting 'back in full campaign mode' for a vote in 2018.

'Hi mum, I'm on the telly!': Excited Trump supporters get their moment of fam...
by Henrik Brandt
19 Feb 2017 at 3:57pm
The US President was speaking at a rally in Florida when a couple of his supporters decided to steal the limelight.

Ukip pledge to boot out sleazy former boss over sex phone calls to women
by Mark Aitken
19 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
Arthur "Misty" Thackeray admitted committing 10 sexual offences between October 2007 and December 2015 involving 10 women.

Ukip will probably been in need of a new leader soon, thinks John Niven
by John Niven
19 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
The Ukip leadership is a job with very demanding qualifications: A tiny-minded pro-life, anti-climate change, anti-NHS, pro-hanging racist who lies pathologically.

Watch in full: Tony Blair's dramatic comeback speech urging Britain to rise u...
by Paul Cockerton
17 Feb 2017 at 1:27pm
The former prime minister said voters had backed leaving the EU without knowing the true cost and should have the opportunity to change their minds

15 absurd moments from Donald Trump's jaw-dropping press conference
by Mikey Smith
17 Feb 2017 at 10:12am
Donald Trump reportedly walked into the Oval Office yesterday morning and said: "Let's hold a press conference today."This is what happened next

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 ? 1
by michaelgreenwell
20 Feb 2017 at 11:00am
The first in the new series by the excellent Phantom Power.

Marching On
by michaelgreenwell
19 Feb 2017 at 3:15pm
The National ran a story yesterday regarding the next big Indy March in Glasgow… ACTIVISTS planning a pro-independence march face a five-figure security bill after council bosses ordered them to pay professional guards. I have underlined some important parts here… Organisers say 5,000 people attended the last March for Independence organised by All Under One …

Scottish Independence Podcast 146 ? Murray, Orr & Harvie
by michaelgreenwell
16 Feb 2017 at 10:06pm
First of all, a huge thank you to all of you who donated in our little fundraiser. You’ve secured the podcast for another year and we’re very grateful. Episode 146 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention and has a couple of little bonuses thrown …

That Small Fundraiser Time of Year Again
by michaelgreenwell
11 Feb 2017 at 10:38pm
Once a year, the podcast has to pay a bill. As I said this time last year… With these podcasts I try (or have to try) to keep the direct costs as low as possible and I generally keep it down to the following Internet bill A decent new set of headphones with microphone every …

Scottish Independence Podcast 145 Stewart Kirkpatrick & Sarah Beattie-Smith
by michaelgreenwell
9 Feb 2017 at 12:29pm
Episode 145 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. This time round there are two talks. The first was given by Stewart Kirkpatrick, former Digital Operations Manager for Yes Scotland, and the second by Sarah Beattie-Smith of the Green Party and Women For Indy. Hope …

Scottish Independence Podcast 144 ? Cat Boyd & Yes 2
by michaelgreenwell
2 Feb 2017 at 6:53pm
Episode 144 of the Scottish Independence Podcast continues the series of talks given at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. This time round there are two talks. The first was given by  Cat Boyd and the second by the people from Yes 2  – Tony McCandless and John McHarg. Hope you enjoy. You can download here …

New Podcast Feature
by michaelgreenwell
29 Jan 2017 at 7:13pm
Regular listeners will know that on the podcasts I have always tried to put on a range of guests as broad as the independence movement. I say “tried” because often people can’t come on because of prior engagements or are too nervous about sitting down to do an interview of half an hour or an …

Scottish Independence Podcast 143 -Richard Walker on the Scottish Media & Ind...
by michaelgreenwell
26 Jan 2017 at 12:15pm
Episode 143 of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk given by Richard Walker (interviewed in episode 135)  at the recent Scottish Independence Convention. Richard is now the consulting editor of The National, but was also involved in the formation of that paper and the decision made at the Sunday Herald to begin openly supporting …

