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Top Scots lawyer appointed new Advocate General for Scotland
29 May 2015 at 6:24am
RICHARD Keen QC, one of Scotland's top lawyers, has, as expected, been appointed to the Scotland Office as the new Advocate General for Scotland, the most senior legal adviser to the UK Government on Scots Law.

Carmichael hit by call to quit as elder of the Kirk
29 May 2015 at 1:42am
THE campaign to oust Alistair Carmichael as an MP took another twist as an SNP activist launched a bid to have him removed from his position as a Kirk elder over his role in leaking a private memo about Nicola Sturgeon.

The EU must be flexible and imaginative enough to help Britain get the reform...
28 May 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has warned that the EU must be "flexible and imaginative enough" to respond to Britain's demands for change as Cabinet colleague Philip Hammond insisted that without reform the UK would leave the 28-member Brussels bloc.

Salmond warns Cameron renewal of Trident would be "fatal mistake"
28 May 2015 at 6:11pm
ALEX Salmond has warned David Cameron that pushing ahead with the renewal of Trident would be a "fatal mistake" Scotland would not tolerate.

Speaker applauds the non-clapping Nationalists for their show of solidarity
28 May 2015 at 6:11pm
WHAT a difference a day makes.

Ministers 'drop push for abortion law to be devolved'
28 May 2015 at 6:11pm
The Scottish Government has quietly dropped its push for abortion law to be devolved to Scotland.

Cameron brands Miliband "a joke" for agreeing to interview with outspoken com...
28 May 2015 at 1:40pm
ED Miliband has been branded "a joke" by David Cameron after the Labour leader subjected himself to a politically risky interview with the idiosyncratic comedian-turned-activist Russell Brand.

Britain will have tougher immigration system without Lib Dems, says May
28 May 2015 at 1:05pm
BRITAIN will have a "tougher, firmer and fairer" immigration policy now that the Conservatives are governing alone and no longer encumbered by the Liberal Democrats, Theresa May has told MPs as she outlined the justice and home affairs offer in the Queen's Speech.

First Minister to quiz Police Scotland about face recognition technology, as ...
28 May 2015 at 11:55am

Emboldened Cameron says packed Queen's Speech golden opportunity for Britain'...
27 May 2015 at 6:11pm
With Labour in disarray and the Liberal Democrat ball and chain discarded, David Cameron looked like a man rejuvenated, declaring that the Queen's Speech was a "golden opportunity" to renew Britain.

Salmond calls for investigation as Cameron seeks to bring about Evel without ...
27 May 2015 at 6:11pm
A NEW constitutional row is brewing after the Commons Speaker agreed to investigate the UK Government's plan to restrict the voting rights of Scottish MPs not through a Bill but by simply changing parliamentary procedure.

Amid the ermine, diamonds and pearls of the Lords, there wasn't a Scottish Na...
27 May 2015 at 6:11pm
TIARAS, top hats and turbans - but not a Scottish Nationalist in sight.

New Scotland powers 'will bolster case against Conservative plans to repeal t...
27 May 2015 at 6:11pm
SCOTTISH ministers have warned that pledged new powers for Holyrood will bolster their case against Conservative plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.

SNP's 'sharp and sweet' take on Westminster convention
27 May 2015 at 6:11pm
Scotland 's 56 new SNP MPs rebuffed Westminster customs, wearing white roses, clapping in the chamber and even, allegedly, contributing to the absence of the traditional Queen's Speech quip.

Cameron tells Scottish Government stop talking about more powers and start us...
27 May 2015 at 6:11pm
DAVID Cameron has issued a direct challenge to the SNP Government to "stop talking and start acting" on Holyrood's extra powers as he set out his administration's legislative programme.


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Sturgeon unveils plans for Washington visit
29 May 2015 at 7:12am

Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled plans to visit the US next month as part of a drive promote trans-Atlantic trade with Scotland.



£40k raised in bid to oust Alistair Carmichael
29 May 2015 at 6:36am

CAMPAIGNERS have raised more than £40,000 in a bid to overturn Alistair Carmichael’s election as MP for Orkney and Shetland.



More than half of Labour MSPs back Kezia Dugdale
29 May 2015 at 6:34am

MORE than half of Labour MSPs have today signed up to a statement backing Kezia Dugdale’s bid for the party leadership.



Leaders: Trident whistleblower | Phone tracking
28 May 2015 at 6:00pm

NUCLEAR weapons are a highly emotive issue, as is fitting for weapons capable of such devastation.



Russia ?could take Baltic states in two days?
28 May 2015 at 6:00pm

A SENIOR Nato general has warned Russia could occupy the Baltic states in two days and the west would be unable to do anything to stop it from happening.



