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New convener promises review of petitions committee
3 Sep 2015 at 6:41pm
THE new convener of Holyrood's petitions committee is to review its working practices following claims it has been ignoring hundreds of issues raised by the public.

SNP Holyrood candidate suspended from party
3 Sep 2015 at 5:59am
A Scottish parliamentary candidate has been suspended from the SNP after 36 years in the party.

Dugdale hires Al Gore policy guru amid fears her team is outgunned by the SNP
2 Sep 2015 at 6:06pm
KEZIA Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has drafted in the UK head of Al Gore's climate change campaign as her chief policy adviser, amid fears her backroom team lacks the firepower to take on Nicola Sturgeon.

Poll: 53% of Scots would back independence if second vote were held now
2 Sep 2015 at 8:15am
A MAJORITY of Scots would vote for independence if a second referendum were held tomorrow, according to a new poll.

Sturgeon: Scottish Government could block Holyrood power move plans if 'fair ...
2 Sep 2015 at 4:51am
The Scottish Government could block plans to hand more powers to Holyrood if a "fair deal" over funding cannot be agreed with Westminster, Nicola Sturgeon has warned.

Former RAF pilot: inappropriate speculation over Shoreham Airshow crash must ...
2 Sep 2015 at 5:00am
Bournemouth Air Festival Hawker Hunter pilot Jonathon Whaley has called for an end to 'inappropriate speculation' about the cause of the Shoreham air show tragedy.

Alistair Carmichael election challenge to be broadcast live on television
1 Sep 2015 at 7:27am
A legal challenge to the election of Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael will be broadcast live and in full in what is believed to be a television first for a court hearing in Scotland.

Sturgeon orders review of Police Scotland as she unveils government programme
1 Sep 2015 at 1:48pm
NICOLA Sturgeon has ordered a comprehensive review of Police Scotland following a series of controversies that have engulfed the national force.

SNP HQ in row over "parachuting in" council candidate
31 Aug 2015 at 6:08pm
AN SNP branch is said to be ?in meltdown? after a majority of local executive committee members resigned in protest at the party leadership allegedly trying to parachute in its preferred council election candidate.

Letters reveal Alex Salmond changed his sign-off to Prince Charles
31 Aug 2015 at 3:38am
ALEX Salmond signed himself as Prince Charles? ?most humble and obedient servant? until deciding the traditional form of words was inappropriate in a democracy.

Nicola Sturgeon to use Scotland Bill powers 'creatively and ambitiously'
1 Sep 2015 at 2:23am
Nicola Sturgeon will today set out how she plans to use new powers that are coming to Holyrood both "creatively and ambitiously".

George Osborne accused of jumping gun on Trident as he announces £500m for Fa...
30 Aug 2015 at 6:08pm
The Chancellor George Osborne will fly into Faslane today to announce an extra £500 million for the home of the UK?s nuclear deterrent and accusations he is pre-empting a Commons vote on its renewal.

SNP candidate denies cheating to clinch Holyrood nomination
29 Aug 2015 at 6:07pm
EXCLUSIVE

RISE launches with ambitious aim to replace Labour as "main opposition to the...
29 Aug 2015 at 6:12pm
Tom Gordon

'More police 'near misses' prompted Stephen House to go'
29 Aug 2015 at 6:08pm
SENIOR police call centre staff have compiled a ?dossier? of potentially dangerous mistakes and ?near misses? in light of the M9 tragedy, the Scottish LibDem leader claimed last night.

 

Scotsman

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Syrian refugees to make 100-mile march to freedom
4 Sep 2015 at 6:00pm

HUNDREDS of refugees who have been stranded at a train station in Budapest began marching out of the city yesterday, vowing to walk more than 100 miles to the border with Austria.



Ed Miliband expected to quit front-line politics
4 Sep 2015 at 6:00pm

FORMER Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to announce his retirement from front-line politics amid speculation that hard-left leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn wants him to serve in his shadow cabinet.



Joe Biden weighs up desire for White House bid
4 Sep 2015 at 6:00pm

VICE-President Joe Biden yesterday laid bare his doubts over whether he should seek the top job in US politics after admitting he did not know if he had the “heart” and “soul” to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.



John Mullin: A telling picture for us all
4 Sep 2015 at 4:00pm

Photographs of the lifeless body of little Aylan Kurdi have prompted the sort of reaction that only great images can evoke on a political and personal level, writes John Mullin



Lynne Anderson: BBC needs to have wings clipped
4 Sep 2015 at 4:00pm

The publicly funded behemoth is in danger of crowding out Britain’s commercial news providers, writes Lynne Anderson



Leaders: Syrian refugees could boost Scots economy
4 Sep 2015 at 4:00pm

IT is a humanitarian crisis on which the British public is clear. People are dying in the seas, bodies of toddlers are washing up on the beaches as they run from unspeakable horrors in their homelands. We need to help.



Scottish independence referendum cost public £15.8m
4 Sep 2015 at 8:51am

THE taxpayer paid £15.8 million to stage last year’s independence referendum, with the budget overrunning by £2m more than the cost originally estimated by SNP ministers, new figures have shown.



Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland ready to take in refugees
4 Sep 2015 at 6:06am

NICOLA Sturgeon said that Scotland stands “ready to offer sanctuary” to refugees caught up in the humanitarian crisis that she described as a “chain of human misery”.



Tory treasurer Malcolm Scott hit with cash curbs
4 Sep 2015 at 5:47am

A BANKRUPT tycoon and former Scottish Tories treasurer who once lent Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague his private jet has had his financial activities restricted for more than five years after officials ruled that he was guilty of “serious misbehaviour” during his bankruptcy.



David Cameron to take in ?thousands more? refugees
4 Sep 2015 at 5:26am

DAVID Cameron has promised that Britain will take thousands of extra refugees from camps on the border of war-torn Syria as the crisis threatening to overwhelm Europe grows.



Nicola Sturgeon attempts to heal indyref rift with CBI
4 Sep 2015 at 4:27am

THE success of Scottish businesses “outweighs” any disagreements that industry bodies may have with the Scottish Government during the Scottish independence referendum, the First Minister has told an annual CBI gathering.



Guatemala president resigns in face of scandal
3 Sep 2015 at 6:00pm

GUATEMALA’s president Otto Perez Molina has resigned in the face of a corruption scandal that has brought his government to the brink, a spokesman said ­yesterday.



Tony Abbott criticised for IS and Nazis comment
3 Sep 2015 at 6:00pm

AUSTRALIA’S prime minister angered some Jewish leaders yesterday by suggesting that the Islamic State (IS) movement was worse than Nazis during the Second World War.



Sri Lanka mends fences with Tamil opposition role
3 Sep 2015 at 6:00pm

FOR the first time in decades, Sri Lanka’s parliament has recognised an ethnic Tamil MP as the opposition leader, in what is being seen as a positive step towards post-war reconciliation with the minority community.



