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Sturgeon says Holyrood should have right to call referendum within weeks if c...
29 Apr 2016 at 1:07am
NICOLA Sturgeon could move to call a second independence referendum within the next two months, she has confirmed.

Ruth Davidson: I'll be wearing my lucky rhinestone pants on election night
28 Apr 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has revealed her standard election night wardrobe ... a pair of lucky rhinestone pants.

Labour 'to finish behind Conservatives' in Holyrood election, according to poll
27 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
Scottish Labour are set to finish third behind the Conservatives in the Holyrood elections, according to a new poll.

Childcare plans will save parents £3,000 per year, Nicola Sturgeon says
27 Apr 2016 at 2:25pm
Drugs mule Melissa Reid could find out when she will return to the UK in the next few days as her appeal to be expelled from Peru is considered by a judge.

Ruth Davidson: SNP want to keep wounds of independence debate open
26 Apr 2016 at 2:23pm
The SNP want to ?keep the wounds of the independence debate open?, according to Ruth Davidson.

David Cameron said he didn't care about Scotland days after independence refe...
25 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
David Cameron said that he did not care about Scotland days after the country voted to remain part of the union, according to a former Liberal Democrat MP.

Natalie McGarry MP faces being sued after mistakenly accusing pro-Union campa...
25 Apr 2016 at 1:21pm
NATALIE McGarry MP faces being sued for up to £30,000 after mistakenly accusing an pro-Union campaigner of being a Holocaust denier, it has been reported.

Live Q&A: Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale
25 Apr 2016 at 2:20pm
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page today.

Nicola Sturgeon: SNP must earn right to propose second indyref
20 Apr 2016 at 2:29pm
Nicola Sturgeon has conceded it would be "wrong" to set a date for a second referendum on independence before a majority of Scots back the country leaving the UK.

Kezia Dugdale: Scottish Labour will oppose renewal of Trident in manifesto
19 Apr 2016 at 1:36pm
Opposition to the renewal of Trident will be included in Scottish Labour's manifesto for the Holyrood election, leader Kezia Dugdale has confirmed.

Ruth Davidson: Tories will back Labour members who want Trident renewal
18 Apr 2016 at 11:49am
Tory leader Ruth Davidson has vowed to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with Labour members and trade unionists who want the UK to retain its Trident nuclear deterrent.

Live Q&A: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson
18 Apr 2016 at 11:52am
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson will be taking your questions during a live Q&A on HeraldScotland's Facebook page today.

Scottish Parliament staff agree pay deal
14 Apr 2016 at 1:58pm
A union has welcomed a pay deal for Scottish Parliament workers worth at least 2% a year.

Sturgeon: SNP will focus on Scottish economy and jobs
14 Apr 2016 at 1:58pm
Nicola Sturgeon has promised a "relentless" focus on boosting the economy and creating jobs if the SNP is elected for a third term in government.

Ruth Davidson: nothing can justify a second independence referendum
13 Apr 2016 at 2:05pm
Ruth Davidson has launched the Scottish Tories' programme for a "stronger opposition" at Holyrood with a pledge that her party will staunchly oppose a second vote on independence.

 

Scotsman

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Leaders: Labour row can only mean more trouble ahead
29 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
JEREMY Corbyn’s leadership will be judged on his delay in tackling this week’s anti-semitism spat

Scotland faces having ?two-tier FoI system? for schools
28 Apr 2016 at 11:15pm
Scotland is in danger of having a “two-tier” freedom of information system if Scottish Government proposals to give grant-aided and independent special schools three times longer to deal with requests goes ahead, campaigners have warned.

BBC set to weed out ?middle class? bias to increase diversity
28 Apr 2016 at 11:10pm
All new employees at the BBC are to be asked about their socio-economic background as part of a strategy to move away from its “elitist” reputation.

Holyrood 2016: Labour voters less left-wing than SNP, finds study
28 Apr 2016 at 10:46pm
Labour’s standing as the party of the left in Scotland has been called into question after new research found SNP voters are more supportive of left-wing policies.

Children asked to think of Named Person as ?head gardener?
28 Apr 2016 at 10:37pm
The SNP’s state guardian scheme has come under fresh attack after it emerged that children have been asked to think of their named person as the “head gardener”.

Joyce McMillan: 27 years on the poor are still demonised
28 Apr 2016 at 9:30pm
ALMOST three decades after the Hillsborough tragedy, the forces that allowed there to be such a successful cover-up remain in place, writes Joyce McMillan

Alastair Dalton: Insight into parties? thinking is useful
28 Apr 2016 at 9:28pm
Which party wants the Forth Road Bridge kept open to traffic when the Queensferry Crossing opens? Which one wants free bus travel extended to more veterans, and which one wants more time to cross at the green man?

Labour Party suspend Ken Livingstone amid anti-Semitism row
28 Apr 2016 at 5:23pm
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has denied his party is in crisis after Ken Livingstone was suspended by Labour for “bringing the party into disrepute” over comments about Hitler.

Hillsborough families set to sue police
28 Apr 2016 at 4:34pm
POLICE officers abused their power on an “industrial scale” to help cover up failings that led to the Hillsborough disaster, lawyers representing families of the victims have claimed.

Holyrood 2016; Solidarity vow second indyref ?within 2 years?
28 Apr 2016 at 4:06pm
LEFT-WING party Solidarity has vowed to press for a second independence referendum to be held in two years’ time, as it called on Scotland’s voters to “punish” the pro-UK parties for the “despicable lies” told in the run-up to the 2014 vote.

Business leaders attack SNP?s business rates hike
28 Apr 2016 at 3:32pm
FIVE of Scotland’s leading commercial groups have criticised the SNP’s business rates policy claiming it is a burden that struggling firms can ill afford and puts the country at a competitive disadvantage.

Fracking poses ?no danger to water supplies?
28 Apr 2016 at 11:18am
POTENTIAL fracking activity in Scotland is unlikely to pose a pollution danger to public water supplies, according to new research.

Holyrood 2016 poll puts Labour back ahead of Tories in 2nd
28 Apr 2016 at 10:47am
The SNP remains on course for a “commanding” victory in next week’s Holyrood election, according to a new poll today.

Nicola Sturgeon calls for Royal Troon to admit women members
28 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
Nicola Sturgeon last night led calls for Royal Troon golf club to admit women members ahead of The Open Championship being staged there this summer.