First Milk defends paying ex-MP £1,800 a day
28 May 2015 at 6:00pm

THE head of the UK’s largest dairy firm has defended paying a former Conservative minister £1,800 a day to sit on the board while the UK dairy industry is facing an “existential threat”.



Eurolottery-winning Weirs give another £1m to SNP
28 May 2015 at 6:00pm

EUROLOTTERY winners Colin and Christine Weir have given another £1 million to the SNP in the first few months of this year, new data from the Electoral Commission has revealed.



Doubt as Greece says deal with creditors possible
28 May 2015 at 6:00pm

GREECE says it aims to clinch a deal with its creditors by Sunday, a development that would allow it to receive the desperately needed final installment of its international bailout plan and avoid a default.



Tricia Marwick to quit MSP role at next election
28 May 2015 at 6:00pm

HOLYROOD’S Presiding Officer has announced she will be stepping down as an MSP at next year’s election.



SNP tweet in Carmichael Kirk elder quit call
28 May 2015 at 4:24pm

The SNP last night moved to close down suggestions grassroots Nationalists were attempting to get Alistair Carmichael to quit as a Kirk elder over the controversial leaking of a memo.



Joyce McMillan: Scotland Bill is challenge for SNP
28 May 2015 at 3:01pm

THE Smith Commission’s deeply flawed settlement will require some clever political footwork, says Joyce McMillan



Angela Constance faces Higher maths inquiry calls
28 May 2015 at 10:43am

THE Scottish Government is facing calls for an “urgent review” of this year’s Higher Maths exam amid claims the paper was “flawed and too difficult”.



Lawyer to ?shine light? on historical sex abuse
28 May 2015 at 9:20am

A SENIOR lawyer has been appointed to lead the public inquiry into the historical sexual abuse of children in residential care.



George Galloway to stand for Mayor of London
28 May 2015 at 8:41am

Controversial ex-MP George Galloway is to seek election as the next Mayor of London.



Scottish devolution bill presented to parliament
28 May 2015 at 7:21am

THE UK Government today made the next stage of devolution to Scotland one of its top priorities as it became one of the first two bills to be laid before parliament since the election.




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A dereliction of duty
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 May 2015 at 7:19am
An alert reader today drew our attention to a detail we’d missed in a recent article in the Shetland News. It concerned Alistair Carmichael’s leaking of a false memo in order to smear Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP while the Orkney & Shetland MP was still Secretary of State for Scotland, and took the form […]

Power retained
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
29 May 2015 at 4:57am
Most of today’s papers quote an unnamed Scotland Office spokesman on the subject of the Scotland Bill 2015, and in particular its clauses concerning welfare powers: “It is factually wrong to claim there are vetoes in the Bill. These are sensible, practical arrangements to ensure the transfer of new powers smoothly.” We’ll let readers judge […]

Hide the tiger
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 May 2015 at 7:01am
Earlier today we noted that the indyref had empowered the Scottish people to an extent that they seemed very reluctant to give up on. But plutocracies don’t become the establishment by giving up their thrones lightly, and so today we get this: The above is a passage we selected completely at random from the Scotland Bill 2015, the […]

The People Versus Plutocracy
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 May 2015 at 5:30am
Just a quick update on the Alistair Carmichael fundraiser: In barely 48 hours, almost £37,000 has been raised by the general public to challenge the election of a British MP under false pretences. We don’t believe there’s any sort of precedent for that. It would now seem beyond any reasonable doubt that there will be […]

Michael White?s Moustache
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2015 at 4:21pm
Hats off to the Daily Reckless: . You thought you’d never even heard of me But I’ve been patronising Lesley Riddoch on TV I’m defending all the liars but it’s really not fair All you notice is my farcical facial hair Michael White’s moustache, Michael White’s moustache It’s a right stramash, a right stramash And […]

Something less than an answer
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2015 at 11:00am
The current Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, on Politics Scotland earlier today: “I was not convicted”, of course, isn’t quite the same thing as “I didn’t do it”.

How not to lose the EU referendum
by Douglas Daniel
27 May 2015 at 8:10am
The UK’s forthcoming referendum on EU membership was enshrined in the Queen’s Speech today, and it seems likely that the “Yes” side will be those arguing for the UK to stay in the EU. That’s a good thing. However, it’s difficult not to get flashbacks to 2011 when various unionist idiots were insisting that the Yes option […]

Moodievision: Picture This
by Greg Moodie
27 May 2015 at 6:00am

Walking the dinosaur
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 May 2015 at 4:44am
Many of you won’t have seen this quite extraordinary performance from the Guardian’s assistant editor Michael White on last night’s Scotland Tonight, and you really should. White wrote a demented piece for the same paper yesterday along similar grounds, basically insisting that Alistair Carmichael mustn’t resign – despite having admitted lying to undermine the democratically-elected First […]

Pouring oil on troubled waters
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 May 2015 at 2:00pm
“Just go on the radio, play it all with a dead bat, fob them off with some bland waffle and kill the story”, the Lib Dems will have said to Sir Malcolm Bruce this morning. So that went well. Of course, the state broadcaster covered the story too: Hmm. Maybe take another swing at that one, guys. That’s […]


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Carmichael campaign to lodge papers
29 May 2015 at 6:42am
Campaigners hoping to overturn the election of Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael head to the Court of Session in Edinburgh to lodge legal papers.