Joyce McMillan: Flawed EU must pass refugee test
3 Sep 2015 at 4:00pm

IT’S a Union with many faults but, at base, its heart is in the right place over migrants, writes Joyce McMillan



Wings over Scotland blog

Wings Over Scotland
kicking the media until it bleeds truth

Nothing but repeats
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
4 Sep 2015 at 4:45am
Summer is, as we’ve said before, the “silly season” for politics. Wings readers will have noticed that like everywhere else, we’ve been rather lighter on content than usual for the last three months as politicians celebrated their general election victories by giving themselves long holidays – sorry, “time for constituency work” – and in the […]

Conservative and Unionist of the day
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
3 Sep 2015 at 10:31am
Party member. We’re sure Ruth Davidson (who follows him) will take prompt action. She will, won’t she? Hmm, maybe best not hold our breath.

We don?t not need no education
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
2 Sep 2015 at 3:36am
Kezia Dugdale in the Scottish Parliament yesterday: The daughter of two teachers, there. The line wasn’t a Freudian slip like Dugdale’s recent one about Scottish Labour not being “afraid to shy away from debate”. This time those WERE the words she meant to say, because she was demanding that every child should have an education that […]

The lesser of two stupids
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
1 Sep 2015 at 4:59am
Let’s start off by losing some more friends. This site has no time for the Gaelic lobby. The obsolete language spoken by just 0.9% of Scotland’s population might be part of the nation’s “cultural heritage”, but so were burning witches and replacing Highlanders with sheep and we don’t do those any more either. Being multilingual […]

The new binary
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
31 Aug 2015 at 5:16am
We can’t help feeling there’s a simpler way of putting that.

The angriest man in Scotland
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
28 Aug 2015 at 8:18am
We were greatly amused to learn this morning that Professor Adam Tomkins of Glasgow University, the bad-tempered darling of the Scottish Conservatives and the only political pundit who can make Alan Cochrane of the Telegraph seem measured and thoughtful, plans to stand for election to the Scottish Parliament next May. We suspect he’ll succeed, too. […]

The journey
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Aug 2015 at 8:02am
Then: And now: Keir Hardie would, we’re sure, have glowed with pride.

War is declared, and battle come down
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
27 Aug 2015 at 6:22am
Yesterday we noted an interesting apparent shift in the BBC’s political stance with regard to Scotland. Two serving senior political reporters have made open attacks on the SNP, backed up by other media and politicians, seemingly abandoning all notions of the impartiality to which the BBC is bound by charter. (The Guardian’s hostile editorial was particularly […]

The end of pretence
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
26 Aug 2015 at 1:18pm
This is quite an extraordinary thing to have happened. But it’s not the only one. It seems a curious way to dispel SNP supporters’ belief that the BBC is biased against their party to have two of its most senior political journalists, Scottish Labour and the Guardian all openly ganging up to attack it in the […]

Many a true word
by Rev. Stuart Campbell
25 Aug 2015 at 3:59pm
You’d put this down as a slip of the tongue, but when it came in the middle of an extended bout of bodyswerving John Mackay’s straightforward question about a referendum on Trident, maybe Kezia Dugdale really was just saying what she meant.

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

SNP plans Commons refugee debate
4 Sep 2015 at 6:42pm
The SNP confirms it will use an opportunity on Wednesday to hold the UK government to account over its stance on the refugee crisis.

Independence referendum cost £15.8m
4 Sep 2015 at 10:27am
The cost of staging last year's Scottish independence referendum amounted to just over £15.8 million, it has been revealed.

Deal struck over Scottish teachers' pay
3 Sep 2015 at 6:32pm
A two-year deal which would see Scottish teachers being given a 1.5% pay rise this year and a 1% rise next year has been struck after months of talks.

Talks held on devolution funding deal
4 Sep 2015 at 11:02am
Scotland's finance secretary meets a key Westminster counterpart as part of attempts to reach an agreement on a new funding deal for Scotland.


Consensual stop-and-searches to end
3 Sep 2015 at 11:52am
Police Scotland is to stop carrying out non-statutory stop-and-searches of adults and children, the justice secretary has confirmed.


Police call centre closures delayed
3 Sep 2015 at 11:16am
The Scottish government says plans to close regional police call centres are to be delayed in the wake of delays in investigating a fatal crash on the M9.


'Named person' challenge appeal fails
3 Sep 2015 at 10:13am
Opponents of plans to appoint a "named person" for every child in Scotland lose their latest court battle against the policy.


Alcohol price plans face further delay
3 Sep 2015 at 7:35am
Plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland face further delay, following an initial ruling by Europe's highest court.


Salmond says he prefers people of faith
3 Sep 2015 at 1:14pm
Scotland's former first minister Alex Salmond reveals that he prefers "people of faith" to those of no faith, or who lost their faith.


Swinney 'will not control tax watchdog'
2 Sep 2015 at 5:27am
Scotland's Finance Secretary John Swinney tells MSPs he will not interfere with the work of new tax watchdog, the Fiscal Commission.


New Help-to-buy scheme unveiled
2 Sep 2015 at 7:20am
The Scottish government says it will spend £195m over the next three years on a new shared equity scheme to help people buy new-build homes.


Parties react to new independence poll
2 Sep 2015 at 11:35am
Political parties give their reactions to a poll suggesting 53% of voters in Scotland would back independence if there was another referendum.


VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
3 Sep 2015 at 10:27am
Nicola Sturgeon speaks of her tears for a Syrian migrant boy washed up on a Turkish beach.


Use of stop-search falls dramatically
3 Sep 2015 at 11:54am
BBC data journalist Marc Ellison on the big fall in police searches


The return of standardised testing?
1 Sep 2015 at 9:23am
The Scottish government is set to give more details on plans to raise school attainment

Scot Goes pop

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Game-changing Ipsos-Mori poll suggests Scotland would vote for independence i...
by James Kelly
2 Sep 2015 at 10:06am

This is truly historic - the first time that Ipsos-Mori have ever shown a majority in favour of i...



George Osborne has a very special treat for Scotland
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2015 at 10:46am

Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the International Business Times, ...




This door needs a good scrub, not an alternative voting system
by James Kelly
31 Aug 2015 at 2:58am

As you can see from this photo I took this morning in northern Italy, the No 2 AV campaign still ...



Why build another wall? Oh why build another wa-all?
by James Kelly
30 Aug 2015 at 1:51am

I travelled through Calais yesterday.  At first it looked much the same as ever, but it soon beca...




What a relief to get away from Scotland and all that "narrow nationalism"
by James Kelly
29 Aug 2015 at 2:04am
London Victoria station this morning...


Joining us now is North Britain's most impartial Tory
by James Kelly
28 Aug 2015 at 6:02am

Spare a thought today for the media.  It was stretching credulity for them to wheel out Adam "IT'...