Tom Peterkin: Need for impartial scrutiny never been greater
28 Apr 2016 at 12:00am
Holyrood’s inability to hold a majority government to account is a singular failing of devolution, writes Tom Peterkin

Wings over Scotland blog

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"A new and awful low in Scottish politics" - Margaret Curran

Four minutes of fun
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 Apr 2016 at 12:57am
This evening’s Question Time saw one of the most incident-packed passages on the show in recent memory. From left to right the panellists were hedge fund manager and head of a chain of academy schools Paul Marshall, Alex Salmond, Tory minister Greg Clark, Labour’s shadow home secretary Andy Burnham and the right-wing think-tanker and writer …

Scene missing again
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Apr 2016 at 12:44pm
We’d hoped to be bringing you in-depth analysis of the Scottish Labour manifesto by now, readers, but a couple of hours after their launch event there’s still no sign of it anywhere (we’ve checked their website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, all blank). So we’re going to nip out to the shops for a bit. …

It?s Scottish Labour Manifesto Day!
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Apr 2016 at 9:25am
We have high hopes. Well, high-ish.

Clarity and certainty
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Apr 2016 at 12:31pm
We’re looking forward to the publication of the Scottish Labour manifesto for next month’s election, which is due to be published on Wednesday, just eight days before the vote. We confidently anticipate that it will definitively clear up a few issues we’re still not absolutely sure of the branch office’s position on. For a day …

Polling projected properly
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
24 Apr 2016 at 2:59pm
Considering we’re only eleven days from a general election, there’s remarkably little politics coverage in the Sunday papers today. Most of what there is is in the Sunday Herald, which has a substantial (and quite entertaining) interview with Kezia Dugdale and another two pages devoted to what’s essentially spluttering attempted justification of its shambolic front-page lead from …

A careful choice of words
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
23 Apr 2016 at 10:13am
With fears growing that hundreds of jobs may be lost in the Clyde shipyards as the UK government slowly backs away from the commitments made during the independence referendum campaign, Kezia Dugdale was full of righteous outrage last night. But note how delicately that tweet is phrased. The clear implication – while not directly stated …

On thee our hopes we fix
by Chris Cairns
23 Apr 2016 at 6:55am

They Are The People
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
22 Apr 2016 at 11:51am
We might just not post anything again until the second referendum. . EDIT 12.11pm: When we posted this initially, the audio was muted because – bizarrely – someone auto-filed a copyright complaint with YouTube. The national anthem is of course public domain and not subject to copyright. But it was a deeply pleasing twist to have …

The constant revision of memory
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
21 Apr 2016 at 9:52am
We’ve noted on numerous occasions previously that one of this site’s prime functions is merely to remember things – to serve as a repository of fact which can be referred to when politicians or the media try to mislead people about what happened in the past. It was a thought we were struck by again on reading …

Five cold, hard facts about the election
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
20 Apr 2016 at 11:17am
This site has never told readers how to vote in Scottish elections and never will, partly because its editor has no vote there and doesn’t have to live with the consequences whoever wins. (Something that ISN’T true about independence, in which case Wings would relocate to Scotland, which is why we freely express a firm view on …

BBC Scotland

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Campaigns mark one week until election
28 Apr 2016 at 2:30pm
Scotland's political leaders lay out their vision for the next five years with one week to go until the Holyrood election day.

Solidarity calls for independence vote
28 Apr 2016 at 11:30am
Solidarity launches its manifesto for the Holyrood election with a call for a second independence referendum to be held within the next two years.

Labour pledges 'return to party's roots'
27 Apr 2016 at 4:54pm
Scottish Labour describes its manifesto for the Holyrood election as being in the party's "best traditions" as it launches the document in Edinburgh.

Leaders campaign on childcare and jobs
27 Apr 2016 at 3:23pm
Scotland's political leaders outline pledges on childcare and the economy as Holyrood election campaigning continues.


What are Scotland's parties saying?
20 Apr 2016 at 5:57pm
Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose their next MSPs. But where do the parties stand on key issues? Find out.

'No change' to Clyde frigates plan
25 Apr 2016 at 4:55pm
The defence minister tells the Commons that the UK government remains "absolutely committed" to building eight Royal Navy frigates on the Clyde.

Final full week of campaigning under way
25 Apr 2016 at 5:35pm
Shipyard jobs, health, local democracy and plans to boost employment all feature as the Holyrood election campaign enters its last full week.

New indyref 'likely' if UK leaves EU
24 Apr 2016 at 4:53pm
A second independence referendum is "highly likely" if Scotland is "dragged out of the EU against its will", Nicola Sturgeon tells the BBC.

Call for assurances over shipyards jobs
23 Apr 2016 at 6:09pm
Politicians call for assurances over orders for Royal Navy warships to be built at the Clyde shipyards after unions warn of possible job losses.

Parties focus on women, tax and activity
23 Apr 2016 at 2:44pm
Scotland's politicians campaign on women's issues, tax rates and active travel with 12 days to go until the Holyrood election.

Sturgeon would fight in a war if needed
22 Apr 2016 at 10:18am
Young voters quiz Scotland's party leaders during a five-stop lift journey - and fifth up is SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon.

Health and housing in party campaigns
22 Apr 2016 at 2:37pm
Scotland's political leaders talk healthcare and housing while out campaigning ahead of May's Holyrood election.

Scot Goes Pop

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


NEW FILM : How the voting system for the Scottish Parliament works, and why "...
by James Kelly
27 Apr 2016 at 3:01pm
A couple of weeks ago, I jetted off (if you can jet off by train) to a top-secret mystery town somewhere between Dunblane and Bannockburn (it's got a big castle in it) to record a video about the H...

Latest EU referendum telephone poll shows slight improvement for Leave
by James Kelly
26 Apr 2016 at 3:27pm
It's been ages since I last posted anything about EU referendum polling, which is probably just as well, because I've been exasperated at the acres of drivel that have been written on the subject o...

Reader's questions : a Patrick Harvie conundrum
by James Kelly
24 Apr 2016 at 5:18pm
Niall posed an interesting question on the previous thread, which I thought might be worth responding to in a bit of detail..."You know, these kinds of discussions usually take place between people...

One week on, have the Sunday Herald learned the lessons of their wildly inacc...
by James Kelly
24 Apr 2016 at 4:37am
The short answer to that question is "only partly".  As editor Neil Mackay hinted would probably be the case, they've gone big on the subject for a second Sunday in a row, with the lead story once ...