Presiding officer to retire as MSP
29 May 2015 at 4:46am
Holyrood's presiding officer Tricia Marwick announces she will step down as an MSP at next year's Scottish election.


Teachers 'work an extra 11 hours'
29 May 2015 at 6:04am
Teachers in Scotland are working an additional 11 hours a week on top of their contracted hours, according to a survey by a union.


Lib Dems leave SNP-led coalition
29 May 2015 at 7:48am
The Liberal Democrats walk out of the SNP-led coalition running Highland Council.


Sturgeon critical of Scotland Bill
28 May 2015 at 8:55am
The first minister criticises the Scotland Bill but the UK government believes it fulfils promises made after the independence referendum.


Trident concerns 'not been proved'
28 May 2015 at 3:25pm
The UK's Defence Secretary says a whistleblower's concerns about Trident nuclear submarine safety at Faslane on the Clyde have not been proved.


Bercow praises SNP 'solidarity'
28 May 2015 at 11:25am
Speaker John Bercow praises SNP MPs for their "solidarity" - a day after rebuking them for clapping.


Legionnaires widow's compost warning
28 May 2015 at 7:16pm
The widow of the first Scot to contract Legionnaire's disease from compost makes an emotional plea for stronger warning labels on bags.


QC to lead child abuse inquiry
28 May 2015 at 11:46am
One of Scotland's leading QCs, Susan O'Brien, will chair the statutory national public inquiry into historical abuse of children in care.


Arts group data probe launched
28 May 2015 at 7:37pm
Dumfries and Galloway Council is asked to help investigate allegations of a data protection breach at a regional arts organisation.


Lotto couple gift another £1m to SNP
28 May 2015 at 8:18am
The Electoral Commission reveal that Lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir donated another £1m to the SNP in the run-up to the general election.


'Rethink needed' over jailing women
27 May 2015 at 6:19pm
The justice secretary says he wants a radical shake-up in the way women are punished for crimes.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
28 May 2015 at 8:21am
Nicola Sturgeon says no young person will be disadvantaged by the Maths Higher exam.


VIDEO: Sturgeon on full fiscal autonomy
10 May 2015 at 5:15am
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she believes David Cameron has to go beyond the Smith Commission proposals, giving Scotland greater fiscal autonomy.


VIDEO: 'Scotland's voice will be heard'
9 May 2015 at 5:46am
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has joined her newly elected SNP MPs for a photocall.


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YouGov poll hints at further movement to the SNP since the general election
by James Kelly
27 May 2015 at 12:43pm
I've just been belatedly catching up with the datasets for the YouGov poll that was published in ...

The country that forgot it was lunchtime
by James Kelly
26 May 2015 at 10:53pm
As you may be aware, Michael White's comments on the Alistair Carmichael scandal became ever more...

Looking for male victims of domestic violence to share their experiences
by James Kelly
25 May 2015 at 7:22pm
My friend Anita is currently conducting research into incidents of domestic violence involving ma...

Holyrood prediction
by James Kelly
25 May 2015 at 11:17am
A guest post by Ben Roberts

So Westminster?s done and dusted for another five years and we?ve alre...

Tally ho, laddie!
by James Kelly
25 May 2015 at 8:07am
It's an embarrassment for The Guardian, but Michael White is surely the London media's biggest di...

Lib Dem efforts to save Carmichael descend into farce, as they insist he must...
by James Kelly
24 May 2015 at 12:31pm
You really know that Alistair Carmichael's political future is hanging by a thread when quite lit...

YouGov poll : UK support for staying in the EU drops slightly
by James Kelly
24 May 2015 at 10:16am
As things stand, it looks possible that we're going to face a long-running indyref-style lack of ...

We're gonna ra-ba-bab, ra-ba-bab, we're gonna ra-ba-bab tonight
by James Kelly
23 May 2015 at 7:09pm
So Sweden have overtaken Luxembourg, the UK and France to become the outright second most success...

Eurovision 2015 prediction : Saturday's grand final
by James Kelly
22 May 2015 at 10:07pm
I must report that I still haven't made up my mind whether I'm going to be watching the final liv...