Bella Caledonia

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I Still Believe in Miracles
by Bella Caledonia Editor
20 Feb 2017 at 10:46am
On Sunday 100 protestors gathered at Inverleith House in Edinburgh to challenge what has been described as a work of cultural and civic vandalism – the closure of the space as a full-time contemporary art gallery. The protest organises under the banner ‘I Still Believe’, the title of the protest comes from a text work created by …

The Joy of Six
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Feb 2017 at 9:37pm
The cancellation of the Scottish Six broadcast is the end of one of Scotland’s longest-running media sagas. It’s an issue that used to be a central aspiration of the Scottish democracy movement. It’s not just about a lens through which we see the world, but a lens through which the world sees us. As recently …

Of Blair and Brexit
by Bella Caledonia Editor
19 Feb 2017 at 10:01am
Judging by the response so far in the newspapers and online, Tony Blair?s attempt at intervention on Friday morning in the headlong rush to Full English Brexit – or what he called, ?Brexit At All Costs,? his call to neo-liberal arms – has been still born, poisoned by the toxicity of both his legacy as …

It is now time for Scotland?s MP?s to declare Scotland?s Independence
by Bella Caledonia Editor
18 Feb 2017 at 9:52am
Many Scots have increasingly become more aware, if they needed to be, that the 56 SNP MP?s elected to Westminster in May 2015 are wasting their time there, and wasting Scotland?s time. Scotland?s MP?s appear to have become more interested in process in the UK&EVEL parliament than in Scotland?s nationhood. Yet it matters little what …

Impulse Mixtape
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Feb 2017 at 9:03pm
The third of our new weekly mixtapes for your weekend. This week from Halina Rifai from @glasgowpodcart. Check out Leo Condie’s here and the Barrastinian’s here. . Sleevenotes: “I wanted to make a playlist of songs that were based on impulse. By that, I mean that the songs all have something in them that make …

Journey to Yes #3
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Feb 2017 at 6:13pm
The next in the series by Phantom Power featuring people who have changed their minds since 2014. Caroline is a business woman who lives in Edinburgh and is originally from Sussex. Likes(49)Dislikes(4)

The Right Honourable Liar Carmichael and the problem of Fake News
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Feb 2017 at 10:52am
This is my submission to the Westminster Culture Media and Sport Committee’s enquiry into ‘Fake News’ Before the 2015 General Election, a Scotland Office official leaked a story claiming that Nicola Sturgeon had told the French Ambassador, Sylvie Bermann, that she favoured the Conservatives to win. An enquiry was launched into the leak. Alistair Carmichael …

Trump Turns it Up
by Bella Caledonia Editor
17 Feb 2017 at 10:43am
“Political chaos is connected with the decay of language” said the bragaddocious George Orwell. It’s difficult to keep pace with the craziness but one shining light was the thought that Robert Harward dropped out of running for National Security Advisor after watching Trump’s press conference, (and presumably after realising he’d be a security advisor excluded …

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Britain starting to reassess US as an ally, Scottish Tory leader says
by Frances Perraudin
17 Feb 2017 at 10:30am
Ruth Davidson?s remarks about whether US can be considered reliable ally under Trump contrast with official UK policyBritain is beginning to reassess how reliable an ally the US is, the Scottish Conservative party leader, Ruth Davidson, has said, in comments that contrast starkly with the officia...

Scottish Tories accuse SNP of seeking to weaponise Brexit vote
by Frances Perraudin
13 Feb 2017 at 6:38pm
Ruth Davidson says nationalists have been ?cranking up the grievance machine? in hope of new independence bidThe Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson, has accused the SNP of copying the tactics of the leave campaign and seeking to ?weaponise Brexit? in an attempt to boost support for Scottish inde...

Independent Scotland 'would have to apply for EU membership'
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
10 Feb 2017 at 6:00am
European commission reasserts that Scotland would have no automatic right to being part of EU if it voted to leave UKA senior EU official has cast doubt over claims that an independent Scotland could automatically join the EU or inherit the UK?s membership after Brexit.Jacqueline Minor, the Europ...

Clive Lewis quits shadow cabinet as article 50 bill clears House of Commons -...
by Guardian Staff
8 Feb 2017 at 10:27pm
Rolling coverage of the day?s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs and the final day of Commons debate and votes on the article 50 billPMQs - Snap verdictGovernment says just 350 child refugees admitted under Dubs schemeMay accused of coming close...