Devastated Dugdale starts praying for a "Bobby Ewing in the shower" moment af...
by James Kelly
22 Apr 2016 at 6:42am
Constituency ballot :SNP 53% (+1)Lab 18% (-3)Conservatives 17% (+1)Liberal Democrats 7% (+1)Regional list ballot :SNP 43% (-1)Conservatives 18% (+2)Labour 17% (-2)Greens 11% (+1)Liberal Democrats 7...

A different type of 'outer darkness'
by James Kelly
21 Apr 2016 at 11:34am
Iain Macwhirter in the Herald -"Though John Curtice has been cast into outer darkness along with the Sunday Herald for suggesting a vote for SNP on the list might be wasted in most regions..."Wit...

In the unlikely event that RISE win a seat, they'll be doing a John Swinburne...
by James Kelly
20 Apr 2016 at 11:58pm
You've probably already seen RevStu's "five cold, hard facts about the election".  You might think this is ironic coming from me, but the only one of the five I would very, very slightly take issue...

It doesn't matter whether you're an optimist or a pessimist about the SNP's c...
by James Kelly
19 Apr 2016 at 3:49am
As you probably saw on last night's post, John Curtice made clear that so-called "tactical voting on the list" becomes very risky as soon as you assume (as you really ought to assume if you haven't...


In quotes : what John Curtice ACTUALLY said about "tactical voting", and how ...
by James Kelly
18 Apr 2016 at 12:43am
To my genuine astonishment, the editor of the Sunday Herald has spent much of the last 24 hours sticking doggedly to the hopeless fiction that John Curtice's views were summarised 100% accurately i...


"Winning here!" : Why Political Betting ramped up the tension over Clegg's pr...
by James Kelly
17 Apr 2016 at 9:43pm
A guest post by an anonymous contributorNews has reached Scot Goes Pop that raises troubling new questions over what has been going on behind the scenes at the Political Betting website. Allegation...

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Scotland's papers: The Sun backs SNP and alcohol tests for newborns
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29 Apr 2016 at 9:05am
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Good news for Scots...
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Some Edinburgh schools could stay closed until August
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29 Apr 2016 at 7:44am
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I'm thinking about moving to Scotland
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29 Apr 2016 at 6:53am
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The elections no one has even heard of
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28 Apr 2016 at 11:38pm
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Blocking IndyRef 2 would be 'democratic outrage', says Sturgeon
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How long can the SNP own Scottish politics?
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Torcuil Crichton: Labour's Kezia has a strong message but nobody is listening
by Torcuil Crichton
29 Apr 2016 at 6:00am
OUR man at Westminster thinks Kezia Dugdale will be vindicated for her warnings on John Swinney's plans for the economy.


Former Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray: The party is NOT going to come third
by Andy Philip
29 Apr 2016 at 1:03am
HE is fighting to keep his own seat at Holyrood after next week's vote, but Iain Gray insists Labour are in it to win power back from the SNP


Which political party is the most Googled in your constituency? Find out with...
by Record Reporter
29 Apr 2016 at 12:01am
THE Daily Record has worked in conjunction with Google to gain exclusive data showing which party stimulates the most searches in each of the 73 constituencies.


Which Scottish political party leader is the most popular for internet search...
by Record Reporter
29 Apr 2016 at 12:01am
OUR analysis shows that if you want to catch the public's attention on the lead up to polling day then nothing beats a good headline - even an unintentional one featuring randy pigs.


Jeremy Corbyn denies Labour crisis after Ken Livingstone is suspended over Hi...
by Record Reporter
28 Apr 2016 at 5:35pm
THE former London mayor Ken Livingstone has been suspended from the party over alleged anti-Semitic comments.


Where is my nearest polling station? Find out where to cast your vote for the...
by Nicola Love
28 Apr 2016 at 4:43pm
...


Scottish Politics today: The SNP don't get to steal Labour's manifesto, and a...
by Record Reporter
28 Apr 2016 at 1:45pm
SCOTTISH Labour's late manifesto launch promises to cut austerity a lot sooner than the SNP, and a trade deal is brewing that could be bad for your health.


Liz Murray: Why the TTIP trade deal between the US and the EU should make eve...
by Record Reporter
28 Apr 2016 at 1:34pm
ANTI-TTIP campaigner warns that the controversial trade deal will allow companies to sue governments if their decisions affect profits.


Record View: We must must fight the EU/US trade deal, and the Hillsborough fi...
by Record Reporter
28 Apr 2016 at 1:27pm
THE TTIP trade deal could erode services, the Hillsborough disaster hasn't run its course, and Simon Cowell in a Hannibal Lecter mask.


There's just a week to go until the Scottish elections and Labour's only just...
by David Clegg
28 Apr 2016 at 12:25pm
OUR political editor David Clegg has been reading the document which promises tax rises to beat austerity. But is that what voters want?

Michael Greenwell


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

He?s Still Got A Job There
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
I have an article on the Hillsborough situation that I will put out in the next few days but,  for the moment, I have to say that James O’Brien’s comments about Kelvin Mackenzie are a pretty good summation of one part of the story…

A Little Motivational Kick
by michaelgreenwell
27 Apr 2016 at 10:30am
The tories don’t provide many services. In fact, they usually do their best to run them down so that they can then make the case to sell them off, repackaging it as an improvement. One thing they are good at providing though, is motivation. Look at the following and tell me you aren’t bursting to …

Pro-Indy Parties In ??Want You To Vote For Them? Row?
by michaelgreenwell
25 Apr 2016 at 6:32pm
Advanced silliness on the Scotsman site yesterday, with no named journalist. A row has broken out in the pro-independence camp over a giant SNP billboard campaign urging voters to use both of their votes to protect Nicola Sturgeon?s majority at Holyrood. … But Greens elections convenor Sarah Beattie-Smith said: ?Greens agree a better Scotland is …

A Simple Solution
by michaelgreenwell
21 Apr 2016 at 8:44pm
We’ve all been hearing about the great sacrifices that Her Bettiness has made and all the difficulties she has had in guiding the country through such diverse times. I for one would like to take those things into account, so here is your simple solution… Let’s retire the position. If we do that, then she …