A few Edinburgh Fringe mini-reviews
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2015 at 9:44pm
I'm a bit late with these, but the Fringe still has a few days to run, so maybe they'll be of som...

No, I don't think the Greens are "evil", or that they shouldn't exist
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2015 at 4:08pm

Thanks to Morag (Rolfe) for pointing me in the direction of a fan letter from someone calling the...



This is your conductor speaking
by James Kelly
26 Aug 2015 at 7:55am

"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard the 2130 ScotRail shuttle service from Glasgo...



Daisley, the neocon link list, and the 1967 "liberation" of East Jerusalem
by James Kelly
24 Aug 2015 at 8:05pm
As a small addendum to the previous post, I've just noticed somebody on Twitter pointing out that...

Stephen Daisley and Israel
by James Kelly
24 Aug 2015 at 11:37am
It's hard to miss the fact that Israel is something of a preoccupation for STV's online columnist...

Military to Corbyn : Don't apologise, it'll mean we did something wrong
by James Kelly
23 Aug 2015 at 7:39am

Colonel Richard Kemp is turning purple at the thought of the next Labour leader issuing a formal ...



Why Labour will probably split unless Corbyn is deposed
by James Kelly
22 Aug 2015 at 12:06pm

There's an article at Open Democracy from the Scottish Green activist Gabriel Neil, outlining his...



The average British voter is older than you might think
by James Kelly
20 Aug 2015 at 5:39pm
This is a true pedant's post, but I think it's an interesting point all the same.  In an article ...

Being seen to rig the election against Corbyn is as bad as being seen to depo...
by James Kelly
20 Aug 2015 at 8:34am
I said the other night that the Daily Record's declaration for Jeremy Corbyn would only cause a h...

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War? What is it good for?
4 Sep 2015 at 4:59pm

So, we may be sending troops tomorrow to Syria? We didn't 2 years ago and it may well have bitten...



How do you all feel about this blatant attack by the Georgians on our Scottis...
4 Sep 2015 at 4:10pm
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I would rather we let in 100,000 refugees than our economy get better off.
4 Sep 2015 at 1:58pm

I'm sorry if this is a controversial point but if we save 100,000 people instead of us getting ou...



If the Scottish Football Team was a person...
4 Sep 2015 at 1:12pm

...It'd be the guy who gets let into the club, despite being pissed aff his tits, but before he g...



Salad (The Mods Never Sleep).
4 Sep 2015 at 12:38pm

The following users have been banned for salad.

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Why the fuck don't Scotraik barriers work?
4 Sep 2015 at 12:28pm

Trying to catch a train and every barrier has some halfwit standing in it staring at an orange re...



I want to have a bottle of scotch delivered to a home address in Glasgow. I'm...
4 Sep 2015 at 11:30am

I've got an outstanding employee that has been working internationally and has really being going...



[Discussion Thread] Friday Night Thread Fest!
4 Sep 2015 at 10:05am
Hello ladies and gents!

Welcome to the 'Friday Night Thread Fest', where people can post about wh...




Tony Blair claims Scotland needed more British nationalism to stop independen...
4 Sep 2015 at 9:15am
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Refugees Welcome! say Scottish UNISON delegates
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I vlogged hiking up Arthurs Seat
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Wales: Plastic bag use down 70% since charges began
4 Sep 2015 at 8:33am
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Irn Bru Watercooled PC (x-post from /r/PCMasterRace)
4 Sep 2015 at 7:36am
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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland ready to take 1,000 refugees
4 Sep 2015 at 6:39am
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Dr Paul Monaghan MP has some interesting views on Twitter...
4 Sep 2015 at 6:29am
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SNP plans Westminster debate on refugee crisis
by Paul Ward
4 Sep 2015 at 12:22pm

 THE SNP is to focus on action to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe when parliament resume...


Independence referendum costs revealed: Historic vote cost Scots taxpayers £1...
by David Clegg
4 Sep 2015 at 10:15am

 DEPUTY First Minister John Swinney revealed that the cost of holding the Scottish Independe...


David Cameron confirms UK will provide resettlement for thousands of refugees...
by Andrew Woodcock
4 Sep 2015 at 4:46am
THE Prime Minister has been under increasing pressure to help ease the growing refugee crisis and...


Nicola Sturgeon reduced to tears by death of Aylan Kurdi as she vows that Sco...
by Record Reporter
3 Sep 2015 at 7:23am

 FIRST Minister attacks David Cameron for ignoring migrant crisis and reveals she wept when ...


Furious unions challenge Tories to work zero-hours contracts as number of low...
by Torcuil Crichton
3 Sep 2015 at 5:46am

 THE 20 per cent rise in numbers of people trapped on zero-hours contracts has provoked a fu...


'We cannot keep turning our backs on this': Politicians demand David Cameron ...
by Record Reporter
3 Sep 2015 at 4:26am

 NICOLA Sturgeon has led demands for action from the prime minister on the Syrian refugee cr...


Independence now supported by 53 per cent of Scots one year on after the nati...
by Andy Philip
2 Sep 2015 at 4:00pm
A YEAR after 55 per cent of Scotland decisively voted No in the referendum, independence is now s...


Tony Blair admits his government made a mistake not securing more devolved po...
by Andrew Woodcock
2 Sep 2015 at 10:53am

 THE former Prime Minister said the United Kingdom's national identity could have been saved...


Nicola Sturgeon warns she may block new powers for Scotland if the funding's ...
by Record Reporter
2 Sep 2015 at 5:32am

 AS WESTMINSTER prepares to give Scotland promised new powers over welfare and tax, the Firs...


Nicola Sturgeon concedes to Police Scotland failings as she announces major r...
by Andy Philip
2 Sep 2015 at 12:00am

 LAST week Sir Stephen House announced he would be stepping down from the head of the force ...


SNP warned to toughen up on justice after former lord advocate slams Scottish...
by Mark McLaughlin
1 Sep 2015 at 2:31pm

 DAME Elish Angiolini says the ­Community Justice Bill must be strengthened during a discuss...


George Osborne's tax credit cuts will more than cancel out hollow minimum wag...
by Torcuil Crichton
1 Sep 2015 at 2:12pm

 GEORGE Osborne gives with one hand and taxes it away with the other as hard-working familie...


TV viewers across the UK will watch on Monday as Alistair Carmichael fights i...
by dailyrecord
1 Sep 2015 at 11:33am

 THE case against the former Scots Secretary will be shown live on the STV Player app and on...


Humza Yousaf: SNP's making kids a priority for the last Parliamentary year be...
by Fraser Wilson
1 Sep 2015 at 7:58am

 THE First Minister is determined to close the attainment gap and give every child in Scotla...


M9 crash scandal: SNP accused of stalling over release of report into police ...
by Record Reporter
1 Sep 2015 at 5:21am

 THE Justice Secretary will sit on the report for nine days before revealing its contents at...