Scottish parliament backs symbolic motion rejecting article 50
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Feb 2017 at 7:52pm
Scottish Labour, Lib Dems and Greens vote overwhelmingly in favour of Brexit motion put forward by SNPThe Scottish parliament has voted for a symbolic motion rejecting the UK government?s expected decision to trigger article 50 and begin the process of leaving the EU. Labour, the Liberal Democrat...

Nicola Sturgeon accuses UK ministers of power grab over farm subsidies
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
7 Feb 2017 at 6:47pm
First minister says responsibility for agricultural policy should remain with Scottish parliament after BrexitNicola Sturgeon has accused pro-Brexit ministers in London of ?grabbing power? from Scotland by refusing to honour referendum pledges to protect the country?s farmers. The first minister ...

Scotland needs publicly funded bank, says thinktank
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
6 Feb 2017 at 7:00am
Report follows concerns about rising public debt from private financing of new roads, schools and hospitals in ScotlandThe Scottish government is under growing pressure to replace its private finance programme with a publicly funded bank to build new schools, roads and hospitals.The Common Weal, ...

Modest proposals to make Labour great again | Kevin McKenna
by Kevin McKenna
5 Feb 2017 at 12:05am
In the spirit of Swift, these policies could speed the languishing party back to powerNothing is more emblematic of the inadequacy of Glasgow city council?s ruling Labour group than its failure to address the running sore of begging in the streets.No visit to the centre of Scotland?s most importa...

Wee Ginger Dug

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Biting the hand of Project Fear

It?s time for a Scottish public service broadcaster
Well that’s it Scotland. You’re not getting your own hour long news programme on the BBC. Even the prospect of an hour of Jackie Bird has been deemed too dangerously separatist by the BBC’s mandarins in London. A report in this week’s Sunday Herald says that the idea of an hour long Scottish based news …

Weaponised Brexit
In decades to come, if Donald Trump hasn’t set off WW3 or condemned us all to the collapse of civilisation due to rampant global warming or appalling hairstyles, historians will look back on 2014 as the great lost opportunity of the United Kingdom. 2014 was the year when the UK narrowly avoided losing one of …

Turning the hysteria up to eleven
If Scotland votes to become independent, the very next day the SAS will abseil down the side of your local branch of Morrison’s and make everyone in the checkout queue turn out their pockets and confiscate their money, because Scotland won’t be allowed to use the pound. It’s true. Unionists on Twitter say so. They …

The crumbling wall
Another day, and another Scottish Unionist EU lie. Wings Over Scotland has already explained the desperate mendacity and lies of a Scottish Unionist media which sees the writing on the UK wall, but it’s worthwhile going over it again for the obdurate. Jacqueline Minor is the EU Commission’s representative in the UK, which is a …

Theresa?s secret plan to save the Union
The dug has managed to find a top secret copy of Theresa May’s contingency plans for a second independence referendum, which were being used to line the kitty litter tray of the Downing Street cat. The plan details the strategy that Better Together Mark II is going to use to ensure the continuation of this …

The Union is a lie
Are you feeling the lurve Scottish people? Are you feeling wanted and respected as an equal partner in this most perfect family of nations? Are you feeling that your voice is being heard and the views of Scotland are being taken into account by the mother of parliaments? No. Me neither. I watched parts of …

The real victims
Quite a few things have happened in the couple of days I was away in the belly of the beast. Stephen Daisley has come back to troll again, this time from the pages of his natural home in the Daily Mail after having been cruelly silenced by the evil SNP and the supine STV for …

Killing the things that you love the most
Over the past few weeks and months Scotland has received a message from our Conservative masters, most often delivered to us by Fluffy Mundell, that malignant tartanesque gonk who glories in the title of Uncle Tam the governor general for telling the jocks to put up and shut up. This week it was delivered by …

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Alex Salmond in challenge to the Unionists: 'Where's your Vow noo?'
ALEX Salmond has urged Scots to ask Labour, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats what has happened to The Vow.