Meter Blown
by michaelgreenwell
18 Apr 2016 at 2:26pm
On this episode of BBC Hardtalk with Christine Lagarde, the current managing director of the IMF, the journalist who was interviewing her had this to say on the subject of Brexit (at around 11 minutes)… “Are you comfortable with the idea that the IMF is now making statements which clearly play a huge political role …

More Than Lingering
by michaelgreenwell
17 Apr 2016 at 10:01pm
“It is very disappointing that the SNP Government don’t deem this an event that is worthwhile of whole hearted and enthusiastic support. Perhaps this is an indication that there is still a lingering republican sentiment within the SNP ranks that the party hierarchy don’t want to upset.” The above is from Murdo Fraser, who has …

Winter Is Not Coming
by michaelgreenwell
16 Apr 2016 at 2:08pm
Not quite what you expect…

Media Studies Friday 12 ? The Camera Frequently Lies
by michaelgreenwell
15 Apr 2016 at 12:47pm
There are innumerable examples that you could use in an article with the title above but I’d just like to thank Etims for providing such a clear example. Oh and there is another one underneath from Jim Murphy if you remember him And here is a story about this kind of thing from Indyref time.

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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The Freedom of the Mountain: From The Province of The Cat
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Apr 2016 at 10:08pm
By now the Beltane fires lit across Scotland will be smoking ashes. In the far North of Scotland the last two weeks of April were like the first two week of January, so a celebration of the beginning of Summer, of the coming colours ?of the land of joy? as the old Gaelic ?Beltane Blessing? …

Shining a Spotlight on Power in the Darkness in Scotland
by Bella Caledonia Editor
28 Apr 2016 at 9:46pm
A few months ago I watched the award-winning film ?Spotlight? – the story of the ?Boston Globe?s? investigative unit of the same name that examined allegations of Catholic Church sexual abuse. Although set in Boston in 2001 the film has a linear story – and old-fashioned feel. This is reinforced by its serious subject matter …

War is Coming
by Bella Caledonia Editor
27 Apr 2016 at 3:20pm
Today we publish the first of our series of ebooks. “The rotting sore of Iraq, the spreading fires of Syria, the disaster of Libya are just precursor for the war-that-is-coming. The conflagration is general. We have countries in flames: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. Meanwhile other nations are smouldering: Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, …

The Department of Work and Pensions
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Apr 2016 at 2:54pm
It’s a sad day for BHS, asset-stripped by Sir Philip Green of hundreds of millions of pounds. There will be thousands of redundancies and a much larger number will see their company pensions disappear. Meanwhile we’re told that Green is buying a new £100 million luxury yacht. It’s a sad day but of course nothing will happen apart …

The 3000
by Bella Caledonia Editor
26 Apr 2016 at 11:07am
In May 1937 3000 child refugees from the Spanish Civil War arrived in UK – here’s some photos of first days at North Stoneham Camp. Yesterday in a vote in the House of Commons, the government narrowly defeated a cross-party amendment to the immigration bill, tabled in the House of Lords, that would have seen …

Why Britain is the Greatest Nation on the Earth
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Apr 2016 at 4:43pm
Did you ever think to yourself “Is ours the most extraordinary national story ever?” This hilarious Brexit TV film of spewing self-importance, false-victimhood and hypocrisy is not, we’re told, a well-timed spoof. Apart from the massive stupidity of the entire piece two moments stand out. I like “and things did seem to improve for a …

Nowt so Queer as Folk
by Bella Caledonia Editor
25 Apr 2016 at 3:34pm
There?s nowt so queer as ?folk?: is the word folk useful anymore? by Jamie Chambers. The Folk Film Gathering ? the world?s first folk film festival ? takes place from 28th April to the 12th May, at Edinburgh Filmhouse and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. Putting together this year?s programme for the Folk Film Gathering I?ve …

Saving the Media: Capitalism, Crowdfunding and Democracy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
22 Apr 2016 at 11:57pm
In Saving the Media: Capitalism, Crowdfunding, and Democracy Julia Cagé explains the economics and history of the media crisis in Europe and America, and presents a bold solution. As Peter Geoghegan wrote recently in the London Review of Books: “Scotland used to boast one of the highest concentrations of newspaper readers in the world. The Sunday Post sold 1.7 …

Guardian - Scottish Politics

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Nearly 60% of Scottish GPs plan to leave or cut their hours
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
28 Apr 2016 at 5:25pm
Opposition parties say survey raises questions for Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader, after cuts in health spending by her governmentDoctors? leaders in Scotland have called for urgent action after a survey found nearly 60% of Scottish GPs plan to leave or cut their hours, with many citing underfunding...

How long can the SNP own Scottish politics? ? video
by John Harris, John Domokos, Noah Payne-Frank and Mustafa Khalili
28 Apr 2016 at 9:32am
The Scottish National party wiped Labour off the map in 2015, and is expected to seal its dominance at the Scottish parliament elections on 5 May. As the country moves even further way from the Westminster model of politics, John Harris goes to Glasgow to watch the SNP?s impressive campaigning in...

The Guardian view on the Scottish and Welsh elections: British politics is no...
by Editorial
27 Apr 2016 at 7:34pm
Politics in Northern Ireland has always marched to a different drum. Now the same is true of Scotland and Wales as wellIt is sometimes claimed that a Brexit vote in June could lead to the break-up of Britain. Yet in politics, something of that break-up has already occurred. Politics in Northern I...

Scottish election poll puts Labour in third place behind Tories
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Apr 2016 at 4:27pm
Poll released after party?s manifesto launch suggests Scottish Labour could slip to third for first time since 1910Scottish Labour?s manifesto launch setting out plans to heavily tax the rich has been overshadowed by a poll suggesting Labour could come third behind the Tories in Scottish election...

Scottish Labour puts 50p top tax rate at heart of election campaign
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Apr 2016 at 1:34pm
Party leader Kezia Dugdale says raising income tax is the ?big choice? facing voters in next week?s Holyrood electionsKezia Dugdale has put her party?s plan to increase income taxes to 50p for Scotland?s richest residents at the centre of Scottish Labour?s election campaign, a week before polling...

Kezia Dugdale: I have a five-year plan to turn Scottish Labour around
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
26 Apr 2016 at 4:51pm
Leader hopes result in Scottish elections on 5 May will allow her to rebuild party as she prepares to unveil Holyrood manifestoKezia Dugdale is sitting in a cafe in Portobello, a prosperous seaside suburb of Edinburgh, sipping a flat white coffee. On the beach just over the promenade, strong gust...