Derek Bateman



Scrum Down
by derekbateman1
4 Sep 2015 at 8:22am
It?s nearly the Rugby World Cup (I use italics because it?s Very Important to me, OK?). Our team is improving a bit at a time and I?m pretty sure will overcome the easier teams in their group. They will at least give a good account of themselves because they?ve learned to believe in their abilities. […]

Speaking in Tongues
by derekbateman1
2 Sep 2015 at 9:16am
We wouldn?t blow up Stirling Castle, would we? After all, it serves no practical purpose, public money is lavished on it but it?s only used as a leisure destination by those with an interest in long-gone history ? it?s a hobby building. Sure, it was once the nation?s capital but that was ages ago. Sorry, […]

Rise! Rise!
by derekbateman1
24 Aug 2015 at 7:28am
Scotland doesn?t need another party of the Left ? it needs a real party of the Right. The left-of-centre field is getting mighty cluttered with those claiming they can out radical each other but we don?t even have a single ambitious party of the right worthy of the name. The Scottish Conservatives aren?t so much […]

Over to you, Nick
by derekbateman1
21 Aug 2015 at 5:15am
I do not share doubts about the journalistic integrity of a former student Conservative who became political editor of the BBC. You?re unlikely to get any job in journalism unless you have strong views and ideas and it is inevitable that opinion leads to preference, Tory or otherwise. (I got my own first job at […]

Nurse! Nurse!
by derekbateman1
20 Aug 2015 at 3:54am
I?ve got Corbynitis from the bug that?s been sweeping the country and I?m getting inoculated with a Sturgeon serum. It doesn?t eradicate it but it confuses the genes so they don?t know which parts of the immune system to attack. I find it gratifying that an old campaigner from the 80?s can still be relevant […]

Bella Caledonia

Bella Caledonia
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Look beyond the bigots to see a huge movement of practical solidarity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Sep 2015 at 2:31pm
The refugee crisis seems to be bringing to the surface the xenophobia and bigotry too often heard on our streets and all across Europe. On BBC Radio Scotland yesterday morning Scots took to the airwaves.  ?Our country is bursting at the seams?, ranted one man.  ?If we take them in, there?ll be killers roaming around […]

Deconstructing Europe: the politics of cynicism
by Bella Caledonia Editor
4 Sep 2015 at 1:58pm
Malcolm Rifkind has risen, somewhat improbably it must be said, as the leading spokesman for Conservative policy on the refugee crisis (even Conservatives are reluctantly obliged to acknowledge that describing dead bodies as ?immigrants? doesn?t wash any more); following David Cameron?s spectacularly crass PR/policy ?do-nothing? blunder which has left both his government and Party looking […]

Subjects to Citizens: Fracking and the Struggle for Renewal in Europe
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Sep 2015 at 9:53am
This is the text from a speech by John Ashton, the former UK Government climate change diplomat, at the Europe is not for Shale! Conference, Brussels, 4 June 2015. It?s an honour to be here today, on this platform, in this company. In the company of a legend like José Bové, who chose to stand with […]

UK Brings ?Peace? #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Sep 2015 at 4:44am
I just watched David Cameron on the BBC news (02-09-15) telling us all that we did not need to take in more ?migrants?; rather that we had to bring peace and stability to the countries the ?migrants? were coming from. All the BBC reporter had to say on this comment was that the UK was […]

Tessa Ransford (1938-2015)
by Bella Caledonia Editor
3 Sep 2015 at 2:47am
we leave / and live / as leaves : for Tessa, our bonnie fechter, who left poetry with a greater home, a shared home. Liz, Angus, Tessa, the leaves are falling too early this year. – Alec Finlay Another strong, clear-minded Scotswoman has left us. The Scottish Poetry Library Board and staff announced the sad […]

MoodieVision: We Need To Talk About Jeremy
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Sep 2015 at 5:55am
Series 2 Episode 7 of MoodieVision animation: We Need To Talk About Jeremy The follow-up to ‘Greg Moodie Versus The Union’, ‘Greg Moodie’s Election Dissection’ is a compilation of mainly post-referendum cartoons from Bella Caledonia and The National and charts the run-up to the 2015 General Election. This 132-page colour-explosion is a large-format 297 x […]

FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT 43: A Return to the Threshing Room Floor
by Bella Caledonia Editor
2 Sep 2015 at 4:37am
As I write the Edinburgh Festival of 2015 has ended and to mark the occasion thousands of pounds of fireworks have been rocketed into the sky like so many mini-Tridents and exploded into tiny nuclear starbursts of sound and colour over the castle. Last year I had great success with my play ?Three Thousand Trees? […]

Bella Interview with Paul Mason
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Sep 2015 at 7:42am
We interviewed Paul Mason the day he came to the Edinburgh Book Festival about his book Post Capitalism: a Guide to Your Future and his observations about European politics, Greggs, technology, the indyref and meltdown and opportunities…

Hurtling Backwards
by Bella Caledonia Editor
1 Sep 2015 at 1:21am
As Jackson Carlaw and his Dept of Cultural Self Hatred descend into a cacophony of anti-gaelic bile here’s that vile separatist, er, Deputy Transport Minister Lewis Macdonald announcing gaelic road signs back in 2003. The initiative was celebrated by that well-known Cultural Cybernat, Mike Watson, then Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport who said: “I believe that this will […]

Unity in Diversity
by Bella Caledonia Editor
31 Aug 2015 at 7:51am
On Saturday the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow played host to the launch of RISE, a new electoral alliance aiming to deliver socialist representation in the Scottish Parliament from 2016. The event brought around 500 people from across the left-wing spectrum together in one room and was described by Colin Fox as the start of ?the […]

Scotland and Independence

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Parties react to STV poll suggesting 53% in favour of Scottish independence -...
2 Sep 2015 at 11:40am

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Parties react to STV poll suggesting 53% in favour of Scottish independence
BBC News
Political parties have been reacting to a poll suggesting that 53% of voters in Scotland would back independence if there was another referendum. The SNP said the Ipsos Mori survey for STV was a "sensational" endorsement. The poll also indicated that ...
Poll: Majority support for Scottish independenceTelegraph.co.uk
New poll shows majority backing for Scottish independenceBerwick Today

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Scotland Independence: 53% In Poll Support Leaving The U.K. - Headlines & Glo...
3 Sep 2015 at 2:49pm

Headlines & Global News

Scotland Independence: 53% In Poll Support Leaving The U.K.
Headlines & Global News
Three percent of those polled are still undecided about Scottish independence, according The Daily Record. The Ipsos Mori poll surveyed only voting-age adults to get the numbers, and the data shows strong support for the Nationalists. The Scottish ...
Scotland would vote for independence in a second referendum, new poll findsThe Independent
Independence now supported by 53 per cent of Scots one year on after the ...Scottish Daily Record
Scottish referendum revisited: Is an independent Scotl...