Ellon Roadshow: Rural Yes supporters unite in Aberdeenshire to say: We?re sti...
JENNIFER Allison had come from Rhynie for this.

Carolyn Leckie: The tabloids can keep their so-called British values
?THE louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons,? was one of the many memorable lines penned by the 19th-century essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson.

George Kerevan: There are options for troubled RBS in Scotland following inde...
HERE?S a sobering thought: when Scotland becomes independent ? hopefully in very short order ? the nation?s banking system will be dominated by RBS. Much effort has gone into turning RBS around since its near-death experience in 2008. However, in all those years the bank has failed to make a profit, racking up a cumulative loss in excess of £50bn.

The Slorance Sketch: Kezia and Ruth share broken records
Ruth Davidson has a look at Kezia Dugdale's broken record collection...

Mhairi Black: Our poorest should not be forced to pay a premium rate to phone...
AN important issue is being raised in Parliament next week by my MP colleague Chris Stephens, who is presenting a Ten-Minute Rule Bill which aims to restrict the cost of phoning various government departments.

Wee Ginger Dug: Labour must get real and swear off using the f-word
EVERY time the British state is threatened by those it likes to pretend are raving nats with blue-painted faces waving claymores on the streets of Coatbridge, out come the usual defence strategies. Labour play the good cop to the Tories? bad cop in Brexit the movie, but they?re both cops who are corrupt and who are only interested in getting a conviction without caring about justice. Both cops ...

Kirsty Strickland: Ukip should be held to the same ethical standards as other...
THIS week, former chairman of Ukip in Scotland, Arthur ?Misty? Thackeray was sentenced to 270 hours of unpaid work for intentionally sending or directing sexual verbal communication.

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Scottish and Uk Politics

Ruth Davidson and the Tory Party Surge in Scotland a load of Tosh ? Yet Anoth...
          11 Sep 2011: Only 6% of Scots think Scottish Tories put Scotland first Polling of 1,500 Scottish voters for the Tory Party in Scotland before the Holyrood elections asked whether certain parties put mainly English, Scottish or British issues first. The Scottish Conservatives were seen as the most English and … Continue reading Ruth Davidson and the Tory Party Surge in Scotland a load ...

Unionist Scaremongering 2014 referendum ? Scots are simply not genetically pr...
            David Cameron: English Politician: “It would be wrong to suggest that Scotland could not be another successful, independent country.”     James A Froude: English Historian: “No nation in Europe can look with more just pride on their past than the Scots, and no young Scotsman aught to grow … Continue reading Unionist Scaremongering 2014 referendum – Scots are simply not genetically p...

Westminster and the City of London ? Nests of Financial Vipers Plundering the...
    Alistair Darling    Gordon Brown         Alistair Darling – His Unmitigated Disastrous Treasury brief from 1992-98 and 2007-10 Darling was central to the economic calamities of the New Labour Government. His record included a fixation with financial services and a property boom ? which drove growth, but at the expense of … Continue reading Westminster and the City of London – Nests of Finan...

Chinese Inward Investment in Scotland Snookered ? Another Victim of Davidson?...
              2010: Chinese Inward Investment Potential Chinese worldwide investment expansion from 2009 attracted many entrepreneurs who wished to grasp any business opportunities which might arise. To facilitate this Sir Richard Branson formed the “E2Exchange” a network of talented budding and established business people. This in turn spawned the “88Initiative” … Continue reading Chinese Inwa...

UK Minister of Defence Ratchets Up the Hard Talk ? Russia Exercises Its Right...
      Sir Michael Fallon, Minister of Defence         The Last Honest Journalist in the UK ?In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it. The vast clandestine apparatus we built up to prove our enemies’ resources and intentions only served in the … Continue reading UK Minister of Defence Ratchets Up the Hard Talk – Russia Exercises Its Righ...