Nicola Sturgeon urges PM to honour pledge on Clyde shipbuilding jobs
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
25 Apr 2016 at 3:29pm
Intervention comes amid fears of 800 redundancies if UK government shelves planned orders to Scottish shipyardsNicola Sturgeon has called on the prime minister to give his ?cast-iron commitment? to delivering promised shipbuilding contracts on the river Clyde, after it emerged that up to 800 redu...

Clyde shipyard job cuts would be total betrayal, say unions
by Libby Brooks and Heather Stewart
22 Apr 2016 at 4:00pm
800 redundancies possible if government pulls back from commitment to have eight type-26 frigates built on the ClydeUnions have accused the government of ?total betrayal? as it emerged that up to 800 redundancies from Clydeside shipyards could result from backsliding on David Cameron?s pledge to ...

Wee Ginger Dug

Wee Ginger Dug
Biting the hand of Project Fear

Vote for the plaster, or vote for the cure
Kezia Dugdale finally got around to unveiling the Labour manifesto for Scotland yesterday, and it was received with rapturous applause and a renewed enthusiasm for the peepul’s party from the massed ranks of the Scottish working classes in Kezia’s imagination. That was jist fabby Kezia hen, said one of her synapses. Gaun yersel Kezia you’ve …

The Union?s hangover from Scotland-Lite
Davie Cameron is in denial. Scotland is gradually slipping its moorings and sailing away from the UK iceberg, but all Davie is interested in is arguing with Boris Johnson about whether it’s better to privatise the ice and sell it off as a ski resort from within or outwith the EU. Of course it’s not …

Jealousy with a halo
Ruth Davidson has been bemoaning the fissures in Scottish politics again, and has been demonstrating her displeasure by sticking a big tank turret into the fissure and waggling her cannon barrel about. From time to time she’ll fire a shell into any scar tissue that seems to be forming. The SNP will do anything to …

Computer says no
God I hate computers. I really hate computers. I spent much of the weekend metaphorically wrestling with a recalcitrant laptop, which on Sunday morning decided to die completely. On the other hand I now have a spotless living room, because as the old saying goes a clean house is a sign of a broken computer. …

Obama?s slam a ding dong
It’s such a shame for those poor Tories and Ukippers who want the UK to leave the EU. There they were twenty two months or so ago, all happy that Barack Obama had intervened in the Scottish independence referendum to tell those uppity Jocks to get back in their shortbreid tin and to close the …

The healthy majority
One of the more bizarre features of a UK politics which is defined by its bizarreness is that parties whose entire raison d’etre is attaining an absolute majority in the Westminster parliament claim that a party attaining an absolute majority in the Holyrood parliament is an unhealthy thing. Or more exactly, it’s a bad thing …

Elizabeth the Last
Respect, they say, is earned and not given. This most definitely doesn’t hold true for one family in this supposedly United Kingdom, the family whose head is celebrating her 90th birthday. You may have noticed the wall to wall gushing sycophancy in lieu of news on the telly today. It’s hard to avoid it, deliberately …

The sands in the hourglass
It’s not even two years since the independence referendum whose date most of us can remember, and here we are, talking about indyref 2. Few can have imagined during the depressing day when Magrit Curran danced and clapped and Conservatives grinned at the death grimace they fondly imagined to be on the face of Scottish …

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Ferry bosses 'treating island communities with contempt', says MP
AN MP has accused ferry bosses of treating island communities with contempt after they snubbed a public meeting to air complaints about services.

Soon we'll be able to watch 3D images without the big specs, thanks to St And...
RESEARCHERS at Scotland?s oldest university, St Andrews, have come up with a new way of looking at 3D images without the need for big cinema-style specs.

MP reveals fears for his autistic daughter - and his dislike of the Fat Contr...
AN SNP MP yesterday joked he could ?cheerfully strangle? the Fat Controller from Thomas the Tank Engine as he told of life with his autistic daughter.

Centre visitors set sights on quantum technology
VISITORS to Glasgow Science Centre will be the first in the UK to play with quantum imaging technology which in future will help us see round corners and make the invisible visible. The scientists behind the exhibition believe the future tech,

Heavy fine for firm that made 2.5 million nuisance calls
A HOME improvements company that pestered the public with more than 2.5 million unwanted marketing calls has been fined £50,000. Glasgow-based Nevis Home Improvements was dealt the penalty after a recorded phone message about its energy-saving servi

Livingstone suspended: Labour facing anti-semitism crisis
KEN Macintosh yesterday hit out at suspended former London mayor Ken Livingstone as the anti-Semitism row continued to engulf his party.

Construction worker is killed in crane accident on Queensferry Crossing
A CONSTRUCTION worker on the new £1.4 billion Queensferry Crossing has been killed and another injured in a tragic accident with a crane.

Figures show Scotland is leading from the front in onshore wind power
SCOTLAND?S onshore wind sector accounted for more than half of the UK?s turnover in the field in 2014, according to new figures.

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Breaking News ? Former Scottish Tory Party Chairman and Ruth Davidson?s Mento...
  Andrew Fulton (chairman Scottish Tory Party 2008-2011)       9 February 2008: Former spy in line for top Scottish Tory job Former high ranking MI6 intelligence officer, Prof Andrew Fulton. A spy who served behind the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War is in line to become chairman of the …

SNP ? Government Achievements -The List ? And it is Long
    The SNP?s Achievements ?I support the government, but there are policies I don?t like? is an often heard caveat. No government attracts uncritical support, especially one elected to govern a nation of hyper-judgmental, compulsive nit-pickers. We are quicker to criticise than praise. But the SNP have a lot of implemented policies to chose from, if …

John Lamont ? Tory Hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency ?...
        John Lamont, the Tory hopeful in Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency claimed more in members’ expenses than Nicola Sturgeon, Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale put together during the first nine months of the 2015/16 financial year. A trawl through the Scottish Parliament’s financial records shows most of the Conservatives elected in …

Homeland Security UK Style -Counter Terrorism Strategy Information is Widely ...
  The new powers       Counter-Extremism Strategy – Extract from the Foreword by David Cameron Over generations, we in Britain have built something extraordinary: a successful multi-racial, multi-faith democracy. Our country today is more vibrant, buoyant and diverse than ever before in our history. There is still more to be done to defeat …