Scotland Independence? 53 Percent of Voters Now Support It - Newsmax
4 Sep 2015 at 9:15am

Newsmax

Scotland Independence? 53 Percent of Voters Now Support It
Newsmax
Image: Scotland Independence? 53 Percent of Voters Now Support It Scotland's First Minister, and leader of the Scottish National Party, Nicola Sturgeon poses for a photograph with the newly elected SNP MP's in South Queensferry, Edinburgh Scotland, ...
Nicola Sturgeon attempts to heal indyref rift with CBIScotsman
Majority of Scots Would Back Independence Now, Poll SuggestsBloomberg
Nicola Sturgeon reaches out to Scots business bosses in run up to EU referendumHerald Scotland
The Courier -The Edinburgh Reporter
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Scottish independence referendum cost public £15.8m - Scotsman
4 Sep 2015 at 9:29am

Scotsman

Scottish independence referendum cost public £15.8m
Scotsman
Mr Swinney, who is also Scotland's finance secretary, defended the cost of the independence vote, saying the SNP government's referendum had been a ?triumph for democracy and participation?. He went on: ?That huge and unprecedented modern turn-out ...
Scottish independence referendum cost £15.8mBBC News
Independence referendum costs revealed: Historic vote cost Scots taxpayers £15.8mScottish Daily Record
Holding independence referendum cost £15.8 million ? £2.1 million more than ...The Courier
7thSpace Interactive (press release...


Meet Rise's young radicals who want Scottish independence and so much more - ...
4 Sep 2015 at 9:54am

CommonSpace

Meet Rise's young radicals who want Scottish independence and so much more
CommonSpace
Much has been said for and about the generation of young Scots whose first experience of politics was campaigning for a 'Yes' vote in Scotland's independence referendum campaign beginning in 2012. In some senses Lewis, who attended the launch of the ...

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Donald Trump: '2nd Scottish independence referendum would be crazy' - RT
1 Sep 2015 at 8:13am

RT

Donald Trump: '2nd Scottish independence referendum would be crazy'
RT
?I didn't want to get involved in it, but people asked me and I think Scotland is better being unified as opposed to being independent,? he said. ?I felt it gives it more strength, so it certainly seemed to me, but it's not my issue.? Trump compared ...

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53% of Scots would vote Yes to independence ? poll - Scotsman
2 Sep 2015 at 8:19am

Scotsman

53% of Scots would vote Yes to independence ? poll
Scotsman
SCOTLAND would vote for independence if a fresh referendum was held on the country's constitutional future, a new poll has found. A narrow majority - 53 per cent - would back independence in the event of another vote tomorrow, according to the Ipsos ...
What is happening on the first day of the new Holyrood year?BBC News

all 260 news articles »


New Scottish independence party to field Holyrood candidates - Scotsman
10 Aug 2015 at 12:50pm

Scotsman

New Scottish independence party to field Holyrood candidates
Scotsman
While the SNP continues to support independence the issue has not been included in the draft agenda for the party's October conference, while leader Nicola Sturgeon argues there would have to be a significant change in Scotland's political ...

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Is the SNP about to split as a new Scottish Independence Party is formed? - T...
11 Aug 2015 at 7:07am

Telegraph.co.uk

Is the SNP about to split as a new Scottish Independence Party is formed?
Telegraph.co.uk
Despite its faltering start, it did attract the attention of SNP headquarters who were quick to dismiss its claims that another Scottish independence referendum was completely off the agenda. An SNP spokesman told the Evening Express: ?The latest ...
The sudden rise and fall of the Scottish Independence PartyCommonSpace

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Crime writer Val McDermid says it is 'a matter of time' until Scottish ... - ...
27 Aug 2015 at 4:17pm

Mirror.co.uk

Crime writer Val McDermid says it is 'a matter of time' until Scottish ...
The Courier
Ms Sturgeon described the author's declaration of support for independence as "one of her favourite moments" in the campaign. She went on to ask if Ms McDermid still believes Scotland will eventually leave the United Kingdom. Ms McDermid said: "I think so.
Nicola Sturgeon calls for Scotland to have own distinct BBC channelMirror.co.uk

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SNP

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Parents 'face red tape' to complain about SNP's state guardians - Telegraph.c...
5 Sep 2015 at 12:04am

Telegraph.co.uk

Parents 'face red tape' to complain about SNP's state guardians
Telegraph.co.uk
Parents wanting to make a complaint under the SNP's plan to appoint every child a state guardian face having to battle through mounds of red tape, campaigners have warned after ministers published proposals for the procedure that will be followed.



SNP land reforms 'incredibly vague' about forced sell-offs - Telegraph.co.uk
4 Sep 2015 at 11:59pm

Telegraph.co.uk

SNP land reforms 'incredibly vague' about forced sell-offs
Telegraph.co.uk
The SNP has set a target of having a million acres in community ownership by 2020. Land reform groups have intensified their lobbying of ministers in recent weeks in the hope the legislation will be made even more radical. Mike Russell, the former ...

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Nicola Sturgeon outlines plans for new school assessments - Ledger Gazette
4 Sep 2015 at 9:59pm

Ledger Gazette

Nicola Sturgeon outlines plans for new school assessments
Ledger Gazette
Nicola Sturgeon is an impressive and accomplished performer and she was right to point out the successes of the SNP. ?But that's the wrong tack ? government should be rewarding hard work and enterprise, not penalising it?. He added: ?If the First ...

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SNP plans Westminster debate on refugee crisis - Glasgow South and Eastwood E...
4 Sep 2015 at 8:11pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

SNP plans Westminster debate on refugee crisis
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said the prime minister " has failed to show any leadership on the refugee crisis". "He must attend this parliamentary debate and show that he is serious about taking action and moving beyond what, to date, has ...

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Sturgeon Plays Politics with Syrian Refugee's, Solution Settle Migrants in .....
4 Sep 2015 at 7:08pm

The Market Oracle

Sturgeon Plays Politics with Syrian Refugee's, Solution Settle Migrants in ...
The Market Oracle
With every dip in the oil price SNP propaganda responded with the price drop being just temporary instead as we have seen a year on the economic collapse of an Independent Scotland would have been spectacular even worse then that of Bankrupt Greece.

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SNP plans Commons refugee debate - BBC News
4 Sep 2015 at 6:42pm

BBC News

SNP plans Commons refugee debate
BBC News
The SNP has confirmed it will use an opportunity on Wednesday to hold the UK government to account over its stance on the refugee crisis. The party will devote its opposition day debate in the Commons to the issue, having accused the prime minister of ...

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Nicola Sturgeon outlines plans for new school assessments - Fx Report Daily
4 Sep 2015 at 6:28pm

Fx Report Daily

Nicola Sturgeon outlines plans for new school assessments
Fx Report Daily
She insisted her Scottish Government has a ? record to be proud of?, claiming SNP ministers have delivered ?high quality public services which have improved the lives of people in this country? in the face of spending cuts. Ms Dugdale welcomed the ...