Top Army General Warns Minister of Defence Sir Michael Fallon That the UK Arm...
              19 May 2016: Defence Minister, Philip Hammond ‘tried to court-martial senior general General Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as Nato?s deputy supreme allied commander for Europe until 2014, said before standing down from the post the Government was taking ?one hell of a risk? by cutting the regular … Continue reading Top Army General Warns Minister of Defence Sir Michael Fallon T...

UK Armed Forces Fail to Achieve Recruiting Targets ? The Answer ? Introduce c...
          6 Mar 2015: Children in State Schools to complete “readiness for war” education projects A government-issued teaching resource which includes a task asking pupils to devise a plan for going to war, is presenting a ?sanitised? and ?positive? view of life in the armed forces, claims a prominent educationalist and … Continue reading UK Armed Forces Fail to Achieve Recruiting Targets – Th...

Scots Do Not Need to Remain Under the Governance of a Bunch of Spivs ? Time t...
            Time For Scotland To Escape the Madness The outcome of the next UK general election is already established. The Tories will be returned to power and Scots will be subjected to rule (for another 5 years) by a government it did not vote for. There is so much to … Continue reading Scots Do Not Need to Remain Under the Governance of a Bunch of Spivs – Time to Break Free From Westminster...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gerry Hassan

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

The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence
The Day Britain Died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish Independence Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 15th 2017 Last week a Rubicon was crossed as the House of Commons voted 494 to 122 ? a government majority of 372 – to give a third reading to triggering Article 50. Just as seriously on the same day – …

Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis?
Trump, Political Violence and when is it right to punch Nazis? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 8th 2017 It is a season of heated tempers and invective across the political world. One that matches the widespread atmosphere of confusion and disorientation. This is a mood in which there are winners and losers: people who crave …

Scottish Independence has to move with the times
Scottish Independence has to move with the times Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, February 1st 2017 Scotland has in recent times liked to see itself as progressive, democratic and European. What?s so special about that you might think? A bit like apple pie and being kind to animals. But these undoubtedly mainstream values were rightly seen …

Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful
Despite Trump and Brexit there are still Reasons to be Cheerful Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 26th 2017 A haunting refrain echoes around the globe. The world, many emphatically say, has gone to pot what with Trump, Brexit, terrorism, ISIS, the march of the far right, fake news, alternative facts and more. This miserablist take …

Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region?
Could Scotland really be reduced to the status of a region? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, January 18th 2017 When did present day Scotland begin? Not the ?modern? Scotland of post-war times, or the upside and then downside of Labour Scotland. But the land that we visibly live in today ? shaped by the ghosts of …

The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland
The Continuing Scottish Revolution: Time to Tell New Stories of Scotland Scottish Review, January 10th 2017 Gerry Hassan It has been an unprecedented political year, and 2017 will also be full of high drama – globally, across Europe, in the UK, and nearer to home in Scotland. Politics isn?t everything. Just as important is culture …

My Favourite Books of 2016
MY FAVOURITE BOOKS OF 2016 December 19th 2016 The political upheavals of 2016 will be captured for many years to come through books and publishing. I enjoyed my wide reading over the year, while still feeling that events and crises were racing ahead of publishers and writers. I revelled in researching and writing my own …

My Year in Music 2016
MY YEAR IN MUSIC 2016 December 16th 2016 2016 will be certainly be remembered as a year and for more important things than music. But it was also a year of musical genius and of great losses ? which words are not adequate to describe. Without further to do my musical highs: MY BEST ALBUMS …

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence backers 'in full campaign mode' and fundraising for sec...

The Sun
Scottish independence backers 'in full campaign mode' and fundraising for second referendum next yeat
The Sun
SCOTTISH independence campaigners are raising cash ? expecting a second referendum in May or September next year. Business for Scotland, which focused on the economic case for independence, said it is getting ?back in full campaign mode? for a ...
Nicola Sturgeon to call Scotland in...

Politicians and activists meet to plot route to Scottish independence - The N...

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Politicians and activists meet to plot route to Scottish independence
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Activists from Yes2, Women for Independence, Radical Independence, the Common Weal and Business for Scotland also took part in the discussions, which followed a gathering of 800 people at the Scottish Independence Convention in Glasgow last month.
Brian Monteith: Blair should keep his counsel to himselfT...