Will the Spectator apologise for continuing the lies about Nicola Sturgeon?
by James Kelly
22 May 2015 at 12:07pm
This is absolutely extraordinary.  Even after Alistair Carmichael's grovelling apology to Nicola ...

Now this is rare - I actually thought Carmichael was better than this. I'm t...
by James Kelly
22 May 2015 at 9:44am
Am I alone in being genuinely flabbergasted to discover that Alistair Carmichael was directly res...

How I fell out of love with George Galloway
by James Kelly
22 May 2015 at 8:42am
A guest post by Alex Skinner

My first clear memory of George Galloway is of him being interviewed ...

And before I leave, let me show you Tel Aviv
by James Kelly
21 May 2015 at 5:11pm
Disaster struck within ten minutes of me sitting down to watch the second Eurovision semi - it su...

Which Scottish electorate will turn up in 2016, and what effect will this hav...
by James Kelly
21 May 2015 at 9:54am
A guest post by Hapleg

Until this year, the received wisdom was that Scotland was settling into a ...

Why "tactical voting on the regional list" is likely to backfire, part 2
by James Kelly
20 May 2015 at 5:32pm
The SNP have been criticised in past Scottish Parliament elections for saying that "the first vot...


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Campaigners hoping to overturn Alistair Carmichael election to lodge papers
29 May 2015 at 7:33am
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29 May 2015 at 7:14am
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The interesting dissemination of misinformation on the internet, a la Carmich...
29 May 2015 at 5:47am

I've watched with some interest over the past few weeks the furore over the Alistair Carmichael d...




Wings Over Scotland | Power retained
29 May 2015 at 5:28am
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Patrick Harvie: Priority now is to protect Scotland from Tory changes
29 May 2015 at 5:16am
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Edinburgh Trams carry five million passengers in first year, [0.37m ahead of ...
29 May 2015 at 4:56am
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Andrew Tickell: Some scope for Holyrood to make a difference ... but this Bil...
29 May 2015 at 4:53am
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Arm-twisting, back-stabbing and nobbling as Labour goes back to the future
29 May 2015 at 4:43am
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Are there any subreddits for jobs in Scotland?
29 May 2015 at 4:02am

Audio tech here, moved out of the country for a year and came back to zero work despite extensive...




Edinburgh at 4am, overlooking the omni-centre.
29 May 2015 at 3:47am
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The Tory Veto: Scotland Bill falls short in every way
29 May 2015 at 2:56am
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And still he is stalked...LIVINGSTONE!!!
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Wondering if anyone could approve of this route around some of Scotland.
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Fartgate: New SNP MP Patricia Gibson flinched in disgust after one of her col...
by Stephen Stewart
29 May 2015 at 3:58am
SHOCKED Patricia was caught on camera recoiling in horror when Labour rival Richard Burgon let of...


David Clegg: Tricia Marwick is undervalued treasure in Scottish politics
by David Clegg
29 May 2015 at 3:38am
Maybe retirement from frontline politics will finally bring Tricia Marwick the recognition she de...


SNP back down on demands for Scotland to set own abortion laws
by Torcuil Crichton
28 May 2015 at 4:30pm
TALKS over Holyrood demands to be given more control over abortion law have been quietly dropped.


Holyrood presiding officer Tricia Marwick steps down from frontline politics
by Record Reporter
28 May 2015 at 4:30pm
TRICIA Marwick is to step down from her role as presiding officer in the Scottish Parliament.


"I'm standing for Mayor of London": Controversial ex-MP George Galloway annou...
by Joe Churcher
28 May 2015 at 9:21am
GEORGE Galloway has informed his Twitter followers that he will stand for Mayor of London in 2016...


SNP MP Mhairi Black aims to make an impact in House of Commons 'boy's club'
by Lynn Jolly
28 May 2015 at 7:25am
THE SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South is settling into her new job despite the antiquated...


Record View: How will the SNP use the powers in The Vow to change Scotland fo...
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27 May 2015 at 3:25pm
RECORD VIEW walks you through the thinking, the implementation and today's execution of The Vow D...


How now crown vow: The Queen unveils Scotland Bill to ensure referendum Vow o...
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27 May 2015 at 3:01pm
THE Prime Minister says he's delivered on the terms by putting the Scotland Bill as the centrepie...


The Queen's Speech: Recap updates as Tory plans were revealed in State Openin...
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27 May 2015 at 7:05am
Her Majesty has revealed the agenda of the first majority Tory government in almost two decades. ...


Record View: Employers should rise to the challenge
by Record View
27 May 2015 at 2:29am
RECORD VIEW says the living wage can grow the economy ? and that is good news for everyone.