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) ? Cameron and His Much...
        Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). (The first attempt at TTIP) In 1995, (MAI) appeared as a draft agreement, negotiated by OECD members. The mission statement: “To develop multilateral rules ensuring that international investment would be governed in a more systematic and uniform way between states.” Developed in secret the draft was …

There?s a cuckoo in the nest ? The Tory Party is Dumping its Dogma all Over S...
    There’s a cuckoo in the nest – The Tory Party is Dumping its Dogma all Over Scotland I wrote to the subject recently giving warning of the future shape of the UK now that independence has been rejected and the Scottish government has been bought off with increased powers making it the most …

Kezia Dugdale-Accepts and Spreads the Teachings of Tony and Gordon -Lets Have...
        The 2016  Scottish Parliamentary Election The Scottish Parliamentary Election is not that far off. In the last few days of campaigning the Scottish electorate will be love-bombed by the four Unionist parties still operating in Scotland (Tory, Labour, Lib/Dem and UKIP). It is important to be very aware that the Unionist …

Prof Curtice ? Echoes of the Spymaster Daniel Defoe in his pronouncements ? A...
              How are MSP’s Elected? The system used to elect MSPs is known as the Additional Member System (AMS). At the May 2016 Scottish Parliament election each voter has two votes. * With one vote, voters choose between candidates standing in their constituency to elect a constituency MSP. The …

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Cogitations from a Cranachan Cairn

Just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote?
Amid all the process and horse race stuff in this Holyrood election, there is one rather important question going conspicuously unasked: just how solid is Scottish Labour's list vote anyway? All the mischief has focused on the loyalty of folk likely to vote SNP in the constituencies. Will they stick with "Nicola Sturgeon for First Minister", or ...

Red meat from Ruth Davidson, but where's the beef?
"End automatic early release!" It's red meat for the Tory base, and hearty stuff. Ruth Davidson's Scottish Tory Manifesto, published yesterday, contains the following passage on the party's proposals for criminal justice:"We have long campaigned for the scrapping of automatic early release. The changes brought in by the SNP affect only 3% of pri...

A first for women: Lady Dorrian appointed Lord Justice Clerk
Today, it has been announced that Leeona Dorrian has been appointed to the position of Lord Justice Clerk, Scotland's second most senior judge. Congratulations are to be extended to Lady Dorrian. But this is also a quietly historic occasion: Lady Dorrian is the first woman in Scottish legal history to hold this post.At this stage, crustier lawye...

More Than A Shrug
It is a delicate thing, writing about someone else's sexuality, with many pitfalls and opportunities for bumptiousness and embarrassment. I approach the whole thing gingerly, and I hope, humanely.As many of you will have noticed, this week, Kezia Dugdale told the Fabian Review that she is in a relationship with a woman. ?I have a female partner....

Old Habits
This may be a record. The first full week of the Holyrood campaign has whizzed by, and already - already - Scottish Labour figures are making headlines by briefing the press against their leader.In the Sunday Times this morning, under the legend, "Labour at war as Dugdale gaffes," ubiquitous and available "senior figures" in the party are quoted...

Ruth Davidson's damaging rookie error
I was out last night, tripping the light fantastic, and so conspired to miss STV's leaders' debate and David Coburn's splendid periscope broadcast in parallel. Having read this morning's notices, and caught up on last night's highlights, you can't help but be struck by the clatter Nicola Sturgeon gave Ruth Davidson. As is often the case, it all ...

Just As Planned
I'm fond of John Dryden's line, that "even victors are by victories undone." It contains a germ of hope for those who find themselves defeated, and it cautions those who appear to have carried away the prizes that a scorpion may lurk somewhere, undetected, in the silverware. Life, and politics, rarely work out just as planned.  Our recent experi...

"She wore a blue collar..."
Every politician has their schtick, their story. Scottish Tory leader, Ruth Davidson's, is that she is a ?good, old-fashioned? working-class Conservative, seasoned with a good pinch of socially liberal, unstarchy modernity.As Peter Ross' Times profile puts it this morning, "Ms Davidson grew up in two traditional small towns, Selkirk and Lundin L...

Gerry Hassan

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

What is the point of manifestos if they wont treat us as adults?
What is the point of manifestos if they wont treat us as adults? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 24th 2016 All the party manifestos are out – bar Labour. But the only really important one – that of the SNP – emerged this week. It was an event. A spectacle. A cross between an American ...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Question of Europe, the UK and Scotland
Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Question of Europe, the UK and Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 20th 2016 I am a European. I believe in Europe as an idea. And for all of my life I have felt an affinity and connection with the notion of greater European integration. Now I ...

The Scottish Pop-up Election will decide many things about our future
The Scottish Pop-up Election will decide many things about our future Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 17th 2016 The Scottish election is underway – the winners already decided, the European referendum casting a shadow, and all the parties having difficulty shifting from the land of milk and honey to austerity and cuts. One seasoned observer ...

Dundee: City of Discovery and the West Dunbartonshire Question
Dundee: City of Discovery and the West Dunbartonshire Question Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 13th 2016 Dundee, Scotland?s fourth city is on the move. It is often forgotten about or even patronised by those in the Central Belt – ?it is a place I have only passed through? is a regular refrain I have heard ...

Scotland the Brave No More on Taxation
Scotland the Brave No More on Taxation Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 10th 2016 One theme has dominated this week in Scotland and the UK – taxation. From April 6th 2016 the Scottish Parliament gained powers over a Scottish rate of income tax representing half of all income tax raised ? and from next year ...

Rainbow Nation Scotland
Rainbow Nation Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, April 6th 2016 Scotland is a land of tolerance and acceptance in at least one respect. Four out of six leaders of our main political parties are lesbian, gay or bisexual. Plus the Secretary of State for Scotland. This is a far cry from the Scotland of old. ...

What part of Britain is not for sale?
What part of Britain is not for sale? Gerry Hassan Sunday Mail, April 3rd 2016 This week the future of the steel industry moved centrestage, Scottish parties have finally started talking tax, and the Tories version of what they call a ?national living wage? came into force. British steel used to lead the world. In ...

In the age of constant fear facts and figures matter
In the age of constant fear facts and figures matter Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, March 27th 2016 The Scottish Parliament broke up this week ? ending the fourth parliamentary term and marking the start of the election campaign. These are strange times. Politicians try to reassure us that everything will be alright, while they scare ...