Even Tony Blair thinks Scottish independence is credible now - New Statesman

New Statesman
Even Tony Blair thinks Scottish independence is credible now
New Statesman
Scottish independence increasingly is being presented as a relatively neat solution to a multi-cornered constitutional problem. But if an independent Scotland looks more credible than it did three years earlier, the irony is that the original economic ...
Tony Blair: Scottish independence 'more credible' after ...

The day Britain died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish independence - Open Democracy

Open Democracy
The day Britain died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish independence
Open Democracy
We are stuck in a perpetual Groundhog Day about the single market, trade, soft and hard Brexit: arguing about the issues which should have been decided in the referendum. Imagine Scotland after a second referendum and a 52:48 vote for independence.
Netherlands planning to host first international rally for S...

Sturgeon could turn independent Scotland into 'THIRD WORLD ... -
Sturgeon could turn independent Scotland into 'THIRD WORLD ...
SCOTLAND could become a 'third world country' within 30 years if it backs Nicola Sturgeon's calls for independence and continues its 'addiction' to public ...
An independent Scotland would face 'Greece-style' austerity cutsThe Scotsman
Independent Scotland 'the new Greece' | Scotland | The Times & The ...The T...

Scottish Independence Talk Regains Momentum - Investopedia

Scottish Independence Talk Regains Momentum
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her team were quick to warn that a vote on Scottish independence was ?highly likely? after the rest of the U.K. opted to leave the European Union (EU) last June. With Article 50 now on the brink of being triggered ...
Scottish Independence Vote May Be Decided 'Within Weeks'Fortune
Support for Sco...

BBC chief set to dismiss Scottish Six calls - The Scotsman

BBC chief set to dismiss Scottish Six calls
The Scotsman
However, a separate poll this month suggested one third of viewers believe the BBC's output is biased against Scottish independence. The new director of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon, has said part of her job will be to win back the ?significant ...

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David Tennant backs Scottish independence - Sky News Australia

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David Tennant backs Scottish independence
Sky News Australia
Around the time of the last vote for independence, Tennant, who was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, reportedly said it was not for him to have an opinion as he no longer considered himself to be Scottish. In the September 2014 Scottish independence ...
Ex-Doctor Who David Tennant backs Scottish independence after losing...


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First Minister praises Kinross school for Eurovision attempt - The Courier

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First Minister praises Kinross school for Eurovision attempt
The Courier
The SNP leader spoke highly of Kinross High School teacher Jason Blyth after a song he penned was chosen by pop star Teodora Dinu and put forward for Romania's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. Mr Blyth and his pupils had produced and recorded ...

Ruling out Scottish Six programme will represent an extraordinary lack of amb...

Ruling out Scottish Six programme will represent an extraordinary lack of ambition, says MP
Kirkintilloch Herald
Commenting on reports yesterday (Sunday) that the corporation is set to rule it out the SNP Culture Spokesperson and former BBC journalist said: ?If the BBC decide not to go ahead with the Scottish Six it will represent an extraordinary lack of ...

Serbian Presidential Candidate Aims to Kick-Start Economy With Russian Help -...

Sputnik International
Serbian Presidential Candidate Aims to Kick-Start Economy With Russian Help
Sputnik International
The conservative SNP aims to build a more prosperous Serbia by encouraging investment in small and medium-sized businesses, agriculture and tourism. The party is Eurosceptic, supports a policy of military neutrality and sees Russia as Serbia's most ...

EU nationals demand justice from Westminster as Scots lobby for immigrant rig...

EU nationals demand justice from Westminster as Scots lobby for immigrant rights
EU NATIONALS, non-EU migrants and refugees will be joined today by MPS and MSPs from the SNP and charities to lobby the UK Government on a day of action called 'One Day Without Us'. Inspired by the protests in the US by Latino residents against ...

Party season: Looking ahead to Scotland's political conferences - BBC News

BBC News
Party season: Looking ahead to Scotland's political conferences
BBC News
Expect attacks on both the SNP and Tories for "endangering the union" over their talk of Brexit and independence. There will be attempts at optimism on-stage ahead of May's council elections, with plenty of examples cited of council budgets being cut ...