Lib Dem Broccoliars follow Lib Dem leaks and Lib Dem tumshies.. Sir Malcolm B...
by Torcuil Crichton
27 May 2015 at 12:00am
THE Record likened Carmichael on Saturday to a tumshie for his 'unpardonable leak'.


Nicola Sturgeon puts workers at heart of living wage plan to increase product...
by Andy Philip
26 May 2015 at 4:12pm
COMPANIES who meet the terms of the pledge will be allowed to display a logo drawing attention to...


Joan McAlpine: Super-fast trains are on the wrong track for a united Britain
by Joan McAlpine
26 May 2015 at 3:20pm
SCOTS having to contribute almost £5bn towards super-fast trains that will never reach Scotland i...


House of Commons would be left empty if politicians who LIE were kicked out, ...
by dailyrecord
26 May 2015 at 7:54am
SIR Malcolm Bruce made the claim as he defended former Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael's c...


Nicola Sturgeon to call on businesses to commit to paying the living wage
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26 May 2015 at 3:03am
COMPANIES will be encouraged to sign the Scottish Business Pledge, described as a voluntary code ...


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EXCLUSIVE: The first Conservative Queen's speech to be put forward in almost ...
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27 May 2015 at 2:44pm
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Those pesky Natz are half way there in their efforts to challenge the Imperia...
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EXCLUSIVE: Read the diaries they tried to ban! This week we continue our seri...
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A big thanks to all our 9000 Facebook fans. Over on Twitter, they're already...
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Over on Twitter, they're already past 10,000 followe...

Please vote in our new poll: "Who will be the first SNP MP to be 'named' by t...
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18 May 2015 at 5:57am
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EXCLUSIVE: Prof Poultice explains why getting it all wrong was all right.
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17 May 2015 at 2:09pm
EXCLUSIVE: Prof Poultice explains why getting it all wrong was all right.


Polling disaster ? ?It w...

EXCLUSIVE: Editing standards in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire have fallen...
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16 May 2015 at 9:24am
EXCLUSIVE: Editing standards in Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire have fallen to a new nadir as t...

SCOTTISH LABOUR FUTURE UPDATE Makeup staff doing final preparation before Ji...
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16 May 2015 at 7:47am
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BREAKING NEWS Mags Curran being question by Police Scotlandshire following a...
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16 May 2015 at 7:42am
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BREAKING NEWS Jim Morphy announces his candidacy to be First Minister in 201...
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16 May 2015 at 6:58am
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EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS Jim Morphy sought leadership advice from Nigel Farage.
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16 May 2015 at 6:46am
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Jim Morphy sought leadership advice from Nigel Farage.

In a BBC Scotlandshire exclusive, youngest ever UK MP Mhairi Black has agreed...
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Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland? - BBC News
28 May 2015 at 7:42pm

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Scottish independence referendum campaigners spent £6.7m - BBC News
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Keen appointment signals Tory backtrack on powers - SNP (press release)
29 May 2015 at 8:00am

Keen appointment signals Tory backtrack on powers
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29 May 2015 at 7:41am

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Campaigners hoping to overturn Alistair Carmichael election to lodge papers
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29 May 2015 at 7:37am

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29 May 2015 at 6:56am

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29 May 2015 at 6:40am

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Nicola Sturgeon says new Scotland Bill falls short on further powers for Holy...
29 May 2015 at 6:30am

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Lord Kirkham: Retailers should forget the pollsters and trust their instincts...
29 May 2015 at 6:27am

Lord Kirkham: Retailers should forget the pollsters and trust their instincts
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SNP drops push for devolution of abortion powers - Scottish Legal News
29 May 2015 at 5:58am

SNP drops push for devolution of abortion powers
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29 May 2015 at 5:49am

Westminster is a total boys club with weird traditions, says Mhairi Black MP
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Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland? - BBC News
28 May 2015 at 7:42pm

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Scottish devolution: What next for Scotland?
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The Scotland Bill will be based on re...


Nicola Sturgeon Calls For 'Double Lock' To Prevent Scotland EU Referendum Exi...
26 May 2015 at 7:01pm

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Nicola Sturgeon Calls For 'Double Lock' To Prevent Scotland EU Referendum Exit
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EU referendum question revealed as Bill goes before parliament - stv.tv
28 May 2015 at 11:30am

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EU referendum question revealed as Bill goes before parliament
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EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French...
25 May 2015 at 10:03am

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UK Election 2015: New Scotland Independence Referendum Could Be Closer ... - ...
9 May 2015 at 7:25am

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UK Election 2015: New Scotland Independence Referendum Could Be Close...