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian - Edinburgh Evening ...

Edinburgh Evening News
Scottish independence 'inevitable', claims top historian
Edinburgh Evening News
After the independence vote, which saw 55 per cent of voters choosing to remain part of the UK, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the SNP wouldn't call for another referendum unless it was clear that a majority of Scots backed independence. Although the ...
Scottish independence still on the cards, b...

Scots Would NOT Demand Independence After Brexit, Polls Show - Breitbart News

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Scots Would NOT Demand Independence After Brexit, Polls Show
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According to the SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above), a new referendum on Scottish independence would ?almost certainly? be triggered by the UK voting to leave the EU against Scotland's will. In her opinion the move would be justified by such ...
Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leav...

Brexit Should Lead to Another Scotland Independence Vote: SNP - Newsweek

Newsweek
Brexit Should Lead to Another Scotland Independence Vote: SNP
Newsweek
Facing a British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union on June 23, Nicola Sturgeon used her party's manifesto before the election for the Scottish parliament next month to make clear that she wanted another independence vote in Scotland.
Sturgeon rules out new Scottish independence vote until most Scots pe...

Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU? - NBCNews.com

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Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU?
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Scots rejected independence in September 2014, voting to remain in the U.K. by 55 percent to 45 percent. Hours after that referendum result, British Prime Minister David Cameron declared that the issue of Scottish separation had been "settled for a ...
Scotland Could Be An Independent Member Of The EU By 2018, Sa...

Brexit Would Mean Scottish Independence in 2 Years, Salmond Says - Bloomberg

Bloomberg
Brexit Would Mean Scottish Independence in 2 Years, Salmond Says
Bloomberg
Scots overwhelmingly favor remaining in the EU, and if Cameron fails to carry the day in the June 23 vote on an EU exit it would convince more Scots of the need for independence, Salmond said. Should Brexit succeed, Cameron would embark on a two-year ...
Scotland in the euro zone? Gordon Brown outlines another Brex...

David Cameron 'didn't care' about independence, claims ex-MP - Scotsman

The Courier
David Cameron 'didn't care' about independence, claims ex-MP
Scotsman
The Prime Minister - who made an impassioned plea to Scots to reject independence saying it would 'break the UK family apart' - is alleged to have made the comments to former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg just days after the historic vote. Ex-Lib ...
SNP accuse Prime Minister of ?contempt? over alleged ?I don't car...

Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond - Toronto Star

Toronto Star
Scottish independence still a dream for Alex Salmond
Toronto Star
Canada, and its own struggles with Quebec independence bids and referendums, has figured strongly in the Scottish independence saga, on both sides of the question. Cameron's government sought advice from many Canadians on the federalist side of the ...

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Andy Murray admits he's keeping quiet on the Brexit debate after Scottish ind...

Mirror.co.uk
Andy Murray admits he's keeping quiet on the Brexit debate after Scottish independence controversy
Mirror.co.uk
Andy Murray is staying out of the Brexit debate after causing huge controversy by coming out in support of Scottish independence. With the UK going to the polls on June 23, the British No 1 said: "I haven't really given it ( Brexit ) any thought at all ...

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SNP

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Holyrood 2016: Labour voters less left-wing than SNP, finds study - Scotsman

Scotsman
Holyrood 2016: Labour voters less left-wing than SNP, finds study
Scotsman
It means the divide between the parties is now about more than just independence with SNP backers more enthusiastic about measures such as increasing welfare payments with Holyrood's new powers, according to the Strathclyde University study.

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Scotland's papers: The Sun backs SNP and alcohol tests for newborns - BBC News

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Scotland's papers: The Sun backs SNP and alcohol tests for newborns
BBC News
In a striking front page, The Sun voices its support for the SNP and it urges its readers to "stick with Nicola Sturgeon". The Herald reports that newborn babies are being tested for alcohol after researchers found that pregnant mothers from all walks ...

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SNP MP slams Dundee HMRC office closures - The Courier

The Courier
SNP MP slams Dundee HMRC office closures
The Courier
A company registered in an offshore tax haven will make money as Dundee HMRC employees lose their jobs, according to a city MP. Chris Law attacked plans to shut Caledonian House, with the likely loss of 130 jobs, and shift 650 staff at Sidlaw House to ...



Labour will tackle housing crisis says Kezia Dugdale - Glasgow Evening Times

Glasgow Evening Times
Labour will tackle housing crisis says Kezia Dugdale
Glasgow Evening Times
She said: ?The SNP in government has made real progress on so many issues, but we are determined to go even further, and over the next week we will be working harder than ever to drive home our positive message to people in Scotland. The NSP leader ...

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Election 2016: Perth and North East Fife - Evening Telegraph

Evening Telegraph
Election 2016: Perth and North East Fife
Evening Telegraph
Following the SNP's tidal wave of support in last year's UK General Election, the party was recently predicted to win 70 of the 73 constituency seats in an opinion poll. With the Additional Member System in place, the regional list MSPs are likely to ...



What now for Nicola Sturgeon and the rebels who became the Scottish establish...

The Guardian
What now for Nicola Sturgeon and the rebels who became the Scottish establishment?
The Guardian
East Lothian is one of the Labour seats the SNP hopes to add to its already commanding total in the elections for the devolved Holyrood parliament next Thursday. Sturgeon says she's here to highlight her party's plans to boost rural jobs. She takes ...

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Labour will tackle housing crisis says Dugdale - Glasgow Evening Times

Glasgow Evening Times
Labour will tackle housing crisis says Dugdale
Glasgow Evening Times
She said: ?The SNP in government has made real progress on so many issues, but we are determined to go even further, and over the next week we will be working harder than ever to drive home our positive message to people in Scotland. The NSP leader ...

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Holyrood Week column: No such thing as a wasted vote - Glasgow Evening Times

Glasgow Evening Times
Holyrood Week column: No such thing as a wasted vote
Glasgow Evening Times
However it has been suggested that with the SNP expected to win the vast majority, if not all, of the constituencies and on course for another thumping win, the election is turning people of and fewer will bother to vote. So why should anyone bother to ...

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Referendum (Google News)

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Holyrood 2016: Solidarity calls for new independence referendum - BBC News

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Holyrood 2016: Solidarity calls for new independence referendum
BBC News
Solidarity has launched its manifesto for the Holyrood election with a call for a second independence referendum to be held within the next two years. The socialist party, which is headed by Tommy Sheridan, is fielding 40 candidates across the eight ...
Holyrood 2016; Solidarity vow second indyref 'within 2 years'Scot...