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Hollow gesture - Scotsman
4 Sep 2015 at 6:05pm

Hollow gesture
Scotsman
At the same time Ms Sturgeon pledges to cut air passenger duty by 50 per cent or £250 million ? we'll all be delighted to shave a tenner off a fortnight in Spain but does this sit well with the SNP's much-vaunted green credentials? Plus, aren't there ...

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Refugee crisis will be focus when Scottish parliament resumes, says SNP - stv.tv
4 Sep 2015 at 6:01pm

stv.tv

Refugee crisis will be focus when Scottish parliament resumes, says SNP
stv.tv
The SNP is to focus on action to tackle the refugee crisis in Europe when parliament resumes this week. The party said it will dedicate its entire Opposition Day debate on Wednesday to the issue and plans to repeat calls for urgent action from the UK ...

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Tests plan for Scottish schools revealed - Press Examiner
4 Sep 2015 at 5:42pm

Press Examiner

Tests plan for Scottish schools revealed
Press Examiner
The plans for national assessments were unveiled as Ms Sturgeon set out her programme for government, detailing the legislation her SNP administration will bring forward in the coming year. In a speech setting out the Scottish government's forthcoming ...

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Scottish independence referendum cost public £15.8m - Scotsman
4 Sep 2015 at 9:29am

Scotsman

Scottish independence referendum cost public £15.8m
Scotsman
Mr Swinney, who is also Scotland's finance secretary, defended the cost of the independence vote, saying the SNP government's referendum had been a ?triumph for democracy and participation?. He went on: ?That huge and unprecedented modern turn-out ...
Scottish independence referendum cost £15.8mBBC News
Independence referendum costs revealed: Historic vote cost Scots taxpayers £15.8mScottish Daily Record
Independence referendum cost went over estimate of £13.7m to £15.8mstv.tv
7thSpace Interactive (press release) -Glasgow South ...


Scottish referendum revisited: Is an independent Scotland becoming inevitable...
4 Sep 2015 at 12:16am

City A.M.

Scottish referendum revisited: Is an independent Scotland becoming inevitable?
City A.M.
A fortnight today (18 September) will mark the first anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum ? arguably the most important political event any of us in Scotland have experienced ? giving pause for reflection on a year that has seen the ...
Scotland would vote for independence in a second referendum, new poll findsThe Independent
STV poll: Scots would vote Yes if a second referendum were held nowstv.tv
Scots would back independence if referendum held now, says pollFinancial Times
Daily Mai...


Donald Trump: '2nd Scottish independence referendum would be crazy' - RT
1 Sep 2015 at 8:13am

RT

Donald Trump: '2nd Scottish independence referendum would be crazy'
RT
?I didn't want to get involved in it, but people asked me and I think Scotland is better being unified as opposed to being independent,? he said. ?I felt it gives it more strength, so it certainly seemed to me, but it's not my issue.? Trump compared ...

and more »


Parties react to STV poll suggesting 53% in favour of Scottish independence -...
2 Sep 2015 at 11:40am

BBC News

Parties react to STV poll suggesting 53% in favour of Scottish independence
BBC News
Political parties have been reacting to a poll suggesting that 53% of voters in Scotland would back independence if there was another referendum. The SNP said the Ipsos Mori survey for STV was a "sensational" endorsement. The poll also indicated that ...
Majority of Scots would vote for Independence in a second referendum, says new ...Scotland Now
Sturgeon dampens activists' hopes of a second referendumGlasgow Evening Times
New poll shows majority backing for Scottish independenceBerwick Today
ITV News
all...


53% of Scots would vote Yes to independence ? poll - Scotsman
2 Sep 2015 at 8:19am

Scotsman

53% of Scots would vote Yes to independence ? poll
Scotsman
And half said they would back a second referendum being held in the next five years and 58 per cent in the next ten. It will heighten the pressure on Nicola Sturgeon to reveal if she will include a commitment to another referendum in her manifesto for ...
Nicola Sturgeon to REJECT new powers for Scotland without 'fair' cash settlementDaily Mail
Sturgeon unveils plans to make Scotland 'fairer and more prosperous'stv.tv
What is happening on the first day of the new Holyrood year?BBC News
Huffington Post UK -The National -The Market...


Nicola Sturgeon hails success of Scottish businesses after referendum row - G...
3 Sep 2015 at 3:39pm

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Nicola Sturgeon hails success of Scottish businesses after referendum row
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
"Small and medium-sized businesses are not only the backbone of the Scottish economy, but are essential to delivering our ambition for Scotland to become the real Northern powerhouse, the UK location of choice for businesses looking to locate, expand ...
Nicola Sturgeon reaches out to Scots business bosses in run up to EU referendumHerald Scotland
Poll puts second referendum pressure on SturgeonITV News
Nicola Sturgeon attempts to heal indyref rift with CBISc...


David Cameron abandons Yes/No option for EU referendum question - stv.tv
1 Sep 2015 at 8:55am

stv.tv

David Cameron abandons Yes/No option for EU referendum question
stv.tv
"Scotland's independence referendum was an exercise in democracy that aimed, and succeeded in, getting as many people as possible involved. However, the vast majority of EU nationals living in the UK will be unable to vote, likewise 16 and 17 year olds.
Cameron "no longer in control of EU referendum"SNP (press release)
Daily catch-up: How much difference does the wording of a referendum question ...The Independent
EU referendum: Changes to campaigning rules announcedBBC News
Bloomberg View -expressandstar.com -Spectator....


BBC creates new Scotland editor role as referendum ramifications rumble on - ...
28 Aug 2015 at 3:49am

The Drum

BBC creates new Scotland editor role as referendum ramifications rumble on
The Drum
The BBC has announced that it is to create a new post of Scotland editor in the wake of criticism by some nationalists of its referendum coverage, most notably first minister Nicola Sturgeon. The post, which has still to be advertised, will see the ...
Nicola Sturgeon calls for Scotland to have own distinct BBC channelMirror.co.uk
Scottish National party call for federal BBC causes alarmFinancial Times

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Former SNP leader Alex Salmond says BBC's referendum coverage a 'disgrace' - ...
24 Aug 2015 at 3:40am

BBC News

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond says BBC's referendum coverage a 'disgrace'
BBC News
"The BBC's coverage of the Scottish referendum was a disgrace. "It can be shown to be so, as was Nick's own reporting of which he should be both embarrassed and ashamed." A BBC spokesperson said: "As we said at the time, we believe our coverage of ...
Alex Salmond claims Nick Robinson should be 'ashamed' as he condemns BBC's ...The Independent
Alex Salmond hits back at Nick Robinson and brands the BBC's Scottish ...The Drum
Alex Salmond brands BBC referendum coverage 'disgrace'expressandstar.com

all 91 new...