SNP's Nicola Sturgeon threatens SECOND Scottish independence referendum - Dai...
14 May 2015 at 5:07am

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SNP's Nicola Sturgeon threatens SECOND Scottish independence referendum
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Cameron: There will not be another Scotland referendum - ITV News
10 May 2015 at 11:27am

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Cameron: There will not be another Scotland referendum
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Independence referendum did not hit overseas investment in Scotland, survey ....
26 May 2015 at 6:09pm

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27 May 2015 at 11:47pm

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Experts call for no new independence referendum for 15 years - Herald Scotland
19 May 2015 at 7:09pm

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Scotland bill may give Holyrood veto over Human Rights Act repeal
by Nicholas Watt and Libby Brooks
28 May 2015 at 8:24am

Provision in bill will establish in law a convention that Westminster seeks consent for legislation relating to Scottish matters

David Cameron has strengthened the ability of the Scottish government...



Threat to exit human rights convention must be dropped, Tories tell Cameron
by Nicholas Watt Chief political correspondent
27 May 2015 at 2:21pm

Senior party figures say talk of ECHR withdrawal is ?deeply offensive?, as delay to repeal of Human Rights Act draws spotlight away from Queen?s speech

Senior Tories are telling David Cameron he mu...



Scottish parliament rejects assisted dying law
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
27 May 2015 at 12:41pm

MSPs vote 82-36 against bill that proposed those with terminal illnesses could seek help of doctor to end their lives, after deeply personal debate

The Scottish parliament has voted to reject legisl...



Alex Salmond challenges Tories' plan for English votes for English laws
by Rowena Mason Political correspondent and Frances Perraudin
27 May 2015 at 12:15pm

Former Scottish first minister asks the Speaker, John Bercow, to look into claims that proposals would breach principle of MPs? equality

Alex Salmond, the former Scottish first minister, has challen...



SNP dissatisfied with devolution of powers outlined in Queen's speech
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
27 May 2015 at 11:09am

Nicola Sturgeon says general election results were mandate for measures beyond those recommended by the Smith commission and contained in the Scotland bill

Nicola Sturgeon has said that ?dramaticall...



Alistair Carmichael has let me down, says former Scottish Lib Dems leader
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
27 May 2015 at 8:35am

Tavish Scott questions former Scottish secretary?s behaviour over Nicola Sturgeon memo leak, but warns against giving in to ?mob rule? by resigning

A former leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats ...



Police investigate Alistair Carmichael over memo leak
by Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent
26 May 2015 at 4:12pm

Inquiries undertaken by Police Scotland to establish whether there was any criminality in actions by Liberal Democrat MP

Police Scotland have confirmed that they are investigating whether a crime w...



Do our MPs lie? Yes, copiously and consistently | David McKie
by David McKie
26 May 2015 at 2:44pm
In defending his Lib Dem colleague, MP Malcolm Bruce admitted what we all know. No wonder voters are so disillusioned

The Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael has admitted he lied over the claim ...



The Guardian view on Alistair Carmichael: he should stay ? for now | Editorial
by Editorial
26 May 2015 at 2:07pm
The former Scottish secretary?s lie should be condemned. But it also raises wider questions about political culture and pluralism that are not so easily answered

Many people, politicians included, t...



Welsh first minister attacks Labour's strategy in Scotland
by Jessica Elgot
26 May 2015 at 11:25am

Carwyn Jones says Scottish Labour failed to learn from party?s fight against rising nationalism in Wales, and might struggle to recover

The Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones, Labour?s most senior ...



Alistair Carmichael?s political survival has become a matter of principle
by Michael White
26 May 2015 at 6:34am

While Scotland?s last Lib Dem MP has shown poor judgment over the Sturgeon memo leak, his fate should not be decided by an SNP-inspired lynch mob

I have been in trouble with zealots in the Twitter p...



Nicola Sturgeon attacks UK government's spending cuts
by Libby Brooks Scotland reporter
26 May 2015 at 4:18am

Scotland?s first minister says cuts will hit economic growth and deficit reduction and says the Scottish government will campaign to stay in the EU

Nicola Sturgeon has attacked the ?scale and speed?...



Sir Malcolm Bruce: Commons would empty very fast if lying MPs had to quit
by Patrick Wintour Political editor
26 May 2015 at 3:52am

Former MP insists lying is widespread as he attempts to defend Alistair Carmichael?s conduct in relation to leaked Nicola Sturgeon memo

Sir Malcolm Bruce, the former deputy leader of the Liberal Dem...



Voting age for EU referendum should be lowered to 16, says SNP
by Libby Brooks
24 May 2015 at 7:20am

Leader of Scottish National Party MPs says to follow Scottish independence poll and give young people ?right to shape the country they live in?

David Cameron must follow the example of last year?s ...