No second referendum, Scots have moved on, insist Labour - The National

The National
No second referendum, Scots have moved on, insist Labour
The National
KEZIA Dugdale yesterday insisted Scotland ?had moved on? from the independence referendum and the constitutional debate as she attempted to persuade undecided voters to back her party at next week's election. The Scottish Labour leader made the plea ...
Dugdale Doesn't ?Ever? Want To Take Part In Another Independence...

Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leaves EU - BBC News

BBC News
Sturgeon: Independence poll 'highly likely' if UK leaves EU
BBC News
There would "almost certainly" be a second independence referendum if the UK votes to leave the EU and Scotland does not, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The SNP leader said she hoped the situation did not arise, but said there would be "overwhelming" ...
Scotland's Sturgeon rules out new independence referendum until most Scot...

Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU? - NBCNews.com

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Could Scotland Seek Independence Again if Britain Leaves EU?
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LONDON ? Scotland could press for another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom if Britain votes to quit the European Union this summer, analysts say. A renewed bid for self-rule would deepen the constitutional quandary in the event of a ...
Scotland Could Be An Independent Member Of The EU By 2018, ...

Scotland should hold new referendum if forced out of EU - Sturgeon - Reuters UK

Reuters UK
Scotland should hold new referendum if forced out of EU - Sturgeon
Reuters UK
Facing a British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union on June 23, Nicola Sturgeon used her party's manifesto before the election for the Scottish parliament next month to make clear that she wanted another independence vote in Scotland.
SNP leader calls on Scotland to hold new referendum if Brexi...

David Cameron said he didnt care if Scotland voted for independence, says ex-...

The National
David Cameron said he didnt care if Scotland voted for independence, says ex-MP
The National
PRIME Minister David Cameron told coalition partner Nick Clegg he just didn't care if Scotland voted for independence, despite declaring in public that he would be ?utterly heartbroken?. The explosive claim comes in a new book which details a ?tense? ...
David Cameron 'didn't care' about indepe...

The EU Referendum: Either way Scotland wins? - The News Hub

The News Hub
The EU Referendum: Either way Scotland wins?
The News Hub
Surely if there was a majority out vote in the UK to Scotland's dismay, and we did hold a second referendum, that we would undoubtedly win apparently, he would rather there was an out vote so that this were possible. In a nutshell, it would mean a ...

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Brexit Would Mean Scottish Independence in 2 Years, Salmond Says - Bloomberg

Bloomberg
Brexit Would Mean Scottish Independence in 2 Years, Salmond Says
Bloomberg
Scots overwhelmingly favor remaining in the EU, and if Cameron fails to carry the day in the June 23 vote on an EU exit it would convince more Scots of the need for independence, Salmond said. Should Brexit succeed, Cameron would embark on a two-year ...
Scotland in the euro zone? Gordon Brown outlines another Brex...

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Scottish Independence Debate
Scottish Independence Debate

Holyrood 2016 Predictions
With a week to go to the Holyrood elections, is anyone interested in a wee game to try and forecast the likely outcome.  I thought it would be best to keep it simple, so all you have to do is predict the number of seats for the main parties (those that are likely to pick up more than a couple of ...

Immigration Bill amendment defeat
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36134837   MPs have voted against an attempt to force the government to allow 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into the UK from Europe.   Just let that sink in.    #bettertogether #poolingandsharing #broadshouldersoftheuk

Cameron 'doesn't care' about Scotland
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14449883.David_Cameron_said_he_didn_t_care_about_Scotland_days_after_independence_referendum__ex_MP_claims/?ref=mrb&lp=1


shocker wouldn't have guessed this at all. And the precise opposite of what ad fib said a fortnight ago whilst he was trolling.

Major mistakes.
Thread title gives my own view on what I think is my biggest political mistake. No doubt, the Tories needed to be ejected from power, as was done by Blair in 97, I celebrated the fact that we no longer had a Big C government, despite voting for SNP in that election, I did think Labour would bring...

Agriculture and Land Reform
The SNP have plans to tighten up on aspects of land ownership if reelected, but there is another element of Land Reform I'd like to see dealt with.

The 2003 act gave people in Scotland the "right to roam" responsibly.

I walk miles and miles in the countryside with my dog and I always keep her un...

Are white settlers to blame for the failure of "indyref"?
  I think you will find that the majority of the Scottish electorate voted Yes, the status quo was achieved by the white settlers/ scared by propaganda immigrant vote.   http://www.pieandbovril.com/forum/index.php/topic/229218-should-we-leave-the-eu/?p=10378839   Clearly there is a fair bit...

Clyde MOD contract uncertainty
The Unions and the Government told us pre-referendum that a Yes vote would jeopardise Clyde jobs... Now look...   http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/22/clyde-shipworkers-glasgow-fear-for-jobs-mod-contracts-delays?CMP=share_btn_tw     Shipworkers on the Clyde in Glasgow are gearing up for...

antiquity
Here's a theory about Celts. Maybe you can offer input or comments. Tanistry continues with Ireland's Tanaiste deputy PM. Thanes probably came with Danes /Vikings as with the English in Aethelstan's Law.   The 2 ethnic groups had one but not both forms of polities. Although the word path came fro...

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Anything Goes - Discussion of anything not covered above Latest Topics
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Is Donald Trump's Campaign A Spoof?

Helen Donnegan
Deid. According to PGB (IL).

Ken Livingstone
I see Ken Livingstone has been labelled antisemitic for saying Hitler supported Zionism. It seems to have caused quite a stir , John Mann went mental and called him "Nazi Apologist" Here is what he said  "When Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Is...

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

Labour polling behind the tories
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/27/scottish-election-poll-puts-labour-in-third-place-behind-tories   never thought the conservatives would be on track for second this election

2 year old shoots mother in the car in America!
USA USA USA

British Home Stores - a familiar story?
Sports Direct linked with a takeover. Duff & Phelps appointed as administrators!

Best 5 pubs you've been in
In no particular order...   1. Babbity Bowster, Merchant City, Glasgow....Cracking place, live folk music on Saturdays which is fairly decent, excellent choice of beers and ales...It's a wee bit pricey though which is probably why you'll never seen any neds in there. Had some brilliant ni...

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