Alex Salmond in challenge to the Unionists: 'Where's your Vow noo?' - The Nat...

The National
Alex Salmond in challenge to the Unionists: 'Where's your Vow noo?'
The National
The former SNP leader has said recently that he thinks the next referendum could be held in the autumn of next year and suggested that Nicola Sturgeon could announce the vote in the next few weeks, if Theresa May dismisses the Scottish Government's ...

SNP calls for 'moral leadership' in refugee row with Westminster - The Scotsman

SNP calls for 'moral leadership' in refugee row with Westminster
The Scotsman
The SNP's Westminster leader has called on Theresa May to show ?moral and political leadership? by reversing the decision to end a scheme for bringing lone child refugees to Britain. Angus Robertson has written to the Prime Minister on behalf of the ...

Belligerent SNP close to taking up Trump's cries of fake news -
Belligerent SNP close to taking up Trump's cries of fake news
Forced to confront figures produced by the Centre for Economics and Business Research that so gloomy are an independent Scotland's prospects that eye-watering cuts in public spending, amounting to at least £19 billion would be required, the SNP did ...

Referendum (Google News)

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Nicola Sturgeon to call Scotland independence referendum 'IN ... -
Nicola Sturgeon to call Scotland independence referendum 'IN ...
A SECOND referendum on Scottish independence is just 'weeks away' from being called, with a vote expected next year, according to a 'Yes' campaign group.
Scottish independence backers 'in full campaign mode' and fundraising for second referendum next yeatThe Sun
Business for Scotland predicts Indyref2 announ...

Yes poll win would put Scotland in EU fast-lane (From HeraldScotland) - Heral...

Herald Scotland
Yes poll win would put Scotland in EU fast-lane (From HeraldScotland)
Herald Scotland
SCOTLAND could have the fastest and easiest ever entry into the EU if it becomes independent, say leading experts on the bloc's accession rules. In a landmark ...
Alex Salmond in challenge to the Unionists: 'Where's your Vow noo?'The National
Brian Monteith: Blair should keep his counsel to himselfT...

Factbox: Who decides whether Scotland holds a new independence referendum? - ...
Factbox: Who decides whether Scotland holds a new independence referendum?
Scotland's government could present a bill in the Scottish parliament saying that a referendum would be called, but such a move would be open to a legal challenge, say constitutional experts. With prior agreement between governments in London and ...
Support for Scottish independence spikes as May braces ...

Tony Blair says independence case is 'more credible' after Brexit - BBC News

New Statesman
Tony Blair says independence case is 'more credible' after Brexit
BBC News
In relation to Scotland, he said: "In addition to all this, the possibility of the break-up of the UK - narrowly avoided by the result of the Scottish referendum - but now back on the table but this time with a context much more credible for the ...
Tony Blair: Scottish independence case 'much more credible'The...

Scotland's papers: Trump visit and the next referendum - BBC News

BBC News
Scotland's papers: Trump visit and the next referendum
BBC News
The number of attacks on health service workers in Scotland - averaging 38 a day - is the main story in the Scottish Daily Mail. The Scottish Daily Express returns to the prospect of an independence referendum - a suggestion which is strongly ...
SNP can't answer crucial questions as they beat drum for second independence refe...

Britain tells Scotland: No need for second independence referendum - TODAYonline

Britain tells Scotland: No need for second independence referendum
ROME/LONDON - Britain sees no need for a second Scottish independence referendum and the devolved Scottish government should focus on improving the economy and tacking domestic issues rather than flirting with secession, a senior British minister ...
No need for second Scotland referendum: UK minister | Busin...

Anger as Michael Fallon dismisses second referendum -
Anger as Michael Fallon dismisses second referendum
In an interview with Scottish newspaper The Herald on Wednesday, Britain's Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said nationalists could "forget" about UK help for another vote. Calls for a second referendum over Scottish independence have increased ...
Westminster 'will refuse second Scottish referendum', senior ministe...