The EU is young people?s future. They must have the vote in this referendum |...
by Angus Robertson
24 May 2015 at 7:18am

Sixteen- and 17-year-olds voted in huge numbers in Scotland?s independence referendum. The SNP will fight for everyone?s right to have a say on the EU

In the days since the general election, David ...




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Biting the hand of Project Fear

A parp in a bin and clapping chagrin
by weegingerdug
27 May 2015 at 7:28pm
Fluffy Mundell, the original Scottish political panda, was proving as evasive as the fluffy black and white variety on Wednesday as he avoided giving a straight answer to a simple question. His att...

Malkied by Malkie and primed by Primula
by weegingerdug
26 May 2015 at 5:44pm
So Aliestair’s still there, clinging onto the face of Scottish politics like a particularly obstinate plook despite the increasingly intense squeezing of ordinary Scottish punters who are not enamo...

Westminsteritis and hyperkenezia
by weegingerdug
25 May 2015 at 12:49pm
So the dishonourable Aliestair Koala has told the BBC that he’s got no intention of resigning his seat and allowing voters in Orkney and Shetland the chance to decide whether they want a liar and s...

The dishonourable dissembler for porkies and scrote-lying
by weegingerdug
23 May 2015 at 6:47pm
The Dishonourable Dissembler for Porkies and Scrotelying is still occupying his ill gotten seat, the one the representative for the Northern Isles got by misrepresenting himself to the Northern Isl...

These things happen
by weegingerdug
22 May 2015 at 6:50pm
Not even Rona can help him now. The last shreds of Alistair Koalamichael’s credibility have gone the way of Danny Alexander’s career in politics, shot down in the flames of public disgrace. Althoug...

It?s a dog?s life
by weegingerdug
20 May 2015 at 4:54pm
According to Wednesday’s Herald, a group of “experts” on devolution have said that there should not be another independence referendum for at least fifteen years. So that’s us telt then, the expert...

Sitting uncomfortably
by weegingerdug
19 May 2015 at 11:06am
Are you sitting comfortably? This past week has given us a few significant news stories. There’s the Royal Navy whistle-blower who has revealed that weapons designed to blow up half the planet and ...

Unleashing the dogs of woe
by weegingerdug
18 May 2015 at 10:38am
It says a lot about the priorities of our Tory overlords that one of the first votes in the Commons is to be a vote to legalise the barbaric cruelty of tearing apart creatures they don’t control wi...

How to kill a coyote
by weegingerdug
16 May 2015 at 1:48pm
You can’t kill the Coyote. Throw him off an electoral cliff so he plunges into a deep canyon which is impossible to climb out of, crush him under a boulder of votes, run him over with the on-coming...

Resistance is fertile
by weegingerdug
15 May 2015 at 2:18pm
So the Cameron one has deigned to bestow a visit upon the little Scottish people, who are decidedly unimpressed with his munificence. Caledonian ingrates. Davie promised, nay swore blind, that he’d...


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How very Daily Mail
29 May 2015 at 4:39am

Not just win a house, win a house and be someone's landlord. 

 

   

 

 



Standing for Election
28 May 2015 at 9:20am
I know there was a thread about this a couple of months ago, but I can't seem to find it. Have many people here stood for election before? Whether it be for parliament or for councils or town councils (or whatever the Scottish version is)? And what were your experiences?

I quite fancy standing fo...

Tony Blair resigns as "Middle East Pesce Envoy"
28 May 2015 at 4:22am

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32905468

 

 

Perfect man for the job



Queen's speech
27 May 2015 at 7:27am
So are we happy with the new devolved matters and what will happen with income tax and passenger duty? Up or down ?

Which party is worse?
26 May 2015 at 7:54am

Which of the 2 political f**k ups are worse?

 

Labour for the pledge stone, getting into bed with the Tories during indyref, telling lies, Jim Murphy etc etc etc.  Or Lib Dems for being the Tories bitches for 5 years, for f**k ups such as Carmichael and Malcolm Bruce and completely losing the tru...



Endemic Corruption
26 May 2015 at 6:03am

I've long despised politicians and this is an example why. Please leave aside party allegiances and concentrate on the inherent corruptness involved because that is my concern, not the parties involved.

 

The Scottish Government spent £10 million on the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles last year and, as a...



How close was the election vote?
25 May 2015 at 5:18pm
We're the three lost seats close? We're the SNP lucky in others? I never did get to see the numbers vote

ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE THE REAL SOCIO-POLITICAL SYSTEM CHANGE IN UK
25 May 2015 at 6:46am

ONLY THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE THE REAL SOCIO-POLITICAL SYSTEM CHANGE IN UK.