BBC's Nick Robinson condemns abuse during Scottish independence referendum - RT
21 Aug 2015 at 11:05am

RT

BBC's Nick Robinson condemns abuse during Scottish independence referendum
RT
Robinson, who will soon leave BBC News to join Radio 4's Today program, was accused of having a pro-union bias during his coverage of the Scottish independence referendum last September. Thousands of pro-independence Scots rallied outside the ...
Nick Robinson likens BBC Scottish referendum protest to Putin's RussiaThe Drum
Nick Robinson condemns Putin-like protests against referendum coverageYahoo News UK

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Guardian - Scottish Politics

The Guardian
Scottish politics | The Guardian
Latest news and features from theguardian.com, the world's leading liberal voice

Scottish independence referendum cost £2m more than expected
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
4 Sep 2015 at 11:05am

Scottish government figures show vote in September 2014 cost £15.85m, or £4.38 per voter, due to cost of electoral officers

The Scottish independence referendum cost £2m more than expected to stage, at nearly £16m, after voter turnout hit record levels.

The Scottish government said the final admini...



Nicola Sturgeon defends SNP?s record on education, employment and NHS - video
by Guardian Staff
1 Sep 2015 at 12:51pm

Scotland?s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, defends her party?s record during its eight years in power as she unveils the programme for government on Tuesday. Sturgeon says that under the SNP, school leavers? destinations are the best on record, one fifth of school buildings have been rebuilt or ...



Nicola Sturgeon puts schools, jobs and homes at top of plans
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
1 Sep 2015 at 11:52am

First minister says programme is ?ambitious and reforming? but Labour says SNP?s record ?should shame us as a nation?

Scotland?s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, defended her party?s eight years in power as she unveiled plans to standardise school testing, step up jobs competition with other parts...



Alistair Carmichael court hearing over re-election to be broadcast by STV
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
1 Sep 2015 at 8:35am

Scottish broadcaster to televise hearing into claims Lib Dem MP deceived Orkney and Shetland constituents to keep seat after leaking Nicola Sturgeon memo

The broadcaster STV has won permission to televise a court hearing into allegations that Alistair Carmichael unfairly won re-election to the Com...



Donald Trump: second Scottish independence vote would be 'crazy'
by Ben Quinn
31 Aug 2015 at 3:24pm

US Republican candidate believes Scotland is better being part of the United Kingdom

He?s currently preoccupied by his battle for popularity against other candidates seeking the US Republican presidential nomination, yet Donald Trump has still found time to advise prime minister David Cameron on S...



Faslane move is first in Tory plot to frame 'peacenik' Corbyn
by Andrew Sparrow Political correspondent
31 Aug 2015 at 1:39pm

George Osborne?s announcement of investment in nuclear base is made with eye on 2020 general election

For most ordinary people, the British summer traditionally comes to an end with a rain-soaked bank holiday. For the Westminster political class, a signed article by a cabinet minister in a nationa...



George Osborne making 'wrong moral choice' on nuclear weapons
by Severin Carrell and Frances Perraudin
31 Aug 2015 at 5:00am

Scotland?s deputy first minister accuses chancellor of jumping gun by announcing extra £500m for Trident base

Scotland?s deputy first minister has accused George Osborne of making ?the wrong moral choice? on nuclear weapons after the chancellor announced £500m of extra spending at the Trident subm...



Gordon Brown: government's English nationalism could split the union
by Frances Perraudin
30 Aug 2015 at 12:40pm

Former Labour prime minister accuses David Cameron of dividing the country

Gordon Brown has accused the government of stoking a ?dangerous and insidious? English nationalism that is putting the union between England and Scotland in ?mortal danger?.

Speaking at the Edinburgh book festival, the form...



Prince Charles's black spider memos show lobbying of Alex Salmond
by Mark Tran
30 Aug 2015 at 11:19am

Prince asked first minister to appoint experts to help his food brand develop low-carbon systems, and lobbied for funding for castle renovation

Prince Charles privately lobbied Alex Salmond, Scotland?s former first minister, to give money to his own Highland food brand, a stately home and other ol...



Sir Stephen House was not the figurehead Police Scotland needed | Ruth Wishart
by Ruth Wishart
28 Aug 2015 at 10:30am
Police Scotland can still be a civic success story. But House?s replacement must learn from his mistakes to win back public confidence

As they say in Scotland, Sir Stephen House?s ?jacket has been on a shoogly nail? for some time.

The first chief constable of a two-year-old national police force in...



Police Scotland chief to step down early after series of controversies
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
27 Aug 2015 at 6:18am

Sir Stephen House gives three months? notice of his resignation following criticism over Lamara Bell?s death and policy on armed officers

Sir Stephen House is to step down early as chief constable of Scotland after facing growing calls to resign following a series of policing failures and controve...



Nicola Sturgeon calls on BBC to put forward bold proposal for Scotland
by Severin Carrell Scotland editor
26 Aug 2015 at 6:02pm

Scotland?s first minister warns the BBC it will lose the trust of Scottish viewers unless it takes ?bold action? as part of charter renewal

Nicola Sturgeon is to call for the BBC to be reorganised around a new federal structure, with new dedicated TV and radio services for Scotland as part of its ...



The EU referendum won?t be decided on the Eurostar but in the pub
by Rafael Behr
25 Aug 2015 at 2:17pm
Eurosceptics are quick to articulate their grievances. To win the argument, yes voters must be as fluent

Less than a year has passed since Better Together accomplished its mission to keep Scotland in the union, yet the three parties that worked on the project have largely disowned it. Electoral su...



The Guardian view on Alex Salmond versus Nick Robinson: political not persona...
by Editorial
25 Aug 2015 at 1:50pm
The revived argument about BBC reporting of Scotland?s referendum campaign raises much bigger issues than a clash between two big male beasts of the political jungle

At the height of the Scottish referendum campaign, the then first minister Alex Salmond had a heated argument with the BBC?s politic...



Val McDermid: 'I'm working class ? I wouldn't be able to go to Oxford now'
by Hannah Ellis-Petersen
25 Aug 2015 at 10:49am

The titan of tartan noir talks about misogynistic trolls, Scottish independence and why this government is taking Britain back to Victorian levels of inequality

Val McDermid is standing in St Cuthbert?s graveyard in Edinburgh, surveying the weathered tombs without much enthusiasm. This interview v...