David Tennant says he'd back Scottish independence in a second referendum - T...

The Sunday Post
David Tennant says he'd back Scottish independence in a second referendum
The Sunday Post
Speaking to The Times Magazine, he said: ?And I'm now at the point where I think if Scotland goes again for a referendum, they should go independent. Tennant added: ?Politically, I think we're in for quite a dark time.? The former actor explained that ...
David Tennant reveals he would back Sco...

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

The Official President Trump thread

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

Not populist not xenophobes they are racist
Its about time we called out racists like Trump, Farage, Nuttall and  people that vote UKIP are. They are racist. Stop using their alternative fact language. They are racist. The reason the UK and the USA are in the mess now is because of these simpletons. From now on I make a pledge anybody on a...

Post Your Voting History!
I can just about remember all the votes I've cast. And looking back, they really don't reflect my self-image as a modern left-ish kind of person.  Using the anonymity the internet offers, here's my own voting history (please put yours too, if you're brave enough to be honest). 1997 Devolu...

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

General Politics Thread
Firstly, what happened to capybara's thread? I've went back about four pages and can't find it. Am i going blind/dottled? Anyway, until it is found. I know it's purely an English/Welsh issue, but the junior doctors' dispute is not improving. Looks like the government is going to try to impose ...

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

Tartan Army Message Board (often features political threads)

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

Thoughts and Questions About God
Attempting to keep the 'Rangers In Crisis' thread on topic...

2017 movie thread
seen "hell or high water" the other day modern cowboy/heist film  excellent throughout  Ben Foster had been good in everything iv ever seen him in very underrated actor

First Bbc Scotland Editor
Is the daughter of labour peer and former leader, Sarah Smith. I'm sure we'll be getting more balanced news with Scotland at the heart of it.

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

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

Folk who annoy you at work
There's a girl I work with who is probably about 18stone and chuckles constantly at things that barely merit a smile. She's got terrible chat to boot.  Its got me thinking, there must be that one guy/girl at work who does your head in daily. 

Harry Clarke
I'm totally bemused and disgusted by his lack of remorse and in my eyes contempt of the law this is the man who killed six innocent people who went out to do some Christmas shopping by knowingly having an illness that should have prevented from being in charge of a bike never mind a bin lorry do ...

2017 running thread
So, what does everyone have planned for the year ahead? So far, I'm in for the following: 22nd Jan - Westhill Duathlon 25th Feb - National XC  22nd Apr - Balmoral 10k 21st May - Stirling Scottish Marathon 27th Aug - Great Aberdeen Half Marathon 24th Sep - Loch Ness Mar...

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House of Lords to begin second reading of Brexit bill

Home Office to review asylum applications from child refugees in France

Scotland's obesity strategy - a heavy burden

Nearly three quarters of UK beaches littered with plastics

Thirty per cent of Scottish sheriff courts failing to meet six-month target f...

Tony Blair: independence is back on the table with a more ?credible? context

Tory Eurosceptics react in anger as Tony Blair calls for Remain voters to ?ri...

Willie Rennie urges Scottish Government to make Police Scotland shared local ...

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

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

Basic income ? real social security
Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland (CBINS) launch event in Kelty, Fife Fife Council is embarking on a pilot study to test out the concept of a Citizen’s Basic Income (CBI) and this was a public engagement meeting to gather citizens’ input at the start of that process along with keynote speakers from academia, political parties ...

Scotland Not Consulted Only Insulted
England?s supreme court has ruled that it is not Scotland?s concern what the UK parliament does. Legally we are nothing. We don?t exist as a political entity as far as the Supreme Court is concerned. All power, all of it, remains with the London parliament, which is sovereign. Devolution, more powers, federation, home rule, sovereignty, ...

Glasgow The ?Guinea Pig? ? Jobcentre Closures
The Scottish National Party has described the Department for Work and Pensions? plan to close half the Jobcentres in Glasgow as ?morally outrageous? and have raised concerns that the city is being used as the ?guinea pig? for more devastating cuts across the UK. The DWP proposals – part of the ?People and Locations? programme ...

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

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

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