United Kingdom is passing through a crucial situation with external pressure and internal flux and anguish within the rank and file of the people.

 

United Kingdom is in drastic need of change, from contemporary or established...



Cunninghame North - 2007
23 May 2015 at 6:58am
The SNP won Cunninghame North by just 46 votes in 2007, which in effect allowed them to govern. If this didn't happen Labour would have controlled Holyrood until 2011, therefore as the SNP would not have proved that they are competent in government any victory then would be a minority one. That m...

Nicola & the french ambassador (revisited)
22 May 2015 at 12:59pm

Here's a letter that Carmichael has sent to the first minister today



Just in time for the long bank holiday weekend!



Pickles
22 May 2015 at 7:46am

Eric Pickles to become a knight.

 

 

Arise, Sir Cumference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#£76kOnBiscuits



Irish Equal Marriage Referendum
21 May 2015 at 5:35pm

With the general election taking centre stage, this one kind of crept under the radar over here. I didn't realise this was happening until I saw it on the news this morning.

 

Opinion polls suggesting it could be close to 70-30 in favour of Yes. Basically everyone except the catholic church is ca...



Labour: Not even pretending
21 May 2015 at 11:30am

Is there anyone in Scotland who's still voting for these wallopers?

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/21/liz-kendall-labour-leadership-election

 

 

The MP for Leicester West has previously made it clear that she would reverse Miliband’s opposition to holding an EU referendum and disa...



John Bercow
21 May 2015 at 9:21am

What are your thoughts on the bold speaker, P&B?

 

I had a grudging admiration for him on the last day of the last Parliament, when he fought off an attack from the Tory front bench.

 

He seems not a bad sort and annoys a few of his own party, which is no bad thing.  He pledges to give backbenche...



Here is a vine of Michael Gove falling over.
21 May 2015 at 7:43am

That is all.

 

https://mtc.cdn.vine.co/r/videos/B37F25032A1042098649561460736_1e31fa53182.4.7.4014026552012812821_Nu9AYLy8x0ce6dUZAYNJLWoLGf7s_Orf9sb00eWsnXUrTOppQLgOHdR.Q_BC5J9Y.mp4?versionId=Y.IAvSySTr3ZfM7HcGEJlFrqy9MQqdGG

 

Not sure how to embed it.  But still.  It's Michael Gove.  Falling ov...




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Scottish Album Of The Year?
28 May 2015 at 7:36pm

so, the 20 longlist become the 10 shortlist

 

big surprise some of the albums that did not make the cut......

 

www.sayaward.com



Dennis Skinner
28 May 2015 at 5:01pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05vy40p

I'm not sure if the link will work so if not, go to today's Jeremy Vine programme (hosted this week by Vanessa thingmy) on radio 2 and go to 1hour 9 minutes in. Piece is about Dennis Skinner and the seat situation and Dennis is not playing the msm game.

Tommy Sheppard
28 May 2015 at 9:02am

Don't know too much about Tommy apart from seeing one of his speeches from the SNP conference. Just watched his maiden speech in the House of Commons - excellent, passionate and stirring. Look forward to seeing more of him. 



George Galloway
28 May 2015 at 8:08am

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Laptop Charger Help
27 May 2015 at 4:45pm
I have an Acer laptop with a 11.1v battery, the old charger stopped working and I'm looking to buy a new one. Will a 19v charger be ok as that seems to be the only ones available?

Thanks

Dvd Player With Usb
27 May 2015 at 8:18am
Just bought a Sony one and it's saying device not supported when I attempt to plug in my external hard drive - 2TB My passport.

Is there something I can do to the hard drive to make it work?

The Vow - Delivered
27 May 2015 at 5:30am

Queen's speech today.

 

Quite surprised to read that Holyrood will get full control of APD?

 

Tax powers raised..... and Barnett reduced accordingly.

 

 

Hmmmm - this doesn't seem like the home rule Gordon Brown promised us?



Looking For Yes Campaign Articles
26 May 2015 at 3:33pm

Looking for recommendations for articles about the Yes campaign and how it motivated and built such a vibrant social movement.. any help much appreciated. 



€ Euro
26 May 2015 at 1:37pm
Got myself some Euros for my holiday to Menorca and subsequent Dublin trip today. Best rate was 1.392 at Ramsdens, woman said that today's exchange rate is the highest for 7 years, hopefully might go up a bit more but pretty happy with that. 5 Euro pint in Dublin works out at £3.59 at this rate s...

Rip Veronica Olchin
25 May 2015 at 4:04pm

Anne Meara who played the Mother of Spence Olchin in the King of Queens and real life wife of Jerry Stiller (Arthur Spooner) and Mother of Ben Stiller

 

 

They were married for 51 years and had been a double act since 1961

 




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