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Biting the hand of Project Fear

Refugees are welcome here
by weegingerdug
3 Sep 2015 at 7:16am
Aylan Kurdi never knew peace, in his short and tragic life, he never knew safety. He met his death on a Turkish beach as his family tried to escape the death that stalks Syria. His undeserved fate is to become a symbol of a tragedy that he was too young to comprehend. The UK media […]

One year on
by weegingerdug
2 Sep 2015 at 8:40am
This is an unashamedly personal post. Thursday is the first anniversary of the death of my partner Andy, an anniversary which is far more personally significant, meaningful, and painful than the anniversary of any political defeat. This time last year, as the independence referendum campaign was reaching its end, the saltires waved and hope was […]

Weapon of mind destruction
by weegingerdug
1 Sep 2015 at 8:08am
Ever since the independence referendum, the UK government, its agencies, agents, and its cheerleaders, have gone out of their way to rub the noses of Scotland’s independence supporters in the brown stain on the underpants of the narrow victory for No. Although they saved their Union, at least for the time being, the victory was […]

Down the rabbit hole with Tony
by weegingerdug
30 Aug 2015 at 1:26pm
Tony Blair is so worried about Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour leadership election that he’s speaking out against it for free. Or more exactly he’s speaking out against it in the hope that he can remain free. If Jezza wins the leadership election and then becomes Prime Minister, Tony might be swapping his smart suits […]

The ignorocracy of a shrivelled balloon
by weegingerdug
29 Aug 2015 at 10:55am
We need to calm down about the BBC. Scotland voted no, and that means that the people of Scotland surrendered all and any right to input on our devolution settlement. We will get what we’re given and should tug our forelocks like good North Britons, and go and be grateful that Edinburgh Castle has been […]

Get tae
by weegingerdug
27 Aug 2015 at 7:15am
Scotland’s over-abundance of right wing commentators have reacted predictably to suggestions from Nicola Sturgeon that the BBC should be federalised and Scotland gain its own dedicated English language TV channel. Some have stated proud-Scotly that they don’t want the BBC to become any more Scottish, wearing their cultural cringe and ignorance on their sleeves like […]

The unbearable snideness of Iain
by weegingerdug
25 Aug 2015 at 2:35pm
Once upon a time, there was a discredited Tory leader. There’s been a fair few of those. This one had led his party to electoral humiliation at the hands of Tony Blair’s New Labour, and his lack of leadership skills, his insensitivity and tin ear, his gross incompetence, and his inability to distinguish truth from […]

The Tories are fucking bastards
by weegingerdug
22 Aug 2015 at 7:34pm
The Sunday Herald has reported that Benefits Agency staff are now being given special training so that they know what to say when a claimant threatens suicide. The social security system, the safety net that is supposed to supply the basic needs of citizens who have nowhere else to turn, is killing people. Think about […]

The Nick Robinson show
by weegingerdug
21 Aug 2015 at 7:09am
The British establishment media is parochial and provincial, narra-nebbit and noxious. Living entirely inside a wee anglophone bubble in London, many, if not most, of its denizens speak only two languages – English and Troll – and I’m not too sure about their command of English. BBC political editor Nick Robinson would disagree however, he […]

One party in a state
by weegingerdug
20 Aug 2015 at 7:25am
According to complaints voiced regularly by the surprisingly large number of right wing Unionist commentators which a left leaning country produces, Scotland is now a one party state. The overwhelming dominance of the SNP, which is currently crushing all the other parties the opinion polls, means that Scotland has no effective opposition. This is of […]

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Recess is over and the fun can begin
by Liam.Kirkaldy
4 Sep 2015 at 5:57am

Nicola Sturgeon's letter to David Cameron over the refugee crisis
by Tom.Freeman
4 Sep 2015 at 4:33am

David Cameron says UK will accept 'thousands' of refugees
by Liam.Kirkaldy
4 Sep 2015 at 4:12am

Attainment takes centre stage
by Tom.Freeman
4 Sep 2015 at 8:00am

Call handling arrangements creating 'additional risk', warns review
by Alan.Robertson
3 Sep 2015 at 4:31am

Tears at FMQs over refugee crisis
by Tom.Freeman
3 Sep 2015 at 8:44am

Environmental protection in the 21st century
by Liam.Kirkaldy
3 Sep 2015 at 8:17am

Scottish local government is better when it speaks with "a single, united voice"
by Kate.Shannon
3 Sep 2015 at 5:11am

Minimum alcohol price ?may infringe on free trade?
by Tom.Freeman
3 Sep 2015 at 4:35am

Former NSPCC chief executive named Scottish Police Authority chair
by Alan.Robertson
3 Sep 2015 at 9:01am

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Ebook Readers
3 Sep 2015 at 1:37am
Currently using fb reader for my ebooks and got the PDF add on for it but for whatever reason the PDF books almost unreadable. When I open the book the writing is very very small and it seems like the ratio between margins and writing is way out where its like a column down the middle rather than...

Refugee Crisis
2 Sep 2015 at 3:26pm

I am sure most, if not all of us have seen the picture of the three old boy lying lifeless on a turkish beach today as he and his family unsuccessfully attempted to reach Europe.

 

It seems to me a complete outrage that Britains position is not to take on more refugees ( Although I don't believe ...



Scotlands Propaganda War
2 Sep 2015 at 2:29pm
Scotland’s Propaganda War: The Media and the 2014 Independence Referendum by John Robertson (published September 2015) https://thoughtcontrolscotland.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/propagandascotlandreferendum2014.pdf

 

"This is a downloadable PDF, and will work on ebooks"



How Much Have You Spent Following Scotland?
2 Sep 2015 at 12:38pm

Was thinking about this the other night. Must have spent close to 2 grand on various Scotland trips.. (mostly on flights, hotels and bevvy)

 

I'm sure many on here are much higher though

 

Divulge!



Wedding Favours
2 Sep 2015 at 7:13am

Getting married pretty soon and having to decide which favours to get for the guests. Was thinking along the lines of whisky minatures for the men and the future mrs has said soaps of some description for the ladies attending. Anyone done anything really different regarding this or been to a wedd...



Sporting Event That Has Changed The Law.
2 Sep 2015 at 3:56am
My missus is a teacher and one of her lessons is about sport/sporting events changing law, particularly Health & Safety Legislation.

Obviously there is Hillsbrough, I've come up with the Ibrox Fire, Bradford fire and the 1980 SFA Cup Final (banning alcohol at sport in Scotland).

Anyone else have ...

Fear The Walking Dead
2 Sep 2015 at 3:00am
So anybody watching this. Love walking dead and cannot wait for the new series to start but then I also love the resident evil films and things like dawn of the dead.this could be a great addition to the walking dead family don't think it will say where the virus came from or anything like that b...

Scottish Labour And Bbc Scotland
1 Sep 2015 at 3:25pm

An eye opener if not jaw dropping - even for me

 

https://lenathehyena.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/oh-what-a-tangled-web-we-weave-when-first-we-practice-to-deceive-bbc-scotland-and-the-labour-party/



The Polis......
1 Sep 2015 at 11:07am
" ATLANTA (AP) — Police officers who arrived at the wrong metro Atlanta home for a report of suspicious activity shot the man who lives there, killed his dog and "likely" shot a fellow officer "   Ah fvck.....seriously funny...........ma sides are sair..........I dont ken whits worse............L...

Snp Membership
1 Sep 2015 at 9:20am

Hi everyone,

 

A reminder to everyone who joined the SNP following the independence referendum to renew their membership, if you didn't sign up using direct debit.



 

 

 

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